2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2014
I love these headphones! I have had these for a month now, and am very satisfied that I have taken the time to write this review, and I never write reviews.
I have almost 20 headphones at home (in ear, on ear, over ear, bluetooth, etc.) If you ask my friends I am almost always looking at new sets, but now I am cured. These are headphones, and I don't feel I am missing out on anything. So I am happy they are my favourite set. This sounds daft, but I like them so much, I keep them in the bag to protect them. I am not kidding, these hit all my requirements, and I am so happy with them that I want to show them off, and protect them! I have recommended these to my friends.
Yes, they smell like SandleBark - very manly indeed! And, they don't 100% cancel noise out any noise. However, the comfort is just like the Bose design. It's noise cancellation is good enough to make the sound of air conditioner's significantly diminished, and when it's on gives the sound extra volume. They work passively, so if you run out of battery they still work. They take 2 AAA batteries, if you were wondering. I was concerned they would be to heavy, but they aren't.
The big downside for me is that they don't have a build in Mic for making Mobile phone calls. But I am happy all the same!
They are in my opinion the bose, without the sore nose! i.e. the price.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
For months I kept telling myself to buy a pair of Bose QC15s. After researching and listening to them in-store a number of times, there was still a niggle at the just under £300 price tag. Yes, they sounded fantastic and yes, they are probably one of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market.
However, I took a punt with these headphones having never heard them before, but had been impressed with 7 day shop merchandise in the past. Well, if you consider that these headphones are under £30, you really, really cannot complain. They capture sharp tones and provide a decent (but not overpowering) bass . Really, for under £30, they are seriously impressive.
I got a chance to test them out on the tube today and then on a long train journey from the South to the North. They were extremely consistent in their noise cancellation taking out the 'buzz' of the train. Other reviewers are indeed correct that they do not eliminate every nook and cranny going on around you. But again, I'm more than OK with this when you consider the price! Rest assured, if you are looking for a pair of headphones that take out a lot of background noise, these are for you. If you are looking for a pair that really eliminate the world around you, of course, go for the Bose range (but again, you'll pay for that privilege).
I really cannot fault these headphones at all considering the price. They are comfy, not overly aesthetically pretty, but not certainly not ugly. Other reviewers are again correct that they have a sort of musty smell, but this isn't too overbearing for me. I actually lent them to my brother (a trained sound technician!) to have a listen and he concurred that, for the price, these are a seriously good pair of headphones. I'm now looking forward to taking them on a long haul flight over the summer and will provide an update as to how they handle air travel. A highly recommended purchase, for sure.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2013
Just couldn't believe the quality of this product for the price. I didn't expect much at all for my £22.99 but in fact I really can’t see, feel or hear anything I would be missing from a £150.00 pair of cans. Well done Aventree (Whoever you are!) A great feature is that the cable is detachable: it has a phono jack at either end of the cable so it can be completely removed. Even the case is quality! very happy chap:-)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
Arrived v quickly, well packaged, just a shame (would have had 5-stars) if "batteries" included. Had to wait until i got my hands on some AAA's before I heard the effectiveness. Checked out against a pair of Sony's and can't tell the difference - price for Sony's near £100. Great value.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2014
These where not noise cancelling. They might have been ok as just ordinary headphones but they made a buzzing sound, they had to be returned.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
Was dubious about this purchase but these headphones really work and cut out 80% of background noise in my workplace, the case is great too.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
I bought these for flying to Dubai.
They might not be as good as the BOSE or others at £200 plus but on a 7.5hr flight they were great. could listen to music or films with volume quite low instead of at maximum.
noise cancelling effect definitely makes a difference.
Would definitely reccommend for anybody travelling.
the deachable lead is a great idea.
even comes with travel case and adaptor for plane.
only thing is my wife has managed to break one side when she was sitting back down so will need to look and see if i can fix or just order another pair.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I have to admit I took a chance on these.
Because I travel a lot I can see the benefit of investing in a decent pair of headphones like the ubiquitous, if posey, Bose ones. However, also because I travel a lot, I am prone to losing small electronic items so I gave these a go in the hope that they would give me some kind of compromise. I wasn't expecting amazing sound quality, I wasn't even expecting brilliant noise-cancelling, just something that would serve as an adequate pair of headphones, particularly on flights. I also hoped they would be an improvement on the Sony pair (MDRNC7B) that I have, which fail miserably in both important respects.
Imagine my surprise on opening the package that arrived in the post only 2 days after ordered. The case struck me first, making them look like an expensive bit of kit and comparing favourably with the Bose case. Inside sat a plain but tidy looking pair of phones. I love the fact that they are plain without any branding - personally I think they look the business.
I put batteries in them and put them on, a lot of noise being eliminated even before switched on. Once switched on I can honestly say I have never worn a better pair of noise-cancellers. Usually you get a slight hiss from the circuitry when the phones are silent but not with these (unless you wear them the wrong way round, strangely!).
So then I plugged in my phone and nervously awaited the sound quality. I was just as astonished by how good they sound as I was by the noise cancelling. The volume control on one side is a useful feature.
I'm really impressed - excellent value, great performing headphones.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
On opening the box the first surprise is the quality of the semi-rigid travel case - a black carbon-fibre looking weave, probably polypropylene, that looks very smart and would seem to offer good protection. In the case are the headphones (folded flat), an instruction manual, and a soft black pouch containing the 6.3 mm and airline adapters, and the headphone lead. All these appear to have gold-plated contacts. The headphone lead is flexible and light, and has small-diameter covers for each of the 3.5 mm stereo jacks. Most helpfully, the stereo socket (in the left earphone) is *not* recessed in the manner of some more expensive headphones with detachable leads, meaning that any 3.5 mm stereo jack will fit, enabling the user to employ any suitable lead. The design is such that the headband is offset at an angle to the swivelling earphones, meaning that when they are properly covering the ears it is centred comfortably on top of the head. Clearly, some thought has gone into the design. The earpads and headband pad are soft and comfortable.
It was easy to slide off the battery cover (in the right earphone) and insert two AAA batteries (not supplied), plug in the stereo lead, and put the headphones on. Switching on, and the sound from the dishwasher in the next room virtually disappeared. This was impressive. Streaming some music from an iPhone, and playing tracks already stored on it, revealed good audio quality with little obvious colouration. The quiet external background adds to a feeling of being detached in a pleasant way from the rest of the world.
There has been no opportunity to try these headphones in either aircraft or other forms of public transport, but based on observations I would expect them to be very helpful if used on their own to reduce background noise, be very comfortable to wear, and provide good sound quality where used for that purpose.
Given the fairly low price, about £23 at the time of writing, these are worth five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
A colleague bought a pair, we all tried them... there are now 5 of us all wearing them ;)
Yes, they have a weird smell when you get them. Leave them a day or so and they freshen up.
They have a weak joint where the "cans" rotate, if you drop them on this join you'll probably snap it (I'm on my 2nd pair for just this reason).
That said, I'm on my 2nd pair... I had no hesitation in buying again. First pair were a year old and otherwise still going strong, despite being used almost daily in the office.
They appear to have changed them slightly in the last month or so. One of our new hires bought a pair, same case, same weight as all the other old pairs. My new one that arrived this week has a slightly different texture on its case (otherwise the same) and the headphones are NOTICEABLY lighter. Same style, looks like same materials - even the same plastic shapes/grooves, only visual difference is a printed '7' above the left can.
Same comfy padding, same sound quality, same noise cancelling effect... but you don't even need to hold the two pairs at the same time to realise the newer pair is considerably lighter. Hoping this isn't at some build quality expense on the inside somewhere but they do feel a lot nicer to wear as a result of the reduced weight.