They are very comfortable and have a secure fit around the ears but not too tight. They can be used solely for noise cancellation without the cord or connected to a stereo for music listening. The unique feature is Linx Audio.
Linx Audio is designed to improve speech intelligibility for those with age associated hearing loss and to reduce harsh distortions that could damage hearing. It does two things:
It increases the level of high frequency harmonics to enhance speech clarity and make it easier to hear some words and sounds, such as 'f'', 's' and 'th'. Harmonics are overtones of a sound and are important for speech clarity and play a role in the accurate reproduction of music. Its effect is to increase perceived loudness without increasing volume.
Secondly, Linx Audio employs "soft-clipping" to remove undesirable sounds and harsh clipping distortion especially at higher listening levels. Less harshness and reduced distortion is less likely to cause hearing damage and improves listening.
Testing the NC-300W
Bass sounds full and warm, although a bit heavy when listening to iTunes on my computer. I had to adjust the equalizer to reduce the bass output even when it was set to 'flat'.
The noise-canceling feature provides excellent sound isolation. The amount of noise reduction is not specified; however, suffice to say that unless you're standing next to a jet engine, they work great.
I like the in-line volume control in the cord. It's very handy and easier to adjust than a volume control on the side of the headphone.
Conclusions & Speculations
The Able Planet headphones make it easier to enjoy your favorite music and protect your hearing at the same time. Priced at $129, the NC-300W is very comfortable and effortless to listen to - a good choice for travelers and music lovers that just want a bit of peace and quiet. They're available in black, white or silver. You can purchase them from a dealer, online or compare prices here.
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 115 dB (off), 121 dB (on)
- Price: $129
- Contact: Ableplanet.com