Company: Able Planet
Product: Clear Harmony NC200 foldable headphones
Pros: Portable and neat foldable design. Easy to take anywhere. Also comes with in-line adjustable volume to make music even louder. Soft and comfortable to wear.
Cons: Sound isn’t the best unless you are using the Noise canceling. Virtually no point in using headphones unless you are going to use the noise canceling.
Overall: Decent product and good for it’s price. 4/5.
The above was just a quick summary of my findings when I played around with Able Planet’s Clear Harmony NC200 headphones. Now, here’s an in-depth review of the ease of setup, the audio clarity, the good, the bad, and my final thoughts on the product as a whole.
After getting the headphones, I decided to open the box up and try them out with my iPod. After getting them out, I took a glance at what was included in the box. Here is a list of what came inside: the headphones, 1 AAA battery, a soft carrying pouch, and a 1/4-inch home stereo adapter. I took out the AAA battery it came with and put it in so the noise canceling feature could work. Then, I plugged in the headphone jack into the headphones and the iPod and started listening to some music. Overall, setting up the headphones was very easy and doesn’t take much time at all. On the flip side, taking apart the headphones, folding them, and putting it back in the bag was very easy as well.
Now, I first decided to listen music in a silent room meaning no major noise inside the house. It wasn’t bad, although the music did feel a little distant and wasn’t the best. I took them off and put my iPod earbuds back on and I liked the way they felt and I thought the music was clearer from the iPod earbuds than the Able Planet headphones.
Then, I turned on the noise canceling feature and the sound was much clearer and louder. I was impressed by the noise canceling. Then I wanted some noise in the room, so I turned on the TV, which was pretty loud, and played the music once more and I could hear it well.
The ability to fold up the headphones is an excellent feature. It really cuts down on the space the headphones take up and it makes it easy to store in the included carrying pouch. Also, it comes with something called LINX Audio technology, which makes the audio clarity a lot better; having that certainly made the headphones better.
The noise-canceling feature can be turned off to save the AAA battery, which is nice because many other products only work when the battery is on. Furthermore, you can adjust the volume on the headphones from the in-line volume control – another nice feature.
Unfortunately, with any product we have to talk about the bad. One of the main things I didn’t like about the headphones was that it’s almost pointless to use them without the noise canceling feature on. Again, many competitors don’t even allow for you to use the headphones without the noise canceling feature turned on, so it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it would be nice if the audio quality was good without the noise canceling. When the noise canceling is on, and the music becomes quiet and it is there is an audible hissing noise in the background, which can become pretty annoying.
There are some really good noise canceling headphones out there that I would definitely recommend to music lovers. However, those headphones don’t always fit your budget and so you have to settle for something a little less quality. These headphones by Able Planet are ones I would recommend to the casual listener who can’t afford $300 Bose headphones.
Below are some more pictures that I took of the product. If you have any questions about the headphones, feel free to ask them in the comments.
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