Showing 1 review for Able Planet True Fidelity NC300B w/ Apple iPod Shuffle
|Customer Review Summary for Able Planet True Fidelity NC300B w/ Apple iPod Shuffle|
|April 27, 2012||Basic and Efficient||
Miles from Chapel Hill, NC
As a basic set of headphones for travel or casual listening in noisy environments, these headphones are good. Not hi-fi by any stretch, but the sound is surprisingly respectable for the price and if you are not into taking a $100 + headphones to school or the airport, these are a great solution. Even better, you get excellent noise cancellation--a feature that alone can really rack up the price of any set.
One of my greatest complaints concerns their design. Aesthetically, the do not offer much. Moreover, they tend to leak more than other enclosed ear headphones, which to me, effectively defeats the purpose of closed-back headphones.
Lastly and most importantly, sound quality. In terms of reproduction, these do quite while in some important categories particularly in sound stage and clarity. With the right tracks, these can place instruments realistically and track movement accurately when an instrument or sound gradually shifts between the left and right drivers (think of Pink Floyd "Clocks" from Dark Side of the Moon).
Of course, nothing comes without a trade off with these headphones. The audio quality is dramatically improved when noise cancellation is activated. Although you can still listen to your music without noise cancellation, the sound is not quite as vibrant. Instead it sounds rather muffled and shaded.
Like I said at the beginning, these are excellent for the cost and for the fact that they are very entry-level. If you are using them to get good sound without placing your more finely tuned cans at risk of robbery, these will do the job quite exceptionally and I would not hesitate to recommend them to frequent-fliers, students in libraries (which is why I bought them), or other travelers.
My official verdict: 3.3 out of 5 (average)