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Able Planet True Fidelity NC300B w/ Apple iPod Shuffle

True Fidelity Series Active Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones w/ Apple 2Gb iPod Shuffle


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Able Planet Headphones with an Apple iPod Gift

Able Planet has a reputation for creating headphones that last the test of time, and sound great through hours of playback. These headphones are top-notch quality for a fantastic price. The adjustable headband ensures a perfect fit onto your head. The drivers themselves are sensitive enough to deliver transient bursts of bass, while still maintaining a subtle balance of mids and highs. Now, and for a limited time, we are able to include an Apple iPod Shuffle as a free gift! Enjoy all of your music on a convenient iPod, and listen in with your Able Planets. Simply plug your headphones into the 3.5mm headphone jack and you are ready to go. Conveniently store your music on the Apple iPod Shuffle and find yourself spending much more time with your own music library.

General Features:

  • Wired Lightweight True Fidelity Series Noise Canceling Stereo Headphones
  • Comfortable on-ear design
  • Award winning LINX Audio technology for incredibly clear and accurate sound
  • In-Line volume control for easy adjustment
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Utilizes state-of-the-art active noise cancellation (ANC) technology
  • Compact, foldable design for easy transportation
  • Great for traveling and casual listening
  • Also found as: nc300b,NC300B
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • Lifetime Manufacturer's Warranty

Apple 2gb iPod Shuffle Features:

  • Clip-on design, so you can take it everywhere, and always keep your music within reach
  • Clickable control pad is 18% larger than on previous iPod shuffle models
  • Stores up to 500 songs
  • Also found as: mc64511a

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 115dB (ANC Off)
  • Sensitivity: 121dB (ANC On)
  • Cord Length: 5 ft.
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)

Package Includes:

  • 2Gb Apple iPod Shuffle
  • 1/4" (6.5mm) Home Stereo Adapter
  • (1) AAA Battery
  • Soft carrying pouch

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.


This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20000 Hz
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
121 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
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Labor Warranty Duration
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating


Chapel Hill, NC

Basic and Efficient

April 27, 2012

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)

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