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Audio-technica Ath-anc1 Quietpoint Active Noise-cancelling On-ear Headphones by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Audio-technica Ath-anc1 Quietpoint Active Noise-cancelling On-ear Headphones
Report Date: 12/17/2015
Based on 298 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   average
Light5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Travel4.8   above average
Value4.8   average
Comfortable4.7   average
Quality4.7   above average
Music4.6   above average
Weight4.6   average
Sound4.5   average
Fit4.1   average
Noise-cancellation4.1   average
Noise4.0   average
Size3.8   average
Audio3.5   below average
Battery3.1   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"However the audio jack developed a problem a few weeks later."
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"My main complaint is that the audio function only lasted a year because the headphones are so delicate."
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"A few months after receiving this, one ear of these headphones completely failed -- not just the noise-cancelling effect but also audio output as well."
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"The sound is better than I expected, not excellent like Audio Technica ATH-M40 around ear headphones, but good in all ranges."
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"My opinion: 1) I compared the sound to a set of blackberry ear buds and thought the only difference was that this product (Audio Technica ATH-ANC1) was uncomfortable to wear, and 2) I could clearly hear someone talk to me when I turned on the noise-cancelling which is not the same as when you put on a pair of bose noise-cancelling headphones."
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"My pair failed after around 6 months; I contacted Audio technica and the phone rang to a person in around 1 minute!"
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"Pros:-Good level of noise cancellation (noticeable difference when headphones are taken off on plane)-Compact storage in soft case-Attractive price point-Good audio quality (not as full as Sennheiser, but pleasantly more natural than Bose)Cons:-Pressure from on-ear design results in ear fatigue on flights longer than ~3 hours (had to take breaks on a recent trans-Pacific flight)-Weight of mid-cord battery pack pulls on cable, resulting in eventual loss of sound in left ear (after 4 years of occasional use)Overall, I am happy with the features of these headphones considering the price point but have purchased an over-the-ear replacement to address both cons."
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"Loved the compact size, noise cancelation, and good audio quality."
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"The sound before they gave up, was good, I am not a true audiophile, but I the audio was crisp and sharp."
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"Comfort, audio quality and other attributes will not be discussed."
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"The headphones comfortably fit and have good audio."
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Battery

Battery:
"The battery pack is disappointing in that the noise cancelling on-off switch does not move smoothly, and the ON and OFF lettering is so small that it's not helpful; AT should consider making this switch more intuitive to switch (if you are not looking at it) and should also enlarge the lettering."
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"The location of the battery pack is really annoying."
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"The noise canceling battery lasts a very long time, and it works without a battery as well."
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"I was slightly concerned about some other reviews that faulted them for being flimsy and or for not offering enough isolation, or for how the battery compartment is in the cord rather than on the phones."
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"I found I could fix the problem by squeezing the battery case, and sort of fixed the problem by sticking two rare-earth magnets on either side."
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"Unfortunately, the wiring is fragile, and even though I stored the headphones in a fairly rigid case to protect them during packing (aftermarket - NOT included with the headphones when purchased), the wiring near the battery compartment was damaged by flexing, or so I thought, i. e., one headphone channel side began to cut out intermittantly when the wire was flexed, and eventually that channel was off more than on (after only 16 hours of use)."
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"Decent battery live."
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"It does drain your battery pretty quickly so turn it off when not in use! "
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"It is nice to have the option to replace the battery as some other types of noise cancel headphones simply do not work when the battery dies."
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"What amazed me is that the single battery lasted a looong time, maybe 20 hours?"
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"When you play music, the built-in amp (powered by 1 AAA battery) works great and gives lovely sound with plenty of bass."
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Cable

Cable:
"Same cord problems you've read about in other posts."
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"I think the problem is that to get them in the case you have to wrap the cord around the earphones."
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"If you do this enough, the cord gets damaged (and stay twisted tangled when you get the earphones out for use).So, this was an okay solution, but I guess at this point I'm going to go back to the Bose, even for working out."
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"The clip it uses to grab onto clothes broke after 2 days of use, and my guess is the cable won't last much either."
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"If I had to list downsides I would say it could have a slightly longer cord."
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"I found it to be to low on the cord and this made it both annoying and difficult to use in situations where I was highly mobile like walking from the subway to work."
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"Comes with an extension cable and an airline sound adapter plug, all in a nice carrying case."
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"Now however the quality of the product is starting to catch up with it, and sound stopped working on left ear out of nowhere (I need to twist and bend the cable to get sound again, like all old cheap headphones).It would be great if all headphone makers could adopt the same pragmatic approach to this as Bose, just have a minijack plug in the headphone as well on one of the sides, hence if cable gets some stress it will just unplug and never damage the headset."
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"I love the airplane adaptor also and the extra cord length if you need it."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The only downside to them is comfort."
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"When it comes to comfort I've never had good luck with on the ear headphones."
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"They were comfortable and did a good job of reducing airplane noise."
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"Not terribly comfortable for long periods of time."
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"This style was perfect for me, easy to carry, and generally comfortable to wear."
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"After flying to from Asia, I can whole heartedly recommend this headset for both comfort and effective noise cancellation."
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"These on ear phone are very comfortable and do a good job canceling out the engine noise on the little regional jets."
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Compact

Compact:
"Very compact and durable"
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"Loved the compact size, noise cancelation, and good audio quality."
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"* they are compact and fit nicely into the seat pocket in front; they don't seem like they're really durable, but I think they should last well if I'm not rough with them."
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"Name brand is reputable, they are nice and compact with a carrying case and airline adapter and had good ratings on the web so they may turn out to be just fine."
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"Compact and efficient."
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Fit

Fit:
"Design doesn't fold down easily to fit into carrying bag."
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"I sorta hate how they don't fit on my head."
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"I had to bend the unit to fit my head better as it was not very comfortable to start with, but after the modification it was much better."
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"Also, they headphones didn't fit comfortably over my ears."
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"Cancelled the background noise and fit comfortably."
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"They were much smaller than I thought they'd be but I guess it turns out my ears are much smaller than I thought they were because these fit perfectly."
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"* they are compact and fit nicely into the seat pocket in front; they don't seem like they're really durable, but I think they should last well if I'm not rough with them."
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"The fit is pretty comfortable, but does start to hurt my ears during a long trip."
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"It's impossible to adjust the band to get a comfortable fit that's remotely snug enough."
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Light

Light:
"Very light and comfortable."
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"3 1 2 StarsPros: Small - very portable; Light; Decent sound quality when NC is turned on."
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"They are light and easily adjustable."
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"Sound quality is actually comparable to my Sennheiser HD pair, They go very light on your ears, just perfect for office."
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"These headphones are light, they sound good, and the noise cancelling feature works well."
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Music

Music:
"This set performs almost identically sound-wise (to my ability to discern), and is very effective at removing low pitch repetitive background noises (removed the engine sounds from a car, was not effective against rap music).This set will not remove everything from your environment, no on-ear set could or aims to do that."
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"For the sound quality, i feel that the low end range is missing a bit especially while listening music on a low volume but the sound quality is great."
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"They are good headphones for listening to music, though."
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"They do let some noise through when worn alone, but most of the students plug them into their own music sources, and that combination(hearing their own music with the noise canceling effect) seems to be very satisfactory."
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"The noise cancellation feature works well on it's own or when you are listening to music."
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"It was much easier to listen to music or the TV on the flight."
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"When turned on, the noise cancelling power is enough to cut down the ambient airplane noise very noticeably (though not 100%) and let the sound of a movie or music come through clearly with very good fidelity."
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Noise

Noise:
"I was disappointed because I expected these headphones to cancel surrounding noise even without playing music, but this isn't true at all."
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"The battery pack is disappointing in that the noise cancelling on-off switch does not move smoothly, and the ON and OFF lettering is so small that it's not helpful; AT should consider making this switch more intuitive to switch (if you are not looking at it) and should also enlarge the lettering."
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"It might be effective in cancelling out some airplane engine noise, but would be completely ineffective in reducing baby screaming or loud conversations."
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"Couldn't reduce noise much - not very good for riding subway or train."
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"Wore them on an overseas flight to France and was really disappointed in the lack of noise cancellation since I cannot sleep on planes due to the noise."
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"These don't block out noise 100%, but they do significantly cut down on droning, annoying background noise, especially lower bass noises."
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"Noise canceling is reasonably effective."
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"The noise cancelling is, I think, a little more effective than the Sennheisers, though both have somewhat muffled sound as a result of the noice cancellation process, a small price to pay when trying to drown out the noisy people (especially overly loud headphones) and the rumble from NYC's dilapidated subway tunnels."
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"I love these things, noise cancelling works like magic when flying."
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"I lost my expensive Bowes noise cancelling headphones and these are just as good also they are smaller and lighter."
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"They make noises in my ears good and loud."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"Decent noise-canceling headphones for the (low) price, but not great."
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"Sound quality OK. Noise-cancelling is noticeable but not great."
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"It is not as useful, as one would think, plus just having the headphones on takes care of most of the noise-cancelling required.3) They are rather uncomfortable, it is hard to wear them for a while.4) Most importantly."
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"A few months after receiving this, one ear of these headphones completely failed -- not just the noise-cancelling effect but also audio output as well."
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"I can't get over the great sound and the noise-cancelling functionality is amazing!"
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"Noise-cancelling is amazing."
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"It's better to invest the money to buy Bose, or get a pair of good passive noise-cancelling ear buds like Shure brand."
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"Not the finest or latest in head phones with noise-cancelling, but at this price (USD 85) a perfect buy for those that want a good product without any serious downsides."
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"I have four points to make.1) The sound quality is good, I cannot complain.2) The noise-cancelling works, but I don't end up actually using it that much."
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"The noise-cancelling feature works quite well, but the quality of music itself left a lot to be desired from me."
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Portable

Portable:
"Nice and portable too although not overly comfortable over the ears."
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"They are small and portable and fold nicely, but the quality of the sound is terrible."
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"3 1 2 StarsPros: Small - very portable; Light; Decent sound quality when NC is turned on."
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"I was extremely satisfied with the Audio-Technica headphones that gave me great quality for a reasonable price and that were also very portable."
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"If you're looking for lightweight, portable noise cancelling headphnes that fit nicely in a carry-on, this is the set for you."
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"Compact, light weight, great quality, good price, excellent sound quality, portable, and great comfort."
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"They are reasonably comfortable and very portable."
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Price

Price:
"Decent noise-canceling headphones for the (low) price, but not great."
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"It blocks enough sound to be useful on both planes and trains, but its no Bose, but then again for the price I didn't expect them to be as efficient as a Bose headphones."
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"When you factor in that they are one-third the price of the Bose, it's hard to see a reason not to try them."
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"First of all, this headphone is not good looking and is built with cheap material."
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"For the price, these are very good, so I'm torn between a three- or four-star review."
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"Very good product for the money."
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"Good headphones for the price."
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"Excellent product for the price! "
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"Great headphones for price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Sound quality OK. Noise-cancelling is noticeable but not great."
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"The build quality is not great either."
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"They are small and portable and fold nicely, but the quality of the sound is terrible."
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"For the sound quality, i feel that the low end range is missing a bit especially while listening music on a low volume but the sound quality is great."
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"They are not perfect but relatively well priced for their quality."
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"But the sound quality is nice."
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"Pros:-Good level of noise cancellation (noticeable difference when headphones are taken off on plane)-Compact storage in soft case-Attractive price point-Good audio quality (not as full as Sennheiser, but pleasantly more natural than Bose)Cons:-Pressure from on-ear design results in ear fatigue on flights longer than ~3 hours (had to take breaks on a recent trans-Pacific flight)-Weight of mid-cord battery pack pulls on cable, resulting in eventual loss of sound in left ear (after 4 years of occasional use)Overall, I am happy with the features of these headphones considering the price point but have purchased an over-the-ear replacement to address both cons."
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"3 1 2 StarsPros: Small - very portable; Light; Decent sound quality when NC is turned on."
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"First, the headphones offer great sound quality for the price."
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"Sound quality and noise cancellation is pretty good."
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Size

Size:
"The battery pack is disappointing in that the noise cancelling on-off switch does not move smoothly, and the ON and OFF lettering is so small that it's not helpful; AT should consider making this switch more intuitive to switch (if you are not looking at it) and should also enlarge the lettering."
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"I was initially dissatisfied with the size of these headphones."
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"The ear pieces are small and uncomfortable."
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"They do a good job of canceling noise but are very uncomfortable due to the small size of the ear muff, and tight fit."
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"My only small complaint is that they hit the top of my head in the center which can be bothersome after a while."
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"They are excellent for travel when size and weight are important."
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"3 1 2 StarsPros: Small - very portable; Light; Decent sound quality when NC is turned on."
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"The ear cups aren't completely over the ear but they are comfy for a long flight, block out noise well, are adjustable, and fold into a small pouch for travel."
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"It all folds up quite small and is easy to travel with."
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"Loved the compact size, noise cancelation, and good audio quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"There is no sound coming out of the right side of the headphone and the failure occurred, while in use, for no apparent reason."
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"Everyone who complains that the sound reduction isn't perfect is right."
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"I don't like full over the ear styles or only in-ear styles which do not do a good job of sound blocking."
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"Sound quality OK. Noise-cancelling is noticeable but not great."
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"But, my main beef is that these have broken twice now- both times I've lost sound in one of the earpieces."
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"They aren't as comfortable or quiet as the Bose QC 15's, but they sound just as well for a fraction of the price."
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"The sound is great."
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"The noise cancelling is, I think, a little more effective than the Sennheisers, though both have somewhat muffled sound as a result of the noice cancellation process, a small price to pay when trying to drown out the noisy people (especially overly loud headphones) and the rumble from NYC's dilapidated subway tunnels."
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"But the sound quality is nice."
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"3 1 2 StarsPros: Small - very portable; Light; Decent sound quality when NC is turned on."
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"However for this price range, it's still one of the best that you should consider, because the sound is good compared to others."
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Travel

Travel:
"Shame that it doesn't come with a hard travel case, considering how likely they would be to take damage in a backpack"
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"They are excellent for travel when size and weight are important."
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"The ear cups aren't completely over the ear but they are comfy for a long flight, block out noise well, are adjustable, and fold into a small pouch for travel."
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"Very full, good base, noise canceling is good, lightweight and easy to travel with."
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"The product is excellent for travel."
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"It all folds up quite small and is easy to travel with."
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Value

Value:
"Besides this one negative, I think they are a great value."
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"These headphones are a very good value compared to the similar Sennheiser PXC 250-II noise-cancelling headphones I bought three times only to see them get damaged even though I was fairly careful in handling them."
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"no... Good value and do the job."
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"80 bucks still good value."
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"There are pricier headsets that do a better job, but the value for the price of these headsets is excellent."
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"This is 80% as good, at a third of the price=good value."
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Weight

Weight:
"I think it's not clear from the photos, but these headphones are pretty lightweight and can be easily stowed in your shoulder bag or backpack."
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"They are excellent for travel when size and weight are important."
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"Very full, good base, noise canceling is good, lightweight and easy to travel with."
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"The headphones themselves are lightweight, foldable, and pretty comfortable on the ears for at least a couple of hours at a time."
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"Lightweight, comfortable with very effective noise canceling and excellent sound quality at a very reasonable price."
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"Lightweight and excellent noise cancelling with good battery life."
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