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ABLE PLANET NC200B True Fidelity Foldable Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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ABLE PLANET NC200B True Fidelity Foldable Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 220 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 8.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.7   average
Fit4.7   above average
Music4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Noise4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Audio4.0   average
Travel3.9   below average
Control3.8   average
Volume3.4   below average
Cable3.1   below average
Battery3.0   below average
Plastic2.3   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"I tend to prefer more high end audio but I would never be comfortable taking a $300+ set of headphones out of my living room and traveling."
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"Returned them, and with second pair audio worked but had a faulty male-to-male cord."
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"I like the overall build quality and the audio is pretty good, but there are some serious problems:1."
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"Thus, based on other reviews decided to sacrifice some audio quality to be able to listen to music on the long flight over and back."
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"THIS PAIR HAS EXCELLENT NOISE CANCELING EFFECY(LYNX AUDIO."
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"The fold up neatly and store in the provided cloth bag and they come with two adapters for the dual jacks you may encounter on some aircraft as well as a standard audio jack for home stereo amps and similar devices."
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"Although it look very well and I tested the noise cancelling, very good, good audio quallity..."
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"The audio quality is brilliant with noise cancelling off and when turned on it only gets better."
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Battery

Battery:
"The power is backwards: I had to insert the batteries in the opposite direction to what was indicated in the battery compartment (negative to negative instead of negative to positive) and it only turned on when I put the switch to the 'off' position."
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"Unfortunately, during a period of disuse for a couple of months, the battery leaked."
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"when the noise cancellation is on, it has really good sound, but not so good when its off, and since its battery operated, I would have liked it alot better if it was at least bearable when off, but its really not when on an airplane"
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"One downside is the battery sometimes gets stuck so need needle nose pliers to get it out Not a big deal, though."
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"They should have put the spring for the negative side of the battery in the headset, not in the door."
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"I regularly try to use these headphones only to find the battery is dead."
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"These far out-shine the Panasonics, ...better noise cancellation, more comfortable, ease of battery access, look like they will be sturdier."
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"Even though I cleaned it out as well as I could, the wire connecting the battery contact eventually disintegrated."
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"It is comfortable, the battery lasts a long time, and ambient noise is significantly reduced."
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"Great:+ Value for money+ Build quality+ Comfort weightGood:+ Portability (vs Bose)+ Sound qualityNot so good:- Battery required to hear music (these are active headphones, just like BOSE though)Hope this helps, Mike"
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"New battery does not solve the problem."
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Cable

Cable:
"Returned them, and with second pair audio worked but had a faulty male-to-male cord."
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"A colleague of mine had the same headphones so I was able to swap the cables to diagnose the problem."
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"They seemed to do OK as far as noise cancelling is concerned but after about 2 months, the left channel went dead and it turned out to be a defective cable."
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"But the good news here is that they fold up nicely and appear to be pretty solid, and like I said earlier, the cord can be detached to prevent damage."
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"- Removable cord with inline volume control, so a damaged cord won't put you out of business."
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"Cord volume control nice touch, sturdy construction."
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"Plus they have a volume control on the cord, which is nice."
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"The headphone cable detaches from the headset, which is nice for storage."
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"They seem well made and I appreciate the detachable cord with volume control."
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"Headphones appear to have a robust built made with good looking black plastic, come with a number of nice accessories such as a long cord with volume control and even with an additional cord to lessen the volume more."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"While others have complained about the quality of their sound reproduction and a hiss when their noise-canceling feature is turned on, my ears have no problems of this sort, and I'd happily rate them a 5, except that my ears do have a problem with the comfort level of the fit."
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"They worked great, they're very comfortable on my head and they fit my son as well."
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"These far out-shine the Panasonics, ...better noise cancellation, more comfortable, ease of battery access, look like they will be sturdier."
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"They are great and comfortable and love the noise cancellation, you do notice difference."
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"They are also well constructed, comfortable and I really like the way they fold up to fit into the included carry bag."
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"They are comfortable and are an excellent value for the money."
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Control

Control:
"Also it has its own volume control so there are basically two volume controls, on your device and the headphones which I guess is another problem, but not so bad."
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"- One of the biggest problems i had with these headphones was the volume control, i don't know if mine came in defective but every time you try to adjust the volume you will get a large static noise, very irritating when you are listening to your favorite tune and you get a loud buzz for 2-3...- these run on battery, so when your battery hits around 1 3 low you will not get any base, or what i mean is all your base will end up as static noise; also when at high volume you will not get any base, just static."
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"- Removable cord with inline volume control, so a damaged cord won't put you out of business."
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"Cord volume control nice touch, sturdy construction."
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"Plus they have a volume control on the cord, which is nice."
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"For example, the audio cord it comes with has strain relief molded in at each end next to the 1 8 jacks, as well as at each end of the inline volume control."
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"They seem well made and I appreciate the detachable cord with volume control."
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"Pros: Noise-Cancelling, Sound Quality, Volume Control, Great for phone calls, music, games, etcCons: VERY cheaply made (both sides broke within 8 months, only use is here on my desktop pc and stored on desk area)Company will replace but only after I return broken ones."
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Design

Design:
"the design is bad, because you can't fold them very well."
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"Great sound quality and design at a great price."
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"The build quality appears good, and there's no doubt some of the design cues are inspired by BOSE, examples include the location of the removable wire and the battery compartment."
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"The quality of the sound is great, design is cool, and good noise cancellation feature, all for a really cheap price."
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"I love the design of these headphones, and the sound quality was great, but they are not built to last."
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"Aside from this glaring, design construction defect, I would recommend these headphones without hesitation."
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Fit

Fit:
"While others have complained about the quality of their sound reproduction and a hiss when their noise-canceling feature is turned on, my ears have no problems of this sort, and I'd happily rate them a 5, except that my ears do have a problem with the comfort level of the fit."
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"They worked great, they're very comfortable on my head and they fit my son as well."
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"They are fairly light weight as well, and fit comfortably."
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"work and fit well but break easy, be gentle with them and you can't beat the price."
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"very snug fit, a little tight on the ears, but the sound was good and delivery was quick"
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"They are also well constructed, comfortable and I really like the way they fold up to fit into the included carry bag."
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Music

Music:
"Basically, you get what you pay for - the did fold nicely and were good for traveling, but the noise canceling never worked well and they would cut in and out while I was listening to music."
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"However, it's not that bad, and they are very effective at canceling my neighbor's music which has given me a level of tranquility that I truly believe has saved my sanity and saved me from exercising my 2nd Amendment rights in protest! "
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"They have nice crisp sound quality for both videos and music."
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"I've listened to music, audiobooks, and podcasts with these, and the sound is excellent (I'm a former classical musician, so I'm just a little picky about the quality of the sound!"
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"I'm very into music and need a crisp and clear sound."
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"Music quality is VERY good in my opinion, I was pleasantly surprised how well high bit-rate MP3's sounded."
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"Thus, based on other reviews decided to sacrifice some audio quality to be able to listen to music on the long flight over and back."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise canceling feature may not be perfect, but it really does block out a lot of outside sound."
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"The worst noise cancelling ever."
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"It is disappointing, because when the headphones are working they had good sounds and the noise canceling feature worked well."
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"The sound quality, while not quite as nice as my non noise canceling set was much better than I was expecting, particularly the bass and the sound canceling was just enough to be able to listen for several hours on the plane at a reasonable level that doesn't make my ears ring for days after."
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"Some did a fair job of cancelling noise but sounded mediocre."
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"Some sounded mediocre and did only a mediocre job of cancelling noise."
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"These far out-shine the Panasonics, ...better noise cancellation, more comfortable, ease of battery access, look like they will be sturdier."
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"Sound quality is decent; noise cancelling is excellent for the price point."
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"I found the noise cancellation to be pretty good and their large, over the ear size really helps to drown out noise."
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"the headphone is comfortable but noise canceling is ok. the price is appropriate for this product."
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"sound quality is good, and the noise cancelling is okay."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"Contrary to what some companies tell you about ear buds, you really can't get a good noise-cancelling effect unless you cover your ears."
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"He travels a lot and wanted some noise-cancelling headphones for planes (and for watching Walking Dead on his computer when I'm sleeping :) He says these work great for his needs."
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"Although it appears completely identical to the old one, and seems to operate exactly the same, the noise-cancelling function does not seem to be as effective as the old one."
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"Creditable enough noise-cancelling, but broke after a while."
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"While others have complained about the quality of their sound reproduction and a hiss when their noise-canceling feature is turned on, my ears have no problems of this sort, and I'd happily rate them a 5, except that my ears do have a problem with the comfort level of the fit."
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"These are the best noise-cancelling headphones I've owned."
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"Pros: Noise-Cancelling, Sound Quality, Volume Control, Great for phone calls, music, games, etcCons: VERY cheaply made (both sides broke within 8 months, only use is here on my desktop pc and stored on desk area)Company will replace but only after I return broken ones."
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"Sound quality is so-so, noise-cancelling is good, but the piece of plastic that holds the headphones open (when unfolded) is going to break."
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"Anyways, I was pleased with the noise-cancelling function, and pleased with the range of these headphones all around."
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"So I began a search for noise-canceling headphones of high quality at a reasonable price and found these."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Cheap plastic, unfortunately the sound cancelling is pretty good for the price paid."
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"Also, the plastic is very flimsy and weak."
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"If I had any complaint at all it would be that the plastic padding on the ear cups tends to get a little warm at times."
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"The third month he used it, he said that plastic that hold the earful broke."
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"However, a small bit of plastic broke after very little use that made the headphones unusable."
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"I see the little plastic lock tab every complains about but I think if I am careful it will last a long time."
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"Cheap plastic, unfortunately the sound cancelling is pretty good for the price paid."
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"Headphones appear to have a robust built made with good looking black plastic, come with a number of nice accessories such as a long cord with volume control and even with an additional cord to lessen the volume more."
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"When he brought the headphone home he had tape the cracked plastic to be able to temporarily use."
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"I was very happy with them until recently when I notice that the plastic headband is cracked (almost completely through) right above the earphones on both sides."
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"Sound quality is so-so, noise-cancelling is good, but the piece of plastic that holds the headphones open (when unfolded) is going to break."
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Price

Price:
"Cheap plastic, unfortunately the sound cancelling is pretty good for the price paid."
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"I recommend if you are looking for very good (not great) sound quality at a very good price point."
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"Six months of nominal use at work, and the flimsy cheap plastic junction above the right earphone has broken."
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"Given that they are a fraction of the price of competing models, I am willing to live with the problem ."
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"They don't sound as good as the Bose, but for less than a third of the price, what do you expect?"
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"Sound quality is decent; noise cancelling is excellent for the price point."
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"DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON ANY ABLE PLANET DEVICES."
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"the headphone is comfortable but noise canceling is ok. the price is appropriate for this product."
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"Decent headphones for the price"
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"pretty good product for the price"
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Quality

Quality:
"The problem is the quality."
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"The sound quality, while not quite as nice as my non noise canceling set was much better than I was expecting, particularly the bass and the sound canceling was just enough to be able to listen for several hours on the plane at a reasonable level that doesn't make my ears ring for days after."
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"I recommend if you are looking for very good (not great) sound quality at a very good price point."
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"The worst part is that the sound quality is not up to par or even close to being worth a hundred, not even fifty dollars."
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"My major complaint is with the quality of the headband."
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"I am sure there are other audiophile quality out there but for $69.95 + free shipping + no tax they are the best thing I have ever seen."
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"They have nice crisp sound quality for both videos and music."
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"Sound quality is decent; noise cancelling is excellent for the price point."
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"I have several Able Planet products and I am very pleased with the quality of sound."
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"sound quality is good, and the noise cancelling is okay."
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"Sound quality is good, but I found it often got turned on from just being in my backpack, so the battery was wasted."
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Sound

Sound:
"The noise canceling feature may not be perfect, but it really does block out a lot of outside sound."
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"It is disappointing, because when the headphones are working they had good sounds and the noise canceling feature worked well."
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"Cheap plastic, unfortunately the sound cancelling is pretty good for the price paid."
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"when the noise cancellation is on, it has really good sound, but not so good when its off, and since its battery operated, I would have liked it alot better if it was at least bearable when off, but its really not when on an airplane"
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"The sound quality, while not quite as nice as my non noise canceling set was much better than I was expecting, particularly the bass and the sound canceling was just enough to be able to listen for several hours on the plane at a reasonable level that doesn't make my ears ring for days after."
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"I recommend if you are looking for very good (not great) sound quality at a very good price point."
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"They have nice crisp sound quality for both videos and music."
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"I've listened to music, audiobooks, and podcasts with these, and the sound is excellent (I'm a former classical musician, so I'm just a little picky about the quality of the sound!"
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"Sound quality is decent; noise cancelling is excellent for the price point."
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"Very good headphones, with solid construction and good sound."
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"I have several Able Planet products and I am very pleased with the quality of sound."
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Travel

Travel:
"People seem to have problems with them braking and I can see that, if you travel a lot with them."
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"However the travel case they come with is a flimsy bag that does little to protect them if you travel a lot."
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"I got them for airline travel and they're quite comfortable for long flights."
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"Would recommend these to anyone who does't want to spend a lot of money on a nice pair of earphones for travel."
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"great for airplane travel"
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"Love that they collapse for travel too."
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"I gave this product an extra star because these headphones actually suited my needs well in the beginning: good noise cancelling abilities for air travel, acceptable sound quality (though I'm not an audiophile) and inexpensive."
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Volume

Volume:
"- One of the biggest problems i had with these headphones was the volume control, i don't know if mine came in defective but every time you try to adjust the volume you will get a large static noise, very irritating when you are listening to your favorite tune and you get a loud buzz for 2-3...- these run on battery, so when your battery hits around 1 3 low you will not get any base, or what i mean is all your base will end up as static noise; also when at high volume you will not get any base, just static."
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")I've found that I really can listen to music -- from Gershwin, to the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendryx, to Ultravox and the Dead Kennedys -- at lower volumes, but still get good sound."
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"- Removable cord with inline volume control, so a damaged cord won't put you out of business."
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"Given the widespread ownership of firearms in our society, I'm not comfortable approaching him on the subject of mitigating the volume."
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"Cord volume control nice touch, sturdy construction."
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"Plus they have a volume control on the cord, which is nice."
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"For example, the audio cord it comes with has strain relief molded in at each end next to the 1 8 jacks, as well as at each end of the inline volume control."
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"They seem well made and I appreciate the detachable cord with volume control."
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"Pros: Noise-Cancelling, Sound Quality, Volume Control, Great for phone calls, music, games, etcCons: VERY cheaply made (both sides broke within 8 months, only use is here on my desktop pc and stored on desk area)Company will replace but only after I return broken ones."
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