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Able Planet Sound Clarity Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 102 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 8.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.5   average
Volume4.2   above average
Price4.1   average
Sound4.0   below average
Noise3.8   average


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Very comfortable and they look nice."
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"- It's a pretty comfortable pair of headphones."
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"Also, I would give the Bose the edge in terms of comfort over the Able Planet by a modest margin - the Bose have slightly larger ear cups and just seem to fit a bit better with a tad better padding (earbuds are obviously an entirely different kettle of fish when it comes to comfort)."
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"Standing next to a running air handler that is roughly the size of a minivan, the SC is able to wipe out a good portion of the noise to make the level comfortable."
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"You want the things to block out outside noise, feel comfortable, sound good, and not cost an arm and a leg."
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Noise

Noise:
"I'd love to be able to comment on the noise reducing canceling feature, but unfortunately the headphone design is such that the on off switch turns on while the headphones are in the storage case, resulting in the dead batteries when I pull them out to use them."
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"They fit poorly, don't cancel the noise and sound absolutely terrible."
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"Don't know what the folks are smoking, but noise feature is not v effective."
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"There is an annoying electronic noise if you don't have music on while the noise cancelling feature is on; not sure if this is inherent in all of these type of headphones (incl Bose's).Sound wise is just as good as the iphone's (which is saying something)."
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"Update 9 15 13: the annoying pulsing electronic noise occurs about after an x period of use, if I had to guess, it is between 30 to 60 mins."
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"These headphones are amazing - great noise canceling on the airplane! "
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"Noise cancelling is a great feature."
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"This is the second pair of Able Planet noise cancelling headphones I've owned."
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"That being said, it is still a very nice feature for flights or other noisy environments, it may not eliminate the other sound, but it will definitely be reduced."
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"They work well for wearing on airplane flights to reduce noise."
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Price

Price:
"It's obvious when you turn it on as I think the headphones amplify your music (unfortunately), but the cancellation itself is underwhelming for the price."
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"Now I must waste my valuable time (and money) shipping this junk back, and trying to get a refund."
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"Compared to several other competitors around the same price range, this was the worst."
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"These will still operate when the power noise cancelling is turned off (the Bose don't), and the inline volume control is really helpful so you don't have to fumble for your MP3 player or the airplane seat controls to adjust the volume (again, the Bose don't have this).For the money, these are a great alternative to the Bose if you're looking for over the ear noise cancelling headphones."
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"Excellent quality for the price."
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"Great price and a great product."
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"Well worth the money."
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"I was skeptical because I had not ever heard of the Able Planet brand, but they are great headphones for the price!"
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"Absolutely great for the Price."
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Quality

Quality:
"With this feature off, you WILL NOT get any reasonable audio quality at all."
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"UPDATE Oct 18, 2012The sound quality seems to have degraded and now there is an annoying ticking sound from when noise cancellation is on."
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"My 2+ year old ABLE PLANET NC500 Sound Quality headphones broke at a swivel point."
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"Excellent quality for the price."
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"The sound quality is great."
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"I would recommend these to anyone that is looking for high quality sound and not wanting to spend $300."
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"I don't think it's worth paying the lower price for the Able Planet brand for poor quality and have now purchased Bose headphones."
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"The headphones are excellent quality and the price was great."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound is unacceptable right now and I will toss them."
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"I understand a tight seal is necessary to ensure sound isolation, but the pressure is just excessive compared to my two other headphones."
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"They fit poorly, don't cancel the noise and sound absolutely terrible."
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"If you're looking to dampen the discussions happening in the cubicle next to you, the construction sound from across the street, or your own horrible singing you'll need to look elsewhere: there's some minimal attenuation in these frequency ranges, but not enough to be useful."
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"If you are in the market for a high quality and lost cost pair of headphones look no further then Able Planet's Sound Clarity."
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"UPDATE Oct 18, 2012The sound quality seems to have degraded and now there is an annoying ticking sound from when noise cancellation is on."
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"The sound quality is great."
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"Great head phones with wonderful ability to insulate the listener from outside sound - especially on an airplane"
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"I would recommend these to anyone that is looking for high quality sound and not wanting to spend $300."
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"These headphones deliver a great sound for the price."
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"These have some of the best sound I've ever gotten from headphones, but I have never owned a pair at this price point before."
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Volume

Volume:
"The volume adjuster is also malfunctioning, so that a small adjustment changes from very quiet to very loud, and or from one ear to both or neither."
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"These will still operate when the power noise cancelling is turned off (the Bose don't), and the inline volume control is really helpful so you don't have to fumble for your MP3 player or the airplane seat controls to adjust the volume (again, the Bose don't have this).For the money, these are a great alternative to the Bose if you're looking for over the ear noise cancelling headphones."
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"I love the volume control."
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"They have an impressive volume level and they handle the bass very well."
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"If you tend to listen with high volume, you can actually feel the base like with a good subwoofer."
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"I love the volume control on the cord which is so easy to use."
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"The lengthy cord is a nice feature, and the volume control built in."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"The part of the headphone that holds the earpiece against the head broke and Able Planet does not respond to warranty inquiries."
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"So, buy at your own risk because if your headphones fail, you can't count on this company to honor their warranty or to act in an ethical way."
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"Considering the 2-year Bose warranty against an Able Planet lifetime warranty, though, is hard to ignore."
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"OTHERWISE THEY WILL NOT HONOR THE 1 YEAR WARRANTY....The warranty offered by Able Planet is a Limited Lifetime Warranty."
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"Since they have a 1 year warranty, I emailed Able Planet."
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"The part of the headphone that holds the earpiece against the head broke and Able Planet does not respond to warranty inquiries."
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