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ABLE PLANET NC300B True Fidelity Around-the-Ear Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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ABLE PLANET NC300B True Fidelity Around-the-Ear Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 10/24/2015
Based on 98 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 12.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.0   below average
Sound3.9   below average
Quality3.8   below average
Warranty3.3   above average
Music2.9   mediocre
Noise2.9   mediocre


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Music

Music:
"Pro's:CostNoise cancelling with music playing is excellentCon's:Uncomfortable ear cupsCrackles without musicSound leak (1 3 volume on iphone is noticeable from 2' away)Packaging...nearly needed to fire up the Stihl to get them out of the plastic!"
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"They're not as streamlined as Bose headphones, but unlike Bose noise-cancelling headphones, these allow you to listen to music even if the battery is dead (albeit without the noise-cancelling functionality)."
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"I upgraded to these from a pair of Koss earbuds, and there's not even a meaningful way to compare how much better the music is (not to disparage Koss - they're my favorite earbuds, but there's only so much you can do with audio technology that small)."
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"I wore these to the gym and they did a good job of blocking the noise and the music sounded good but they broke after about six months of rather gentle use."
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"It cancels out all of the annoying noises in the background and i get to listen to my music in peace."
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"My biggest complaint is that once the noise cancel feature is switched on the music you play is heard loud and clear to everyone near you."
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"Perfect for air and car travel with the noise cancel and they make your movies music sound great!"
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"I have listened to thousands of hours of music through these, and they still are working great."
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"I wore these to the gym and they did a good job of blocking the noise and the music sounded good but they broke after about six months of rather gentle use."
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"Noise canceling is very impressive, really blocks out other sounds, you just hear great sounding music."
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"The sound is very impressive, music sounds better with these headphones."
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Noise

Noise:
"The ear phones cancelled the noise but they are too big and heavy and thus uncomfortable after wearing them for a while."
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"The headphones were great until I noticed that when I turned on the noise cancellation, the left speaker sounded broken, not white noise broken as the speaker periodically would hiss, like a broken speaker"
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"On a previous flight, I tried a decent set of Sony headphones that were not noise canceling and I was not able to adequately hear the dialogue."
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"The only downside is the noise leakage."
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"Note: NOISE CANCELLING DOES NOT PERFORM WELL IN A CAR."
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"I am not expecting these to sound as good as studio monitors, however, these work very well at diminishing the noise on a plane."
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"This would have been my 2nd pair of Able Planet phonesThe 1st lasted a few years and actually had very good noise cancellation properties (significantly better than my SonyMDR NC7)The quality of audio was descent enough for plane travelMy 1st pair broke at the hinge on top of the phones (as they were totally collapsible."
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"The headphones were great until I noticed that when I turned on the noise cancellation, the left speaker sounded broken, not white noise broken as the speaker periodically would hiss, like a broken speaker"
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"Able planet products are my preferred noise cancelling headphones, because they are better at blocking noises."
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"Great pair of noise canceling headphones for a very reasonable price."
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Price

Price:
"Maybe that's what I should be expecting in this price range, but I could never be happy with these."
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"These NR headphones do the job and are exceptional for the price, with relatively manageable problems (primarily the noise leakage, but that could be a deal breaker for some)Overall I'd say good pair of starting NR headphones for the price, not great, not bad, but good."
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"Compared to my wife's Bose set, the noise isolation not quite as good, but at less than half the price it is a great buy for such a quality product."
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"The hissing from the noise reduction was annoying but to be expected at this price point."
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"You ask why go back well for the price and sound quality was worth the gamble noise cancelling is above average."
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"Great pair of noise canceling headphones for a very reasonable price."
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"These headphones are very comfortable and produce decent sound quality, especially at this price point."
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"In terms of value for the price, I highly recommend these."
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"These work remarkably well for that task, and for what I think is an excellent price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality of these is very good, buy I was not happy with the build quality."
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"In addition, I found that battery life wasn't great, and that over time the noise canceling quality of the headset degraded."
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"The sound quality was great with outstanding range, but they had a design problem."
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"Some quick observations I've made:Sound Quality:- The sound quality is a bit above average- Very weak sound quality very muted with Noise Reduction turned off- I'd say these headphones are a bit base heavy- Noise leakage is huge, and there's no getting past it, at mid to high volumes."
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"The sound quality was great but how can you enjoy them if they blow out after such little use?"
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"Excellent quality! "
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"You ask why go back well for the price and sound quality was worth the gamble noise cancelling is above average."
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"As with other Able Planet headphones I have bought in the past the sound quality is great but the headphones themselves suck and break easily."
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"They are comfortable, cancel noise effectively, and have good sound quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound quality of these is very good, buy I was not happy with the build quality."
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"--Sound--I was disappointed with the sound from these almost immediately."
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"The sound was missing a little bit of bass at first for me but after reading more reviews i have concluded that that bass, is just right for the mids and highs that these provide."
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"Some quick observations I've made:Sound Quality:- The sound quality is a bit above average- Very weak sound quality very muted with Noise Reduction turned off- I'd say these headphones are a bit base heavy- Noise leakage is huge, and there's no getting past it, at mid to high volumes."
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"I am not expecting these to sound as good as studio monitors, however, these work very well at diminishing the noise on a plane."
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"The sound quality was great but how can you enjoy them if they blow out after such little use?"
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"You ask why go back well for the price and sound quality was worth the gamble noise cancelling is above average."
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"As with other Able Planet headphones I have bought in the past the sound quality is great but the headphones themselves suck and break easily."
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"They are comfortable, cancel noise effectively, and have good sound quality."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Mine broke after a few uses and the warranty claim was denied."
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"Since I couldn't return the headphones to the store and didn't want to deal with the manufacturer's warranty hassles, I opened up the headphones to fix it."
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"accidents are not covered by the able planet warranty."
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"I planned on returning them but made the mistake of filling out the warranty card which voids the possibility of a return."
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"Unreliable product breaks quickly and lifetime warranty means nothing to Able Planet."
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"After receiving the photo, Able Planet indicated that the headphones were under warranty."
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"Able Planet's warranty is a joke."
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"Here is what they require:What you must do to obtain warranty service: Contact Able Planet customer service 877-266-1979 Return product in its original packaging along with a copy of the sales receipt from an authorized Able Planet dealer to: Able Planet Returns 10601 W. I-70 Frontage Rd."
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"UPDATE 12 28 2012: I promised I would update my review to 4 stars if Able Planet honored its limited lifetime warranty."
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