Review: Noise canceling headphones
- It is becoming increasingly crowded around us. Open workplaces that make it hard to concentrate, people who talk too loudly on public transport or the noise of aircraft engines. A noise canceling headphones then comes in handy. Time to subject a number of these noise canceling headphones to a test.
At first glance the AKG N60 NC looks fine with its sleek design, leather ear cups and aluminum accents. In addition, the on-ear headphones to fold making it easy to carry in its fabric cover. Of all the tested devices that fit best in your bag, which is certainly a plus.
Very comfortable the AKG however is not. The pressure on the ears is big and also the headband feel clear down the whole time. The ear cups swivel and adjust to the head. However, I had this feeling that it was crooked on my head and into the mirror it looked strange.
The AKG N60 NC has no bluetooth and must be connected via a wire. It is equipped with a remote control that lets you put the music easy to break. But it has no volume controls, which is very impractical because you still have to pick up the phone there. The sound quality is good, but is fairly flat. It's nothing deep or height.
The AKG N60 NC is in the shop for € 249.
A striking figure, you can certainly call the Bose Quite Control 30. It is the only in-ear noise canceling headphones in the test. The earbuds sit on a rubber band that you wear in the neck. In this band is hidden all the technique so that the earbuds themselves are very light. The idea is to get used, but the comfort is high. There are supplied rubber set pieces, so you can easily find the right size for your ears.\n \n \n advertisement
A striking feature of the Bose is the ability to adjust the level of noise reduction through the app or the buttons on the remote control. So you can put it high if, for example on a plane and actually lower when you walk on the street. A big difference with other headsets that have only an on and off for noise canceling.
The sound is nice and bright. The bass is not overly heavy, making the music stand out. The only thing I ran into is that I sometimes outside suffered from glitches because the bluetooth connection signal is obstructed.
The Bose Quiet Control 30 is available from € 299.
The Sennheiser PXC 550 is on to turn on simple manner by turning the right auricle into the correct position. That saves a button on the headset. The design is more sleek, matte black and aluminum elements stabbing spectacle. Quite comfortably over-ear headphones with me. This is due to the shape of the pinna. My small ears fit right in, but the ear will rest heavily on the ears of other people. Especially if you are wearing earrings.
The right earpiece includes a touchpad which determines the volume through your swipe or go to the previous / next track. Tap once to pause the song. Tap twice switches the noise canceling off. Through a button modes are available when you listen to music, play a movie or in conversation with someone.
The Sennheiser has a very nice sound, you still can customize to your own taste via an associated app. You can do this yourself, but you can also use the soundcheck. It plays a song and you should always choose option A or B sound better. Is then stored your preferred.
The Sennheiser PXC 550 has a price tag of € 399.
The Sony MDR-1000X is the only headphones in the test, which is also obtainable than black in a different color. Personally, I am very pleased with the champagne-colored variant. Compared to other headsets, this model is a bit on the large side, but it does not bother. Especially because the comfort is high, due to the soft earcups and headband.
The right earpiece includes a touchpad that lets you like the Sennheiser PXC 550 controls the music or answering phone calls. Temporarily turn off the noise canceling, however, you do by holding your hand to the ear. The music pauses and the ambient sounds enter through a microphone.
The sound of the Sony MDR-1000X is very fine. The music sounds warm, the bass is just right and different music genres come into their own. The over-ear headphones have a special button that it is tailored to the user. Thereby analyzing the shape of the head, how you wear your hair and if you have glasses on.
The Sony MDR-1000X is available in the colors champagne and black and costs € 399.
A clumsy Teufel Mute will not easily win because the plastic appearance. Fine for home at the computer, but it you do not really want to be seen on the streets. On the other hand, it is the best noise canceling headphones from the test.
Still, the difference with the other headphones large. Thus, the noise canceling functionality of wired headset is powered by one AAA battery, which is not really practical or good for the environment. Further, the wire is also not provided with a remote control, which makes it fast control of the music or bubbles is not possible.
The sound of the Teufel Mute other hand, is surprisingly good. The bass is good and warm sound. quietly listening is not on. The noise reduction is disappointing. The ambient sounds are muted slightly, but you can still hear people talking.
Teufel Mute can be bought online for € 169.
Who wants to invest in a good noise canceling headphones, there is obviously some money to spend. Personally for me puts the Sony MDR-1000X head and shoulders above the rest, but with the Sennheiser- and Bose headphones denotes certainly good. You just need to see if you like them are pleasant. The AKG N60 NC and Teufel Mute go neck and neck. The first is nicer and has better noise canceling, while the other is better and gives better sound.
Furthermore, it is my expectation that noise canceling now is still a novelty, but slowly but surely fixed feature will be on headsets. Who would so not a lot of money for noise canceling, does well as a year to watch the way the wind blows.
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