Maxell Noise-Cancellation Headphones Reviews

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  1. David M says:
    122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Depends on the type of noise, November 8, 2001
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    David M (Vienna, VA USA) –

    This review is from: Maxell Noise-Cancellation Headphones (Personal Computers)

    These headphones were disappointing. I bought them to use in a computer room that has a refrigerator size disk drive and an even bigger AC unit. These headphones do a good job of reducing the low-frequency noise but most of the high frequency stuff comes right through. As a result the noise reduction for me was about 20 – 30% of the total. I also tried them with a leaf blower and had the same results. They do seem to work well at taking out low rumbling humming noises like you would find in air travel but not for anything that has high pitched fan noise like AC units or vacuums.

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  2. Christopher Smith says:
    135 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well worth the cost if you travel, July 2, 2000
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    Christopher Smith (College Station, TX United States) –

    This review is from: Maxell Noise-Cancellation Headphones (Personal Computers)

    I had been considering purchasing noise-cancelling headphones for some time. When I saw these for such a low price, I decided to order. I’m glad I did.

    The headphones are permanently attached to a small belt-clip unit about the size of a pack of baseball cards. The unit has an on-off switch (for the cancelling part) and a volume control. A 3′ cord ending in a standard 1/8″ stereo plug comes out the bottom of the pack.

    The phones have great (but not excellent) response. They are designed as part of the N/C system and so have their best output at about 150Hz–which is great not only for rock and pop but classical as well. When you turn on the N/C, the sound is damped in the higher frequencies, which actually makes everything much clearer. Just don’t use “Super Bass” on your CD player because the sound will get muddy. Without it, though, I was able to enjoy classicalon a recent plane flight without any distractions–which brings me to the N/C aspect of these headphones.

    The noise cancelling is centered around 150Hz, which is the pitch of most plane engines but works quite well for cars and buses too. On my last plane flight, I turned the noise cancelling on as soon as we took off. It removed the engine noise so well that I started to get annoyed by the half-volume air-conditioning noise that it let through. By the time I turned them off, I really had forgotten how much they were blocking the engine noise and was surprised how loud it was.

    The box says that it will run for about 22 hours on a pair of AAs, but I’ve had it running for over 30 hours without problems. It *will* run on rechargeables, but I strongly recommend NiMH if you choose to do so.

    Overall recommendation: A high-quality set of phones, especially considering the price for N/C headphones. I recommend them for any frequent traveler.

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  3. G. Rudd "Data talks" says:
    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice execution for the money, November 20, 2001
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    G. Rudd “Data talks” (Aptos, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Maxell Noise-Cancellation Headphones (Personal Computers)

    We bought these to soothe our nerves during flying. I found that they function very well as headphones. The noise cancellation circuitry adds a very low level white noise that can only be heard in quiet passages in quiet environments, but the circuit can be switched off and the headphones function as any unpowered phones do. Sound reproduction is good, the noise cancellation works mainly in the lower octaves (rumble and roaring noises) which is where you need the help when traveling. Higher frequency noises like voices are only slightly attenuated. This may be a design strategy which makes sense, but is also likely much easier (cheaper) to execute than full-bandwidth attenuation. Very helpful for our intended purpose.

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