JVC HANC250 (Black)
Manufacturer: JVC Part number: HA-NC250
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- The JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones make a great travel companion for those who demand quality sound. And they may not be cheap, but they seem that way next to the Bose QuietComfort 3.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $108.49 - $127.95
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France
- Reviewed on: 07/18/2007
- Released on: 07/13/2007
The good: The JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones are comfortable and offer good sound quality, including tight bass response. The headphones work with or without the noise-cancellation feature activated. JVC includes handy accessories such as a compact, hard-shell carrying case, an airplane adapter, and a quarter-inch plug.
The bad: The cable that comes with the JVC HA-NC250 is too short for nonportable use.
The bottom line: The JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones make a great travel companion for those who demand quality sound. And they may not be cheap, but they seem that way next to the Bose QuietComfort 3.
Short battery life, unreliable, but nice when they work
by rjchief on May 3, 2011
Pros: Great set of accessories allows the headphones (and other peripherals) to be used in a variety of settings
Hard case protects headphones from accidental damage and the pressures of your average carry-on
Sound quality is good, not great, in both noise-canc
Cons: Battery life is incredibly short -- I couldn't go on more than 3 trips without replacing them (although the AAA batteries fit easily within the case
Less than 2 years after using, the noise canceling feature simply quit -- it now gets quiet when it switch
Summary: This product, when it works, works well for the money. It is hard to find inexpensive noise-canceling headphones, and these fit the bill for a regular business traveler with not ...
Summary: This product, when it works, works well for the money. It is hard to find inexpensive noise-canceling headphones, and these fit the bill for a regular business traveler with not the best hearing to begin with. That said, the short battery life made the noise canceling feature effectively useless far too often. And less than two years after receiving them as a gift, the noise canceling quit for good -- rendering them nothing special. I'd recommend either springing for the more reliable, more expensive Bose models or the less expensive noise cancelers on the market -- at least if they quit, it's a cheaper replacement.
bad battery life and not reliable
by dquetsch on January 31, 2011
Pros: When working, it is a very comfortable set of headphones with a very crisp sound and good noise isolation.
Cons: Poor battery life
Poorly made product
Summary: After less then 2 weeks of owning the headphones I had to call in for a replacement set because the noise isolation would work properly. The noise isolation would randomly ...
Summary: After less then 2 weeks of owning the headphones I had to call in for a replacement set because the noise isolation would work properly. The noise isolation would randomly turn on and off at a moments notice resulting in poor quality sound. I thought initially that it was just a bad pair and the replacements would work fine however, this was not the case. I faced the same exact problems that I had with the first set of headphones I received. Overall, a huge disappointment. You'd expect better a company like JVC, who has a history of making high quality products. I cannot stress enough to avoid buying these headphones at all cost.
Great headphones; it really works.
by yabozer on May 14, 2010
Pros: Very good noise reduction; very comfortable on the ears; long battery life (AAA); hard-shell carrying case.
Cons: Cord tends to get tangled at times but not a big deal.
Summary: Just used this set for a very long trip---two flight legs. It seemed the battery lasted forever, and the ear cups were very comfortable. Also, very good noise reduction. Carrying ...
Summary: Just used this set for a very long trip---two flight legs. It seemed the battery lasted forever, and the ear cups were very comfortable. Also, very good noise reduction. Carrying case is hard-shell and compact (easy to place in your laptop case). Sound quality could be a little better but it is most definitely above accetable. All things considered, a great buy. Replacing the battery was easy. Highly recommended for long trips.
Great product, one problem
by RedbAdGE5 on March 10, 2010
Folds nicely into a sturdy compact travel case.
Cons: Ringing noice that resonates with high pitch sounds when noise cancelling is turned on.
Summary: I am certain my problem is atypical due to a factory defect in the noise cancelling circuitry. The headphones produce a slight metallic ringing noise that resonates with high pitch ...
Summary: I am certain my problem is atypical due to a factory defect in the noise cancelling circuitry. The headphones produce a slight metallic ringing noise that resonates with high pitch sounds, only when the noise cancelling is turned on. This occurs regardless of source (including non-encoding media obviously).
The headphones sounded great when the noise cancelling was turned off. I was really impressed with the bass.
I purchased these headphones for use on an international trip I have next week, received them today. I discovered the problem and spoke with JVC Customer Service. They told me that they would send another one out UPS Red today (great!!), but when I checked back later they informed me that they changed their mind. I am stuck in the standard lengthy return and exchange process which means no headphones for my trip. I have no choice but to return for a refund and look for another manufacturer that sells their product in US Stores. I suppose I will need to dig deeper in the pocket for the Bose QuietComfort 15.
Great fit, very comfy but sound quality is lacking
by Kev50027 on July 16, 2008
Pros: Included case, very stylish and small, extremely comfortable for long periods, noiaw cancelling works great
Cons: Sound is extremely muffled compared to in-ear headphones or Sony's MDR-V600 over the ear headphones, noise cancelling changes EQ
Summary: I was so hopeful that these would be the headphones I've been looking for, but they are not. They are very small, light, and stylish, and quite comfortable. However, ...
Summary: I was so hopeful that these would be the headphones I've been looking for, but they are not. They are very small, light, and stylish, and quite comfortable. However, there are some design flaws that keep these headphones from getting a much better score. First, there is a block of plastic between the speaker and your ear. I have no idea why they would put solid plastic in front of the speaker, they could have put holes in it or used mesh. This causes the sound to be very muffled. It's like listening to nice headphones over ear muffs, the high frequencies are hushed while the bass and lower frequencies come through alright. Also, these headphones are the least sensitive headphones I know of. In order to hear music, you have to turn the volume way up on most devices, far beyond normal headphone range. Finally, they make you rip off the ear pad to replace the battery, which they put directly above the speaker. It would be much easier to make a section of the outer headset removable and place the battery there.
In the end, I give the design a 7, and the sound quality a 3, which leaves me with a 5/10.
The Creative EP-630 cost about 1/3rd as much, and sound far, far better, with crisper highs and tight bass. I will probably return these to Amazon.
- Manufacturer: JVC
- Part number: HA-NC250
- Description: The HA-NC250's noise cancellation circuitry includes feedback technology that constantly monitors the noise cancellation process. As a result, the headphones eliminate up to 85 percent of extraneous background noise. To further block noise, the HA-NC250 offers two JVC innovations that help isolate the listener from outside sounds. First, each earpiece employs a double housing structure for an extra sound insulation layer. Second, JVC developed a technique for attaching the headphone's smooth memory foam cushioned ear pads to the housing that helps isolate background noise. The smooth pads also enhance comfort. These sound isolation features, for which patents have been applied, are especially important since the HA-NC250 can be used with the active noise cancellation switched off. For the best possible sound quality, the headphone uses a 40mm neodymium driver in each earpiece. For comfort and portability, the JVC HA-NC250 is one of the lightest headphones in its class, weighing just 5.3 ounces. It folds flat, and when folded is slimmer than most competing models. Included with the HA-NC250 are a slim carrying case, a four-foot detachable cord, airline dual plug adapter, and 0.25 inch plug adapter for use with many home audio and video components. The headphones use a single 1.5-volt AAA battery for powering the noise cancellation circuitry.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Recommended Use The noise canceling feature keeps out ambient sounds on buses and airplanes. Plus, they are portable for easy transport. Active noise canceling technology makes these circumaural headphones ideal for commuting and air travel.
- Product Type Headphones
- Weight 5.3 oz
- Additional Features Noise canceling circuit ,
- Headphones Form Factor Full size
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Active Noise Canceling Yes
- Diaphragm 1.6 in
- Magnet Material Neodymium
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - External - 4 ft
- Included Accessories 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter,
- Power Device None
- Battery 1 x Standard battery - AAA type