|JVC HA-NC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Dan McNamara|
|Monday, 22 October 2012|
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JVC HA-NC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was self-supplied.
Noise cancelling headphones are almost a necessity for frequent travelers. Benchmark Reviews has just complete field trials of the JVC HA-NC250 noise cancelling headphones. These headphones provide solid all around performance for a very competitive price.
In my line of work travel is still a large part of the job. Being able to relax on the journey is a very important part of reaching your destination and being effective when you get there. I also work in an open concept environment that is divided up just enough so that other people think they can talk loud, so background noise is always an issue (in cube teleconferences anyone?). I need something that I can blank out background noises and still allow me to listen at a reasonable volume. For several years my solution has been noise cancelling headphones.
Due to the travelling I need something that does the job, and is not too flashy. Also it must be rugged enough to handle constantly being jammed into my backpack, stowed in the luggage rack and generally kicked around in my hotel room. Work is a conservative environment so I also need something that is not too over-the-top.
Over the years I have bought over-the-ear, on ear and in-ear headphones. I have always tried to buy low to mid- cost noise cancelling headphones mostly because a) they break, b) I lose them, and c) I don't want to pay a lot and have them stolen.
On a recent trip back from Hawaii I was able to try a fellow passenger's Bose QC-3 headphones. I liked the storage case and the amount of noise it removes, but the price was a bit scary for me. So I became determined to find a high quality but lower cost solution. The first thing that I did was go to a popular website and search "noise cancelling headphones". Forty-six 46 items came up including everything from in-ear to over ear, with prices from $49 to $399. So I knew somewhere there were a pair for me. Next, the good internet shopper that I am, I tried Top 10 sites and reduced my search to out-the-ear headphones that had decent overall value, because for me value is function of cost and performance. Going analogue, I went to various shops around town and was able to try the various contenders.
Based on my research and in-store trials I finally decided on the JVC HA-NC250. Normally that would have been the end of my journey, but when Benchmark Reviews suggested that I report on how well the HA-NC250 worked I jumped at the chance.
JVC HA-NC250 Specifications
The JVC HA-NC250 specifications are an indication of solid, mid-to-high end performance. Noise reduction is optimized for the lower frequencies, which tend to be the more tiring and disturbing on long haul trips. The band of frequencies that the headphones cover is wider than frequencies that people can hear within (20Hz to 20KHz). Low sensitivity means better response to rapidly changing frequencies, and ultimately better audio reproduction whether you are listening to pop, rock or classical music. The low weight of the headset means that it is easy to wear the JVC HA-NC250s for long trips, around the office, and at home in comfort.