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47 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Comfortable HeadphonesFeb 24, 2012
By Inna Tysoe
I have had quite a few headphones over the last few years and these are the first $100 ones I have owned. They are also are the first I have had with the powered noise canceling feature.
These headphones are very comfortable with a lot of cushioning. The ear cups are very plush and cancel out a lot of noise all by themselves. This was the first thing I noticed when I put them on.
The headphones come with a separate cord that plugs into the headphone unit. I like this feature as it means that if the cord gets damaged I can easily replace it. Often I end up damaging headphones when I forget they are on and get out of my chair and the cord gets pulled taut with a snap. Every now and then the wiring will get loose and ruin the listening experience. Should that happen with this set, I can simply replace the cord.
The cord has a single button that allows basic remote control on ipod and some other mp3 players. So you can change tracks with a double click or pause and start with a single click. Handy if, like me, you don't like having to get the phone out and start fiddling when you're busy outdoors.
The headphones come with single 3.5mm jack for mic and headphones combined into a single plug which can be plugged into an adaptor with dual plugs. This adaptor is supposed to be for plugging into airplanes with the plugs spaced apart. They just happen to be spaced exactly right for the front panel on my computer.
Now to the noise canceling. I'm not quite sure how this is supposed to work. It isn't explained. I assumed that it would somehow remove exterior noises. The noise canceling required a AAA battery to be inserted and the switch turned on. With it enabled the first thing I noticed was all the sounds were much crisper and the dynamic range increased, music sounded much more closer more like my home entertainment system. Turn it off and the sound is somewheat dull and lacking in the high tones. At first I wasn't convinced that much sound was being cancelled so I did some tests by listening to music whilst my other half typed fairly noisily on the computer next to me. Lets just say that I had to look over check that they were typing when noise cancelling was on so it does work though you can still hear a little noise. I also tried it in passive mode without any sound just to see how it works. In passive mode it doesn't remove people talking on the phone next to you. Without cancelling there is a lot more noise and the person talking sounds very close; with it turned on they are fainter but clearer and less boomy while ambient sounds like computer fans and the HVAC system disappear. So it does reduce sound.
Overall I like the headphones. They are very comfortable and adjustable, which means they can fit a large or small head. The cups rotate a full 90 degrees so they can lie flat for easy packing and transport. The headphones come with a nice drawstring bag made of a fairly heavy fabric which should keep the headphones away from grime in your gym bag.
The sound quality is good with no distortion but disappointing if you don't have some bass boost or an equalizer because it does sound a little flat without some help. Raising the bass a little does make for a very good sound.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Love'emFeb 05, 2013
Ok I don't normally do write ups but I must on these. Here's what I like. 1) The price, its reasonable for what you get. 2) The long cable, I'm a big guy and its long enough to reach my hip pocket and has more to spare. 3) Noise canceling for my train commute so I don't need to overhear the teenager ssues and stupid remarks. 4) It works with my iphone, event though it does not have the nifty stop/start button like iphone ear buds but I'll deal with that. 5) They work with google hangouts and other video software i use for work in both my macMini and MacBook Pro. The mic (according to folks I talk with) sounds great. 6) Sound when playing music from pandora is great.
Hope this helps and no I am not paid (or unpaid) endorser. Enjoy!
23 of 27 found the following review helpful:
great form factor, noise canceling not so greatMay 14, 2012
By Tom Trails
These are the first noise canceling headphones I've ever used. They feel great on my ears, they fold flat so they fit in my laptop bag, they have a detachable audio cable, and they can be used to talk on the phone. The audio quality is great when noise canceling is turned on, but when it's off the sound quality suffers, even in a quiet room. My subjective assessment is that the background noise (airplane, washing machine, etc) is reduced maybe by 40-50%. Because these began malfunctioning about 5 weeks after I bought them, I tried some noise canceling ear buds from Audio-Technica. The noise canceling on them is far better, reducing background noise by about 80% by my subjective estimate. And this is not simply due to the form factor. When the ear buds are wedged firmly in my ears, there is a huge difference in noise when I turn on the noise canceling. I used these on a KC-135 military aircraft, where engine and outside airflow noise is very, very loud, and it reduced it all to a minor hiss, allowing me to hear the air crew's speech much more clearly, not to mention my music and movies. Bottom line is that these Creative headphones are nice, but there appears to be much better noise canceling available.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Very Good HeadphonesFeb 20, 2014
I used these on a trip to Australia and there are not many long hauls in the world longer than East Coast USA to Australia. In fact I'm writing this review from the plane.
1. Noise cancellation works well. You won't notice it when you turn it on at home, but you will definitely notice it in the plane, very effective.
2. Sound is good. I won't be an audiophile wanker and describe high end and low end intricacies, but I listened to movies from a tablet, music (electronic and rock) and both sounded good.
3. Comfort. I've never owned a headset before. So I've also never worn a headset for an absurdly long period of time. I'm currently in my 8th hour straight of wearing these, including while sleeping, these are comfortable enough, although I have taken 5 minute breaks here and there.
4. Price. Compared to other noise canceling headsets, I think the price for these is very good. I've tried the Bose and the sound is probably a better, but you pay a lot more for those, so I think these are good value.
I take away one star: half for comfort, half for sound - these are good headphones, but there are probably higher end options that will be better in these areas if you are willing to splash the cash for them.
EDIT: only after the return leg did I realize how good these headphones are. They significantly cut down on plane noise to the point where I was astounded at how loud the engine noise was when I had them off. There's not too many flights int he world where you need a headset for 30+ hours of flying total and these do the job. Can't recommend them enough. Excellent value for the price.
10 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Decent noise cancelling hurt by terrible soundMar 02, 2012
By M. Kelley
I have tried many different brands of active noise cancelling headphones but have not found one that meets all of my needs for a set of headphones. I find that most active noise cancelling headphones do one thing and only one thing great and it varies depending on which brand/model you try. The Creative headphones here fall somewhat outside of that statement in that they don;t do one thing great. They do a few things just OK.
Let me start with comfort, these headphones are very comforatble and can be worn for hours at a time. This makes them perfect for long flights or long train rides. Add in the long battery life and and ability to use them without the noise cancelling on and they rank above any of the various Bose headphones I've tried. There are alternatives that are just as comforatble such as those from Sennheiser or Audio Technica.
The Noise cancelleing feature falls in the middle of others I've tried. First, let me state this up front, Bose must have souled their souls to be able to produce active noise cancellation as well as they have. No one does it better. They are incredible compared to all others. My issue with Bose is that my ears tend to feel the pressuer from the technology used. Somewhat uncomfortable if you have bloced ears or fighting a cold. Creative does a decent job of changing the way ambient sounds come through the headphones. They don't really block the sounds, but rather make them less harsh. It is still easy to hear people around you unlike Bose where it is freakishly quiet. Compared to Senns or Audio Technica, and I would rate the Creatives as a step above. And I get no pressure impact on my ears like a I do with Bose.
Sound was terribly disappointing. With the noise cancelling off, the sound is very muddy and low. Running an Ipod just doesn't have enough juice to make these sound good. I tried EQ'ing them several ways but the sound did not improve. Once you turn the noise cancelling on you do get a boost in sound quality but it is far behind the Senns and even the Bose (and I hate the way Bose sounds). Again, the sound was very muddy with little distinction between highs and lows. I tried using a headphone amplifier (Fiio E7) with the Ipod lineout cord but it actually made the sound worse. This was a first for me as usially I get better results. I left the headphones burn in for over 20 hours hoping for some improvement but it never happened. Unless I have a bad set, these are just not as good as Sennheiser or Bose from an audio standpoint.
Since I've been lucky enough to try a lot of headphones over the last year, I've come to realize that if you are trying to combine good noise cancellation and quality sound, you will never be able to do it. Finding something that offers noise isolation (passive rather than active) is much more doable and their are a lot of great options out there. If you goal is to minimize surrouding noise in places like planes trains and automobiles and music is not a priority, then these Creatives are a good choice from a price and performance perspective.
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