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Creative HN-900 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Immerse in blissful entertainment and voice calls
Shut out the din in your air cabin or make clear voice calls on your iPhone with the Creative HN-900 noise-canceling headphones. The concealed microphones in the earcups pick up surrounding noises and these are electronically negated, effectively reducing the noise by up to 85%. With the absence of unwanted sound, the finely tuned 40mm Neodymium drivers allow details of your music or entertainment to be revealed. The Creative HN-900's audio cable comes with an in-line microphone for voice communications on your iPhone. This cable can be detached and the noise-canceling feature turned on - great for times when all you want is peace and quiet. If the headphones run out of battery power, you can still use them in the passive mode without noise cancellation. The Creative HN-900 is a solid performer, ensuring a peaceful backdrop for your entertainment and communication needs.
The active noise-cancellation feature uses embedded microphones in the earcups to monitor the surrounding sound and then electronically cancels out the ambient noise by up to 85%, letting you enjoy your entertainment in total bliss.
Make crystal clear voice calls1 anytime, anywhere with the in-line microphone, which comes with a switch that lets you answer your incoming phone calls with a single click.
The headphone cable comes with gold-plated plugs compatible with most media players and mobile phones2. Detach the cable from the headphones and activate the noise cancellation function if all you need is peace and quiet.
The powerful Neodymium drivers are accurately tuned by acoustic experts to deliver superior audio performance no matter where - in the train or plane, at home, or in the office. Even voice calls1 sound more life-like!
A single AAA alkaline battery powers the active noise cancellation function for up to 40 hours. When battery power runs out, you can still enjoy your entertainment in the passive mode.
An airplane adapter is included for connection to most in-flight entertainment systems. Activate the noise cancellation function to enjoy your movies, minus the distracting engine or cabin noises.
The earcups of the headphones can be folded flat for convenient storage in the included travel pouch - ideal for business trips and vacations.
1 For iPhones only.
2 While you can listen to music with your headphones from these devices, media control using the cable's in-line switch works only with iPhones, iPods and iPads.
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34 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Comfortable HeadphonesFeb 24, 2012
By I. 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.
13 of 13 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.
6 of 6 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!
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Lightweight, Comfortable, Good SoundApr 25, 2012
By Karen Joan
NOTE: My source for the audio tests was an iPad 2 playing recorded music, internet radio music, and internet radio talk.
These CREATIVE HN-900 NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES are good headphones. Their frequency response range is 20Hz ~ 20kHz which is typical and matches the output of iPhones and iPads. I've worn these headphones for a couple of hours (max) at a time with little or no discomfort. Some have commented that there is not enough bass, but as with any headphones, it's really all a matter of opinion. I like bass, but I prefer clear mid and high notes. These headphones delivery too much bass in my opinion. The sound is good but a little muddy for my tastes. That's true with or without the noise cancellation activated. The iPad equalizer didn't seem to have any effect.
Speaking of sound cancellation, it seems to work. It cuts the highs and lows on external sounds. Ideally, I'd have tested this on an airplane, but I haven't had that opportunity. Instead, I tested the feature against lawn-mower noise, telephone conversations, and television. All were noticeably muted which is to be expected.
I have also given them to my nearly 7 year old daughter to use. I do not like ear buds for young kids; I fear for their hearing. My 7 year old loves these and will keep them on, which she has not done with other brands. These CREATIVE HN-900 NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES will most likely end up being hers. Which is a high compliment coming from a worrying mom.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Not Just For Apple ProductsFeb 24, 2012
By J. S. Green
I wanted a nice headset with microphone to work with my tablet. I find this model to be comfortable and light, with good sound quality and a microphone that works well, but lacking in noise cancellation.
The design is a handsome black with silver accents. It utilizes a single AAA battery that fits in the left earcup. There is an ON/OFF switch to control the noise reduction. The cable is detachable, and has an in-line microphone with a single button. The button controls music stop/start, calls answer/end, and decline call/end call waiting. The calling features are listed as being for Iphone, but I was able to use them with my Android phone. It comes with an airplane adapter and a carrying bag (both nice touches). The earcups swivel to allow easier storage.
Sound quality is very good. It depends a lot on the music player one is running. It sounded fine on my phone and on my tablet, a bit less so on my Archos media player.
I think this is a good combination of size vs. weight. These are not really compact headphones because the folded size is still fairly large. But they are smaller than many headsets, and certainly comfortable.
The cord has a longer jack than headphone only models, to accommodate the microphone. This means that it may not work with all music players. My Archos player worked, sort of; the jack stuck out. I would say that this headset is really meant for devices with combined microphone/headset jacks. The manual does warn that the jack may not fit all music players.
I deducted a star because the noise reduction is not good enough. It causes a hiss in the headset when no music is playing, and did not really dampen the exterior noise enough to make it worthwhile. I will probably leave it off, although the hiss does not appear to cause any problems when listening to music; fortunately the noise reduction is optional and the headphones work without it.
I'm not sure I see the point of putting a microphone into a dual ear headset and then advertising it as an Iphone accessory. One can't use it when driving, and it is a bit large for Iphone use. I suppose it would be useful as a music player for the Iphone or other mobile phone when sitting around the house, and it is also great with my tablet when docked (for skype).
I like these headphones. Despite the four stars, I recommend them for the comfort and quality of sound. If you need something for your phone (when used as a media player) when not driving, these are a good choice. Recommended.
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