AblePlanet NC1050 Review

ableplanet nc1050 review

Noise Cancelling Headphones That Re-produce the live experience


  • High quality audio
  • Very clear highs and excellent bass
  • Comfortable over the ear headphones that can be worn for long sessions
  • High marks for noise cancelling.

  • No color options: At least at this time
  • I would prefer a small in line volume control
  • Would be nice to have the device auto turn off. I always forget to do it.

The AblePlanet NC1050 noise canceling headphones provide a very solid noise cancelling experience. The crisp and clear sound coming out of these babies will provide hours of enjoyment for years to come. We rate this product a Strong Buy and award it the Editor Choice Award for the month of May 2012. It scored a 5 Star mark.

Editor Choice Onheadphones.comAblePlanet NC1050 Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Noise canceling headphones- with Linx Audio

First Thoughts

It's been a while since I have personally tested out such a high quality noise cancelling headphone that was actually very comfortable. The first time I put them on was when my son had several friends over playing. I needed to jam out some paper work and could not work with all the running around. I placed the AblePlanet NC1050 over my ears and turned them on. It was truly amazing to go from a chaotic seen to being at a Dave Mathews Concert. The comfort level of these headphones I can not stress enough. I have sensitive ears and for me they felt better then any Boise I've worn.

How does the Noise Canceling Compare to Other Leading Brands?

AblePlantet has produced a very high quality noise cancelling device. I would put this product on par with the Bose QuitComfort series of headphones. I could not rate it above or below. To put it simply I fully enjoyed my listening experience and was able to drown out the out side world to a very satisfactory level. The headphones also work when not turned on, which can be a big plus for those who do not need the noise cancelling feature on.

Overall Design

For a cost of $349 I expect my headphones to be very durable and last me for years. The NC1050 seems to meet this criteria. They appear very well engendered and a few drops hear and there should not cause any major damage.

The right side of the headphones is where you will have the 2 AAA batteries. They are ease to change out with out any special tools needed. The bay door slides out and secures back in place with ease. Batteries are included with this device.

The on and off button are also located on the right side. Basic slide up for on and down to place back into the off feature. As mentioned before the NC1050 works in both on and off mode for music listening.

The cord connecting the headphones to the listing device is detachable and around 5 1/2 feet in length. I have always preferred detached cords as I tend to forget I'm wearing headphones and when I walk away I don't suffer any neck injury. Believe me, you will forget these are on your head and will make the same mistake. On the cord is a volume button. It's a smooth oval shaped volume cord. In my mind it could of been smaller and I prefer it so. It's a matter of opinion and if you have large hands (Mine are small) you may appreciate the size.

Overall Performance

The noise canceling works very well as already mentioned. I was able to drown out more of the background noise on the NC1050 then many other lower cost noise canceling headphones. The sound was also very clear. The highs, lows and bass were impressive and not distorted. On lesser quality noise canceling headphones you will notice distortion and muffles, not on the AblePlanet NC1050.

I have yet to use up the battery life on the device and have enjoyed several hours of use. I have not been able to determine the exact life of the battery and could not find documentation to support how long they will last.

I watch a war movie with these headphones on and got a big grin at the bass and sound quality levels from this device. It did add a lot to my listening experience.


There is a general limited lifetime warranty. If the product malfunctions with out the help of a power surge or the owner causing damage through improper use, they will replace or repair the device at their discretion. This is a very industry standard warranty. Nothing too special about it as just about everyone offers it. Still it's always nice to have one for free.


  • 1/4 Home Stereo Adaptor
  • AAA Battery (2)
  • Hard Shell Protective Carrying Case
  • Airplane Adapter 

Specs Taken From and The Product Box

MSRP: $349

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz: 115 dB(Off); 121 dB (On)
  • Plug 3.5 mm

·  Award Winning Sound Quality
·  Maximum Speech Clarity
·  Soft Clips Distortion
·  Increased Perceived Loudness Without Increasing Volume

·  Superior Noise Canceling Technology
·  Featuring Award-Winning Patented LINX AUDIO® a Hear the Difference® technology
·  In-Line Volume Control for Easy Adjustment to Safe Listening Levels
·  Lightweight and Comfortable fit
·  Flat Black paint with Carbon Fiber ring
·  Ideal for Creating Your Own Personal Space Filled with Full Rich Sound
·  Removable Cord with 1/8” and 1/4” Stereo Adapters
·  For use in Computer & Language Labs, Stereos, Personal Computers, CD, DVD and MP3 Players
·  For Use With or Without a Hearing Aid 

SOUL by Ludacris SL300GG High Definition Noise Canceling Headphones (Gold) Review

Noise canceling headphones- because sometimes isolation is good for the soul

  • Stylish personal audio option with true studio level sound quality
  • Easy and handy to use while traveling
  • iPhone ready

  • You might feel a little restricted when it comes to color options. But the gold color it comes in compliments the design perfectly.

Excellent sound quality and style. It delivers every chord, notes, strings with brilliant clarity. The breathable headband is comfortable to wear and you can enjoy music for long continuous hours. It is perfect for all you music aficionado out there. 

SOUL by Ludacris SL300GG High Definition Noise Canceling Headphones (Gold) Review

Noise canceling headphones- because sometimes isolation is good for the soul

From my own personal experience, I know that style and quality sound don't usually coexist when it comes to headphones. There are many cool looking headphones which you get attracted to while looking for a personal audio solution; the flip side is that the audio output can be disappointing. The good news is the SL300GG by Ludacris has changed it all. It has a stylish fold-up design and is loaded with all the sexy features you want from a set of personal headphones.

The SOUL is a professional line of personal audio tools by Ludacris. You can experience a perfect balance with world class noise cancellation technology and superior sound quality, while sporting a fashionable pair of headphones. This is probably the first headphone set which is the perfect blend of style and professional acoustics.

This product is packed with features. The fit is very comfortable as it has an over-ear design with full ear cup articulation and the illuminated ear cup badge adds style. The SL300GG comes with a breathable headband and ear cups which allows you to use the headphones continuously without any discomfort. The innovative design by an award winning team enables high definition noise cancellation. You also get this feature where you can play music in passive mode after the battery has been drained. It comes with a gold plated connector which helps in seamless signal transfer.

As I travel a lot and like listening to music on the move, I liked the sleek folding design for easy storage. I also find the protective road case to be very handy- especially while traveling. The flat tangle free cable adds to the convenience. This powered performance headphone can deliver high quality immaculate sound, which is very appropriate for music professionals and stylish music aficionados who travel a lot. I rate the SL300GG High Definition Noise Canceling Headphones (Gold) 5 stars for its high quality sound and superb noise cancellation technology.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $349.95

  • High definition noise cancellation
  • Breathable headband with over the ear, ear cups
  • Tangle free audio cable with Apple in-line controller
  • Foldable stylish design for easy storage

Sennheiser PX 360 BT Headphones Review

  • Can use both Bluetooth and wire connections
  • Removable battery pack that is chargeable via micro USB connection
  • Collapsible for easy storage and traveling
  • Comfortable fit for long-term use
  • Syncs well with Windows Media Player and iTunes


  • When connected using the audio cable and without the battery pack the volume control does not work
  • They are on the expensive side for headphones

The Sennheiser PX 360 BT headphones are a high quality product that provide lots of options. They have bluetooth technology, can be recharged using a USB, are noice canceling and comfortable on top of all of that and more!

Sennheiser PX 360 BT Headphones Review

Collapsible bluetooth headphones

The Sennheiser PX 360 BT headphones definitely have more pros than cons. They are quite versatile for your needs since you can easily switch between Bluetooth and wired connections. The stereo Bluetooth technology provides the hands-free experience along with quality hi-fi sound, and the wired connection is great for conserving the battery when wireless is not needed. It is to be expected that the price is what most people are being held back by, but let me tell you that in today’s world of technology you get what you pay for.

Right out of the box you will enjoy the appearance of the headphones themselves. They have a very sleek and attractive design that is easy on the eyes. Looking nice is great and all, but it is the comfort and sound quality that will likely form your opinion of the headset. Fortunately, the looks of the Sennheiser PX 360 BT headphones are followed by both.

One of the more important features these days is noise cancellation. We all like to enjoy listening to our audio without having to hear noises from the outside world. The closed around the ear design is perfect for comfortable listening, but also doubles as passive noise reduction. Once you own a headset that provides this quality combo you will never want to go back to the old style of headphones.

So how is the sound quality? In one word, it is superb. The sound is crystal clear, whether you are using wired or Bluetooth. There is no loss of quality when using the wireless features! Whether you listen to your music low or want to feel like you are live in concert this particular headset is sure to deliver the quality you desire. It is really an all-in-one package. Basically, you get the comfort you want, high-quality sound, wireless capabilities, and it is extremely easy to travel with. Can you get a pair of headphones cheaper? Definitely. Will they match up to the Sennheiser PX 360 BT headphones? Not a chance.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $399.95

Brand Name: Sennheiser

Includes carrying pouch, an optional audio cable, and multi-country battery charger

Model: PX 360 BT

Color Name: Black

Item Weight: 0.39 pounds

Sennheiser PXC 310 Headphones Review

Sennheiser PXC310

  • Long battery life
  • Small, compact size that is perfect for travel
  • Quality noise cancellation
  • Over the Ear cushion design is comfortable to wear on your ears

  • The bright LED light on the side of the headset can be distracting to others during night use
  • When listening to music at a higher volume, the sound is distorted
  • Battery recharging requires a wall plug in unless you have a USB plug in device
  • Headset size is somewhat small and uncomfortable to wear

The Sennheiser headphones have long been known for delivering high quality headphones, and these are no exception.  Offering a compact solution for those who travel or just do not want bulky headphones while using portable devices, these headphones fit the bill for your every day needs.   With crisp, clear sound and the ability to block out background noise while listening, these headphones will make your listening experience worth the price!

Sennheiser  PXC 310 Headphones Review

Compact Noise-canceling headphones

When a customer purchases a pair of Sennheiser headphones, they expect high quality products, and the PXC 310 headphones are no exception.  While other models of Sennheiser headphones are more bulky, the PXC 310 headphones have a sleek design and a collapsible quality that makes them perfect for travel or storing in general. 

Like many of their other headphones models, the PXC 310 does offer an over the ear design.  While the cushions on the headphones are very comfortable, the overall size does leave something to be desired for some users.  However, this is one of the luxuries that you might have to sacrifice if you are looking for a compact pair of headphones.   This over the ear cushion paired with the noise cancellation feature makes the outside noise virtually unnoticeable while using these headphones!  Feel free to listen to your devices or work on your computer while not being distracted by the background noise!  With the noise cancellation, you get up to 90% noise reduction! 

Also similar to other Sennheiser headphones, the PXC 310 headphones offer the TalkThrough technology, which allows you to talk with others while still using the headphones!  These headphones also offer many different battery charger plug options for traveling all over the world.  In addition, you can also charge the battery in any USB port.  While other compact, collapsible headphones might be cheaply made and not of high quality, you can expect Sennheiser to live up to their name with these PXC 310 headphones.  With any item that you buy there will always be some things that you wish were different, but these headphones meet quality standards and are well worth their price!  You will be glad that you paid for the excellent product that you purchased!

Technical Info:

MSRP: $389.95
Single sided cable
Collapsible design
Lightweight-only 6.4 ounces!

Sennheiser MM550 Headphones Review

Seinnheiser MM 550

  • Microphone is very sensitive and high quality
  • Very comfortable over the ear design
  • Easy to use Bluetooth feature that is compatible with all devices
  • Upgraded case that fits everything in it and is travel size

  • Battery type is short and not convenient for trips because there is nowhere to charge
  • Very expensive
  • Sound quality lessens when using noise  cancellation
  • Volume does not get as loud as some users would prefer

Just like their predecessor, the Sennheiser MM 450 headphones, the Sennheiser name has once again come through with a high quality product.  While making changes to improve upon complaints made about the previous model of these headphones, Sennheiser has given consumers a product that they will not be disappointed with.  While the price tag is still expensive, you are paying for the quality and the reliability of the Sennheiser brand, and you will get headphones that deliver!

Sennheiser MM 550 Headphones

Newly upgraded wireless bluetooth headphones

The Sennheiser brand is well known for delivering high quality products, and the MM 550 headphones are not an exception.  Consumers are looking for high quality headphones that can be used for a variety of purposes, and these fit the bill to a tee.  The Sennheiser company has prided themselves on improving this product based on the customer reviews on the previous model, the MM 450.  Some of the complaints about the 450 were changed on the Sennheiser MM 550 headphones to make them a more improved model!

Like the MM 450 models, the MM 550 is an over the ear design.  Sennheiser did change the size of the over the ear cup so that the headphones were less bulky, but users have commented that they are extremely comfortable to wear, even for those people who might have a need for wider headphones.  Wearing them for extensive periods of time is no problem!    Having this over the ear design allows the headphones to block out a good amount of outside noise even without turning on the Noise Cancellation option.  However, if needed, the MM 550 headphones do come with NoiseGard 2.0 noise-canceling technology, which does reduce the sound up to 90%.  The headphones also come with an improved carrying case which does fit all of the included components in one convenient location, which is a definite improvement from the nylon bag that was included in the previous model.  

So is the quality of these new and improved headphones the same as the MM 450? Most definitely.  While some users do comment that the volume leaves some to be desired because it does not go high enough, there are settings that can be changed within the headphones as well as the devices that you are listening to that will allow for a higher volume.  While the battery still seems to be an issue with some users in that it does not have that long of a use life before having to be charged, this is expected with any Bluetooth headset.  The MM 550 comes with a USB cable that can be used in many locations to charge the headset if you are in an area where a wall charger outlet is not available.  It does not take long to charge the battery and then you are back to your listening again!  These headphones also come with the same TalkThrough technology that activates the external microphone with just one button.  In addition, the headphones have an invisible microphone for taking calls as well.  If you are in the market for a high quality pair of headphones, look no further.  The Sennheiser company has made a name for itself for delivering great products, and though the price might be high, you will not be sorry that you bought this great product!   

Technical Info:

MSRP: $599.95
Ear-cup headphone style-smaller than previous model
Uses neodymium magnets and Duofol diaphragms
Lightweight-0.39 lbs.

Goldring NS1000 Open Box Noise Canceling Headphones

Over 100 years of audio excellence

  • Superior noise canceling ability thanks to “ANR” technology
  • Made with very durable materials
  • Comes with a handy and sturdy case
  • Very long battery life

  • May leak noise at high volumes
  • Bass might not impress everybody

Goldring has quite possibly topped itself with the Goldring NS1000 open box noise canceling headphones. They perform as advertised: Very faithfully and effectively. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, though; those who like their bass loud and in your face may be put off by the weaker bass on this model. Also, those who like their volume turned all the way up might start to see the sound integrity taper off. But, for the majority of listeners, these headphones will be a dream come true.

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 Goldring NS1000 Open Box Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The Goldring company has been quietly rising up the ranks in the headphone market for quite some time now. A few years ago, if you had mentioned the name Goldring, you would have been met with a puzzled stare. But now the company seems to be everywhere, and much of its growth is due to the company's “Active Noise Reduction” technology. And now, with the NS1000, the ANR technology finally has a set of headphones that can really show off the company's skills.

The  Goldring NS1000 offers the latest in noise canceling ability and can cut out more outside sound than nearly any other model in its price range. The best part, though, is that this technology doesn't affect the battery life of these wireless beauties. The AAA batteries can provide almost two full days of sonic bliss. The ear cushions are also some of the most comfortable ever made, practically encouraging you to listen for two days straight in order to test the battery life. The Hi-Fi performance is also very impressive to say the least and much of this is thanks to the hi-tech neodymium magnet drivers.

There are a couple drawbacks but, for the most part, they're minor. When you turn the headphones up at very high volumes, you might experience a bit of noise leakage. Also, those who like their bass to be intense and overwhelming might be disappointed by the warm, yet underwhelming bass on the NS1000. But these complaints will only apply to the most discerning listeners. The rest of us will enjoy the strength and durability of the headphones, as well as the very sturdy hard shell case that comes included in the package.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $299.00

•    ANR Technology
•    Neodymium Magnet Drivers
•    Includes Durable Carrying Case
•    Closed Back Design
•    Ultra-Comfortable Ear Cushions

Sony MDR NC500D Headphones Review

World's first digital noise canceling headphones

The Sony MDR NC500D is a trendsetter, since it is the first head phone to provide users with the Noise Cancellation in a digital manner.

This device is unable to offer a user the playback option


These headphones can cancel up to 99% of background noise. While they do have to have battery power, they are still a wonderful product.

Check the Amazon website here for more information on this product.

Sony MDR NC500D Headphones Review

A review of the Sony MDR NC500D headphones will show that you can easily adjust the Noise Cancellation feature in a manual way, or even let the process occur the automatic way. The manufacturers have already preset the head phones to cater for three main environments.

The device caters for the airplane, bus and office environment and the choice is easily made by the user. All of the environmental options have settings that have been designed in a tailor made way to fit with each specific condition. Once the specific option has been chosen, the frequencies are adjusted in order to fit the place effectively. The head phones have the ability of reducing noise levels by approximately 99%.

Even though the head phones have good sound quality properties, they also have some cons that are associated with it. The most notable one is that this device is unable to offer a user the playback option. In addition to this, the device is also unable to play music in a passive mode. These headphones cannot be used as other normal head phones when the battery power runs out. This is due to the fact that the Noise Cancellation feature is only available when the device is on hence when it is off sound clarity is compromised.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $399.00, but you can usually find them for around $250.

World's first digital noise canceling headphones
Artificial Intelligence noise canceling
Automatic selection between 3 different environments
Digital EQ – accurate sound & wide frequency response
Monitor switch to let surrounding sounds be heard

Where to Purchase:

See the Amazon website for Sony MDR NC500D Headphones here


Sennheiser MM 550 Noise Cancelling Travel Headphones Review

With Bluetooth Technology

This is a headphone that is incorporated with a Bluetooth feature that works effectively with the notebook or iPad. Additionally, it also supports the iPhone by offering a relatively seamless switch between listening to music and taking or making calls.

A notable downside of the Sennheiser MM 550 Noise Cancelling Travel Headphones with Bluetooth is that they don’t provide enough volume. In addition to this, the manual that the device comes with leaves a lot to be desired, as it does not explain things in a simple manner that every one can understand.



The Sennheiser MM 550 Noise Cancelling Travel Headphones with Bluetooth is a device that I would recommend to other people.

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Sennheiser MM 550 Noise Cancelling Travel Headphones Review

With the Sennheiser MM 550 Headphones, there is a detachable cable that makes the switch from the Bluetooth in a simple automatic manner. This is a feature that makes the headphone to have a relatively easy effect on the airlines. It is charged with the world battery chargers via the USB port.

There is another feature which is known as the Talk Through which allows the users to talk through the head Phones and hear what is going on around them. The head phone has been designed to be very comfortable and it cancels noise. The feature is incorporated with the Talk Through in that you can either switch the Noise Cancellation on or off.

The quality of the sound is usually much higher when the device is being used in an environment that has minimal noise levels. The quality of sound that the device produces in general is very excellent. This can be heard on the crisp trebles and the booming bass that does not distort all the same. It has been designed using technology that will enable all genres of music to be enjoyed to the same extent.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $599.95

NoiseGard 2.0 noise-canceling technology actively reduces up to 90% of outside noise.
Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology delivers hands-free convenience and hi-fi sound.
TalkThrough technology: one press of a button activates external microphone.
Invisible microphone for taking calls in between play lists and songs.
Neodymium magnets and patented Duofol diaphragms deliver excellent sound reproduction.

Where to Purchase:

See the Amazon website for Sennheiser MM 550 Headphones here


Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Review

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile HeadphonesHigh Quality Headphones

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile headphones are very stunning and extremely light in weight.

The major drawback of the headphones is that they are designed in such a manner that they do not reduce noise efficiently.

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones are therefore recommended for people who are seeking for a fair deal. They are most appropriate for unprofessional work.

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Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Review

These headphones are manufactured by the Bowers & Wilkins Company, who  been making many other products for a few years now and increases product reliability. They are very stunning and extremely light in weight. Additionally, they also have an excellent comfort ability feature. There are black cables that are super thin and are used for integrating the controls for the iPhone or the iPod.

The headphones give people who do not want to use the controls the option of removing the cable and replacing it with the normal cable. The headphones are housed in a carrying case that looks great and has been finished with a black silk.

The interior is finished to precision, since it has all the space for carrying the headphones with all the cables in their respective places. There is also room for the adapter of the headphones and its dimensions are normally ¼ inches. The clarity of the sound is high,  offering the user the chance to experience high quality sound, since all forms of distortion have been cancelled. The vocals also come across very crisply since they respond well to the frequency which comes in low-mid range.

The absence of the Noise Cancellation causes a relatively substantial amount of muffling in the ambience when you wear the headphones. This happens due to the fact that you are just simply putting the ear pads of the head phones on your ears. The low end bass response of the head phone is superb because it does not boom in an exaggerated manner.

Technical Info:

MSRP: $300.00

Metal and sealed-leather construction
Cable with Remote and microphone
Audio cable with gold-plated 3.5mm plug

Where to Purchase:

See the Amazon website for Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones here


Sony MDR-NC500D

Sony mdr-NC500DThe magic of noise free audio experience

The latest Sony mdr-NC500D offers full clarity audio experience. A superior noise cancellation capacity is the best trait of this headphone. This set is supposed to be the world’s first fully digital headphones embedded with a number of additional super features. Sony mdr-NC500D is comfortable to use for long time with noise adjusting modes.

People generally look for the smaller portable models in this era. Sony mdr-NC500D is comparatively large and a little difficult to carry for prolonged time. Another drawback this high end model is the absence of the facility to turn off noise cancellation.

People who have to stay long time outside and midst of noise, can best afford a Sony mdr-NC500D. You can adjust the noise cancellation modes according to your requirement. You can select between 3 different environments by means of this noise cancellation modes. This is the USP of this product. The 3.5 mm jack is another feature. Plus, you get a smart carry case with the headphone set.

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Sony mdr-NC500D Review

Sony mdr-NC500D- The world’s first digital noise cancellation headphone

Sony mdr-NC500D arrived at the market after great expectations from the tech savvy people all around. This headphone is equipped with numbers of innovative traits and facilities superseding the prior and existing models in the market.

First, Sony mdr-NC500D proclaims to be the first fully digital headphone carrying the capacity of noise cancellation. This noise cancellation is a nice facility for the users who like to listen to music in public or crowded areas. The artificial intelligence noise cancelling modes is the USP of this product. This facility offers you selecting from a range of three preset environments. However, you do not get isolated from the world around as the monitor switch enables you keeping in touch with the noise around.

Sound clarity is another feature for which Sony is well liked by the audience over the years. Sony mdr-NC500D also maintains the super phonic tradition with a satisfying clarity of listening experience. The digital EQ technology is in built the headphone for clatter-free sound and wide frequency response.

Where to Purchase:

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Technical Info:

Product Name: Sony MDR-NC500D
Dimensions: 10X4X12 inches
Shipping weight: 3 pounds
Headphones type: Headphones-Binaural
Design: Ear-Cup
Sound output mode: Stereo
Active noise cancelling: Ye
Response Bandwidth: 5-24000Hz
Sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
Impedance: 40 Ohm
Magnet material: Neodymium
Price for this product starts at $238.86

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