"I love these phones."on by Vynson
Pros Great sound. Compact. Retractable cord
Cons None if you have hair.
Summary I love the sound of these headphones. I can't help wondering if other users who have posted here are confused about the product or possibly had a defective unit because the noise canceling on mine is super. I say this after using them on my last trip to Europe. Best flight ever, and you may actually be able to enjoy the inflight movie with these beauties (JVC very kindly provides an airplane adaptor).
The sound is so nice that I find myself hearing things in music that I had not heard before. Great depth and range.
I know there are better phones out there if you want to spend double the money, but for 50 to 60 clams, these are super.
As if that weren't enough, the cord retracts into the left can so that you never have to wind it or deal with dangling excess. That you only have the cord you need means that these are better than wireless because you don't have to compromise sound quality to get the cord out of the way.
A note to CNET... the photo you have for this product is NOT the HA NC100 phones. You guys might want to look into that.
While the cans are comfortably padded, the head piece is not. I've got a thick head of hair and so do not experience any discomfort, however, if you are not so equipped, you might not like the feel of bare plastic against your noggin.
They fold down smaller than you might think and my Rio Carbon stores perfectly between the padded cans and into the handy dandy drawstring bag my entire music system goes.
Pros Excellent and effective for the money
Cons Not as effective as much more expensive models
Summary I've had the opportunity to compare these headphones against the Bose QuietComfort2 headphones. I must admit that the Bose are somewhat more effective, but nowhere near 4x as effective to justify 4x the price.
I typically travel at least two trips every month, and the JVCs have become an important part of those trips. I plug them into my laptop, turn on the noise cancelling, and turn on a movie. Then I have a comfortable and effective mini-theater. It works so well that the flight attendents have to shake me back to reality to offer me a drink, because I don't hear them talking to me.
Some background noise still leaks through, but the headphones work so well that I'm listening to the movies or music at a much more comfortable level. Also, the padding on the ears is very soft and very comfortable.
My opinion is that this is one of the best travel-specific buys that I've made in some time.
Pros sound great, fold up nicely
Cons retractable cord, bass
Summary I bought the JVC HA-NC100's for a a round trip from Japan to the US in December '06. I put them through a "real test" on the 10.5 hour flight going to the US and the 13.5hr flight returing to Japan. They sound great and I was impressed with the noise canceling feature. It blocked out much of the roar you hear inside a plane. The noise canceling feature can be turned on or off and uses a AAA battery. If your battery dies you can still listen to music. If your battery dies on a Bose QC2 and you don't have a replacement you're out of luck - no music. The bass was fine for my taste, but if you like extra heavy bass you may want to adjust your equalizer or upgrade to a different model. They fold up very nice and compact and have an included case which is useful while traveling. The headphones were comfortable but I found myself readjusting them to give my ears a break on the long flight. The retractable cord is a very interesting feature that neatly winds up your cord when it works correctly. I noticed a slight clicking sound on the left can that is the housing for the cord. The occasional sound can become annoying if you listen closely. After less than 2 weeks of owning these JVC's the retractable cord stopped working all together and I returned them. In conclusion... if you want a low priced ($80) great sounding noise canceler without the price of a Bose you'll enjoy the JVC HA-NC100.
Pros Cord winds up into unit. Has passive noise cancelling, but I don't know how it compares to higer end models like the Bose. You can still use the headphones if the battery dies. Comes with an adapter for airline use and a carrying case. Would recommend t
Cons The cord seems a little small compared to other headphones, but the sound quality for its price range is still pretty good.
Pros Decent sound, great design, tight fit
Cons Non existent noise cancellation
Summary The earphones sound great though they can be a bit tight around your ears. The sound is great untill you throw the noise cancellation switch. The phones emit a low hiss which does absolutely nothing to either enhance the quality of sound or cut ambient noise. If you are looking for a noise cancellation headphones, this is not it. If you are looking for a simple headphone, foldable and all, there are other cheaper choices. I returned mine to J&R and upgraded to a Bose Triport.