"Great Value! Very Comfortable! Really Good Sound!"4.5 starson by danielarchibald
Pros: Inexpensive relative to comparable models. Really good sound quality for listening to music, especially with noise cancelling on. Noise cancelling effective. Very comfortable to wear over long periods. Can still listen to music when batteries dead.
Cons: Lets in some noise when wearing glasses. Annoying crackling sound when using noise cancelling and batteries are running down.
Summary: As I was traveling every week for work, I began looking at noise cancelling headphones to wear on my 4 flights per week. I compared these to the Bose QC-3 which a fellow traveler let me try and found these JVC HA NC-250 headphones to be a much better value. I found very little difference in performance between the two but at more than $200 less than the QC3 these wer hard to pass up. I found the noise cancelling ability of the QC3 to be somewhat better but the sound quality of HA NC-250 to be notieably better.
The HA NC-250s are a quality product and come with some nice accessories. They come with enough connection accessories to allow connection with most any type of source device. The hard hard sided case protects the headphones, has a pocket for other accessories and extra batteries, room for SD cards or small MP3 players, and fits nicely in an external pocket of my laptop bag.
The HA NC-250s noise cancelling feature requires 2 AAA batteries, as opposed to the QC3's unique proprietary battery ($50 for a spare), and you can still listen to source sound even when the batteries are dead (a la sans noise cancelling).
I found the HA NC-250s to be very comfortable but most of my flights were less than 2 hours. On a recent trip to Hawaii I was able to confirm that they are comfortably for longer use periods too. In fact, they were comfortable enough for me to sleep with them on while listening to music...with the noise canceling, I almost forgot I was 34,000 feet in the air.
I also appreciate the dynamic range and realistic (as realistic as MP3 can be) sound reproduction these headphones provide. They delivered solid bass when I was expecting bass, accurate reproduction of voices in the mid-range, and crisp highs with no hissing or buzzing.
I am very pleased with my purchase and highly recommend the HA NC-250 noise cancelling heaphones especially for folks who spend a lot of time in airplanes. I suggest anyone considering the Bose QC3 or QC2, do a side by side comparison with the JVC HA NC-250s. I think you will be pleasntly surprised.