Pros Great noise cancellation
Cons Not the world's sexiest design
Summary For another excellent and accurate review of the Logitech headphones you may want to go to ilounge, which is a site for ipod enthusiasts. I used that review as well as the CNET review when making my decision.
I'll just highlight some unique observations of my own, without repeating what others have already said.
There is some backgound hiss, but most of it is not from the headphones. I think some reviewers don't bother to see if the noise is from the headset or the device generating the music. I have tried the headphones not plugged into anything, plugged in and no music, and plugged in with music. 70% of the background hiss is noise from the device making the music (my laptop at work). Also there is some odd feedback click/clack that my laptop generates occasionally. It's definately the laptop, though. It's amazing what you notice when things are very, very quiet.
Another difference I have with many of the reviewers is using the device in the context for which it was intended. A review from office use doesn't do this type of product justice. I have used the headphones on several flights now (both jet and turboprop) and I am greatly impressed with the active noise reduction on these headphones. IT was the first time I ever successfully listened to anything on a turboprop.
Sound quality is pretty good, much better than my Sony in the ear, the standard ipod ear buds, or another set of mid grade ear buds I own. Judged as headphones alone, irrespective of noise cancelling, I would give them a solid B+. Take into account the noise cancelling and I'd give them an A-, take into account the price and they are an A+
Given the price point (can be had on sale for $99 at times) I give a strong recommendation.
Pros Self contained, only uses one battery, sounds great
Cons Can't think of anything
Summary These are great headphones. I totally agree with Ms. France's review with a few minor exceptions. The design is fantastic and looks great. No external circuitry, which makes it great to use. And being able to remove the plug is cool, even if I rarely use it.
For me there was no pressure or twinge even after hour upon hour upon hour... of use. And I don't wear earrings, so...
Like Ms. France said, there is a bit of over processing at first, but it drops off after no more than a second to be hardly noticeable, if not an improvement over not having it.
Battery life is incredible. The case protects it well. I wanted more battery space (one more slot would be great) so I modified the airline adapter holder to hold more batteries.
"Money well spent!"on by jsn1080
Pros Value, Very Good Sound Quality
Cons None...the product met and exceeded my expectations.
Summary I just rec’d the headphones today (shipped via UPS) and they work great. They fit perfectly right out of the box. I am currently wearing them right now while I type this and listening to music (who says men can’t multitask ?). I will comment on them regarding both aspects – with and without audio. I first tried the headphones on while I was in my living room sitting next to my wife and father-in-law who were having a full blown conversation (about what you ask, I don’t know - I couldn’t hear them!) right next to me. In addition to them talking, my TV was on and the volume was set to a “normal” level. With both of these distractions in the room, the headphones cut down on the noise considerably. I’d imagine they’ll work just as well at drowning out the engine noise on all the flights I’ll be using them on. Just that aspect (without the audio) itself is nearly worth the $40 I paid (however, don’t let the relatively low price make you think you are compromising on quality). Now, add the ability to listen to music and you have yourself one great noise canceling headset. I must admit that I am no audiophile, but audio quality of this headset is among the best I’ve enjoyed. I have had the headset on for well over an hour now and they are still just as comfortable as when I first put them on. I read a few reviews on some reputable websites before making the purchase and +90% gave superb ratings. I haven’t experienced the Bose headphones, but I can’t imagine spending $200-$400 for something that may be marginally, if at all better. In addition to the headphones, you’ll get a sturdy carrying case, a detachable 6 ft. cord, and a dual plug airplane adapter. Within the carrying case, there is a slot for a business card (or other contact info.) along with an elastic slot for an MP3 player such as Apple’s iPod Nano or Microsoft’s Zune. Needless to say, mine is money well spent. No regrets at all!
Pros Sound quality, cost
Cons Nothing comes to mind
Summary I travel quite a bit for work and I wanted a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. I was fortunate to borrow a pair of Bose QC2's and loved them (except for the price). After doing some research, I came across these Logitech phones. Let me tell you, they are well worth the money (got mine at costco.com for $99). I am not a hard-core audiophile, however I appreciate good sound. These headphones deliver that sound. They have more bass then the Bose QC2, not as much mid, but for your average listener, I think they sound very good.
As far as noise cancelling, they are every bit as good as Bose for cutting down the engine hum on a plane. There is a very slight hiss in the earphones if the noise cancelling is active and no music is playing. It's extremely subtle to me, but might bother others.
The design of the case is fantastic. The case contains a pocket to hold your MP3 player (shaped like an ipod), a holder for an extra battery and one for the airplane adapter. The headphones fit comfortably and I feel they are pretty protected.
Another nice feature of the headphone is that you do not have to activate the noise cancelling feature to hear music (unlike the Bose). This is very helpful if your battery dies (the music does not have to).
Save yourself the 200 dollars and get a pair of these. You will not be disappointed!
Pros The headphones were comfortable and worked true to their noise-canceling feature. I liked the design of the battery compartment.
Cons The plastic pin holing the ear-cup to the body broke on both ears. No volume control. Hurt your ears after a while
Summary I initially was very happy with my headphones. They were comfortable and actively canceled noise around me. I took them on international flights a few times and could barely notice screaming kids on the plane while watching a movie. There was some initial getting-used-to period, as when you turn the noise canceling on, you experience something akin to your ears popping. When listening to music, there is a little bit of distortion, but it was not enough for me to be an issue. Also, they tend amplify the sound and when you have limited volume controls (as on airplane entertainment systems) you want a fine volume control.
My main disappointment with these headphones comes from their design of the ear-swivel mechanism, which is just abysmal. After about three months of problem free usage, a plastic pin that allowed the ear piece to swivel broke making the headphones absolutely useless as they no longer cupped the ear. Using a lot of tape and glue, I was able to fix this (sans the swivel action). A month later, the second ear cup broke in the same way. On examining the pin itself, I noticed that it was made out of brittle plastic, and if you buy these headphones, you can count on that piece breaking. In the end I feel that their life span was too short for the money that I spent on them. I am now shopping for another set of noise-canceling headphones, and I will not be buying Logitech ones again, or recommending them to any of my friends (the enemies... maybe).