"the hn110 mediocre at best"2.5 starson by crosse
Pros: compact folding design, light, good
Cons: easy to misuse controls when wearing, very noticeable hissing from noise canceling, pressurized head feel, bass loose, treble painful sometimes.
Summary: I paired this up with my mini ipod to test for my upcoming flight. I tested the headphones around my computer, in the kitchen, and on the street. I found that the noise cancellation did work. How well? A noticeable difference. This was my first set of noise cancelling headphones but after testing it out with another set of closed headphones not equipped with noise cancellation, I really wouldn't say it made that much of a difference. Although the hiss of the nc bothered at me first, I somewhat adjusted to it. Although I don't know if that says more about me or the headphones. The negative was I could never get a satisfactory eq setting on my ipod to reduce the rattle of the bass AND keep the treble to a minimum while managing a somewhat full sound. Bass at times would be a very satisfying tight sound with slower soulful songs with other more hip-hop based music it all went out the window. Again, I've heard the mini ipod has its downfalls with eq settings but using my old radio shack optimus headphones from 5 years ago, I still get a fuller sound when it comes to a variety of sound bites. The positive things about it is that these feel like the bose triports...just not as solid feeling. Most of the time I felt like my head was in a small pinch, but I have a big head. But the headsets didn't over heat my ears or burden my head with heavy weight. I've used Sony MDR-V700DJ before and although i loved them they were definately not a every day carrying around you set of headphones. These HN110's would be the best if they could just get the sound quality up. overall with the $72 price tag i walked away with at best buy, this one is going back to the store. Gonna try some shure's or sony's nc headphones. i'll keep you updated.Updated
I don't know if i mentioned this initially but I am testing products to use on a plane. I gave these another day of testing, just because I felt like I hadn't given this a fair variety of "noise" testing. Sitting in a laundrymat, i brought these. On the plus side the folding design does make these much easier to travel with. But the sound, I found that the music quality was about the same from before, but I blame my ipod now. Hooking the headphones with one of the two extra adapters included in the box (one airplane, one large plug) i was able to hook it up to my home theater stereo, and I was surprised. Although the highs still we're a bit on the piercing side, the bass managed to come through fairly clearly this time around. Back to the laundrymat, the sound cancelling actually worked very very well. The hiss was washed out and most of the motor noise from the dryers and washers was not evident in the headphones. Better props. I would change my rating of this product from a 5 to a 7. Maybe even 7.5 if you can actually get it for 50 or less. But I'm still taking them back to try out some sound insolating headphones. But i'll definately consider the options and this might come back as a choice pick for my airplane travel headset.