NATURAL SOUND - BETTER THAN SONY MDR-NC11A! Lanyard system is GREAT for travel and work. No tangled wires!
Quasi Open Air, doesn't truly block out all outside noise. Not the best noise cancelling, but adequate for buds.
I'm an audio engineer and record sound on a daily basis, I use all the top equipment, studio quality headphones, mixers, monitors, etc... and I fly alot to gigs around the world, so, getting a good set of noise-cancelling earbuds is really important. I've tested the Philips HN060, ... Read full review
I'm an audio engineer and record sound on a daily basis, I use all the top equipment, studio quality headphones, mixers, monitors, etc... and I fly alot to gigs around the world, so, getting a good set of noise-cancelling earbuds is really important. I've tested the Philips HN060, AND the first gen. SBC HN060, PLUS the highly-overrated Sony MDR-NC11A earbud noise cancelling earphones. The Philips HN060, is the updated and improved version of the SBC HN060. BEWARE of the SBC - the only way to tell is: 1. It only has the single rubber earplug on the end of the bud. 2. There are extra rubber plugs in the package. 3. The BOTTOM of the package has the REAL model number - if it says SBC HN060 - STAY AWAY! The new version HN060 is the most natural-sounding of the three, although it's noise-cancelling capability is minimal, (the SBC is Worse!) and they're a bit open-air for me, but overall, comfortable, natural-sounding and pleasant to listen to on a long flight - they actually reproduce the full useable frequency spectrum of low, mid, and high ranges AND I really LIKE the neck lanyard design - everything stays out of the way. The Sony MDR-NC11A's cords are totally unruly and the phones really have TOO MUCH BASS!!! Even if you're a rapper, you probably won't like these, as they are so full of bass, they push the vocal to the far back, and you can hardly hear people singing under the bass. If you like your vocalist to lead the song, it ain't happening here - you have to strain to hear the vocalist, even with my best graphic Equalizer, when the bass is dropped down artificailly, the vocal is still poor quality, along with the high frequencies like cimbals, lead guitar, horns, strings, etc... even with max. EQ on the highs! It's like someone at Sony put in a Monster Bass Distortion Circuit into the noise cancelling box, and forgot to put in an on-off switch for the bass, so, you have to live with this obnoxious, distorted bass. If you want to do a Pete Townsend and lose your hearing at 35, get the Sony's and enjoy the bass distortion and extreme LACK of normal mid and high frequencies. I also think Sony decided to use tons of bass to hide the other low ambient frequencies, instead of filtering them out, like noise cancelling headsets are supposed to do. The Sony's have better noise cancelling and primarily a better ear seal, than the Philips, but the lack of true frequency response across the spectrum and the absurd, intruding bass, that is uncontrollable, really kill these expensive earphones for me. I don't work for any of these guys, but in my professional opinion, the Philips HN060 is a better overall package. The Sony MDR-NC11A's would be better if they had the old Mega Bass SWITCH and improved the mid and high range, and used the same lanyard system that Philips does. The lanyard system is a joy to travel with. I use the HN060 for listening to interview playback on my digital recorder, and if someone comes up to me and asks me a question, I can yank the buds out of my ears, and they just fall naturally on my chest - the neck lanyard holds them there perfectly. (Yes, I could pull the jack, but that wears it out faster...)Thanks for reading!