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I have a set of Bose headphones for myself, and whenever we fly, my girlfriend always wants to use them. The danger is, that when I fall asleep, and she then gets bored of listening to music, she just throws them on the floor or stuffs them in the back of the seat. As these cost me over £200, it breaks my heart to see them treated in this way.
I decided that in order to save the life of my headphones, I'd have to buy her a set of her own. I bought the JVC HA-NC80 for around £45 in Currys. They are a noise cancelling set which is what I wanted, and for the price tag they seemed worth trying. We have a JVC Blu Ray player and have found that very good and I have always known of JVC for making good quality audio equipment.
They come in a clear plastic packet which shows the headphones clearly before you open them, the pack says they're noise cancelling which is a must for flying, the back of the packaging gives a bit of information on how noise cancellation works and also how to care for your headphones.
When you open the pack, I was pleased to see they include an aeroplane headphone socket adaptor, this straight away saved me about £5. They also have a carry case.
The headphones take one AAA battery which I think is for the noise cancelling system, they are very lightweight which is ideal when flying. Each headphone is around 2.5inches wide, this sounds more than enough but it doesn't really cover the ear completely which can make them a bit uncomfortable compared to other sets.
I was slightly disappointed with the noise cancellation. With my Bose you are left in complete silence, with these you can still hear plenty of background noise although they do substantially reduce it. The sound quality is acceptable but I find there isn't enough base and with some songs they sound too tinny, they do go to a very good volume before distorting and seem to keep the music confined to the person playing it. i.e. if you were sitting on a bus next to someone wearing these, you probably wouldn't hear their music playing.
The battery life is very good, we have had them for around 18months and still on the same battery, they don't seem to drain the ipod's power either, considering they are much bigger then ear phones, I'd say the battery life stays the same. They're also pretty tough too. As I said earlier my girlfriend will often shove these in the seat in front of her or use them as a foot rest, and they still haven't broken.
I am pleased I bought these for her, I do see them as being good value for money and they are much better than some cheaper headphones you can buy. They are now available on Amazon for £30 so have come down a fair bit in price. If you fly a lot or travel on coaches and trains, you will definitely see the difference using these over a standard set or an in ear pair.
Also posted on dooyoo under username groobus