Noise-cancelling headphones can be
quite expensive, however for a recommended retail price of
$139.95 AUD (June 2012), Cygnett have released an affordable
option with their InSound Noise-cancelling headphones.
With just a flick of the switch, users can have a true
noise-cancellation experience that mutes background sound thanks
to the closed headphone design and noise cancellation
technology. Does it work? You betcha!
Transducer type: Dynamic
Frequency range: 30-20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 (OMEGA)
Power output: 100mW
Noise attenuation: max. 20dB
Cable length: 1.0m and 1.2m
Connection: 3.55 stereo jack
Power supply: 2 x AAA batteries
The InSound Noise-cancelling headphones comes with everything
(almost) that the user needs to experience noise-free music or
just to shut out background noise. This product comes with the
headphones (black), audio cable jack (1.2m/red and 1.0/black),
aircraft adapter plug and a hard transport case. The only thing
that the InSound Noise-cancelling headphones don't come with are
two AAA batteries. The product is also compatible with all
3.55mm devices such as iPhones and iPads.
Before we could test the InSound
Noise-cancelling headphones, we first needed to install the
batteries into the headphones. On the left hand side of the
headphones, there is a battery compartment where the two AAA
batteries fit. Simply by sliding the battery compartment open,
it allows the user to slot these batteries in. On the right hand
side of the headphones, there a volume control dial and an
on/off switch to engage the noise-cancellation technology. When
you turn the headphones on, the blue light next to the on/off
button will light up.
The headphones can also be adjusted for comfort, depending on
your head size. The first thing that we noticed about the
headphones was how comfortable they were to use. Not only did
they fit around our ears comfortably but they were not too tight
which is a drawback to some other companies who produce similar
headphones. The cushion for the ear cups were extremely
comfortable. The headphones are also extremely light and weigh
only 175grams. All in all, it was a very comfortable fit on our
Once, we tested the noise-cancellation technologies and it did a
remarkable job at blocking outside noise, especially the TV and
to an extent people talking, it produced what Cygnett stated.
When the noise-cancellation is turned on, it's like listening to
the world in mono as it dulls the outside sound quite well.
Cygnett state that up to 85% of noise cancellation is achieved
with these headphones on and after our tests, we actually agree.
On an airplane, especially with crying kids, the
headphones were a godsend.
However the big test was the audio quality of the InSound. We
connected our iPhone 4S to the device in order to test a variety
of music that included Sleigh Bells, Foo Fighters, Mass Effect 3
Soundtrack and Lana Del Ray. The audio quality was exceptionally
clear and the headphones produced a wide range of highs, mids
and lows. Voices were extremely clear and we tested the
headphones with some audio books that included the Ricky Gervais
Podcasts... once again, clean audio. Compared to some higher end
noise-cancellation headphones, the InSound produced some great
audio quality, especially considering the price.
Interestingly enough, when you use the headphones and you enable
the noise-cancellation technology, you do hear a few small pops
and hisses which is normal for this technology. Another great
feature of the headphones is that if your batteries do go flat
or you don't want to use the noise-cancellation, the item works
as conventional headphones. Although lithium-ion batteries are
ideal and generally the charge lasts longer than AAA batteries,
sometimes it's impossible to get these charged which is not the
case with the InSound headphones. By using traditional batteries
as opposed to including a charging kit with the Insound
headphones, this definitely keeps the production costs lower.
Cons? Nothing! Actually, a pair of AAA batteries would have been
nice but fortunately these are available almost everywhere. With
a recommended price of $139.95 AUD (June 2012), I could happily
recommend these headphones to everyone and whether you're a
gamer or a music lover or even a frequent flyer, the Insounds
will soon become your best friend. Highly Recommended!
Available at all good Australian