Published on June 1st, 2012 | by Bags Hooper1
Review: Cygnett InSound Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are designed for consumers who value their hearing and are willing to put a price tag on it. Instead of blasting your music at the highest volume, you can simply cancel out external acoustic noise to get a more robust sound, without the added fear of hearing loss over time.
The Cygnett InSound Noise Cancelling Headphones offer a low cost option on saving those eardrums you value so dearly. These lightweight cans are excellent for drowning out ambient sounds like airplane noises, running water, the sound of a train grinding against the tracks, standard commuter traffic and other constant ambient noises. Dialogue and baby cries will still come across, but you’ll be hearing a clearer sound without the need to crank your volume up.
The headphones use two AAA batteries that are put inside the left earcan. On the right earcan, there is an On/Off button. If you switch it On without any music playing, you will notice a very low hissing sound. However, when you do have music playing, you will immediately hear the difference in sound quality. It’s as though you cranked the volume up a few notches, only you didn’t need to. Eardrums saved. There is also a volume control on your headset, next to the On/Off switch.
The actual audio quality is good for midranges and classical music. Tchaikovsky “Swan Lake” sounded excellent. However, these headphones won’t capture diverse ranges of music, from excessive highs to low bass drops. You’ll still get a good sound, but don’t expect to get the same dynamic range you would get from higher priced AKG, Sennheiser or Boss headphones. The Sony MDR series is also a good line for music lovers. However, you’d be cranking up the volume to block out those unwanted sounds instead of simply switching a button on and saving those precious eardrums of yours. Standard iOS and Android video games will sound great on these earcans, but explosions and artillery will have a muted feel.
The earpads do an excellent job of cupping your ears without feeling excessively large. Other headphones tend to opt for large round earcans. This one is oval shaped. The headset does get warm after a while if you’re using the Noise cancelling technology. I found that after forty minutes, I had to let my ears breath.
The Cygnett InSound Noise Cancelling Headphones comes with a two-plug airplane adaptor, carrying case, and two audio cables (a red and black cable of varying lengths). One problem I had was that the shield on one end of the black plug kept coming off. It didn’t happen on the red cable so hopefully it was an isolated incident. However, it was annoying when I had that side plugged into my handheld device or computer. Whenever I would try to pull the plug out, the shield would come off first then I had to grab the white part, which is guarding the wire. I’ve never had that problem with a set of headphones before, especially one priced over a hundred.
Overall, InSound Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great option for handheld device users, who aren’t ready to step into the $200 price range. If you travel often via train, bus or airplane, these earcans will definitely give you delightful musical solitude for a low cost. Your eardrums will thank you for it.
8 / 10