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JVC HANC100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
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JVC HANC100 Noise-Canceling Headphones - JVC HANC100 is a noise-canceling headphone that can produce a 75% noise reduction when in the active mode. It also operates for 50 hours on one AAA Battery. It also has a cord rewind system, so that it will retract its 4.9 foot cord into its left earpiece. And to make it easy to travel the HANC100 folds down into a compact size and comes with a airplane adapter and a carry pouch. And when you are not traveling the HANC100 can be used in the passive mode for great performance at home. So don't blast your ears by raising the volume. Reduce the background noise so you can listen comfortably - virtually anywhere. Retractable 4.9 foot cord system with rewind button L mini pin with airplane adapter Left and right ear indicators 50 hours of use on one AAA battery (included)

Features:
  • 75% Noise reduction
  • Full Adjustable Headband
  • Folding design
  • Retractable Cord system
  • 36mm Driver

Customer Reviews:

  • There is a trick to the retract mechanism
    I received these headphones as a gift and they are the first noise-canceling headphones I have used. I use them at my desk to cancel out the fan noise from my computer. For this purpose they work well. I put them on, flip the power switch, and the fan noise disappears like magic. I often wear them for more than an hour at a time and I find the discomfort to be minimal. If you find most over-ear head phones uncomfortable, you will likely find these to be uncomfortable.

    After fighting with the retract mechanism the first few times I used it, I discovered the secret to easily retract them every time. The retract mechanism will not work while you are wearing the headphones or while the ear cup is up with the hinge extended. Simply rotate the cup downward and the switch for the retract mechanism operates easily.

    I think these are worth the price and am considering purchasing a second pair to use at work....more info
  • Cheap flimsy gimmick
    I bought this set mainly for the retractable cord which seemed like a nifty way to keep it simple. The headphones themselves are standard issue, I would not really call them "noise cancelling" - nothing to write home about.
    The cord and mechanism is cheap and does not work well at all.
    If you want cancelling headsets don't bother with these...more info
  • Miserable noise cancelling headphones
    I guess these headphones fall into the catagory of "rip-off." The noise cancelling is minimal and I do mean MININAL....plus they are the most uncomfortable headset that I have ever worn. In a word....BEWARE!!!...more info
  • You get what you pay for
    These headphones produce not bad sound quality, but they are not comfortable to wear for more than 30 minutes.
    Noise canceling works only for low frequencies and in the same time add some noise on high frequencies (i.e. in a quiet room I hear more noise when noise canceling turned on)...more info
  • Does the job
    I purchased the JVC HANC100 noise cancelling headphones primarily to use on airplane flights, mostly 4-6 hr domestic flights I take for business trips. After having used them on a couple of flights now, my overall opinion of the headphones is fairly positive.
    Positives: Noise cancellation functions works pretty well, making listening to music or watching DVDs much more enjoyable. I can have the volume at about half what I woould use without the noise cancelling function.
    Negatives: The noise cancelling function has definite frequency ranges it is better/worse at cancelling. It seemed to do the best with airplane engine noise when I was slightly behind wing mounted engines, rather than the frequency of noise forward of the engines.
    The headphones are over-the-ear style with a small earcup. You may find the earcup cushion pushes on your ear and after 2-3 hours it can become uncomfortable.
    Things to know: The headphone strap that goes over your head seems to be sized for a larger sized head. ...more info
  • Uncomfortable, small ear cups, poor noise cancellation
    I use headphones when mowing the lawn. When my Maxell headphones became damaged, I decided to give the JVC model a try.
    Pros: retractable cord (easy to store, keeps excess cord out of the way); battery/switch built into earcup
    Cons: "tinny" sound; poor passive noise deadening (cups too small for my ears); active noise cancellation weak and tends to amplify wind noise; head band uncomfortable
    I would look for a different model....more info
  • Great Value
    Wife loves the headphones. Very comfortable, great sound. Half the price of electronics stores!...more info
  • headphones from JVC review
    These headphones are comfortable, but one of the plastic covers to the battery case keeps falling off. Noice cancelling is OK; retractable cord is best feature....more info
  • My first pair
    This is my first pair of noise canceling headphones, so I have nothing to compare them against. They are relatively comfortable and I love the retractable cord. I was amazed at how well they cancel low frequency noise. They allow you to use them at significantly lower volume than ear buds or regular headphones. This has to have a long term benefit for hearing loss, though it might be too late for me (too much Rolling Stones and Iron Butterfly in my teens). Great for listening to my iPhone on an airplane or mowing the lawn. The technology is amazing considering the cost. A great value....more info
  • Decent, but too small for most adult ears
    These headphones do a decent job on noise reduction, so I am pretty happy with that. The retractable wire is awesome and they collapse to a reasonable size for travel. The only issue I have is that the ear cups are too small. Instead of going around your ears, they pin your ears back. They would probably be great for a child under 13, but they just get too uncomfortable for a long trip (they start to hurt after 3 or 4 hours). I should have paid better attention to some of the other reviews I read concerning the ear cups.JVC HANC100 Noise Cancelling Headphones...more info
  • Just fine
    Got these while searching for work, via planes trains and other trains. They work fine to take the worst part out of plane travel and louder subways. While on one flight I borrowed somone's BOSE headphones for a moment and the noise cancelling was a bit better. But not $300 better. I keep meaning to take these to a BOSE store and compare them. They have a great noise simulator there to show off their gadget.

    I really like the retactable cord and I'm careful to hold the wire back while it gets snapped up. If you allow the spring to yank it at maximum speed it will wear out eventually. Not having to manage the wire like all those other folks is a real bonus.

    And though I don't care for how they look on my head as I'm walking around, I am always suprised at how small a pants pocket they will fit into (one can at a time). ...more info
  • Expect a sore head and a faulty cable.
    These headphones have been pretty good for me for a little over a year. They've given me a sore head after extended uses, but nothing too severe. My main issue here comes with the retractable headphone cord going bad, and just outside the one-year warranty, to boot. I've been the only one using them, and not in any way that should harm them. The left ear has begun to stop working, and I have to twist the cord around to get any sound in it at all.

    All in all, good headphones for a little over a year, but watch out for the headphone cord giving out....more info
  • Great sound, awkward fit
    Great sound quality and the noise canceling is pretty good, although it tends to amplify tiny sounds if the environment is generally quiet. However the ear cushioning kinda hurts after an hour or so, and since i got these for studying for long periods, kinda sucks for me. Also no cushioning on the top part which also sucks. The collapsing feature is great, as is the retractable cord. Pretty good for the price, but ouch on the ears...more info
  • My first pair
    This is my first pair of noise canceling headphones, so I have nothing to compare them against. They are relatively comfortable and I love the retractable cord. I was amazed at how well they cancel low frequency noise. They allow you to use them at significantly lower volume than ear buds or regular headphones. This has to have a long term benefit for hearing loss, though it might be too late for me (too much Rolling Stones and Iron Butterfly in my teens). Great for listening to my iPhone on an airplane or mowing the lawn. The technology is amazing considering the cost. A great value....more info
  • Good Head phone but average noise cancelling
    I got this product before a long flight journey hoping it would ease the stress related to noise fatigue; but my hopes were only partially fulfilled...
    I have to mention that, the other features in the products (excluding the noise canceling) are really awesome... excellent sound output for music, retractable cords, compact folding design and a cool pouch holder...
    The only average performance was that of the noise cancellation. Although there is a noticeable noise reduction, it was only for about 50-70% of the ambient airplane noise. I wish they could have done a better job at this... The noise reduction capabilities seems to deteriorate with louder ambient noise such as motor fans and engines... there is also some noticeable white noise in the circuit; but this is present only when the noise cancellation mode is turned on.
    The product miserable failed for other types of non monotonous noise such as speech, music, train, etc...
    If you are looking for a real good noise reduction headphone like me.. I suggest you try something else... But if you a looking for a good headphone with some noise reduction and a good price this is the best deal for your money......more info
  • Save for something better
    the noise canceling on an airplane only made it so i could hear my music without having to bleed my eardrums but it doesn't really cancel out that much airplane rumble. also the small ear cups and this notch in the top where it folds gets really uncomfortable. You cant wear these for more then an hour unless you have small ears. Id say wait and save up to by some with better noise reduction quality. The sound is decent. Reviews say the quality is good for the price but the quality isn't good. Id say wait and save up to by some with better noise reduction quality. I just bought some audio technica quiet point headphones ($120) which i have heard rival the well known bose quiet comfort series($250-$350). ...more info
  • Good low priced noise cancelling
    Pros:
    -Battery Life
    -Reduces machine noise a lot (jet engines for instance)
    -Relatively comfortable
    -Retractable cord

    Cons:
    -Doesn't reduce typical background noise, such as people talking, much

    Overall I am very satisfied with these headphones. Definitely make flying less annoying now that I don't have to deafen myself in order to hear my music. Not as good as some higher priced models, but I paid a quarter the price, so that's expected....more info
  • Decent phones
    Good for the money. Noise cancelling removes a good bit of background noise. A jet engine's noise is muffled to a point where it's bearable. It's a bit weak in low frquency sound reproduction and gets a little uncomfortable after an hour or so of use. Folds into a small pouch that is easy to stow. ...more info
  • Good Value & Effective
    Well packaged product; works well in airplanes to reduce (not eliminate) the constant buzz from the engines. Good sound quality from my iPod. Very comfortable even on long flights....more info
  • Happy With My Choice
    This is actually my first set of noise canceling headphones, so I really don't have anything to compare them to ... however; I did read several other reviews on these and other headphones here at Amazon before purchasing.

    First off, for under $50 (including shipping!), I think these headphones are bargain! There are other models that range well into the hundreds of dollars - that seemed a little much for me.

    Second, my main reason for purchasing these headphones was three fold:

    1) I do travel about twice per month. Therefore, I wanted a good quality, easily portable set of headphones.

    2) As a consultant, I work all over the place, and sometimes end up working in coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies, etc. All busy, noisy places ... I wanted a comfortable, quality set of headphones to drown out background noise, so I could relax and concentrate.

    3) I recently launched a personal development site with tips and reviews at www.n8tip.com ... This is definitely a product category I wanted to write a review about (because I've had a few clients ask about them)

    It's been about two months since I've purchased the headphones. I mention that only because I can't really attest to their longevity yet, but so far so good.

    The Pros:
    Cost
    Quality of sound
    Portability and retractable cord (cord retraces into the headset and the headphones fold up)

    The Cons:
    The only disadvantage is that my ears can become sore after several hours of wearing.

    One other note: Using headphones on an airplane is great, but bring your own player makes for a far more relaxing ride. Although these will plug directly into the airplane's movie/music system - keep this in mind first: Every time the captain or flight attendants make an announcement ... it's extra amplified through these headphones. I learned this the hard way, while trying to sleep on an east coast to west coast flight home ... they literally made announcements every 30 minutes or so, it was like they were screaming in my ear. So, if you're planning on resting on a flight, do yourself a favor and bring your own player!
    ...more info
  • Not worth it !
    I am not very happy with this product. The noise cancellation is not up to the mark. You can still hear lot of engine whine while using it in a aircraft.
    The retractable cord is a cool feature and the headphone folds quite nicely.
    I will recommend the Audio Technica product over this....more info
  • excellent
    I love that the cord stores in the headphone. Excellent quality, even without using the noise canceling feature....more info
  • Hurts my head and my ears
    I use these for work since I work in an open floor plan and can hear everyone's conversations. In any case, I have headphones on for long periods of time and have found that they really hurt the top of my head after awhile. I tried adjusting them but that never works. As long as they're hanging from my head, they hurt. And the headphones part itself starts to hurt my ears as it presses down on my ear cartilage. It's not like I have huge ears. The sound is fine but if I can't wear these, there's really no point....more info
  • Hurts my head and my ears
    I use these for work since I work in an open floor plan and can hear everyone's conversations. In any case, I have headphones on for long periods of time and have found that they really hurt the top of my head after awhile. I tried adjusting them but that never works. As long as they're hanging from my head, they hurt. And the headphones part itself starts to hurt my ears as it presses down on my ear cartilage. It's not like I have huge ears. The sound is fine but if I can't wear these, there's really no point....more info
  • Don't bother
    I purchased these based on other favorable reviews, but based on the pair that I received they are barely worthy of 1 star. The noise canceling electronics are nearly useless, compared to, for example, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 headset. There is little discernible reduction in ambient noise with the electronics switched on vs off. The electronics also adds quite a bit of hiss to the background. The yoke that spans the top of your head is uniquely uncomfortable. To round out the deal, the cord retracts into the left earpiece. While a nice idea, I've already had to disassemble this earpiece twice to untangle the mechanism. Buy something else. Spend the money for the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 or a nice pair of over the ear headphones that have good sound quality and are comfortable....more info
  • Good value
    These work pretty well for the money, but are a far cry from the level of comfort and noise reduction you'll find in the Bose headphones. But, remember, these list for about 1/3 of the Bose headphones and sell for about 1/6. All in all, a whole lot better than cranking up my earbuds and destroying my ears when I'm on a plane....more info
  • Good, but not great...
    I bought these head phones to replace my iPod headphones that always blow a side out after a month of use. I also ride an extremely noisy bus that makes it difficult to hear anything. These headphones do their job in that they do drown out a significant amount of noise in the background. Sound quality is rather good. But, they lasted about as long as my iPod headphones. The left earphone is slightly blown. Other than that this product does what it promises and works rather well. If I could go back I would still probably buy these headphones over some $300 BOSE or something. Good Purchase....more info
  • Well made
    I can't compare the noise cancelling function with other products because these are the only ones I've used. However, I can say that they are extremely well made. The folding mechinism, the retractabel cord, the softness around the ear are all quality. I didn't notice a lot of difference when I put them on, but when I took them off, the difference was great. They come in a soft pouch for storage. For the price, which is much less than anything closely comparabe, they are an excellent buy. They make traveling easier....more info
  • This JVC almost has it right... almost.
    This JVC almost has it right... almost. They fold easily and the retractable cord are great! The sound is very good BUT the most important feature "noise canceling" fails dismally and after a hour or more they are uncomfortable. I had the Sony MDR-NC6, but they were stolen and I opted for the JVC on price, the retractable cord and the Amazon reviews. The first time I put them on during a flight I noticed how poorly they did canceling out the noise. The Sony were much better. This is the most important feature and the JVC scores poorly here. I would not buy the JVC again, nor do I recommend the Sony MDR-NC6; they are uncomfortable and a hassle to use. Now, in hind sight, I would pay the extra $$$ and get me a pair of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7. ...more info
  • Miserable noise cancelling headphones
    I guess these headphones fall into the catagory of "rip-off." The noise cancelling is minimal and I do mean MININAL....plus they are the most uncomfortable headset that I have ever worn. In a word....BEWARE!!!...more info
  • So uncomfortable I didn't even bother to try the sound!
    I had read quite a few reviews on Amazon about these headphones and they seemed like the right ones, but the moment I got them out of the box and on my head I knew I was going to return them.

    The glaring design problem which JVC should beat themselves with rusty chains for is the total lack of cushioning on the folding headband. I couldn't keep them on my head for more than a minute before they started to irritate my skin. Granted, my hair is short and receding, but NO CUSHIONING AT ALL?! We're not with nerve endings, JVC!!

    The second issue is that the earcups did not fit over my ears, but rather quashed them against my head. I'm fortunate in that my ears are don't stick out hardly at all, but still, it's not a comfortable feeling to have them clamped against my skull. The sensation was not unlike a vise with a little padding.

    Finally, the rewind function of the headphone is a cute trick, but it's much smaller than a regular cord. That alone was cause for me to worry that all I'd have to do is catch it once on something and it would tear right out.

    I'm going back to Best Buy and try the Philipps HN110's!

    Dave S....more info
  • Cancellation is OK, comfort so-so, human factors so-so
    The noise cancellation on these headphones helps, but is far from perfect. I have not used more expensive noise-cancelling headphones for extended periods, so maybe this is as good as it gets.

    The headhones are generally comfortable unless you are bald. The hinge in the middle of the top rubs against the top of my head. May not be a problem if you have a lot of hair.

    The human factors is not too good. The retractable cord is a great idea, but it doesn't work reliably, the rewind slider is difficult to work (it sticks and is in an awkward place), and it gets hidden underneath the support flange. Why not a simple button right next to the cord?

    I guess you get what you pay for. These were a gift. I probably would have bought something of better quality....more info
  • Useful Headphones
    I bought these headphones to muffle the noise of a power lawn mower so I can listen to my walkman while mowing the lawn. They don't eliminate the engine noise completely by any stretch of the imagination, but they muffle the sound sufficiently so that I can have the walkman at a reasonable volume level....more info
  • It's a marginal product
    This JVC is a bit comfortable than the Sony NC6 and the sound quality is slightly better. Both headphones do not have good padding for your head. The JVC retractable cord mechanism broke at my first trial without a hard pull. I also tried the JBL 510, its sound quality is better than JVC but the noise cancellation device and cord are too clumsy. The JVC noise cancellation device helps to reduce a little bit of low frequency noise, but not much. Others were not anything better. I am not a big guy but the earpiece is still too small and became uncomfortable after 10 minutes. For the price of $48, I think it is $20 overpriced. A cheaper alternative and more effective way of reducing external noise while listening to classical and soft music is to buy a $13 to $18 muffer from HomeDepot and use your regular earpiece. I have used this combination for the last 6 years and it works. ...more info
  • solid deal....
    the product is a very solid deal......sound it good.....sound is pretty good......cord twists a bit....esp if you retract it.....cancels sound outside, but is a bit hollow....for the price though a decent deal........more info
  • Quiet, quiet, quiet
    Last Christmas I bought my husband some Bose noise cancelling headphones for around $300 because he travels on airplanes a lot. Since I don't travel quite as much I took a less expensive route and bought these headphones. I love them and my husband is a bit jealous that the cord retracts and the ear pieces slide up for easy storage unlike the Bose. I find them comparable to the Bose but a whole lot cheaper. The sound quality is excellant....more info
  • I wouldn't fly without them
    It was a real improvement for my flying experience. Really cut engine and cabin noise. I won't fly without them....more info