Review: JVC's HA-NC250 noise-canceling headphones
Most of my headphone reviews for BBG
this summer have been robust explorations. I'm learning all about the different ways headphone manufacturers approach audio, and the pros and cons of their methodologies.
Now, JVC I know all about. I've watched their TVs, I've listened to their stereos, I even had a JVC boombox as my shelf system in college. JVC's stuff is as you'd expect: consumer-grade, well-executed, accessible, decently equalized, sturdy. Y'know, JVC.
So here I am with a pair of JVC noise-canceling headphones. I installed the noise canceling unit's battery, put on the headphones, turned on my music, and broke into a huge grin.
JVC's HA-NC250 headphones sound just like every other JVC stereo.
I say this with pure delight. It's no mean feat to have a pair of headphones replicate the sound processing of, say, my college boom box to such a level of certainty. Yet that's exactly what the JVCs do.
It took me all of one minute to declare to my wife, "Ha! They sound like JVC always sounds." How great is that? I've listened to a lot of Sony stuff over the years, and while most of it is good, it certainly doesn't all sound the same. JVC's engineers have no such problems. Noise-canceling headphones? Oh yeah, we can do that. Sure enough.
The rest: These are the only headphone cans I've tested, unlike the in-ear models I usually encounter. They're also the only ones I actually called cute. JVC includes a miniplug-to-standard extension for component stereo use as well as an airplane adapter, both in a mesh pocket inside a hard protective headphone case. Noise-canceling is only so-so, but that's due to the open-ear cans, which are inherently noisier than the in-ear designs.
Bingo bango, review over. Bring on the cliché: if you like JVC, you'll love the HA-NC250.
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