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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2 Responses to Review: JVC's HA-NC250 noise-canceling headphones

  1. cdctrumpet says:

    How about reviewing some less-commonly known headphones? For example:

    Ultrasone 750 Pro.
    They’re closed heaphones, so you get a bit of inherent isolation from the design.

    Grado Labs-anything from the SR Line
    Open headphones, so they have no sound isolation. But, outstanding drivers and design, and are the best sounding headphones at a very reasonable price for the quality you get.

    I’d love to hear your opinion on anything like these, and it’d be great to shed some light on some brands that aren’t constantly advertised and pitched down your throat.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A few years ago, I bought a pair of noise-canceling headphones from Audio-Technica, quietpoint ath-anc7, and can endorse them. They seem to be about the same price as the HA-nc250 now. I bought them after trying Bose, and hearing a slight but constant high-pitched hiss.

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