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AblePlanet True Fidelity NC200 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

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Tour & Design

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• Somewhat plasticky design, but they still seem durable.

• They look decent enough.

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Tour


The AblePlanet True Fidelity NC200s come entombed in that hard plastic that's impossible to open without a sharp implement. It doesn't matter how strong you think you are, if you don't have scissors, you're not getting the NC200s out.



We used to think our strength knew no bounds, but we were wrong.

We were wrong.


Once you've exhumed the headphones, you'll notice that they look a lot like the QC3s and every other set of on-ear active-cancellers.



Oval ear cups, leather-printed padding, Y-shaped junction between the cups and band...

pretty standard fare.


 

Flip 'em over and you can see the cup padding. Underneath the padding is a thin oval of fabric, which keeps the innards protected from ear projectiles or something.



If your ears are like ours, they aren't constantly jettisoning garbage;

the NC200s' little foam shields are more than enough protection.


 

The active cancellation feature is controlled by a switch on the right ear cup. There's also an LED to let you know the feature is getting power.

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The switch is somewhat small, but it's still easy enough to find by touch.

 

The underside of the left ear cup is where you plug in the cord. In the photo below, you can also see the small hole for the active cancellation's microphone, which is located on the bottom edge of the right ear cup.

 



The plug doesn't quite mesh with teh underside of the headphones. Some of the edges are uneven,

which has the potential to drive you crazy if you're OCD about such things (we are).


 

The cord itself is a good length for a set of headphones like these. They're meant to be portable, and the cord is a manageable length so you won't have a giant coil of cable sticking out of your pocket. The cable also has an in-line volume dial.

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This is the cable, which has an in-line volume changer.

 

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This plugs into the headphones.

 

 

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This is the end that plugs into an audio source.

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And last but not least, this is the in-line volume dial you've heard so much about.

 

Below are two shots of the headphones on HATS, to give you an idea of what you'd look like while you're wearing the NC200s. Since you (most likely) don't have a head like HATS, we'd


The NC200s on HATS. You'd also look this dapper with a set of NC200s atop your

featureless, grey skull.

 

In The Box


In the box you'll find the headphones, a cable with a volume dial, a 1/4-inch plug, a battery, and a pouch.

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**Durability**     (*7.25**)*


We don't see any glaring durability issues on the AblePlanetNC200 headphones, though it does have some smaller issues. The band isn't collapsible, which means it runs the risk of breaking if it gets bent the wrong way. The headphones do seem to be well-manufactured, even if their plasticky design doesn't initially inspire much confidence. The pads are covered in a durable, leather-printed material, which means you should be wary of puncture damage; they won't likely succumb to normal wear and tear.

The cable is made of black plastic and seems durable. We pulled at it pretty hard and it didn't feel as though it was going to break. The worst that'll happen is it'll detatch from the headphones.

 

 

**Aesthetics**     (*6.0**)*


The headphones look pretty good overall. They have faux-leather padding along the band and a solid design overall. They actually look suspiciously similar to the Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones. The small area where the NC200s' good looks fall short is around the ear cups, which look pretty plasticky. Overall, though, these headphones look pretty nice.

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  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Sennheiser HD 650 Comparison
  7. Denon AH-NC732 Comparison
  8. Bose QuietComfort 3 Comparison
  9. AblePlanet iPod In ear Headphones Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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