Date: March 21st, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION AND WALKTHROUGH
The padding on the ear cups is thick and comfortable as well, although after a couple hours of wearing the headphones my ears got sore due to them pushing against my ear-rings. Without ear-rings in they are very light and comfortable.
The included AAA battery slides into the left ear cup. At the bottom is the jack for the 3.5mm audio cable.
A switch on the side of the left ear cup turns the noise canceling feature on or off. When powered on, a blue led will illuminate.
PRODUCT IMPRESSIONS & SOUND QUALITY
Before plugging the audio cable into anything, I put the headphones on and switched on the noise canceling feature. There was a very low hiss indicating it was on but really, it was very slight and not bothersome in the least. While they were noticeably quieter I was still able to hear sharper noises around me like voices, but more ambient sounds like fans or engines were almost not noticeable. Even without listening to anything they are effective in creating a more peaceful environment.
Even though there are more expensive noise canceling headphones available, for $150 I still had high expectations. The first device I tested them with was an iPod Shuffle. Listening to music without the noise canceling turned on was fair, not much bass and a little too much treble for my taste but still acceptable. After activating the noise canceling it's easy to hear how much the music is processed, but in a good way. Outside noises are muffled and the treble and midrange sounds are crisp and clear with just the right amount of bass. Watching a DVD was an equally pleasant experience as I was able to hear every little detail clearly, making me feel really immersed in the movie. Another big plus about these headphones is the battery life. According to Logitech it's around 40 hours which is pretty impressive. During a few days of testing I've used the headphones for about 15 hours total and the battery is still going, so I have no complaints there.
As I mentioned earlier, these headphones are very light and comfortable at first although after a couple hours of them pushing on my earrings my ears started to become sore. Without earrings in I didn't experience any discomfort even after long periods of use. This is important as they are meant to be worn for more than just a few minutes at a time.
Since these headphones are geared towards travelers, sturdy construction is extremely important. Logitech has a winner in this category because not only are the headphones themselves solidly built, the carrying case will no doubt survive being tossed around in a bag time after time. These will be going with me on my next vacation for sure and I won't have to worry about handling them delicately.