Noise cancelling headphones are ideal for plane flights, train journeys or any place which can get noisy. I’ve been given a pair of ‘LINDY Active Noise Cancelling Headphones’ to test out, here are my thoughts.
For this product prices vary depending on which website you buy them from, the official Lindy.co.uk website has them for £40, and that is about what you can expect to pay elsewhere also. So they are ideal for those with a smaller budget.
First off a few spec details; 16dB active noise reduction, high output 40mm drivers, frequency range: 20 – 20000Hz and sensitivity: 104dB/mW. Ok enough of the garble, how do they perform?
The delivery arrived safely in a secure package, inside all is contained inside a simple box. I open it up quickly and easily to empty out the contents. Included are a few connectors, which are an in-flight adapter, 1.2m cable, and 6.3mm stereo adapter. You get a nice carry bag for when they are not being used. An AAA battery is also included.
I took the headphones out of the container and immediately noticed some parts feel a bit cheap, others feel good. The side parts are a very thin plastic and feel very cheap. When you pop open the compartment to put in the AAA battery it feels flimsy, so perhaps trying not to be replace the battery too often may be wise, but it’s a shame I have to say that! However the cushioned earpads and arch over the top of your head feel nice and soft, it is supple leather and feels good to the touch.
Although they feel slightly cheap in some parts they do come with a 2 year warranty so if anything did break within the first couple of years you can get it fixed. And at this price range it is asking too much for them to feel beautifully made or super solid. For the price overall the quality is as I’d expect.
Fit and Sound
Once on the head they feel good. Size adjustment is easy, and once you’ve found your perfect fit it stays in place nicely. I found the comfort to be very good, they put a tiny bit too much pressure on my head but they are still brand new so that may improve a bit the more they are used.
The sound quality is decent, not fantastic, but good. The bass is strong, but the clarity is slightly lacking. The sound is much improved if you have the ‘noice-cancelling’ switched on. So ensure you always have a AAA battery spare in case the one inside the headphones goes flat. Many people use official Apple earphones for use with their iPod/iPhone, if you switch to these you will notice the sound quality is slighty poorer, but it must be said the sound quality of the official Apple ones are outstanding, and they are obviously only buds and not full noise-cancelling headphones. If you did switch to this you would notice the difference, but not be overly disappointed.
The noise-cancelling works well and I recommend you have it switched on at all times whilst using them, they drown out external sounds very well.
When I took them off, and had the sound level quite high you could hear them strongly so be wary of that, you don’t want to annoy the people around you too much when wearing them!
In conclusion I think the ‘Lindy Active Noise Cancelling Headphones’ are good value for money. Despite some cheap plastics the sound quality is satisfactory, comfort level high, and the noise cancelling works well. So for £40 I think that is a very fair price. The reviews elsewhere on the web are also positive, including many customers over at Amazon. Nothing spectacular, but you get good value for money, and are a safe buy. 8/10.
Read more about them and other products at the Lindy website.
Here are a couple more photos taken during the test.
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