Make Travel Less of a Headache
If you travel at all, even just once, good noise canceling headphones can be an awesome and worthwhile investment. I am not a business traveler but I have been flying more than I used to so a few years ago I decided I needed some good headphones. I didn’t want to spend a fortune but of course, I wanted something decent.
I picked up this set of iDeaUSA Bluetooth Active Noise Canceling Headphones for under $100 (at the time of writing this review) and I have to say, I am rather pleased with how well they perform.
One of the requirements for a good set of headphones for travel is that they be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. These headphones are perfectly comfortable due to the soft over-ear design with plenty of cushioning. The headband is also cushioned and expandable for varying sized heads. They are slightly heavier than a Samsung galaxy s7 smartphone, so not much at all. This means your head and ears shouldn’t get tired on long flights.
I am not an audiophile but I do appreciate good quality headphones. Sound quality on this set is fantastic at this price point. Lows are punchy and mid to high range is clear. However, I do notice that without the noise canceling feature turned on, the sound is pretty shallow.
The noise canceling is very good at this price point. Again, we’re talking about sub $100 here, not many hundreds of dollars. With noise canceling turned on, the sound of a 737 jet engine outside the window (next to me) is reduced to a dull, quiet drone and almost non-existent if I have audio playing. I can still hear the voice of someone talking directly at me, but just barely. I think this set really does a good job of canceling out the lower frequencies, which really removes most of the engine and air noise on an aircraft.
Also, I was very impressed with the lack of white noise when the canceling mode is on. Some cheaper headsets will have a hum or hissing that is rather noticeable. These have a very faint sound and it’s only noticeable if you really concentrate on it.
The current model I’ve linked to (here) boasts a 500mAh battery, which is enough for 25 hours of playback, although that number is likely lower with noise canceling turned on.
Obviously, these headphones are bluetooth-enabled but they also have a 3.5mm plug for using them as wired headphones. There are volume up/down, forward/back, and pause/play media buttons on the right side and a switch to turn noise canceling on and off on the left. Something worth mentioning is that the noise canceling switch will work regardless of whether the headphones are turned on or not so be sure to switch that off or the battery will drain while not in use.
Included with the headphones is a semi-rigid travel case, 3.5mm cable, and USB micro cable for charging. One more cool feature is that the earcups fold flat for better storage.
Overall, I can definitely recommend this set of noise canceling headphones if you travel either frequently or infrequently and don’t want to break the bank. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for more travel reviews to come! My next trip will be across the pond to London so I should have more items to try and review!