HEADPHONE REVIEW | Noise Cancelling Lindy NC60
Noise cancelling headphones have become increasingly popular in recent years, as we look to envelop ourselves in our own world, cutting out the distraction of the world around us. It’s especially beneficial in open plan offices, packed tubes, homes near busy roads and well, maybe even a snoring partner. The only problem is that they tend to be very pricey, especially if you’re looking for solid construction and successful noise cancellation. The Lindy NC60’s tackle this on all three fronts – they are sub – £60.00, they look robust and they promise to cancel 85% of noise.
Build And Quality
Out of the box, the Lindy 60s are incredibly easy to use. Simply insert the batteries supplied, plug in the jack into your device, turn on the ‘ANC’ (active noise cancelling) function and away you go. There’s no pairing to do as they aren’t Bluetooth.
They feel solid and have a rubberized texture to the cup and that signature red inner. The padding is thick and comfortable and should fit over the average ear and provide a good basic level of sound isolation, even before you turn on the ‘ANC’. They are padded with leather, not great if you’re a vegan or someone who doesn’t like animal products in everyday objects. In past experience, although not of these headphones, leather headphone pads can begin to degrade after a couple of years of use, especially if they get wet – from sweat or indeed using them in the bath and having wet hair.
The cup has a couple of simple controls. A volume fader and the on switch for the noise cancellation, which as a blue LED to show whether it’s on or not. On the other ear a standard wired headphone jack output – which attaches to your device.
The bridge between the two ear cups is well padded and fits nicely on top of the head. The squeeze between the two cups is good and doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
The noise cancellation feature is powered by two AAA batteries which are supplied, but not rechargeable, which is a huge let down for these headphones.
The product also comes with a neat hard-body travel case and a couple of adapters.
When the ‘ANC’ is turned off the sound is plain and dull, feeling distant and to be frank muffled, however, once the noise cancellation feature is turned on, the sound comes alive. It’s certainly a lot more present as the background sounds are also filtered out. The headphone gives a good performance, that rivals much more expensive sets. In fact, once you’ve experienced Noise Cancelling headphones, it will be hard to go back to any other type of headphone.
Is the noise cancelling affective on these headphones? Well, as they say, you get what you pay for. It’s not as deadening as other headphones we’ve tested, some offer different levels of cancellation, these just take out the lower end frequencies, which can mean you get bleed through of higher end noises.
A good entry-level to noise cancellation that won’t break the bank.
Price – Sub £60 for Noise Cancellation is great
Good bass response and bright sound
Batteries not rechargeable
- Over-ear design with breathable protein leather ear pads
- ANC reduces external low frequency noise by up to 85%
- 40mm high output drivers with neodymium magnets
- Impedance: 32Ω passive mode / 100Ω ANC mode
- Sensitivity (1mW@1kHz ±3dB): Passive 93dB ANC 103dB
- Nominal THD: Passive <0.1%@ 1kHz / ANC <0.5% @ 1kHz
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Battery Life:
- ANC mode only (no audio playback): 130 Hours
- ANC mode with playback at 50% volume: 72 Hours
- Adjustable volume
- Powered by two AAA batteries
- 3.5mm Stereo Jack Socket for detachable 3.5mm cable
- Dimensions: 196 x 160 x 45mm
- Weight: 203g (including 2 x AAA battery)
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