Useful Products: JVC HANC100 Noise Cancelling Headphones

August 6, 2007


(cord retracts into the headset and the headphones fold up)

One of my goals in launching was to highlight products and services that I find useful. In case you’re wondering … no, I’m not on the take for these. Although, if you have a product or service you’d like me to review, send it my way … and go ahead and put me on the take. Just kidding!

I few months ago, I was in the market for a decent set of moderately priced noise canceling headphones. I think headphones are a great investment, especially if you work in busy, noisy places. I work with a ton of folks who work in a cubicle environment … headphones can go a long way in drowning out the noise and distraction.

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That said, bellow is a review I wrote for (where I purchased these headphones and a few thousand dollars of other stuff every year). I’ve been a huge fan of the site for years. Mostly because of the reviews, pricing, and free shipping on a lot of their merchandise. But back to the headphones, I gave them 4/5 stars:
This is actually my first set of noise canceling headphones, so I really don’t have anything to compare them to. However, I did read several other reviews on these and other headphones here at Amazon before deciding on this set.

First off, for under $50 (including shipping!), I think these headphones are bargain. There are other models that range well into the hundreds of dollars - that seemed a little much for me.

Second, my main reason for purchasing these headphones was three fold:

1) I do travel about twice per month. Therefore, I wanted a good quality, easily portable set of headphones.

2) As a consultant, I work all over the place, and sometimes end up working in coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies, etc. All busy, noisy places … I wanted a comfortable, quality set of headphones to drown out background noise, so I could relax and concentrate.

3) I recently launched a personal development site with tips and reviews at … This is definitely a product I wanted to write a review about (because I’ve had a few clients ask about them)

It’s been about two months since I’ve purchased the headphones. I mention that only because I can’t really attest to their longevity yet, but so far … so good.

The Pros:


Quality of sound

Portability with retractable cord

The Cons:

The only disadvantage is my ears become sore after several hours of continual use. (thats the only thing that kept them from getting all 5 stars)

One final note: Using headphones on an airplane is great, but bringing your own player makes for a far more relaxing ride. Although these will plug directly into the airplane’s movie/music system - keep this in mind first: Every time the captain or flight attendants make an announcement … it’s extra amplified through these headphones. I learned this the hard way, while trying to sleep on an east coast to west coast flight home … they literally made announcements every 30 minutes or so, it was like they were screaming in my ear. So, if you’re planning on resting on a flight, do yourself a favor and bring your own player!

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