Noise cancellation headphones are seen as a good way to look serious in the sound market. After Logitech jumping into the fray, we now have Genius attempting to hook consumers with its noise cancellation kit.
It’s like China creating a myriad of products in response to one ingenious technology. Now that everyone has caught up with the concept of noise cancellation, you will see cheap alternatives flooding the streets and boasting similar capabilities.
At this note, it wouldn’t be apt to see Genius fit that bill yet, but it’s a close call. I’ll tell you why. To begin with, it's the cheapest noise cancellation headphones in the market. Following on the footsteps of the JBL Reference 510 headphones, Genius' supra-aural headphones are a far cry from the former.
The headphones are built to a collapsible form factor. I'm not a big fan of such ear-cups, since they can be a pain to wear. You can enjoy a few concentrated hours of music, after which you tend to develop frustration and a colossal earache.
The design has been kept loose enough so that the headphones don’t end up gripping the head too tightly. This only leads to the headphones slipping off from its position quite often. Also the build looks a bit flimsy.
The headphones come with a rather unnecessary assortment of detachable installations that make up the noise cancellation machination, and needs constant pampering as it’s not easy to stow away. This holds one AAA-sized battery. To make matters worse, and much to my bewilderment, the 2.5mm jack requires another cable to convert it to a 3.5mm lead.
Now, on to sound quality! Quite honestly, I prefer the headphones’ noise cancellation turned off. It produces a lot of artifacts while turned on, making songs sound unnatural. For a richer experience, you will like the way it delivers a rather natural punch.
The highs are accentuated and sound very irritating, but the mids you won’t have a problem with. As expected, the headphones can’t really handle the lows properly. It doesn’t let the bass jar, though the punch does become muffled and inaccurate as the frequency drops.
As far the noise cancellation mechanism is concerned, it does cut out annoying high frequency sound to leave you to contend with the peaceful remnants. The only flip side to this, as I mentioned, is the unnaturally boosted sound when the noise cancellation is switched on.
The package includes a carry case, which is a tad small for the headphones and the noise cancellation kit, but maybe I’m just a clumsy oaf. You also get an airplane adaptor bundled. The headphones cost Rs 6,499 and are probably the cheapest noise cancellation pair available in the market.
If you're dying to get one of these for yourself, you need to ask yourself whether you are compromising on the sound. Only if you are willing and able to spend so much to obtain a noise cancellation kit does it make sense. Otherwise, you get many better quality headphones, at cheaper prices.
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