Review: Taotronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wired Earbuds in Ear Stereo Awareness Monitor Earphones with Microphone and Remote (15 Hours Playtime, 3.5mm Jack, Premium Aluminum Matte Black)

Back in the day that I did a lot of travel for work, discovering the Panasonic RP-HC55 noise-cancelling headphones was a godsend. They were small and easily portable. Having your own headphones means that if the entertainment system is up and running, you can plug in and start watching immediately. The quality, particularly with the noise-cancelling function on, is much, much better than the airplane headphones they hand out.

And I was never into the big large ones that fit over your ears. So, I was very sad when my pair gave up. They were so old, probably over ten years old, that the plastic degraded around the controller, making it impossible to turn on and off.

I was surprised to find that Panasonic discontinued this type of headphones. There was no newer model. The closest thing I could find was the Bose QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ headphones. But I wasn’t willing to shell out $370 Australian.

I’m not that fanatical about sound quality, and I’d also worry about losing something so expensive that is also so small. I had to do considerable searching around the internet to find what I was after, and found them in some headphones from TaoTronics.

The nice thing is that they’re now chargeable through a USB cable, so even lighter than the Panasonic model that I had. They’re about the same size, and from using them a few times, the sound quality is good, or at least what I need and am happy with. And for AUD 59, including shipping (through Amazon), I think this is mighty fine value.

Out with the old (Panasonic, top) and in with the new (Taotronics, bottom).

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