by Rory Buszka on March 3, 2008 in Speakers/Headphones
When we met AblePlanet at CES, their Clear Harmony noise canceling headphones really caught our attention. Their built-in noise canceling circuitry is intended to reduce the infiltration of ambient noise, but can they stack up sonically against some serious competition within their price bracket?
The AblePlanet Clear Harmony NC1000CH headphones come in a gorgeous black and blue box that’s got plenty of bright images and clear, readable text. The retail packaging of the Clear Harmony headphones is extremely well-done, tastefully blending colors, textures, and finishes to create a positive impression of the product contained inside. These are AblePlanet’s flagship headphones, so it’s clear that they’ve put extra effort into the exterior packaging.
Inside the outer package (which is really just a thin cardboard sleeve) is another, sturdier white cardboard box. The Clear Harmony headphones themselves are contained within a padded carrying case, which also features a separate pouch for cables and connector accessories.
Here’s what comes with the Clear Harmony headphones: You get the headphones themselves, a detachable 4′ cable with an in-line volume control, a 35mm-to-1/4″ plug adapter, and an airline adapter, all with gold-plated contacts. You also get a set of batteries, as well as a quick-start guide and an instruction manual.
The Clear Harmony headphones feature clean, modern styling that’s aesthetically appealing. Their design closely mirrors the design of the well-known Bose QuietComfort headphones, to an almost startling degree – though the two are not look-alikes. They’re fairly lightweight, with my reference headphones (which are themselves fairly light) almost imperceptibly heavier.
- Frequency Response: 20-20000 Hz
- Sensitivity (@ 1kHz): 115dB (switch off), 121dB (switch on)
Next, let’s take a closer look at the features of the AblePlanet Clear Harmony NC1000CH headphones.