BlackBox M10 Noise Cancellation Headphone review: BlackBox M10 Noise Cancellation Headphone

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MSRP: $199.99

BlackBox M10 Noise Cancellation Headphone

(Part #: M10) Released: Feb 6, 2009
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 2 user reviews

The Good The Blackbox M10 headphones are comfortable and offer good sound quality. They can be used with or without noise cancellation activated.

The Bad The Blackbox M10 headphones suffer from a fair amount of sound leakage, music sounds muffled when noise cancellation is not on, and the design is rather blah.

The Bottom Line The Blackbox M10 Noise Cancellation Headphones are a versatile set that offer solid sound quality and a reasonably portable design for travel hounds.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0

CNET would have to have an army of reviewers dedicated singly to the headphone category to get to every set available on the market today, but despite this saturation, we never tire of newcomers trying their best to break into the public awareness. Phitek Systems isn't a newcomer in the strictest sense--the company is responsible for the technology behind other companies' designs (Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC7 , for example)--but the OEM is now trying its hand at its own brand with the Blackbox line of noise-cancellation headphones.

It's clear that Phitek knows what it's doing. The compact C18 earphones certainly don't fail to impress, and we're not disappointed with the company's full-size model, either. The M10 Noise Cancellation Headphones ($179) are a comfy set with solid audio quality and a fair smattering of extras. That said, they still come off as a slightly pared-down version of the ATH-ANC7 when it comes to looks and features, so pay attention to retail price when comparison shopping.

Overall, the design of the Blackbox M10 headphones is not particularly special or eye-catching, but neither is it offensive. Indeed, the set is quite comfortable, with cushy, memory-foam padding on the earcups and a padded, adjustable headband. The color-scheme is pretty plain: mostly black with some dark gray accenting. The M10 is not exceptionally compact: the earcups measure 3.6 by 2.8 inches and fold flat for storage, but the headband does not bend in. Phitek includes a nylon pouch for storing the headphones while not in use. This definitely comes off as a bit cheap next to the ATH-ANC7's hard-sided shell.

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