JVC HANC250 (Black) review: JVC HANC250 (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0

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4.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones are comfortable and offer good sound quality, including tight bass response. The headphones work with or without the noise-cancellation feature activated. JVC includes handy accessories such as a compact, hard-shell carrying case, an airplane adapter, and a quarter-inch plug.

The Bad The cable that comes with the JVC HA-NC250 is too short for nonportable use.

The Bottom Line The JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones make a great travel companion for those who demand quality sound. And they may not be cheap, but they seem that way next to the Bose QuietComfort 3.

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JVC has built a reasonable reputation for producing inexpensive noise-canceling headphones, and those 'phones have done well in terms of sound quality. Still, there's nothing wrong with taking a step up in the world, which is exactly what JVC is doing with the HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones. Compared to previous models, the HA-NC250 doesn't come cheap, sporting a price tag of $199.99, but those willing to drop the extra dough will be rewarded with a comfy set of headphones with nice, balanced sound. Plus, compared to the competing Bose QuietComfort 3 ($350), the HA-NC250 seems downright affordable.

Right off the bat, I was pleased to note that the HA-NC250s are noticeably more comfortable than their low-end sibling, the HA-NC60. The ear cups of the HA-NC250 are oblong--more true to ear shape than circular--and padded with a cushy leatherette material. They also don't put much pressure on the ears, making them pleasant to wear for extended periods of time (I had them on for more than two hours with no discomfort). Plus, the headband is padded to keep the top of your head happy.

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JVC HANC250 (Black)

Part Number: HA-NC250 Released: Jul 13, 2007
MSRP: $199.95 Low Price: $126.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 13, 2007
  • Weight 5.3 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features Noise-Cancelling Switch
    noise canceling circuit
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm