The Good The JVC HA-NCX77 headphones offer impressive bass response for earbuds, and the noise-canceling unit has a built-in clip for convenient stowage on your person. The 'buds are inexpensive and come with desirable extras, such as a versatile case and an airplane plug adapter. The easy-to-open packaging doesn't leave your hands bleeding and scarred.
The Bad The HA-NCX77's noise-canceling unit is bulky and the headphones can't be disconnected from it.
The Bottom Line The JVC HA-NCX77 Noise Canceling Earbuds inspire little complaint. Good sound quality, useful extras, and a relatively low price point make them a fine option for commuters and frequent fliers.
For many in-ear headphone users, the passive noise isolation offered by an effective seal with the ear is plenty. In fact, some even find the essentially inaudible filler of active noise cancellation irritating to the ear. But if you're a frequent flier who needs more noticeable hushing of low-frequency rumblings and who wants it to come in a super-compact package, all is not lost. The JVC HA-NCX77 earbuds offer battery-powered noise cancellation for a very palatable $79.95.
As far as earbuds go, the JVC HA-NCX77s aren't all that compact. That's simply because in order to incorporate active noise cancellation, JVC had to attach a box to the cable that could take a battery and let you turn the feature on and off. Unfortunately, there's no way to detach the unit from the headphone cable so, although you can listen to tunes sans battery (with noise cancellation off, of course), you cannot get rid of the box while doing so. The box itself is roughly the size of a flash MP3 player (the Nano, for example), and it incorporates a battery compartment and handy belt clip on the back, a power switch and volume knob on the side, and a monitor switch on the front. The latter is a rather useful feature that lets you mute playback so you can hear your surroundings without taking the earbuds out (note that this does not pause your song).
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