Lindy have some active noise cancelling headphones called the CROMO NCX-100’s, and here is our review.
The CROMO NCX-100s are our most advanced noise cancelling headphones. With these headphones you will enjoy superb quality Hi-Fi sound without the distraction of annoying background noise. Perfect for use when travelling on planes, trains, or in a noisy home or office, the NCX-100 have been designed to deliver accurate sound reproduction over a wide range of musical tastes, whether in passive, noise cancelling or bass mode.
• Closed back, active noise cancellation headphones
• 40mm high output drivers with neodymium magnets
• Impedance: 32Ω passive mode / 100Ω noise cancelling & bass mode
• Sensitivity: 93dB ±3dB/1mW @ 1KHz passive mode / 103dB ±3dB/1mW @ 1KHz noise cancelling mode /
104dB ±3dB/1mW @ 1KHz bass mode
• Nominal total harmonic distortion: <0.1% @94dB @ 1KHz (Passive) / <0.5% @94dB @ 1KHz (Active)
• 15dB active noise cancellation
• Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
• Up to 20 hour battery life
• Requires two AAA batteries (not included)
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the headphones, a rigid carry case, 1.4m audio cable with built-in microphone, in-flight and 3.5mm to 6.3mm stereo jack adapters.
A Closer Look
The first thing you notice when you open the box is the carry case. It is very solid and will protect the headphones even if you drop it or knock it against something. Including a hard shell case is so much better than putting a carry pouch which seems to be fairly normal with headphones these days, and considering the low price of these headphones I was pleasantly surprised to see one included.
The headset itself is lightweight and folds up to make it easier to carry, and they lock into place when you are ready to use them. It has a battery compartment next to the audio cable port. The battery is used for the active noise cancelling (which I will come onto in a moment) and a pair of AAA batteries will last you around 20 hours, so more than enough for a long flight. If the batteries run out then all you lose is the active noise cancelling.
The headset is comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time with a fair amount of movement of the earpieces, and they look good too!
There is a selector switch that enables you to choose between OFF (which provides a passive mode without any amplification), ANC (which is active noise cancelling, which provides up to 15dB of noise cancelling) and Bass (which delivers increased bass performance). You can tell which setting you are on by the different colours that are displayed (as well as looking at the switch itself).
The active noise cancelling works by utilising four separate microphones which remove up to 95% of external noise, and I have to say they work very well, even in very loud environments.
The bass boost uses an integrated 5 watt amplifier to deliver an additional 10dB of bass if you like your music with that little bit extra bass. Personally I preferred to have ANC mode on all the time, after all, they are noise cancelling headphones, so why not use them for it? If you are in a quiet place then bass boost does work well.
The sound quality on these headphones is very good no matter which of the three modes you select with music and dialogue (if you are watching a movie) coming over very clear and crisp.
If you are looking for some very good active noise cancelling headphones that won’t break the bank you should really take a look, and a listen to these. They also come with a two year guarantee.
The Lindy CROMO NCX-100 headphones retail for £99.98.
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