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JVC HA-NC120 headphone

Portable noise canceling, closed, on-ear headphones that come with a carrying pouch and mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter.

About

The JVC HA-NC120 is part of the Headphone test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Headphone models like the HA-NC120 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Sound quality: Represents the tonal accuracy, clarity, detail, ambience, and dynamics of the audio reproduced by the headphone.

Noise reduction: Represents how well the headphone reduces ambient noise when the active noise cancellation feature is activated.

Connections

Plug type Plug type The type of connection at the end of the audio cord, which will be plugged into the source component. Most have 1/8-inch standard (3-contact) "mini" jacks that fit portable devices. Models intended for use with newer iPod, iPhone, and some Blackberry smartphones, that have integrated microphones, audio player controls, and call connect/disconnect controls use a 1/8-inch 4-conductor mini jack. The audio function of models with 4-conductor mini jacks may not work properly or consistently with non-iPod/iPhone devices.
Mini (1/8")

Features

Works with noise reduction off Works with noise reduction off Will operate without the noise-canceling circuitry activated; allows the model to be used as standard headphones if the batteries die.
Yes
Integrated microphone Integrated microphone Has an integrated microphone for use with some cell phones or audio players with a recorder function.
No
Call connect/disconnect control Call connect/disconnect control This allows you to answer or disconnect from a phone call with some cell phones.
No
Integrated volume control Integrated volume control This allows you to adjust the volume without having to dig into your pocket or purse for a player.
No
Integrated player control Integrated player control This allows you to control some player functions (for example: play, pause, track skip) via a control without having to dig into a pocket or purse for a player.
No
Detachable cable Detachable cable A detachable cable allows the headphones to be used for noise canceling without the cord being connected to a music or video player, or dangling from the headset.
No
Monitor function (mute) Monitor function Has a control that turns off the audio, and in the case of noise canceling models turns off the noise canceling function, so that ambient sounds can be heard. Useful for hearing ambience like travel announcements without turning off the audio player or removing the headphones.
No
Noise canceling unit in earpiece Noise canceling unit in earpiece The electronic circuitry for the noise cancelation function is integrated into headphones earpiece rather than incorporated as a separate module that is integrated into the audio cord.
Yes
Battery life (hrs.) Battery life As claimed by the manufacturer.
100 alkaline battery/ 40 Manganese battery
Battery recharge time (hrs.) Battery recharge time As claimed by the manufacturer.
N/A
Low battery indicator Low battery indicator An indicator to show that the headphone battery power is low and will need to be replaced or recharged.
Yes
Warranty (mos.): parts/labor Warranty (mos.): parts/labor Warranty is for parts and labor, in months.
12/12
Additional features Additional features Additional features for this model.
Switchable volume limiter for airline audio systems, retractable audio cord
Included accessories Included accessories Indicates what accessories are included.
Carrying pouch, mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter

Specs

Weight (oz.) Weight Reflects the weight, in ounces, of the headphones including the audio cable and batteries, if any.
5.5
Cable length (in.) Cable length Cable length indicates the approximate length of the cable from the headset or earpiece to the plug, measured in inches.
48
Battery type Battery type The number and type of batteries used.
(1) AAA