By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
8:25 PM EST, January 29, 2013
Name: Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Active Noise Canceling Stereo Earphones With Microphone
What they are: Half-in-ear headphones that fit comfortably in your ears and include a rectangular controller that allows you to adjust volume, switch song tracks and accept phone calls. A switch on the side activates noise cancellation, so you can use that function even when the Bluetooth is turned off. A second switch on the controller powers the device on and off and pairs it with Bluetooth devices. The headphones feature Phiaton's signature MaxBass Reflex technology designed to eliminate unwanted vibration and echo. The controller has a belt clip, and the PS 210 BTNC package includes a lanyard to suspend the controller around your neck, a micro/USB charging cable and a plug to use the headphones in non-Bluetooth mode on a plane or with a non-Bluetooth device. Four sizes of silicon tips plus a pair of foam tips are included for the best fit.
The good: These earphones are easy to pair with a device initially, and once configured with it, they automatically pair when the earphones are turned on (provided your device's Bluetooth is active). I love enjoying noise cancellation, even when I'm on a plane and need to be plugged into a device rather than using its Bluetooth. On a flight with a crying baby, I found the foam tips seem to block out more sound.
The bad: No real complaint other than sometimes having to play with the positioning of the controller so the microphone picks up my voice better for phone calls. It's typically only an issue when I am in a noisier environment or my phone battery is low.
Cost: $159 (but usually $129 at various retailers)
Available from: amazon.com, buy.com
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