Able Planet PS200BH Headphones

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For hearing impaired ONLY

Feb 23, 2008
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Pros:Doesn't fall off the head. Spoken words are clear and easy to listen to.

Cons:Slurry, thick sound image from a billion overtones.

The Bottom Line: When near-deaf, buy. Luckily old people have shrunken heads.


These headphones have a limited practical use. They have electronics built into them that generates extra overtones and probably boosts existing ones. This creates a busy sound image where instruments meld into each other. While this is not uncomfortable to listen to, and is very soft-sounding, I think that Linx Audio should have cut down the effects of the electronics to half, for a more practical sound image for the brain to handle. The drivers can not generate deep bass, so the sound of drums and other low sounds are generated mostly through their overtones, which is disappointing. If the built-in electronics is filtering out the low frequencies or if the drivers themselves are unable to reproduce them is unclear to me. I noticed that when listening to the Internet, where radio is compressed to save band with, the added manipulation of these headphones to the already unreal sound gives a whole new, totally bizarre sound image which no one can stand, more than as a joke for a few seconds. If you want to use these headphones then the source of music needs to be very good, undistorted. The low end of music: bass, drums, etc: at the same time feels compressed, like stuffed into a drawer with not enough space to live in, as if Linx Audio has shoved the entire spectrum of frequencies down a bit to bring the high sounds into detectable range of hearing impaired. Speech and high-frequency sounds, such as high-hats, are soft, yet clear and easy to listen to. These headphones would do well for a hearing-impaired person who wants to listen to the news on the radio, if the radio is a high-end tuner. The listener should have a small head, because the headphones clamp hard around my big head. I bought them for my wife who has a slight hearing problem. My idea was that she would use them at the gym on the treadmill, for CD music and the TV. As such they will work, but nowhere else. MP3 doesn't sound doable with these. With these headphones, Linx Audio is far from the success they wished for. I got them for $18, and I guess they are worth that to my wife.


Recommend this product? Yes


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