48points

Able Planet ANC XNC230B

56points

Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000

95points

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

94points

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

88points

Sony MDR-XB950B1

Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Comparison winner
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1
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Able Planet ANC XNC230B vs Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 vs Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC vs Sony MDR-XB950B1

Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1
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56
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94
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88
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Why is Able Planet ANC XNC230B better than Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 better than Able Planet ANC XNC230B & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Weight
    12gvs363,289,221.1,245g
  • Has a tangle free cable
  • Has an in-ear form

Why is Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 better than Able Planet ANC XNC230B & Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has a mute function

Why is Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC better than Able Planet ANC XNC230B & Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

Why is Sony MDR-XB950B1 better than Able Planet ANC XNC230B & Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC?

  • Highest frequency
    28000Hzvs20000,26000,20000,22000Hz
  • Lowest frequency
    3Hzvs20,5,20,18Hz

Top specs and features

Design

1.has stereo speakers
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has a detachable cable
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

3.has an over-the-ear form
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

4.weight

363g

12g

289g

221.1g

245g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

5.can be folded
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.has a tangle free cable
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

Sound quality

1.highest frequency

20000Hz

26000Hz

20000Hz

22000Hz

28000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Best

Sony MDR-Z1R

120000Hz

2.lowest frequency

20Hz

5Hz

20Hz

18Hz

3Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

Sony MH1CBLK

1Hz

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

4.sound pressure level

121dB/mW

106dB/mW

93dB/mW

113dB/mW

105dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

5.has a neodymium magnet
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

6.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

4.Has WiFi
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.can be used as a headset
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has an in-line control panel
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

For example

Microsoft Surface Headphones

5.has a mute function
Able Planet ANC XNC230B
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS1000
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

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