Even cheaper noise-canceling headphones

A couple of days ago I blogged about how I found a set of noise-cancelling headphones for under $20. Well, today I was checking the Weekly Deal pages on buy.com to see what was on sale and I came across an even cheaper set! The RCA HPNC500 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones retail for $17.99 which is just an awesome price for technology like this. The normal retail price is $99.99 so there’s an $82.00 discount and then there’s free shipping to boot (if you live in the United States that is).

For the more technically minded, here are the features and technical specs:

  • Active Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Perfect for Airline Travel
  • 12dB Active Noise Canceling eliminates virtually all outside noise
  • Deep, rich sound from 40mm driver
  • Full-size earcups provide comfortable fit for long-term listening
  • Swivel ear cups for easy storage in laptop cases
  • Single-side cord entry keeps wires out of the way
  • Airline adapter included
  • Pouch included provides easy storage and protection on-the-go
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 102dB
  • Impedence: 32 Ohms
  • Cord Length: 4 feet
  • Plug: 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug

The reviews looks relatively good, particularly considering the cost. The biggest bugbear seems to be the fact that the headphones need a battery (1xAAA) and there are no instructions pointing this out, but I’m pretty sure I could figure this out on my own 😉

It’s great to see technology like this becoming more and more accessible. It was only a few years ago when you were limited to purchasing what was available in the store around the corner. Nowadays, you can shop from anywhere you want in the world, and if you use a satellite internet provider you can do  your shopping from anywhere in the world too. It makes you wonder what things will be like in ten years time. How will we go about seleting what products to buy? How will we pay for them? And more interestingly, how will them be delivered to us?

(note to self: stop watching so much Star Trek)


  1. I’m not sure I’d be willing to buy such cheap noise-cancelling headphones without giving them a test-run first. They can get pretty annoying if they don’t work right.

  2. I find it hard to believe they do as good a job. Even Boise at nearly $100 are not as good as the even more expensive professional nouse cancelling models. I assume you are eventually just paying for some earmuffs.

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