Altec Lansing AHP
one of many Audio device manufactures has a very divers product
list. Recently we got our hands on one of their high end Headphone
sets the "AHP 712i".
First and foremost don't confuse headsets and
headphones they are very distinct market differences. Headsets
generally come with a microphone and for our readers these would
be used for only chat or gaming channels. Headphones on the other
hand are more defined as music
listening devices. You may say
what's the difference you can hear the music on either system.
Well I can tell you there is a huge difference. Headsets generally
allow noise into your hearing plain where headphone are designed
to block everything but the music. The 712 is the epitome of this
idea. Altec has created a device powered by a single AAA battery
to cut the white noise. At first I was very skeptical but after
using this product in multiple environments I see exactly what
Altec has done.
Let me set the scene I am at my 9
to 5 it is a large lab filled with air units and white noise
devices not to mention all the PC's electronic measuring devices
and all the extras. I tune into my favorite web radio station with
the headset hooked up the sound is OK I can hear some of the
background crap from all the electronics then I flip the switch.
The little device designed to clear the noise.. Let me tell you I
was very impressed not only did this little device eliminate the
noise outside the headset but it made the incoming music clearer
crisper and loader. I can see this product used almost anywhere
you want to block out distractions whether on a Airplane, Ridding
a bike, At work or in an intense battle at the local LAN party.
Additionally Altec provides some cool
extras including any hookup imaginable Airplane dual jacks large
RCA extension and a very very cool caring case. Or should I say
bag. This bag is padded and
lined with a velvety material. Inside is a little pocket for
putting the extras so you don't misplace any of the goodies. The
price tag on this set is a bit high but if you are looking for a
well made device to tune out the world then take a closer look.
The comfort level is pretty good all the components that touch
your head are padded and soft as you can see in the photos.
Another thing I found interesting was the exterior nose. When on
someone's head it is very hard to hear what they are listening to.
You might think well who cares about that, but if you are at work
and you like some heavy energy body slamming death metal but your
co workers might not appreciate it then you don't need to worry
because unless they are right next to you the noise level will be
I have very little negative to
mention concerning this product other then maybe making the ear
holes a little bigger for big eared ogres like myself. A minor
discomfort and I mean minor. Over 95% of the consumers will have
smaller ears then me and will not have a problem.
We let a few folks take a look
at this product and all where surprised to see the sound
difference between when the noise dampener was on and off. You
really cant explain how much background noise there is that can be
heard with conventional headphones. These are a must for people
that really need to alleviate any external noise from the
surroundings perfect for long plane rides or noisy areas.
Conclusion is pretty simple. If
you can afford the 150.00 price tag and need a quality audio
device then this might be the perfect product. The AHP 712i is
Ideal for the
traveling business person or the developer / gamer that wants to
tune out the world. Remember
these are not Headsets for gaming these are Headphones for musical
entertainment. Great gift idea for anyone that travels allot the
Airline phone jack is a plus. Altec definitely deserves our
highest honor the Editors Choice trophy of excellence, For a
benchmark to be met by there competitors High quality and well
though out engineering. Congratulation Altec...
I almost forgot if these headphones seem a bit pricy Altec Lansing
has a few other a little less expensive that have allot of the
same features check out there site.
Easy to use
Device work way better then expected
Carrying sack big
A little expensive
but well worth it.
Rating: 6 our of 6 Stars
Review Date: 04/12/06
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)