Review: MEElectronics NoiseSHIELD NS63 Active Noise Canceling Headphones with Headset Functionality

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Introduction

I’ve almost always chosen to use in ear headphones as apposed to the over the ear variety. Probably to a fault. I know I’m missing out on the audio listening experience using a good pair of over the ear headphones provides. The MEElectronics Noise Shields are not only over the ear headphones but they have the added benefit of active noise cancelling as well and at a suprerb price. How do the Noise Shields perform? You’ll have to check out my full video review to find out.

Read on through for my full review and be sure to catch my video at the end for a more up close and personal look at the MEElectronics NoiseSHIELD NS63 Active Noise Canceling Headphones with Headset Functionality.

Design

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Inside the packaging you’ll find the headphones along with a carrying case, two different cables and an instruction manual.

Here’s what MEElectronics has to say about the NoiseSHIELD NS63 Active Noise Canceling Headphones with Headset Functionality.

Clear, Natural Sound with Rich Bass
Designed with a focus on audio quality, the NoiseSHIELD offers spectacular fidelity with music, movies, games, and other audio applications, as well as with phone calls. The 40 mm drivers and closed-back earcup design of the NoiseSHIELD provide impactful bass, great clarity, and extended treble for a clean, natural sound.

Active Noise Canceling on Demand
The NoiseSHIELD Active Noise Canceling (ANC) system isolates external noise by up to 80% on demand, reducing distractions at home or on the go. Annoyances such as airplane engines, bus motors, and fan noise are significantly reduced when ANC is turned on, providing a relaxed listening environment and refreshing travel experience. ANC functions for up to 32 hours on two AAA batteries (not included).

Versatility to Handle Any Situation
The music and headset functions of the NoiseSHIELD can be used with ANC turned on or off, and even with no batteries installed. The noise canceling feature can also be enabled independently to block out ambient noise, even with no cable plugged in, allowing you to relax with music or without it. A convenient mute button allows you to participate in a conversation or hear an announcement without taking the NoiseSHIELD off.

Full Headset Functionality
The NoiseSHIELD includes interchangeable cables: one for headset functionality with compatible smartphones and tablets, and another for audio-only use, providing maximum compatibility with all 3.5mm audio jacks including in-flight entertainment systems. Take calls and control media with compatible phones and tablets using the remote button and adjust the volume of any device conveniently with the universal volume control when using the headset cable.

Comfort at Home and Convenience on the Go
With a lightweight design, adjustable headband, articulating ear cups, and soft earpads, the NoiseSHIELD is ideal for use while traveling, in the office, or at home. The compact, folding design and protective case provide a small footprint in luggage or anywhere else you want to store your NoiseSHIELD.

What’s in the Box
-NoiseSHIELD NS63 active noise cancelling headphones
-Headset cable
-Audio cable
-Hard-shell zipper carrying case
-User manual

Function

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The Noise Shields come in a sturdy, foam protective carrying case. The case has a single zipper, which opens easily. The case is sized perfectly to fit the headphones inside, without any extra bulk.

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The headphones themselves fold up, one time at each of the ear cups so that they are easily stored. There’s ample padding underneath the headband so that you’ll be comfortable wearing the headphones, even during marathon sessions.

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Large heads fear not. The Noise Shields extend out to accommodate all sizes. I consider myself to have a very large head and I found that I didn’t have to extend the headphones out very far in order to achieve a good fit. That means they should fit comfortably for almost anyone.

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The Noise Shields come with two different audio cables. One is a straight 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable that you connect one end to the headset jack of your device and the other end to the audio port located under the right ear cup. This cable has two straight connectors and is rounded, coated in PVC.

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The second cable is flat, and features the same two connectors, although the one that connects to your devic is L-shaped. This cable also features a inline remote and microphone. I prefer the flat style of cable this one uses as is seems to tangle less.

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Connect your cable of choice to the audio in port under the left ear cup of the headphones and place the other end into the headset jack of your device. I chose the cable with the remote. I single multifunction button can be used to play/pause your media or to answer or end phone calls. There’s also a volume slider embedded into the case. I was surprised though that it didn’t control the level of the volume in the headphones other than turning it completely on or off, like muting does.

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Finally, in order to utilize the noise cancelling feature you’ll need to install two AAA batteries into the compartment located on the outside of the right earcup. You’ll be able to use the active noise canceling feature for up to 33 hours on a single set of batteries.

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To engage the active noise cancelling feature you slide a small switch, located on the outside of the left earcup. Once on a small LED glows green to let you know that the noise canceling feature is working. A mute switch, located just above the noise canceling switch can be pressed to turn off audio inside the headset. This can be helpful for when you need to hear what’s going on around you, like when someone is speaking. It’s also worth noting that unlike some of the other active noise canceling headphones I’ve tested you are able to use the Noise Shields without batteries. You’ll simply be using them without the active noise canceling feature.

Video Review

Check out my full video review below…


Summary

If you’ve never experienced the sound a decent pair of over the ear, noise canceling headphones provide you’re missing out. I was blown away but the audio quality the Noise Shields offered. I started with a video. I’m currently watching the second season of Mad Men (yeah I know I’m late to the game) on Netflix. With the active noise canceling feature enabled I was actually able to hear sounds coming from my iPad that I normally didn’t hear when listening through the built in speaker. This actually startled me a bit at first and I found myself removing the headphones to see if the sound that I’d heard came from outside or inside the headphones themselves. For music I was equally impressed. Music was clear and crisp with good bass and clean mids.

You can learn more about the MEElectronics NoiseSHIELD NS63 Active Noise Canceling Headphones with Headset Functionality by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP: $119.99

PROS: Affordable. Built in microphone. Great sound.

CONS: No volume control

Four

 

 

Larry

Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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