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Linner NC50 Wireless Headphones Review: Great value at less than £60

Written by  Jul 29, 2018
The Linner NC50 wireless earphones tick a lot of boxes, they are Bluetooth, sweatproof using a rubber construction and have active noise cancellation all for a bargain price of £59.99.

Linner NC50 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones 4.1 Wireless Sports Earphones - HD Stereo, IPX4 Sweat proof, 13 Hours Playtime, Neckband Magnetic Headsets with Mic (Blue) £59.99 at Amazon (Check current price)

Design and Build Quality

The trend among earphones appears to be going completely wire-free, and while I can appreciate the appeal, it is not my favourite design for any strenuous exercise due to the issues with them falling out. The Linner earphones go in the other direction, probably due to the active noise cancelling technology inside them. With these, you don’t just get a wire around your neck but a large rubber neckband with two weighty units on the left and right, similar to the RHA MA750. I assume one is for the noise cancellation while the other is the battery. In addition to this, there is a small remote control further up on the right-hand side.

The earphones themselves slot comfortably into your ear and have some rubber anchors you can optionally use. As all the weight is kept away from the earpiece, I find them both comfortable to wear, and I found there was rarely an issue with them falling out.

Sadly, I am cursed with sweating a lot when I exercise and have broken more earphones than I care to mention from sweat, even with cheap brands that claim to be sweat proof. With these everything is coated with a rubber-like material and all the connections have tight seals with them, this gives me some confidence that they will work well long term as sports headphones.

 

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The back of the ear tips is magnetic so they will stick together, though the magnetic connection is quite weak.

As usual with most earphones, you get three sets of tips, and then there are also three sizes of the anchor.

The packaging of the earphones is very basic, but I didn’t buy them for the packaging.

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Performance

Pairing the earphones was pretty straightforward, you just hold down the power button and waiting for the pairing notification, then pair your phone.

Sound quality is pretty good in particular they have a nice level of bass, it’s not boomy or overwhelming but just a good deep level of bass while still being clean. While that may not be the audiophile preference, it is what I want for something I am wearing to the gym and one of the reasons why I love the Bose Soundsport.

Some of the high-end notes could be a little harsh on occasional at high volumes; I found myself turning the volume down a little with some tracks powerful tracks. The mids were well presented with no distortion and complimented the bass well.

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Active Noise Cancelling

Active Noise Cancelling is something you would pay £100+ for so I had a low expectation of the Linner NC50, but it appears to do a reasonable job and based on the price you could say excellent.

The first thing I noticed was that enabling ANC appears to just turn up the volume of the music, so much so I was very suspicious if it did anything at all. The added volume appeared to drown out any background noise.

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In order to try and test how effective it was I turned down the volume of the music to very low, and zero then experimented with switching it off and on.

With ANC on there is a noticeable reduction in noise, it is nowhere near as good as Bose, but it is quite good. The claims of 97% noise cancellation certainly appears to be rather optimistic, but in the environments,  I tried it on it reduced the background noise enough to be reasonably unnoticeable while playing music. On a busy and rather noisy train, I was able to listen to my music without having to crank up the volume too high.


Linner NC50 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones 4.1 Wireless Sports Earphones - HD Stereo, IPX4 Sweat proof, 13 Hours Playtime, Neckband Magnetic Headsets with Mic (Blue) £59.99 at Amazon (Check current price)

Verdict

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the Linner NC50 they appear to have better build quality, sound quality and ANC than the you would expect from £60 headphones.

The noise cancellation isn’t as impressive as more expensive models, but it better than any other cheap brand claiming to be able to do this.

The rubber build gives the impression that the earphones should last a long time. Though the weighty neckband may be annoying to some runners, but this did not overly concern me. 

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