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Hearing the Difference with Able Planet Active Noise Canceling Headphones

2010/02/02by Donna Hull

Able-Planet-True-Fidelity-Active-Noise-Canceling-HeadphonesAs I sit at my desk writing this review, the rich sounds of acoustic guitar reverberate through the Able Planet True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones (NC300W) that I’m wearing. The headphones are plugged into my MAC which is tuned to my favorite Pandora channel. The noise canceling switch is turned on, improving the musical quality while dulling outside sounds with white noise. I can hardly hear the annoying leaf blower that a gardener is using right outside my office window. The best part? The volume control attached to the connection wire is barely turned up, allowing beautiful sound without damaging my hearing. That’s important to this baby boomer.

True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones are produced by Able Planet, a company that designs innovative products for the hearing impaired. According to their website, “Able Planet embeds patent-pending LINX AUDIO™ into audio and communication devices to enhance sound quality and speech clarity for all levels of hearing.” The system enhances sound for those who need to hear better while providing quality sound to able-bodied listeners like me, allowing us to preserve our hearing by turning the sound down.

The headphones arrived in a protective case that included one AAA battery, 1/4 home stereo adaptor, a 3.5 mm plug with in-line volume control and an airline adapter. The sturdy adjustable headphones feature padded earpieces that completely cover your ears. I usually find these types of headphones uncomfortable but the True Fidelity headphones are quite comfortable.

If you’re a baby boomer traveler who’s coveted high-priced noise canceling headphones, the Able Planet True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones could be your answer. Offered at a price point of $129.99 ([amazonify]B002HUURWM::text::::I found them on Amazon for $76.00[/amazonify]), they provide good value for the price. The only downside is the room that the case will take up in your carry-on, which might be a challenge for some of us over-packers.

Since I’m not a big techie, I consulted my friend Google to find a few reviews for those of you who want to learn more about the technical aspects:

The Gadgeteer writes about her experience using True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones on a plane.
Tnerd focuses on the technical aspects of True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones.

Now for my favorite part. The folks at Able Planet are offering the True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones to one of my readers. So, post a comment to tell me what you’ll be listening to on the headphones as you travel to your next baby boomer adventure. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Contest ends on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 11:00 p.m. Arizona Mountain Standard Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. Remember, according to my general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or I chose another winner.

Able Planet provided the True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones for my review. The Amazon link that I’ve included is for your convenience. However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at

UPDATE: February 10, 2010. This contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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amandakbarnes90 February 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

I will be listening to Natasha Bedingfield…for sure! :)
Amanda Barnes


Lawrence Waters February 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

I'll just enjoy the quiet…..


denyse February 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I'll be listening to some Boom Boom Pow!


damon February 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm

After last night's SuperBowl, I want The Who on my headphones.


gloriase February 9, 2010 at 2:41 am

I'll be using the ipod on my iphone to listen to an audio book


heaventrees February 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

I'll be listening to anything from The Eagles to Amy Winehouse. I'm eclectic.


wendywallach February 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

i would be listening to broadway showtunes.


Constance L February 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I'll be listening to all my favorite songs on my ipod.


February 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I'll have Disciple or praise and worship music playing on my ipod.


barbarawr February 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Beatles, of course!


electricisland February 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The Beatles- While my guitar gently weeps.


carol lewis February 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I will use them to make it quite while I fly so I can read. Drives me nuts when I cannot and I keep reading the same thing over and over. I never could study with noise, either.
The other thing I would do is wear them while on the computer because my hubby has the TV on all the time and sometimes I don't like the noise or what he watches and so this would let me zone out!
Fantastic giveaway!


leandrew February 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm


Great giveaway offering!

Would love to win a pair of these earphones!

Great for listening to my favorite group of 'all-time' Fleetwood Mac while traveling!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Good Luck to all!


Rosey February 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I'll be listening to my new iPod which has a little of everything, rock, alternative rock, country, religious, jazz, classical, pop, and even some kids tunes for the little guy.


Dan Oreilly February 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

I’d listen to oldies.


christopher h February 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

i'd listen to podcasts


Ashers February 10, 2010 at 4:32 am

I will be listening to Elton John and The Clash’s greatest hits!


js2222 February 10, 2010 at 12:19 am

I'll be listening to Beatles!
Thanks for the giveaway!


Jay F. February 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

I’d be listening to audiobooks on my Zune with this. I just downloaded Game Change.

jayfr at yahoodotcom


ladyt1964 February 10, 2010 at 12:29 am

I have been listening to a lot of 80's ballads lately so thats what I'll be listening to.


Sandra Diana February 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

I'll be rockin' out to Huey Lewis and the News!


Melissa w February 10, 2010 at 2:35 am

I will be listening to my country music on my ipod touch :)
I am flying soon, so this is perfect.


Chris February 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

I will be listening to either Michael Buble or Frank Sinatra with my new headphones. Thanks for the opportunity to win.


Jen February 10, 2010 at 3:02 am

I would listen to my audiobook of George Orwell's “1984.”


Amber G February 10, 2010 at 3:11 am

I would love to enter please!


kathypease February 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

i would jam out to some ac/dc :)


Brian E. February 10, 2010 at 4:10 am

Thanks for the giveaway…when traveling by plane I like to listen to some mellow jazz or top 40 stuff just to block out the ambient drone.

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com


auriette February 10, 2010 at 5:00 am

My iPod includes American Theatre Wing interviews, show tunes, classic rock and '80s pop. I'm pretty eclectic with my musical tastes, and I hate the earbuds. Noise-canceling technology would be perfect for traveling, too. Hubby and I flew to England in 2008 for our long-postponed honeymoon, and multiple babies cried all night on the redeye. Not fun.


heather c February 10, 2010 at 5:05 am

I either listen to a movie we're watching on our player or I'm trying to listen to something relaxing via the planes stations.


Swtlilchick February 10, 2010 at 5:10 am

I will be listening to Shawn Colvin on my headphones


nesta67 February 10, 2010 at 5:23 am

I'll be listening to some U2


gkran February 10, 2010 at 5:59 am

Chopin :)


garrettsambo February 10, 2010 at 6:03 am

I'll be listening to some Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin music.


lilyk February 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

I'll be listening to Erasure.


lockworw February 11, 2010 at 8:18 am

i'd love to be listening to music on a plane with these.


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