Entry-level noise-cancelling headphones
- Low-cost noise cancelling, powerful bass, folding design
- Bass too dominant, sound a little veiled, highs are somewhat recessed
Creative's HN-605 headphones are a low cost entry into the noise-cancelling headphone market. They don't do anything extraordinary and users looking for top quality audio will be disappointed, but aside from that they do a reasonable job.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Sitting at the budget end of the increasingly competitive noise-cancelling headphone category, Creative's HN-605 headphones are decent but not outstanding. The entry-level price point indicates these headphones aren't expected to compete with more high-end products, but nonetheless we were a little disappointed with the quality of the audio they produced.
With noise cancelling switched off everything sounds horrible; this should be avoided at all cost. It's basically like listening through a sheet of cloth, with everything extremely muffled and lacking definition. As a result, we did the bulk of our tests with noise cancelling enabled.
However, even turning it on didn't fix things entirely. We still found the sound lacked clarity and detail, although it was much improved. The general tone of the audio is quite forward and punchy, but it comes across as somewhat overbearing at times.
This can be mostly attributed to the overly bombastic low register notes. These headphones produce some extremely powerful, deep bass that really dominates the overall sound. This can be good for some styles of music, but we found it disconcerting when listening to a lot of instrumental genres. It also needed to be a little tighter and more controlled.
On the other hand the mid range was reasonable, with a rich, slightly gritty sound. It could have used more separation between the different elements, but it was adequate for most genres and handled guitars quite well. We'd have liked the highs to be more pronounced, however. They seemed slightly recessed and lacked the sweetness we like to hear in things such as piano-based tunes.
The soundstage was fairly standard for a pair of headphones in this price range, with a somewhat flat presentation that isn't likely to impress. It isn't particularly bad, but it certainly isn't as immersive as the sound produced by some other models.
Powered by a single AAA battery, the noise cancelling is fairly good. It did a fine job of blocking out basic ambient sound during our office tests, and we weren't able to hear anyone talking to us with music playing. Outdoors they performed pretty well too, keeping traffic noise out without trouble. With no music actually running they weren't quite as impressive, but for users looking for a low-cost solution for noisy environments these headphones should satisfy.
They are comfortable to wear for long listening sessions, with small pleather cups that sit snugly on the ears. The band is adjustable, although it is somewhat flimsy, which may be a concern for travellers. Fortunately, they fold up to allow easy storage.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTLead PMONSW
- TPBusiness Process Analyst (Newcaslte Based)NSW
- TPSCCM SpecialistVIC
- FTDevops EngineerVIC
- TPICT Project CoordinatorQLD
- CCSenior Business Analyst - AgileQLD
- TPProject OfficerQLD
- CCBusiness/Process AnalystQLD
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC
- TPProject Manager - eDRMSQLD
- FTSenior .Net Developer with Silverlight proficiencyVIC
- FTSenior Technical Consultant - SQLACT
- CCSAP Consultant - SAP Native HANA to DesignWA
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- TPTechnical WriterVIC
- CCCommercial Contract AdministratorACT
- CCNetwork Specialist - IPAM TelcoVIC
- TPProject Technical LeadQLD
- TPSolution Architect - IntegrationQLD
- TPNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperNSW
- FTSAP BOBJ ConsultantACT