Lindy BNX-60 Headset Review, active noise cancellation can be a gift from God. Ever popular choice for regular passengers,
you’ll press hard on a plane and never see a few pairs of comfort Bose QuietComfort dotted in the lanes.
But the sound of silence often comes at an excellent price. ANC headphones are usually cheap – Bose’s QuietComfort 35 and Sony MDR-1000X are over £ 300.
Lindsay Lindy BNX-60 enters at £ 80, a pair of relatively active noise-canceling headphones that, at first glance,
resemble a passing resemblance to Bose’s SoundLink Around-Ear wireless headphones. Admittedly,
this is actually one of Bose’s non-ANC headphones,
so the Lindy BNX-60 is relatively compact considering its internal headphones.
if you’re using a tougher budget and can’t afford to spend £ 80 on a bunch of ANC Bluetooth headphones, you can get the Lindy NC-60 instead.
These are identical in almost every way, unlike those wired. ANC capabilities operate with two AA batteries seated in the left cup. At a price of £ 57 for the NC-60,
these headphones are among the cheapest ANC headphones available on the market.
Below you will find our review of the Lindy BNX-60,
the ANC Quality, Design, Design, and Sound Quality sections apply to the NC-60.
Lindy BNX-60 review:
Build quality and design
The ear cups have a soft-touch plastic cap and there’s a lot of padding around your ears. The interior has a contrasting attractive red that stands out against the black used anywhere. Ample padding is also present on the headband.
I found the Lindy BNX-60 to be comfortable without much pressure around my head.
BNX-60 Wireless – Yes that’s right,
unlike Bose Quiet Comfort 25, BNX-60 works via Bluetooth and also supports aptX codec, which means you’ll get CD-quality over Bluetooth – which is a pleasant surprise considering the cost.
The left earcup contains media play controls to pause and pause tracks and uses the play/pause button to turn the headphones on and pair them in Bluetooth pairing mode.
You can also keep track-skip buttons to adjust the volume on your connected device,
but getting the correct timing to make small size changes is somewhat simple. The buttons themselves are also small and flow as much as I like, but you get used to them after a while.
There is a 3.5 mm jack to use the supplied cable when the internal battery dies. This also allows you to use a built-in aviation adapter,
which is easy to use if you want to use headphones with in-flight entertainment. A 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adapter is also included for Hi-Fi users.
On the right earphone, there is a toggle to turn on active noise cancellation plus a somewhat adjusting wheel to adjust the headphone volume independently.
To avoid adjusting the volume of the low-res device
I usually left setting my smartphone to the maximum volume and adjusting the volume on the headphones. This is not perfect,
as this will be at the expense of battery life on your device connected to Bluetooth.
Lindy BNX-60 review: battery life and ANC performance
Battery life on the BNX-60 is rated with up to 30 hours of active noise cancellation and 15 hours of Bluetooth,
which is definitely enough to take you on a long haul trip. What this means is that although there may not be enough battery to wirelessly connect to your audio device via Bluetooth, you can still use noise cancellation over a wired connection.
Since the noise canceling battery life exceeds the wireless Bluetooth life, I cannot see many occasions when I want to turn off the noise cancellation. As such,
it is irritating to remember turning off the noise canceling feature manually.
I often turned off the Bluetooth pairing feature at the end of a hearing, but forgot that the noise cancellation was still on. Having to turn on and off two things each time becomes a little annoying.
I have never had to charge the headphones more than once a week, and it charges via microUSB. You can move the headphones into the included solid state.
Active noise canceling itself is not as clear as in competing headphones. I estimate it has managed to reduce around 80-85% of the ambient sound,
keeping in mind the active noise cancellation restrictions, which work best with frequent sound waves, such as air conditioning or the drone. While sitting on a train or bus,
I was able to block out a lot of the scattered noise, and while it’s not as impressive as the more expensive models, it’s still very respectable considering the cost.
Lindy BNX-60 Review: Sound Quality
There is a clear effect on sound production when noise cancellation is also on. When it is turned off, the sound is somewhat muddy and the volume drops instantly. Turn it on, and the three and three circles suddenly became more noticeable,
backed by lower ambient noise and low-frequency drone filtering. The setting of 40mm neodymium drivers does not seem to change whether you are switching between on or off the noise, so it is clear that they are tuned for better performance with noise cancellation.
You still have a decent presence at low frequencies,
although I sometimes felt that they were a bit thriving on some hip-hop test tracks, and Warren G. Regulus is one of them. However, performance across the genres was generally good, making the BNX-60 a versatile pair of headphones for eclectic tastes.
Lindy BNX-60 Review: Judgment
Aside from the control quirks,
the Lindy BNX-60 is a good value pair of ANC headphones. It looks very respectable in terms of money, and although noise cancellation is not the best, it’s still good enough to reduce a great deal of surrounding noise without breaking the bank. A generous assortment of accessories is also another bonus.
If you’re not very interested in wireless functionality,
you can get Lindy NC-60 for £ 57 instead – these offerings offer the same performance in almost every way,
regardless of just being wired. For other great headphones read our “Best Headphones 2017” guide.