Able Planet PS 400 Stereo Headphones

by Fairul Hafifi

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Audio Monarch, Able Planet was out in full force at this year’s past CES 2012. You may want to have it!!

 

They founded a slick booth and stocked it filled with numerous audio solutions.After all was said and done, 2 solutions appeared to–ironically–speak loudest to attendees. One was their new Bluetooth headset, the BT400B. The different was their newest music-friendly on-ear set of headphones referred to as the PS400B.
Prosaic in the design and feel, the Able Planet PS400B set is not breaking new ground in aesthetics or visual attract. They come back in a very uniform black matte color with white lettering and minor silver highlights, which are mainly for the Able Planet logos. They feature a pair of seemingly familiar looking  ear cushions and connect via a single 3.5mm audio cable. Over this tether, the PS400B support iPod, iPhone, MP3 players, Smart Phones and any other device with a 3.5mm audio-in port. Plus it all packs away in a standard soft carry pouch.

“Simple” is an oxymoronic concept when speaking about this unit’s performance. It’s typical look and ordinary aesthetics are way surpassed by how extraordinary these cans sound below the gun. The set of ear cushions is no slouch either. Slip the PS400B set over your ears and the amount of ambient noise heard, is significantly reduced. The noise canceling ability surpasses that of the Razer Tiamat gaming headset.  A moderately noisy room–meaning below 85 dB–is rendered virtually silent. Give thanks to those mushy pillow-soft ear cushions. While effectively cancelling the noise, these audio earmuffs make way for long hours of closed ear jam sessions in complete comfort. All that’s left is to hit “Play” and let the globe soften away as you get pleasure from your favorite playlists or movies.

However first let’s offer a small tweak to the bass on your equalizer or audio settings. The audio quality reproduced, is nothing short of wonderful in a $100 offering. These are stereo headphones to boot. Not multi channel! Yet the sound is remarkably pure and rich.  Crank the degree to the max and therefore the clarity remains. No high-volume distortion or any alternative unwanted audio hiss! Still the bass is substantial, but appropriate with a minor changes to your device’s audio settings. Ultimately, this can prevent overbearing bass, when the degree is maxed. Now you’ll be able to expect a sensation of fullness and canorous complexity, especially when enjoying music produced from a selection of instruments.

The Able Planet PS400B set also features a in-wire volume control. It works well enough and functions by way of a dial. Dials are fabulous for more precise volume control. But they can also be easily jostled or accidentally bumped. So those who prefer +/- buttons for your volume control, may want to think twice. Regardless the in-wire vol. control is sans a mute button, which would have definitely been welcomed.  The unit is however, compatible with other InWire solutions, including those with embedded microphones. So options are on the table.

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