The Linner NC80 Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Headphone is an affordable feature-filled ANC headphone that promises next level ANC and premium high-res audio.
Build & Design
I really like the design of the NC80 ANC headphone. It looks and feels premium. You can tell that Linner really did not cut any corners when it comes to the build quality of this headphone. It’s well put together and has a similar design to B&O headphones of the past which is a huge compliment.
Like most of the wireless headphones in the price range, the NC80 is mainly constructed from plastic but the main difference is that the headband of this NC80 consists of reinforced metal wrapped in a leather-like material which not only makes it comfortable on the head but also gives it great flexibility.
The earcups have very nice, soft padding that feeds very nice on the ear and provides excellent comfort even when wearing for prolonged hours.
On the right earcup is where you will find the controls for power, pairing, volume up and down, skip and go back along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro USB connection for charging.
On the right earcup is where you will find the stand out feature of this headphone which is the touch-sensitive controls. This feature allows you to play or pause your music and take calls by simply double-tapping the right ear trackpad. This feature works well most of the time but it can be a bit finicky from time to time.
And like more like a lot of the more premium ANC headphones the NC80 has the ability to let in out noise so you’re always able to hear what’s going on around you. This works by simply placing your hand over the right earcup. And it basically lowers the volume of the music while the microphone amplifying the ambient sound around you.
Linner claims an impressive 34 hours of playtime with ANC off and 19 hours with ANC on. In my real-world use at 50% volume, with ANC on I was able to get 17-hours and 32 hours with ANC off. That’s pretty good even for an ANC headphone at this price point.
Active Noise Cancelling ( ANC )
On the left earcup is where you will find your ANC button. And you get 2 ANC levels, Medium, and High.
Now considering the price I was never expecting Sony or Bose level of ANC performance. But it still does a good job of blocking out a very good amount of background noise while suppressing a lot of the vocals and chatter around you.
ANC is poor when in noisy or busy environments no matter which ANC level you choose and like so many affordable ANC headphones under $100 you will hear some hissing when the music isn’t playing.
Another downside is that when ANC is on it affects the audio quality in a bad way. To get the best audio quality you have to turn ANC off.
Using at around 60 – 70% volume you will get a very comfortable and enjoyable listening experience.
The midrange is strong and clear with good clarity but you don’t get much separation from the bass. The highs are not very bright and vocal can get a bit raspy and ear-piercing, but it does provide good clarity.
The bass is where this headphone shines, it’s strong and deep with a good amount of depth but it can be overpowering and cause listening fatigue at high volume. Overall audio performance is pretty good, but for the price, it’s not the best but it does deliver a very enjoyable audio experience.
To Wrap Things Up
Consider the price, the Linner NC80 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones is a good buy. It’s a headphone that offers premium quality, good features, and bass-rich audio at an affordable price. If you’re looking for a good pair of noise cancelling headphone under $100 this Active Noise Cancelling Headphones is a really good option.