Pros: Good sound with noise cancelling on.
Cons: Poor sound with noise cancelling off, build.
When my third pair of JVC HA-NC100s finally bit the dust and I found out they had been delisted I began a search for a replacement. Sadly, the NC100 were pretty unique with the retractable cord, there just wasn't anything to replace it.
Whilst researching for a replacement I found various reviews for these Goldring noise cancelling headphones that all seemed very positive. I found a pair online for £43 plus shipping.
I am not going to go into how they sound much more than what I stated in the Pros/Cons as I am really crap at that sort of thing. I will say that I was very happy with the sound quality when noise cancelling was on, and I was also very happy with the noise cancelling itself. One other negative, they leak a lot of sound.
My main reason for writing this review is to highlight the build quality of these headphones, which I have found rather lacking. Almost from the start, a plastic plate above the left ear cup popped out of place at the top and weakened the ability of the expansion bar to fully close. Then, whilst boarding a crowded Underground train, the doors closed on my headphone-covered head, instantly snapping the the phones in two, just above the right earcup. OK, it could be that many other headphones would have suffered the same fate in such a situation, but I have also found photos on the net of others with the same popping plate problem and pieces of plastic breaking away. Also came across a lot of postings on overclockers.co.uk regarding the plastic cracking/snapping on these headphones in the same spot that mine broke.
Had I known then what I know now I would have avoided these like the plague.