Linner seamlessly pairs active noise cancellation into (neckband) earbuds without sacrificing battery life in the Linner NC50.
The Good: Simple pairing, ergonomic control placement.
The Bad: Sound quality while NOT using noise-canceling is poor.
The Sound Worthy: The active noise cancellation (ANC) is pretty impressive for a pair of earbuds. Not as good as on-ear or over-ear headphones, but definitely worth a look.
It’s not often that we review earbuds unless they have a particular feature related to hearing loss (or prevention thereof). In the case of the Linner NC50, that feature is active noise cancellation (ANC).
I tested the NC50 with my Samsung Galaxy S8. Pairing is simply a 5 second press and hold of the on/off switch prior to turning the earbuds on. I had to turn off/on my Bluetooth on my phone and then it paired within seconds.
Comfort and Fit
As funny as it may sound my all time favorite pair of headphones is the LG Tone series (particularly the older 600/700 models). So, I was pleasantly surprised when the NC50s were similarly designed with the resting neckband. Although, I wish the earbuds didn’t hang down as low as they do.
The earbuds themselves come with 3 sets of “ear fins” and 3 sets of ear buds in Small, Medium, and Large sizes. I opted for the small ear fins and the medium ear buds and got a great fit.
What’s neat is the ear fins are not attached to the buds, so you can actually remove the fins altogether if you don’t like that style. I preferred them in for a more secure fit though.
I never used them for more than about an hour at a time, but had no issues with comfort.
I was not happy with the initial sound quality of the earbuds. The volume was just barely audible fully cranked up. Then I turned on the ANC and it was a whole different world (as it should be).
With the ANC on they were great. It’s honestly as simple as that.
I made two different phone calls test the mic sound quality: one outside and one inside. Had no complaints even with a little bit of wind outside.
If you’re looking strictly for a pair of noise canceling headphones then stick to more conventional on-ear pair.
But if you need something that you can carry with you almost anywhere, or a wireless pair to use with your phone then definitely check out the Linner NC50 earbuds.