• Phiaton PS300NC
Our Verdict 
Neatly packaged and presented, but the sound and noise cancelling aren’t up to it
For 
Folding, pocketable design
rechargeable battery packs are useful
sturdy carry case
Against 
Serious lack of clarity
cloudy sound
so-so dynamics
noise cancelling isn’t great
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We love some elements of these Phiaton PS300NC noise-cancelling headphones.

They’re a lightweight folding design, which makes them portable. They’re comfy, too: they sit on (as opposed to over) your ear, so aren’t quite as secure a fit as the Bose QuietComfort 15s, but the pads are soft and your ears shouldn’t overheat.

Phiaton PS300NC: Rechargeable batteries

The cleverest part of the PS300NCs, though, is their rechargeable battery pack. Or rather packs: as well as one to use in the headphones while you get a second to keep on standby.

In the box you also get a USB charging dock and a power adaptor, so you can top up power levels on your travels.

But, even if you do completely run out of juice, you can bypass the noise-cancelling and just pass music through like conventional cans.

However, there are some elements we can’t really forgive. The noise-cancelling isn’t terrible, but the Phiatons let through a greater dose of chatter when compared with rivals around this price.

Phiaton PS300NC

Phiaton PS300NC: Sound quality

They’re also disappointing when it comes to sound quality. Overall, they’re relatively well balanced tonally, but there's a serious lack of clarity.

Spin Mona’s Listen To Your Love and strings are devoid of any snap or sparkle, while drum kicks plod along with a dull vagueness.

Despite promising much in their design, the Phiatons just don’t get the basics of their raison d’être right.

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