What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Tue, 7 Dec 2010, 4:00pm

Blackbox M10

Tested at £90

Good noise-cancellers, but other models at this price boast the sonic edge

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  • Good noise cancelling ability, comfortable, good battery life, acceptable timing


  • Lack natural sound
  • not as transparent as class-leaders

Blackbox is a brand created by Phitek Systems, a company that supplies noise-cancelling technology to a number of manufacturers.

The M10s share similar design characteristics to the hugely successful Goldring NS1000s. The ear pads are soft and comfortable, while the noise-cancelling technology does a good job for the price.

One AAA battery should provide 40 hours of noise-free listening.

The M10s offer good timing, and produce decent dynamics and ample bass.

But, they don't sound as natural as the likes of Goldring, nor do they have quite the same level of transparency.

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