Blackbox M10 review

You'll get great noise-cancelling ability with the Blackbox M10s, but despite many great attributes they're just not as natural as the class-leaders Tested at £90

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

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


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    Lack natural sound

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    not as transparent as class-leaders

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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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