Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Earphones - Testing and Final Thoughts

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Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Earphones
Testing and Final Thoughts


The Linner NC50 came at a perfect time as they arrived just days before I took a trip out east to Toronto for a security event. I powered them on and was greeted by a easy-to-understand voice that stated that my battery was high and I was in pairing mode. I paired them quickly and easily with my Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30 and my HP Envy x360 laptop - everything I needed to really enjoy media, conversation and entertainment, on all my main devices.



The medium ear tips and ear hooks came installed and they fit my ears well out of the box. They were very comfortable and the long, heavy connecting cable between the two allow the earphones to lay naturally on your neck and be very comfortable, all without getting tangled or in the way. The control unit(s) are in two parts with a slim volume, play/pause, skip forward/back buttons occupying the right side of the unit, closest to your ear. Farther back is the on/off button and a ANC/Monitor button that allows you to toggle between blocking out sound and monitoring sound around you.

They ANC/Monitor button is extremely handy and allows you to hear the flight attendant and then quickly resume blocking out the world and enjoying your favorite movie, music or audio book while in a noisy environment.

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As for audio quality, the NC50 exceeded my expectations. The bass is nice and heavy when it needs to be without being muddy and thick. The mid-range is very balanced for a $70 set of earphones - let alone noise-cancelling earphones. The treble isn’t sharp and balances very nicely as well. Even for $139, they sound great. For half that, they are solid gold.

All noise cancellation earphones produce white noise, and some are much worse that others. I’ve had Sennheiser, Audio Technica and now the NC50’s from Linner and I can easily say that in terms of white noise (less is better), the Sennheiser pair won, followed by the Linner NC50’s and wrapping up with the Audio Technica. The Linner pair is the cheapest, followed by Audio Technica with Sennheiser topping the list.


Final Thoughts:

The fact is that the Linner NC50’s give the Sennheiser set a run for the money at a third of the cost. Audio quality is also very good, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least to be using these on my recent flight. I will be using these again and again when I travel as the price, quality, performance and comfort are all excellent.

You may want to grab some sleeker brand-name earphones for travelling, but other than image, you aren’t gaining much for your extra money. The battery life is listed at 13 hours, and they seem to reach that without a problem. I used these for a couple of four-hour flights, time at the hotel playing Forza 7 as well as other media and they are still going strong on their first full charge.

They are worth every penny and easily earn our Gold award here at


I’d like to thank Linner for sending us a sample of the NC50 to review. You can buy these on Amazon for under $70 and are worth buying for yourself and anyone else you really love.

If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please feel free to post it in the forum right here.