These colorful wireless over-ears are lightweight and fold-up easily
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Bye-bye black headphones. The future, according to Dutch brand Fresh ‘n Rebel, is everything but black, with its latest lightweight headphones coming in … wait for it … Ice Grey, Misty Mint, Dusty Pink, Petrol Blue, Ruby Red, and Storm Grey. Is ice a kind of grey? Is there such a thing as a ‘dusty pink’? Whatever the weirdness of its color names, the Clam ANC DGTL is all about one thing; active noise canceling, far and away TravGear‘s favorite travel tech. So are they any good?
These are really lightweight cans. At just 260g, they also fold up into a nice travel size, and come with a very lightweight mesh pouch that’s really well designed. It even has a zipped pocket for two high-quality braided cables in the box; a micro USB cable for recharging the Clam ANC DGTL, and a 3.5mm cable for using them in non-wireless. As a travel package, the Clam ANC DGTL is excellent, though the lightweight nature does make us wonder if they’re up to the rigors of travel for long. Most headphones break after a few trips, and we’re not super-confident about the Clam ANC DGTLs longevity, though they did OK on during our test.
Worn on a four-hour flight, the Fresh ‘n Rebel Clam ANC DGTL headphones performed reasonably well. Did they ‘cancel’ the white noise on in the cabin? Yes, they did, though the over-ear design already blocked a portion of it. So ANC is a kind of top-up. Did TravGear‘s ears get hot? Also yes. That latter problem with all over-ear headphones hasn’t been overcome here, but we’ve no complaints about sound quality. It’s not reference-level, with some treble detail slightly clipped, but there’s plenty of bass and the mid-range is strong. Overall, it’s a warm soundscape, and the best news is that it actually improves when you activate the ANC mode. Now that is unusual.
If you like convenient headphones that are lightweight, great with bass and volume, and help out with reducing cabin noise — and are not black! — the Clam ANC DGTL are a good value option.