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I’m continually impressed by Phiaton. Over the years, their over-ear headphones are still among the best we’ve ever tested.

They’re latest earphones — the Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Bluetooth noise-canceling earphones — are a great option for travelers looking for earphones that are wireless, affordable, and — perhaps most importantly — noise-canceling.

Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Review

The Skinny

In the manufacturer’s own words, the Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC earphones are:

Premium active noise-canceling earphones with fast charge and excellent sound quality. Get 1 hour of use from 5 minutes of charging. Featuring a sleek and portable neckband design that is ready to go wherever life takes you. Next Generation Bluetooth 4.2 is backwards compatible and blocks out distraction with up to 95% of ambient noise cancellation.

Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Earphones

Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Earphones

The Traveler’s Take on Phiaton’s CURVE BT 120 NC Earphones

My choice of headphones/earphones used to come down to sound quality above else. With as much travel as I do, that’s changed. I still care about how they sound of course and the CURVE BT 120 NC earphones do sound great. But, especially on long-haul flights, I care more about noise-canceling and noise-isolation.

Here, the CURVE BT 120 NC’s live up to the “NC” (in case it’s not obvious, that refers to “noise-canceling”) in their name, actively canceling out quite a bit of ambient noise, especially for a pair of earphones. According to Phiaton, when fitted properly, they’re able to cancel out up to 95% of background noise. While they’ll never quite live up to the same capability in a pair of over-ear headphones, they work quite well.

An inline controller provides full control over standard music functions (back, forward, play, pause, and volume up/down). The same buttons provide control over call functionality as well so you needn’t pull your phone out of your pocket if you don’t want to. With the latest Bluetooth 4.2 tech, you can connect to two devices (say, a tablet and a smartphone) simultaneously.

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The fast-charge capability is a huge plus for me. Even in these glory days of being able to travel with a handful of backup battery packs, I seem to always be rushing to find the nearest outlet. Five minutes of fast-charging the CURVE BT 120 NC’s secures a full hour of playback. On a full charge, they’re good for 8.5 hours of wireless playback. While that’s not going to get you from LAX to Sydney, considering their diminutive size, that’s impressive.

I love the CURVE BT 120’s durability as well. They’re designed to IPX4 standards, so they offer decent sweat resistance for working out and water resistance for everything else your travels might throw at them.

Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Wireless Noise-Canceling Earphones (white)

Phiaton CURVE BT 120 NC Wireless Noise-Canceling Earphones

What’s in the Box?

Each package includes the CURVE BT 120 NC earphones, USB charging cable, quick guide, two RightFit+ ear wing sizes that apply the right amount of pressure to keep the earbuds in place (M, L), three ear tip sizes to ensure the perfect fit (S, M, L) and a wire clip to keep cables in places.

Pricing + Availability

Phiaton’s CURVE BT 120 NC noise-canceling Bluetooth earphones are available now in Black or White on Amazon.

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Phiaton BT 120 NC Black Wireless Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancelling Neck Band Style Earphones with Mic
  • ANC: Active noise cancelling technology cancels ambient noise by up to 95%.
  • SWEAT AND WATER RESISTANT: IPX4 splash resistance certification protects earphones during heavy workouts or light rain.
  • INTELLIGENT: Vibration notification signals when a call is being received or you have stepped outside the communication range.
  • FAST CHARGE: Get 1 hour of battery life with just 5 minutes of charging. 8.5 hours of total playtime on full battery
  • WARRANTY: Continue to enjoy your Phiaton bluetooth wireless device long after the Amazon return period expires. All Phiaton earphones come with a One Year Warranty and we stand behind all of our products with a US based customer service.

Last updated: 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Disclosure: Vagabondish was provided a complimentary pair of CURVE BT 120 NC earphones from Phiaton in advance of this post. Read our view on sponsored content.

About The Author

Mike Richard
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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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