Sony MDR-NC500D Headphones reviews

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This headphones and earphone is a good all rounder.

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8.4 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.
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Gary, London Audiophile

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
NC function actually works!
Bad points:
Sound quality can be better, esp bass.
not as comfort as its rival, like "monster by dr.dre"
Overall rating 7.0
Comfort 6.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Review date: 31 Jan 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Noise reduction works better than the equivalent BOSE products. Packaging and carry case very impressive - screams quality for what is essentially Sony's flagship headphones. Work very well with different sources - iTouch, laptop or plugged into the arm of an aircraft seat. Terrific battery life from built in rechargeble Li-ion battery. Lasted the whole of a transatlantic flight from Heathrow to New York recently with no sign of needing charging. You will find yourself taking them on and off to periodically remind yourself just how well they are removing the low end rumble and hiss of the air rushing past the aircraft. I even managed to sleep wearing them. Ears did not get sweaty even after 6 hours continuous wear. Top marks!
Bad points:
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2008

carl, London Often on the move

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Does the job and feels good on for over longer stretches of time (up to 8 hours on a flight)
Batter-time met expectation and the included AA-battery supplement creates a sense of security when traveling
Travel-case and accessories are more than adequate
Bad points:
Compared to other cans on the market, Sony needs to up the design and image of their audio products
After testing with some non-cancelling head-sets from the competition (Dr Dre etc.), I came to the conclusion that these Sony Cans are not the best in the market for audio (seems the chards are flimsy in comparison and sound is lost
Overall rating 8.0
Comfort 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Jan 2013

Product Features

Type of headphone Ear-clip
Wireless or wired Wired
Stereo or Surround sound Stereo
Cord Length (mm) 1500
Weight (g) 195
Battery life (Hours) 16
Impedance (Ohms) 40
Release date 2008-05-27

Also known as: MDRNC500D


Manufacturer's Description

The world’s first digital noise cancelling headphones. Ideal for frequent travellers – cut train, plane and automobile sounds by up to 99% and enjoy true hi-fi quality audio reproduction.

Cancel out external noise

Background noise from planes, cars, trucks, buses and busy environments is cut out with Digital Noise Cancelling headphones, leaving your ears free to listen to your favourite music only. A luxury fit gives you maximum comfort and minimum sound leakage.

Hear your music, nothing else
Listen to your music without the background noise, thanks to Digital Noise Cancelling. Advanced Artificial Intelligent Noise Cancelling automatically monitors your environment to find the right anti-noise profile – and blocks out an extraordinary 99% of ambient noise on some models.

Crisp, clear and powerful sound
The high power Neodymium driver found inside our headphones is super poweful, and delivers a wider frequency response to your ears – reproducing deep bass, dynamic vocals and clear treble sound. Enjoy crisp, warm audio at any volume.

Turn on, switch off
Stay aware of your surroundings with a convenient monitor switch to turn off Digital Noise Cancelling whenever you need to. Simply flick the switch to hear in-flight announcements or whatever’s going on around you, then turn back on for uninterrupted listening.

Listen without interruptions
Enjoy all your music with no interruptions. The battery stamina in your headphones is way ahead of the competition, with upto 100 hours uninterrupted listening on some models.Changing batteries will be the last thing on your mind when you can listen for so much longer on the move.

Unbeatable comfort
Experience maximum comfort and minimum sound leakage with our thick luxury flat headband style urethane ear-cushions. Designed to sit softly yet snugly on your ears for long periods, they’re ideal for frequent travellers looking for true Hi-Fi quality audio reproduction.

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