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Sony MDR-NC6 Noise Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Reduces exterior noise by more than 70 percent (10 dB at 300 Hz) so you can hear music against a quieter background
  • Active noise reduction from 40 to 1,500 Hz using 1 AAA battery (not included); extended battery life approximately 30 hours
  • Compact size and folding design allows easy storage in a backpack, briefcase, or purse
  • Noise-canceling on/off switch; headphones work with or without power
  • Includes soft carrying case and airplane adapter plug
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Technical Details

  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Details

Product Manual [310kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.9 x 9.7 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000629GES
  • Item model number: MDRNC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2004

Product Description

With these Sony noise-canceling headphones you enjoy more music and while limiting other noise. A built-in noise-canceling circuit produces an anti-sound signal that synthesizes ambient noise giving you a quieter listening environment. Headphones also feature a slim swivel folding design for easy storage, powerful neodymium magnets, an in-flight plug adapter and carrying pouch.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Also, after wearing them for a few hours, they hurt my ears.
James J. Holt
I'm not sure how these headphones are pulling off an average rating of 4 stars.... Here are the very first things I checked for: 1.
John
After 1 week of using with my ipod, the right side stopped working.
EricCinSF

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

189 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Auto on June 16, 2006
Yeah, they feel cheap, they are cheap. But nonethless, and on the light of their price, this phones are quite good.

I've tested the Bose QC2 and owned the Sennheiser PXC300 noise-reducing headphones, both well beyond the $100 mark, and even more beyond this Sony's asking price, and that's what makes these a good offer. The Bose is tops, the Sennhaiser are just slightly behind. To tell you the truth, I like the Bose earcups quite a lot and that's what makes the difference for me between those two.

Contrary to several other opinions I've just read here, I found this unit's earpads quite comfortable, non-obtrusive and well designed. Maybe I have flat ears or something, but I don't suffer from them. Neither do I suffer from the pressure of the headphones over my head (I have a big head by the way). Granted, I struggled a little trying several adjustments before feeling really comfortable with the set on. What I find a little obtrusive however, is the location of the battery compartment, looks bad, feels bad, and makes you think they put it there as an aftertought. Construction seems adequate, for the price. Some materials seem higher quality than others though. The earpieces feel particularly fragile, but you get a set that's very light.

The sound, altough not great, is pleasantly good, specially when the NR circuit is on. I have an old pair of Sony Digital Reference headphones for this kind of tests, since they are some kind of a benchmark from the days when Sony made high quality products. So I put the NC6 through a series of good quality audio sources and the results were surprising. No audiophile, netiher digital reference studio headphones levels here, but a very good, satisfying experience.
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331 of 349 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Krebs on November 22, 2004
after 8hrs on the plane the past few days, i need to purchase a

second pair for my wife. for the price, the performance is amazing.

my only complaint (if you can call it one) is after a few hours

they seem to press kind of hard on my ears.

sound quality is fantastic. works well with my portable dvd player. have 2 more long trips coming up the next few months,
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579 of 621 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Yorgov on November 6, 2005
These headphones are exactly the same as
Aiwa HP-CN6 Noise-Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones.
Aiwas are for sale as of now for $17.
The only thing different is the design. As you can see even the model number is similar.
As you probably know SONY owns AIWA, if you look at AIWA package you can read (c) Sony.
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150 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Cannuck on December 7, 2004
I didn't realize over the ear headphones could sound so great. I tried these for the first time on flight to the west coast. They did a great cancelling out the noise on a loud commuter flight and were perfect for the jet flight. I could finally enjoy a movie on my laptop without the constant background noise from the airplane. Bass, midrange and trebble were clear and crisp. For the price, you can't go wrong.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jack Puglis on August 7, 2005
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These are a great pair of headphones for the price. I was nearly put off from buying them because of several of the complaints of other reviewers. Here's my experience.

When you turn the noise cancelling feature on, there is a slight hissing sound. Although at least one person found this irritating, I've found that once the music starts playing it's completely imperceptable. In 20-30 hours of listening, I haven't noticed it once.

Since the earpieces do not fully surround the ear, the circular soft foam rests against the ear. Again, one reviewer complained that after several hours, his ears were uncomfortable. I've worn them for more than eight hours per day for the past two days and have noticed no irritation. Note that I have a large head--my hat size scares even me. I also wear glasses. I'd expect that if anyone was to be irritated by a tight fitting pair of heaphones, it would be me.

One person also complained that the battery compartment, which is located on the right earpiece support arm, pressed into his head. I can nearly fit a pencil between the battery compartment and my head, so I certainly cannot echo this issue. I'm now wondering whether my head was compressed into an oblate ellipsoid at birth. Maybe its time to buy a large hat.

I've found that the sound is comparable to a pair of Sony noise cancelling headphones for which I paid more than $200. The treble is clear and sharp and the bass is strong enough to please.

Everything, however, was not perfect, but maybe I'm the issue, not the headphones. I made a dumb assumption when I bought these headphones. From looking at the pictures, I assumed that there was a center hinge and that they would fold up into a neat package for traveling. They don't.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Russell M. Van Tassell on July 17, 2006
Well, even after reading all the reviews, I still purchased these headphones -- they seemed like the best bang for the buck, especially since I didn't want to choke on the highly-rated $300 price tag for Bose's acclaimed sets.

They have most everything I wanted... simple/compact'ish carrying case, fairly innocuous battery location, a simple on-off switch, a plane-adapter, and noise cancellation with a mic for noise sampling. Basically they were only missing an inline volume control, which realistically wasn't that high on my priority list, overall. My intention was to be able use these on frequent, long cross-country flights, particularly with the occassional red-eye.

Most noteably, the headphones are relatively light and don't weigh too much on your head. Overall, the noise cancellation is decent and does noticeably reduce plane roar... I mostly noticed that I was able to turn DOWN the volume on most sound sources and the headphones worked well enough that I could hear *other* folks' music and/or on-board movie (the headphones basically cancel out the constant drone of plane engines, but not so much conversations or other "more variable" noises). However, after an hour or two of these on my head, the pressure on my ear cartilage was almost painful -- keeping in-mind that I wear Aiwa's HP-AK100 headphones most of the day at work.

Overall, these are a good headphone... I'd suspect I'd like them more if they weren't so "tight" over the ears (or were more of an "around the ear" design like the Aiwas (not noise cancelling)). If you don't want to afford the Bose and are only using this, like myself, for travel... these might be a good compromise for you. If you're looking for a good, long-use noise cancelling headphone, you might want to think about looking elsewhere... though, again, these are a pretty good value in my opinion.
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