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Sony MDR-NC11 Fontopia Noise Canceling Headphones with In-line Volume Control

by Sony
129 customer reviews

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  • Reduces exterior noise by more than 70 percent (10 dB) so you can hear music against a quieter background
  • Tiny size allows easy storage in a backpack, briefcase, or purse
  • Extended battery life approximately 60 hours with a single AAA alkaline battery
  • 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

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  • Volume Control
  • Noise-Cancellation

Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Sony MDR-NC11 Fontopia Noise Canceling Headphones with In-line Volume Control

Product Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 9.8 x 1.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00007EDM0
  • Item model number: MDRNC11
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2003

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N Samoht on October 4, 2005
Package Type: Standard Packaging
What a bag of mixed reviews. I couldn't help but smile at some of them. For anyone considering the purchase of a sound reduction headset you have but two choices of any real consequence: 1) The MDR-NC11A, here by Sony for $59.50 or the 2) Bose QuietComfort 2 for $298.50. There are no other serious alternatives. I've tried them all.

However, the Sony at 1/6th price of the Bose is not for everyone. If you're claustrophobic or simply can't handle something inside your ear then you have no choice but to go with the Bose QuietComfort 2. Even with the beefy price tag, the Bose is only slightly better than the Sony set. Although the Sony requires a little care massaging properly into the openings of each ear canal, it's worth it. The combined ear silence of earplug and noise canceling technology fills the ear even before the music starts. Once it does, the depth of sound with its rich bass and the crystal highs are incredible for such a tiny device.

As for the negative reviews, this is my second pair, as I'm replacing an older version of these. For those stating it doesn't work, perhaps they should put down a buck for a AAA battery before writing a review. Yes, the noise cancellation technology requires a battery to power the reverse white noise that deadens reciprocating noises (engines, vibrations, etc). For anyone who just started looking, if in-ear plugs aren't a problem, buy a set. You can't go wrong.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By C. Jesse Imbach on August 4, 2003
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I am quite pleased with these little 'phones. I was given an iPod and since the included buds were just abysmal and since I travel a lot....well, it was a prudent purchase :-)
I have three sets of Noise Cancelling headphones (the others are sennheiser and panasonic) and these little MDRNC11's have a very similar ability to dim ambient noise in a MUCH smaller package - perfect for my dawn and midnight runs and they are great on the airplane, the bus and the office.
After a great deal of futzing with the included (and VERY comfortable) silicone ear moulds the sound is now fantastic on my iPod. I am still listenint to MP3's (or MP4's) so the sound is not audiophile quality but I am quite happy with what I hear.
In other reviews some of the folks has mentioned the bass-heavy nature of these drivers - yes, they are a tad bass heavy, but on the iPod the "acoustic" setting rounds them out very well.
The vast majoriety of music I listen to is classical and jazz. The opening track of "Jazz at the Pawnshop" is littered with lovely ambient noises that come through very well. As this is a pretty standard track for demoing audiophile sound systems, I would say that for $100 I got a heck of a bang for my buck :-)
Again, MP3's (even the ones from apple.com) still sound like MP3's, but these little buds reproduce the music with elan. If you need a personal Oasis in your daily life I can think of many worse purchases in the headphone market.
FInal tip, shop around :-)
-J
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By U See B on February 16, 2006
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Surprisingly these earbuds work quite well. Now that the price in reduced to under $100 they are a much better deal. Don't expect pure silence. However do expect to be able to listen to your content at half the volume you are used to using.

Most of the noise reduction is passive, simply the rubber fittings on the ear buds make a seal with your ear hence blocking out a lot of sound. It is crucial that you try the different sizes to find one that gives you the best results. The active (electronic) noise cancelling works well on the low rumble on airplanes, the sound of a car heater or the sound of an air conditioner. Other than that the active noise cancelling does not do too much.

The sound quality is good provided the earbuds fit you properly.

One issue is that the sound the chord makes vibrations that travel up the chord and since you have a tight seal between the buds and your ear you will hear a lot of that. so dont use these for jogging. then again the bose quiet comfort 2 had a similar problem although nto as bad.

If you happen to travel by BART on the S.F. Peninsula then these earbuds are definately effective. You will still hear the 'sounds of hell" screeching (again dont expect magic) but it is very much subdued and you will be able to listen to your iPod at half volume.

Another point you can not compare noise cancelling headphones with regular headphones. that's an apple vs orange type comparison. For $100 you can get much better sounding headphones but they will not be noise cancelling. I would say just for sound quality alone a $40 pair of non-noise cancelling ear buds would sound about as good. so ya you do pay for the noise cancelling features.

If you do not need the noise cancelling functionality then I would say do not get these, because dollar for dollar regular earbuds will sound better and be more comfortable.
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104 of 128 people found the following review helpful By MartyHansen on November 11, 2002
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I purchased these Sony Noise Canceling Earbud Headphones hoping that they would be a smaller and more portable version of my Sennheiser HDC 451 noise suppression headphones, which are excellent. I couldn't be more disappointed.
First off, they were extremely uncomfortable to wear. They go directly into the ear canal. And even though they have interchangeable pieces (for a better fit), they still had a tendency to fall out -- which was annoying.
The earbuds also block the ear canal completely. If you've ever stuffed cotton (or earplugs) in your ears, you'll know that this causes one's own breathing to become very noticeable -- which is exactly what happened! And if I turned my head and brushed the earphone cord against me -- I could hear that too!
As positives, the Sony's did a decent job of filtering the lows. But they did nothing to screen the highs (as do my Sennheisers), so things like room fans, air conditionings and dishwashers were still much more noticeable than I would've liked. The sound quality of my music, though, was excellent. And there was none of the hissing and buzzing I've gotten from lower priced noise canceling headphones from other brands.
Overall, I couldn't help but suspect that the tight fit of the earbuds was responsible for a large portion of the headphone's noise suppression capabilities -- and not necessarily the electronics.
In conclusion, if you're accustomed to earbud style headphones, you might find these Sony's to be an improvement over ambient. I, unfortunately, found them to be extremely uncomfortable to use and -- for the money -- hugely disappointing!
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