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Sony MDRNC13 Noise-Canceling Headphones

by Sony
225 customer reviews
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  • 13.5mm driver unit, 100 hour battery life (AAA Alkaline), hybrid earbuds (S/M/L)
  • Reduces ambient noise by up to 87%
  • Incredible 100 hours listening time
  • Designed for wearing comfort
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Technical Details

  • Noise-Cancelling

Product Description

CLOSED, DYNAMIC DESIGN VERTICAL IN-THE-EAR STYLE EARBUDS BATTERY LIFE: 100 HOURS POWER HANDLING: 50 MW NOISE CANCELING NEODYMIUM MAGNET GOLD-PLATED, L TYPE STEREO MINI PLUG NOISE REDUCTION: 9 DB WHEN POWER IS ON 13.5MM DYNAMIC, CLOSED DRIVER FREQ RESP: 10 HZ 22,000 HZ IMP: 16_ 1 KHZ WITH POWER ON OR OFF ON OFF SWITCH ON BATTERY BOX SENSITIVITY: 98 DB MW WHEN THE POWER IS ON, 99 DB MW WHEN THE POWER IS OFF CORD LENGTH: 1.5 M WEIGHT: .3 OZ WITHOUT CORD INCLUDES CARRYING POUCH REQUIRES AAA BATTERY

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004P7O26W
  • Item model number: MDRNC13
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2011

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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Terrell T. Gibbs on September 24, 2011
A few key points: these are genuine active noise canceling earbuds, not merely noise isolating (although they are that, too). That means that they generate "anti-noise" that cancels out ambient noise. In general, noise canceling works best with steady, low frequency noise, like the roar of a jet engine. It won't eliminate it entirely, but it will cut it down enough that you can enjoy music without cranking your player up to a dangerous volume. For me, it makes a long air flight substantially less stressful. It won't cancel high frequency sounds, so it won't help much with the crying baby in the next seat (although the in-ear noise-isolating design helps a bit), and it generates a low level of high frequency hiss (probably because the phase registration of the anti-noise can't be quite perfect). Overall, I found the elimination of noise to be about as good as some middle-of-the-line over-the-ear noise canceling headphones that I've owned.

Note that these are intended to be worn with the connecting wire behind your neck, which means that one wire is longer than the other. I prefer this design, as it will hang over your shoulders without falling if you have occasion to pull the buds out of your ear, but I know that some people more accustomed to the "in front" design don't like it.

I also appreciated that it has a "monitor" button that mutes the sound and also turns off the noise cancelation, which is helpful if you want to talk to somebody or hear an announcement.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By InspectorGadget on July 22, 2013
After reading the reviews, I was unsure about this newer model. I recently purchased them at about twice the Amazon price at an airport before a flight when I couldn't even find any earplugs. Don't do what I did -- get them NOW on Amazon. They really work.

I had an old pair of NC22's that finally failed. I'll eventually replace the cable but in the immediate term I needed some new ones for some flights. I bought these NC13's with some worry given the mixture of reviews. Well, it turns out they work. No problem with Red LEDs; mine has a Red LED and it works just fine. On the other hand, they do NOT have a "monitor" button like the NC22's did (and like another reviewer mistakenly claimed they did). Because of that omission, I give them a 4-star rating. I enjoyed that feature.

Here's the thing: if you just put these on at home or in an airline terminal, you won't hear any noise cancellation. Not a thing. But when you're in flight, the effect is dramatic. Noise cancellation across the spectrum, with some high-frequency hiss added in.

I'm an audio engineer, and I did some A/B tests to see if the hiss could be the upper end of the airplane noise not canceled out. My conclusion is that the noise isolation+suppression work effectively across the range, and the hiss is added in by the circuitry. This seems to be the case with all these noise-cancellers, and it isn't bad. In fact, it's kind of calming, and certainly better than the roar it's cancelling out.

Note that there's no hiss (at least none that my aging ears can hear) when it's not cancelling background noise, even when it's on. This is definitely a side-effect of the noise cancellation process and not a defect with the audio circuitry.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Turkmen on April 9, 2012
As someone who flies internationally at least twice a year, I used my Sony reward points to get these to have more comfortable flights. Upon arrival I tested at home against my laptop's fan noise that I thought somewhat similar to jet engine's humming. It didn't work. Little disappointed, I took it with me on my last flight to Tokyo. I realized how wrong I was.

These earbuds will do two things: 1) They fit in your ears like earplugs to eliminate sound in your surrounding. 2) Once turned on, it will actively cancel the incoming low-frequency noise.

Noise cancellation function takes couple second to kick in after it's turned on, and I can definitely tell the difference. It will get rid of the low-frequency engine humming during flight. If you are not listening anything during the flight, do not plug the 3.5mm jack in - noise cancellation works best if there is no additional white noise/picked up static coming from the sound system. Consider these as electronic earplugs with built-in speakers as a bonus.

It comes with a small pouch, extra plastic tips, and a AAA battery (required for the noise cancellation function). You can clip the noise cancellation circuit on your shirt/jacket for a more comfortable experience.

Cons: Sound quality is just OK. My pair of Bose sounds much better. Again, you are paying for the noise cancellation not for a high-quality sound. Also it requires more frequent cleaning than ear-covering headphones.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lewis on November 2, 2012
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First things first, ACTIVE noise cancellation or NC as I refer to it here, is a very different thing from what simple "noise-reducing" products can provide, so 'caveat emptor', you are now entering a completely different world with such a product compared to the limited effect you might get from all of the non-active NR products out there, in that rather than reduce or attenuate ambient noise, active NC can and will kill all background noise dead. Astoundingly so. And this product is no exception; it does just that, along with acting as really high-quality earphones for your iPod. The difference between NC and simple noise reduction is significant for a number of reasons.

My experience with Sony NC ear buds and with the other brands:

I've been using the Sony "-22" model (list price $99.95) for at least 3 years almost daily, probably 16-17 times a week on average (going to work, going to lunch, going back home, going anywhere), and I used a couple of prior $100 Sony NC models for a couple of years before that. The older models did not hold up well, each lasting a year or so. I started to see wear, finally on my "-22", which I bought as a refurb from Amazon about 3 years ago, so I bought these as a pre-emptive strike against the eventual failure of the "-22". It stung a little bit to be buying a new set at $100 a pop each year, but it looks like the cost has come down and the build quality has gone up, and so far, that seems to extend to this model.

I have found all of the Sony NC models to be really effective, this being my third different model, and I have tried at least 4 other brands that did not even come close prior to finding the first Sony model I ever used, some 5 or 6 years ago.
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