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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2011
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I have to say I was a little skeptical when purchasing these headphones due to some of the reviews about about echoes and humming. I have had these headphones for about a week now and have to say they are great. I have experienced no problems whatsoever even if I pull the set away from my ear like some people were describing. I notice that most of the reviews that talked about this problem were almost three years old. I guess they fixed that issue. Id say I have used these for about 8-10 hours so far and this is my review:

Lets start with the design. Before I bought these I was considering these and the on the ear Bose QC which are considerably more expensive. However, I am glad I went with these. Because this design covers your entire ear there are two benefits. First off, the fact that the pressure of the headphone is not on your ear but instead on your head makes a big difference when you are on a long flight or listening to these for more than an hour. With the on the ear set that Bose makes all the pressure from the headset is pushing against your ears which after a while becomes very noticeable(My best friend has the Bose QC which I used on a flight to Vegas). The second benefit of the over the ear set design is that because it covers you entire ear, less noise is let through to your ear period, whether the set is on or off. Lets face it, you don't see the guys on the tarmac at the airport with the "on ear" ear muffs, they cover the whole ear. This brings me to my next point. Noise Cancelling.

I see a lot of reviews that say "These headphone barely block out my TV and my crying sister." Im no expert but as far as I know noise cancelling is meant to block out constant sound. Airplane engines, air conditioners, construction equipment etc... Nothing you buy short of a recording studio is going to block out all the noise. People talking, televisions, birds chirping are all going to get through but like I said earlier the over the ear design is much better at overall sound reduction than the on the ear design. If you want, take a plastic cup and place the bottom of the cup against your ear and listen. Then flip the cup over and put the top of the cup over your ear and see the difference. I know its primitive but it will prove my point. In my experience with this set so far the noise cancelling has been perfect. Even when I use it in places that aren't noisy at all like my bedroom, you realize how much noise your just used to when you take the headset off and hear your air conditioner and your ceiling fan.

Another reason I picked the Sony set is that it uses one AAA battery. No recharging or having to buy extra batteries for trips(Extra Bose battery is $80). Just throw a couple AAA in the carrying case(it has a little pouch for small things)and your good. No extra chargers or batteries to have to bring a long and loose. Iv'e had these for a week and I'm still on the original battery 8-10 hours so far.

I'm no audiophile but these sound great. Because there is no background noise everything sounds very crisp especially when the music stops or gets quiet for a second. You definitely hear things you miss in your car or on my radio at work. Again, im no expert in sound so I will let someone else hook these up to a flux capacitating spectro analyzer(made that up) and they can write about it.

All in all this is a good headset with great noise cancelling. Only bad thing I can say is that I should have waited a few more days as Sony just released there newest noise cancelling headset the day after I bought these so I expect the price on these will drop off over the next few weeks since there is a newer model. Better for you because for the money I paid I am very happy so when the price drops you will be even more so!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2010
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My first pair of noise cancelling headphones. Wasnt sure what to expect but as i was traveling internationally a few times last year i picked these up... really glad i did. the constant drone that is present on the aircraft during flight made it really hard for me to do anything. these knock it right out. and using them with a laptop or other audio/video device is really nice as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
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I recently lost my old Sony Noise Cancelling headphones on a plane. They were about 8 years old so I didnt mind. My boss, who I frequently travel with, had the Bose and bought a 2nd pair, which I borrowed on our last flight and loved them but I could not afford them myself. So I bought these Sonys and honestly, I see very little difference in the quality. For me, the big test was on the plane when the engine is running and then you can see how much noise it reduces. Also I didnt like my old Sonys cause my ears would get very sore from the pressure but these cup around your ears so its much less stress and I was happy at the end of my 10 hour flight. I wore them nearly the entire time. Maybe the only drawback I see is how big the damn carrying case is, but maybe that will help me not to lose them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
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these headphone will save your life on a long flight and also work great in a car or bus!

pro.
vary comfortable fit, awesome active noise cancellation, solid construction

con.
none, but the price is a little steep

final thought.
if your looking for great active noise canceling headphones in this price range then i highly recommend
but if you want studio quality sound and only plan on using them at home, than you are looking at the wrong type of headphones and this product would not be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
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Very good headphones. Compared to other options its value is exceptional. Good sound quality, they can be used with or without the noise cancelling feature on, the noise cancelling works even if no music is playing which is also a good feature.

Recommend to get a volume control if you are going to use them on planes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
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Absolutely amazing. While music or videos are playing these headphones separate you from the distractions of outside world and allow to escape into your entertainment. Fully worth the price. I have previously bought other brands and the Sony headphones blow them out of the water.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
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i use these noise cancelling headphones primarily for travel. they block out almost all ambient noise and come with a nicely organized case. they fit comfortably and have great battery life. i also use the sony earbuds for every day use and find both sets to have great audio quality at a much more affordable price point. would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
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I had heard these were comparable to the Bose noise cancelling headphones. Not quite. While they work well, there is a slight hiss that most people may not hear. They will be great for inflight or commuting on trains, but in the house the hiss is still audible. But for a base set, these are perfect!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
I have had these for years and they are still kicking. Best headphones I have ever used. Nc is good but the comfort is great. Recommend fully.
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on January 18, 2012
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I have bought this product from Best Buy in Jan 2010. Then I returned it thinking that I will buy something else. But after more research I have found that this is the best around the ear headphone I can find. When I tried to order this online in Oct 2010 I have found that this product was not sold by Amazon.com directly. Also other retailers didn't have it in stock. (May be Sony has stopped making it or something). Anyway I was determined to buy this only even if just for few more dollars I could have bought Sony's latest model. I don't regret my decision till date.

In my experience, over the ear noise canceling headphones aren't that effective as around-the-ear ones. ATE fites nicely around your ear so even if you fall asleep and turn your head sideways they don't go off your ears. I have used this headphone a lot while sleeping on the plane. It's noise cancellation quality is pretty good. I love this.
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