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Sony MDRNC7/BLK Noise Canceling On-Ear headphones (Black)
|Price:||$89.95 + $9.95 shipping|
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- Active noise canceling headphones reduce outside ambient noise by 87.4%
- Noise cancelation can be switched on/off and uses a single AAA battery
- Foldable and swivel design for easy portability; travel pouch included
- Neodymium magnet and 30mm drivers deliver powerful, detailed sound
- Includes airplane adapter for in-flight entertainment (stereo or dual jack)
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Enhance your listening experience and reduce unwanted ambient noise by 87.4 percent with the MDR-NC7 noise canceling headphones. Featuring a convenient, foldable and swivel design, these headphones are perfect for travel or the daily commute.
Noise Canceling Technology
Noise canceling headphones reduce ambient noise to provide a quieter environment for audio entertainment. The headphones have an inside microphone on each earpiece that works with electronic circuitry to create oppositely phased sound waves that reduce, or phase out, the ambient noise sound waves.
The MDR-NC7 reduce up to 87.4% (9 dB at 300 Hz) of ambient noise when the noise canceling circuit is switched on, ideal for loud, noisy environments like planes, buses, dorms, etc.
Listen With or Without Noise Reduction
Convenient dual-use capability gives you the option of listening to your music with or without the noise cancelation feature, so you can enjoy unaffected music in quiet environments. This also allows you to keep using your headphones (minus noise reduction) when the batteries run dry.
Many of the noise canceling headphones out there are earbuds; these are ideal for someone who prefers an external phone. The phones rest gently on your ear, with an adjustable headband to get a good fit. And good sound--a neodymium magnet provides excellent power-handling, and 30-millimeter drivers deliver quality sound with a frequency response of 20 Hz - 30 kHz.
Ready for Travel
The MDR-NC7's noise reduction is powered by a single AAA battery, and when not in use the phones feature a foldable, swivel design. Fold small and compact and slip into the included carry pouch and you're good to go. An airplane adapter is also included for in-flight entertainment (stereo or dual jack).
|Driver Unit:||30 mm|
|Frequency Response:||20 Hz - 30 kHz|
|Impedance, Power On:||33 Ohms|
|Impedance, Power Off:||100 Ohms|
|Sensitivity, Power On:||102 dB/mW|
|Sensitivity, Power Off:||100 dB/mW|
|Plug Type:||Gold, Stereo Mini Plug|
|Cord Length:||1.5 Meters|
|Weight:||134 grams (Including AAA Battery)|
What's in the Box
MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling Headphones, Airplane Plug Adapter, Carrying Pouch, User's Manual
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|Driver Units ||30mm||13.5mm||30mm||13.5mm||40mm||16mm||40mm|
|Ambient Noise Reduction ||✓ ||✓ ||✓ ||✓ |
|Digital Noise Canceling with Intelligent Auto Selection ||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Passive Listening Mode ||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Monitor Button ||✓||✓||✓ ||✓ ||✓ ||✓ |
|Battery Life ||25 hours* ||50 hours* ||20 hours* || 22 hours* || 22 hours* || 20 hours* || 15 hours* |
|Design ||Over-the-head ||Earbud ||Over-the-head||Earbud||Over-the-head||Earbud||Over-the-head|
|Carrying Case/Pouch ||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Color: Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
But to the most important feature: the noise cancelling function was not dramatic during flights - it worked well for a semi-quiet office environment, but my primary need for this is flying. And during flying I noticed only a slight change. Good for the price, but not if you are looking to use this while flying or similar environments investigate other options.
Cons: Non-detachable mini-plug, soft pouch (no hard case)
There are better noise cancelling headphones out there, but not for less than $50. At $49.99, these are great headphones for the traveler on a budget. I previously bought the MDR-NC6s and they worked pretty well for me. I originally got them to use while flying, but I also use them at work to remove the annoying hum from our company computers. The NC7 is a great upgrade from the older model. They noticeably cancel more of the ambient noise than the NC6. Also, there is virtually no lag time between when the noise cancelling is switched on and when it actually kicks in. The NC6 took a few seconds to begin actually cancelling ambient noise. Also, a common complaint that I've had (and read about) with the NC6 is that there's a faint, yet audible hiss while the noise cancelling is on. This has been greatly reduced to a hardly noticeable, faint background static with the NC7, which will probably annoy the audiophile, but doesn't bother me. These headphones are much more comfortable than the previous model. I must note that these headphones don't cancel out all of the noise, just the constant background noise, like the engines of an airplane or the hum of loud equipment. You can still hear people talking or the keyboard while you're typing (faintly), but they're not meant to drown out these noises, so keep that in mind when trying out headphones.
These are far from the perfect headphones, however. The mini plug is not detachable as with other, more expensive models. Also, they use a double cable design (one leading into each ear pad) as opposed the single line design of its predecessor.Read more ›
Looking at other reviews for various models, I was surprised how many people think Active Noise Canceling will handle things like voices, phones, assuming they will encase you in a cone of silence (see Get Smart). This is not what they are for. They cancel out (but not NEARLY all the way) low frequency constant tones - car noise, aircraft noise, lawn mowers, etc. This made looking at reviews difficult because people who could hear their fingers snap while wearing the headphones gave a poor rating.
The overall sound quality is poor. My fifteen dollar Koss over-the-ear KSC75s sound worlds better than these. Strangely, they sound a bit better when they are switched on (some bass response compared to almost nothing while off). Since I bought them for use in noisy environments, I wasn't too worried about this. I won't be listening to any delicate sonatas on them.
Highway noise especially, as well as aircraft noise are reduced by an acceptable amount. Aircraft noise could do a little better. Some have complained in reviews that these phones squeeze your ears too much. If they squeezed MORE, their passive noise blocking would do better. Larger ear cups might be nice.
I bought these for flights, and my daughter ended up using them most of the time to watch cartoons on the plane with an iPod Touch. I wanted to be sure the audio didn't have to be turned up to dangerous levels to be audible on the flight.
They will make your ears warm and maybe a bit sore if you wear them for too long but they aren't uncomfortable. The battery lasts a long time, as long as you don't accidentally leave them on.Read more ›
The audio clarity is reasonable (comparable to other Sony Neodymium earphones / headphones). The noise canceling capability is good... was able to null out air conditioner background and refridegrator hum at work and home. Will be trying out these next week on a trans-Atlantic flight. There is a faint white noise audible when no signal is connected; but other than the Bose headphones, almost all other noise canceling headphone I've tried have this "feature."
The only downside to this pair I've noticed is the somewhat flimsy plug. I've had Sony audio accessories with better plugs.
Overall, I'd say its good value for $50.
Secondly, these headphones will cause you pain after just a couple of hours, probably because the pading is flush with the middle part of the headphone. Ouch, they really do hurt.
Lastly, and this probably is a problem with other noise cancelling phones, your blackberry will drive these phones absolutley crazy--nonstop buzzing. Anyone that has a blackberry and has had their phone too close to cheap speakers will know exactly what I'm talking about. Beware of this problem. Since you really have to have NC on all the time for these headphones to sound decent, the buzzing may drive you bonkers.
Oh well, at least they're inexpensive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have such fond memories of this headset. I bought a pair back in high school, forking over a good chunk of my laboriously gathered pocket change, and I received a gift that money... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Melissa Fang
Good headphones for the price. So good i bought 4 pairs! My only complaint is that they are a little tight and start to hurt your head after wearing them for a while. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jackie
I think these are what they are, convenient basic noise-cancelling headphones that pack fairly well for traveling. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michael Ellis
Sound is just fair, but more importantly, they will hurt after just a half hour of wearing them. The ear pads are flush with the plastic speaker casing. Poor design!Published 1 month ago by Paul Stark
I ordered these because the guys in my office are so loud that I cannot concentrate. Now I can listen to music instead while the noise canceling function helps to muffle the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Product Hacker
Really falls short in the noise canceling department. The build quality is fine and they're durable. The nicest thing about these headphones is they fold up nicely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. A. Albert
I've had these for over a year and they still work properly, so there isn't an issue with that. I only notice a slight change when using the noise cancelling function, so I don't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Lueck