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Sony Mobile Digital In Ear Noise Canceling Headset Black MDR-NC31EM
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- No noise. Only music
- Precision Listening, Handsfree Calling
- Device with a 3.5 mm 5-pole audio contact
- Includes additional silicone ear tips in 3 sizes.
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Optimised for Xperia Z2 and Xperia™ Z2 tablet. Also compatible with devices with 3.5 mm 5-pole audio connector. Functionality may vary between devices. Note: MDR-NC31EM will not work with devices that do not have a 5-pole audio connector.
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I have the Xperia Tablet Z2, with Verizon 4G LTE, and bought the noise-cancelling in-ear headphones, the MDR-NC31EM. I did not get them free, as the first 1000 Verizon customers did. I was too late, but I bought them online anyway.
In short, they are surprisingly good.
I usually use Denon noise-cancelling headphones, AH-NC800s and when I travel light, the AH-NC732s. And I was prepared to find the Denons were totally superior in every way. But...the Sonys held their own.
The Sonys are as small as earbuds. No batteries, no big zippered case, no big over-ear cups. Tiny. Light. The noise cancelling circuitry is handled by the tablet, so the headphones are light and easy to carry.
Most full-size noise cancelling headphones are big. My Denons are big. They do a great job, powered by one AAA battery, and carried in a nice, large, zippered custom case, with an internal pouch for cords, batteries, airplane adapters, 1/4" adapters, etc.
The Denons work with any audio source, with an 1/8" output, or using the adapter, a 1/4" output. They will give you excellent sound with anything you have. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, home theater, headphone amps, even airplane audio. Not many airlines still use the double-plug audio jacks anymore, but Denon includes the adapter anyway.
However, the Sonys only work with Sony tablets and phones that have the proprietary noise-cancelling circuits. The headphone plug itself has five metal bands - one or two must power the noise cancelling. That's awesome, but only Xperia products will have a headphone jack that accommodates that array of bands. Use them with anything else? No noise cancelling. no bass, no real tone, not really usable at all. Because again, they are not made for all types of products; they were created for just the latest-generation of Xperia phones and tablets.
The Denons are $300 - $400. The Sonys around $60.
The Sonys do provide noise cancelling. You hear it when you plug them in. The roar of daily life is quickly muted, substantially. Of course, so do the Denons. But on my condo balcony, the Sonys blocked the sound of passing cars better than the Denons. I was very impressed.
Using the Sonys, I hear my breathing, like Darth Vader. Because they're in-ear? Also, I can hear cord movement. None of that happens with the Denons.
Using the Denons, I hear the plastic frames creak when I turn my head. I don't with the Sonys. Plus, with the Denon 800s, if I lean my head against an airplane headrest, they cause a roaring sound...I shift position and it goes away. Not with the Sonys.
Both have nice bottom end. I hear low, low bass hits on both. Neither gives me the hits a nice subwoofer would, obviously, but for headphones both give plenty of bass, even the very low end.
Overall, I find the soundstage, the tone and the dynamic range of the Denons is better. They produce vibrant sound, but it's quite smooth and enjoyable. The Sonys produce very clear, detailed sound, but I would not call it smooth. Rather, very defined, bright with lots of bass.
For me? The Sonys are great, and they will be my first choice when I'm traveling light. When I travel with only the Xperia tablet Z2, they'll be a fantastic addition. They're great. And I would even buy a second pair, one at home, one to travel with.
But when I have the Xperia tablet Z2, and a laptop, and room in my bag, I will bring the big Denons. They are comfortable, and have great sound. And they'll work with all my audio sources.
So, the Xperia noise cancelling headphones are not a replacement; they are an addition. They help me expand my options, which as a regular traveler is something I greatly appreciate.
Hope this helps.
I took the chance with these, reading from a different review where someone said they stay in-ear really well. And I could agree with this. So far my experience has been great with these. I switched to the smallest ear plug size, this pair comes with 3 different sizes. I'm happy to say they actually stay in my ears for long periods of time. Occasionally falling out randomly depending if I'm walking up or down stairs which is manageable. Definitely cannot work out with these. (I havent tried working out with these to be honest, but I can imagine they wouldnt be able to stay in place)
I would recommend these headphones if you have a Sony Xperia phone or any other compatible phone. I have a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The noise-cancelling is amazing it really does help drown out the bus and train noises. Without music playing or with very low volume you can hear yourself breath which sometimes becomes uncomfortable, but this is when I'll just crank up the volume a bit. Also like how the left headphone cord is short and the right is longer so that they can rest on the back of your neck in case it falls out of your ear it doesnt fall to the ground.
The main cons of the product is mainly where the wires connect to the actual earbud they are not as durable as it looks so it would be in your best option to be a little careful when handling it.
Another plus is that they don't fall out of your ears! I've yet to find a good pair of in ears that I can wear to the gym, run stairs with, or even sprint with if the wires are tucked away in an arm band. Extremely happy with these and my sony phone.
Update: besides the rubber pieces showing some wear it's been almost a year now with daily use and these still work great. I lost my sony phone and ended up with the blackberry priv and they still work just fine. Sound just as good but no noise canceling.
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