Sony MDR-NC300D Headphones (Old Version)
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- Comfortable Vertical-In-The-Ear Style Earbuds
- Up To 98.4% Noise Reduction
- Digital Processing Realizes More Effective Noise
- Cancellation With Superb Sound Quality
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|Dimensions||2.9 inches x 4.7 inches x 8.1 inches||2.25 inches x 8 inches x 4 inches||6.69 inches x 3.54 inches x 4 inches||5.25 inches x 8 inches x 1.5 inches|
|Item Package Weight||0.9 pounds||0.25 pounds||0.25 pounds||2.1 pounds|
|Special Features||lightweight||universal-phone-control||Cancels 90 Percent Of Interfering Outside Noise||ios-phone-control|
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I compared the Sony headphones to the Bose several times. For the most part, I thought the noise canceling was about equal. If I put the Sony ear buds into my ear loosely, the Bose might seem slightly quieter. If I put the ear buds in snugly, the Sony headphones seemed a bit quieter. The quality of the sound from the movie was watching seemed pretty close. One nice feature with the Sony, is you can calibrate the noise canceling though an adjustment system.
The only complaint I have with the Sony headphones is they are very prone to tangling. Also, the Sony has 3 different mode of noise canceling, depending on what type of noise environment you are in. Occasionally, it seemed to get confused, switching from Mode A to B or C. I was able to hear when this happened and it was a little annoying.
While at the airport, I briefly demo'd a Sony MDR NC-500D headphone and it seemed very similar in noise canceling to the NC-300D. I didn't have them plugged in, so I could not compare the audio. I also have an older pair of Bose noise canceling head sets and the Sony is much better.
Overall, I think the Sony NC300D is a very fine product. They are much smaller than the Bose, very portable. The battery lasts about 15 hours as advertised.
1) Seems to go through a AA battery about every 8 hours of listening (2 or 3 plane rides). The MDRNC33 uses an AAA battery and goes forever.
2) Sends no sound through when off, whereas the MDRNC33 sends unmodified sound through and the tight-fitting ear-canal pad provides substantial noise blocking.
3) The User Interface (the buttons) are complex for a new user.
4) The physical size and extra weight associated with an AA battery make it less attractive than the MDRNC33 for room in your pocket. When you have it on the extra weight makes it harder to keep on and the bigger box is easier to catch on stuff and pull out.
Save your money and buy the little brother. He's a much more sympatico traveling companion.
After reading a few reviews, I decided to try these. They are superb and not only do they work better than any others I have tried on aircraft, they also work in just generally noisy environments. There are auto settings for the environment and a fine tune level to maximize the effect of noise reduction. There are also three sound settings, incluing a bass level. The drivers are 16mm, so that bass is nice but does not compromise the upper frequencies. I've had these a few weeks now and been on several flights and did not experience the battery life issues of the other reviewer. I would highly recommend these.
However, there are a few drawbacks that should make you question spending all that money.
1st: The cord is way too long. I'm over 6 feet tall and the thick cord travels nearly down to my knees. They did this so you can throw the bulkier noise canceling unit into a backpack while listening. While Sony includes a rubber winder to wrap up the extra length, the problem is that the weight of the thick cord often is heavy enough to pull the ear buds out of your ear especially when moving around. Since noise canceling ear buds need a solid, air-tight, seal with your ears to function, this causes a big problem and is annoying.
2nd: Unlike the older set, it does not allow you to use the headphones at all when the noise canceling unit runs out of batteries. Even though this newer unit takes a AA battery compared to the old one (AAA), it still runs through the battery faster and when it runs out, you can't listen to any music until you replace it.
3rd: While I have not had any durability issues with the headphones, the battery cover on the noise canceling unit does open accidentally on some occasions. The locking mechanism is not as solid as it should be. However, this does not occur often.
4th: Lastly, a very small issue is that when you put the noise canceling unit on lock (so you don't press any buttons accidentally) you're also unable to press the monitor button. On the old unit, the monitor button always functioned and I believe this is necessary for safety.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very small, very light, nice hard case, it' doing a good job. But nothing compare to the Bose Quietcomfort 15. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Davinci
Shipping: OK. Headphone: OK, but not 98,5% Noice canceling.Published 17 months ago by Rainier Hiver
There are minor issues with the battery compartment having some contact issues with some batteries (that I guess are a few mm too short) but on the whole these have served me well... Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Benson
Once of the best ANC earpiece I ever had. Enjoying it every day at work, simple awesome product!Published 22 months ago by Brian Wei
The musical quality is good. But for a person that own the NC33, NC100D, the battery life is extremely short!! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Yang Siew
Compared to the MDR-NC22, which is a very good product, you can hear a real difference in noise reduction for example while being in a car. I definitely do recommend this product.Published on May 1, 2014 by Christian Zion
These are the best headphones ever sony has made worth the price will cancel out noise and you cant hear nothing but the movie or song you listen to.Published on December 4, 2013 by John Carrillo