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Sony MDR-NC300D Headphones (Old Version)

3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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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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Customer Rating 3 out of 5 stars (39) 4 out of 5 stars (1293) 4 out of 5 stars (210) 3 out of 5 stars (50)
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Color SILVER Black Black Black
Fit In-Ear Intraaural In-Ear In-Ear
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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Comfortable Vertical-In-The-Ear Style Earbuds; Up To 98.4% Noise Reduction; Digital Processing Realizes More Effective Noise;Cancellation With Superb Sound Quality; Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Noise Cancelingautomatically Selects Optimal Noise Cancellation Mode Based On Environment (Plane, Bus/Train, Office); Superb Sound Quality With Digital Sound Enhancer (16mm Drivers); Selectable Sound Modemovie/Bass/Normal; Convenient Volume Control & Monitor Button On Controller; 1 Aa Battery Provides 20 Hours Of Use; Includes 7 Sizes Of Earbuds, Carrying Case, In-Flight Plug Adapter, 1.2-M Neck-Chain Style Cord With Controller, .6-M Extension Cord, Cord Adjuster & 1 Aa Battery; Black.

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Product Dimensions 4.7 x 8.1 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 14.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department HEADPHONES -> HEADPHONES
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B00385XU5Q
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Item model number MDR-NC300D
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3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,246 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#54,688 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#59,485 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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I purchased the Sony MDR NC300D about a month ago. I recently flew to London on an American Airlines Boeing 767 and had a chance to try them out. I also was offered a Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headset as I was sitting in business class.

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.
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I love the less expensiveSony MDRNC33 Noise Canceling Earbuds so I thought I would try the upgrade. Big mistake. The sound isn't THAT much better when considered against the drawbacks:

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.
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I wanted a new pair of in ear phones to replace an older Sony Fontipia noise canceling set I have. I use these for flights primarily and didn't want a set of over ear cans, which I find too big and restrictive for long flights.
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.
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I had the original sony NC 22 noise canceling ear buds and I loved them. These new NC300 buds are certainly more advanced at noise canceling (ie a NYC subway) and do not produce a hissing noise like the old set.

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.
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MSRP at Sony is full retail, at Amazon, BIG Savings!! I've owned a few noise canceling head sets in my life. These by far trump over all of them!! the size, quality, auto sensing feature, etc come together nicely in a small packet! While on trip in Europe, on airplanes, trains, autos, lounges, etc, I was impervious to my surroundings. Very well built!
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