Sony MDR-NC40 Noise Cancelling Headphone (Black)
- Lightweight, Noise-Canceling Headphones For Long Flights
- Passive Operation Even When Power Is Off
- Pressure-Relieving Urethane Cushion For Comfortable Fitting
- High quality noise canceling
- Compact Folding
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So, having seen these around some local shops and taken a listen I bought the NC40 and immediately took them on a trip.
By and large they are fine. When turned on (don't even try to listen to them when off) the sound is rich and clean; lovely base and good high end, which is important to my tired ole ears. Plenty of mid-range. Nice volume. I'm not sure they are world beaters in terms of overall noise reduction, but they certainly take the edge off and from my same old seat near the rear of a Southwest jet, they provide a relaxing and easy to take listening experience. One WANTS to use this extremely comfortable headset, whether noise reduction is needed or not. I hear things I didn't know my MP3 decoder put in a file. Oh, I listen mainly to jazz and classical music.
Oh yes, they fold up neatly and I like the on-off switch/battery holder, which lives by itself on the connecting line and has an override button that works beautifully.
The NC40 are a noise canceling headphones. They were meant to cut the constant drone of airplane noise or the constant sound you get when riding in a bus or a train... and they do work.
I guess what I can honestly say is if you travel 5 or 6 times a year on a plane then this is a great choice. I have not listened to the Bose models, but I can tell you this, no matter what I can afford, there is no way I could justify 3.5X the price for the Bose headphones to travel with a few times a year.
The NC20 sits on the ear, it does not cup the ear. You can still hear when people talk to you at normal levels. If you are dealing with a screaming baby behind you just crank up the volume of whatever you are listening to and it will drown out the unwanted sounds.
These are great if you use them for what they are intended. You can buy the NC40 here on Amazon and then get a set of Bose TriPort Headphones for regular every day listening and still be at less than 1/2 the price of the Quiet comfort headphones.
The bottom line is I would recommend the NC40 to anyone who travels, but not to some one who just wants headphones to use at home.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with headphones. Yes, I love them for the music, but there's always something about them that is uncomfortable or obnoxious. I listen to music while in transit, so I need a pair that is comfortable, but most headphones don't seem to be designed for comfort! Comfort means: doesn't hurt your ears to wear, and doesn't slip off. But this is usually a tradeoff; it's so difficult to find headphones that aren't a nuisance to wear in one respect or the other.
In fact, for a while I wore earbuds because they tend to hurt less than headphones for long periods of listening, and they don't slip off if you have them in securely. But the problem is I found that although they wouldn't slip, they'd get yanked off easily if my arm or another object brushed the cord. I also tried a pair of "in the ear" headphones and the problem was any movement of the cord transmitted up into my ear, which was very distracting.
I have none of these problems with Sony MDR-NC40. Actually they are very comfortable, so comfortable that at work I couldn't wait for a break to put them back on. The padding feels great, does not put painful pressure on the ears, but is snug enough that the set stays on if you lean forward or back. And while I won't say that they're the coolest option in the summer, they are very light so they are cooler than larger alternatives that can make you hot.
The sound is really great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
like mine so much... got the wife a pair... i take 10+ trans pacific flights a year and don't leave home with out these... much smaller then the competitive product... down side... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Coke Classic
These headphones come in a zipered pouch with compartments to hold an extra AAA battery (5 x 4.1/2 x 2 1/2 inch), so it is PORTABLE for easy TRAVEL. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Love2Earth: I mean IT
Second one I have bought over the last 5 years. I love these. Great for home use and great for travel.Published 9 months ago by Elham Klausbruckner
pretty good headphones, not as noise canceling as I expected, but really light, compact, foldable. The sound is actually really good, especially with the NC turned on, it looks... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mikamac
I won't go on and on with these. I travel enough on long flights that I wanted something and I hate to cart a bunch of bulky stuff causing a bigger bag. These work nicely. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Marshall
I like the way these work. Not too heavy and they fold up for easy transport.Published 13 months ago by RED BEAVER