Sony MDR-NC50 Noise Canceling Headphones
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- Reduce ambient noise with noise-canceling circuitry
- Ear-conscious design for premium wearing comfort
- Slim, swivel folding style for easy portability
- Features 40 millimeter driver units
- Neodymium magnets delivers powerful sound
Open Air Design with Slim Swivel / Uses AAA Battery / 40 Hour Battery Life / Dual Plug / Airplane Suitable / Carrying Case Closed Headphone Design for even greater isolation from outside sound. 30mm Diameter Driver delivers deep bass all the way down to 16 Hz; provides outstanding dynamic range. Requires 1 AAA battery (not included) Cord and Plug - 1.5 foot cord with gold-plated micro plug, Separate 3.3 foot cord gold-plated stereo micro jack to gold-plated, L-shaped stereo mini-plug Weight - 6.2 ounces
Top Customer Reviews
they are DEFINITELY much better than the $300 Bose
here are the pros -
1. Sound Quality --- terrific sound quality --- I almost forgot I was standing in a store, because I was so wrapped up by how great my tunes were sounding
2. Noise Cancelling --- definitely makes a difference here - there is more pureness and depth within each tune, once cancelling is on ----- however, the headphones still sound great even without Noise Cancelling on
3. Comfort ---- the ear-cups on these things are terrific! I hated how the $300 Bose had a type of 'suction' element to them - these cups wrap around real nicely, closing in on your ear, but making it fine to rest your head upon them, as well
4. MONITOR BUTTON --- this was really cool! These 'phones have a button on the side (a sliver button) that upon being pressed, the music is elimated and all outside noises are allowed in ----- thus, if someone approaches to talk to you, you can just press the monitor button and talk back, without even taking your 'phones off
5. Detachable Cable ---- I liked this --- these 'phones won't get caught up in cable binds
6. Built in battery -- not much to add here
7. Adjustments ---- the 'phones are easy to adjust and manuever
CONS ---- sadly, a few cons
1. Portability ---- the 'phones are small enough to put in a briefcase, backpack, and most laptop bags...... however, they don't fold up ---- rather, they become flat, but the middle doesn't fold in any way ---- so they are not as easy to pack, as most headphones
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Of the three headphones, the new Sony headphones do the best job at noise cancellation and are the most comfortable, while the Centrios doesn't appear to knock out as much noise as the Aiwa. In addition, while you can typically hear some white noise when noise cancellation is in effect, the Sony headphone's white noise sound is definitely much quieter than Aiwa and Centrios. The Aiwa's white noise seems to be the loudest. You can appreciate the difference if you listen to quieter sections of music. For example, with the MDR-NC50 while listening to Mozart's Horn Concerto #1, you definitely are not distracted by the white noise as you are with the HP-CN6.
Regarding a previous reviewer's comments about audio volume being significantly less, I would have to agree. I tested the headphones with an iPod and a Roland electronic piano. The output was disappointing compared to both the Aiwa and Centrios. I also compared them to some old standard Pioneer SE-305 headphones. Even when you crank up the volume to 100% on the iPod while using the MDR-NC50, it still seems you lose out on some of the music. Using the Horn Concerto as an example, there are sections where the bass of the cellos appears muted in comparison to the other headphones. There doesn't seem to be as much depth of sound while using the MDR-NC50s. From this perspective, ranking the headphones for subjective audio quality, from best to worst, I would have to say Pioneer, Aiwa, Sony, then the Centrios.Read more ›
As luck would have it, however, both the Bose headset and the Sony headset are available as redemption "rewards" under a popular credit card that I typically use when I travel. At that time, I had accumulated enough "points" on my account to get the Sony headset, but I needed another 8,000 or so to get the Bose headset. At the rate I accumulate "points," waiting to get enough points for the Bose set would have taken many months, and I just couldn't wait that long to replace my noise-canceling cans. So ... I decided to take a chance and get the Sony cans instead. Now that I have received the Sony headset and put them through their paces, I don't regret my decision at all. I found the Sony headset to be a perfectly acceptable alternate to the Bose cans, and here's why.
I used the Bose cans for about two years, and they were, in a word, EXCELLENT. Until now, because I was so supremely satisfied with the Bose cans, I never compared them to other noise-canceling headphones, but I absolutely loved their sound quality, particularly at the bottom end. I don't think anyone has ever even matched Bose's patented bass emulation technology, much less beaten it. In terms of bass response alone, the Bose cans flat-out kicked butt on my new Sony cans. From bottom to top, the dynamic spectrum also seemed a little better integrated in the Bose cans than in the Sonys.
However, that's about it. The construction of the Sonys is FAR superior to that of the Bose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well built heavy duty and sound good. The noise cancellation is not very good in my experience. It is a it dated nowadays. Read morePublished 7 months ago by alfred felker
I have used these headphones for several years now primarily on airplane flights. Outstanding product of durable quality. Read morePublished 19 months ago by George L. Shukis
had them for 4 years works great, very easy to leave on the on position.Published 22 months ago by Erdean Johnson
Very good at cancelling background noise, such as engine noise when flying. Not great when you are next to loud talkers though. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DaddyOfTwins
My wife has the bose qc-15's, so I have a side b side comparison.
Noise cancelling performance is nearly identical. Read more
I selected these mainly for air travel, but also used them for long car rides. Lately I've been using them in a noisy work environment. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by L. Moy
Update: (Photos added) I scrubbed off the deteriorating plastic coating to the earpads and headband and they are usable again - as headphones; but, the plastic 'skin' is necessary... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by TruthSeeker
First of all, the noise cancelling part works wonders. They cancel out all the noise. BUT...the wire that connects to the headphones wears away, leaving the wires underneath... Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by kschoeck
I waited long enough that I'm out of warranty so I smashed the stupid things over a tree. I feel better now. Seriously, whatever noise there is hurts less than the howling.Published on March 25, 2010 by Eric van Tassell