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Sony MDRNC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Precise noise canceling using digital technology
- Three distinct noise-canceling modes for airplanes, trains, and the office
- Up to 98.2% ambient noise reduction (at 160Hz)
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|Color||Black||Fully integrated electronics-no external modules needed||Black||Silver and Charcoal|
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|Dimensions||10.37 inches x 4.75 inches x 4.8 inches||11 inches x 8.2 inches x 2.5 inches||8.47 inches x 10.23 inches x 2.95 inches||10 inches x 9 inches x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.4 pounds||1.05 pounds||0.5 pounds||2.5 pounds|
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The obvious comparison for any noise canceling headphones, is against the Bose Quiet Comfort series - which is arguably the industry standard, at least from a familiarity and brand recognition perspective. Fortunately, I have a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 2 and was able to do a good side-by-side comparison.
In my case, Sony edged out Bose and won this comparison. Here's why:
I am not a qualified audiophile, and can't quote impressive specifications and explain in mathematics why one thing sounds better than another. Having confessed that though, I am a very picky listener, and I have a high standard of quality for audio products.
How I tested - I used the Sony MDR-NC200D's extensively in a number of environments, with a variety of music. Environments included sitting in a room with a loud TV going, other music playing, conversations taking place, outdoor traffic and lawnmower noise, and even during a long vacuuming session. Music ranged from hard rock to classical, but for my benchmark side-by-side testing I used Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
I found the Sony headphones to be superior in producing very clear, crisp sound compared to Bose. The most subtle of elements in the audio are crystal clear with very good separation. Bose seems to muddy some of these nuisances, most likely a result of the noise canceling signal they use. Sony is able to block the ambient noise at least as well as Bose (I think slightly better) but without the side effect of dullness to the audio you are listening to. This example won't mean anything to people not familiar with the album, but during "Great Gig In The Sky" you can clearly hear the soft spoken background words far better with the Sony's than with Bose.Read more ›
The Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones are very comfortable. Most headphones are heavy, bulky and make me feel like I'm wearing a Prussian helmet. These are lightweight and compact, and so comfortable, I'm barely aware of wearing them.
They do a very good job of eliminating outside noises. Some reviewers complain that sound is distorted when the volume is high. This isn't a deal killer for be because I keep them set at a moderate level...I like my background music to stay in the background and don't think it's realistic to expect these speakers and an iPod to provide the same quality of sound that you'd get from an expensive set of speakers. You can also plug the headphones into the airline's entertainment system and save yourself yet another annoying surcharge...while getting much better sound than on the headsets the carriers provide.
Because the headphones are so small, you can tuck them into a purse or briefcase and bring them out whenever needed to prevent falling into a boredom induced coma...like when sitting in the dentist's waiting room or standing on line at the DMV.Read more ›
Back to the search and it came down to either the Bose Quiet Comfort or these Sony ones. The Bose obviously are well known and received raving reviews. However, the deciding factor was the difference of price. The $100 difference made a huge difference. Given the fact that I was very happy with the previous Sony pair that died and so I decided to take the plunge. After receiving the package from Amazon, I used the included battery and test out the headphones. They seemed at first glance to be solidly built and felt very comfortable. Music was much better with the noise canceling on as the other reviewers stated. With the NC off, music sounded bland, like it was missing the ooomph.
Now for the test. I was on a long International flight and it gave me a real chance to test these babies out. For 14 hours, I had these things on and they drowned out most of the noise, but some noise was still audible. Taking a pad off one ear and putting it back on, you can really tell that the NC mechanics really do a great job.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my 15-hours flight (for 149.99 usd when it was on sale in 2013 btw).
The noise-cancelling wasn't as good as what you will find in Bose- I can still hear the... Read more
These headphones were very good while they held up (almost exactly two years). The other day, though, I was putting them on my head and the little pivot on the right speaker (that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justin Witham
Works really well, but only with the noise cancelling on. Drains battery really quickly.Published 11 months ago by krithi rajan
The noise-cancellation feature works very well in situations with "uniform" background noise, such as in an airplane. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Online-Käufer
Great Noise canceling, and comfortable set. My hearing isn't very good so I can't comment on its music quality, however the noise canceling portions are on part with Bose. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chrobry