Sony MDRNC7/WHI Noise Canceling on-ear headphones (White)
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- Improved Noise Canceling-75% Of Ambient Noise
- Closed Type 30Mm Driver For Dynamic Sound
- Battery Located In Housing, As Opposed To Headband, For Comfort
- 2-Way Style-Swivels and Folds. Frequency Response : 30Hz -20,000Hz
- Noise canceling headphones
- Reduces outside ambient noise by 87.4%
- Foldable and swivel design for easy portability
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But to the most important feature: the noise cancelling function was not dramatic during flights - it worked well for a semi-quiet office environment, but my primary need for this is flying. And during flying I noticed only a slight change. Good for the price, but not if you are looking to use this while flying or similar environments investigate other options.
Cons: Non-detachable mini-plug, soft pouch (no hard case)
There are better noise cancelling headphones out there, but not for less than $50. At $49.99, these are great headphones for the traveler on a budget. I previously bought the MDR-NC6s and they worked pretty well for me. I originally got them to use while flying, but I also use them at work to remove the annoying hum from our company computers. The NC7 is a great upgrade from the older model. They noticeably cancel more of the ambient noise than the NC6. Also, there is virtually no lag time between when the noise cancelling is switched on and when it actually kicks in. The NC6 took a few seconds to begin actually cancelling ambient noise. Also, a common complaint that I've had (and read about) with the NC6 is that there's a faint, yet audible hiss while the noise cancelling is on. This has been greatly reduced to a hardly noticeable, faint background static with the NC7, which will probably annoy the audiophile, but doesn't bother me. These headphones are much more comfortable than the previous model. I must note that these headphones don't cancel out all of the noise, just the constant background noise, like the engines of an airplane or the hum of loud equipment. You can still hear people talking or the keyboard while you're typing (faintly), but they're not meant to drown out these noises, so keep that in mind when trying out headphones.
These are far from the perfect headphones, however. The mini plug is not detachable as with other, more expensive models. Also, they use a double cable design (one leading into each ear pad) as opposed the single line design of its predecessor.Read more ›
Looking at other reviews for various models, I was surprised how many people think Active Noise Canceling will handle things like voices, phones, assuming they will encase you in a cone of silence (see Get Smart). This is not what they are for. They cancel out (but not NEARLY all the way) low frequency constant tones - car noise, aircraft noise, lawn mowers, etc. This made looking at reviews difficult because people who could hear their fingers snap while wearing the headphones gave a poor rating.
The overall sound quality is poor. My fifteen dollar Koss over-the-ear KSC75s sound worlds better than these. Strangely, they sound a bit better when they are switched on (some bass response compared to almost nothing while off). Since I bought them for use in noisy environments, I wasn't too worried about this. I won't be listening to any delicate sonatas on them.
Highway noise especially, as well as aircraft noise are reduced by an acceptable amount. Aircraft noise could do a little better. Some have complained in reviews that these phones squeeze your ears too much. If they squeezed MORE, their passive noise blocking would do better. Larger ear cups might be nice.
I bought these for flights, and my daughter ended up using them most of the time to watch cartoons on the plane with an iPod Touch. I wanted to be sure the audio didn't have to be turned up to dangerous levels to be audible on the flight.
They will make your ears warm and maybe a bit sore if you wear them for too long but they aren't uncomfortable. The battery lasts a long time, as long as you don't accidentally leave them on.Read more ›
The audio clarity is reasonable (comparable to other Sony Neodymium earphones / headphones). The noise canceling capability is good... was able to null out air conditioner background and refridegrator hum at work and home. Will be trying out these next week on a trans-Atlantic flight. There is a faint white noise audible when no signal is connected; but other than the Bose headphones, almost all other noise canceling headphone I've tried have this "feature."
The only downside to this pair I've noticed is the somewhat flimsy plug. I've had Sony audio accessories with better plugs.
Overall, I'd say its good value for $50.
Secondly, these headphones will cause you pain after just a couple of hours, probably because the pading is flush with the middle part of the headphone. Ouch, they really do hurt.
Lastly, and this probably is a problem with other noise cancelling phones, your blackberry will drive these phones absolutley crazy--nonstop buzzing. Anyone that has a blackberry and has had their phone too close to cheap speakers will know exactly what I'm talking about. Beware of this problem. Since you really have to have NC on all the time for these headphones to sound decent, the buzzing may drive you bonkers.
Oh well, at least they're inexpensive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked these headphones. The sound was great as far as I could discern. They were very comfortable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Jimerson
Yes, I hate this product. Sound quality is average, but the design is poor: The hinge on the top digs into your head lacks any padding, so basically you need to switch/adjust them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ricardo Carmona
These are the best noise cancelling headphone for the price. This is my second purchase of these headphones. I gave them as a gift.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter had these so I got some for myself! Nothing fancy but does the job! Service was great!Published 3 months ago by Bananaquilt
I like these headphones for two reasons: they do a good job cancelling office noise and are cheap. Try your local store though - Walgreens had these for thirty bucks! Read morePublished 3 months ago by CheapGeek