Sony Mdrnc22/Blk Noise Canceling Headphone (Black)
- Black in Colour
- Monitor Switch To Mute Audio & Turn Off Nc Temporarily
- Up To 75 Noise Reduction
- 13.5Mm Driver For Better Sound Quality
- Slim Battery Compartment
- 13.5Mm Driver For Better Sound Quality
- Up To 75 Noise Reduction
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The MDR-NC22 Noise Canceling headphones are compact and comfortable bud-style headphones that can reduce noise by 75 (12dB at 200 Hz) and the 13.5mm driver units produce powerful sound.
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Also, I thought I would return them if they sounded really bad.
Based on other reviews here, I didn't expect much performance unless using them in the NC mode, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Without the NC turned on they sound almost as good as the earbuds that came with the Sony MP3 player (800 series player) , and almost as good as my V-Moda Vibes. They sounded even better with NC turned on.
I ordered a second pair pink) for my daughter.
I do have other versions( over the Ear) of Sony NC Headphones and they don't sound this good. It could be Earbud design of these that make the difference. Based on recent prices on Amazaon and at Staples, Sony may be getting ready to discontinue these phones, so if you want a pair with the Earbud design, grab them now. Best Buy no longer carries the NC22s and they have replaced them with another Sony over the ear design. Fry's Electronics was out of them too.
They are not the most expensive ones out there, but probably the best bang for the buck.
Update - 4/22/08
Just returned from a recent trip to Europe. Used the phones for over 30 hours on 1 AAA battery, and the performance was awesome. Plane was most impressive using the Air France In Flight Entertainment system. Also used on the Eurostar Train London to Paris) and on a tour Bus. I will never travel without these again. I watched six inflight movies and I felt like I was sitting in my living room. Great Job Sony !
Update - 5/5/08
Still using same battery for an additional 10 hours. So now a total of over 50 hours on same battery. Also, used the earphones while running a backpack leafblower and the noise reduction is amazing. Even better than the ear protectors that I had been using.
Update - 09/22/2011 - Still use these headphones and they wtill work great.
The noise-canceling itself works like a miracle. I almost missed my flight at the airport because I didn't hear the announcement to board the plane. And then on the plane I almost missed my chance to get a drink because I didn't hear the attendant. They work equally as well at drowning out little kids and big roaring plane engines. And when the noise-canceling switch is off, they work well to passively block or at least muffle most sounds, but only if you use the right size earbuds (I have to use a different size for each ear for best effect).
They have pretty good bass response, infinitely better than the response on the stock iPod headphones. Speaking of which, I was able to set my iPod volume limit to less than 15% of the maximum volume because these Sony headphones are much louder than the iPod ones.
The battery life is great. In the 4 months of use, I've only had to replace the battery once (they come with kind of a generic, cheap Sony battery, I'm sure higher quality batteries like Duracell or Energizer will last much longer). When the red light starts to dim, change the battery, it makes a huge difference in sound quality.
The only thing I dislike about these headphones is the cord design. For some reason, Sony thought it would be cool to make one side longer than the other, thus the right headphone cord is longer than the left one, and that is just annoying sometimes. And for some reason they thought it would be ok to place the battery box half way between the plug and the headphones, when in reality a better idea would have been to put the box much closer to the plug, so it can easily be placed in a pocket. I mostly use them when sitting anyways, so these things aren't too big of a problem for me.
These are definitely not for sport use, because the constant tugging motion on the cord and the weight of the battery box will cause the headphones to frequently pop out of your ears.
Good sized; as it is not bulky like over-the-ear-phones and the electronics capsule is small.
Good value; as you will most likely not need to make payments on something that you may not need to use very frequently.
Good performance; as it blocks the overall noise level nearly as well as most hearing protection earplugs and cancels the annoying, low level background rumble that makes you tired and cranky. This product helps you play music, etc at a lower level and save your hearing. The only problem I had was the times my ears "popped" during ascending and descending, it seemed a little more painful, but that may have just been that I am an infrequent flier and my ears are kind of sensitive. It also comes with an airline headphone adapter that did not work too well for me -- I think it was the crummy, abused jack and system on the airplanes as it works well with my laptop.