(two stars!) Mechanical creaking and pressure on ear lobes, not so cool.
Hannes F., Amazon
13 June 2006
Summary: After having used this headphone for a little over a year it has become virtually unusable. The plastic parts started creaking very soon. What seemed to be tolerable in the beginning has become ridiculous now. It is triggered by the slightest movement of the head, the jaw or even by taking a deep breath and sounds like an old ski-boot right on your ear. The shells do not encompass the ears but rather sit on the outer rim of the earlobes.
Summary: Sound quality of the headset (noise canceling off) is good. I'm not an expert, but I'm satisfied with the way music sounds. As for the noise canceling, I'm not satisfied. If you've never owned the Bose Quiet Comfort then you may (I repeat may) think this is what noise canceling is all about. Unfortunately I was once blessed with the opportunity to use a set of the Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones (First Generation) and the noise canceling feature on the MDR-NC20 is weak.
Summary: When I first ordered the headphones, I recieved them in the mail and they did not work, the wires or connections were messed up, I could only hear music out of one of the earphones. So I returned in in the mail. They sent me a new pair and the new one worked, it sounded really good. The only complaint, it put a lot of pressure on my ears and it bothered me if I listened to music for longer than an hour.
Summary: The SONY-NC20 Noise cancelling headphones are great. Unfortunately, they have been discontinued. I was able to find them listed on Amazon.com, and ordered them. However, the vendor sent MDR-NC50's, evidently the replacement model, and far inferior from an audio standpoint. The vendor agreed to return them, but I was responsible for shipping them back. Wearing the MDR-NC50 headphones yeilds an unpleasant "negative pressure" sensation on the eardrums.
Summary: I have used the headphones for 2 years -- they offer a material reduction in the "droning" noise on airplanes. Even when I am ready to sleep and I turn my music off, I leave the headphones on and it reduces the ambient noise. I think you arrive much less fatigued.
Summary: These are my first pairs of noice-canceling headphones. They were great for the first month I used them. I mean ULTIMATE PERFECT! Great for exercising and walking outside. HOWEVER, with the noise-canceling feature on there is a slight buzzing noise, but if your music is on loud enough it will block out the buzzing. For those who don't like listening to your music too loud, these headphones are not for you.
Summary: I have had these for almost two years and I have found that they do not hold up well. The padding in the ears has flattened totally making them very uncomfortable. The headphone cord has become stiff so that I have to bend it away from my face. The biggest problem that has developed is creakyness. The headphones creak anytime you move. The creaking is loud and unpleasant and resonates inside the headphones.
Summary: I will admit that I recently gave up my Sony Headphones for the Bang and Olufsen A8's ----- however, that was more for portabilities sake, than sound with regards to sound, this is the BEST pair of headphones that I have used The noise cancelling features are excellent! -- putting these things on, along with the noise cancellers, allows you to hear sounds that you never knew existed within many of your favorite songs I compared these headphones, head to head, on an...
Summary: I wore these for about an hour while riding the bus and couldn't wait to take them off. Maybe if I could find a way to replace the minimal amount of padding around the ears they would be better, but I doubt if I can. The headband felt fine. They did reduce the background noise to some extent, but it was still noticeable on the bus.