Excerpt: The Sony NC200Ds ’ noise-cancelling does a good job of smoothing out the world’s background noise. However, this effect is also apparent in the sound coming out of their drivers; with the tech turned on, everything sounds a bit too gentle and muffled. The riffs and basslines in Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride overwhelm the vocals and some detail and attack get lost in the confusion. The sound quality is marginally better when the Sonys are used passively.
Pros: Good noise-cancelling, snug fit
Cons: Slightly muffled and smooth sound compromises detail and bite