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Sony MDR-NC500
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Sony MDR-NC500

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Sony MDR-NC500D

consumersearch.com
24 September 2011
  • Excerpt: Sony's MDR-NC500D noise-canceling headphones have their fans, and critics note that the Sony headphones work quite well at eliminating background noise. They are the first to use digital noise cancellation.
  • Pros: Well built, Plentiful accessories
  • Cons: Noise cancellation can't be switched off, Expensive, Tight fit may be uncomfortable, Bass is soft
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Overall 8
7.5

Sony MDR-NC500D Review

Digitaltrends
5 April 2009
  • Conclusion: Sony did a bang-up job with the MDR-NC500D. Our major gripes — inability to turn off the cancellation, a poorly designed monitoring feature, and no sound without power — are offset by the headphones’ sound quality, accessory bundle, and digital noise cancellation.
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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Sony MDR-NC500D

Wired
20 October 2008
  • Excerpt: Record labels, hammered by ever plummeting CD sales, see a ray of sunshine in the recent minor renaissance in vinyl records, whose sales and production continue to steadily expand. The reason for this 33 1/3 RPM nostalgia?
  • Pros: Noise-cancellation is adjustable to your environment and a monitor switch is handy for temporarily hearing external sound. And external battery box is handy when the built-in batteries wear out, but they work nonstop for half a day without a recharge.
  • Cons: Handy external battery box adds to the weight and bulk of the protective carrying case as does the power brick also enclosed. Some bass sounds played at high volume cause ear splitting distortion.
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Mobile Tech Addicts
17 August 2008
  • Conclusion: Would I buy a pair? Unfortunately not, to me the £200 price tag is to expensive for a pair of headphones, even if they are as good as the MDR-NC500D. If you do a lot of travelling and money isn’t so much of a decision maker then you’ve got to have to buy these headphones.
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Overall 0
0.1

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reviewed
25 June 2008
Overall 7
7.0

Sony MDR-NC500D

CNET
16 April 2008
  • Summary: The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones may lighten the wallet, but they are a great option for frequent fliers and tetchy commuters who need superior noise cancellation.
  • Pros: The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones offer superior noise cancellation, solid sound quality, and a plethora of useful extras, including a battery pack for extended use.
  • Cons: The Sony MDR-NC500 headphones cannot be used without the noise cancellation activated; the tight fit may be uncomfortable for some users; and they're expensive.
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Machines that Go Bing!
30 March 2008
  • Conclusion: The Sony headphones have a battery life of sixteen hours — enough for all but the longest long-haul flights — and if you supplement the integrated rechargeable batteries with a pair of AAs you can well get 28 hours out of them.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony MDR-NC500D review

TechRadar UK
28 June 2009
  • Summary: Sony's MDR-NC500D headphones use clever techniques to cut out background noise
  • Pros: Excellent noise cancelling, Good sound reproduction
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 9
8.5

Sony MDR-NC500D

Good Gear Guide.au
26 February 2009
  • Summary: The Sony MDR-NC500D noise-cancelling headphones do a fantastic job of blocking out repetitive ambient noise. When listening to music they also acquit themselves well, with clear sound and a pleasant character.
  • Pros: Stylish and scratch-resistant exterior, comfortable padding, battery pack for extended use, good sound quality, noise cancelling works exceptionally well
  • Cons: Tight fit may annoy some, must be powered to work
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The Age
5 January 2009
  • Excerpt: Sony is making a lot of noise about its latest noise-cancelling headphones. The usual way this type of headphone works is that the device "listens" to the ambient noise and broadcasts a "mirror image" of the sounds into the wearer's ears, thus neutralising background noises.
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