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.
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.
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. The price may be high, but it is in line with competing models from Bose and Sennheiser, and given the NC500D’s uniqueness, we won’t ding Sony for aiming at the market’s high end.
Pros: Comfortable for long periods; good overall sound; supports store bought batteries
Cons: Expensive; cannot turn off the noise cancellation
Comfortable and stylish noise-cancelling headphones
Good Gear Guide.au
19 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
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.
Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones Review
Tracy and Matt's Blog
17 August 2008
Excerpt: Do you find that as soon as you get on a bus, train or plane that you have to turn the volume up on your MP3 player because the surrounding noise is too loud? Maybe you can not ever get a long enough sleep on the train because you have that person making plans with there friends sitting next to you. Well doing the long commute to work everyday I’ve come across this and a lot more. This is where Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones (MDR-NC500D) come in.
Summary: Totalt sett er vi veldig fornøyde, her får du et headset med god lyd, støyfjerning og godt utvalg av tilbehør.
Da vi testet hodesettet i 2008 var det ikke til salgs i Norge. Nå er det imidlertid på plass, og prisene starter fra 2.400 kroner i de billigste nettbutikkene og rundt 2800 kroner i butikk.
Pros: glitrende støyreduksjon, bra lyd, god komfort
Cons: Høy pris, kan ikke spille musikk uten støyfjerning aktivert