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Sony MDR-NC500

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Overall 7

Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling

17 February 2009
  • 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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Overall 8

Sony MDR-NC500D Review

3 March 2008
  • 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
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Overall 9

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
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