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Sony MDR-NC200D

Sony MDR-NC200D
alaScore 83

391 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 391 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and portability. The value for money and comfort are also mentioned favorably.

sound, comfort, value for money, portability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-NC200D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Sony MDR-NC200D Noise Canceling Headphones Review


We've never been big fans of headphones that use active noise cancellation, chiefly because they mask the sound of aircraft engines, HVAC systems, computers, and other sources of ambient noise by generating noise of their own. A far better strategy, in...

Detectable active noise cancellation, EQ needed to compensate for muddy sound

Detectable active noise cancellation, EQ needed to compensate for muddy sound

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Sony MDR-NC200D (Black)


The first thing you'd probably ask me if you were going to buy these active noise-canceling headphones is whether they're better than the the Bose QuietComfort 15 or Bose QuietComfort 3 models.

The Sony MDR-NC200Ds are compact noise-canceling headphones with a creative design, deep bass, and adequate noise cancellation. The headphones fold up to fit into a convenient carrying case and can still play music without the noise cancellation engaged.

Slight, but audible hiss with noise canceling on, and the headphones lack an integrated microphone for making calls.

If you can't afford Bose's QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, the attractively designed and more affordable Sony MDR-NC200Ds are worth your consideration.

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Sony MDR-NC200D noise-cancelling headphones


Anyone who commutes to a big city knows how loud and distracting things can get -- whether it's the whine of a bus engine, a subway car's ca-clank or just that screaming baby seated behind you. Some folks may find cranking jams through their headphones...

Effective noise-cancellation ; Ultra comfortable fit ; Pleasing active sound quality

Eats batteries ; Passive sound quality is so-so ; Passive noise-isolation needs improvement

Nitpicks aside, the NC200Ds delivered well enough in most aspects to warrant the $200 asking price.


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"Solid Pair of Noise-canceling Headphones!"


Solid Pair of Noise-canceling Headphones

+ Comfortable, well designed, great sound quality

- Battery Life on the short side

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"Great value. I am very satified. Highly recommend."


Great headphones. Highly recommend.

Light and compact. Great sound and NR. Use w/or w/o NR. Long battery life on NR. Can find good price. Detachable cord. Monitor feature. Extra battery, cord exten, ipod nano w/ strap, 2-pin adapter fit in case. Comfortable on a 12 hr flight.

They aren't made by Bose so now I need to figure out what to do with an extra $200 in my pocket.

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"As good as Bose at much less the cost"


I've used Bose noise canceling earphones for years. When the outer ear cups on my last pair inexplicably peeled off when I laid them on the cover of a paperback book overnight, and Bose only offered to sell me new ear pads at full cost, I decided to...

Comfortable on-ear fit, great noise cancellation, neatly folds into compact case

Annoying monitor button easy to accidentally push

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"Rich sound and very effective noise cancellation."


Excellent value ($140 @ Fold into nice case for travel. Noise cancellation has no annoying hum or buzz. Work when NC is off or battery is dead. Detachable cord is very convenient. Reasonably comfortable.

Tend to get a bit warm after wearing for extended periods.

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"Effective noise-cancelling headphones."


I've used these headphones for over a week (roughly 25 hours) and I can strongly recommend them. The artificial intelligence feature seems to work well, and I often make use of the Monitor button - it deactivates the NC feature and mutes the audio....

Comfortable; well made, highly portable, nice features.

Wish it had an in-line mic for answering calls.

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"Its noise cancelling technique is really effective."


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amazing and effective

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR-NC200D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC200D from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, comfort, portability, value for money, noise isolation

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDRNC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: Yes

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Indoor/Outdoor :Outdoor
Signal Connection:Wired Digital
Type:Traditional Headphone