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Sony MDR-NC22

alaTest has collected and analyzed 442 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the noise isolation and usability. The comfort and value for money also get good reviews. There are some critical comments about the build quality and reliability.

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

reliability, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-NC22 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 442 reviews)

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Sony MDR-NC22


For $100, these earphones deliver warm bass, decent high-frequency clarity, and noise cancellation that gets rid of ambient sound--although they do add a bit of hiss.

Decent noise cancellation. Good sound quality for the price. Nice, deep bass without overwhelming frequency balance. Excellent, firm fit. "Monitor" feature mutes audio and noise cancellation for conversation.

Active noise cancellation gets rid of most ambient sound but creates a bit of hiss. The included clip is annoying but necessary for bulky noise-cancellation circuitry.

For $100, these earphones deliver warm bass, decent high-frequency clarity, and noise cancellation that gets rid of ambient soundalthough they do add a bit of hiss.

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Sony MDR-NC22


There will be moments when you need to escape the noisy realities of your surroundings. Sony's MDR-NC22 noise-canceling earbuds allow you to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet, or indulge with some noise of your own (music). Offering great quality...

Compact and convenient designNoise reduction up to 75% (12db @ 300Hz)FeaturesOffers peace and quiet for the office, home, or mass transit

Wire acts like a chin strap

There will be moments when you need to escape the noisy realities of...

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR-NC22


alaTest has collected and analyzed 399 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC22 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, value for money, comfort, noise isolation, bass quality

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-NC22 Noise Cancelling Earphone - BlackSony Mdrnc22/Blk Noise Canceling Headphone (Black)Sony MDRNC22/PIN Noise Canceling Earbuds (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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This Bud is for U


If your riding a motorcycle while using these better keep your eyes peeled because you will not here any fire truck or cop with its siren on util its right on top of you. The wind noise is all but eliminated for the most part and that was what I was...

I ride a motorcycle and needed some tunes to listen to rather than ear plugs. These were recommended by one of the guys on MC Forum, they fit in my full face helmet easily. They come with several rubber thingies for your ear size. Other ear phones that...

The low end bass is not real good on these but I am not sure if other types offer more low end. But the sound is real clean

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Don't Expect Replacement Parts


"I lost one of the ear covers and tried to get them replaced the day before an out-of-town flight. I went to my local Sony store, but they did not have the covers. Went to a store on my trip, along with airport shops. Nobody could provide the earbud...

Size. Did cut out a good amount of noise

Bud replacements. Sound for music was not so good, better for movies

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great but for the case


"The headphones are great - good sound and durability- battery life is also good. Perfect for travel - only disappointment is the case - a flimsy pouch rather than one of the more substantial cases that come with other sony earbuds"

performance and cost

poor case

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Best Noise Cancelling I have used


"I bought these out of a kiosk at the DFW airport, and was very pleasantly surprised. To me they work better than the over the ears I had purchased earlier, and cancelled more noise than the Bose over the ears I had tried. They are comfortable and are...

light weight, portable, and good value

need better storage system

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Very Portable Noise Canceling


"On the plane they work very well at canceling most of the noise, you can tell there is a huge difference. Their seems to be a soft hissing sound when you turn the headphones on but not listening to anything, you cannot hear the hissing while listen to...

Very portable, and does a great job at noise canceling

wire material surround may rip - has happen in past on other headphones

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Noise Canceling; 90% Passive, 10% Active


I am particularly careful how I don't turn up the music too loud so I could protect my hearing until I am 100.

Good looking package (makes great gift set)

Electronic noise canceling somewhat ineffective unless earbuds are very tightly fitted

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Great sound and cancelling performance!!!


I have tried these ear-buds and was impressed in their performance. I am very sensitive to out of phase sound which I found very annoying on the regular active noise cancelling headsets as they are not in phase all the time. Obviously this would not be...

For the cost of these ear-buds IMPRESSIVE

Lack of a 2,5 mm plug connector


Product Specifications

No matter where you go, enjoy peace and quiet with the MDR-NC22 noise canceling headphones. These compact and comfortable bud-style headphones can reduce noise by 87.4% (9dB at 300Hz), and the 13.5mm driver units produce powerful sound. Perfect for tuning out noise at work, traveling, or even when you are trying to sleep in a loud environment. The noise canceling circuit actually senses outside noise with built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the headphones.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:In-ear ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:8 - 22000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None