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Sony MDR NC300D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews of Sony MDR NC300D. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and noise isolation. The size and usability also get good opinions. Many are critical about the portability. Opinions are divided on the price.

sound, usability, size, noise isolation, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR NC300D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony MDR NC300D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Sony MDR NC300D from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Reviewers really like the bass quality and usability. The comfort and price also get good opinions. Views are divided on the reliability, while there are some negative comments about the durability and portability.

sound, price, comfort, usability, bass quality

portability, durability

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDRNC300D In-Ear Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones with HiFi SoundSony Audio/Video MDRNC300D Digital Noise Cancel Head-Slv

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony MDR NC300D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Sony MDR NC300D 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 Reviews about the bass quality and comfort are generally positive. The noise isolation and durability also get good opinions. The reliability and design get critical reviews. There are mixed opinions on the price and size.

durability, noise isolation, comfort, bass quality

portability, design, reliability

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-NC300D Headphones (Old Version)Sony MDR-NC300D Headphones

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Sony MDR-NC300D


Sony has included embedded noise-cancellation in some of its Walkman portable media players, like the X Series ($299.00, ), for a while now. The company moves the circuitry out of the player and into the earphones with its ($299.99 direct) MDR-NC300D....

Top-notch, adjustable noise cancellation. Five ear tip sizes provide a secure fit. Selectable listening modes optimize bass or movie dialogue. Useful Monitor mode mutes music and eliminates noise cancellation

Audio performance is lacking for the price. Runs on AA battery (not included). No passive mode for listening

If you want to effectively block outside noise, but bulky headphones aren't your thing, Sony's MDR-NC300D is a solid in-ear noise-cancellation solution. But you'll have to sacrifice some audio quality in the bargain.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (

Sony MDR-NC300D noise-cancelling headphones


Sony's latest in-ear headphones offer great noise cancelling but are bulky

Good frequency response, excellent noise cancelling

Bulky battery pack and large in-ear monitors, no rechargeable option, painfully expensive

Sony's MDR-NC300D noise-cancelling headphones lack the main advantage of other in-ear headphones -- portability. They sound great though, and the integrated noise cancelling is a boon for office work or commuting. We just wish they weren't so expensive.

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (

Sony MDR-NC300 Earphones


Concerned that the hissing noise may be an indication that my earphones were defective, I returned the original pair for replacement. Unfortunately, the second pair made the same hissing noise.

I've owned noise canceling headphones from Sharper Image and Bose. Hands down, this Sony has the most effective noise canceling capability. On a plane, the engine noise transmitted to the ears is almost inaudible

There is a hissing sound that can be heard through the earphones that is likely generated by the noise cancellation circuitry. This hissing is not that noticeable when playing music or a video. However, absent an audio signal, it's relatively loud

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: neko8 (

Best Noise Cancelling Earphones


I have used these for over a year for air travel, and the sound quality and cancellation efficiency are amazing. I travel on long flights so always carry 6 rechargeable batteries in the case. The body is too big but this is a first generation product,...

All digital processing, excellent sound, very good noise cancellation

First generation too bulky and heavy

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: somersetlui (

These headphones are the best ones out there.


Overall these headphones are the best ones out there.

sound quality, noise cancelation

noise cancelling box, battery life

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: smurphymn (

Eats Batteries


The sound quality and noise suppresion on these earbuds is excellent. But beware battery life, which is 4-5 hours max under real conditions. You can not make a round trip airplane ride without the battery failing. I would not have bought them if this...

sound quality, noise suppression

very short battery life

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Lou32 (

needs some tweaks


I have a pair of Bose QC15 but they were taking up too much space. These headphones have a nice form factor but the cord is a mess. I Tried to wrap the long cord with the little plastic cable management device they provide but then it is a real mess to...

sound good, small form factor

cord management is terrible; battery lifetime is shoirt

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: micky (

By far the best Noise Canceling Earbuds from Sony


I have owned almost all noise canceling earbuds(nce) from sony. Previous generations of nce are very basic- simple in operation. They worked fine for its useages, keeping airplane engine noises out keeping music and movie sound in. But this MDR-NC300D...

compact and effective Noise canceling circuitry

the price is on an expensive side

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: kbStars (

Sound is amazing


You get the sound quality of over the ear headphones without the size. I prefer earbuds for travel because they are so much easier to pack. These have the best sound I have ever heard from an earbud.

Digital quality is great; size makes it easy to carry everywhere

Price is a bit steep compared to some of the over the ear headphones but I will pay for convenience

May, 2010

Consumer review by: MPei (

Amazing Product, Terrible Price.


I've Never Had a Chance to Experience It, It looks Amazing, But It is a Little Expensive. So I like In-Ear Earphones and Maybe Choose One of It.

MP 20

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications


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

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone: Yes
Indoor/Outdoor :Outdoor
Signal Connection:Wired Digital
Type:In Ear