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Sony MDR NC300D

Sony MDR NC300D
alaScore 79

181 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the bass quality and size. The noise isolation and usability also get good comments. Many are negative about the value for money. Reviews are divided on the portability.

sound, usability, noise isolation, size, bass quality

value for money

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 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 181 reviews)

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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.

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR NC300D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Sony MDR NC300D from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

portability, sound, value for money, size, build quality

87% 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

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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


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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

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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

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Good one.


I am writing this review because I could win $1000, and haven\'t actually used it for my intended purpose - airplane travel. But, I have used it here at home and the earbuds are very comfortable and when in use neither I nor my wife could hear each...


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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

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Comfortable","Compact","Durable","Good Bass","Good Value","Great Sound","Lightweight

Cord Too Short

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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

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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

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