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Sony MDR-NC40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 343 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the usability and portability are overall positive. The comfort and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-NC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 343 reviews)

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How to Buy the Right Headphones

 

Like Sony's in-ear MDR-NC22 noise-canceling earphones, the new MDR-NC40's best feature is its price: Both pairs are only $100. The MDR-NC40 isn't an in-ear model but a supra-aural set of headphones, meaning that they sit on the ears without creating a...

Affordable. Compact, collapsible design. Decent noise cancellation. Enjoyable audio performance with solid bass performance.

Takes a standard AAA battery instead of a rechargeable cell. Battery pack is in the middle of the headphone cable.

Though not as effective in eliminating ambient noise as more expensive sets from Bose and Sennheiser, the MDR-NC40 delivers quality audio performance and noise cancellation that's impressive considering its $100 price tag.

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Sony MDR-NC40 Review

 

A little more magic of noise cancellation

Sony mdr-nc40 is the fifth model from the house of Sony offering the latest sound capturing facilities. It is better known to people as noise cancellation facilities. The benefit is you can listen to music in noisy streets as well. It is a light weight...

Most of the reviews for Sony mdr-nc40 tell you the same thing. It does not meet up expectation of the Sony followers. Although this is the fifth model of headphones launched by the electronic leaders of the world, this model is not much updated from...

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR-NC40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC40 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

sound, portability, noise isolation, comfort, size

value for money

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-NC40 Noise Cancelling Headphone (Black)Sony MDR NC40 - Headphones ( semi-open ) - active noise canceling (MDRNC40) -Sony MDR-NC40 Stereo Headphone. SONY NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES BLACK HEADST. Stereo

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Awesome!!

 

I'm extremely happy with this headphone. Great clear sound and very handy, light weight and great quality, It's a great purchase!

Great Sound, Comfortable, Noise Cancelling, Sound Isolation

Requires a battery for a good output

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Brilliant purchase

 

I am extremely happy about my purchase. As with all Sony products the build is immaculate, the headphones sound great. The carry case is a bit complicated but works well.

Spectacular bass

None

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Beautiful, but that's all.

 

This headphone is a really bad choise. with high power noise or low power noise the effect is the same, low reduction. Has a really good bass (but the bass works only with 1x AAA battery). Over-ear or in-ear headphones can make the same noise reduction...

Sound Quality, weight

Sound Isolation, Comfort, short cable lenght

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Great!

 

Didn't expect much- considering the pricepiint. But we have been extremely pleased with quality, ease-of-use and the appearance of this product. Love using. Recommending to friends/family/associates. Great value for the simple purpose that it has.

design, features, value for money, easy to use

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Don't Buy Them

 

I understand that these headphones may seem relatively cheap in comparison with other on-ear noise canceling headphones but the the cheap build quality override this plus. Honestly, it shouldn't be called a noise canceling headphone because it doesn't...

Sound Quality

Quality of Build, Noise Leakage, Isolation

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Good price for a good product

 

These are what they were advertised as and the positive reviews are correct. I Highly recommend these.

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Not good noise-cancelling

 

Sony usually puts out high-quality stuff, but these only cancel MAYBE 15% of ambient noise. They are comfortable and sound great, but trying them with the supplied battery and a new one resulted in the same anemic noise cancellation. They would be good...

Product Specifications

These lightweight, portable 80%-plus noise canceling headphones are ideal for cutting out noise and enjoying high-quality audio on long journeys and plane flights. Fold up into a hand-size travel case.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Semi-open
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:14 - 22000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system
Type:Headphones

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:2.8oz

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:NC40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR