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Sony MDR-NC50

Sony MDR-NC50
alaScore 69

230 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and noise isolation. The comfort and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed reviews on the reliability and portability.

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

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-NC50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 230 reviews)

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Expert review by:

Sony MDR-NC50

 

Over-the-ear design; effective ear seal provides ambient noise isolation; powerful bass response; Monitor switch kills music to let in outside sound; storage case.

Punily powered MP3 players lack the muscle to crank over these 'phones.

Excellent noise abatement, powerful bass, and detailed sound are all pluses, but some users may find the MDR-NC50s a bit uncomfortable over the long haul.

Consumer review by:

"You get what you pay for."

 

Great pair of noise cancelling headphones if you cannot afford the Bose price. The drawbacks mentioned on all other reviews (including the high pitched noise) do not outweigh the positives. For the price, it's a great bang for the buck purchase. 6/10...

If Bose noise cancelling headphones give you a headache or too much pressure, these are a great set to get the noise canceling benifits without the headache. Used them on various mid-range flights. I was very pleased with my set.

Noise cancelling not as good as Bose QC series. There is a high pitched sound that happens when you press the headphones closer to your head or press on a wall as others have mentioned. Acoustics overall are very good, but not life-altering.

Consumer review by:

"great headphones, been using them for years"

 

i have been using these headphones for years, and i love them. i like to produce music, and these have the quality i need.

very comfortable - i sometimes wear them all day (9 hours+ sometimes)

these headphones require quite a bit of power, making them slightly quieter than other headphones you may have came across.

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Consumer review by:

"Unwearable"

 

When active noise cancelling is enabled it occasionally (such as when your head is resting on the back of an airplane seat) lets out a VERY LOUD squeal of feedback.

Headphones play sound even if noise cancelling is turned off.

Very loud feedback when noise cancelling enabled

Consumer review by:

"Unwearable"

 

When active noise cancelling is enabled it oc... 

Headphones play sound even if noise cancelling is turned off

Very loud feedback when noise cancelling enabled

Consumer review by:

Sony MDR-NC50

 

When active noise cancelling is enabled it occasionally (such as when your head is resting on the back of an airplane seat) lets out a VERY LOUD squeal of feedback.

Headphones play sound even if noise cancelling is turned off

Very loud feedback when noise cancelling enabled

Consumer review by:

"Great! But Needs POWER!"

 

The headphones sound great, and have pretty good sound canceling. Don't expect it to cut out loud random sounds like talking, that's not what it's meant for. It's pretty much for cutting out BG noise, and I don't think I've ever tried any NC phones...

Design, Sound*, Case, Build

Needs a lot of power to raise volume to a decent level.

Consumer review by:

Sony MDR-NC50

 

The headphones sound great, and have pretty good sound canceling. Don't expect it to cut out loud random sounds like talking, that's not what it's meant for. It's pretty much for cutting out BG noise, and I don't think I've ever tried any NC phones...

Design, Sound*, Case, Build

Needs a lot of power to raise volume to a decent level

Consumer review by:

"loud whistle on jet airliner"

 

For the price, the function should be flawless. Unfortunately falls far from perfection.

comfortable, decent sound from iPod

unbearable whistle on jet airliner solved only by turning off noise cancellation

Consumer review by:

"Dubious Product"

 

When it works, it works well, but when the noise cancelling system rumbles, it is very, very annoying.

Good sound

Noise cancelling system rumbles way too often

Product Specifications

Shut off the outside world with MDR-NC6 noise canceling headphones. Ambient sound can be reduced over 10dB at 300Hz, which means you'll hear more music, and less plane/train/bus noise. Noise canceling headphones are great for work, traveling, or even when you're trying to sleep in a loud place. The MDR-NC6 has a slim swivel folding design, making them more compact for storage. Includes plug adaptor to connect directly to a stereo or dual jack of in-flight music services.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:14 - 22000Hz/30 - 15000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Type:Headphones

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:10.2oz/5.3oz

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:NC50/NC6
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None
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