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Sony MDR-NC500D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 649 reviews of Sony MDR-NC500D. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the noise isolation and portability. The price and comfort are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the size. Some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, comfort, price, portability, noise isolation

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-NC500D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony MDR-NC500D

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC500D from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the usability and price. The noise isolation and comfort also get good feedback, but views about the bass quality and size are mixed.

sound, comfort, noise isolation, price, usability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony MDR-NC500 Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-NC500D

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC500D from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the noise isolation and portability are overall positive. The comfort and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the durability, and many are critical about the reliability.

sound, price, comfort, portability, noise isolation

reliability

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-NC40 Noise Canceling Headphone (Black)Sony MDRNC500D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphone (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphone (Black)

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Michael S. Lasky (wired.com)

Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones Sound Like Silence

 

Record labels, hammered by ever plummeting CD sales, see a ray of sunshine in the recent minor renaissance in vinyl records, whose sales and production continue

Noise-cancellation is adjustable to your environment and a monitor switch is handy for temporarily hearing external sound. And external battery box is handy when the built-in batteries wear out, but they work nonstop for half a day without a recharge

Handy external battery box adds to the weight and bulk of the protective carrying case as does the power brick also enclosed. Some bass sounds played at high volume cause ear splitting distortion

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (headphoneinfo.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D Headphones Review - Intro

 

The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones are a set of noise-cancelling over-ears. With the noise-cancelling feature and premium price ($400), it certainly appears the NC500Ds are Sony's answer to Bose's QuietComfort series. Even the carrying case looks identical...

The headphones look good and seem durable ; Performs well enough for a mainstream audience ; Comfortable, more portable than most over-ears, has multiple noise cancellation options ; If these headphones cost half what they do, they'd be a great option....

Thin cloth doesn't do all that much to protect the sound element. Headphones squeal when squeezed gently ; Average and below-average audio scores do not make good headphones ; The battery and size hinder portability ; They don't, in fact, cost half...

The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones aren't bad headphones. They are mediocre headphones that cost as much as many good headphones. They should have been priced at $200 and marketed as a mid-range, noise-cancelling headphone solution. Instead, it appears...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Jasmine France (cnet.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling

 

Sony is certainly no stranger to the headphone market. The company's portable line may very well be the most popular aftermarket earphones. It has quite an array of full-size "cans" as well as a decent selection of noise-canceling models. The latest...

The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones offer superior noise cancellation, solid sound quality, and a plethora of useful extras, including a battery pack for extended use.

The Sony MDR-NC500 headphones cannot be used without the noise cancellation activated; the tight fit may be uncomfortable for some users; and they're expensive.

The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones may lighten the wallet, but they are a great option for frequent fliers and tetchy commuters who need superior noise cancellation.

Apr, 2008

Editor Choice

Expert review by: headphone girl (onheadphones.com)

Sony MDR NC500D Headphones Review

 

World's first digital noise canceling headphones

The Sony MDR NC500D is a trendsetter, since it is the first head phone to provide users with the Noise Cancellation in a digital manner

This device is unable to offer a user the playback option

A review of the Sony MDR NC500D headphones will show that you can easily adjust the Noise Cancellation feature in a manual way, or even let the process occur the automatic way. The manufacturers have already preset the head phones to cater for three...

Aug, 2011

Staff Recommended

Expert review by: Jammer (onheadphones.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D

 

The magic of noise free audio experience

The latest Sony mdr-NC500D offers full clarity audio experience. A superior noise cancellation capacity is the best trait of this headphone. This set is supposed to be the world’s first fully digital headphones embedded with a number of additional...

People generally look for the smaller portable models in this era. Sony mdr-NC500D is comparatively large and a little difficult to carry for prolonged time. Another drawback this high end model is the absence of the facility to turn off noise...

People who have to stay long time outside and midst of noise, can best afford a Sony mdr-NC500D. You can adjust the noise cancellation modes according to your requirement. You can select between 3 different environments by means of this noise...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Christopher Mascari (gizmodo.com)

Lightning Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

 

The Gadget: Sony's MDR-NC500D, the "world's first headphones with digital technology for noise canceling." These over the ear noise canceling headphones have three different environmental modes, a monitor mode, internal reachable battery and a case...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (washingtonpost.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D

 

The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones are a set of noise-cancelling over-ears priced at $400. At this price point, the MDR-NC500Ds are set to compete with the Bose QuietComfort 2 and 3, which are priced at $300 and $350 respectively. Like the Bose headphones,...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (reviewed.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D

 

A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

The Sony MDR-NC500D headphones aren’t bad headphones. They are mediocre headphones that cost as much as many good headphones. They should have been priced at $200 and marketed as a mid-range, noise-cancelling headphone solution. Instead, it appears...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Doug Aamoth (crunchgear.com)

Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

 

The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones cost $400. While that might seem like a lot of money, I can only suggest to you that these headphones are akin to sliding a stick of warm, melty butter into each ear - not in the sense that...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Charlie White (dvice.com)

Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Noise-Canceling Headphones are the quietest yet

 

Sony ships its MDR-NC500D headphones on March 21, touted as groundbreaking technology. The company sent us a pair just before we hopped on a plane to the annual Sony Open House in Las Vegas, inviting us to take a...

The product includes an elaborate carrying case that’s too big. I like to travel light, so I ditched the case and slid the phones into my carry-on. They lie flat, taking up hardly any room in my crowded travel bag. Before you hit the road, it’s a good...

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Tranquility is yours when you strap on the world's first headphones with digital technology for noise canceling. A unique feature even adjusts settings based on your environment. Groundbreaking technology, for your listening pleasure. The innovative MDR-NC500D headphones use digital technology to more accurately reduce stress-inducing noise from planes, trains and buses while providing the high-quality audio expected from Sony. For extra-long usage, a built-in Lithium-ion battery is included, as well as two AA batteries.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup/In-ear ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:5 - 24000Hz/8 - 22000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system
Type:Headphones

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:2.3oz/6.9oz

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:NC32NX/B/NC500D
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None
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