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Sony MDR-NC500D

Sony MDR-NC500D
alaScore 83

467 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 467 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and noise isolation. The comfort and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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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.

Review analysis

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Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones Sound Like Silence

 

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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

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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...

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Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling

 

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.

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Sony MDR-NC500D

 

Sony introduced the MDR-NC500D at CES 2008 as the world's first fully digital noise canceling headphones, setting the $400 USD price tag accordingly. The all-digital design allows more flexibility in performance compared with analog models; you can...

Comfortable for long periods; good overall sound; supports store bought batteries

Expensive; cannot turn off the noise cancellation

Sony did a bang-up job with the MDR-NC500D.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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