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Sony XBA-NC85D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The portability and comfort are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the noise isolation and bass quality. Comments are divided on the build quality.

sound, comfort, portability, size, design

value for money, usability, bass quality, noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony XBA-NC85D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony XBA-NC85D

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sony XBA-NC85D from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com.

sound, comfort, size, portability, treble quality

usability, bass quality, noise isolation

39% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony XBANC85D Balanced Armature Digital Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sony XBA-NC85D - Balanced Armature Digital Noise Canceling In-ear HeadphonesSony XBA-NC85D - Balanced Armature Digital Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

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Sony XBA-NC85D

 

Balanced-armature (BA) designs produce lower distortion and cleaner sound than conventional headphone driver types, which are essentially miniature speaker drivers. Sony currently makes 11 balanced-armature models, with the $499.99 XBA-NC85D...

The Sony XBA-NC85D noise-canceling in-ear headphones feature batteries conveniently built in to the earpieces that recharge with the included USB stick.

The build quality doesn't justify its ambitious price, and they fall short in sound quality and noise-canceling performance. Your music also dies when the battery runs out, and the tangle-prone wire lacks inline controls as well as a microphone.

The Sony XBA-NC85D is marginally effective at canceling noise and its disappointing sound quality does nothing to offset the exorbitant price.

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Sony XBA-NC85 review

 

Eradicating the battery pack is a step forward, but the NC85s are incredibly expensive

The one downside to such complex miniaturisation is the price of the NC85s. You can get cheaper noise-cancelling earphones, but those will have an in-line battery pack that you must carry with you. For portable, undisturbed listening without a bulky...

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big disappointment value for money

 

battery runs out very quick. not a great noise canceling and actually big disappointment for the money paid.

battery runs out very quick

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Disappointing

 

The Sony XBANC85D noise cancelling earbuds are disappointing. The sound is brittle and harsh, even when the signal is equalized to reduce treble or to boost bass. This is especially noticeable with vocal music and solo piano, though less so with...

Attractive design

Poor sound, poor noise cancelling

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really good

 

it's a really good headphone. The noise is almost completely canceled, the bass is great, and the overall experience is excellent!

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No bass

 

I got these as a gift and I am very glad I didn\'t spend [$] to buy these myself. I currently own a Sony MDR-NC13 Active Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphone that costs $59.99 and the quality of sound is so much better. Out of the XBANC85D ([$]) the sound...

Comfortable","Compact

Poor Sound

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XBA NC 85D deception

 

I have to try to use this headphones since 6 months that I bought, with several PMP ( ipod,sony walkman, cowon and samsung galaxy player) for to have all arguments and give a chance, but the result ALWAYS was the same: 1- the sound is terrible ( the...

none

expensive- porr performance- cost

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