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Sony XBA-NC85D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Sony XBA-NC85D. The average rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Views about the design and size are on the whole positive. The portability and comfort are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the noise isolation and bass quality. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

sound, comfort, portability, size, design

price, 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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sony XBA-NC85D from 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 People are impressed by the treble quality and portability. The size and comfort also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the noise isolation and bass quality. Opinions are divided on the price.

sound, comfort, size, portability, treble quality

usability, bass quality, noise isolation

39% of the reviews on 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


First in-ear, box-free noise-cancellation earphones. Offers solid noise canceling in loud environments. Quality audio performance with subtle bass response at moderate levels. Rechargeable via USB dongle

Expensive. Doesn't output audio in passive mode. Distorts on deep bass at high volumes. Noise-cancellation circuitry emits audible hiss in certain scenarios

Sony's XBA-NC85D is the first-ever in-ear noise canceling earphone pair without an in-line box to house the circuitry, but it suffers from some deep bass distortion and a high price tag.

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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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В следующем варианте арматурных наушников с активным шумоподавлением от Sony хочется увидеть и нормальные наушники, и нормальное шумоподавление.

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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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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...


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...


expensive- porr performance- cost