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Sony MDR-NC500D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 reviews of Sony MDR-NC500D. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the durability and portability. The comfort and noise isolation are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size. There are mixed comments on the usability and price.

sound, noise isolation, comfort, portability, durability

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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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-NC500D

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 user reviews of Sony MDR-NC500D from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Views about the durability and price are generally positive. The comfort and sound are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the size and usability are different. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability and portability.

noise isolation, sound, comfort, price, durability

portability, reliability

62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

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 : Jasmine France (cnet.com)

Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling review

 

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

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

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

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