Pros: Relatively good NC circuit, really nice upper-mids
Cons: Was expensive (notice 'was"), sounds a bit digital, treble rolled-off
For a headphone that is now celebrating it's 6th birthday (in the technology world, it is already outdated), it is surprising how well the NC still performs, even compared to today's standard.
When the headphone was first announced in August of 2008, it had a whopping MSRP of $499 in Canada. However, a few years after that, it was discontinued at a final sale price of $199.
I do share some disappointment with these headphones and it is that there appears to have a digital artifact in the bass region. Furthermore, the treble seems to roll-off which made the headphone lacked sparkle and detail.
With all the complaints that is said and done, I believe this headphone excelled greatly in the mid region all the way up to the upper mid region. And more importantly, I thought the NC circuit was very well done, especially how well the 3 modes compliment each other. I would argue that the MDR-NC500D's NC circuit is very well made, and I would place it above the Bose QC2, but not above the Bose QC15.
For a more detailed review, please take a look at my video review located here: