Sony Mdrnc22/Blk Noise Canceling Headphone (Black)

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No matter where you go, enjoy peace and quiet with the MDR-NC22 Noise Canceling headphones. These compact and comfortable bud-style headphones can reduce noise by 75 (12dB at 200 Hz) and the 13.5mm driver units produce powerful sound. Perfect for tuning out noise at work, traveling, or even when you are trying to sleep in a loud environment. The noise canceling circuit actually senses outside noise with built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the headphones. Additional features include an in-flight adapter, compact battery box and it even comes with a carrying pouch.

Latest reviews

Pros: If you need cancelling, they kind of work
Cons: Passive cancelling beats these
These were actually supplied with a Sony X-Series Walkman, which has built in cancelling. The headphones themselves have little mics on the back, and this is fed to the Walkman using an ordinary headset plug like you'd expect a handsfree kit to have. To be honest I've never found the noise cancelling feature to be useful, and even if I did, any headset with a mic in it would be a better choice, such as one by Etymotic.
The sound itself is far too lacking in bass, although the highs are brilliant without being sibilant. You can fix this to some degree with Sony's excellent DSP and equaliser options, but the best fix is to just put these in a drawer and pull something else out. Perhaps ironically, Sony's cheaper players come with muddier but far more enjoyable earphones.


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