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Solid Pair of Noise-canceling Headphones

  • Oct 31, 2012
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Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones are some of the best mid level headphones that I've had the opportunity to try out. They comfortable, well designed, have a great sound, and do a good job of attenuating the ambient noise. Here are some of my main observations.
**** Audio Quality ****

These headphones produce some of the crispest sound that I have come across in the headphones. I am not a bona fide audiophile, but I do enjoy good reproduction of the recorded sound. As far as the listening of the music goes, these headphones are hard to beat. They are largely free of some sound distortions that I sometimes get from the noise-cancelling headphones. I've used them with all sorts of music genera, from classical to rock, and in each case have been very happy with the results.

**** Noise Cancelation ****

In my opinion the whole notion of noise "cancellation" is highly exaggerated. None of the headphones that I've ever used truly cancels all (or even the most) of the ambient noise. The best you can get is really noise attenuation. That being said, these headphones (thanks largely to the "active" noise cancellation technology), reduce the ambient noise a significant amount, and make it much more muffled and soft sounding. These headphones compare very well to the passive noise cancelling headphones, and are as good as any active ones that I've ever tried. They will protect your ears in very noisy environments, such as the airplane takeoff and landing. However, if you are more interested in completely blocking the surrounding noise rather than enjoying music along the way, a pair of simple ear plugs will do the job for the fraction of the price.

**** Design ****

I really like the way that these headphones look and function. The black color makes them look very elegant, and their build feels solid without being very heavy. Several articulated joins insure a comfortable fit for any head size or shape, as well as easy and quick collapsibility for easy storage.

**** Comfort ****

The headphone cushioning is very soft and comfortable, although not the softest that I've ever tried. In general, the cushioning of the on-ear headphones tends to be a bit stiffer than for the over-the-ear headphones. And just like for the most on-ear or over-the-ear headphones, my ears get pretty hot after prolonged use. They do, however, make excellent earmuffs.

**** Accessories ****

The headphones come with several plugs and adapters I have not used them much, but all of them seem no-nonsense and more than adequate for their main purposes. The headphones also come with a very well made and solid case, which will is relatively compact and will provide the headphones with enough protection while traveling.

**** Functionality ****

These are corded headphones, which means that you will have to worry about the plugin cord while wearing them. They can, though, be used for the basic noise cancelling function even without the cord, but as I had mentioned earlier I am not too keen on the noise-cancelling feature of most of these headphones in their own right. I personally prefer Bluetooth headphones, but those come with their own set of issues as well.

**** Conclusion ****

I am very happy with these headphones, and if you are looking for a solid pair of corded on-ear noise canceling headphones you will probably not find anything better than Sony MDR-NC200D at this price range. I do, however, wish that Sony's marketing department had a tad bit more imagination when it comes to the naming of their products.

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Introducing the Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

Sony MDR-NC200D
A perfect companion for long flights-enjoy music in comfort

Sony's MDR-NC200D Digital Noise Canceling headphones are the perfect travel companion that combines high quality sound and excellent noise canceling capabilities. With a compact foldable design, you can listen in both style and long-wear comfort for the ultimate listening experience. Backed by Sony's reputation for outstanding audio performance, these premium headphones feature an internal digital equalizer that delivers ideal frequency response and high-quality audio reproduction. Experience sound in a whole new way.

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Reduce up to 98.2% of ambient sound
Digital Noise Canceling Technology

Immerse yourself in music with a more precise method for noise canceling. Reducing up to 98.2% of ambient noise, the NC200D allows you to listen to only what you want to hear-great music in a peaceful environment.

How it Works

The MDR-NC200D headphones have an inside microphone on each earpiece that captures the exterior sound waves and works together with internal circuitry to create an opposite sound wave. Ambient sound is reduced by synthesizing with a sound in the opposite phase produced by the noise canceling circuit resulting in rich sounds and optimal noise canceling for a more enjoyable listening environment.

Sony NC200D
Synthesizing with a sound in the opposite phase for ambient sound reduction
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