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Sony MDR-NC500 Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Industry first Digital Noise Cancelling headphones cut surrounding noise by up to 99%
  • Artificial Intelligence automatically decides the best noise profile for your situation
  • As well as noise cancelling, these headphones also deliver superb digital quality sound
  • Monitor switch allows you to temporarily hear surrounding sounds without removing the headphones
  • Headphone speakers swivel flat for easy packing and come with a deluxe storage case - the perfect solution for travellers

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 195 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: MDRNC500D.CEK
  • ASIN: B00165TAVS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Mar 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Digital Noise cancelling analyses your surroundings for optimum reduction of ambient noise
Digital Noise cancelling analyses your surroundings for optimum reduction of ambient noise

It's Your Music and Yours Alone

Let's face it, hearing people talking or cars hooting while you're listening to your music is a bit irritating. You wear headphones because you want to enjoy all of your music and nothing else. So it makes a lot of good sense to get a set with noise cancelling technology, right? Digital Noise Cancelling headphones actually scan your surroundings to pick up any ambient noises, then create the right frequency to push back at these sounds in order to cancel them out. Very clever.

These headphones cut out idle chit-chat about Eastenders and office politics on the train, put a dampener on squealing brakes and banish completely the sound of dogs barking on the other side of the park. Which means you are left in peace with your music and you won't even have to crank up the volume.

MDR-NC500

Take your headphones out of their luxury case and slip them over your head. Now load up your music and listen. All you can hear is the music. With 99% digital noise cancelling that adjusts automatically to your surroundings and powerful 40mm drivers, these really are as good as they get.

Cars hooting, dogs barking, people chatting. Irritations of the past. Slip on these headphones and you'll hear nothing but your music. They enclose your whole ear for complete isolation so nothing gets in and nothing gets out. Artificial intelligence analyses where you are and adjusts noise cancelling to suit – up high in the city, down low in the serene countryside. Of course, you can override noise cancelling at anytime by touching the monitor switch which is really useful when you're waiting for your flight to be called.

Sound quality is immense. A high powered neodymium magnet gives deep bass, dynamic vocals and crystal clear treble. Every note perfectly reproduced. These headphones are also very comfortable to wear with a padded headband and pressure-relieving urethane cushioned earpads. Use them at home or on your travels for hours on end.

The rest of the range

MDR-NC7

No need to suffer the irritations of background noise. Slip these folding phones over your head and you'll cut out up to 87% of ambient sound. Ideal for commuting and travelling on trains and buses and supplied with a carry pouch for simple storage when not in use.

Supplied with carrying cases for convenient portability on the move
Supplied with carrying cases for convenient portability on the move

MDR-NC13

Small and comfortable with a variety of ear buds for a secure fit. Place in ear, fire up your track of the day and sit back in peace. Less background noise to worry about. 87% less noise in fact. Plus you get up to 100 hours of listening time. Supplied with in flight adaptor, AAA battery and carry case. We've thought of everything.

MDR-NC40

You want light, you want powerful. You want lots of comfort and as little background noise as possible. With a 30mm driver and a handy folding design, these headphones are your ideal travel companion. You can even pause noise cancelling to catch platform or boarding announcements. Don't panic if the battery does run out, NC40's will still function as passive headphones so you aren't left music-less.

Ready to go right away with an AAA battery included and a high quality carry case so you can easily take your headphones around. They'll fit snugly over your head with nice soft pressure-relieving urethane cushions for a comfortable fit. Leaving you to enjoy your music and nothing but your music.

Make long or short journey's a stress free experience with digital noise cancelling
Make long or short journey's a stress free experience with digital noise cancelling

MDR-NC100

You like the simplicity of an in ear design but you still want pure sound. These lightweight headphones have Artificial Intelligence so they automatically adjust noise cancelling settings to your surroundings which means you get the most effective reduction of outside noise at any given moment. Hit the monitor button to tune into your surroundings at any moment, don't want to miss that boarding announcement!

Don't you just hate hearing people chatting and dogs barking while you're trying to listen to your music? These headphones cut out 80% of ambient noise so you can focus on your favourite bands. You'll get pure natural sound with a 13.5mm neodymium driver, S-Master amplifier and equaliser plus a great fit with three different sized noise isolation ear buds. Comes in white or black with a handy carry pouch and plane adaptor for in flight use.

MDR-NC200

Big powerful driver and a convenient two way folding design. That means a powerful set of headphones for your holidays. But it gets better. Up to 98% noise cancelling and a monitor button that lets you hear what's happening outside at any time.

Ever heard of headphones with artificial intelligence? That doesn't mean they can walk and talk by themselves but it does mean they can analyse your surroundings at the touch of a button and select the best noise cancelling frequencies. Clever, eh? And quiet too. So if you are listening to your music in the countryside, away from any ambient noise, your phones will turn off noise cancelling and save your battery.

If you do run out of battery power, no problem. They'll work fine passively, just like any headphones with noise cancelling so you don't have to stop enjoying your music. Being light and foldable with a carry case supplied, they make ideal travelling companions. They're also very comfortable to wear with a padded headband and pressure-relieving urethane cushioned earpads. Music to your ears.

  MDRNC7
MDRNC13
MDRNC40 MDRNC100 MDRNC200 MDRNC500
Noise Cancelling up to 87% noise cancelling up to 87% noise cancelling 80% + noise cancelling Automatic digital noise cancelling works out what's best for your surroundings Automatic digital noise cancelling works out what's best for your surroundings Up to 99% automatic noise cancelling - an industry first!
Driver Size 30mm driver 13.5 mm driver 30mm driver 13.5 mm driver 40mm driver 40mm driver
Supplied Accessories Comes with carry pouch Comes with small, medium and large noise isolation ear buds Comes with carry case Comes with small, medium and large noise isolation ear buds Comes with carry case Comes with deluxe carry case
Additional Information Foldable design Over 100 hours playback on AAA battery Foldable design 15 hours playback on 1xAAA battery Foldable, swivel design Built in battery with 16h playback or 2xAA batteries for 28h playback (AC adapter incl.)
Cord Description 1.5m Y shaped cord with in flight adapter 1.5m Y shaped cord with in flight adapter 1.5m Y shaped cord 1.5m detachable, neck chain cord with in flight adapter 1.5m detachable single sided cord with in flight adapter 1.5m single sided cord with in flight adapter and 0.5m extension cord
Extras     Works with noise cancelling turned off Works with noise cancelling turned off Works with noise cancelling turned off Works with noise cancelling turned off
      Available in black or white Preserves every detail using a light and durable Oxygen Free Copper cord Built in battery with 16h playback or 2xAA batteries for 28h playback (AC adapter incl.)
          Monitor switch to turn noise cancelling on/off


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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2008
First off I have read both existing reviews and am a little suprised at the negative one. Maybe a Bose owner perhaps? Anyway I have tried these out purely as an upgrade to my existing headphones I use for travelling with and quite simply I'm stunned at just how good the noise cancelling ability is. The box says 99% and to be quite frank I thought this a little bit of marketing nonsense, but having tried them in a noisy enviroment - the ability to remove outside sounds was almost spooky. Over the last few years I've had previous (expensive) Sony noise cancelling headphones, Panasonic and currently Sure types. I've also tried both of the Bose ones on the market as well. All are now redundant if you can afford these. Sound quality is excellent but that is expected at this price - maybe not audiophile at home level, but way superb for flyers or those who need to get rid of background noise. Not small it has to be said, so if using them on aircraft you have to accept a level of inconvenience. As far as I'm concerned on a long haul it's a small price to pay for almost total removal of engine and wind annoyance. And as a side benefit they pretty much remove the dulcet tones of screaming kids too - that alone is worth the price.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. Bruce on 6 Dec 2008
Owning the bose quiet comfort 2 I thought that I would have to settle for sound reduction at a level that was okay but not exceptional (although at the time I thought it was) then I tested these at heathrow terminal 5 and was amazed at the performance.
One week later I came across them again in Tottenham Court road tried them again and had to buy them, agreed if you are used to listening to music through audiophile quality headphones costing more than these cost without the noise cancelling you may notice a difference, if however like most people you want good sound reproduction and excellent noise cancelling I dont believe there s currently a product to beat these.
I really dont have any idea how the negative reviewer had such a bad experiance unless perhaps he bought a dodgy fake copy. Both the sound quality and the noise cancelling performance is superior to the bose (which I previously loved)
your choice but if you hv any doubs these can be tested in many specilist stores and I think you will agree with me after hearing the impressive capabilities.
I have never bothered to write a review before but the strange nature of the negative posting forced me into writing this.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Trip VINE VOICE on 17 May 2008
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These are quite simply amazing, awesome, magnificent. Superlatives fail to describe the quality of sound from these headphones. The digital, ai-enhanced, noise-canceling is utterly remarkable.

Before settling on these I had previously owned Sennheiser PXC 300's, and while they were also very good, leaving them on a plane left me with a need for replacements. I considered the BOSE QuietComfort 2 and 3, but after testing them, and encountering a wealth of negativity associated with them, I plumped for these Sony MDR-NC500D's.

I can't recommend these highly enough. Bass, mid-range, and high-end are flawless. The fit is extremely comfortable. I use these, mostly, at my desk with the AC plugged in, but there is a built-in battery with a 15-hour life, and a plug-in 2*AA caddy to extend this by another 12 hours or so. If you're out of power the headphones don't work at all, but this is not an issue for me.

If you're in the market for an upgrade, and have the budget, get a pair of these. You won't regret it for a moment, they really are that good.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By James Forrester on 15 Oct 2008
I'm also very suprised by the negaitive review. Especially seeing as I decided to upgrade from my Boss Quiet comfort 3 after having a demo of the NC500's at T5 and reading some more reviews. These headphones are simply amazing!! Whilst the Quiet Comforts were cumftorble, many things annoyed me i.e. the way the NC function reduced with battery life (which isn't particularly long for a two way journey) and being unable to use them once the rechargable battery died. No question, if you can aford these / justufy them, go for some for the MDR-NC500. Here's a review I found helpful before finally deciding to purchase:

Comfort
Doesn't matter how great a pair of headphones sound, they must be comfortable to wear especially when they're canceling out noise on long haul flights. My first comfort impression: they're surprisingly light when wearing. Usually big over-the-ear headphones are uncomfortably heavy; but not these. The ear-cup padding is relatively thin and firm, but still comfortable. The padding on the top head strap has this same firm feel and is more than adequate. A month ago on a SF to Paris flight, I wore these headphones for a continuous 10 hours before I started to notice discomfort. So I can safely say they pass the comfort test.

Sound Quality
Now I'm no audiophile, but I do enjoy a crisp vibrant sound. It must be noted that these headphones always have the noise canceling feature on, so they aren't exactly like a pair of normal headphones. The overall sound quality is great, but it's not astonishing. With volume at medium level the depth is there with a clean undistorted sound. In the higher volume levels the headphones start to produce very light noise and some minimal distortion.
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