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Sony MDRNC22 In Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones With Monitor Switch To Hear Surround Sound

by Sony
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Battery Life: 50hrs
  • Cord: 1.5m OFC Neckchain
  • Driver Unit: 13.5mm
  • Frequency Response: 8-22 000Hz
  • Impedance: Power On 20Ohm Power Off 8.5Ohm
  • 13.5mm driver unit inner ear type headphones
  • Powerful bass sound reproduction with neodymium magnet
  • Monitor switch to hear ambient sounds
  • In flight plug adpator
  • Soft silicone rubber ear buds
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 41 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: MDRNC22B.CE7
  • ASIN: B000O3BC2S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Noise cancelling headphones reduce ambient noise and provide a quieter environment to enhance audio entertainment

Product Description

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. Features: Noise cancelling headphones reduce ambient noise and provide a quieter environment to enhance audio entertainment 13.5mm driver unit inner ear type headphones capable of reproducing vocal and instrumental sound with vivid clarity High quality clearer and powerful bass sound reproduction with neodymium magnet Monitor switch to hear ambient sounds In flight plug adpator provided Soft silicone rubber ear buds supplied in Small Medium & Large sizes Earphone holder supplied

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit - if you look after them 28 Jun 2007
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These Sony headphones replace a similar set that I had for about two years that were in almost daily use. Sadly they failed recently and I looked for a replacement. Without hesitation I order up these new noise cancelling headphones and they are very bit as good as the old one.

Overall the sound quality is excellent and the mute button allows you to listen to announcements on `planes and trains without having to fiddle around looking for a volume control.

The treble is sweet and the bass deep.

Why only four stars and not five. There are two drawbacks. Firstly the fit on inside of your ear is good, maybe too good, that they do become a bit sweaty after a while. Secondly, woe betide you is you lose one of the rubber ends (you get three sets, small, medium and large) and need to order a replacement pair. Even Sony admits that, at a price of in excess of 12 (yes, that's right, twelve quid) for two tiny bits of rubber, is a total ripoff. However, they know that you can't get them elsewhere and they can make money on the spare parts.

So the message is: These are excellent headphones, but be sure to look after them carefully to ensure that they will give years of service.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Kevin Fenton VINE VOICE
I am a bit of an audiophile, and sound quality is important to me, as is style, performance, and of course price. These phones manage to brilliantly balance all of these factors, in a stylish design.

The sound quality is wonderfuly open, balanced, detailed and clear. Used with my iPod touch with equalizer set to 'Flat' the bass is perfect in a product like this, ie detailed and not too thick and deep, and the treble is open and sweet!

The noise reduction is very effective, though not as good as say the Bose QC3's, which I have owned. There is a noticeable hiss (significantly more than with the Bose phones) but it is the case that you would only turn on the circuitry in a noisy environment, when the hiss 'effect' seems to dissappear, and you truly benefit from significant reduction in low level ambient and annoying noise. You would hear some hiss in a quiet environment (which you hardly do with the Bose phones) but in this circumstance you can just turn of the noise cancelling, and they operate as a normal pair of good quality headphones (which the Bose phones don't).

So, if you want top notch noise reduction but thick and woolly bass reproduction (and don't mind paying over 300 pounds!!) go for the Bose QC3's. But, if you want top quality sound, smart design, portability, along with very good noise reduction (when used in appropriate situations), and want all of this for about 60 pounds only, definitely get the Sony's!!

A perfect balance of all factors in my view. Highly recommended!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for background bad for brats! 26 Dec 2007
I've no base for comparison but this is a very good product. I do sony products because of their build, innovative ideas, performance and quality, this product is no exception. It was always going to be sony but I duly read up on them anyway and compared them to rivals brands just in case.

First time I tried them I couldn't believe it, all that background low frequency racket you get in a public place, a telly on through the house etc it practically eliminated, the exception being higher pitch and people speaking to you - i.e. this product is not a solution to the other half nagging at you!

I'm using them through my K810 sony ericsson, sound is far from shabby, I'd say better than the conventional rubber earphones found on sony walkman phones. Best thing is that you won't need to destroy the old ears by cranking up the volume to overcome surrounding noise.

My one gripe - and it's one which even sony won't be able to engineer a solution to - is that when on a plane and there's a brat making a squealing noise (which in my opinion is the worst kind) they won't be able to counteract it, you've been warned. In a nutshell top technology, impressive, no regrets.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trains and podcasts 2 Sep 2007
I bought these after reading the previous reviews. These are my first noise cancelling headphones so I can not really compare them to any other. But I am quite satisfied, I use them everyday, when commuting by trains. The sound is great...as long as there are no windows opened in the trains (and you are not entering a tunnel). I mostly listen to podcasts and with these earphones, it is really enjoyable. One drawback I noticed, they picked up mobile phone signals and will then buzz annoyingly.
Except this, I think they are great. I even use them without listening to anything, just to reduce the train background noise (old noisy trains...)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sound 8 July 2007
These headphones are by far the best I have ever owned. They do an incredible job of cancelling atmospheric noise allowing me to sit in lectures completely oblivious to what's going on. I have used them on the bus, the train and in an aeroplane where they did a great job of removing the dull drone that aeroplanes make. I have reservations about losing the rubber grommets as the previous reviewer describes and the rubber protector has split around the outside of the headphone after a day in my pocket. All in all though, these really are quality pieces, the bass response is back to its best after the previous, non-noise cancelling, incarnations were rather tinny. I've heard things in albums that I'm familiar with that I have never heard before and I also find that I don't have to deafen myself anymore to enjoy my music on the bus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good noise cancellation but unsatisfactory bass quality
The title of my review tells it all. In general the noise cancellation is very good however this comes at the expense of low tones. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by lary83
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent noise cancelling feature
I purchased these specifically for use on trains and in planes, as you would expect. Recently, I have tried them in both situations and found them to work exceptionally well. Read more
Published on 10 April 2010 by N. C. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not shielded from mobile phone interference
I have been using these for over a year now, on a crowded commuter train. Unlike some other reviewers here, I find that the earbuds fit quite comfortably and that the... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2010 by M. Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars quality noise cancellation
Very good noise cancellation for the price. The buds fit in very well, and the sound is excellent, including the bass response. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by P
4.0 out of 5 stars More than satisfied
I asked for these for Xmas, and was a little nervous as some of the reviews were a tad lukewarm. I used them primarily for the Gym where the noise of running machines and annoying... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by Martin Jameson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not noticable noise cancellation
Noise cancellation is not working in a normal environment.
only adds other 'white' noise. So no cancellation.

we are testing it in an airplane environment now.
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Great noise reducution in public places; don't expect magic though
A handy headset worthwhile the money. Don't expect hi-fi, no-bg noise, music consumption: this is a unit that is effective in reducing constant background noises to the minimum, so... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by hastalapasta
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good
First time using NR headphones.

Slightly disappointed with these headphones but I'm using them quite a bit on the tube & train. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by Telling it like it is
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of SONY MDRNC22 headphones
I am very happy with these headphones. They fit very snugly, and as a result almost all background noise is lost without switching on the noise reduction. Read more
Published on 27 July 2009 by Dr. R. A. Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Bits keep falling off!
Well... I can see from the other reviews that lots of people like these earphones but I've just given up on mine. I got them for every day use not just for a flight. Read more
Published on 23 July 2009 by Muzy
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