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Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone

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Item No.  402419
Mfg Part No.  MDRNC500D
Product Condition:  New
Manufacturer:  Sony

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Highlights for Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone
  • Connectivity Technology:Wired
  • Sound Mode:Stereo

Marketing Information

Groundbreaking technology, for your listening pleasure. The innovative MDR-NC500D headphone use digital technology to more accurately reduce stress inducing noise from planes, trains and buses while providing the high-quality audio expected from Sony.

General Information

  • Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
  • Manufacturer Part Number: MDRNC500D
  • Product Name: MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone
  • Manufacturer Website Address: www.sony.com
  • Product Type: Headphone
  • Product Model: MDR-NC500D
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Technical Information

  • Sound Mode: Stereo
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Minimum Frequency Response: 5Hz
  • Maximum Frequency Response: 24kHz
  • Physical Characteristics

  • Form Factor: Ear-cup
  • Weight: 6.878 oz
  • Miscellaneous

    Package Contents

  • MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone
  • Carrying Case
  • AC Power adaptor
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Inflight plug adapter
  • Unimatch plug adapter
  • Startup guide
  • Warranty card
  • Additional Information

  • Adjustable and foldable headband
  • Distinct noise-canceling modes for use in three acoustically different environments (Airplane, Bus, office)
  • Warranty

    Interfaces/Ports

  • Host Interface: Mini-phone
  • Earpiece

  • Earpiece Technology: Dynamic
  • Earpiece Design: Over-the-head
  • Earpiece Type: Binaural
  • Controls/Indicators

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    SonyMDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone
     
    3.8

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than Bose QCII or 3

    Got these for XMAS, and the noise reduction is outstanding. Overall sound reproduction is great too - excellent bass, great treble, realistic voice, etc. Only issue I have: when "seale...Read complete review

    Got these for XMAS, and the noise reduction is outstanding. Overall sound reproduction is great too - excellent bass, great treble, realistic voice, etc. Only issue I have: when "sealed to ear" (without wearing glasses, etc.), and volume is loud; there is an occasional feedback loop on bass that causes very annoying warbling effect. Headphones must be adjusted on head to stop the warbling. Only noted on good rock music at loud levels (which I like ..., sadly). Effect is minimized (rarely occurs) when I wear my glasses - which create an air/noise gap. Otherwise, a real winner; and if you listen at "normal levels", you'll not notice the issue.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worst Purchase Ever

    I bought these headphones last week and just got off a 10h flight - they turned out to be completely unusable due to the thumping sound also described by other reviewers. Noise cancellation works very...Read complete review

    I bought these headphones last week and just got off a 10h flight - they turned out to be completely unusable due to the thumping sound also described by other reviewers. Noise cancellation works very well, but the thumping is worse than tinnitus! FYI: The problem persisted even after repeated pressing of the mode select button. In my case, it affected both speakers. Removing the headphones from the ears for a few seconds would stop the thumping, but it would start again after a short time (up to a minute or so). Accidentally leaning on the headrest would also trigger the thumping. I can't believe Sony are selling these.

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    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Very disappointed

    By frequenttraveler

    from los angeles

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    I'm a big fan of Sony noise cancelling sets, so I upgraded to this model. The reviews and the product descriptions failed to mention that the batteries are NOT integrated into the headsets. If you want to run on batteries you have to carry a separate "battery pack" that holds 2 AA batteries. If you want to use the internal battery you have to carry a separate charging brick. Are you kidding? This is a complete non-starter for me, so I will be returning them. I am surprised that this disadvantage was not pointed out in any of the other negative reviews. My previous Sony sets had one AAA battery integrated into the earphone itself. NO accessories needed.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor Durability - short warranty

    By 3boyfather

    from Seattle, WA

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    I loved these headphones until the internal wiring for the righ ear piece broke ( I can still get sound if I hold the right ear cup just right). I used these lightly for two years and expect more out of a product that lists for $399. The only repair option is to pay $175 to exchange them for refurbs. Their 90 day warranty is too short - other headphone brands come with two year warranties.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    PUSH THE JACK ALL THE WAY IN!

    By JTravis

    from Windsor, ON

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    I'm a huge fan of Sony headphones with this being my 3rd higher end pair. At 1st I was really unhappy experiencing everything that the 1 star reviewers were experiencing with weird thumping and distortions. They were slated to be returned in disgust. I tried them on several audio devices and I came to realize that it is just more difficult to plug the jack all the way in. Once I really pushed the jack in the sound I experienced was the same as the 5 star reviewers. If you are looking for wired NC headphones specifically then I would recommend these and I am keeping my pair. Cool digital sound combined with a really long battery life.

     
    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Kevvo

    from NYC

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    These headphones are great. The music is so clear and loud and you hear every little note. They are very comfortable, light weight and not bulky. The digital noise cancelling feature really does just that, you can't hear anything outside of your music even in loud and noisy places. Only feature I wish it had was volume and playback controls on the cable. If I could just adjust the volume or skip to the next track from the cable it would be perfect.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth the money

    By MrBrutus

    from Virginia

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    This is my first pair of noise cancelling headphones, and thus far I've been very impressed. Last weekend I traveled via two airplanes, the first a jet, the second a turbo-prop and neither of them could compromise the noise cancellation of these headphones. At times it was hard to know I was on an airplane they did such an amazing job cancelling ambient noise. The sound quality and comfort is uncompromised by any other pair of headphones I've ever tried on/owned. At just 6.9oz it's easy to forget they're even on your head which a good thing when I'm traveling/studying etc. for hours a time. Highly recommended if you can swing the price for them, which I found a little on the high side given the market these days... but at the same time nothing seemed to compare with the technology of the MDR-NC500D which at the time has the competition beat.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceeded my expectations

    By Gladiator03

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

    Bought these at the airport before a trip to Europe about 3 years ago and have used them many times, on several trips, and at home and the library. When they are on, it is quite but if I want sound, the itunes sound great. They last for 12 hour flights and in fact, have never run out of battery even though it comes with a battery back-up just in-case. They have exceeded my expectations and I expect a lot of Sony by now. Get yourself a pair. You will be very happy.

     
    5.0

    Exceeded my expectations

    By Anonymous

    from Columbus, OH

    Pros

    • Great sound
    • Long Battery Life
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Maybe the case is a little big but it has a lot of stuff

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

      Bought these at the airport before a trip to Europe about 3 years ago and have used them many times, on several trips, and at home and the library.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good

      By thebossXI

      from Rye, NY

      Pros

      • Bose
      • panasonic...
      • superb audio quality surpassing beats by dr dre

      Cons

      • Mediocre noise cancelling.

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

        These headphones are amazing in just about all aspects. My only complait is that they do not do a lot of noise canceling. On airplains, you cannot hear a thing but on plains or in offices they do not do so well. These headphones could be the best headphones in the world only if Sony were to incorporate some sort of passionate noise canceling as well as their outstanding active noise cancellation technologies. My best regards the the dev. team.

        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent noise cancelling

        By Roughrider

        from United Airlines

        Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

        Switched from Bose QC-15 headset to these and have been very pleased with the results. They headsets are comfortable, very quiet, and have excellent sound reproduction. I have noticed that if the headset is tilted toward the back of the head I get a thumping noise. This disappears if the headset is worn on top of the head (as expected). Don't know how to measure how much quieter it is than the Bose set, so I will position as follows. Bose worked well except during take-offs, and if I was seated near the engine. These headsets truly minimize outside noise including engine take-off noise.

         
        5.0

        Excellent noise cancelling

        By Roughrider

        from United Airlines

        Pros

        • excellent noise cancelling
        • Superb sound reproduction
        • very comfortable around the ears

        Cons

        • case too large (don't use it)

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphone:

          Switched from Bose QC-15 headset to these and have been very pleased with the results. They headsets are comfortable, very quiet, and have excellent sound reproduction.

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