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Sony MDR-NC500 Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones

Released on 10 November 2008

Manufacturer: Sony

5.0 out of 5 (3 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The world's first digital noise cancelling headphones block out up to 99% of surrounding sounds and make for the most peaceful listening experience ever created. Breakthrough technology lets the headphones decide the best noise profile, depending on the environment you're in. So whether you're on a plane, in a crowded cafe or just want to switch off, you'll get the high quality sound you love with maximum audio privacy.

World's first Digital Noise cancelling headphones
When ambient sound hits the ear cup microphone the input is converted to a digital signal and sent through to a digital equaliser. It is here that the Digital Noise Cancelling software engine begins to work by using a digital filter to remove ambient noise. The results are stunning - with perfect bass and silky vocals.

Artificial Intelligence
The MDR-NC500D are the world's first headphone to feature three distinct noise cancelling modes. The Artificial Intelligence within not only recognises noise, characterised by different frequencies, but then automatically selects the filter sound to cancel it - achieving the incredible 99% noise cancelling. This means no matter whether you're on an airplane, on the train, or in the office you can enjoy the full benefit of this amazing headphone.

Monitor Switch
The Monitor switch is a great feature that allows you to remove the noise cancelling feature at the touch of button so you don't have to remove your headphones to hear those airport announcements or if someone is trying to speak to you.

Comfort and style
The lightweight, ear-conscious design ensures hours of comfortable use. Headphone speakers swivel flat for easy packing and come with a deluxe storage case - the perfect solution for travellers.

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  • Features:
  • 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
  • Advanced Specification
  • Type of Use: Noise canceling
  • Design: Premium over the head, Noise canceling
  • Headband: Adjustable, Foldable (Swivel)
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Cord Length: 1.5m -L-type stereo mini plug or 5m stereo mini plug
  • Weight:195g (including built in battery)
  • Cord: Single-sided cord connects to left earpiece
  • Closed dynamic type
  • Battery Type: 16 Hours (Lithium-ion battery), 28 Hours (Lithium-ion + 2 AA batteries)
  • Capacity: 1 Watts
  • Driver Unit: 40mm diameter, dome type
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 24,000Hz
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1kHz (on)
  • 3 distinct noise-canceling modes for use in three accoustically different environments (Airplane, Bus, office)
  • Sensitivity: 102dB/mW
  • Supplied Accessories
  • Carrying Case
  • AC Power adaptor for charging internal battery
  • 2 x AA Battery
  • In-flight plug adapter
  • Unimatch plug adapter
  • Connecting cord x3 (0.5m stereo mini, 1.5 type stereo mini, cord with battery case)
  • Start-up guide
  • Warranty card

customer Reviews

 Average rating (3 reviews)

 1st Class Quality sound at a mid range price!

| | See all CaptainBrown's reviews (3)

These 'phones are incredible. I paid far more than the 179 that Play are selling these for and at that price you are getting Bose/Denon beating headphones. The noise cancelling element has made some recent longhaul flights very easy. I have read some negative reviews of these but I can't really see what people are complaining about. There is a comment I have noted that the Bass isn't ealistic enough. I am an audiphile and I can tell you the Bass handles perfectly. I have an eclectic music taste from bands like pearl Jam all the way to Massive Attack. The ultimate test is listening to Massive attack "angel" on these and you will not be dissapointed.

Price wise, 179 for a pair of headphones which I think are worth almost more than this. Build qualiy is second to one, I used my on some fairly rough terrain and dropped them a couple of times with no damage and no scratches! A very light and comfortable set of true digital 'phones for a great price.

In my humble opinion, you can't go wrong with these!

 The way music is suppose to be heard!

| | See all Matt634's reviews (4)

These are truly amazing headphones and with the hefty price tag you get exactly what you pay for - top of the range noise cancelling headphones. What I love best is the intense bass, far better than bose and the built quality can be faulted.
Seriously you wont be disappointed and play sell them the cheapest! The way music is suppose to be heard!

 Fantastic top quality noice cancelling headphones!

| | See all enigma01's reviews (2)

Before purchasing these headphones I read some very mixed reviews about them, many people had mentioned poor quality sound and a "warbling" sound. Since purchasing these headpones I have enjoyed listened to my music through them with no "warbling" sound experienced at all for many hours. The overall sound quality is fantastic with very good mid and highs and good bass performance. The headphones are extremely comfortable, and fit tight, yet well cushioned around the ears. The cary case is a little on the large side, but luxurious and has a designated space for the headphones and all accessories. The AI noise cancelling works very well, automatically monitoring outside noise the automitcally select the best noise cancelling profile, these can however also be manually adjusted. I wouldn't say they get rid of the claimed 99% noise, but they are extremely effective. These are a great buy, I'd highy recommend!

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