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Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones

B&H # SOMDRNC500D Mfr # MDRNC500D
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Product Highlights
  • Digital Noise Cancellation
  • Up to 99% Noise Reduction
  • Dual Battery System
  • Neodymium Drivers
  • Around-Ear Swivel Earcups
  • Plug Adapters and Case Included

The MDR-NC500D headphones from Sony provide terrific sound quality and peaceful listening even in the most noisy of environments. Advanced digital noise cancellation technology provides up to a 99 percent reduction of ambient noise on planes, trains, offices, and other noisy environments, so you can focus on your music.

The headphones use 40mm neodymium drivers to provide natural sound with an extra-wide frequency response that provides deep bass and crystal clear treble. The adjustable headband and thickly-cushioned around-ear earcups provide a secure and comfortable fit, and also help to naturally block out external noises.

The headphones can operate for up to 16 hours using the built-in rechargeable battery. You can also choose to add two AA batteries to the headphones to extend the operating time to 28 hours. The headphones have a single-sided cable to help minimize tangles, and the 3.5mm mini plug is compatible with a wide variety of devices. A 1/4" adapter and an airplane adapter are included so you can plug into virtually any sound system on land or in the air. The headphones fold flat neatly into the included carrying case.

Advanced digital noise cancellation technology blocks out 99 percent of ambient noise
Artificial intelligence provides three modes of cancellation: Plane, Bus, and Office
Large 40mm Neodymium drivers for great sonic detail with a wide frequency response
Adjustable headband and thick around-ear cushions for a comfortable fit and added noise blockage
Built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 16 hours of playback. Two AA batteries can be added to create a "joint" battery system that provides up to 28 hours of operation
Single-sided cable with a standard 3.5mm mini plug
Airplane and 1/4" adapters included for wide compatibility
Convenient fold-flat design stows easily in the included travel case
Type Circumaural, Noise-Cancelling
Frequency Range 5Hz - 24kHz
Impedance 40 Ohms
Sensitivity 102dB
Battery Life 16 hours (Built-In Li-Ion)
28 Hours (Li-Ion/AA Combo)
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with Airplane and 1/4" Adapters
Cable Length 5' (1.5m)
Weight 6.9 oz (195g) (Including Built-In Battery)
Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Carrying Case
  • AC Adapter
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Airplane Adapter
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor and Parts
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyMDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones
     
    3.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (6)
    • Comfortable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (7)
      • Music (4)
      • Portable devices (4)
      • Home audio (3)
      • With my computer (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Traveler (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      3.0

      Nice Quality - Major Hassle

      By llafazane

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Cord Too Short
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Music

      Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      I purchased these headphones to edit audio on my video projects. These work just fine. They are good quality, but they are a huge pain. These headphones need a power source. They can be charged to work for a couple hours, but they either need the battery adapter or they need to be plugged in with a separate power source. If you're like me, outlet space is prime real estate if you're using these headphones for your computer. Not to mention, the cord isn't long enough to plug into an outlet and have much moving room.

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      3.0

      Initial impressions are mixed

      By Joe of the Stan

      from Middle East

      About Me Office worker

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Battery longevity
      • Cord Too Short

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • Relaxing
      • Traveling
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      I use these for a noisy environment for extended periods of time. I like the multiple modes of power and the selection of cables to chose from. The noise cancelling is wonderful. The earpieces are somewhat small, although they fit completely around my ears. The biggest complaint, the AC adapter doesn't seem to fully charge the headset or accurately indicate when it is charged. I have left it to charge for 6-8 hours only to watch a movie off of battery power and find the low power indicator cursing at me after 2 hours. I don't know if it is always the input as well, sometimes it sounds like it is mono output. Occassionally the cable seems to have a poor connection as it takes some fidgeting with to get a clear sound.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Correct but expensive

      By Jack Rabbit

      from France

      About Me Frequent Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Poor Value
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Traveling
      • Working

      Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      Use it in public transports and during long flights.
      Noise cancelling works but I was expecting more reduction. During flights I think the reduction is no more than 50% (not bad! but could be better).
      The temporary switch off is not so useful as you can hear voices and announcements clearly without using it.
      It is also not so comfortable if you use it for a long time (1 hour or more).
      One use that I was not expecting is on my mobile phone. Even if there is no mike, I can use it to better hear my correspondents in a very noisy environment.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great for Sound Isolation at Work

      By Todd T.

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Bass
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Traveling
        • Working

        Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

        I have the misfortune of working in an office building with a terrible HVAC system - there's a constant drone akin to a jet engine in there. The office also happens to be next door to a fitness center, and when the classes come on next door, the bass of their music also transfers through the walls.

        So this headset has been an absolute joy! Once it's powered on the sound is significantly dampened - there's the faintest remnants of noise still through though. It's done wonders for concentration and peace. Sound quality is also excellent - close to Sony's monitor headphones, with a little more bass.

        It's also nice that they provide the modularity to allow you to swap a short cable instead of the longer ones, and to use the extra battery pack.

        There are however some quirks to be mentioned - the headset doesn't produce any sound when it's powered off unlike some other models. Charging isn't an issue for me, but for people who are off the grid for a while or don't like using AA batteries as a backup power source this could be a problem as you must drain power to use the headset.

        For what I use it for (office use and the occasional flight), this headset is perfect though. No qualms about giving it 5 stars.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        Nice, but bulky

        By Stone

        from Ohio

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Portable Devices
        • Traveling
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

        The sound is great and the noise reduction is terrific, but they take up more room in my briefcase than my computer!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Great Headphones

        By cruzingbm

        from Ft Lauderdale

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Traveling

          Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

          Good Value for money
          Comfortable
          Great Sound
          Good Noise Cancelling

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Great Value For Money

          By cruzingbm

          from Ft Lauderdale FL

          About Me Frequent Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portable Devices
            • Traveling

            Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

            Very Comfortable
            Great Sound and noise Cancelling
            Great Price

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Really Noise Cancelling

            By Luc

            from Brussels, Belgium

            About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • Traveling
            • With My Computer

            Comments about Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

            I've test it in the air plane and in some trains, it do a really good job. It reduce also the noise made by the fan of computers.
            It's expensive but it really work. With this you can enjoy music without destroying your ears.
            You can wear it several hours before to get your hears tired.
            The sound quality is really good, and I know what I'm talking about, I'm a classical music recording engineer.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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