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Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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Product Highlights

  • Single Armature Full Range Driver
  • Active Noise-Cancelling
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Inline Remote with Level Control
  • Noise Isolated Double-Layered Housing
  • Crystal Clear Portable Audio Quality
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The Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones feature Sony's single Armature full range driver. This Japanese manufactured driver technology delivers outstanding audio clarity and profound vocals. The XBA-NC85D also features Sony's proprietary noise cancellation technology for complete isolation from loud ambient noise levels and detailed, pristine listening in any environment. The headphones feature an inline remote control and omnidirectional microphone, establishing level control and phone communication. A rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the headphones for up to 20 hours. The headphones ship with a plug adapter for in-flight use.

Made in Japan
World's smallest and lightest digital noise-cancelling headphones
Sony's unique digital noise-cancelling software engine
Balanced Armature driver
Revolutionary box-free design
Smart charging with USB interface
Sublime sound reproduction
Type Closed, balanced Armature
Driver Balanced Armature
Sensitivity 106dB (150mV)
Power Capacity 50mW
Battery Ni-MH (40mAh) x2
Life: 20 hours
Charging time: 4 hours
Impedance 820 ohms at 1kHz
Magnet SmCo
Cord OFC litz cord neck-chain
Length: 4.9' (1.5m)
Connection: Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug
Frequency Response 5Hz - 20kHz
Weight 0.21oz (6g)
Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • 2 x Orange Noise Isolation Earbuds (S)
  • 2 x Green Noise Isolation Earbuds (M)
  • 2 x Light Blue Noise Isolation Earbuds (L)
  • Built-in Battery Carrying Case
  • Plug Adaptor for In-Flight Use (Single/Dual)
  • Cord Adjuster
  • Clip
  • USB Charge Adapter
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty

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    SonyXBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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    By Sibelius

    from Ottawa


    • Attractive design


    • Poor sound, poor noise cancelling

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      Comments about Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      The Sony XBANC85D noise cancelling earbuds are disappointing. The sound is brittle and harsh, even when the signal is equalized to reduce treble or to boost bass. This is especially noticeable with vocal music and solo piano, though less so with orchestral music. Ben Heppner through these sounds like Jussi Bjorling, and a piano sounds like it's being played over the telephone. Other reviewers have noted the lack of bass, but I don't think that's the problem; rather, the problem is the exaggerated treble, which makes these earbuds almost unlistenable. As for the noise cancelling (I bought them for flying), when I tested them with power tools in a workshop, I could not detect any reduction of noise at all (apart from the passive isolation provided by the foam ear buds). I am not surprised that Sony has just reduced the list price. The Shures that I listened to have a much smoother sound, especially the 535s (about the same list price as the Sonys), but even the 315s (less than half as much) are much better than the Sonys, and seem to offer the same passive noise isolation.

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      really good

      By raybay

      from Jedah, KSA

      Comments about Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      it's a really good headphone. The noise is almost completely canceled, the bass is great, and the overall experience is excellent!

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      XBA NC 85D deception

      By princeling

      from Florida

      Comments about Sony XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      I have to try to use this headphones since 6 months that I bought, with several PMP ( ipod,sony walkman, cowon and samsung galaxy player) for to have all arguments and give a chance, but the result ALWAYS was the same: 1- the sound is terrible ( the worst bass ever and poorly clear) 2- noise cancelling function is a joke 3- Price ( that hurts!) is needlessly high for the function: Never again i¨ll buy a sony headphones, in the market exist very much better option in a 1/5 of the price of this piece of trash. My patiente has been broken

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