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Intelligent Noise Cancellation with Auto-Adjusting Noise Attenuation and Digital Equalizer

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The Ideal Travel Companion

The MDR-NC200D feature Sony's unique digital noise cancelling technology that automatically adjusts noise cancellation according to the level of ambient noise for consistently precise noise suppression. Reducing up to 98.2% of environmental noise, the MDR-NC200D works in tandem with built in microphones to provide the best sound attenuation. The comfortable and light-weight design allows for extended periods of use and the monitor button allows users to listen to outside sound without removing the headphones. Powered by a single AAA battery, the MDR-NC200D can provide up to 22 hours of noise cancellation and enjoyment. Or save the battery for when you really need it, and enjoy clear, crisp passive audio with the Power/Noise Canceling turned off. The MDR-NC200D is an ideal and intelligent companion for long trips in crowded or loud airplanes, buses, and trains.

Product Features:

  • Intelligent Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Digital noise cancellation adapts to the environmental noise level for consistently precise cancellation
  • Compact and lightweight design is ideal for the traveling music lover
  • Monitor button allows users to become engaged with the environment without removing the headphones
  • Effective passive listening allows users to preserve battery life in quiet environments
  • Unique folding system allows for quick storing and safe portability
  • Also Available in: iPhone Compatible Version
  • Powered by a single AAA battery, the MDR-NC200D offers up to 22 hours of listening enjoyment
Technical Specifications
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • Closed back
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Frequency response: 8-23,000Hz
  • Impedance: 68 Ohms at 1kHz(power on); 35 Ohms at 1kHz(power off)
  • Power handling capacity: 50mW
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product History:

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Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

On-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Home Hi-Fi: For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Home/Office: These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Kids: Kids headphones feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: Anyone who is always on the go wants a pair of headphones that can keep up with them. On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability so that you can take them with you anywhere.

Student: Student headphones are quality, durable and compact headphones on a budget. They're compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack and inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Traveler/Airplane
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Yes
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child canít damage their ears while listening to music.
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
68 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
103 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
8 - 23000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

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Main Product
The main product in the box.
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Accessories included with the headphones
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Paperwork included with the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
40%
4 Star
60%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.8
Features
4.4
Design
4.8
Usability
4.6
David

Irvine, CA

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Great Value

May 24, 2013

I bought this primarily because we were going to travel overseas and I didn't want to use the headphones provided by the airlines. I own a Sennheiser which my wife was going to use and I needed another pair. I actually wanted to get a Bose but was not willing spend the money. This model is On-the-ear and and a little heavier because it is compact and all the controls are on the earphones. It shouldn't be an issue unless you're flying, wearing glasses and using it for +12 hours because your ear being pressed between your glasses and the headphones will hurt. The monitor feature is a plus because you don't have to take off the phones to hear outside conversation.

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Alex

Tampa, FL

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Great Headphones

November 12, 2012

Headphones are outstanding. Haven't had a problem with the noise canceling technology. A really great buy for the value. Just as good as Bose, if not better.

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JP

Katonah, NY

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practically saved my marriage!

November 12, 2012

The best invention. My husband can watch his shows and I don't have to listen. The sound is great and wireless is the way to go. I highly recommend this product.

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b

cedar park, texas

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

November 8, 2012

My husband wanted a pair of noise cancelling headphones for his birthday. I checked different reviews, decided Bose was too expensive but Sony MDR-NC200D was rated highly and affordable. My husband travels by airplane several times a year for work and loves using these.
He has now used them several times for travel and no complaints so far. His boss traveled with him on one trip, tried these out and now he owns this Sony headphone.

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Caipiwhatever

New Providence, NJ

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Very good for commute

May 29, 2013

I use these on my commute - Noisy trains and the NY PATH. The quality of the sound is good, and it easy blocks out the ambient noise. Great value compared to Bose.

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Jerry

Houston, TX

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A good value and good quality

September 17, 2013

Like most travelers I really wanted a set of noise cancelling earphones that would do the job on an airplane or in crowded areas but I just couldn't see putting out the money for the Bose Quiet Comfort. The Sony were reviewed very well and the price was considerably lower. I am pleased to report the noise cancelling ability of these earphones is very good and the sound quality is great. I use them every day to watch movies in a large public eating area with a lot of noise and never notice. Two men sat next to me today and they were obviously carrying on an active conversation and I never heard a word they were saying. Good job, Sony, and good price!

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paulbob

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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good flight headphones

July 31, 2013

I purchased the MDR-NC200D primarily to be used while flying. I like the foldup feature and the compact case, and they are very comfortable for long use. The noise canceling effect is hard to detect, which may be a good thing, and the control buttons are a little awkward to use, but the overall sound quality is good and they block out most of the airline noise,

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glenn

Las Vegas, NV

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Wonderful Headphones

July 9, 2013

I purchased these headphones primarily for when I travel by air to block out the plane noises and for that they are great. I also love that they fold up and have a nice carrying case which keeps things organized and easy to carry. The sound from the headphones is also great. The only problem I have with them is that after a half hour to an hour my ears start feeling pressured and I have to remove them for a bit. However, I wear glasses and this may be part of the problem. I wouldn't hesitate to buy these headphones again if I lose the current ones.

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Evan

Austin, TX

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Great Product! Worth Every Penny!

July 2, 2012

I have had these headphones now for 3 months and I am still surprised with how great they sound. Every time I am traveling, or going on a long drive, these are my #1 accessory. The price is not too high, and they are built well. I have tried numerous different noise cancelling headphones and most of them have a "hissing" sound that drives me nuts. These are very subtle, and non intrusive to the music. I am really able to relax and forget about whatever is going on around me. Great Purchase! Best in Class!

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RevS

North Port

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Great for international flights

March 27, 2013

I fly overseas several times a year and I am every happy with the headphones. I did not want to spend hundreds on something like headphones. I would highly recommend them.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MDR-NC200D

UPC

027242822818

Weight

1.20lbs

Internal SKU

mdrnc200d

Internal Product ID

44249

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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