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Sony DR-NC201IP

Foldable On-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones, DR-NC201IP are the MDR-NC200D w/ iPhone/iPod Control & Mic Cable


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The DR-NC201iP and MDR-NC200D features 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 DR-NC201iP works in tandem with built in microphones to provide the best sound attenuation. The comfortable, super soft ergonomically shaped ear cushions, padded "over-the-head" adjustable headband and light-weight design allows for extended enjoyment. With a simple press of a button VoiceOver mode activates and the iPod/iPhone/iPad states the name of the currently playing song or playlist (on enabled devices). Powered by a single AAA battery, the DR-NC201iP can provide up to 22 hours of noise cancellation and enjoyment. Or, conserve the battery and enjoy passive listening with the battery turned off. As if all of these features weren't impressive enough, the DR-NC201iP provides Full integration for iPod, iPhone and iPad. The in-line remote gives you volume and track controls for simple music navigation, and makes answering the phone a breeze.

What's In The Box?
  1. Sony MDR-NC200D/DR-NC201iP Noise Canceling Headphones
  2. Detachable iPod, iPhone, iPad Remote/Microphone Cable
  3. In-flight Plug Adapter (single/dual), Airplane Adapter
  4. AAA Battery
  5. Protective Carrying Case
  6. Owners Manual
  7. Warranty Card

Product Features:

  • The DR-NC201iP and MDR-NC200D are the same set of headphones, but the DR-NC201iP includes a bonus cable!
  • 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
  • The in-line remote gives you volume and track controls (Play, Stop, Next/Prior)
  • VoiceOver mode allows the iPod, iPhone and iPad to tell you the name of the song or playlist currently playing
  • Effective passive listening allows users to preserve battery life in quiet environments
  • Unique folding system allows for quick storing and safe portability
  • Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad (This model is like the MDR-NC200D, but it includes an iPhone cable with Microphone and Remote)
  • Powered by a single AAA battery, the DR-NC201iP offers up to 22 hours of listening enjoyment
  • Travel carrying case, in-flight plug adapter and AAA battery (Included)
  • This is the Apple Control Version of the MDR-NC200D
Technical Specifications
  • Speaker Type: Dynamic Driver
  • Driver Size: 40mm
  • Acoustic Design: Closed Back
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency response: 8 Hz - 23,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB/mW (when power is on), 102 dB/mW (when power is off)
  • Impedance: 68 Ohms at 1kHz(power on); 35 Ohms at 1kHz(power off)
  • Power Handling Capacity: 50mW
  • Power Supply: AAA Battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 22 hours
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-NC200D)

Headphone Design

Headphone 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
Earpiece Design

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.

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.

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

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

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.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

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!

Music Lover:
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.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
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.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

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.


General Features

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.
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.

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

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

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.
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.
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
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
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
68 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


Medford, NJ

Great earphones!

September 17, 2013

I purchased these noise canceling earphones specifically for long airline flights but I don't travel that often and therefore I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars. I couldn't be happier with my purchase! They fold up and fit into a smaller case than the more expensive ones. The noise canceling function is really very good - well worth the price! The "i" feature allows you to control the volume with the control on the cord on iPods or iPhones. I'm very satisfied!

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Eagle Eye


Does the job

April 16, 2014

As an on-ear set it does not dampen ambient noise as around-ear models but active noise suppression is good.

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caracas venezuela

good option

May 23, 2013

it has very good sound and noise reduction.. not very big, but foldable and easy to carry. the handsfree cable for the phone is very useful.. it's comfortable to wear. i recommend it

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Excellent Product!

October 4, 2013

This headphone operates really well. Music can be heard clearly in the subway, that is what I was looking for.

Delivery was on time.

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Sony DR-NC201IP (DRNC201iP) Noise Cancelling Headphones Headset

June 17, 2013

I am happy to recommend this product based on the clear crisp treble and mid-range sound quality. However, it lacks bass, even for those like me who do not like heavy bass.
For the price, the sound noise cancelling are good.

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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