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Sony MDR-NC13

Noise Cancelling Earphones In-Ear Stereo Headphones Designed to Play Up To 100 Hours off AAA Battery

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Sony MDRNC13

Whether you're traveling on the road, working in the office, or relaxing at home, the MDR-NC13 noise canceling earbuds provide a superb listening experience by reducing 90 percent of ambient noise. A perfect companion to your MP3 player, you'll enjoy studio-quality audio via neodymium magnets and 13.5mm driver units. There's also a convenient monitor switch that allows you to minimize your audio and listen to conversation. Weighing only 1.1 ounces, these lightweight, vertical style earbuds are designed to sit comfortably in your ear. Additional features include a gold-plated, L type stereo mini plug, in-flight plug adapter3 and supplied carrying pouch.

General Features:

  • In-Ear Lightweight Headphones
  • Over-ear design
  • Large 13.5mm speaker driver produces amazingly clear sound
  • Reduces up to 87.4% ambient noise when the noise canceling circuit is activated
  • Easy-to-reach volume and built-in monitor function on the controller allows you to hear surrounding sound without taking off the headphones
  • Tangle-free cable for convenient listening
  • Vertical in-ear style housing and three hybrid silicone ear pad sizes allow for a secure, personalized fit
  • Nickel-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 10-22,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 16 Ohms

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.

Earbuds
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.

In-Ear
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
Lifestyle

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

Athlete:
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.

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

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.

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!

Gamer
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.

Student:
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.

Traveler:
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.

Student
Traveler

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
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.

Corded
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.

No
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
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
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).
10 - 22000 Hz
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".
99 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
13.5 mm
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
16 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black

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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
55%
4 Star
36%
3 Star
9%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.6
Features
4.5
Design
4.2
Usability
4.6
DEL

Brevard NC

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Sony Noise-Canceling Earbuds

January 10, 2014

Good value for a very good product. Especially useful on longer flights

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Jennifer

Shakopee, MN

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Great headphones

December 27, 2013

These are the perfect headphones for anybody who uses them for an extended period of time. Even after hours of wearing them they are very comfortable and you can barely feel them in your ears. These headphones do a great job in filtering outside noises and let you focus on your job. Pros: Lightweight, different size ear buds allow for great fit, long cord, great sound, extremely comfortable. Cons: I haven't used the noise canceling option that much, but I can't really find a benefit to it.

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Pat

Detroit Area Michigan

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Great Gift

December 27, 2013

Our family likes these earphones. They make a great gift. Help our college students study in the library and makes plane rides more comfortable with the noise reduction features.

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Tahar

Burlington,MA

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Sony noise canceling ear bud

December 16, 2013

The noise canceling feature is great for this small size headset.

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Ned

Canada

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Excellent Product!

December 16, 2013

I really enjoy using my new sony earbuds, especially on flights. Great sounding and an excellent fit for my ears. Even use them for running. Would recommend this product to anyone.

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"Mr.Ed"

Sugar Land, TX

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The best sounding ear buds I have found on the market!

November 16, 2013

I had tried at least 10 different brands/types of ear-buds. None of which felt comfortable to wear without hurting my ear! I finally opted to pay the higher price of these and give them a try. Oh WOW! They fit in my ear without hurting! Noise-canceling was a bonus! I am a music LOVER and these have such superb sound reproduction at the lower end of the spectrum, not a tinny sound. I am assuming it must be the 13.5 mm driver that gives it the additional quality. The other ear-buds I tried were smaller and only went up to 11 mm. The noise canceling only works for sounds like the roar of motors and fans, etc. not much for other people talking. That is good for when someone comes up to you and asks a question, no problem hearing them. I have had these for well over 2 years and I use them not only on a daily basis at work but also to sleep with while listening to music or watching TV. That means they are constantly getting tangled in the pillow! Itís been almost 3 years and I am just now starting to have a connection problem with the left ear-bud. Time to get another pair! If you want an actually very comfortable, really superb sounding, affordable set of ear-buds, then these are for you! Thank You, Sony! I just hope Sony never stops making them!

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Woody

Evansville, Mn

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Love them!

October 28, 2013

This is the second set of these I've owned in the past 5 years. I NEVER have earbuds last 5 years-but these did. Oh did I mention I wear them a minimum of 8 hrs/day x 5 days a week?! Oh yeah-I rock out daily at work, and need to block out the annoying sounds of coworkers and supervisors...these definitely do the trick! The only reason I had to replace my first pair is I got the cord hung up and instinctively pulled and ruined them. That won't happen again! (Well at least not until next time) And if it does happen again, I'll be back to buy another pair of these!

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Maria

Dallas, TX

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Good quality and quick delivery

September 19, 2013

Pros - I was very pleased with the packaging as I bought them for a gift. They have good sounds. Cons - bulky battery compartment and earbuds are not as comfortable as my previous earbuds.

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PB

Australia

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Good reliable product

September 18, 2013

The Sony MDRNC13 earphones are excellent particularly in aircraft. Just fit them, flick the power switch and after a second or two the sound difference is quite amazing. They're comfortable and well priced.

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Amy

NY, NY

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Great product

September 17, 2013

I owned these before but my kitty bit through the cord. I needed a quick replacement and Sonic had the best price and it was easy to order. I still love these headphones, great for listening to podcasts on the subway.

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Lil c

Riverside, CA

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Good Product

May 20, 2013

I bought these to replace my first pair which I left on a plane. I travel frequently and use my tablet to watch movies. The noise from the engines made it very difficult to hear but the noise canceling option on these works great. Also the way the ear buds fit in your ears is very comfortable even with small ears like mine since they rest in your ear rather than use pressure to stay in place. Keep in mind the noise canceling works best for constant droning noises like engines and treadmills not voices or other infrequent noise.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MDR-NC13

UPC

027242805088

Weight

0.30lbs

Internal SKU

mdrnc13

Internal Product ID

60418

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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Product Name: Sony MDR-NC13