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Sony Noise Canceling Headphones - Black

  • Model: MDRNC8-BLK
  • 5.0' Single-Sided Cord
  • Head-Band
  • Noise Cancelling
  • 30.0 mm Driver Diameter
5.0' Single-Sided Cord
Noise Cancelling
Noise Cancelling
Driver Diameter
30.0 mm Driver Diameter
Other Features
Reduces Outside Noise By 90%, Requires 1 AAA Battery
Shipping Weight
1 lb
Warranty Terms - Parts
12 Months
Warranty Terms - Labor
12 Months


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save your money

By ron

from Palo Alto, CA


  • Comfortable


  • Very Little Noise Cancel

Best Uses

  • Regular Cheap Headphones

Save your money and get something else. I got the NC 8 and Sony should not have marketed these as noise cancelling because I can't hear any difference between having noise cancelling turned on and when it is off. If you just want plain old cheap stereo headphones, then fine. Spend more money and get a better product if you want REAL noise cancelling headphones. Note: the best ones get expensive. Also...I did not buy the NC 8's through this merchant.


LOVE!!! So Satisfied!!

By CKang

from Anaheim

I absolutely love my headphones. They are exactly what I needed to tune out the "Chatty Kathys" in the computer lab so I can listen to my music and get some work done!! They are tough and durable enough to survive me, which is a miracle in itself. My dad got himself a pair of the Boise noise cancelling headphones, so I was able to compare... Not only are mine a bit smaller than his they sound exactly exactly the same except without the ridiculous price tag. I've always loved Sony Products and see no reason to change :)))

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Terrible headphones

By romain

from San Francisco, CA, USA

I love Sony, but I have to admit this is a terrible buy: the noise cancellation is basically inexistent. I've tried them in a train and a plane and never noticed the slightest noise reduction. Also, there's no sound pass-through: if the NC is off or once the batteries run out the headphones are rendered useless. That's the stupidest design decision ever! I got those as a gift, so I was shocked when I saw their price. I'd be really upset if I had paid my own money for it. Shame on Sony for that one, especially considering the great stuff they can come up with when they really try.

(35 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


big disappointment value for money

By ramstar

from Dubai

battery runs out very quick. not a great noise canceling and actually big disappointment for the money paid.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best Purchase

By vsmy

from Southlake, TX

Nice noise cancelling, good voice quality, easy to fold/wrap. Easy to carry. Overall very nice value & good product

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


These Headphones Have a Lot of Problems!!!!

By NileshR12

from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

As u can tell from the title of this review, these headphones have a lot of problems!!!! First of all, there's no rubber band on either this pair of headphones or the new MDR-NC8 that replace this pair of now discontinued MDR-NC7 headphones. There's no padding at the top of the headband like on the MDR-NC200D headphones!!!! Then secondly, there's no volume control/ in-line remote on any of those three headphones, except for the DR-NC201IP!!!! Third, these headphones are really fragile & break way too easily!!!! Fourth, they're not that stylish except for the new MDR-NC8 headphones that do look stylish, & there aren't many color options available besides black & with on both models!!!! Despite the fact that/ even though both of these headphones have problems that Sony will hopefully improve on, for the great price & good sound, I would recommend u to definitely NOT buy these headphones & just go straight for Beats Solo HD Metallic Blue Headphones because of their supreme sound quality & their stylishness. I just recommend the Metallic Blue because that's my favorite color besides orange & green, but they also look really in Metallic Blue. I mean, if u wanna get a different color, that's up to u, but I'd recommend u sticking to Metallic Blue.



By Anonymous

from Florianópolis, Brazil


  • Great Sound, Comfortable, Noise Cancelling, Sound Isolation


  • Requires a battery for a good output.

Best Uses

    I'm extremely happy with this headphone. Great clear sound and very handy, light weight and great quality, It's a great purchase!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



    By Sibelius

    from Ottawa


    • Attractive design


    • Poor sound, poor noise cancelling

    Best Uses

      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.


      really good

      By raybay

      from Jedah, KSA

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

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



      By Josh14

      from Undisclosed

      The overall design of the headphones were awful. The sound quality was also horrible and had no bass what so ever. I returned them the day i bought them.

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