Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones with Carrying Case

Sony

About Sony MDR-NC500D

The innovative Sony MDR-NC500D headphones use digital technology to more accurately reduce stress-inducing noise from planes, trains and buses while providing the high-quality audio expected from Sony. For extra-long usage, a built-in Lithium-ion battery is included, as well as two AA batteries.

Sony MDR-NC500D Features

  • Digital high quality noise canceling
  • Up to 99% ambient noise reduction at 160Hz
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) noise canceling with automatic selection between three different environment modes
  • Internal Lithium-ion battery for up to 16 hours of use in addition to normal AA batteries which can be used as well and would allow for a joint 28 hours of use
  • Premium case
  • Large 40mm Neodymium drivers for great sonic detail with a wide frequency response
  • Adjustable headband and thick around-ear cushions for a comfortable fit and added noise blockage
  • Single-sided cable with a standard 3.5mm mini plug
  • Airplane and 1/4" adapters included for wide compatibility

Sony MDR-NC500D Specifications

Cord
Single-sided cord connects to left earpiece
Headphone Type
Closed, dynamic
Design
Premium over the head, Noise canceling
Headband
Adjustable, Foldable (Swivel)
Magnet
Neodymium
Plug
Gold-plated, L-shaped stereo mini plug
Type of Use
Noise canceling
Battery Life (Approx)
16H (with built in fully charged battery) 28H (with fully charged built in battery and 2 fresh AA batteries)
Battery Type
DC1.5V- 2 size AA battery, DC 3.7V -built in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Power Handling Capacity
100mW
Driver Unit
40mm diameter, dome type
Frequency Response
5 - 24,000Hz
Impedance
40 ohms at 1kHz (on)
Selectivity
3 distinct noise-canceling modes for use in three acoustically different environments (Airplane, Bus, office)
Sensitivity (db)
102dB/mW (on)
Cord Length (Approx.)
1.5m -L-type stereo mini plug, .5m stereo mini plug
Weight (Approx.)
6.9oz/195g (including built in battery)
Warranty
Sony 1 year parts & 90 days labor limited warranty

Sony MDR-NC500D Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.4

(based on 11 reviews)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than Bose QCII or 3

Got these for XMAS, and the noise reduction is outstanding. Overall sound reproduction is great too - excellent bass, great treble, realistic voice, etc. Only issue I have: when "sealed to ear" (without wearing glasses, etc.), and volume is loud; there is an occasional feedback loop on bass that causes very annoying warbling effect. Headphones must be adjusted on head to stop the warbling. Only noted on good rock music at loud levels (which I like ..., sadly). Effect is minimized (rarely occu...

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Got these for XMAS, and the noise reduction is outstanding. Overall sound reproduction is great too - excellent bass, great treble, realistic voice, etc. Only issue I have: when "sealed to ear" (without wearing glasses, etc.), and volume is loud; there is an occasional feedback loop on bass that causes very annoying warbling effect. Headphones must be adjusted on head to stop the warbling. Only noted on good rock music at loud levels (which I like ..., sadly). Effect is minimized (rarely occurs) when I wear my glasses - which create an air/noise gap. Otherwise, a real winner; and if you listen at "normal levels", you'll not notice the issue.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst Purchase Ever

I bought these headphones last week and just got off a 10h flight - they turned out to be completely unusable due to the thumping sound also described by other reviewers. Noise cancellation works very well, but the thumping is worse than tinnitus! FYI: The problem persisted even after repeated pressing of the mode select button. In my case, it affected both speakers. Removing the headphones from the ears for a few seconds would stop the thumping, but it would start again after a short time (u...

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I bought these headphones last week and just got off a 10h flight - they turned out to be completely unusable due to the thumping sound also described by other reviewers. Noise cancellation works very well, but the thumping is worse than tinnitus! FYI: The problem persisted even after repeated pressing of the mode select button. In my case, it affected both speakers. Removing the headphones from the ears for a few seconds would stop the thumping, but it would start again after a short time (up to a minute or so). Accidentally leaning on the headrest would also trigger the thumping. I can't believe Sony are selling these.

Reviewed by 11 customers

(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very disappointed

By

from los angeles

I'm a big fan of Sony noise cancelling sets, so I upgraded to this model. The reviews and the product descriptions failed to mention that the batteries are NOT integrated into the headsets. If you want to run on batteries you have to carry a separate "battery pack" that holds 2 AA batteries. If you want to use the internal battery you have to carry a separate charging brick. Are you kidding? This is a complete non-starter for me, so I will be returning them. I am surprised that this disadvantage was not pointed out in any of the other negative reviews. My previous Sony sets had one AAA battery integrated into the earphone itself. NO accessories needed.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Durability - short warranty

By

from Seattle, WA

I loved these headphones until the internal wiring for the righ ear piece broke ( I can still get sound if I hold the right ear cup just right). I used these lightly for two years and expect more out of a product that lists for $399. The only repair option is to pay $175 to exchange them for refurbs. Their 90 day warranty is too short - other headphone brands come with two year warranties.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

PUSH THE JACK ALL THE WAY IN!

By

from Windsor, ON

I'm a huge fan of Sony headphones with this being my 3rd higher end pair. At 1st I was really unhappy experiencing everything that the 1 star reviewers were experiencing with weird thumping and distortions. They were slated to be returned in disgust. I tried them on several audio devices and I came to realize that it is just more difficult to plug the jack all the way in. Once I really pushed the jack in the sound I experienced was the same as the 5 star reviewers. If you are looking for wired NC headphones specifically then I would recommend these and I am keeping my pair. Cool digital sound combined with a really long battery life.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent noise cancelling

By

from United Airlines

Switched from Bose QC-15 headset to these and have been very pleased with the results. They headsets are comfortable, very quiet, and have excellent sound reproduction. I have noticed that if the headset is tilted toward the back of the head I get a thumping noise. This disappears if the headset is worn on top of the head (as expected). Don't know how to measure how much quieter it is than the Bose set, so I will position as follows. Bose worked well except during take-offs, and if I was seated near the engine. These headsets truly minimize outside noise including engine take-off noise.

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing sound

By

from pasadena

the thumping noise described by other reviews is when the head phones are not worn flat on your head i have these they work great when you lean bay in an airplane seat put top of head phones straight up other than that amazing head phones

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Superior Pair of Headphones!

By

from Chicago, IL

I have used the NC500 on a many trips to Florida and my commute to the Loop and they work and sound Great!

(37 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst Purchase Ever

By

from Undisclosed

I bought these headphones last week and just got off a 10h flight - they turned out to be completely unusable due to the thumping sound also described by other reviewers. Noise cancellation works very well, but the thumping is worse than tinnitus! FYI: The problem persisted even after repeated pressing of the mode select button. In my case, it affected both speakers. Removing the headphones from the ears for a few seconds would stop the thumping, but it would start again after a short time (up to a minute or so). Accidentally leaning on the headrest would also trigger the thumping. I can't believe Sony are selling these.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great headphones

By

from Tegucigalpa, HN

Extremely comfortable! This is a must have for anyone who appreciates music. Price tag is HIGH....but totally worth it.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Incredible sound however there's a failure???

By

from Farmington CT

I bought Sony headphones twice now, this is the second time I have the same problem ...on left speaker an intermittent sound starts after few minutes working. Not sure why but it happen twice to me. On first headphones set -MDR-NC50, after a year or so, I have to listen a constant buzzing while on the go -on a bus or a plane -especially when I had altitude changes. It was so bad that I need to turn off the noise canceling feature and hear the music + external noise. I decided to buy this model -MDR-NC500D just because I thought the digital NC was a nice feature and would never have the same problem again. Despite my hopes, now I'm having same problem back, it starts with some constant, repeated interruptions on left speaker -sounds like a drum, very low sound, about every 1/3 of a second, until I either separate the left speaker a little bit from my ear and/or change the AI NC mode manually -and some times not even that helps. It's really uncomfortable. NOTE: sometimes the same defective sound effect can be heard is left speaker is being firmly pushed against the ear, The real problem is that I can't turn off the NC feature on these new headphones, as the sound goes completely off too as a difference to the old ones. Can someone help me to explain if I'm doing something wrong or is just a headphone defective construction or so? Thanks ...Germy

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I have owned three other ...

By

from Tokyo

I have owned three other noise cancelling headphones over the years and these are the best. They block out everything from the outside. Even your own voice. It's like being in a vacuum. The fit is a little small around the ears but they are very light. The programs have no trouble adjusting to different ambient sounds though just leaving them on automatic works for most surroundings. Figuring out the button presses is intuitive. Great battery life so far. There is a standard battery gaget to allow use when far away from power. On the bullet train in Japan they completely block out the noise around me but whenever the train would go through a tunnel the system would be confused with the air pressure changes. Through the whole tunnel I would get the "whoop, whoop, whooping" sound. Otherwise the perfect travel companions.

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