Product Type: Sony headphones
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Bought in haste with no regrets 18 months later.
Sony MDR NC7
Member Name: Goldfever
Sony MDR NC7
Advantages: Featherweight, sound quality, noise cancelling, reliability
Disadvantages: Sound leakage
I bought a pair of these when stuck in Gatwick on Christmas 2009 for 6+ hours, I don't think I need to explain why! I had been looking around for a good but affordable pair of noise-cancelling headphones already and at that point I decided to take the plunge.
The benefits of the pair are clear, for me. I paid £40-ish for them and for that price they more than perform. With the noise-cancelling activated (with 1 AAA battery) the sound quality is excellent and suit wide ranges of music for the price. The sound-cancelling isn't as effective as you might hope (in the excitement of a new electronics purchase) but for the price paid I can't fault it.
They're also easily folded to fit in the included fabric case for travelling. As well as being good for travel, their lightness makes them more comfortable over time than larger headphones. They also aren't too tight with an adjustable headband for my over-sized head. The cable length is long enough for you to have your mp3/laptop computer on the other side of a desk and out the way while you listen. Finally, as I still have them a year later with regular use & no issues, the reliability and quality is high.
An honest review wouldn't be complete without considering disadvantages. In this case, I can only fault them for needing the noise-cancelling activated for premium sound quality which is addictive - it seems silly to lower the sound quality to save battery power when all it takes is the flick of a switch to turn it on - so I use the noise cancelling function all the time. However I seem to get much, much more life out of a battery than was originally suggested (8 hours or so) so this shouldn't be a significant monetary consideration. The main problem with this is just that there is a relatively high amount of sound leakage when the noise cancelling is activated, so not necessarily suitable for quiet public places like a library, or for guilty pleasures.
All in all, it goes to show that on that day in Gatwick I bought them as a Christmas present for my sister and after we opened the box and tried them (come on, it made sense) I immediately went back and bought my own, and haven't looked back since. And they're still working perfectly.
Summary: Love them.
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