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  • The MDR-NC7's (which I've now had about a year and a half), on the other hand, have so far not only been problem-free, but represent a big improvement in sound quality and (in my opinion) aesthetics
  • The NC6 also had the irritating tendency to produce a low hiss when the noise canceling function was on, but no such issue with the MDR-NC7's
  • If you're looking for quality travel headphones at a reasonable price, I definitely recommend these-but then again, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Sony comes out with something even better, so be cautious

    • by Nick Addison
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      I was a little hesitant purchasing this set of headphones, because I’d had a a pair of the MDR-NC6’s that went on the fritz-specifically, they began playing out of only one headphone, with no clear evidence of wiring problems on the other side-roughly a year after purchase. I’d failed to get the warranty coverage (let that be a lesson to us all), so there was nothing I could do about it. The MDR-NC7’s (which I’ve now had about a year and a half), on the other hand, have

      so far not only been problem-free, but represent a big improvement in sound quality and (in my opinion) aesthetics. The last time I used these phones aboard a plane (travel being the typical reason for wanting noise canceling capability), they worked perfectly, convincing me that for those willing to spend up to $50 (and no more) on quality headphones, these were the way to go.

      First off, the functionality-one of the perils of consumer technology, as we all know, is just how much improvement can be made from model to model, leaving those with the old model feeling cheated when the new one emerges only months later. This is the case with these headphones-whereas the MDR-NC6 reduced ambient noise by roughly 70%, the MDR-NC7’s reduce it by nearly 88%, and believe me, the difference is noticeable. I’ve experienced much less static and had fewer sound complaints with the NC7’s than the NC6’s, and most other non-professional headphones I’ve bought, in fact. The NC6 also had the irritating tendency to produce a low hiss when the noise canceling ...


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      function was on, but no such issue with the MDR-NC7’s.

      The NC7’s are also much more comfortable to wear-whereas the phones on the NC6 are covered in cheap, easily ripped foam, the NC7 has permanently attached covers that are apparently made of vinyl or something similar, making them much less itchy when worn for extended periods.

      The look of the headphones is also important to some-you’re wearing them around on your head, after all-and while the shiny silver phones and black band of the NC6’s feel like the

      designers wanted them to look a little too futuristic, I much prefer the understated mix of black and dark gray in the NC7’s.

      Finally, a note on portability-while both models are foldable, only the MDR-NC7’s have a headband that folds in the middle, reducing the risk of accidentally snapping it right in half. If you’re looking for quality travel headphones at a reasonable price, I definitely recommend these-but then again, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Sony comes out with something even better, so be cautious!




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