SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling Headphones

SONY MDR NC13

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SONY MDR NC13
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DESIGN

6/10

    COMFORT

    8/10

      NOISE CANCELLING

      5/10

        SOUND

        8/10

          PRICE

          9/10

            Pros

            • cheap
            • good fit
            • good sound
            • long battery life
            • work without battery (but no Noise Cancelling)

            Cons

            • bulky and heavy battery box
            • no remote control

             

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            The SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling Headphones are part of the “ear-in” type. SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling HeadphonesI’m not a real fan of the in-ear headphones (read what you should know about). Especially if I’m eating something, the feeling is weird and the earbuds tend to come out after a while. But the isolation from the sounds outside is great. However, my opinion is that they will isolate your ear too much and some people don’t like the feeling. But let’s see if the MDR NC13 do cancel the noises better than the over-ear headphones.

             The Shape


             

            For an ear-in headphones, the MDR NC13 are quite big. The built-in microphone makes them look heavy and bulky, but the truth is that once you put them on they are quite comfortable. Included in the packaging are the three different sizes earbuds. You can easily find a good fitting for any kind of ear size.
            SONY MDR NC13 earbuds
            Along the cable, there is the battery/control box where you have to put an AAA battery (included in the package) for the Noise Cancellation to work. This makes the box quite bulky and heavy, so you’ll need to use the clip at the back to prevent losing the earbuds while walking. Here you will find an on/off button to power the Noise Cancelling technology and a LED light that will tell you when the NC is on.

            The Noise Cancelling


            For the price the Noise Cancelling is working just fine. You should not expect outstanding performance, but the NC system plus the isolation from the earbuds make a good result.
            SONY MDR NC13 battery box
            The good thing about these headphones is that you can use it without the battery too, they simply work as normal earphones.

            The Sound


            Nothing to complain about the sound. The bass are rich and the middle-high tones are just good. I found out that with the NC on, the sound is slightly warmer and louder.
            SONY MDR NC13 set
            The earbuds make a great job with the noise isolation so you don’t have to turn up the volume too high.

            The Extras


            SONY MDR NC13 extrasThe packaging comes with a carrying pouch, an airline adapter, three different size earbuds and one AAA battery that gives you 100 hours of Noise Cancelling.

            Pros & Cons


            SONY MDR NC13 set2Pros

            • cheap
            • good fit
            • good sound
            • long battery life
            • work without the battery (but no Noise Cancelling)

            Cons

            • bulky and heavy battery box
            • no remote control

            Conclusion


            The SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling Headphones are not as good as others, sound quality wise but for the mid-range price with Noise Cancelling are worth the price.

            If you need a cheap solution for killing the air-con noise in the office or the buzzing of the airplane engine, the MDR NC13 could be a good choice. Click on the button below for more.

            If you want something better, read my review of the BOSE QuietComfort 20i or the JAYBIRD BlueBuds X.

             

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            One thought on “SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling Headphones

            1. Lis

              I have never been able to get on with in-ear headphones either. Apart from them feeling uncomfortable in the ear, they never seem to stay in and you can end up with ear ache from constantly adjusting them. However, the noise cancelling aspect and the price of the Sony MDR NC13 does make these interesting.

              I will have to look into them myself and see if I can get over the annoying aspects of in-ear headphones.

              Thank you.
              Lis.

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