The SONY MDR NC13 Noise Cancelling Headphones are part of the “ear-in” type. I’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.
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.
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.
The good thing about these headphones is that you can use it without the battery too, they simply work as normal earphones.
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.
The earbuds make a great job with the noise isolation so you don’t have to turn up the volume too high.
The 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
- good fit
- good sound
- long battery life
- work without the battery (but no Noise Cancelling)
- bulky and heavy battery box
- no remote control
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.