Pros Incredible bass!
Cons Slight hiss with noise cancelling
Summary I tried all the high end ear buds (including Shure) and was always underwhelmed by the bass response. I did not think bass could be had from ear buds. Boy was I wrong! The deep bass from these is incredible! The noise cancelling does produce a very slight hiss, but it is imperceptible with music playing, and far better than background noise. For that to work I discovered, it is imperative that the ear buds be inserted ALL THE WAY INTO THE EAR. Then they not only cancel noise, but block much of it as well.
"blocked out a group of people carrying on in an employee lounge right next to my office!"on by jlg999
Pros Very comfortable; very effective noice canceling with great sound; can be tied up neatly enough for storage; earbuds!
Cons Don't think I like the cord lengths from the processor to either end (buds or plug ends); spring clipping the processor to a shirt or somewhere is not always possible because of angles
Summary My motivation for searching for noise canceling headphones was not eliminating the rumble from the train, bus, or plane, but to try to fight off noise pollution of the conversation variety--not the low frequency noise these products are usually designed for--from an employee lunch area right next to my office! Believe me, noise pollution anger can motivate you to try many things, and I've always loved *technology* for solutions! So anyway, on the basis of the cNet review here primarily, where the phrase stuck out that this model did a good job with higher-frequency noises, I went to my favorite retailer and got these headphones for $80--a great price considering suggest retail is $20 more, but still a risk if the product doesn't solve my problem...
Man I was in heaven! The product worked so well, I couldn't even hear one of the noisy lunch eaters say goodbye! DVDs and music I would hear at my desk were perfectly enjoyable because of sound quality (a tad less vibrant, flexible, and bright compared to my other favorite and excellent Sony earbuds, the MDR-EX71, but *nothing* to complain about: MDR-EX71's doesn't noise cancel!), comfort of the buds, *and* that I just couldn't hear the noisy talkers outside my office any more--concern number one! The only "problem" using this thing was trying to find the optimal place for the processor unit, especially when clipping the unit to my shirt (it has a spring-loaded clip for this) was not possible because of angles...trust me, this is *nothing*, but I wanted to offer a thorough review. This product is so good, yet hard enough to find info on to merit taking the chance, that I felt obligated to write this review. Thanks to the cNet editors for giving me something to work with!
The only thing I didn't evaluate was how long the not-included AAA battery would last in the unit, but I don't care, as I keep a good supply of batteries at all times. So far, no bad surprises here...
I didn't have any problems with the wires tangling as has been stated by others. The two twist ties the unit comes with, along with a plastic piece to hold the buds together for storage, make putting this sucker away in the included drawstring pouch neat! My quibbles, as I hope you've decided by my rating, are very minor as would be my other quibble about worrying about losing the little piece that holds the buds together for storage. And plus, I was able to get this from a major retailer for only $80. Unbelievable!
Pros Noise isolation, price, and size
Summary I am on my third set (only because I can not get cash or exchange for different model type). The sound is great until one ear piece will short out on you. Please not Sony DOES NOT CARE, they are aware of this problem but have not fixed it!!
Pros 1. the sound of EX71SL better than Sony MDR-NC11, much clear, good treble (MDR-E888LP is the best but can't be used in train) 2. EX71SL very effective to isolate >60% passenger's voice in bus or train, but ~20-30% engine noise only(act as white noise!
Pros Small, lightweight, easy to carry around, multiple size ear plugs.
Cons Poor Quality, stopped functioning after short period of time, expensive to repair.
Summary Bought these about 5 months ago and only use them on long flights. One side stopped working. Sony wants $80 to fix em. Since sound quality was only fair, I replaced with a different brand.