"As good as Bose at much less the cost"5.0 starson by tcarterva
Pros: Comfortable on-ear fit, great noise cancellation, neatly folds into compact case
Cons: Annoying monitor button easy to accidentally push
Summary: I've used Bose noise canceling earphones for years. When the outer ear cups on my last pair inexplicably peeled off when I laid them on the cover of a paperback book overnight, and Bose only offered to sell me new ear pads at full cost, I decided to look around for an alternative.
After some research I decided to try the MDR-NC200D headphones. What a great choice! They're compact, comfortable and do the job. I actually think they're better than Bose, because the latter exerts a pressure on my eardrums that gets uncomfortable after a while. That doesn't happen with the MDR-NC200D headphones. I love how they neatly fold up and fit into a compact case, which makes them very easy to travel with.
My only complaint is that one of their features, monitor mode. This lets you turn off the NC function so that you can hear what someone's saying, is controlled by a button. Because it's a button, and not a switch, it's easy to accidentally push if you adjust the headphones. This is an unneeded feature, in my opinion, because if I need to hear something going on, I simply slide one of the the headphones off an ear a bit.
Best, these babies are inexpensive. They retail for $199, but you can find them much cheaper if you look around. I got mine for $142 (with shipping). Unlike the reviewer, however, I do not find these a cheaper, but settle-for-less alternative to Bose NC headphones. Bose once led the pack because of innovative technology, and could pull of the very high prices because of the brand name. But Sony and others have caught up and are selling this commodity at much better prices.