Pros sound quality, size, style, removable cord, noise-cancel on/off switch
Cons price, power consumption
Summary I own two other sets of headphones, both large-cup, over-ear style, and from the appearance of these headphones, the cups didn't seem large enough to be over-the-ear. I was wrong. Sony has done an excellent job of keeping these over-the-ear headphones slim enough to not draw a lot of attention. They have a very nice piano black color and soft leather exterior. The sound quality is amazing. This is my first pair of noise canceling headphones and I was impressed. Flipping the switch on for the first time gave me the impression of what instantly going deaf would feel like. Despite silencing the environment, voices faintly come through.
One key feature of these that the more expensive Bose Quiet Comfort headphones lacked is the ability to switch the noise canceling off and on. I found this to be very useful when riding the train in Atlanta, because I could hear the stops being announced over the loudpseaker.
I've tested these on a plane, on a train... with a fox... (kidding), and both occasions proved to me that my purchase would not be in vain. I was initially reluctant to spend near $200 for headphones when I usually spend no more than $60, but with this pair, you definitely get what you pay for.
Pros Good noise cancelling, and great comfort, and it's a SONY
Cons Haven't found any yet
Summary I consider myself as a lucky one this time!
Purchased this one after reading many reviews (mostly positives) from a web site for about 70$ for a SONY certified refurbished one, and it didn't work out at all, it had all kinds of noises and discomfort.
So, called SONY customer service and asked to return for exchange. After a long time waiting (a month and a half), they finally said they had no similar refurbished one in stock for exchange, so they decided to mail me instead a NEW one! So, my misery turned into my luck this time.
As soon as I received it, I checked out, boy, am I happy! It blows the old one away, and worked out very well so far. Good noise cancelling, and great comfort, and it's a SONY.
So, a good lesson, don't buy expensive refurbished electronics without careful evaluation, even if it's re-certified.
Pros The Pros about this product is that the headphones are very clear and still maintain a high level of sound quality at high volumes.
The Noise Reduction is also very well on the headphones
Cons None that I can think of besides Portability, but that isn't a huge issue considering the case is barely bigger than my hand
Summary These headphones are one of the best noise cancelling headphones that you can find under 200 dollars, and they sound just as good as Bose noise cancelling headphones...the only other headphones that I can think that are better than these are they SONY MDR NC-500D Digital Noise Cancelling headphones, but they do cost $150-$250 more then these.
Pros Best noise canceling headphone i ever saw from now and its got a beautiful design.
Cons interrupt count when i plug into my iphone when i activited the NCing feature
Summary What i can say?? Its great!
Pros better than bose for noise cancelling
Cons not even close to bose for sound quality
Summary but, i do love the headphones. i plug in my old etymotic 6i earbuds and then detach the cord to my sony headphones and use them just as a noise canceling unit. of course i can't walk around with them because someone could walk up behind me and i wouldn't hear a thing. by itself the sony headphones didn't drown out the noise enough for me. but the two together works well. you could do the same thing with the bose headphones but i didn't want to spend the extra money.