Rated 4 out of 5 by RCTech Very nice Headset
These headsets are extremely light and feels very light in the head. The NFC is very convenient when connecting to other devices that support NFC. The sound quality is also very good! I would have to agree with other users who comment on the foam being very hard and cause some discomfort around the earlobes after using for extended periods. That said, I guess in order for the NC function to work the headset needs to be fixed against the ear to block out unwanted sounds. Also, considering the different head / ear shapes that exist across different users there is a fine line between what is perfect for some but a little uncomfortable for others... therefore the 4 stars.
I did have some trouble with FEDEX and the delivery of this package, but Sony's customer service guys did their very best to make sure my problem was resolved and I was happy.
August 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by djJimmyJam Good Headset
Was skeptical to buy initially because these were brand new to the US market (when I purchased) and there were not a lot of reviews to go by. However, I have been pleasantly surprised.
Sound quality is good (as should be expected from Sony)...well balanced audio with decent bass. The fit for me is perfect...it is like a hybrid on ear / over the ear but sufficient padding on both the top of the head and on the earphones make it really comfortable. I work out with Monster Freedom sweatproof headphones in the gym and compared to those these are like wearing pillows.
The noise cancelling piece is good...I feel like people expect noise cancelling to mean "hit the button and you don't hear anything else but silent tranquility." That is not the case but also not my expectation....
Where it does work awesome is when I have the headphones on either working within the home or on an airplane. Turn the sound or music on, activate noise cancelling, and all TV, engine noise, and voices are drowned out #my wife hates this#.
My only bit of frustration is that they don't include a protective pouch with the headset #leather bag or case# which every other headset in the $200 price range does. PS...they also don't have one to sell you #which I tried# so now I begin the 3rd party search for a case that fits.
For someone who wants quality audio, wireless, noise-cancelling, premiumness, and style #side note: there should be an age limit on who can wear Beats by Dre# you can NOT beat these for $200.
May 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yjohns Fantastic Headphones!!
These are excellent headphones for the money. I first purchased the Bose blue-tooth noise cancel headphones from Costco, returned them due to focal depth and not over the ear, actually quite uncomfortable. So I tried the Sony, also sold at Costco, $149.00. The are fantastic, rich depth, accurate focal depth accuracy and very comfortable. I travel a lot on the airplanes, private and commercial, the noise cancellation is very good. My son mows the lawn with them and wants to trade his Beats for mine. I guess it's time to go back to Costco for an additional pair.
July 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Toley I love these headphones. I tested it on a flight and was very impressed with the noise cancellation feature. These replaced an earlier Sony set (which I loved very much), and the quality was a hundred times better. Have not compared against the Bose, but did not cost near as much, not to mention that Bose did not have a Bluetooth version at the time I purchased these. Speaking of bluetooth, I was sitting in the middle of the plane and could enjoy my misc from the restroom. They may not be the best as rated by the experts, but for the money, you can't beat them.
December 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dinah Just ok
Strangely my (and the other review) have disappeared. These are not worth the price in my opinion. Ease of use is good and audio quality just fine. My two gripes are the noise canceling- which doesn't seem to work much and the design.
There are supposedly 3 settings for the noise canceling and it chooses automatically which it deems best. I'd like to have some control over that. These are on the ear rather than over. I understand this is a standard feature of noise canceling headsets. So they are simultaneously uncomfortable if worn too long and get hot on your ears yet slip off if you bend over. So tight and loose at same time.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zekester Returned
Didn't work for watching tv. Sound was good and fit nice. Just wanted them for tv viewing.
December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by critical PERFECT CHOICE
These headphones were purchased in a package which included a case, etc. Bought for travel but they are so nice I use them regularly rather than ear buds. The sound is superior even to the Bose ear buds I have and with features like Bluetooth/NFC pairing AND built in smartphone answering what more could anyone want. They are also superior at blocking out noise, I use them every visit to the dentist! Great buy, great product, very happy!!
December 27, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Allan82552 For noise canceling you can do better for less
I bought these headphones with high expectations but was very disappointed. First, the headphones are on-the-ear and not over the ear. They become very uncomfortable on long airline flights and leak the engine noise. I no not know how Sony can claim 98% noise reduction. This must be under very controlled conditions and not with normal ears and in an airplane seat.
The headphones would continually turn off if they were not connected to my phone. They would not operate in a standalone noise canceling mode.
I returned the headphones. The person accepting the return at Costco said I am not the first person complaining for similar reasons
August 30, 2014