Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones
I love Sony, but I have to admit this is a terrible buy: the noise cancellation is basically inexistent. I've tried them in a train and a plane and never noticed the slightest noise reduction. Also, there's no sound pass-through: if the NC is off or once the batteries run out the headphones are rendered useless. That's the stupidest design decision ever!
I got those as a gift, so I was shocked when I saw their price. I'd be really upset if I had paid my own money for it. Shame on Sony for that one, especially considering the great stuff they can come up with when they really try.
August 16, 2013
big disappointment value for money
battery runs out very quick. not a great noise canceling and actually big disappointment for the money paid.
February 25, 2013
The Sony XBANC85D noise cancelling earbuds are disappointing. The sound is brittle and harsh, even when the signal is equalized to reduce treble or to boost bass. This is especially noticeable with vocal music and solo piano, though less so with orchestral music. Ben Heppner through these sounds like Jussi Bjorling, and a piano sounds like it's being played over the telephone. Other reviewers have noted the lack of bass, but I don't think that's the problem; rather, the problem is the exaggerated treble, which makes these earbuds almost unlistenable. As for the noise cancelling (I bought them for flying), when I tested them with power tools in a workshop, I could not detect any reduction of noise at all (apart from the passive isolation provided by the foam ear buds). I am not surprised that Sony has just reduced the list price. The Shures that I listened to have a much smoother sound, especially the 535s (about the same list price as the Sonys), but even the 315s (less than half as much) are much better than the Sonys, and seem to offer the same passive noise isolation.
September 7, 2012
it's a really good headphone. The noise is almost completely canceled, the bass is great, and the overall experience is excellent!
August 17, 2012