Rated 1 out of 5 by Sibelius Disappointing
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
Rated 3 out of 5 by chiller717 a bit disappointed
It pains me to write this review...I am extremely brand loyal and i bleed sony. I bought these a week ago....they are nice, very comfy, they look great and a great concept....however....the sound and bass simply is not there. I have three pair of the MDR-X10 over ear(at least 5 stars and they blow Beats out of the water...i highly recommend the X10's)...ok ..back on point, I also have a couple other variations of sony noise canceling ear buds that sound much better and cancel more external noise than these do. For what i paid $149.00..they are ok...but if i paid the $499.00 list price..they would be returned to sony. I'm sorry sony for the review...but you have better products already. Thanks for all the other wonderful electronics over the years.
October 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ramstar 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
Rated 1 out of 5 by princeling XBA NC 85D deception
I have to try to use this headphones since 6 months that I bought, with several PMP ( ipod,sony walkman, cowon and samsung galaxy player) for to have all arguments and give a chance, but the result ALWAYS was the same: 1- the sound is terrible ( the worst bass ever and poorly clear) 2- noise cancelling function is a joke 3- Price ( that hurts!) is needlessly high for the function: Never again i¨ll buy a sony headphones, in the market exist very much better option in a 1/5 of the price of this piece of trash. My patiente has been broken
July 20, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by romain Terrible 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by raybay really good
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