Rated 4 out of 5 by SeaJoe Nice cans!
I recently purchased these before a plane trip. NC performance was very good. These are designed to cancel out lower frequency constant noises. I sat in a window seat and was able to hear the flight attendant ask what I wanted to drink! It's refreshing to listen to music at a normal volume level, without the need of boosting output to compensate for a noisy listening environment.
After a little break in, these headphones sound nearly as good as my Sony MDR-7506.
I was really hoping to use these on the metro bus. Here is where NC performance fails. When the bus is moving, it sounds like wind blowing. When the bus hits a bump, the headphones beep, the noise cancelling turns off briefly, then comes back on. If this was my sole purpose for buying these, I would have rated these 1 star.
At the office, these easily cancel out the HVAC and other PC noises.
These headphones will operate in passive mode - either turned off or dead battery. This is an advantage over other NC headphones. Fidelity in the upper end is reduced, but still listenable.
Battery life is better than expected. The supplied battery lasted about 30 hours, which I believe these are rated to get about 20 hours of use on a single battery.
January 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DJSubs Great Investment!
Pros: great sound quality, very comfortable, noise canceling works really well with lower fz noises.
Cons: slight hiss when NC is on, voices and other fz altering noises still get through.
This is an over all great headphone.
Sound Quality: The sound quality is really great although if you like to "feel" the bass, these aren't for you. However you can still hear the bass really well, they definitely don't lack in any frequency.
Comfort: The angle at which the speaker is placed inside is designed and does fit better than most headphones. Unlike most headphones no part of it presses against your actual ear, which makes it extremely comfortable.
Noise Canceling: This works pretty well in most environments and reduces the dB of any noise dramatically. However you won't get complete silence, you can't with any headphones. This also depends on how loud you play you music. The NC gets rid of mid-lower and lower fz really well but the upper-miss and highs still get through but at a lower volume than without NC.
Sound Leak: There is minimal sound leakage, again depending on how loud you like you music. it is much less than most headphones.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by StudyAholic Nursing School MUST!
I am a full time nursing student, and recently there has been a couple who have moved in down stairs from me and I believe they think they live in a club. They are constantly blaring heavy booming music and it makes it impossible to write papers and study. So I bit the expensive bullet and purchased these headphones. THEY ARE AMAZING! I don't hear any bass coming from downstairs (occasionally I can still feel the floor vibrating) but I can finally study now in peace without distractions. Thank you SO much Sony! Great product!
December 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptainKirk1a Truly Exceptional
After purchasing these at bestbuy and using their return policy. I tried out the bose QC 15, Monster Inspiration NC, and the Marshall Studios(not noise canceling but better than Monster-weird?). The noise canceling on these is better overall vs the bose. Bose cancels slightly more lower frequencies, but Sony Cancels out voices much much better. Overall These are better for noise cancelling. Comfort wise they were better that all of other headphones. I can wear them for 8 hours straight and no problem. Sound was surprisingly balanced with a slight emphasis on the lower treble. This is how I would rank them(avoid the monster inspirations at all costs! if you listen to jazz and classical, these Sony's truly shine. They are surprisingly accurate. No altered bass or highs, just warm buttery sound. if you like bass heavy cans, changed your eq, they dont distort! Overall these are the best sub 500 phones I have had. There are better sounding cans for slightly less, but they dont have noise cancelling, style, comfort, and are usually opened cans. These do leak sound at moderately loud levels, not much but enough so that people can tell you are listening to music
Too bad the sony mdr10rnc didnt come with a volume control for my Iphone.
December 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrHeadphone Best Headphones I've Ever Owned
Excellent sound and noise cancelling. One thing that I was looking for was a detachable stereo cable so that I could use it just for noise cancelling. Also, I wanted ones that I could use regular batteries. Finish quality is top notch on headphones and carry case.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RubioRemixed Top-Shelf Audio Experience
Every aspect of the MDR-10RNC experience lived up to the hype from packaging to the visual aesthetic of the headphones. Audio quality wasn't quite on par with the BOSE QC-15, but the difference was small at best. Memory foam cushioning means I can comfortably wear these over an eight hour day. These headphones overhauled my perception of Sony headphones. Bravo.
January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by laotchie Surprised !
Just bought it yesterday. I used it at work and it feels like I am not there anymore. So far, it feels like I am underwater when wearing it. I do not hear the AC and the background noise.
Really good product and so confortable!
Also the carrying case is good.
December 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 They worked well until...
These headphones were great. They were very comfortable and had good quality sound. I used them everyday until the headphone cable stopped working. I thought it would be an easy enough part to replace but I haven't been able to find a single cable that can fit into the headphone jack. Very disappointed because they were great headphones and I don't think I'll be buying another of sonys products if the parts are going to break and not be able to be replaced.
June 13, 2014