Sony MDR-NC6 review: Sony MDR-NC6

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The Good Noise-canceling headphones; rich sound; folds for compact storage; soft leatherette carry pouch.

The Bad Noise-canceling powers aren't up to snuff.

The Bottom Line Sony's most affordable noise-canceling headphones' sweet sound may satisfy some buyers, but their noise-canceling prowess is suspect.

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Sony MDR-NC6

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Noise-canceling headphones have become popular with commuters and frequent fliers, but the better ones are pricey. Sony currently offers four noise-canceling (NC) headphones, including the $59 list MDR-NC6, one of the most affordable models on the market.

The lightweight, 5.3-ounce headphones are nicely finished and fold up for compact storage in the provided soft leatherette carry pouch. The foam-padded earpieces applied moderate pressure to our ears, and we found the NC6s to be fairly comfortable, though the 50-inch-long cable was a little unwieldy for portable use. We stuffed the extra wire in our pocket.

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Where to Buy

Sony MDR-NC6

Part Number: MDRNC6 Released: Oct. 1, 2004

MSRP: $27.65

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct. 1, 2004
  • Weight 5.3 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features foldable
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
About The Author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.