Sony MDR NC7 review: Sony MDR NC7

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 3 user reviews

The Good The Sony MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling headphones are very affordable and the earpads are soft. Package includes an airline adapter and a travel pouch, and the headphones are nice-looking.

The Bad The headband of the Sony MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling headphones tends to chafe, and bass is lacking. Noise canceling isn't the most effective we've heard.

The Bottom Line The Sony MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling headphones are an OK option for travel fiends operating on a strict budget.

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Noise canceling headphones can cost a pretty penny, which is why we always perk up when a company brings a budget-friendly option into the fray. Such is the case with the Sony MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling headphones, a $40 pair with stylish looks and handy features. These cans are neither the most comfortable nor the best at antinoise creation, but sound quality is passable and the design is compact. Frequent fliers with an aversion to earbuds and limited funds may want to consider them.

The design of the MDR-NC7 Noise Canceling headphones is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, they're fairly stylish. You can choose from either white or black, both of which feature understated silver accenting. Also, the earpad style offers a nice alternative to earbuds while still allowing the 'phones to be folded down compactly for storage and transport (Sony includes a soft black pouch for such occasions). We also appreciate the inclusion of a dual-pronged airline adapter for the rare instance that you find yourself on an older plane sporting those ports.

On the other hand, comfort is an issue when it comes to the MDR-NC7 headphones. The main issue is that the headband is hard plastic and has no padding, so we found that it tended to chafe the top of our heads after about 15 minutes of wear. Also, the headphones are just a touch tight, and this combined with the on-ear style can put uncomfortable pressure on the cartilage of the ear during extended wear. Finally, the headband doesn't seem particularly durable, always a concern with budget models.

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Sony MDR NC7 (Black)

Part Number: MDR-NC7 Released: Nov 18, 2008
MSRP: $49.99 Low Price: $73.95 See all prices

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  • Release date Nov 18, 2008
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Color black
  • Weight 4.7 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Additional Features L-shaped plug
    Noise-Cancelling Switch
    Noise-Cancelling Switch
    battery level indication
    gold-plated plug
    noise canceling circuit
    noise canceling circuit