Our Verdict Good noise-cancelling, but so-so sound For Good noise-cancelling, snug fit Against Slightly muffled and smooth sound compromises detail and bite Reviewed on 12th April 2012 The Sony NC200Ds’ noise-cancelling does a good job of smoothing out the world’s background noise. However, this effect is also apparent in the sound coming out of their drivers; with the tech turned on, everything sounds a bit too gentle and muffled. The riffs and basslines in Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride overwhelm the vocals and some detail and attack get lost in the confusion. The sound quality is marginally better when the Sonys are used passively. The midrange has space to breathe, and treble sounds more natural, with better separation and detail. These cans are a good fit, but their on-ear design could make your ears quite hot over long periods. More after the break Not a bad effort, then, but there are better options out there for the money. Follow whathifi on TwitterJoin whathifi on Facebook Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 03:28pm The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Headphones MDR-NC200D Sony Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.