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Sony MDR-NC200D review

The Sony MDR-NC200D sound better with their noise-cancelling turned off, not good if you are on a noisy plane Tested at £199

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

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Good noise-cancelling, but so-so sound

Pros

  • + Good noise-cancelling, snug fit

Cons

  • - Slightly muffled and smooth sound compromises detail and bite

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.

Not a bad effort, then, but there are better options out there for the money.

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