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, 21 Jul 2017, 12:38pm Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm 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.