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Sony MDR-NC500D review

Sony's MDR-NC500D headphones are reasonable by the standards of noise-cancellers, but they're far short of the quality offered by the best Tested at £190.00

Our Verdict

Hard treble and pudgy bass makes these cans tiresome with prolonged listening


  • Reasonable detailing, good depth and weight, comfortable fit


  • Harsh sibilant treble, pudgy bass

These headphones use digital noise cancelling to cut surrounding noise by up to 99 per cent, and artificial intelligence to work-out 'the best noise profile for your situation'.

The noise-cancelling is not as comprehensive as that marketing info suggests, but it's not far off, and the headphones are very comfortable on the ears.

The sound is decent. Basslines kick in with depth, and vocals are arresting. The problem is that deep bass is soft, while treble exhibits some tiresome hardness.


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSony
Product TypeHeadphone
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberMDRNC500D.CEK
Product NameSony MDR-NC500D
Product ModelMDR-NC500D

Technical Information

Sound ModeStereo
Minimum Frequency Response5 Hz
Connector PlatingGold Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Impedance40 Ohm
Cable Length1.50 m
Maximum Frequency Response24 kHz


Package Contents
  • MDR-NC500D Noise Cancelling Headphone
  • Storage Case


Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorEar-cup
Weight Approximate195 g


Host InterfaceMini-phone