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Sony MDR-NC6 Noise Cancelling Headphone Review

Sony MDR-NC6 Noise Cancelling Headphone

Sony MDR-NC6 Noise Cancelling Headphone

Finally, another chance to review a headphone that I do not own. 😀
The Sony MDR-NC6 noise cancelling headphone I’m reviewing here is my roommate’s. He always use it without the noise cancelling feature, because when I borrowed it, it contains no battery.

The headphone needs only a single AAA battery to power the noise cancelling feature.

After listening the default songs that I always use to review headphones and earphones, this is the result.


This is the first Sony product I reviewed, so I have no comparison for the brand itself. But this is not the first noise cancelling headphone I tried. I have the Sennheiser PXC-250 that I got few years ago, so I expected something from this noise cancelling Sony headphone.

On the noise cancelling test, I give it plain zero. Why? First, it doesn’t eliminate any noise at all. Second, it actually produce hiss sound. I know that it’s the sound waves that supposedly cancel the outside noise, but it doesn’t.

On the sound test, although I’m not really a bass head, I wanted to hear some bass punch from the songs that are heavy on this sound. The Sony MDR-NC6 headphones simply disappoint me. It doesn’t properly utilize the extra power from the battery to amplify the sound.

Mid and Treble sounds are good and nice but nothing special. Though maybe the good side of not having the bass power, is you can hear the mid and treble better.

Sound isolation is quiet good, but since it is an open-air headphone, certainly there is a limit for it.

Looks and Form

It’s a medium size headphone, not so bulky, thus it maybe comfortable for long duration listening. The earcup can swivel 90 degrees, not 180 degrees like the DJ headphones, so I suppose it’s only for storing purpose, though it is not foldable.

As I have mentioned above, it is an open-air or supra-aural headphone.

It actually looks neat and more expensive than what it really cost.


It is actually priced at $50 at but surprisingly my roommate got it for $10.

The Verdict

Disregarding the price, I don’t recommend the Sony MDR-NC6 noise cancelling headphone. The sound quality is not special, and not only it doesn’t even cancel any noise, it actually add hiss noise.

For the price of $10, I probably will consider this headphone, though I might rather add the $10 to buy better sound quality headphones.

Review Songs
Linkin Park – Meteora – Flac
Jason Mraz – We Sing, We steal, We Dance – Flac
Jubing Kristianto – Becak Fantasy – MP3

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