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In-Ear Noise-Canceling Headphones Debut From Sony

San Diego – Sony
introduced a pair of noise-canceling headphones on Wednesday, including an
in-ear model, as well as several headsets.

The MDR-NC100D in-ear
headphones ($150) have 13.5mm drivers and feature Sony’s digital signal
processing (DSP) technology, which the company said reduces up to 98.2 percent
of ambient noise.

The headphones, which
have up to 22 hours of use on an AAA battery, ship with three sizes of ear
buds. Also included are a carrying pouch, in-flight plug adaptor and cord

The MDR-NC200D
headphones ($200) have an over-the-head design with 40mm drivers and active
noise cancellation with Sony’s DSP technology. The headphones will still
operate when the noise-cancellation is turned off.

Features include a
two-way folding design, a carrying case, an in-flight plug adaptor and a
detachable cord. It also has a listed 22 hours of use on an AAA battery. These
two models will be available this month.  

Sony also took the wraps
off several headsets. The DR-EX14VP ($40) and DR-XB23VP ($60) feature in-line
remotes/microphones that can adjust volume, play/pause songs, and answer and
end calls. They are compatible with iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android
smartphones, and come with an extension cable for compatibility with Sony
Ericsson, Nokia and other-brand smartphones.

The DR-EX14VP comes in black,
violet and pink. Both come with three sizes of silicone ear buds.

Also introduced just for
Apple users are the DR-XB22iP ($40), DR-EX61iP ($60) and DR-ZX701iP ($150)
headsets. Designed for use with iPods and iPhones, these models have in-line
mics and remotes, as well as a VoiceOver mode that lets compatible iPods states
the name of the currently playing song or playlist.

The DR-EX61ip and
DR-XB22iP are both in-ear models, while the DR-ZX701iP has an over-the-head
design with 50mm drivers. The DR-ZX701iP also comes with noise-isolating ear pads.

The headset line will be
available in October.