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 MDR-NC100D

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 adjuster.

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.


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