Review: Sony MDR-NC11A Noise Canceling Headphones
By: Cliff PennockPrintableSingle Page

A friend of mine is a co-pilot on a Boeing 767. Most of his flights are between Europe and the United States, which often means long hours in the cockpit doing, well, nothing. Teasing flight attendants gets old really fast (so he claims) so he uses that time to listen to music. And although the cockpit is in front of the engines, the noise level is still overwhelming when trying to listen to music, even with headphones. So that's why he decided to buy a set of noise canceling headphones not so long ago. And he's ecstatic about them.

I don't fly anywhere near as much as he does, but I do make long trips between Europe and the States at least once a year. I also travel quite a bit by train and bus so it didn't take much convincing to go on the lookout for a pair of noise canceling headphones myself. My friend was using the Sennheiser PXC-250, which are over-the-ear headphones. Since I was planning to use them as every day headphones for my PDA (which I carry around everywhere), I opted for earbud style headphones instead. After reading up on the specifications, I decided to go for the Sony MDR-NC11A noise canceling headphones.

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