Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones, Black, medium
I bought these Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones back in 2016 and have used them on and off since then. Most recently as a college student, driving my need for wireless option.
SOUND QUALITY: While the sound quality is adequate, I am a person who loves heavy bass, which this does not give, but the sound quality overall is pretty good.
NOISE CANCELLATION: It also does not completely cancel out noice, but does muffle/buffer it. In Starbucks, I had to turn up the volume on my computer to 75% to drown out talking. Likewise, poolside at the YMCA, I also have to amp up the volume to get any true buffering from the high sound. I am easily distractible so these are not ideal for noise distractions. Even at home with dogs and kids, I find that, no matter what, I have to amp up the volume for buffering, otherwise I hear quite a bit. I don’t notice a significant difference in turning off the ANC. The same goes for vacuuming, yard work (such as using a blower) and mowing the lawn.
COMFORT: The headphones are over ear and pretty comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I have yet to experience significant fatigue from it. I don’t notice any extensive sweating while wearing them, either, which some have said is an issue with over the ear headphones. Granted, I’m not sleeping in them, either.
DURABILITY: Over the several affordable on/over ear headphones I purchased for my daughters’ use with online work, these were the ones she kept coming to and the only ones that have held up over the years. The cord is pretty durable, especially since I don’t have a case for it and it often gets tossed into a drawer or backpack willy-nilly (yes, an outdated term, I know).
COMPARABILITY: I have tried the Bose SoundLink II and Beats Solo3, both wireless headphones. If you are looking for comparable sound, you won’t find it. Both Bose and Beats have these headphones beat, as would be expected based on price! However, I see quite a few complaints regarding durability of the material over time. I have no experience with comparison of Bose or Beats as these are recent purchases from family members. I can attest to the durability of my Sony headphones.
CONVENIENCE: I like that my Sony headphones can work well with my 2018 MacBook Pro, as Apple didn’t see fit to change the headphone jack for any of their computers from the 3.5mm jack to a lightning jack. I use the adapter on my iPhone and it works fine. I’ve used these headphones to run on a treadmill several times and they stay put. I’m not running sprints or marathons, though. However, they are wired, and wired ONLY. Meaning I can’t be wireless, and they don’t connect to my iWatch.
For convenience due to connectivity with all of my devices, I would say that Beats Solo3 Wireless has everything I need, since I have all Apple devices and I really like having everything working together. Even my Alexa devices and Alexa Compatible plugs work harmoniously together and with my Apple devices. As a result, I will be looking for a wireless option that offers good durability and superior noise cancelling capabilities, though I won’t be getting rid of these, as they really are great quality headphones, as expected with Sony (considering I grew up in a time where Sony was considered right up there, before Bose became a more well-known entity in the market).Promised Review By Bookworm777