Noise-canceling headphones aren't just for airplanes. But that's certainly where they excel. It takes powerful active circuitry to neutralize the loud drone of an aircraft. That's what the Sony MDR-10RNC headphones do exceptionally well. With their supremely comfortable memory foam pads nestling your ears, engine noise all but disappears so your music can take center stage. There are three noise canceling modes — plane, train, and bus. One press of the button on the left earcup and the headphones choose the appropriate level of noise cancellation based on the ambient noise in your surroundings.
Making the most of your music
Just beyond these headphones have formidable noise-canceling prowess, doesn't mean they skimp on sound. Running these headphones in noise-cancelation mode activates Sony's S-Master™ digital amplification, which brings more impact and dynamics to your music while minimizing distortion. There's also a built-in digital equalizer, which helps keep your music sounding well-rounded and balanced. Because once you get rid of those outside distractions, you'll be able to hear all those musical details rise to the surface.
Remote cable for Apple® and Android™
The MDR-10RNC headphones come with two miniplug cables — one with a remote and one without. The remote cable lets you take calls and control music playback with your Apple® or Android™ smartphone. Android users can download Sony's free SmartKey™ app, which allows you to customize the remote's button for various functions, including volume control.
Ready for that 10-hour flight?
We've auditioned some really comfortable headphones over the years. But we're hard-pressed to remember any that are more comfortable than these Sony 'phones. We wouldn't hesitate to use them just to block noise on a plane with no music playing. Designed for frequent travelers, they include an in-flight adapter and a rugged travel case. Because they operate on a single "AAA" battery, it's easy to keep an extra stowed in the case. If you're stuck at 30,000 feet with a dead battery, you can still listen in passive mode and keep the music going throughout your flight.