Neutralize noise and focus on the music

When you're on the go, don't let external noise get in the way of great sound. Sony's XBA-NC85D noise-canceling headphones offer digital noise reduction in a small, comfortable earbud. These tiny noise-cancelers automatically choose the right level of noise reduction for your environment, be it a plane, train, or office. One push of the in-line power button lets the outside world melt away as your music takes center stage.

Clear sound in a compact design

Think noise-canceling headphones have to be bulky? Not with Sony's balanced armature technology. Unlike dynamic drivers in typical headphones, the XBA-NC85D's precision-tuned micro drivers use a pivoting magnetic arm to generate crystal-clear sound in a compact earbud. This allows room in the earpieces for Sony's noise-cancelation circuitry, giving you powerful noise reduction in a remarkably small headphone.

USB charging for hours of listening

You won't need extra batteries for these noise-canceling 'phones. The XBA-NC85D features a tiny built-in rechargeable battery. Just plug the headphones into the included pocket-sized USB adapter, plug the adapter into your computer's USB jack, and charging has begun. An indicator light lets you know exactly when your headphones are fully charged and ready for up to 20 hours of listening.

Product Highlights:

  • active noise-canceling technology to reduce distracting external sounds
  • 3 distinct noise-canceling modes: airplane, bus/train, and office
  • built-in rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of listening
  • includes USB charging adapter for internal battery
  • in-line power button
  • noise-cancelation must be activated for music playback
  • 3 pairs of noise isolation ear tips for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • 60" oxygen-free copper cable with gold-plated stereo mini plug
  • cord adjustment slider and clip for the best fit
  • includes adapter for airline systems
  • carrying case included
  • frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 106 dB
  • impedance: 820 ohms
  • weight: .22 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Noise-canceling in-ear headphones (with attached 48" cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
  • USB battery charger
  • 3 Pair of silicone/foam ear tips (S/M/L)
  • Cord adjuster
  • Clothing clip
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 5-20k Hz
Sensitivity 106 dB
Impedance 820 Ohms
Weight .22 ounces
Cord Length 60"
Airline Adapter Included Yes
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Balanced Armature Drivers: The Sony XBA Series digital noise-canceling in-ear headphones (XBA-NC85D) are outfitted with Sony's newly developed balanced armature driver units engineered for crisp, balanced sound of incredible depth and precision. Infused with premium audio technology, even the most subtle musical nuances are delivered with tremendous clarity and detail. Compared to conventional dynamic drivers, Balanced Armature drivers deliver crystal-clear vocals and booming bass with impressive depth. Plus, the micro-sized, full range driver comes precision tuned by Sony engineers to evenly reproduce a broad spectrum of high to low frequency response for an incredibly balanced audio experience.

Digital Noise Cancelation: Everything you need for outstanding noise-free audio reproduction can be found housed inside the ear pieces: the micro-sized BA drivers, sophisticated digital noise canceling circuitry, and an internal rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of listening enjoyment. Sony's advanced digital signal processing technology reduces aggravating ambient noise by up to 97.5% for distraction-free listening, even in loud public places. A tiny microphone on each earpiece works in tandem with noise canceling circuitry to create an opposite sound wave and eliminate an onslaught of ambient noise.

Artificial Intelligence Technology: Not all ambient noise is the same. Artificial Intelligence technology automatically analyzes the type of sound that surrounds you (whether it be airplane, bus, train, office, or gym) and selects the optimal noise canceling mode for the environment.

Rechargeable Battery: The XBA-NC85D Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones utilize a tiny integrated rechargeable battery in each earphone. The batteries can be recharged by connecting the headphones to a free USB (type-A) on your computer, via the supplied USB charger.

Noise Isolation Design: Because Balanced Armature drivers sport an ultra compact design for a smaller overall form factor, they slip easily inside the ear for a snug, more natural-feeling fit. The result is reduced ambient noise and limited sound leakage.

Multiple Ear Tips: The Sony XBA Series noise-canceling in-ear headphones come with 3 sizes of silicone/foam ear tips (s/m/l) to ensure a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort.

Headphone Cable w/ 3.5mm Connector: The Sony XBA-NC8D in-ear headphones feature an attached 5' audio cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector. An included clothing clip and cord adjuster help prevent the cable from moving around too much and tangling up.

Carrying Case: The Sony XBA-NC8D comes with hard carrying case to store and transport the headphones.

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Sony XBA-NC85D

Written By Anonymous, Davis, CA on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Wonderful earbud at an incredible price. Though some designs are stupid, like you cannot choose using the headphone without noise cancelling, compared to its price, there is little to complain about


Written By Wael, McLean, va on Friday, April 26, 2013

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Pros: Good sound when it's calm around you

Cons: It does not work

Nice headphone, even better at discount price

Written By Danny Xu, Jersey City, NJ on Friday, April 26, 2013

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Overall a very nice pair of noice cancelling in-ear headphones. The sound quality is superb, the way it looks is awsome. I love the noise cancelling fucntion, it filters most of the ambient noise, especially handy when you are in subway train or taking a flight.

Pros: Noise cancelling and good sound quality.

Cons: Batter life is a bit short for me, and the carger is a usb dongle, you need a computer to charge it.

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