Sony headphones are quietly effective

Now that Toy Box's muscle car month is over, it's time for some peace and quiet.

Now that Toy Box's muscle car month is over, it's time for some peace and quiet.

What better way to get that than by testing out some noise-canceling headphones.

If you do much air travel, you've no doubt seen people wearing such gear.

Sony presents its MDR-NC50 noise-canceling headphones, which seem to do a

very good job of shutting out most of the racket.

I used them while working in one room as my daughter was blasting the TV in another. They performed quite well.

One major caveat - these are fairly large looking and I found them heavy to wear. Sony's specs list them at 10 ounces, including the AAA battery inside, but they really weighed on me after working for an hour or so.

Another pair I have are lighter, but also don't do as good a job on noise reduction, so weight and effectiveness must be a bit of a trade-off in this product space.

I also found the on-off switch easy to forget since it's so unobtrusive, which means I'd likely run the battery down if I used them regularly.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $199.99

    Available at Sony Style stores, www., Best Buy, Circuit City

    Specs 30-hour battery life with alkaline battery; in-flight plug adapter included

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