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It has come to our attention that Sony will be adding a new fleet of headphones and earphones this October and November respectively. The new 'phones:

*image courtesy of AVWatch; check back for detailed specifications


~ successor to the MDR-NC11, the NC22 will retail for 9,975 yen on October 10, 2006. The MDR-NC22 will be available in three color scheme: Black, White and Pink.


Type: Closed, Dynamic

Driver Unit: 13.5mm diameter (CCAW voice coil adoption)

Power Handling Capacity: (IEC)

Impedance: Ω(1kHz)

Sensitivity: dB/mW

Frequency Response: Hz

Cord: OFC, approx. 1.5m

Weight: approx. 39g (inclusive of battery)

Plug: L shaped stereo mini plug (Gold)

Battery Life: approx. 50hrs

Color: Black, White and Pink







~ with an expected price of 5,000 yen. The EX85SL employs the same driver as the 90SL - most likely a budget version of the latter.




~ due this November with an expected MSRP of 3,000 yen.





~ standard canal 'phones; due this November with and expected MSRP of 2,500 yen. Will be available in four color scheme.


~ The MDR-D777SL will feature 40mm HD driver units with a frequency range up to 80kHz and a "sound isolation mode" switch. The headphone will be available for sale on October 10, 2006 with a MSRP of 24,675 yen.


Type: Sealing Closed, Dynamic

Driver Unit: 40mm diameter (CCAW voice coil adoption)

Power Handling Capacity: 1,500mW (IEC)

Impedance: 24Ω(1kHz)

Sensitivity: 106dB/mW

Frequency Response: 8-80,000Hz

Cord: OFC, 0.5m with 1 m extension cord

Weight: approx. 166g

Plug: L shaped stereo mini plug (Gold)





~ The MDR-D333LW will be available in three color scheme (Silver, White and Red) on October 10, 2006 with a MSRP of 6,195 yen. The MDR-D333LW will feature a convenient recoiling cord mechanism. 'phones cord can be wound up by pressing a button on the side of its housing.


Type:Sealing Closed, Dynamic

Driver Unit: 30mm diameter (CCAW voice coil adoption)

Power Handling Capacity: 1,000mW (IEC)

Impedance: 24Ω(1kHz)

Sensitivity: 102dB/mW

Frequency Response: 12-24,000Hz

Cord: OFC, approx. 1.5m winding cord

Weight: approx. 136g

Plug: L shaped stereo mini plug (Gold)

Color: Silver, White and Red




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Wow! Return of the EGGOs! :D I have a bad feeling that none of these would come to the US though. :( Maybe the earbuds, but no SL cords. Oh, and the EX85SL doesn't look like a canal phone. The D333 looks interesting. Of course, time for Sony USA to shaft US customers once again if none/only a few of these come to the US.

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Hmmm, from the model numbers, the EX85s are going to have the usual canalphone action going. Just not quite evident from the pictures. Otherwise, it'd probably be a part of the MDR-E8X8 line...

I must say I want one of those D333s here... They look quite hot, especially in White.

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I don't think the D777's will have active noise cancellation in the same sense as the NC11/22's but more what looks like some kind of isolation "on/off" switch. That said they do lack some of the character of the D66's.

could be a simple mechanical switch to slide a membrane* open/c;osed

*like the earlier eggos or could just be a plastic slide

Adrian and Rich are quite right regarding the "sound-in" switch. The description regarding the D777SL's "sound-in" switch is somewhat vague (from AVWatch via Sony Dealer Convention 2006) at this point but it is obvious that this "switch" is definitely not a traditional NC so to speak. I don't see how the D777SL can power NC circuitry without an external power source. (i.e. batteries)

Update: edited initial noise cancellation remark to stem further confusion.

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