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MDR-10RNC [US, FR, ES] 4-468-484-11(1)
If you install the Smart Key app* from Google Play store, the
track and volume adjustment on your smartphone will be
enabled with Multi-function button.
Only for Xperia
phones. The app may not be available in
some countries and/or regions.
Depending on the music playback application, it may not
operate as you set. In this case, change the headset setting
on the music playback application.
You may need to update the application according to the
Android OS version-upgrade in the future.
Si vous installez l’application Smart Key* à partir de Google
Play, vous pourrez activer les réglages de piste et de volume
sur votre smartphone grâce à la touche multifonction.
Uniquement pour les téléphones Xperia. Il est possible
que l’application ne soit pas disponible dans certains pays
ou certaines régions.
Selon l’application de lecture de musique, cela peut ne
pas fonctionner comme vous l’avez défini. Dans ce cas,
modifiez le réglage du casque sur l’application de lecture
de musique.
Vous devrez peut-être mettre à jour l’application en
fonction de la mise à jour de la version d’Android OS dans
le futur.
Si se instala la aplicación Smart Key* de la tienda de Google
Play, se habilitarán los ajustes de pista y volumen en su
teléfono inteligente con el botón multifuncional.
Solo para teléfonos Xperia. Puede que la aplicación no
esté disponible para algunos países y/o regiones.
Dependiendo de la aplicación de reproductor de música,
puede que no funcione como lo haya configurado. En
tal caso, cambie la configuración de los auriculares en la
aplicación de reproductor de música.
Puede que requiera actualizar la aplicación en función de
una actualización futura de la versión de Android OS.
English Noise Canceling Headphones
The validity of the CE marking is restricted to only those
countries where it is legally enforced, mainly in the countries
EEA (European Economic Area).
The device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more
of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not
expressly approved in this manual could void your authority
to operate this equipment.
Compatible products
of inline remote and
microphone cord for
Use this unit with smartphone.
Depending on the model of smartphone, the microphone
of this unit may not function, or the volume level may be
This unit is not guaranteed to operate digital music
Using the Multi-function
Press once to answer the call, press again to end; press to
play/pause a track.
Available operations for iPhone
Plays/pauses a track of the connected iPhone with a single
press. Skips to the next track with a double press. Skips to
the previous track with a triple press. Starts the “VoiceOver*”
feature with a long press (if available).
Hold down for about two seconds to reject an incoming
call. When you let go, two low beeps confirm the call was
Availability of the “VoiceOver” feature depends on iPhone
and its software version.
The button function may vary depending on the
Be careful not to unintentionally press the button when
you carry your smartphone with the inline remote and
microphone cord connected.
Using the AI Noise
Canceling function
The AI Noise Canceling function analyzes environmental
ambient sound components and automatically selects the
most effective noise canceling mode.
When you press the AINC button while the POWER switch
is set to “ON,” beep sounds and the headphones start the
analysis. During the analysis (approx. 3 seconds), the POWER
indicator blinks, and the volume level is reduced from the
When the analysis is completed, the most effective noise
canceling mode is selected and the volume level is revert to
the previous level.
Noise canceling mode types
NC Mode A: Noise mainly in an airplane is effectively
NC Mode B: Noise mainly in a bus or a train is effectively
NC Mode C: Noise mainly found in an office environment
(PC, copier, air ventilation, etc.) is effectively
When the headphones are turned on, NC Mode A is set.
Press the AINC button again to reset the noise canceling
mode if ambient noise has changed, such as when you
move outdoors from a room.
Beep sound and
indicator status
Status/Function Beep sound POWER indicator
Power off No beep Lights off
Power on Beep once Lights on
AINC Beep twice Blinks twice
Low battery Long beep
(2 seconds)
Blinks quickly
(30 seconds)
Notes on use
What is noise canceling?
The noise canceling circuit actually senses outside noise
with built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite
canceling signal to the headphones.
Notes on the noise canceling function
Adjust the earpads so that they cover your ears, otherwise
noise canceling will not function properly.
The noise canceling effect may vary depending on how
you wear the headphones.
Do not cover the microphone of the headphones with
your hands. The noise canceling function may not work
After you turn on the power of the headphones, you may
hear a slight hiss. This is the operating sound of the noise
canceling function, not a malfunction.
The noise canceling function works for noise in the low
frequency band primarily. Although noise is reduced, it is
not canceled completely.
The noise canceling effect may not be pronounced in a
very quiet environment, or some noise may be heard.
When you use the headphones in a train or a car, noise
may occur depending on street conditions.
Howling may occur if you do not wear the headphones
Howling may occur if you place an object such as finger
close to inside of the headphones. Keep it away from the
Mobile phones may cause interference and noise. Should
this occur, locate the headphones further away from the
mobile phone.
Notes on using on the airplane
Do not use the headphones when use of electronic
equipment is prohibited or when use of personal
headphones for in-flight entertainment services is
Notes on handling
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug, not the
cord. Otherwise the cord may break.
When connecting the cord, make sure to fully insert the
plug. If the plug is not fully inserted, no sound may result.
Because of the difference in pin configuration of four-
conductor stereo mini plugs, some smartphones cannot
be used with the headphones.
Because the headphones are designed to fit closely in your
ears, forcing them against your ears may result in eardrum
damage. Avoid using the headphones where they are
liable to be struck by people or other objects, such as a
ball, etc.
Pressing the headphones against your ears may produce a
diaphragm click sound. This is not a malfunction.
Clean the headphones with a soft dry cloth.
Do not leave the plug dirty otherwise the sound may be
Be sure to consult a Sony dealer when the earpads
become dirty or damaged, or when the headphones
require repair work.
Do not leave the headphones in a location subject to
direct sunlight, heat or moisture.
Do not subject the headphones to excessive shock.
Handle the driver units carefully.
If you feel drowsy or sick while using this headphones,
stop use immediately.
Notes on headphones
High volume may affect your hearing. For traffic
safety, do not use while driving or cycling.
As headphones reduce outside sounds, they may cause a
traffic accident. Also, avoid listening with your headphones
in situations where hearing must not be impaired, for
example, a railroad crossing, a construction site, etc.
Note on static electricity
In particularly dry air conditions, noise or sound skipping
may occur, or mild tingling may be felt on your ears. This is a
result of static electricity accumulated in the body, and not a
malfunction of the headphones.
The effect can be minimized by wearing clothes made from
natural materials.
If you have any questions or problems concerning the
system that are not covered in this manual, please consult
the nearest Sony dealer.
No sound
Replace the battery with a new one.
You can use the headphones even without turning on the
power. In this case, the noise canceling function, Digital
Equalizer and S-Master are not active, and the headphones
operate as passive headphones.
Check the connection of the headphones and the
Check that the connected equipment is turned on.
Turn up the volume of the connected equipment.
The noise canceling effect is not sufficient
The noise canceling function is effective in low frequency
ranges such as airplanes, trains, or offices (near air-
conditioning, etc.) and is not as effective for higher
frequencies, such as human voices.
Turn on the headphones.
Distorted sound
Turn down the volume of the connected equipment.
Power does not turn on or the headphones
do not operate properly
Check if the battery has expired (the POWER indicator
lights off) and the battery is inserted in the correct
orientation. Replace the battery with a new one or reinsert
the battery in the correct orientation.
No operation works
Set the POWER switch of the headphones to “OFF”,
confirm the connections, and then set the POWER switch
back to “ON”.
The connected smartphone does not work
Check if the cord is connected correctly. Connect the L
type plug to the smartphone and the other plug to the
Digital noise canceling headphones with Sony’s unique
DNC software Engine and Dual Noise Sensor Technology:
High precision canceling signal generated by digital signal
processing and microphones located both inside and
outside the housings enables outstanding noise canceling
Automatic AI (Artificial Intelligence) Noise Canceling
Automatic selection of the optimal noise canceling mode
based on intelligent analysis of environmental ambient
Digital Equalizer and full digital S-Master amplifier
Delivers ideal frequency response and high-quality music
reproduction with full digital processing.
Enfolding structure
Pressure-relieving cushions, tailored for the ears, provide a
wrap-around feel with acoustic sealing to deliver powerful
Lasting comfort
The lightweight and super soft cushions allow for
comfortable wearing over a long time.
Detachable cord
3.5 mm connecting cord, and inline remote and
microphone cord for smartphones
Type Closed, dynamic
Driver units 40 mm, dome type (CCAW adopted)
Power handling capacity
100 mW
Impedance 50 Ω at 1 kHz (when the power is on)
24 Ω at 1 kHz (when the power is off)
Sensitivity 101 dB/mW (when the power is on)
100 dB/mW (when the power is off)
Frequency response
6 Hz – 24,000 Hz
Total Noise Suppression Ratio
Approx. 22 dB
Power source DC 1.5 V, 1 × LR03 (size AAA) battery
Mass Approx. 205 g (7.3 oz) including battery,
not including cord
Talk microphone Open circuit voltage level
–40 dB (0 dB = 1 V/Pa)
Battery life
Approx. hours
Sony alkaline battery
20 hours
The supplied battery was included in the package during
manufacturing (as a convenience to the user), it is possible
that the battery life may be depleted by the time of
purchase. The actual life of the supplied battery may be
shorter than the standard time described in this manual
when using a fresh battery.
When the battery is low
Replace the battery with a new one when the POWER
indicator blinks quickly or lights off.
Noise Canceling
Operating Instructions
Mode d’emploi
Manual de instrucciones
How to use/Mode d’utilisation/Modo de uso
Installing a battery/Installation d’une pile/Colocación de la pila
Wearing and controlling/Port et contrôles/
Colocación y control
After use
Turn off the power of the headphones.
Après utilisation
Éteignez le casque.
Después del uso
Apague los auriculares.
Multi-function button
Touche multifonction
Botón multifuncional
Teléfono inteligente
Tactile dot (on the left)
Point tactile (à gauche)
Punto táctil (a la
Connecting cord
Cordon de raccordement
Cable conector
Digital music player, etc.
Lecteur musical numérique, etc.
Reproductor digital, etc.
Turning on the power/
Mise sous tension/Encendido
Using the AINC function/Utilisation de la fonction
RBAI/Uso de la función de inteligencia artificial de
supresión de ruido
Inline remote and microphone cord for smartphones
Cordon avec télécommande et micro intégrés pour smartphones
Cable con control remoto y micrófono integrados para teléfonos
© 2013 Sony Corporation Printed in Malaysia
Included items
Headphones (1)
Connecting cord (1.5 m (59 1/8 in), gold plated L-shaped
stereo mini plug) (1)
Inline remote and microphone cord for smartphones
(1.2 m (47 1/4 in), four-conductor gold plated L-shaped
stereo mini plug) (1)
AAA battery (1)
Plug adaptor for in-flight use
Carrying case (1)
Operating Instructions (1)
Warranty card (USA) (1)
Warranty card (Canada) (1)
Under the Sony measurement standard.
Equivalent to approx. 99.4% reduction of energy of sound
compared with not wearing headphones.
At 1 kHz, 0.1 mW + 0.1 mW output
Time stated above may vary, depending on the
temperature or conditions of use.
May not be compatible with some in-flight entertainment
Design and specifications are subject to change without
iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.
and other countries.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
Xperia is a trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB.