NuForce NE700X In-ear Headphones
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The NuForce NE-700X earphones feature wide-range drivers encased in machined aluminum chassis designed to minimize vibration and resonance. The drivers' titanium-coating delivers an exceptionally clear, extended and punchy bass and distortion-free holographic imaging.Package Contents Include Stereo headset (with microphone for NE-700M) 3 pairs of single flange ear-tips .
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Question 1: "Should I buy these? I've never owned Nuforces."
I own headphones spanning in price from under $50 to around $1000. There's a law of diminishing returns with headphone sound quality, however--while a $60 headphone is likely to sound much better than a $30 one, a $600 headphone is not necessarily as drastic an improvement over a $300 one. For the headphone buyer on a budget who is looking for the best possible sound for under $100, you've found your headphone. These have great, tight bass (almost a little too much at times) and offer very refined mids and highs for their price range. They are also well-built and likely to serve you well for years. I've owned a lot of sub-$100 headphones, and these are about the best.
Question 2: "I have the NE-6/NE-7M, etc. Are these worth the upgrade price?"
The greatest improvement I noticed going from the NE-6 to the 700X was in the mids. I feel that the improved drivers offer better clarity, tightness and realism in vocals and midrange instruments. The bass quantity and quality seemed about the same to my ears (pretty substantial and tight for this price range, but borderline flabby on certain songs), and the highs were perhaps a bit cleaner and less tinny. I consider the price increase over the 700X's predecessors to be justified when the improved sound and build quality are taken into account.
In conclusion: whether you're upgrading or new to the Nuforce family, these are a great buy.
Use - At first glance I thought they looked cool. I like the plug on them, and liked the cable until I used them for a while. The cable is not very pliable. It wants to stay in the shape of the way it was packaged, and I found it awkward to wrap and store when not in use. When unwrapping the cable was difficult to untangle. This is a minor inconvenience.
Sound - My first impression was good. There is significantly more low end than the E3s and many other in-ears I have used, including E5s. I enjoy the low end in most music I listen to so I did appreciate this however I found it incongruous that they would be marketed as "Audiophile-Grade." These definitely color the low end. The high end is clear and precise but seems lacking possibly due to the excited low end. I would not use these for monitoring mixes, however they sounded great for my commute.
Comfort - I found them a bit difficult to keep them in my ears. The large sleeves were uncomfortable to me, and the triple flange lacked stability to be inserted consistently. I used the medium sleeves. I did not feel I could insert the earphones in deep enough to get a good tight fit that held itself in as I did with E3s. They did feel very lightweight and comfortable when they were in, but I felt I was constantly adjusting them.
The most unfortunate quality of the NE-700x is the build quality. I have had them for about 5 weeks and the right side has stopped working. I treat them relatively well and believe that this problem occurred because at work I walk with one earphone in, mainly the right. Because of this the cable then gets the weight of the left on it and while I do wear the cable over my ear, this is the only conclusion I could come to.
What a pitiful waste...sorry to say I couldn't be more disappointed.