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NHT Sportsbuds Water-Resistant In-Ear Monitor Headphones with In-Line Controls
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- Specifically designed for active wear
- Water resistant polymer as well as rubber insulation in all junction points
- Single dynamic driver brings all your music to life while you play, jump, and move
- Silicone tips work in conjunction with the included Comply S-series Tips for the perfect fit
- Conveniently placed remote allows for quick and easy access to talking as well as basic commands
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The NHT Sports Buds in-ear headphones are specifically designed for active wear. The Sports Buds in-ear headphones feature a water-resistant polymer as well as rubber insulation in all junction points so you can play, jump, and move worry-free. Sound-wise, the NHT Sports Buds utilize a single dynamic driver to bring all your music to life, and the silicone tips work in conjunction with the included Comply S-series Tips to provide you with a perfect fit and the right amount of ambient noise to keep you safe in your daily life. Like all NHT earphones, a conveniently placed remote allows for clear and easy access to talking as well as basic commands. Travel case included.
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My bottom line - I was initially disappointed in the plastic construction of the earbuds because it's not what I expected from NHT, and I thought that it was difficult to get the earbuds to stay in the position that gave me a good bass response. However, I eventually tried out every single one of the included tips and then discovered the magic. :) These things have extremely good bass response once you find that fit, assuming that the different sizes will work for you like they did for me. The sound quality is extremely good, but the plastic construction might put you off.
A note on the included tips. There are three pairs of black tips (the "Comply S-series tips" in the product description) that fit on the ends just like shown in the product image, with each pair being a different size. There are also three pairs of different sized white tips ("silicone tips" in the description) that have extensions that sit inside of your ear to help keep the earbuds secured in place. The black tips can be used on their own, but the white tips are actually used with the black tips. To use the white ones, you first pull the black tip off of the end, slip the white tip over the end, and the put the black tip back on. There are no instructions or diagrams, but the way to fit the white tips on will be obvious if you get these because there is a notch in one portion of the cup area that fits perfectly over the wire coming out of the earbud if you put it on correctly. It wasn't obvious to me at first that the white tips are in addition to the black tips and not used alone until I started putting them on, then it was pretty obvious.
They arrive with the "medium" sized black tips in place, with the other black tips and white tips in bags. Because the medium ones weren't giving me a good fit and seemed too large, I switched to the small tips. I found the high-end frequencies to be great, but there was a distinct lack of low end response unless I pushed the earbuds up against my ears with my fingers and held them there. This lasted for a while until I, even though I had assumed it would be the wrong direction to go, tried the large tips. Eureka! All of a sudden, they fit much better and the bass response was incredibly strong. Almost too strong, actually, so I played around a bit more with the placement. I finally learned just how to get them put in for a great response. I said all of that because I hope that you don't give up on these like I almost did, but instead just immediately try out all of the different sized tips to see which ones work the best. Probably common sense, but I'll never claim that is my strong suit. :)
Once I got the fit dialed in, I just sat in my chair and enjoyed the music. With some headphones, I find myself thinking about how to review them and how I'm going to explain some aspect of them. With these, I just sat there and enjoyed them - and that's because the sound was so pleasing. Again, it might take a little effort/practice to get the right balance between high frequency response and low frequency response, as I found that ear placement that gave great response on one took away from the other. However, once you find it, these really do sound awesome.
I haven't used the mic, yet, as I don't tend to use headphones for talking on the phone. I have used the mic button to pause/play music, though, and it works great for that. I do wish that the mic wasn't there, honestly, as the additional contact on the 3.5mm jack makes these not work properly with two of my headphone amps. They do work great with all of my other headphone jacks, though, including (of course) those on my phones.
I think that these will be my go-to set the next time that I fly. The large tips block out a lot of ambient noise (which you may or may not want, such as if you're jogging), and these things can play darn loud if you want that.
I personally think that these are a solid four stars, with the fifth star being taken away because (a) the plastic construction, while being great in making them lighter weight, feels a little cheap to me at the current $80 price, and (b) I wish it was easier to get great high and low frequency response at the same time.
When I got these, they were selling for $100. I'm really happy to see the current price be lower at $80, as I thought $100 was too high. I'm ultimately quite happy with the sound, but I admit that I'd probably be willing to pay $50-$60 for these. I'm glad that I got a discount, though, because it allowed me to try them out and share my opinions with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, and I'll respond as quickly as I can. Thanks!
I have yet to extensively use them, but I will say that they fit very comfortably. They are also more snug and form-fitting than the original SuperBuds. Sound quality is still great. I listen to a wide variety of music, but these offer excellent range while blocking outside noise.
I would strongly suggest purchasing these from NHT - quality is great, but I would like to highlight that the customer service was one of the best experiences I have ever had. NHT certainly cares and rewards its returning customers - if you have any issues with their products, make sure you reach out to them! Thanks for the great experience Bob from NHT!
The fit has been good, but not as big a winner as the cord. I experimented with all the various sizes, but just found the included rubber tips to be insufficient. The medium foamy Comply tips, however worked great. Between the moldable feel of the material and the rubber "fin" I get a nice tight seal that stays in for long periods of time without needing adjustment. I really wish the rubber tips would fit better (could just be my ears) as they tend to hold up better (the Comply molded material is great but just seems to need replaced more often). I would also say that after an initial adjustment period – where the fins caused some discomfort – my ears seem to “welcome” the buds for long periods of time.
I really enjoy the sound these produce. I would call it "unnoticeable" and I mean that in a good way. Not too bass heavy, not at all tinny - just really, really full. Very pleasant.
The only thing I'd like to see updated in a future iteration would be the in-line remote. It works great, but it's really handy to have volume controls on a set of buds specifically marketed to Sports use.