Noontec Rio S Earbuds Audiophile sound Stylish look Exclusive SCCB technology Votrik Drivers High Definition Sound Sensitive in line Microphone
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- HIGH PERFORMANCE AUDIO. The Rio S earbuds features Noontec’s high-end SCCB acoustic technology and the newest Votrik HD100 10mm drivers. It delivers rich, high fidelity sound that beats any other similarly priced $100~$200 earbud set on the market.
- COOL AND COMFORTABLE EARBUDS. The cavity of the Rio S is made of firm copper-aluminum alloy that provides excellent sound quality and is solid and durable. In particular, it can make your ears feel cool, so you can enjoy your musical journey for a long time.
- AMAZING COMFORT FOR PROLONGED WEARING. Its structure is specially optimized to better fit the contours of the ear canals. In addition, the earplugs are made of soft, skin-friendly materials. In short, the Rio S is much more comfortable to wear than you can possibly imagine; so comfortable that sometimes you can’t even feel its existence. You can wear the Rio S comfortably for over 5 hours.
- HIGH COMPATIBILITY. The Rio S is equipped with the wire control functions and a highly sensitive microphone. It’s widely compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and other Android mobile devices.
- TOP OF THE LINE QUALITY. The flat TPE audio cable with high elasticity prevents any twisting, while the 24k gold plated connector and OFC oxygen-free copper cable ensures lossless audio transfers. It also comes with a nice hard carry bag.
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|Item Dimensions||1.18 x 3.94 x 5.12 in||8.5 x 1.5 x 6.5 in||1 x 50 x 0.5 in||2 x 2 x 2 in|
|Additional Features||in-ear headphone, blue color||Type: In-Ear / Color: Titanium / Cable Length: 1.25 m (4 ft) / Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated / Wired Materials: Enameled Copper Wire, Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz / Sensitivity: 99 dB / Impedance: 32 Ω / Rated Power: 5 mW / Weight: 18 g||—||noise-cancellation|
Superior Sound and Remarkably Comfortable wearing:
"I don't think there are other brands with models at similar prices which offer much nicer sound quality." - eTeknix Senior Editor, Robbie Khan
"Rio S has a distinct sound quality; it delivers a great amount of detail of the mid, hi and low ranges with amazing and precise balance." - TechPicks Founder, Ricky Albyati
"The Rio S is about as attractive as ear buds get, are of a sturdy, quality build, and reproduce an excellent sound throughout the low, mid and high frequencies." - AMAZON TOP 10 REVIEWER, Mike W.
Application type: In-ear
Performance: high definition
Driver type: Dynamic Votrik HD100
Frequency response: 12~24KHZ
Sensitivity at 1 KHz 1mW: 92dB
Input impedance: 16Ω
Max power: 100mW
Plug type: 3.5mm
Cable microphone: yes
Audio cable length: 1.2M
Product dimension(L x W x H): 23x13.3x20mm
Replacement earbud tips: 3 pairs in S/M/L sizes
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Top Customer Reviews
But I live in midtown Manhattan and I walk everywhere. I only ride the subway once a week because I live so close to work and everything else, I walk everywhere. My Klipsch IMAGE S4’s would function as total earplugs, even if I wasn’t listening to music. And when talking on the phone it would block almost all the horns, sirens, jack hammers, and beggar’s that are a constant in NYC. I ALWAYS have earbuds in in NYC, even if I’m not listening to music or talking to anyone. The Klipsch IMAGE S4’s were excellent at serving as both great quality earbuds and almost black out quality earplugs.
Sadly, the Noontec Rio S’s do not… at all. They let so much street noise in its like I don’t even have anything in my ears! Talking on the phone in loud Manhattan is terrible on these and using them as ear plugs is a joke. Honestly I didn’t know it was possible to be able to hear so much of the world around me with earbuds in until these. Also, they stay in my ears OK but not as well as the Klipsch IMAGE S4’s. This is because of 2 reasons, not as good a design in the ear tips and a much heavier overall design from both the earbuds themselves and the much heavier cord.
I’m determined to move on from the Klipsch IMAGE S4’s and find a higher quality replacement but sadly I don’t think these are it. At least not for my lifestyle and needs.
Length of time owned/tested: 3 months
What you're getting with this order:
(1) Pair in-ear/earbud style headphones
(3) Pair silicone ear pieces, S, M, L
(1) Hard shell, zippered carry case
Briefly, what are these?:
The Rio S are an in-ear headphone which at the posting of this review are being offered at a price between $69 and $79, putting them at the ceiling of what I refer to as the mid-range price point, (FYI, my personal scale of price points is budget= <$30; mid-range = >$30-$80; premium= .$80-$150; premium plus= $150-$200; deluxe=>$200). They are billed as a product that brings audiophile sound quality to the masses.
Do they work?:
Yes, and they work well. I've owned them for 3 months now and have the following observations to share:
Appearance: If one is being completely honest, looks matter. Not as much as sound, but they matter. I'm sure it's difficult for manufacturers to differentiate and distinguish their in-ear style headphones from those of other companies because there simply isn't much physical product with which to work. The Rio S do manage to look pretty nice and this begins with the alloy housing. Done in a 2 color scheme with battleship grey and a metallic navy blue, the housing has clean, square lines, and a chrome Noontec logo calls attention to the housing as it sits in your ear. The cord is flat and also done in a navy blue, having chrome, shrink ring logo-ed accents. Overall, the appearance exceeds my expectations for the mid-range price point, and since these actually are priced at the border of mid-range and premium, they should.
Build: Ear buds are fragile and build means a lot. The housing on the Rio S is sturdy and the flat cord has always felt more durable to me than round. The microphone sits firmly at the Y intersection of the two ear bud cords and the main cord. A sliding plastic clip allows for attachment to your clothing, holding the cord at your preferred length. The product description states that the 3.5mm connector is 24k gold plated. These feel sturdy for ear buds. Of course all ear buds require some kid gloves treatment, especially related to storage. The build exceeds my expectations for the mid-point price range and meets expectations for the premium range.
Sound Quality: Obviously, this is what is most important and while this is the most subjective component of a headphones test, I feel confident in stating that the sound quality exceeds expectations for the mid-range price point and meets expectations for the premium price point. I ran some simple tests on audiocheck.net and while the results should certainly be expected, they at least let you know that the product description is accurate:
Frequency response: Noontec boasts that the Rio S have a frequency response of 12 Hz- 26kHz. While this is phenomenal, it exceeds the boundaries of human hearing so it doesn't end up mattering all that much, but it is indicative of quality, even if we can't all take advantage of it. I'm in my mid 40s and so cannot hear above 18kHz anyway, but when I recruit younger ears to test they can hear it in the low 20s. So, while I can't personally hear the tones, I can vouch for a frequency response of at least 20Hz-22kHz. The reason I list 20Hz for the bass is that my tester skips from a 10 Hz signal to a 20. I don't doubt the Noontec provided number of 12Hz, I just can't personally test it.
Quality: No rattle or buzz when drivers are shaken by a variety of loud frequencies at high volume.
Driver matching: Drivers are matched, meaning (according to audiocheck.net) that both drivers respond equally to all frequencies.
Wiring: Both left and right channels are properly wired.
Polarity: Polarity is preserved.
Subjective listening: The Rio S exceed my expectations for the mid-range price point at all ranges. With the lows, a rich bass is provided that held up to a variety of music styles, even bass heavy hip hop and electronica. The mids are impressive, being clear and faithful across all genres and the highs were the most impressive to my ear, giving a vivid reproduction and shining in genres where the highs are often given the spotlight such as opera. Overall, the sound quality exceeds my expectation for the mid-range price point, and meets expectations for the lower end of the premium price point.
Anything else of note?: As of the posting of this review, the Rio S have a couple of ordering options. One involves eligibility for free shipping to members of Amazon Prime and the other involves a higher price with "free shipping".
-I did read the most helpful negative review which mentions the earphones digging into that user's ear, causing pain. This problem would depend on individual anatomy and so it's probably something to legitimately be aware of. I've not experienced this problem at all.
-While I appreciate the hard shell carry case, I can never get the headphones back into the thing in the same way they arrive. In short, I simply feel like I'm taking years off of the life of the cord by trying to fit them back into the case and so, I just don't.
Bottom line: The Rio S are about as attractive as ear buds get, are of a sturdy, quality build, and reproduce an excellent sound throughout the low, mid and high frequencies. They are priced at the ceiling of the mid-range price point and thus should, and do, exceed my expectations in that range. I believe they will please many shopping in the premium price range who obviously were planning on spending more. These definitely merit the attention of any shopper looking to maximize sound quality, appearance and build at the intersection of the mid-range and premium price points. Enjoy!