NOCS NS800 Monitors
Beautiful design; comfy
Treble and bass need tweaking; a bit pricey
US$199.95 + shipping
In the past we’ve had a listen to the NS200 (Dec 2010) and NS400 Titanium earphones from Swedish brand NOCS (Jan 2012), and now we’ve got our hands on their flagship ‘phones, the NS800 Monitors. With their minimalist design and stainless-steel construction, the NS800s ooze quality straight out of the box – a feeling emphasised by the thin, soft-touch rubberised cables.
They come with a nice cloth-covered hard case containing six sets of silicone eartips, a cable clip and an airline adaptor.
The housings are tiny – just 7mm in diameter – so NOCS has gone for balanced armature technology to get the biggest sound from the space.
They have a smooth sound with plenty of musicality and detail. As you’d expect from earphones with ‘Monitor’ in their name, these aim for neutrality in their tuning, so don’t expect the big bass boosts you might get from Beats or SMS Audios.
However, even though the bass goes down to 20Hz it really doesn’t make itself felt enough. At the other end of the scale, the treble can tend towards brightness and is a bit too noticeable.The NS800s, which come in white or black, come with a ‘Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad’ in-line remote and mic.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice.
When it comes to looks and comfort, the NOCS NS800 Monitors are among our favourite earphones. Sound-wise, they’re good in the midrange, but need tuning at the top and bottom of the scale. The price is a little steep.