NOCS NS700 Phaser
The NOCS brand from Sweden keeps coming on strong with their first 'over-the-ear' headphone release, the very cool Phaser NS700. Featuring a 'built-in' mic for smartphone telecommunications plus clean acoustic performance from oversize 40mm drivers, the Phaser is ideal for either personal music listening or clear hands-free chat. Midrange for voices is pushed slightly forward for call and speech intelligibility and the low-end is nicely bumped to rock your portable digital music with low-end authority. Not a choice for critical audiophiles but a cool, stealthy street headphone perfect for hip-hop, EDM, modern rock and iPad Pandora/ Spotify streaming.
- Built-in microphone + 3-button control for easy 'hands-free' operation
- Top sound quality in iPhone / iPad headset headphones under $99
- Large 40mm drivers for maximum audio detail resolution
- Styled, designed and audio-engineered in Sweden
- Free 1-year manufacturer's replacement warranty
What's In The Box:
- NS700 owner's manual
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We've noted the portable 'headset/smartphone headphone' category quickly expand as manufacturers realize there's a huge iPhone / iPad-toting, music-loving market seeking high quality over-ear headphones that will competently serve as 'do-everything' street cans of choice. Featuring a built-in microphone on the cord that's compatible with nearly any Apple smartphone and a 3-button controller to accept / end your calls and manage volume + music, the NOCS NS700 is a well-built on-ear (supra-aural) headphone with a slim-profile fit. The isolation value is quite solid for a headphone of this type and size so it's a good candidate for commuting and dorm/school or office environments were ambient noise-blocking is needed while avoiding audio 'leakage' from open-back earcups disturbing others nearby. The sound of the NOCS NS700 Phaser seems especially well-tuned for hip-hop and EDM styles with a prominent, punchy bass that fills the bottom-end to deeply anchor modern rock and urban music. The mid-range is placed forward in the mix which means excellent phone call clarity and dialogue intelligibility. Audiophiles may not be wowed by the slightly toppy nature of the mids but given the stated use application and nice price, the NOCS NS700 tuning performs smoothly with lower bitrate or compressed (streaming) files without highlighting the sonic limitations or dynamic "ceilings" inherent in those digital recordings. The upper treble ranges exhibit reasonably good extension for cymbals and acoustic guitars; however, as with many on-ear closed-back headphones, the soundstage stays fairly narrow so listeners needing spatial 'air' or image spaciousness may need to up their investment -- likely well over the $250 range -- for top-level high-performance headphone headsets from much more upscale manufacturers.
The NOCS NS700 Phaser headphone comes in a stealthily low-key deep-black color that's pretty cool and the wide headband is a very durably built metal/plastic TR90 Nylon-infused assembly with minimal padding but decent wearing comfort thanks to plush earcup cushioning. The short cable contains the microphone and the Apple device 3-button housing on-cord which is reinforced with Kevlar strands for extra strength at the cable yokes and joins. The cord terminates to a mini-plug 3.5mm stereo jack. Free 1-year manufacturer replacement warranty with your HeadRoom authorized dealer purchase receipt!
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 32 Ohms
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 4ft
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Isolation: -10dB ~ -14dB
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Headphone Type: Earpad
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Sensitivity: 100dB
- Microphone: Yes
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Posted by DrakeBullet from Los Gatos, California on 2013-07-15
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Good sound for price
Cons: Uncomfortable, switch poor quality
These look good, but fit square, meaning if your head is square they fit. For my human head the NS700 have no means to twist front to back and mash the ears. The sound is very much like the Sennheiser foldable iPhone headphones.
The volume/mic switch broke after 2 months. Any bumping of the line causing the sound to cut out. The warranty contact with Sweden said to ship the headphones to the distributor in San Diego.
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Posted by swamigoswami from Portland OR on 2012-12-05
Recommend Product: No
Pros: NONE, sound is abominable
Cons: huge bass peak and strident annoying high end
The comnpany recommendations have always been reliable.....until now.
These phones are unlistenable!
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