"...NuForce just upgraded its line of NE-700 earphones, with an eye on providing clearer sound. The light-weight aluminum buds fit snugly into your ears and are designed to minimize vibration and resonance with the help of titanium-coated 8mm drivers. The result? The earphones deliver audio with realistic sounds that mimic the feel of a live performance. Just use care when you put the earphones away as the cables can quickly become a tangled mess. Available in bronze or silver, the NuForce NE-700X costs $65. The NuForce NE-700M, which also includes a built-in microphone that lets you accept incoming calls, costs $75..."
"NuForce is known for producing high-end digital amps, and the company has somehow squeezed its audiophile know-how into a great-sounding, comfortable and attractive set of earbuds. These machined aluminum bullets are only $70, and at that price, they’re a steal. They earn our highest recommendation."
"(WIRED 9/10 rating & Top 3 Earphones Awards)...This is the second time I’ve been impressed by a pair of earphones from NuForce, a small California company that’s mostly known for making audiophile amps and digital-to-analog converters. Last year, I tested the company’s NE-700 M/X in-ears, and I found them to be pretty outstanding for a pair of $70 buds. They earned our Editor’s Pick award for the best earbuds under $100.
These newer earphones, the NE-600 M/X, cost only $25. Amazingly, they deliver a sound profile that’s almost as sweet as the 700s, and they do it for less than half the money. The 600s are shockingly inexpensive for how good they sound, and in my opinion, they blow away other in-ear headphones that run between $40 and $50. If you’re looking to replace the freebies that came with your phone, or just shopping for a backup set of earbuds you can wear everywhere without worry, these cannot be beat..."
"...The affordable Nuforce NE-770X's lightweight design and comfortable fit lend a rich sound to these earphones...I tested them with a variety of music including The National, Usher, Foo Fighters, and Elvis Costello, as well as our CNET headphone test (an ensemble of lossless tracks put together by CNET contributor Steve Guttenberg). You're not going to get the incredible detail that you get from much more expensive earphones and headphones, but overall the NE-770X is pleasant and punchy, and the sound doesn't feel stuck inside your head (it sounds fairly open)..."
...I found the next-gen NuForces did an unexpectedly great job of retrieving most of the delicate low-level information this disc has on offer. The acid test, really, is to see if the headphones convey at least something of the sense of real human hands delicately sweeping over the strings and fingerboard of a real instrument. This, I’m happy to report, is a test the NuForces passed with flying colors. Could I have heard even more finely-resolved detail through expensive top-tier ‘phones? Yes. But for under $100, I felt the NuForces sounded much more refined and accomplished than they had any right to for the money...
No other in-ear headphones or headsets we know of can provide more (or even as much) performance for so little, meaning these models are bargains, pure and simple.
"...These earphones are incrediablely good, especially for the selling price $75. I find the bass to be rich and full of impact. Very tight bottom end as well...All your basshead out there, if you are looking for subsides of bass, these would not disappoint you..."
"...The midrage is what I like about these earphones. It's very rich and romantic. It has nice cap so it brings out the liveness of it. Vocals are really shine on these earphones. It's very nature and engaging. I didn't find the mid-bass or sub-bass to overwarm the midrange at all...A lot of times when you have a headphone that perform well in the bass, it doesn't perform very well in the midrange. But these do not disappointed..."
"...I was surprised. Shocked, even. The original NE-700x's stunned me, but the improved ones are well... to put it lightly, improved. The bass is powerful, yet punchy- not overwhelming in the slightest. The mids sing beautifully above the bass, and the highs just sparkle; the treble isn't ear shattering, yet the bass doesn't drown them out, not even at high volume, like is the case with most other earphones.
After giving them a short listen, I take them out of my ears and inspect the strain relief, and the cable. First thing I noticed: although the jack is now 90 degrees, it feels much more durable. No flex whatsoever. The Y split is the same as the older NE-700, and that never failed on me- so I'm sure it's great. As for the strain relief on the IEM's themselves, it blows the old NE-700 series out of the water. NuForce did a much better job tightening up the cable, and the wrap-around strain relief, and I am amazed at how it feels.
I was actually contemplating buying another pair of IEMs like ThinkSound, Etymotics, etc. when I saw that the NE-700 was taken off the shelves. But NuForce has managed to keep me addicted to a sub-$100 IEM that easily surpasses those that are even around double the price..."
"...Build quality is much more appropriate and solid than predecessor. I have not hearing any crack or silly plastic sound when I am inserting the NE-700M (New) into my ears...Cable is thinner, thumbs up for NuForce again, and the ‘bending memory effect’ now is not that apparent as before. The ‘answering’ call part is improved significantly as well, it is now solid and prettier than ever. The 3.5mm input jack are now 90 degree configuration, this is good when you put in your pocket (Straight cable often caused too much ‘direct stress’ on the cable when accidentally pulled), not a cheap aluminium anymore at the jack, but now looks nicer and sturdy. Eartips has changed into some sort of Matte look, not shiny as before but it is ok, at least it is now much more sturdier..."
"…I would say the NE-770X is to a degree a throwback to the warm, comfortable sound of the original NE-7M, but with much—though not all—of the improved articulacy of the NE-700-family ‘phones…Relative to its big brother (NE-700X), the NE-770X has considerably more prominent bass (especially low and mid-bass), sounds a bit more midrange forward, is somewhat less extended and airy-sounding in the treble region, and is a little more softly focused both in the low end and across the whole audio spectrum...One thing that definitely helps is that the NE-770X’s bass, though undeniably enriched, is also fairly well defined—not loose, wild, or wooly…
…one factor that works strongly in the NuForce’s favor is that it is almost ridiculously light (just 12 grams total), meaning you are almost never aware of the weight of the ‘phones tugging at your ears. These babies are real featherweights that can be worn for hours at a stretch…
…I am of divided mind on the NE-770X; on one hand, I could build a case that it is one of the most accomplished and fun to use ‘phones in its ever-so-modest price class. At the same time, I think some of the liberties the NE-770X takes with tonal balance (especially in terms of bass emphasis) show why it might be worthwhile to step up to the next higher price class—roughly the $50-$100 class—in pursuit of greater accuracy and resolution…"
"...where the NE-600 X/M excels over the Apple headphones is in the sound quality. WIth the proper cushion use, external noise is virtually eliminated, though these aren’t noise canceling headphones. The speakers themselves are capable of producing a great amount of bass and voice quality..."
"...the bass was not the only quality feature here (even though the Beats are nothing like these). I tested out the bass on a number of different songs, including the very bass heavy Smile for Me Now by 2Pac…If you have ever listened to Smile for Me Now, you will note that the bass is presented right from the get go, and I found the bass right from the start up was huge…the bass was very fast and packed a very powerful punch on specific songs depending on the different levels of use…At lower volume levels, the bass made out perfectly and was powerful enough when it needed to be, and decreased a bit when it needed to… I tested these out on both an iPhone 4 and a iMac…"
"The NuForce NE-700X are the most comfortable earbuds I have ever tested, and they sound great. With their extremely low distortion and low price, they are one of the best values in audio. If you are an iPod music listener, gotta have 'em."
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"The design of the NuForce is an art form itself...The Eye-popping, bright design of these headphones definitely gets it a five in this category...shows that you can have big bass, but not sacrifice quality through their mids and highs.
...The clarity is stunning...Even at this price, they are a steal. This is a really versatile headset that sounds great, even out of the box...smartphone friendly with their remote and mic...
...The headphones are crafted to perfection and really scream quality when you look at them. This is definitely a job well done by NuForce... "
...High-end audio company NuForce makes a pair of earphones that sound really good. When you see the price, however, that sound becomes incredible...This catchy, synth-based pop gem is just full of hooks that grab your attention. Once again, the bass was heavy, but still clean on the 700M...On the 700M, you can hear each string plucked on the guitar and banjo as well as the occasional string squeaks from the guitar. The guitar players in my family love this sound, because it makes the playing sound more authentic. That’s the earthy sound mentioned earlier that the 700Ms seem to be made for...
The NuForce 700M earphones come surprisingly close in sound to earphones costing a lot more. Not only is the build quality close to the more expensive earphone choices, in many ways, it is as good..."
"...I've been using the NE-700X for a week trying to evaluate it compared to my many other IEMs. ...I have to admit they are quite enjoyable, even though I am used to using > $400 IEMs of different brands. ...It really surprised me how enjoyable this headphone was at a much lower price than the headphones I'm used to..."