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Nox-Audio Scout HSM001A0 Headset (Black)

0% Positive Reviews
Rated #410 in Universal Fit

Posted

Pros: Push button is unique, Design is interesting, Microphone works well

Cons: Sound Quality, Plastic Pieces around the ear are useless and annoying, uncomfortable for long periods of time, Stock tips are horrid


Now, I recall reading CNET's review on the much overpraised "Nox Audio Scout's" this is what originally made me want to get a pair of these in ears and I have to say, they do have an interesting design.

The flanges or rubber pieces on the side of the headphones may look nice or helpful but be warned! they are nothing more than a useless nuisance that gets in the way whenever you try to get a good seal.

Now, after my normal eighty hour burn in period I tested the headphones with my personal favorite binaural album "Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show" I find that this album not only is very well recorded but it also has a large selection of genres which makes it useful and in my opinion the best album to test headphones with. It also is a pretty fun experience.

My initial impression was very poor when I first gave it a listen in comparison to other headphones in the $80 range. the build quality is to be frank horrid, they feel like an IEM that you would find at big lots for $5 not something I would expect from a headphone that originally had an MSRP of $80.
Something mentioned frequently on review sites and other reviews that I've read were that the headphone cable was very unique being that it is flat apposed to the standard cabling, while being unique can sometimes be good in this case it is far from! It's somewhat difficult to explain but if I had to compare it to something that I believe the majority of the readers have come in contact with before then I would say a rubber band, and yes that's exactly what I mean.
The cables tangle oh so easily, they feel as if the tiniest amount of pressure would rip them to pieces so extreme caution is recommended when using these headphones.

To be fair the headphones do isolate outside noises pretty well and the sound leakage is minimal from what I've noticed, the microphone also functions pretty well so if you wanted to maybe listen to audiobooks and have a microphone for a cheap price to make calls and such then I guess this could suffice but for music I really would feel bad suggesting these to someone.
The sound quality is very tinny with little to no detail and the bass is very overpowering and it drowns out the midrange.
At the pricepoint ($79) there are MILLIONS of better options such as the RE-400 by HiFi man (My current favorite sub $100 IEM).
But seeing as how the prices have recently dropped to $20 (Still overpriced in my opinion) I would probably go the Monoprice 8320 route with third party tips.

All in all I would not suggest the purchase of these unless you absolutely need a headphone with a microphone and don't care about sound quality which is very unlikely seeing as you are reading this review on an audiophile forum.


Overall: 2 Stars
Sound Quality: 2 Stars
Comfort: 2.5 Stars
Design: 3 stars
Isolation: 3.5 Stars
Value: 2 Stars


 

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Nox-Audio Scout HSM001A0 Headset (Black)
Description:

Nox-Audio Scout HSM001A0 Headset (Black)

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandNox Audio
ColorBlack
EAN0654367525500
FeatureBuit in pause and play functionality Balanced armature drivers create clean and tight bass and balanced mids and crystal clear highs and low distortion Stylish square and flat cables
LabelNOX AUDIO 1082135681
ManufacturerNOX AUDIO 1082135681
ModelHSM001A0
MPNHSM001A0
PublisherNOX AUDIO 1082135681
StudioNOX AUDIO 1082135681
TitleNox-Audio Scout HSM001A0 Headset (Black)
UPC654367525500
SKU654367525500
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement8073142
Item Height6.1 inches
Item Length1.18 inches
Item Weight0.15 pounds
Item Width2.76 inches
Package Height1.9 inches
Package Length6.2 inches
Package Weight0.15 pounds
Package Width4.5 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberHSM001A0
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameHEADPHONES
UPCList - UPCListElement654367525500
Models:
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