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Nuforce NE-700M Audiophile-Grade Earphone with microphone (smoky bronze color)

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Pros: Better balanced than the previous version, Very solid build,

Cons: A bit heavy on the ears,

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First, I’d like to thank the folks at NuForce for providing a sample of the revised NE-700M earphones for review.

 

NuForce is a company I first came into contact with when I reviewed pre-production samples of their upcoming NE-700X, a replacement for their popular and outgoing NE-7M earphones. I thought the NE-700X was a pretty good deal for the asking price and now, a couple of years later (has it really been that long?) I have before me a new and improved version of the NE-700M, a variant of the NE-700X featuring a one button remote and microphone for use with modern smartphones.

 

So, is the NE-700M a suitable improvement on the foundation laid by its predecessor? Read on to find out.

 

 

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Accessories: The NE-700M comes with 6 pairs of silicone tips in three sizes, a shirt clip and a drawstring cloth pouch.

 

Design and Build Quality: The design is largely identical to the previous versions, which is a good thing as I found the NE-700X to be quite durable and well-built. This time around, NuForce has opted for a matte finish for the aluminum shells rather than the polished metal look on the older earphones which looks a bit classier. Extending down from a rubber sheath around the housings is a nice strain relief, leading into a thick, very durable feeling cable, a nice metal y-splitter and a chin slider and ending in a well relieved L-plug.

 

Comfort: Like the NE-700X, I found them decently comfortable, particularly when I wore them over the ear.

 

Isolation: About average. Good enough to suit most users but not on the level as balanced armature IEMs.

 

Microphonics: Very good, especially when worn over the ear.

 

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Sound Quality

Burn-in: These IEMs were given upwards of 50 hours of burn in time prior to review, the bass evened out and became less boomy.

 

Strong bass serves as a familiar platform upon which the rest of the sound stands. I’d say the NE-700M’s bass is a touch less prominent than that of the NE-700X but boasts similar depth, perhaps slightly better in that regard. The low end is punchy with slower than average decay that imparts it a nice sense of fullness and authority.

 

The midrange is prominent and smooth in presentation. It sits right on the edge of being a bit dry and really accentuates the crunch of guitars and the breathy sounds of wind instruments in a pleasant way. Unlike the NE-700X, which often teetered right on the brink of sibilance, the NE-700M doesn’t get close enough to the edge for that to become an issue. The treble performance is similarly smooth and while it sounds a tad recessed, extension is good and is still airy and clear, if lacking a tad in terms of sparkle.

 

The overall presentation is an impressive one, with a deep soundstage and a nice sense of space between instruments and vocalists. Imaging is solid and its resolving ability is quite impressive for an IEM in the sub $100 price range. Overall, the NE-700M represents a nice improvement over the older NE-700X with better balance and overall detail.

 

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Conclusion

Available for a suggested Retail price of $75 from NuForce direct and online retailers like Amazon, I think the NE-700M is a pretty compelling product for the price in the sub $100 price bracket and I’d imagine the microphone and remote free NE-700X would be even more competitive as it’s $10 cheaper. With a bassy but balanced sound signature and pretty good overall detail, I’d imagine these will appeal to many casual listeners and folks who prefer a more neutral sound signature as well because of its pleasing midrange and presentation.

 

Re-Posted from my site, Musical Musings

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Pros: Should survive much abuse, tremendous low end power.

Cons: Pricey for non americans, very bassy

Nuforce NE-700m Quick Review

 

Full review http://www.head-fi.org/t/666207/nuforce-ne-700m-review

 

Thanks to Nuforce for the sample

 

Brief:  Nuforce’s grown up IEM.

 

Price:  US$75 or £75 for the m US$65 or £63 for the non mic’d x version

 

Specification:  Driver Size: 8mm, Impedance: 16 Ohms, Frequency Response: 20 to 20kHz, Max. Input Power: 10 mW, Sensitivity: 105 dB+/-3d, Plug: 3.5mm, Directivity: Omni-directional, Max Input Sound Level: 115db S.P.L, Weight : 15.4 grams, Length: 54 inches, Warranty: 1 Year., Microphone Sensitivity: -38dB +/-3dB, Connector Specification: 3.5mm 4-pole stereo/iPhone compatible plug

 

Accessories:  3 pairs of single flange ear-tips, one carrying pouch (but I got 2 pairs of each tips)

 

Build Quality:  Very solid.  They are weighty and feel very sturdy.  They should survive a good while.

 

Isolation:  Quite a lot for a dynamic.  They are pretty well sealed and will provide more than enough isolation to get you run over if you aren’t looking where you’re going.  Should be fine for normal everyday use and the odd short flight.

 

Comfort/Fit:  Given their weight wearing down added to the mic catching it was annoying but worn up the weight vanishes.  Fit wise I could have done with them boing less sealed but adding a pair of foam tips fixed that for me.

 

Aesthetics:  If you get the m you get “Smoky Bronze” and x you get “Aqua Silver.”  In pics I think the grey looks nicer but I always think the one I didn’t get looks nicer.  So vastly different form the gaudy 770 these are much more grown up looking.

 

Sound:  Like other Nuforce IEM’s these seem to be largely about the bass.  The richness and the power it’s got behind it.  If you ask me it’s a bit slow to do fast party bass.  I want more agility there and this will just thunder through with powerful abundance.  I thought to continue its more mature theme was at its best with smoother slower music.  Big, thick, rich low end smoothness.  Mids are mostly natural sounding, a bit of over thickness to them but they sound nice.  They also cover up the failings of many modern “singers” with a hint of soft focus.  The highs are pretty laid back, touch muted affairs.  Smooth and gentle on the ear.  These are mostly about the bass though, lots of it and just spades of power behind it.  Something that is never going to need the use of a bass boosting amp.

 

Value:  Have a look at the prices above.  Huge price jump for UK and the rest of the world.  Otherwise at US prices you’re paying for a bit for the name and the premium metalness of it all.  I don’t think these are aimed at audiophiles but more the mainstream who appreciate sturdiness and bass as their foremost concerns.

 

Pro’s:   Should survive much abuse, tremendous low end power.

 

Con’s:  Pricey for non americans, very bassy

Nuforce NE-700M Audiophile-Grade Earphone with microphone (smoky bronze color)
Description:

The NuForce NE-700M Earphones feature wide-range drivers encased in machined aluminum chassis designed to minimize vibration and resonance. The drivers' titanium-coating delivers an exceptionally clear, extended bass and distortion-free holographic imaging. The NE-700M Earphones include a hands-free microphone with pick-up button for answering phone calls and operating music playback/fast forward features. Works with iPhone 2G/3G/4G, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Storm. Incompatible with iPhone 1st generation. Works with iPhone 3GS/4G without volume control on mic button. Generally works with any device that support 3.5mm stereo in 3 or 4 pin plug. Incompatible with Creative Zen and any 2.5mm connector. Package Contents Include * Stereo headset (with microphone for NE-700M) * 3 pairs of single flange ear-tips (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large) and 1 pair of triple flange ear-tips * Carrying case

Details:
DetailValue
BrandNuForce
ColorSmoky Bronze
EAN0895029002773
FeatureSensitivity: -38dB +/-3dB, Directivity: Omni-directional, Max Input Sound Level: 115db S.P.L
Weight0.3 pounds
LabelNuforce, Inc
List Price$79.00
ManufacturerNuforce, Inc
MPNNE-700M
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherNuforce, Inc
StudioNuforce, Inc
TitleNuforce NE-700M Audiophile-Grade Earphone with microphone (smoky bronze color)
UPC895029002773
Special FeaturesPlug: 3.5mm
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