Pros: build quality, strong bass, small size
Cons: short cord, flabby bass
For a comparison of the NE-600X vs 700X vs 770X, see here:
This is the entry level IEM from Nuforce, a company better known to us headfiers for the uDac and HDP. I'm keeping this review short as I will be writing up a more complete comparison with their other iems at a later point.
- Driver: 11mm
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Frequency Response: 20-20k Hz
- Rated Power: 1 mW
- Max Input: 3 mW
- Sensitivity: 100 dB +/- 3dB
- Weight: 12.5 g
- Length: 110mm (43.3 in)
- No frills packaging, though the box is surprisingly sturdy and reuseable unlike the typical throwaway plastic boxes of today.
- Apart from the three tips, no accessories whatsoever which was a little disappointing. I would have been happier with a cheaper/flimsy plastic box and have a provided case to put the IEM into
- I'm actually quite happy with the build quality on these. They feel relatively solid, decent strain relief, and the flat non-tangling cable is excellent.
- The cord is quite prone to microphonics when worn down, but is barely noticeable when worn over-ear.
- I have a lot of trouble with getting iems to fit me due to my small ears, but had no trouble with these.
- I can wear them up or down with no issue
- The cable is a tad short, especially if you're wearing it over-ear.
- Average as far as iems go. There's a large port on the back which I'm sure lets in all sorts of noise, and also makes them highly susceptible to wind noise.
Sound Quality: (I hate trying to describe sound in absolutes, so I'll just give the basics)
- Despite the average sensitivity, The low impedance makes these very susceptible to noise from any device. Even on my fuze there was a very low background hum. Not really noticeable when playing typical music, but if you listen to a lot of soft recordings this might be an issue unless you have an amp with an exceptionally low background noise.
- The sound is very bass tilted, but definition is lacking since the bass and midbass bleed heavily into the midrange; I do not know for certain if this is due to the tilted bass or slow decay in the bass region (or possibly both), or simply lower end drivers
- Midrange quality is decent. At this price point I wasn't expecting much, and I pretty much got what I was expecting.
- Prone to distortion at high volumes, as well as clipping (likely due to exceeding the current limits of a portable device due to the low impedance)
- Overall honestly not too impressed with the sound (perhaps I've been spoiled with higher end gear), but keeping in mind the low price I could still genuinely recommend this to someone on a budget
- Bass oriented consumer/top40 sound
- Excellent build quality
- Good band for the buck