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Universal Fit item created by nightmancometh, Apr 26, 2011
Pros - Great Sound, uniform build, accessories, price
Cons - Weather Deficent, Needs Complys, Mine had faulty Mic
Nuforce NE-700M Review
NuForce has always been one of THE companies in headphone audio that you look for for amps and other such accessories. But their decision to dip into the IEM market has been met by many with curiosity. Can they perform? And at what price? Are the most common questions people ask when a company takes a step in a new direction. Well today, PTR has got itself a hold of Nuforce’s newest revision of the NE 700M. Does it perform at the price tier, and if so, how well? We’ll answer that in the article today.
The Nuforce is a solid unit – hell, it’s one of the most complete and systematic ones I’ve used – from the cable jack, to the cable itself, and finally to the driver housing. The first thing I noticed was that it was uniform throughout, utilizing a high quality build complex. Some units feature great build quality in the driver housing, and then give you a piss poor excuse for a cable and jack. Thankfully, Nuforce hooks us up with the whole shabang, no mods needed to make it barely usable.
The driver housing is completely metal, and it is quite utilitarian in its shape; the housing doesn’t impede on your ears. It has a rounded – yet blocky – style to it which reminds me of a telescope. But despite its build, the driver remains light to hold, and stays confidently in the ears for prolonged periods without issue.
The NE-700M’s cable is thin, but it offers good durability, and more importantly, flexibility. It doesn’t whip around a lot, and it untangles fairly easy as well which is a solid plus. It should be noted that my units microphone was faulty. The jack is CTIA as it is iPhone compatible, but it didn’t work with anything I plugged into it. Nuforce offered to replace the unit, but I declined it as they were more than helpful to me already in procuring the unit. Despite this glitch, I am still fairly confident of Nuforce’s quality control, and in their cables.
The NE700M has an adverse effect – like most IEM’s do – when exposed to very cold weather. The driver suction is affected negatively, and the silicone tip suction works in varying degrees. It is recommend to use Comply’s in this situation. I almost had a fit of rage with the NE700M because it kept falling out, having bad driver flex, and acting up in the winter. Thankfully, the Comply’s saved my relationship with the IEMs
There is barely a noticeble amount of microphonics when the IEM is used as intended. This means worn properly and using the neck slider and shirt clip. Without those, and the sound of the cable is audible, so I recommend you do at least one of those tips.
Isolation and Leak:
The NE700M fairs as one of the better IEM’s on the market for native isolation. It offers a great personal experience and keeps out a plethora of outside sounds. This is to be expected of an IEM of course, but the 700M fairs as one of the better units for its innate passive ability to isolate.
The unit doesn’t require an external amp for the sake of driving it. It is capable of being powered off a mobile device.
The unit was used with the FiiO X3, FiiO X5, iPhone 4S, Miu MKTP-1, Project-H, Matrix Audio mini-i Pro, and many more. The NE700M was predominantly used with the Comply tips.
The NE700M’s have a mellow sound signature that can primarily be described as warm, and bassy. The vocals are a bit laid back with a slightly dark background, whereas the instruments kick butt hard. The bass kicks quite heavily with the tracks as well. It is a fun unit for sure, and compliments mainstream genres very well.
The highs on the NE are like most IEMs of this tier, barely noticeable. They don’t offer much presence in most songs, however they do appear and are consistent with its note when it is required. I would have liked to hear a bit more from the unit though, despite its darker signature.
The mid range of the unit have a slight dip in them. The vocals are a bit subdued and have a slight veiling effect. However, despite that, they are for the most part full. It is almost a V shape, except that it is nowhere as extreme. The NE700′s do have issues sometimes in where the upper mid range vocals lose clarity due to the instruments in that area. Despite this, the Nuforce’s have good extension in them and work well for most genres.
The NE700M excels more at instruments thanks to its favorism in the upper mids. Some call this airy, and this is one of the few times I will agree. Commonly, airy headphones are described as such when they have painful peaks in the upper mids. The NE’s with Comply tips, thankfully, do not. They are pretty much absent except when called for. When the instrumentals do arrive though, the NE’s deliver hard and fast. Cymbals and string instruments are beautiful to listen to on this unit. If there is anything to be said about the NE700 it would be that it is great for people who want mellow vocals, and kick ass instrumental sequences.
The NE700M is innately a bassy IEM, and it kicks hard. The best part about the bass is that it is so situational on this IEM. It adds the subtle thump to the song, and makes many nuances in the song shine. I can’t really imagine a world without bass to be honest. And the NE700M can’t either, thus, it adds a bit to everything it can. Some purists won’t like this, and I can definately see that. But for those that do – and believe me, there are many – this is the perfect thump for you.
In conclusion, at $70, the new revision of the NE 700M is well worth the price. The sound signature is lusciously dark, and despite its flaws in the mids, it still manages to shine by making the best of what it has. The unit kicks through most tracks without problem and with the Comply tips, the NE 700M’s work in virtually any weather condition or time of year. And considering that its build quality is strong as well, I can only say that this unit is a winner. It sports great sound in a uniform package, and its fairly easy on the wallet as well. I highly recommend this unit for listeners of pop, rock, and rap.
Pros - Better balanced than the previous version, Very solid build,
Cons - A bit heavy on the ears,
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.
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.
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.
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
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