I’ve been impressed with Nordic audio companies for a while now when it comes to their product development, combining great product design with premium quality audio. Nocs is one of these companies, and their Nocs NS500 in-ear headphones does not disappoint.
Ever since the first Nocs headphones came to market, they have been distinguished by their design, their sleek aluminum housing, which in this new model is CNC-machined for a finish that makes them look like they have been machined by Apple to fit perfectly with their new products. The flat tangle free cable is kevlar reinforced with noise isolating silicon sleeves to stop any static cable interference and longevity for a durable use.
Inside the machined aluminum casing there are 8mm drivers and a titanium coated diaphragm, a combination said to be optimised for high audio performance across the range, including powerful natural bass. For the ultimate fit and noise isolation, the Nocs NS500 comes with 4 replaceable different sized silicon ear-tips.
The new Nocs NS500 is available in Black, White/Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.
I’ve been using the Nocs NS500 for about 3 weeks now, taking them through a range of different settings and sounds, and i’ve been very impressed with both their design, fit, and performance.
When first glancing your eyes on the earphones, it immediately struck me how Apple like their finish and style is. A lot of that has to do with color options, the machined aluminum casing, the engraved brand name, and the premium feel. The choice of ear-tips allowed me to find the right fit, and they do actually fit really well, and comfortably. I like the fact that the housing does not protrude too far out of the ears, they have a light feel, and there are no edges that irritates the ear canal. If there was anything to criticise it would be that sometimes they would fit a bit too well, so the ear-tip would still be in the ear when I took the earphones out.
The audio performance immediately came across as very well balanced, and a strong challenger to my long time favourite, the House of Marley Redemption earphones, which are in the same price bracket. Both mids and highs are clear and distinguishable, and the bass is present without being overpowering. This feels like a very strong all-rounder, having taken them through a variety of genres, they never felt out of place, providing clear vocals on the tracks that needed it, as well as a good punch for the floor-fillers.
Natural noise isolation is also pretty good, especially when you get the earphones properly into the ears, something that some people might find a bit uncomfortable, but that works for me as it provides a good and secure fit while moving around. Having taken them through the daily train commute and walking along heavy traffic roads, the noise around me became secondary to the audio which took center stage, allowing me to concentrate and enjoy the audio.
When it comes to in-ear headphones around the £50 mark you will struggle to find a better all-rounder than the Nocs NS500. From their streamlined and stylish finish, their well-balanced and versatile audio, to their functional features and quality build. In my opinion it’s well worth taking the step up to this price bracket to get a pair of quality earphones like the Nocs NS500.
- Stylish design and quality build
- Non-tangable cable with a responsive in-line remote
- Good natural noise isolation
- Well balanced and dynamic audio performance that works across genres
- Not much to complain about. If i’m picky, the fact that a few times the ear-tips have been stuck