• Review: NOCS NS600 Crush

    NOCS NS600 Crush earphones

    PROS: Beautiful design; different earbuds included; in-line remote
    CONS: Audio balance limits music genres
    US$149.95 + shipping

    Designed in Sweden, the NOCS NS600 Crush earphones offer a minimalistic, appealing design with audio to match. The silver earphones, with black trim, won’t capture the eye of a passer-by with bright colours or an overly ambitious design. Rather the bullet-shaped NOCS impress with a simplistic, clean design that calmly announces that it, unlike many recent, outlandish headphone designs, will be stylish for years to come.

    The earphones sport two drivers in each earphone, a tweeter and a woofer, that creates a full audio range from high-end to low-end frequencies in what NOCS terms ‘Dual Dynamic technology’. The lower- and mid-levels, however, can be overshadowed by rising, detailed treble tones at mid-range volumes.

    At high volumes, the top-end audio can lose its clarity and the bass over-compensates for the diminished mid- tones. The NOCS are in need of a little tweak but are good – for the price – when listening to audio with complex high-end tones such as Radiohead’s Kid A or bass-heavy dance music.

    If you are a house or drum ‘n’ bass listener, the NS600 Crush earphones will complement your musical taste perfectly, however rock ‘n’ roll fans need-not apply.

    The NS600 Crush earphones feature an in-line microphone and remote on the cord of the right-hand earphone, allowing users to alter the volume, move between tracks and play or pause audio.

    Accompanying the earphones are a series of different sized earbuds, a cable clip, an aeroplane adapter and a small, soft and protective carry case that holds all of the above.

    Bottom line.

    NOCS’ NS600 Crush earphones are beautifully minimalistic, with an unobtrusive silver and black colour scheme. Offering clear – occasionally shrill – treble and thumping bass, the earphones will suit a select music listener. The in-line remote and microphone are always handy inclusions.

    By Jonathan Stewart
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