NuForce NE-650 M earphones review

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The NuForce NE-650 M earphones come in with a deep kicking bass to seduce your ears away from your current pair, but should you give in?

There’s an all-around sturdiness to this pair of earphones. The housing is a hard plastic, the cord is flat but fairly thick. For the most part, they give you the sense that they’re not going to break all that easily (logical or not, I fear for my other earphones with tiny cords).

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Let’s get on to the part that everyone came for, shall we? If you’re reading this review, it might just be that you’re interested in some bass-providing earphones. This pair didn’t disappoint me in that regard. Listening to Cake’s “Never There”, the low thumping bass of the drum’s kick is amplified. There’s an actual pulse to the bass. In short, these earphones are great with just about anything that’s pushing some bass and a beat. One important thing to note–and audiophiles are already well aware of this–is that you should experiment with the plugs so that you get a snug fit. Using the smallest plugs, the bass was almost completely lost.

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I knew they were fairly good at pumping bass, but I wanted to see what the NE-650 Ms could do with other types of songs. I gave Dragon Quest 8’s symphonic soundtrack a listen, and found the earphones to do a good job of relaying the majority of the notes. I did notice that the high notes aren’t quite as clean as they are in higher-end earphones though. Rock songs played fine on these, but how well you like them with that genre will really depend on the person. Rock has more sustained bass notes, so it’s quite a different listening experience. I personally prefer a more balanced sound with my rock. They also seemed to play higher notes a bit louder than I would have liked, making certain songs uncomfortable at normally pleasant volume levels.

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There is a small detail that could detract from the experience, unfortunately. The cords of the earphones, all the way down to the point where they meet and form one cord, are sensitive to touch. The cords rubbing on your clothing and/or bumping against things causes a surprisingly loud bass-like sound (almost as if you’re hearing a kick drum in a song). If you’re multi-tasking, you probably won’t really notice it the times that it occurs. How well they work with activity such as jogging would depend on how well you are able to secure the cords to prevent excessive movement. I would stress again though that it doesn’t take a whole lot for this obtrusive sound to occur.

Features

As for outside noises affecting the experience, they didn’t. When I have these earphones turned up, I can barely hear what’s going on around me, so I guess the noise cancellation works fairly well. The bass and tight fit of the earphones probably help a bit too.

The Self-untangling flat OFC wire that makes up the cords of the earphones do what they’re said to do. It is more difficult for these earphones to become tangled, and when they do, they more easily untangle than average earphones. One of my cheaper pairs is constantly getting tangled, so I can see how this would be helpful.

This set of earphones come with a microphone and button to pick up calls. Trying them out, I didn’t have any problem communicating, or putting the call on hold.

Final Word

Overall, these earphones are the right quality for the right price. People who have smart phones will probably like them for their ability to boost bass and accept calls on the road. They’re better than your average $15-20 pair, and their bass is nice and voluminous. Understandably, the annoying sounds that occur from cord manipulation could be a deal breaker for some, but it probably won’t detract from the rest of the product for many.

Grade: B

Product Specifications:

  • Driver Size: 11mm
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20kHz
  • Rated Power: 1mW
  • Max. Input Power: 3mW
  • Sensitivity: 100dB+/-3dB
  • Plug: 3.5mm 3-pin stereo plug
  • Connector: 3.5mm 4-pin iPhone compatible-plug
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB
  • Directivity: Omni Directional
  • Weight (without packing): 12.5 grams
  • Length: 110 cm (43.3 inches)
  • Accessories: 1.) Carrying Pouch 2.) 5 sets of Ear tips –> L, M, M, MS, S
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