Nuforce NE-700m Quick 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