Headphones and Earphones

NuForce NE-700X Earbuds

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Introduction

When I was a teenager, I listened to my stereo in the evening using over-the-ear headphones so as not to disturb my parents. There were no earbuds in those days.

Now, earbuds is just about all you will see when you are walking down the street, or sitting in a restaurant. Kids have their iPods with their MP3 recordings, and a set of earbuds tucked into their ears. (For clarification, there are on-ear headphones that press against the ears but do not cup the ear, over-the-ear headphones that completely surround (cup) the ear, and earbuds, which fit into the ear canal.)

The technology has come a long way since earbuds were introduced, and there are hundreds of models out there to choose from. I suspect most of the teenagers just use the earbuds that came with their iPods or other portable players. They are OK, but not really audiophile quality (on the other hand, MP3 recordings are not audiophile quality either).

We have reviewed a number of models of headphones and earbuds in the past, and the NuForce NE-700X earbuds are the subject of this review. They are available from Amazon for $65 and are apparently one of the best-selling set of earbuds Amazon carries.

Specifications

  • Design: Stereo Earbuds
  • Driver: 8mm Titanium-Coated
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 10 mW
  • Connector: 3.5mm
  • Dimensions: About 1/2"
  • Weight: 0.3 Ounces
  • MSRP: $65 USA
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