Nixon Wire Mic earphones review: Nixon Wire Mic earphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Nixon Wire Mic earphones are exceptionally stylish and feature a durable, cloth-covered cable. A hard-sided protective case is included.

The Bad The Nixon Wire Mic earphones will not fit everyone comfortably and securely, and the mic module is heavy. Uneven-cable design can be a hassle.

The Bottom Line The Nixon Wire Mic earphones are a particularly stylish pair suitable for fashion-forward bass connoisseurs who still demand a good amount of clarity and detail from their music.

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Fashion-forward headphones are nothing new. In the past couple of years, we've seen quite the parade of chic earphones from the likes of V-moda, Radius, and even Monster Cable . Nixon, a company best known for its board-sport-inspired line of watches and other accessories, has decided to dip its toe in these waters, too, and it should come as no surprise that the company's Wire Mic earphones are among the most stylish we've seen. However, quality is not all about good looks, and we're not without some criticisms for these $90 'buds.

The main problem this reviewer has with the Wire earbuds is the fit. Although Nixon put some thought into the design of the earpieces, giving them longish angled arms to better fit the contours of the average ear canal, the earphones refused to stay put in our ears for long. This is most likely because the "arms" are fairly big around, so they interfere with our ability to fully insert them. (And while the package includes three sizes of silicone eartips--S, M, L--we generally don't find this to be sufficient for our fitting needs.) Now, fit is very personal, so there's no guarantee that you'll have the same issue, but we still wouldn't recommend the Wire Mic for active use. The mic module hanging off the left portion of the Y cable is relatively heavy, which--combined with the uneven-cable design--can tend to pull the earpiece out. There is a shirt clip attached to the wire, but it didn't stay put during our testing.

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Nixon Wire Mic earphones (all black)

Part Number: NIX1037BL Released: Dec 8, 2008
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 8, 2008
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Color all black
  • Weight 0.6 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Connector Type mini-phone 3.5 mm 4-pole