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First Look: Noontec's Zoro HD headphones sound good

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First Look: Noontec's Zoro HD headphones sound good

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The Zoro HD headphones offer sound quality competitive with more expensive models.

-I'm David Carnoy, Executive editor for CNET.com. And I'm here with the Noontec Zoro HD headphones. Last year Noontec made a little bit of a splash in the budget audio file headphone market with its original Zoro headphones, which looked a lot like the Beats Solo On-Ear headphones but sounded more neutral and work well with a variety of music. The Zoro HD model looks virtually identical to the original Zoro, but this model cost around $30 more at right around $100. It also sounds better, not surprisingly. It offers more refined sound, a little bit better bass and just a little bit better all around. And what's impressive about this headphone is that it competes well with headphones that cost more in the $150 to $200 range. It's also a comfortable particularly for an On-Ear model and it comes with a flat core design that also has a one button in-line remote with microphone, so you can use it for cellphone calling. It does come with a protective carrying bag and these headphones do fold up. One of the small issues with them however, is the build quality. They are very plastiky headphones. So this is clearly a better sounding headphone than the Zoro. It's also a decent Beats Solo alternative, however, if you like a lot of bass, this probably isn't gonna cut it for you. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Noontec Zoro HD On-Ear headphone.

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