The Good The affordable Noontec Zoro HD headphones mimic Beats Solo styling, but the Zoro HDs sound better, delivering clean, well-balanced sound that will appeal to audiophiles. They're also comfortable to wear, they fold up to stow away in an included carrying pouch, and they have an inline remote/microphone for making cell phone calls.
The Bad The plastic hinges don't inspire confidence in their long-term durability.
The Bottom Line While their build quality is nothing special, the Noontec Zoro HD headphones improve on the original Zoros, offering audiophile-grade sound in a $100 pair of headphones.
Audiophile sound, bargain price
It's easy to mistake the Noontec Zoro HD for the original Zoro on-ear headphones, which became a budget audiophile favorite when they were introduced in 2012. The Zoros offered similar styling to the on-ear Beats Solo headphones but cost a lot less and sounded far more neutral (less bass-heavy) -- an appealing trait for those seeking headphones that sound good with a wide gamut of music genres.
The original Zoros, which remain in production, can be found for around $70 online, while the new Zoro HD headphones will set you back about $100. The two models look nearly identical, but the Zoro HDs deliver more refined sound with plumper, higher-quality bass and have an inline remote/microphone for cell phone calls. While their "new" sound probably still won't satisfy users who crave really big bass, they are excellent budget audiophile headphones.
Design and features
The shiny plastic headphones' build quality is nothing special. The Zoro HDs fold up into a fairly small bundle for compact storage, but the plastic hinges are the obvious weak point in the design. After folding and unfolding the headphones many times they still seem fine, but people who treat their headphones roughly may have problems with this or any $100 hinged headphones.