NuForce HP-800 headphones

The Good The NuForce HP-800 headphones offer a comfortable fit and strong sound for a relatively affordable price. The model sports full-size die-cast aluminum earcups and comes with two sets of user-replaceable cables.

The Bad Portability isn't a strong suit: the HP-800 design is rather large and doesn't fold up (or fold flat). It also lacks an inline mic or phone controls.

The Bottom Line While it's less geared to mobile use, the $150 NuForce HP-800 is one of the better-sounding full-size headphone models for the money.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Impressive sound at a good price

NuForce is best known as a manufacturer of audiophile preamps, power amps, and digital-to-analog converters, but the company also offers a range of in-ear headphones and now its first full-size, "Monitor Class" headphones: the $149 HP-800 model.

With an understated matte-black finish and particularly large earcups, these headphones have sort of an anti-trendy design that seems geared toward audiophiles (maybe that makes it trendy). They're very comfortable and the sound is ideal for buyers seeking an easygoing balance that works equally well with all genres of music.

Design and features
The HP-800s have a closed-back design that offers a decent amount of noise isolation, though headphones with tighter fits do a slightly better job of sealing out the outside world (however, headphones with a tighter fit can end up being less comfortable).

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $149
  • Brand Optoma
  • Color black
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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