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NHT SuperBuds earphones review: A sub-$100 in-ear headphone for bass-centric music listeners

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MSRP: $99.00
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The Good The NHT Superbuds offer strong sound for the money, with impressive bass performance. They have sturdy aluminum housings, braided cords, an inline remote/microphone and come with a nice carrying case and an assortment of eartips.

The Bad Clarity and sonic detail is a bit behind that of some its similarly priced rivals.

The Bottom Line The NHT SuperBuds are are a good value at $100 and well worth a long look, particularly if you're someone who listens to a lot of bass-centric music.

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7.6 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Sound 7
  • Value 8

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NHT, the company known for making quality speakers, has -- like seemingly every other audio outfit -- gotten into the headphone business with a well-priced $100 in-ear headphone called the SuperBuds.

While they come in their own cannabis-themed packaging, the SuperBuds don't include any smoking-related accessories or coupons to local marijuana dispensaries in states that permit that sort of establishment. No, except for the artwork on their box, the headphones are drug-free and look like your typical earphones, albeit ones with aluminum-clad housings.

We've seen other in-ear headphones from other headphone companies that look similar to this model (we assume they're based on some sort of Chinese reference design that's then tweaked by NHT engineers). They seem well built and while they weigh more than your standard plastic in-ear headphones, they're comfortable to wear and fit snugly (by which we mean they offered a tight seal and good noise isolation).

We liked the braided, shoelace-like cloth cord -- it remained pretty silent when rubbing against clothing -- that terminates in an almost L-shaped plug (it's at a 45-degree angle). For mobile-phone and tablet users the headphones are equipped with a one-button inline remote/microphone that allows you to answer/end calls and both pause and skip audio tracks forward and back on iOS, Android and Windows devices. There are, however, no volume controls on the remote.

In terms of extras, you get a decent little carrying case, five sets of latex ear tips (in various sizes), as well as two sets of Comply T-200 memory foam tips (we actually got three sets in the box).

The NHT SuperBuds feature aluminum enclosures, two-way drivers, and braided cords. Sarah Tew/CNET

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