Nocs NS400 review: Nocs NS400

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The Good The Nocs NS400 earphones have a stylishly simple design and offer very pleasing sound for their price. They also have an integrated iPhone/iPod-friendly remote and microphone for making calls.

The Bad Folks with deeper ear canals may have a harder time get a comfortable fit and tight seal.

The Bottom Line The fairly affordable Nocs NS400 earphones offer a simple, sleek design and strong performance for the money.

7.2 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7

In case you've never heard of Nocs, it's a fairly new Swedish company that makes a growing line of earphones, headphones, and in June, a set of Apple AirPlay-compatible speakers. The earphones reviewed here, the NS400, are a midrange model that retails for around $79.99 online.

The NS400 comes in a white or black version, and its simple, stylish design is highlighted by a sleek metal housing made from titanium (the step-down NS200 has an aluminum housing). The specs also list the earphones' diaphragms as being "titanium coated."

The earphones comes with the usual three sizes of silicon eartips (small, medium, and large). There's no carry pouch or case included, though you do get a little clip for attaching the cord to your clothing. The company says that cord is reinforced with Kevlar.

The one feature bonus here is the integrated inline remote and microphone and you'll notice that the NS400's packaging is stamped with the Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad icons. That means the remote is design to work with iOS devices. You can still use the microphone for making calls on other phones but the remote may not fully function.

The Nocs NS400 come with three different size silicon tips and have a titanium housing. (The black version is shown here.) Sarah Tew/CNET

As I said, I thought the design of these earphones is pretty sleek. However, I did have a couple of small gripes. The first is that since these earphones are kind of small (they're nice and lightweight), those with deeper ear canals may have a harder time getting a tight seal. I was able to get a tight seal and relatively comfortable fit with the largest silicon tips, but I had a little bit of a hard time jamming them into my ears because the cord, which sits at a right angle coming out the bud's housing, prevented me from pushing them in deeper.

The integrated remote and microphone. Sarah Tew/CNET

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