Nocs NS600 Crush review: Lightweight design, rich sound

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The Good The Nocs NS600 Crush earbuds are lightweight and comfortable, and offer very good sound with strong bass. They also have an Apple-friendly inline remote/microphone and ship with a nice carrying case.

The Bad These headphones are somewhat expensive; the thin cord is prone to tangling (compared with headphones with a flat-cord design).

The Bottom Line While they're a little pricey, the Nocs NS600 Crush are comfortably lightweight earbuds that sound very good and offer strong bass performance.

7.5 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

Nocs, a fairly new Swedish company, has been quickly expanding its line of earphones, which now includes more than half a dozen models. Earlier I reviewed the NS400, a midrange model that retails for around $79.99 online. I liked that model and the newer -- and more expensive -- NS600 Crush earphones reviewed here.

The first thing you notice about the NS600 Crushes is that they're lightweight and have a modern, understated design. Construction seems good, though the cord isn't as thick as some of the cords you see these days -- and it isn't flat, so it's a little more prone to tangling. The jacket on the cord is translucent so you can see the wire inside (maybe that's why it seems thinner). It's a cool look; I just can't tell you how well the cord will hold up over time.

The earphones come with the usual assortment of silicone eartips, but kudos to Nocs for throwing in an extra pair of each size. You also get a two-pronged adapter for airplane use, a clip for attaching the cord to your clothing, and a nice carrying case that has a microsuede finish.

The Nocs NS600 Crush earphones close up. Sarah Tew/CNET

The one feature bonus here is the integrated inline remote and microphone, and you'll notice that the NS600's packaging is stamped with the Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad icons. That means the remote is designed to work with iOS devices. You can use the microphone for making calls on other phones, but the remote probably won't fully function.

Nocs is touting the dual-driver design of the earphones. The company says, "Crush's unique Dual Dynamic technology features two drivers per earphone, creating a tweeter plus woofer setup that delivers a superior full-range sound complete with impressive highs, compelling mids, and an exceptionally full and rich bass."

The earphones ship with a nice case. Sarah Tew/CNET

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