Top positive review
Great Audio, Super Comfort, Fantastic Noise Isolation
6 August 2018
I'm not someone with a super ear, I just like getting premium headphones. I am comparing this with an experience with the Bose QC25, and B&W PX. I also have had some old Harman Kardon CL's.
Packaging comes in a solid, recyclable box and mould. The nuraphone arrives with a hard case (which is quite large, since it does not fold flat. Inside are your charger cable in a lovely silicone pocket (which I just discovered is magnetically stuck to the inside of the case (nice!), and your headphones. That's it. Would be nice to include a 3.5mm to nuraphone (proprietary input) cable, because I can't imagine how I will be plugging this into flight entertainment systems. The case is a hardshell case, with a magnetic clasp securing it. I've found it to be very easy to use, no zips, just unclasp, pop open, take headphones out and close it, the clasp just swings back into place.
The best of what I've had to compare so far. Probably due to the oto-acoustic tuning and in-built equalizer. Good details, and the separation of the bass through the outer ear is special, but not super. Their sample track gives you some ground shaking bass, but none of the music that I listen to has anything at that frequency to shake the outer ear. Not that I try to.
Very comfortable. I have a large head (63cm diameter). Previous headphones such as the Plantronics BackBeat PRO and the B&W PX have quite a squeeze on my head, and would get uncomfortable after prolonged usage. Not so with the Nuraphones. The silicone used around the ear is soft and comfortable, although you do have to get used to having both in-ear pieces and an outer ear cover.
Noise Isolation is fantastic, even before adding their active noise cancellation from their G2 software, it's really very quiet. The ANC doesn't add a lot more, yes, these are one of the quietest headphones out there. I love it that the ANC isn't uncomfortable - most of my super ANC head phones in the past have caused some air pressure in my ears (or the feeling of). Because of this discomfort, I prefer the Nuraphones - so much more comfortable to listen to. The combination of double noise isolation + anc makes a huge difference, every time I take them off I forget how much noise is around me.
1. Social Mode
This mode allows outside noise to go through the headphones. This is the best implementation of this so far (B&W PX and Plantronics Backbeat Pro also have this afaik). There's no fine tuning though, you turn it on, and you receive all external noise without the ability to control the volume. The audio is significantly muted (Sometimes I can't even have a phone call with this setting on). Still, I think it's great as it allows me to walk in the city, cross streets while still having spatial awareness, and quickly switch it off when I don't need it.
2. Automatic On/Off
Probably the most annoying setting on this phone. It always automatically turns OFF when you take it off, and turns ON only when you start wearing it. This causes a host of issues - from having to wait a long time when trying to pickup a call on the headphones, when they are not on your head. Also, after taking them off, your source considers the headphones to be turned off, so might continue blasting on the regular speakers.
3. Touch buttons
There are 2 buttons on each side, which you can configure 2 functions for each button (4 programmable in total) - for single tap and double tap.
The touch buttons are way too sensitive. I doubt this can be changed though, as it would be a hardware setting. any accidental bump will trigger whatever you have customized the buttons to do. It's anything from an annoyance to something bad, whether increasing the volume, or accidentally hanging up on a call!
Note the silver bullet for me, but still the best comfort/listening experience so far. If nuraphone can fix the following issues, it would perfect what is already a highly polished product:
1. auto on/off experience
2. Proprietary connection
3. Button sensitivity
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UPDATE - OCTOBER 2018
After spending a few months with these headphones I now have some (more) issues to report:
- I didn't find it too much at first, but when trying to downsize my work bag, wow, these nuraphones are just massive in size. Compared to a QC35 which folds flat, these cans take up at least twice the space!
- I'm going to change my mind on the comfort issue. I actually started to feel some in ear ache, due to the inner phones applying pressure. I suppose after a while my ear just got tired of the constant pressure. This is relieved with a bit of rest time/down time from the head phones.
3. BLUETOOTH Call Quality
- I have had MANY issues where my callers could not hear what I was saying. There is a call quality issue with these head sets, so much that I no longer use it for any phone calls because it is not reliable.
UPDATE - MAR 2019
3. Bluetooth Call Quality - Revision
- OK I have had more time to spend trying to be on the phone with these headphones etc. I have found that there are times I can't hear because I have the Social Mode on, which lowers audio volume and adds sounds from your surroundings. It still takes a few seconds from call pickup to tweak around a little bit, currently it's at a 60-70% success rate of switching Social Mode on/off, and if the times when it fails is because the call is urgent and I decide to take it from my phone straight away. When it does work, it's great, because with the double noise isolation + anc you get to hear your caller really well.
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