Thanks, in part, to BeatsAudio over-ear headphones have seen quite a resurgence in recent years – a few years ago it was all about having an iPod and those the famous white earphones. Well, everyone still wants an iPod or iPhone, but now those white earphones are not cool anymore – NoiseHush has recognised this sea change – as consumers realised that in-ear technology just can’t compete with the sound quality and comfort of over-ear technology and the coolest headphones you can buy are the big, chunky and over-ear variety.
NoiseHush like many others are looking to seduce you with their new line of HD Stereo headphones. Which offer maximum comfort, a stylish design and ear-pounding sound quality. We gave the NoiseHush NX26’s a thorough testing on range of mediums and devices to see how they stack up against the competition.
First of all, we started with some noisy dance music, a perfect start to test the headphones punch and sound range. We’re glad to report that they performed admirably. They did begin to distort right at the top of the volume range, but for many you’ll never take the NX26’s up to that level.
Next up, we tried the headphones on some movies to see how they handled a wider spectrum of sounds, which is where in-ear headphones usually tend to fail miserably. NoiseHush’s NX26’s performed very well with deep low-ends and crystal clear highs.
The final test we devised was to play some videogames and see how they performed. Again is was the same story of impressive range of sound delivered with crystal clarity. We do own a pair of BeatAudio heaphones and for the money of the Nexus pair they do stand-up against them well. There are certainly on par with the cheaper Solo’s, but can’t really compete with some of the more expensive versions Beats offer.
Where the headphones start show off the cheaper price point is the build quality and comfort. They’re not poorly made, but they’re far from having a high-end premium feel to them, but for the price we can live that. They’re quite comfortable with a padded headband, which is adjustable to fit your head, but we found they only really became comfortable when they were worn-in and had loosened up a bit. The ear cushions are well padded and do isolate a lot of the outside noise without having to use noise-cancelling technology – which tends to mean you have to have some batteries for the system to work, which is one of the major downsides of some of Beats’ high-end range.
The NoiseHush NX26’s do come with a very handy microphone and controller on the headphone wire. You can make phone calls via voice commands and there’s a button to control music playback, volume and you can also answer phone calls with a touch of the button. The tangle-free cable is impressively long compared to the competition meaning they’re ideal for gaming, listening to music or watching movies.
For the price we were pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the NX26’s, for a price of around £60 – they are certainly worth considering, and will some clever design decisions with the length of the cable and on-board controls they’re a great pair versatile headphones for phones, mp3 players, laptops or just about any device.
NoiseHush NX26 HD Stereo Headphones Specifications
• Driver Unit: 40 mm
• Output Power: 30mw RMS
• Speaker Frequency Response: 20HZ-20kHz
• Sensitivity: -42 ± 3dB
• Mic Frequency Response: 100-20kHz
• Cable Length: 5.7 feet
• Audio Connection: 3.5mm Stereo Jack Socket
• Weight: 175g