Conclusion: We think that the Nocs NS800 Monitors are a special kind of treat for the ears. But, in the same way that not everyone enjoys caviar – at least not right away – some may have difficulty appreciating the NS800’s distinct flavor. The kind of sound the NS800 offer is going to be an acquired taste for some. If you don’t enjoy it now, come back and talk to us in about five years. We feel the additional expense of employing a balanced armature is worthwhile.
Pros: Natural, organic sound, Highly revealing and detailed, Low distortion, High sensitivity, Superior comfort
Cons: Don’t deliver lowest bass frequencies with authority, Not ideal for most electronic music
Conclusion: When it comes to looks and comfort, the NOCS NS800 Monitors are among our favourite earphones. Sound-wise, they’re good in the midrange, but need tuning at the top and bottom of the scale. The price is a little steep.