Low priced earphones from companies you have not heard of is not usually a great experience. Most try gimmicky design or OTT branding while delivering poor performance and longevity that makes you wish you had spent a few bucks more.
However these NoiseHush NX80 look like they might have focussed on just producing a good, cheap smartphone replacement headset
Let’s see how they stack up
NoiseHush NX80 TL:DR Review
- Keenly priced
- Suprisingly hard wearing
- Decent Sound
- Good Mic
- Bass sometimes overpowers mid-range frequencies
- Not suitable for active use
With the low price point, you may not expect much from the NoiseHush NX80. However, they offer strong sound quality, with an emphasis on bass, and high levels of comfort thanks to the multiple earbud tips.
The hard plastic feels a touch cheap, but they are hard as nails and the gloss paint adds a layer of protection and doesn’t chip easily.
They also come with a flat cord to prevent tangling and is hard-wearing – 18 months and still going strong. Allied to this is a good mic, which is great for making and receiving calls.
NoiseHush have cut corners where it does not matter and created a very good, cheap set of earphones and well worth its place on our list of the best earphones under $30.
Design & Build
Though the NX80’s earbuds feel cheap in the hand, they’re surprisingly durable. Made of plastic, they have a gloss paint finish that withstands wear and tear well. The cords connect snugly into the buds, and you won’t get the cord tearing and loosening that often affects earphones in this price range.
NoiseHush uses flat cords, which lowers the potential for tangling. You can pop these earphones into the supplied carry bag and not worry about them bunching up. A quick shake and stretch are usually all you need to straighten them out again.
They also come with an L-shaped jack, which is a personal preference of mine. The added padding around the “L” protects the cord’s connection with the jack, so it doesn’t tear easily.
Finally, there’s a combined microphone and flat remote on the cord. It is a single-button operation, which keeps things simple but does mean you can’t skip tracks or change your music’s volume.
The NX80 come with a set of various earbud tips, each of a different size. As a result, you shouldn’t run into any issues with the tips not fitting in your ears. Just cycle up and down the sizes until you find the right one for you. With the correct tips, you’ll find they offer a snug, flat fit.
Nevertheless, these aren’t ideal for active wear. The buds may slip out if you’re jogging or cycling, so look elsewhere if you need earphones that you can exercise with. They’re also not water-resistant, so sweat could cause problems for the buds. Having said that, the buds do have a nanocoating, which deflects dust and light sweat away.
I was most impressed with how well they hold up to extended use. Usually, earphones of this price cause ear fatigue after a couple of hours, but that’s not noticeable with the NX80. They’re fine for long movies and extended music listening sessions.
Before getting to the earphones themselves, let’s focus on the microphone for a moment. NoiseHush’s claims about eliminating external noises during conversations hold up under scrutiny. Your voice comes through clearly to the receiver, with no noises added except knocks against the cord that carries the mic.
As for the earphones, they offer a nice balance, with a touch of emphasis in the bass. They’re good for pop and hip-hop, but they don’t have the widest soundstage. You’ll also notice that the bass has a habit of bleeding over into the midrange at times, though it’s not a huge issue for anybody who isn’t an audiophile.
Vocals and high-end frequencies come through clearly, without the sharpness that you sometimes get with headphones at this price point. In fact, the NX80 do a good job of tapering off from high-end vocals and sounds, allowing them to mesh almost seamlessly into the surrounding sonic texture.
It’s not all great news though. Cable noise becomes an issue at times, usually when you’re walking or engaged in other physical activities. As a result, these earphones work best when you’re inactive, assuming you want the best possible audio quality from them.
With the low price point, you may not expect much from the NoiseHush NX80. However, NoiseHust have done a good job spending the money where it counts.
They offer strong sound quality, with an emphasis on bass, and high levels of comfort thanks to the various earbud tip sizes they include, although they are not sweat proof or designed to be used during vigourpus activity, so won’t make the best gym buddy.
The hard plastic feels a touch cheap, but they are remarkably sturdy and the gloss paint adds a layer of protection and doesn’t chip easily and they have easily withstood 18 months in my workbag.
They also come with a flat cord, which rarely gets tangled and usually unravels with a quick shake and shows no signs of bad wear or cracking along the joins as many do.
Also the mic is really good, exceptional for the price, which makes these a great pair of repalcement earphones for your smartphone.