Review: NuForce NE-700M

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NuForce | In-Ear Monitors | $ 69.00

Klipsche is to S4 as NuForce is to ____. The answer to this is the NE-700M. NuForce has seen lots of success in their NE-700Ms in the past, and their decision to upgrade the model is, in my opinion, a good one. From memory, the new NE-700M proves to have slight improvements sonically while the aesthetics have been changed to the matte side. Build has gone up a bit as well. The new NuForce NE-700 Mdoes prove to be an upgrade to the old one. 

Specifications

  • Driver: 8 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB

In the Box

  • NuForce NE-700M
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Silicone Tips (S/M/L x2)
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Design

NuForce really didn’t change the shape of the NE-700M that much. When I say they didn’t change the shape that much, I mean not at all. The shape of the NuForce IEM, or design aspects for that matter, were never really a problem. With the NE-700M, NuForce brought the design to the dark side. The new design comes in 2 colors, like the previous: silver for the non-mic’d and bronze for the mic’d. However, the new design is matted. The matte gives it a nice subtle texture that is aesthetically pleasing. They aren’t the shiny, eye-popping design that I got aquianted to with the 700M, but it’ll do just fine. They are pleasing to the eye, and definitely a good take on an old design.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

When NuForce decided to update their NE-700 series IEM, they did so in many ways. One of these was fixing some of the flaws that the old 700s had. The NE-700M still, however, holds it’s boomy sound, but has a little more treble over the old 700M from memory. This leads to a sound that has the typical v-shape.

The bass on the NE-700M has a nice boomy sound behind it while mainting ample depth into the lower sub bass. This allows for a subtle, but audible texturing and rumble. The bass can get a little out of control at times, but it’s a rare occasion. The boomy bass creates a stronger impact that is strong and distinct. The mid-bass seems a little overwhelmed by the boomyness of the lower bass.

In the midrange, we have a slightly warmer sound to the midrange. The warmth has an inviting feel behind it due to its smoothness. This, however, does rid of details here and there in the lower midrange. Vocals are something that is alive and well since the dynamics as a whole are very beautifully rendered, from the lush lows to the energetic upper octives.

As we go up into the highs, we find that there is a bit of a focus on the upper highs. Good extension into the highest of the highs leads to great detailing. It can, at times, be a little too much and give a hint of sibilance or smear. The lower highs have a good presence behind them, but fail to be detailed or extend as high as they should.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

The NuForce NE-700Ms come packaged with the same pouch that the old one came with. The pouch itself is very nice, and definitely better than nothing. It’ll protect the IEM from the outside world while it is not in use.

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The housings on the IEMs are still as strong as they were before. The metals used feel firm and strong. I have no doubts that the housings won’t break within the lifetime of the headphones. Banding around the housings is rubber that also doubles as a strain relief. Red and black markers mark right and left respectively.

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The cable on the new NE-700M has 50% more thinner strands of copper inside of it to maintain a strong connection. The end result is that they will not short out as much. The cable on the upper half does still feel a bit thin to me, but they sparsely find themselves tangled. Overall, there are improvements to the cable.

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The first change we see in the build is going to really be the headphone jack. NuForce upgraded the headphone jack in the new 700M. It’s gone from a straight jack to a 90-degree angled jack. The rubber used on the jack is strong and stiff. It’s definitely a huge improvement over the previous one.

Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

These IEMs are lightweight and fit securely in your ears. They are comfortable to wear and don’t really irritate my ears. As I stated above, the upper half cabling is thin. This is most likely to reduce mircophonics. NuForce includes 3 sizes of tips for users to obtain a good fit with. They are also nice enough to include a spare set of each size tip.

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Comfort: ★★★★

Value

The NuForce NE-700M will set you back 65 or 75 dollars for the unmic’d and mic’d models respectively. To be honest, I feel these are definitely well worth the money you’d spend on them. They have ample build outside the cabling. The sound produced is a little on the fun side of things, but still great quality while the design is definitely attractive.

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Value: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

The NuForce NE-700M is new and improved. In reality, NuForce made many minor adjustments to the old model. These adjustments are definitely a step up. Upgrades in build and a little in sound help the IEMs a lot. The price remains the same as the old models. The NE-700M is sonically a great IEM while having a subtle, but pleasing, design.

I’d like to thank NuForce for the product sample.

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† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.

This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks NuForce for the product sample.

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