I’ve been lucky enough to test and review several pair of earbuds/earphones over the course of my 2+ years here with TechDissected and AndroidDissected. I’ve reviewed some very expensive ones such as the JaybirdSport Bluebuds X, the Jays A-Jays Five and the A-Jays One+ as well as some less expensive ones. Today, I’m going to give you a look at the Nixeus Earphones that are a pair of in-ear earphones that are on the less expensive side for those of you who may not want to spend a lot of money on a set of earphones.
Specs And Features
First Thoughts And Impressions
When I first got the package containing the Nixeus earphones I was a bit skeptical mainly because of the price. Let me clarify something first. Am I saying that just because they are priced at $39.99 a pair that they are instantly going to be cheap or not have good sound quality? No, that’s not always the case. However, as stated above I’ve reviewed some earphones priced at $100, $120 and even $180 per pair so getting a $40 pair will instantly make you think that they aren’t going to be as good as those higher priced earphones.
Once I took the Nixeus Earphones out of the shipping package that they came in, I was instantly caught off guard a little bit. The packaging to these $40 earphones tell you right away that some attention to detail has been put forth here. At least when it comes to the packaging, but the real question is, is it the same for the product itself as well as the sound quality? I’ll get to that here shortly so just hang tight.
After reading the back of the box really quick, I then opened it up and was greeted with a nice leather carrying case and the Nixeus earphones inside of a nice little display within the box. At first glance I was impressed with the earphones because I noticed they have flat cables, which greatly reduces the risk of tangles.
The next thing I did was pull out the little leather carrying case and opened up. Within it I was greeted by the 3.5mm audio cable and a little bag that contained the other 2 rubber sets of ear pieces that actually fit into your ear. In all, the Nixeus Earphones come with 3 sizes of rubber inserts which is hugely beneficial as we all tend to have different sized ear canals. This is something I’ve often had a problem with when reviewing other earphones is that they don’t come with various sized rubber tips, and it makes for an uncomfortable fit into my ears as I seem to have relatively small ear canals.
This is of course the part of the review that everyone wants to know about the most. How good is the sound quality of the Nixeus Earphones and are they worth the $40 price tag, worth less or are they actually worth more in my opinion?
Please keep in mind that I’m not some sound professional by no means. I listen to music all day, every day and I do it via various devices. I’ve also tested several earphones as I stated earlier and I’d have to say that the Nixeus deserve a very fair score. Do they sound like some of those priced at $180? No, that they don’t. But they also don’t sound like you would think they would for the $40 price tag they do have on them.
I tested them with various genres of music, from pop, alternative to even a bit of country music. Yes, I know, I’m probably going to get bashed for listening to country, but hey, I live in the south, what I can say. Now, let me proceed with the details here.
My main genre of music that I listen to is alternative. Stuff like Godsmack, Staind, Seether, Linkin Park and the likes. This can really put a pair of earphones or speakers to the test mainly because of all the different instruments used within the songs. The first thing I listened to was a bit of Linkin Park to get a somewhat heavy music sound pumping through the Nixeus earphones and instantly I was impressed. There was little to no distortion until I turned the volume all the way to the max setting. Of course this isn’t something that most of us wouldn’t be doing on a regular basis, but it’s something that I do when testing any audio product.
The highs and lows sounded really good coming through the Nixeus earphones and that’s very important. When these things don’t sound good, the entire sound experience is usually going to be complete garbage. Needless to say, after listening to one group, one genre of music, I was impressed and was feeling that maybe $40 was a bit low priced.
Next up on the list was a quick listen to some country music to see how it handled it. The reason for this is because country music actually has a bit of bass to a lot of songs and it’s important to hear how audio products handle the bass sound. Of course I’m not talking about the bass like from the old 80’s rap music that made large sub-woofers popular, I’m talking about the low, not so brain rattling bass that’s tolerable in large amounts.
I was quite surprised after listening to about 4 songs. I will state that again, they don’t have the quality of the $180 pair of earphones, but they sound pretty darn good in my opinion. With the bass from the songs I was listening to, there wasn’t any distortion or vibration at all. Sound quality remained in tact, until the volume was turned up at full range. That of course is when things don’t sound so well, but that’s pretty much expected in a lot of audio products.
As I’ve stated, the Nixeus earphones will set you back $39.99 and that’s really not a bad price. Then throw in the packaging and the sound quality that I believe they have, and that makes them much more worth it in the end. Tangle free flat cords add to the value even more for me because I get pretty frustrated when the wires on my earphones twist and tangle and all that. It’s what eventually leads to them not working any longer.
If you’re in the market for a cheap(price wise) pair of earphones, then by all means take a good look at the Nixeus earphones. I don’t feel you’ll be disappointed at that price range for the quality of earphones you’ll have to enjoy the music, movies or whatever it is you listen to during your day.