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I wanted to hate the Nuraphone, but I love them
10 August 2018
I’m a music lover and producer, as well as a bit of a sucker for a good pair of headphones. After seeing constant Facebook adverts for these supposedly mind blowing headphones, I decided to pick up a pair to test them for myself. I was fully convinced that it was all going to be a sham, and that I’d take advantage of Amazon’s easy Returns process.
As it stands, and despite myself, I love them.
There’s not enough space here to give a full review of all the features, so I’ll stick to the most important things. I reviewed them after the G2 update which added active noise cancellation etc.
Setup: Straightforward. At first I was irritated that some of the changes (like adjusting immersion mode’s amount) could only be done via the app, but I soon realised that I barely touched the settings once the initial process was done.
Comfort: I was concerned that the headphones would be uncomfortable or too heavy after reading reviews. They’re not. The silicone is very soft, and my ears didn’t get hot, even after hours of use. The one issue I did experience was achey ears for the first while as they adjusted to the ear tips. However, if you purchase from Amazon they include smaller tips, which help a lot.
Noise cancellation: The passive noise cancellation is already pretty good on the Nuraphone, but the active noise cancellation is even better. They work just as good as, if not a fair bit better than my Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC cans. When I have these on I can hear almost nothing of the outside world, and I’ve almost missed my train a few times as a result.
Controls: The ‘tap’ controls are great. I didn’t think I would like them at first, but they quickly became second nature. The major issue is that they are far too sensitive, and I often found myself turning my music down or up by accident.
Portability: This is one of my biggest gripes with the Nuraphone. They don’t fold down, and the case is pretty substantial, so they aren’t very portable at all - at least not for taking on plane/train journeys. It seems like it would have been so straightforward to add a hinge, so I don’t get why they didn’t do it.
Connectivity: I love that I can pick up the Nuraphone, put them on, and they automatically connect and are ready to go. What I don’t love is that the charging and analog cables are both proprietary connections. Normally I would never buy a product which relied on OEM cables. The one saving grace is that battery life seems to be very good.
Sound: The big one. In the past I have used various bits of software to give extra dynamics and custom EQ when listening to music, but they haven’t performed well across genres, and I fully expected the Nuraphone to be the same. When I first setup my custom profile, the whole comparison slider seemed pretty disingenuous, and more like a trade puff. However, after a while it didn’t really matter, as I just set my profile and left it… and it sounds fantastic.
The whole inner/outer ear design really allows you to keep the clarity of the mids and trebles intact, while also providing huge bass. The immersion mode in particular really adds an extra dimension to the music, and the overall listening experience is quite different to any other headphones I’ve owned or tried.
I wouldn’t use the Nuraphone for mixing or mastering, but I am genuinely rediscovering my favourite songs, and hearing them in a whole new way. Is it enough to make me cry like some of the reviews say? No. Do they make me want to listen to more music, and enjoy it more than I have in years? Definitely, and for that alone they are worth the money for me.