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Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review

Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review

A few years ago a less well known brand called Noontec began making a name for themselves in the audio market. By the time they released the Zoro HD headset they had refined their design and quality to a point where most reviewers found that they offered a better audio quality than the equivalent Beats product, for less money. Now, after nearly two years in development and loads of fine tuning we take a look at their latest model in our Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review.

Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Zoro 2 HD arrive in a compact, minimalist box which gives us some key info on the features as well as a nice clear image of the headset. Elsewhere on the box we get plenty of product info and the front flips open to reveal the headset inside. Bundled with the Zoro 2 HD we get a travel pouch, product documentation and a 1.8m flat cable with rubber finish and in-line mic. That mic is compatible with leading handsets from Apple, Sony and Samsung as well as many others and though a button on the mic we can answer/end calls which is a nice bonus.

Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review – The Headset

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Retaining one of the key features from the original Zoro HD, the new model has a fold up design which makes it ideal for storage when travelling. Something enhanced by the 164g weight. Our model is the sapphire blue version with light blue highlights however there are three others violet (with grey), black (with red) and white (with orange).They all use a glossy finish which Noontec call “high hardness piano paint ” and it is designed to be very durable over time. Durability is also enhanced through a real mix of materials including Aluminium/Steel, Nylon and Protein Cotton.  Each arm of the headset extends by around an inch and the headband is of course padded for comfort. In terms of other design aspects, our removable cable, which has a 3.5mm gold plated connector at each end, plugs into the left ear cup and these employ an on-ear design.

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Turning round to the outside of the ear-cups we can see the Noontec logo and then moving inside we have the following specifications:

Driver Type: dynamic
Driver diameter: 40mm
Frequency response: 13~26,000 Hz
Sensitivity at 1 KHz 1mW: 104dB
Input impedance: 32?
Max power: 60mW

In terms of the actual speaker design process, as we noted earlier Noontec have spent a couple of years refining the HD design based on feedback from the original model. They now include their latest speaker branded Votrik HD400 which differs from some competitor speakers by using high density materials which reduce the speaker cavity vibrations to maximise clarity of sound. Additionally the diaphragm condenser and coil are manufactured using specialist materials from Germany followed by thousands of professional tuning runs. This should result in a more balanced sound with smoother transitions between bass, mid and treble.

Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the Zoro 2 HD we have a headset which impresses. The finish used by Noontec is very high quality, it feels durable and is flawlessly applied. The use of metal aspects in the design adds strength and detail where needed and the joins between material are also issue free. A highlight of the design is the firm click as we unfold the ear cups and the folding design is of course a real bonus for those who will travel with the Zoro 2 HD. We also like the inclusion of a removable (and therefore replaceable) cable as it means any potential damage to it in the future wont mean a complete replacement of the headset. This is all very promising on a product which retails for $99 and is designed to compete with the Beats Solo HD and Solo 2 ranges which are more expensive.

In terms of comfort, on ear headphones are not our preferred design, however in their class the Zoro 2 HD are comfortable. The headband padding and light weight ensure that they do not bother us during longer listening periods and the cups do clamp pretty strongly onto our ears. There is a decent amount of extension in the arms too as well as a good range of tilt in the cups to ensure a good fit for a wide range of head shapes.

Moving to sound quality, this is where the headset most impresses. It offers strong bass and plenty of detail in the high end. In fact it is a very lively sound overall. The middle tones are also of a decent quality making for a very balanced sound. We noted one area where the Zoro 2 HD struggled a touch and that was in live recordings with significant crowd noise. Those crowd cheers and claps were a little lightweight in their sound however the actual music was recreated well over the top of this. Working though a wide range of sources from classical, through pop, rock and on to some pretty heavy source files. We noted no distortion at normal to high volume levels and plenty of clarity and volume throughout.

Summary: High quality finish, decent design and quality audio experience. Priced competitively too.

Performance Award

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Stuart Davidson

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