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January 19, 2012

Noontec Zoro Headphone comes to town

We’ve seen and used a number of Noontec products before, from the media players to the portable battery packs, but this headphones certainly brings Noontec into sensitive territories.

It goes without saying that in the very competitive headphone market, Noontec is obviously a new player.

So if brand recognition is not a strength, we look at performance and sound quality. This is the only way for the Noontec Zoro to effectively slug it out with the other brands and models in the market.

The design and packaging of the Zoro is commendable — very well set, simple yet well designed. Noontec gave me three units in various colors — red, white and black. I picked one to use and review while the other 2 units will be given away to readers (more on that later).

The Noontec logo on a glossy, red finish of the ear cups reminds me of Beats by Dr. Dre. It might just be a coincidence but the striking similarity with Beats Solo HD is undeniable (even the folding mechanism is the same).

Noontec Zoro headphone:
Wearing fashion: Supra-aural
Plug type: 3.5mm
Driver diameter: 40mm
Input impedance: 16 ohms
Transducer principle: Dynamic, Semi-open
Frequency response: 15-22,000 Hz
Sensitivity at 1 KHz SPL: 110±3dB
Audio cable: 1.2m,OFC+TPE
Net weight: 150g

The 3.5mm audio jack is found on the bottom end of the right ear cup. The 1.2 meter cable is flat and detachable, which is nice, but there’s that tendency to misplace it (the cable feels a bit short though). The ear cups are soft and comfortable although I wish there were bigger to cover the entire ear lobe and not just sit on top of it (my ears felt a bit warm just after 30 minutes of wearing them).

Sound quality is pretty, almost even on across the entire range. Bass is good and not ear-shattering even at the top of the volume. The tolerable level is around 70-80% of the volume and beyond that, it’s already little uncomfortable. It’s not tinny or distorted at the top but there’s some sort of abrupt change in sound profile at the 70% mark.

Pinoy Ako by Orange and Lemons sounded cool and clear although the base wasn’t that solid; Postcard from Heaven by Lighthouse Family is very smooth and Tubthumping by Chumbawamba is pretty even. I prefer using this headphone when listening to podcasts though (voices are really solid and clear). Since the cups sits on top of your ears, don’t expect the headphone to isolate ambient noise that much.

The Noontec Zoro should be available in witch stores around Metro Manila with a suggested retail price of Php3,200. I must admit it is a bit on the pricey end for a fairly new brand of headphone but prices should normalize as a function of demand. In any case, it is something to consider when you’re out for a new one. So far, I’m pretty satisfied with it. My suggestion is go try it out in the stores and check them for yourself.

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11 Responses to “Noontec Zoro Headphone comes to town”

  1. Wan says:

    Beats solo replica ??

  2. Pusang kulog says:

    Nope, would not get it at that price… Its probably a rebranded Class A imitation of Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones. Would probably consider buying if the price is around Php700…

  3. Roegan Taron
    Twitter: rogsonline
    says:

    Beats will sue Noontec for this one.

  4. lawrence says:

    guys/yuga

    off topic question: is there a BT headset that can be used as a regular wired, like u can just attach an 3.5mm cord if ever it ran out of juice?? I’m checking around and can’t seem to find one.

    I’ll appreciate any response!

  5. Irene Enriquez
    Twitter: irene_enriquez
    says:

    Yeah. It definitely looks like Beats. Recently, I tried the Klipsch ear phones, and they’re amazing! Although I don’t have the budget yet to buy it. I wonder if you have reviews for Klipsch. :)

  6. Kurald says:

    Pinoy Ako, Postcard from Heaven and Thubthumping seems like the perfect tracks to test a headphone lmao.

  7. Jonathan says:

    How about the sound quality? Is it comparable with the beats solo hd? If it is, then this would be a very good alternative :)

  8. Name: Chong says:

    I recently got this headphones. At first, I said that maybe this is just one of those brands that tries to copy Beats by Dr. Dre. Pero when I tried it out, it was surprisingly good! And I must say that for this price point, magandang alternative na sya! It also performs well ( maybe a notch lower than Beats) and I can safely say that it performs better than my Skullcandy and EarPollution ones.
    What makes me kinda hate this is yung glossy finish nya ay sobrang fingerprint magnet! (I got the black one). The cable is just enough for me.not too short, not too long!
    You should definitely check this out! My rating would be 3.5/5

  9. manny says:

    Where can i buy that Noontec Zoro Headphone? Kindly tell me the place/store? Thanks!

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