These stylish new wireless earbuds offer hybrid noise cancellation and are powered by Nocs, a boutique Swedish audio brand that has been working with Audiodo AB, a Malmö-based company that tunes audio devices to deliver superior sound quality. The result is the NS1100 AIR, a truly wireless earbud that delivers personalized sound to demanding listeners.
The team at Nocs is led by company founder Daniel Alm. He’s teamed up with Audiodo to create wireless earbuds that will please even the most discerning music lovers. Design work started at the end of 2019 and year 1, and although it took a long time, Nocs has released a new true wireless baby and it sounds pretty good.
Daniel Alm said, “We’ve spent countless hours tuning and engineering the sound. “I’ve been in the industry since 2009 and this is the best we’ve ever done. We’re in a position to have full wireless. Overall, it’s top-notch sound and performance.”
To provide customers with a truly personal sound experience, Alm switched to Audiodo Personal Sound and tuned the earbuds. To get the most out of the NS1100 AIR, you’ll need to download the Nocs app and perform a hearing test to tailor the earbuds to your unique hearing with a custom sound profile.
I took a test and it involved simply pressing a button on my smartphone with and without sound. The frequencies of the tones are distributed and designed to see how high frequencies and at what volumes you can hear them. We test the left and right ears separately to customize the earbuds for each ear.
The Audiodo Hearing Calibration Test is the most advanced part of hearing measurement and has been meticulously designed to create an incredibly accurate and exhaustive model of your hearing in a fraction of the time. Each ear is individually assessed with a full correction in less than 3 minutes.
The Nocs app uses information gathered from hearing correction tests to instantly calculate the necessary changes to optimize the sound quality that works best for you. Normal compensation does not apply. Each user receives a unique custom profile calculated specifically for his or her hearing.
To my ears, the difference between the pre-test and post-test sounds is subtle, but noticeably improved. I was very happy with the test results and it’s nice to be able to retake the test whenever I want.
The NS1100 AIR earbuds come with silicone eartips of various sizes to provide an optimal fit. It is important to choose the right size for your ears before having a hearing test. The build quality of the earbuds and storage case is impressive, but I was surprised to see that wireless charging did not work. There is a USB-C port for charging and the earbuds can play for up to 9 hours on a single charge. An additional 21 hours of backup power is stored in the charging case, providing a total of 30 hours before a full charge is required.
I was very impressed with both the volume and tone of the earbuds, thanks to the 9.2mm graphene-coated dynamic drivers. It has a satisfying bass that isn’t too zealous and doesn’t swept the other frequencies. The mids are perfectly pitched and the treble is full of detail but sweet without being harsh. Whatever genre of music I choose, the NS1100 AIR earbuds take it all one step further. These earbuds are as good for your voice as they are for your music. Audiodo definitely works its magic and isn’t cheating.
Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation built into the NS1100 AIR uses internal and external MEMs microphones to sample external sounds, the Airoha chipset subtracts from the audio stream to block persistent low-frequency sounds such as road noise and aircraft engines. As far as noise canceling goes, these earbuds work great. It’s not as efficient as headphones, but it definitely does a good job and I think the ANC gives more energy to the music. Transparent mode is also available to allow users to hear useful information such as travel announcements and dangers such as traffic conditions.
Like most true wireless earbuds, the NS1100 AIR can be used to make calls or give commands to a voice assistant like Apple’s Siri. The MEMs microphone picks up sound well, and the Airoha chip cancels out background noise well, making phone calls clearer even in windy conditions.
Each earbud has touch controls for performing basic tasks such as pausing music, answering and rejecting calls, and turning on the ANC feature to block unwanted sounds. There are no touch controls to set the volume level, so keep that in mind if you’re a deal breaker. Finally, these earbuds have a special nano coating that blocks water, sweat and dust. It’s not truly waterproof, but its IPX4 waterproof rating makes it more effective than working out at the gym or jogging in the rain.
verdict: These effective earbuds from Sweden offer great value for money. A custom personal sound profile adds a lot of value to the Nocs NS1100 AIR, and it’s well worth the three minutes of testing. I’ve tried this hearing test before and have often been disappointed, but the Nocs got it right thanks to Audiodo. The battery life is excellent and the comfort level is also good. I love the sound of these earbuds and have no hesitation in recommending them. The only downside is that there is no wireless charging and no touch volume control. Those two minor complaints aside, these are excellent true wireless earbuds with effective noise cancellation.
Pricing and Availability: The NS1100 AIR earbuds are available worldwide and are priced at $125 / £104 / €125.
More info: www.nocsdesign.com
- Driver: 9.2mm electrodynamic graphene.
- Driver Sensitivity: 102 ±3dB.
- ANC: Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation.
- Chipset: Airoha Bluetooth plus DSP.
- Bluetooth Version: 5.2.
- Audio codecs: SBC, AAC.
- Microphone: 2x MEM on each earpiece.
- Impedance: 16 ohms.
- frequency range. 20 – 20,000 Hz.
- battery; Li-ion 50mAh.
- Earbuds Battery Life: Up to 9 hours.
- Battery life with case: up to 30 hours.
- Charging port: USB-C.
- Waterproof: IPX4 (Nano coating for dust and splash resistance).
- Dimensions: 1.75 x 3 inches.