The NOX Audio Specialist is a headset designed for the iPod and iPhone as well as PCs and Macs, and with the optional NOX Negotiator Universal Optical Gaming Adaptor ($59.99), xBox 360 and PlayStation 3. It also works with other devices that can accept a standard 3.5mm input. Notable features include a retractable microphone as well an integrated volume control built into the right ear cup. Simply twist the control to adjust the volume.
What’s in the package
The packaging of the Specialist is a bit daunting to get into at first, but once you realize that half of the case (along with the cables, user manual, warranty card and PC splitter) is on the other side of the paper and plastic clamshell, you realize everything has its place and the designers had a field day with the packaging. The other half of the packaging includes the Specialist stereo headset.
For a $79 MSRP headset, (30 day no questions asked return policy) the Specialist offers full adjustability and ample cushioning using memory foam. The sound quality is also very good with crisp mid and high tones. For the bass, I tested ther Specialist with Bass 305′s Subwoofer Testing audio file. It is a bit overkill, but the Specialist output good reproduction of the file, even at max volume on a Mac Book Pro. The Specialist offers a solid and adjustable fit, outputs very good quality sound, and has a neat retractable microphone. The headset comes in a variety of colors, includes its own fabric case and includes a two year warranty, which is unheard of in such a device.
Drivers: dual 26mm mylar
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20kHz
Noise Reduction: 6 dB @ 1kHz
Sensitivity: 104 dBSPL @ 1kHz
THD: <0.5% @ 1kHz; <2% from 40Hz to 20kHz
Input impedance: 32-ohms
Microphone 4mm Omnidirectional
Specialist Stereo Headset