I get a lot of pitches to try out new products. Some of the public relations folks who are pushing them can be pretty insistent. Such was the case with the folks representing the Nixeus model BKSL14 In-ear phones. Good thing. These things are really good. Let’s start off with design. They have a slick, contemporary design in silver and white. The cables are flat, designed not to tangle. And the integrated microphone and playback controller is itself artfully crafted. But I suppose what you’re really interested in is the sound. And you won’t be disappointed. I listened to several music sources including a hi-res audio player, a digital audio converter plugged into my computer, and my iPhone. And from classical to folk to heavy rock the performance was terrific. It was clean, accurate, with a great thumping bass, and no disintegration at higher volume levels. It left me longing for a time when I had the ears of a twenty year old, while still appreciating the subtlety and nuance of music that comes with being 50+.
The Nixeus phones come with a hard case, several different sizes of earpieces, and a splitter that lets you use the headphone and microphone ports on your laptop for things like Skype. But one of the best features of these phones are their price. Suggested retail is $40, but they’re widely available at about $25. Bottom line, the Nixeus Model BKSL14’s produce a sound quality comparable to in-ear phones costing three or four times as much. Sound investment, and a low cost investment in sound.