Our Verdict Comfortable, classy and capable but beaten by newer rivals For Detailed and rhythmic Against Could be a little crisper Reviewed on 30th January 2011 Until recently the NS400s have been five-star performers for us. In terms of look and feel, they hit the nail on the head. They're not the most expensive but the quality metal casing, comfortable fit and subtle in-line mic and three-button remote make them very desirable. For dynamics and rhythm, these can't really be faulted. Treble sounds clear and distinct, but never harsh, while there's enough grunt in those low frequencies to deliver pounding basslines with gusto. However, some rivals – such as the Beyerdynamic DTX 101 iEs and Grado iGis – are a little crisper in their delivery. The Grados, for example, make the NOCS sound a tad boomy in comparison. Which is why we've dropped them from a five to four-star rating. More after the break See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 03:28pm The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Headphones Nocs NS400 Titanium Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.