The DHL delivery man fought through ice and snow to deliver a pair of headphones at my door. The cans came in a tiny box and had traveled here all the way from China after a polite gentleman from a company named noontec contacted me asking if I would be interested in doing a review of their ZORO II HD fashion Hi-Fi headphones.
Update: The full ZORO II HD review with a lot of pictures is up and can be read here.
Not remembering having heard of this company or the headphones and the (to me) obvious inspiration behind the headphones’ design I must admit to being a little hesitant, but because my mother taught me «never to judge a book by its cover», I said yes. It had nothing to do with being a headphone addict and getting a free shot to ease the addiction. Promise. :D
Also, Steve ol’ Guttenberg reviewed the predecessor of these cans and gave them a glowing review (like he does with everything, LOL!), stating that «The Noontec Zoro is an audiophile-oriented on-ear headphone model with a detachable cable and styling that mimics the Beats Solo, but with better sound quality.»
Who knows, maybe these headphones are delicious? Seems like I got the blue and black version. Kind of bummed out, because I wanted and specifically asked for the white and orange, lol!</narcissisticSpoiledBrat>
ZORO II HD Specs and expectations
The specifications says they employ (your typical) 40mm dynamic drivers. They’re 32 Ohm, 108dB/mW @ 1kHz and has a power handling of 60mW, so these definitely do not require an amplifier although I will use Objective2 when reviewing them due to the low impedance of these headphones. They should have 13Hz to 26kHz response. I’m impressed they didn’t state single digits.
Expectations of these headphones
My expectation is a V-shaped signature, (1) because of the obvious inspiration behind them, (2) that a whole lot of people tend to like a lot of bass, and (3) having HD in the name implies resolution which is often accomplished by boosting the highs a bit.
Will be doing an unboxing and first impressions video of them as soon as the Objective2 + ODAC review is up on Youtube. In the meantime and to spoil the video review of O2+ODAC, you can follow the link to read the written review.