Veedix NC50 earphone review
PRIME AUDIO 2017

Veedix NC50 review

Veedix is a recently formed company hailing from Shenzhen, China. The Veedix NC50 is their first product release and that’s what I’ll be reviewing today.

Pros
  • Lively, clear sound
  • Extremely lightweight and comfortable
  • Detachable MMCX cable
  • Price
Cons
  • N/A

Specifications

  • impedance 16 ohms
  • sensitivity 120dB
  • 6Hz-25000Hz
  • cable 1.25 m
  • driver 9.3 mm dynamic
Disclaimer

This sample was sent to me for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions and observations here are my own based on my experience with the product. I have no affiliation with the company and do not benefit financially from this review.

The Veedix NC50 has an MSRP of $56 and is available for purchase from the Veedix audio Taobao store and AliExpress.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES

On the outside of the box is a cardboard sleeve in dark grey with an image of the IEM on the front side. On the back side is another image but this one is aligned horizontally. I’m guessing that this is so the box can be positioned upright or on its side on a shelf. Not really relevant to an audio review perhaps but it does suggest that the developer is paying attention to detail in the design which hopefully will carry over to the product itself. On the sides of the box are specifications and inline control functions. Underneath the sleeve is a quality black box with the brand name on the top in silver print.

Once you open the box you’re presented with a single side of the IEM secured in a sheet of black foam. Next to that is the circular carry case with a metal Veedix badge attached to the top. It’s an unusual yet interesting presentation and by this stage, my expectations were ramping up because it was obvious that so far each element of the packaging had been carefully thought out and the early impressions are premium.

Inside the carry case is where you’ll find the cable, secured in a wonderful real leather cable tie and the other earpiece along with extra ear-tips and shirt clip. The case is a semi-hard zippered type with a mesh pocket on the inside, handy for storing your accessories.

What’s in the box:

  • NC50 IEM
  • detachable MMCX cable
  • 3 pairs silicone ear-tips (S, M, L)
  • 1 pair foam ear-tips
  • shirt clip
  • user booklet (1x Chinese, 1x English)
  • carry case
  • genuine leather cable tie

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The cable is a coppery brown colour which has a good thickness to it and feels pretty robust. It’s fairly resistant to tangling and doesn’t have any kinks. There’s a metal inline control with microphone above the Y-split. The Y-split and cable cinch are also metal, as is the straight, gold-plated 3.5 mm plug. On the Y-split and plug is Veedix branding that can only be seen up close. There are excellent strain reliefs from top to bottom so the cable should be pretty durable.

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BUILD, COMFORT AND ISOLATION

The IEM housings are quite small, constructed from plastic and are very lightweight but feel well built and have no visible flaws. They have a rubberized coating that’s really smooth and feels great. On the outer side is a recessed metal grill with a honeycomb pattern and Veedix branding.

On the inner side is an L or R denotation which I always appreciate and is something a lot of manufacturers neglect to add. Although there is no visible vent or bass port these IEMs don’t cause pressure buildup like some fully closed housings and there has not been any sign of driver flex whatsoever.

The nozzles have a good length with a nice bump on the end to keep the ear-tips secure. Standard nozzle size makes tip rolling easy which is fortunate for me because I found all the supplied tips too small for my ears.

When it comes to comfort these are superb. The rubberized coating makes them feel very natural in your ears and along with their light weight and all smooth edges, it’s easy to forget they’re there at all. There’s also no memory wire in the cable so it just rolls over your ears and doesn’t cause any discomfort.

The shells are also very low profile making them perfect for lying on your side. These are easily one of the most comfortable IEMs in my collection and there have been times when I realized I’d been wearing them long after the music had stopped playing.

Noise isolation is average to slightly above average for a UIEM depending of course on the seal you get with your selected tips. These are ideal for noisy environments or use in transit.

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SOUND

Sources
  • IQQ C18
  • Benjie X1
  • Acoustic Research M20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Amping: Absolutely not necessary with these. They sound great plugged into anything but as with all things you’ll benefit from a higher quality source.

The NC50 is nicely balanced and musical. It leans a little toward the bright side but the treble is not abrasive or uneven. Bass has just the right amount of thump to drive beat-heavy music without intruding into the overall presentation. The midrange is beautifully clear and natural. Instruments and vocals alike sound vibrant and lovely. Wonderful, subtle details.

Bass

Bass is north of neutral but not enough to be problematic. It’s not at all bloated but is quite fast, has a nice texture and is not trying to be the star of the show. There’s no noticeable bleed, keeping the midrange clean an unaffected. Sub-bass extends well with an ability to rumble and should be enough to satisfy you unless you’re a certified basshead.

Mids

The midrange is really well executed and rich yet maintains great clarity throughout. Guitars, vocals and strings are all presented naturally without becoming congested. There’s no muddiness or over-saturation in the lower mids and this allows the details to stand out but there’s still enough warmth for full-bodied male vocals. Female vocals also shine and aren’t drowned out by the lower range notes.

Treble

Treble is nicely extended but is still smooth enough for me to listen to Utada Hikaru’s “Traveling” with it’s inherent sibilance and Dr Dre’s “It’s All On Me” at moderate volume without piercing my brain with shards of ice. It doesn’t have a great deal of sparkle but there’s certainly enough to keep balance with the mids and treble, giving the overall sound signature a nimbleness. The timbre of cymbals and high hats is on point and sound true to life.

Soundstage

Soundstage is actually pretty good and there is plenty of depth but the stereo imaging is very precise, providing a good representation of positioning of elements. With certain tracks these IEMs can project sounds well, giving a sense of the recording space.

Comparisons

Whizzer A15 ($69 USD)

The A15 has a slightly darker sound than the NC50, with more bass and a thicker midrange. Both have good, airy treble and surprisingly good detail. When doing A/B comparison there’s a noticeable difference but after a short brain adjustment period, there’s a lot of similarity between these two. When it comes to build quality I can’t find a fault with either, although I prefer the Veedix’s cable as it doesn’t have memory wire. I’d easily recommend either of these IEMs and I think most people would be happy regardless of which one they chose. Having said that the Whizzer is a little heavy on the bass for my personal preference. The other consideration would be the metal construction of the A15 vs the plastic of the NC50. These both have a nice accessory set with the A15 coming out slightly ahead due to a larger range of spare ear-tips.

Thinksound ms02 ($99 USD)

The ms02 is a traditional barrel-shaped IEM compared to the NC50 being an over-ear style. Mids are a little drier on the ms02 making the NC50 sound smoother and less aggressive. Both of these have similar levels of treble but the Thinksound has a cleaner, punchier mid-bass. I’d happily listen to either of these all day and find each one has its own merits depending on preference and music genre. The prize for accessories goes tot he Veedix for adding a carrying case as opposed to the Thinksound’s canvas pouch. They each come with the same number of ear-tips. Both are really comfortable and lightweight and it would be a tough decision choosing between them. Bottom line the Thinksound is more reference and the Veedix is more musical.

CONCLUSION

The Veedix NC50 has become one of my favourite sub $100 IEMs. They’re super comfortable and well built. They have a lively yet smooth sound with good detail and a solid but not overdone low end. Packaging is fantastic and the accessories are well rounded too.

At the moment the NC50 retails for between $40-$55 on Aliexpress and for what it offers I think that’s a darn good deal. Being the company’s first ever IEM this is a solid entry into the crowded earphone market and I personally can’t wait to see what Veedix does next.

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  1. Nice review! Now I am curious and wanna to take it for an audible spin. There aren’t too many IEMs around that price that gets the cymbals or hi hats right, so I’m impressed… also like your description of the midrange – male or female vocals especially. Just ordered it on Taobao, couldn’t resist. Ostry KC06 are the earphones I am using at the moment.

    1. Carl, thanks for your comment. I hope you like it as much as I do. I also hope you get the full package, as I seem to remember someone else buying from Taobao and getting a slightly different package (sometimes they remove the retail box to reduce size and weight for shipping).

      Do come back and let me know what you think of it!

    1. I wish I’d had remotely similar experience with Veedix. When I ordered mine a couple years ago via Tabao, there was zero clarification nor reply about the $8 price difference. It came with full packaging but no cable and had zero interest in trying to sort something out. So I ordered a Mokose SPC 4× 28 AWG MMCX cable to use, which promptly shorted in under 1 month and replacement I received was a hacked up ball of wirethat didn’t function at all.

      I use mine with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Slacker Premium, I used Tidal for a while but found zero improvement in SQ. My experience there’s a significant amount of siblance for many female vocals, snares, snap and clap type sounds with occasional borderline harshness/siblance with brass. I tend to find overall sound more neutral leaning more towards bright. Bass I’ve found inconsistent as supplied eartips seem very cheap, don’t fit well or stay in place, usually working way out of pos in under 5 min, so I don’t get a consistent lasting seal. Foam makes worse the sound issues whether comply or stock foam. Still searching for right eartips but can’t sort out what exact size bore I need. Mids I find a bit limited due to recessed level, but are generally clear and crisp while lacking in warmth IMO. Male vocals are okay but the siblance of so many female vocals and harshness along with EQ spike keep me from reliably being able to enjoy them. The metal mesh screens to keep earwax and debris from entering nozzle are NOT attached well at all. 1 fell out without ever touching it and the other fell out when gently trying to clean screen with soft bristle brush. I haven’t sorted or sourced anything or way to replace or better secure them either.

      On plus side, the soundstage is solid for price and has pretty good detail levels often hearing small things I’ve never heard in songs I’ve listened to on various good quality home and car audio systems via CD, Vinyl and Digital formats many many times over 7-25 years.

      YMMV using Cu wire vs AG, AG/CU hybrid or AG plated Cu (like mine), I also listen at higher volumes. The siblance/distortion/harshness starts becoming far far more regular at 60% volume (8 or 9 mark increases up of 15 on Note 4) and above.

      1. Sorry to hear you haven’t had a good experience with it. It sounds like you’re not getting a proper seal which will make the sound sibilant and inconsistent. It’s very useful to have a good selection of eartips to test with different IEMs.

        I’m not familiar with the sound from the Note 4 (I have a Note 5) so that could be a brighter source, compounding the issue. I still have my Veedix but never really get time to use them.

  2. Nice review! Now I am curious and wanna to take it for an audible spin. There aren’t too many IEMs around that price that gets the cymbals or hi hats right, so I’m impressed… also like your description of the midrange – male or female vocals especially. Just ordered it on Taobao, couldn’t resist. Ostry KC06 are the earphones I am using at the moment.

    1. Carl, thanks for your comment. I hope you like it as much as I do. I also hope you get the full package, as I seem to remember someone else buying from Taobao and getting a slightly different package (sometimes they remove the retail box to reduce size and weight for shipping).

      Do come back and let me know what you think of it!

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