Nocs NS2 v2 — beauty and the beats

Nocs NS2 Airplay speakers vs wireless spotify (11)

Nocs knows how to make beautiful technology. The recently reviewed NOCS NS900 headphones scored very highly with everyone at DJWORX, so it should come as no surprise that the upgraded NS2 Air Monitor V2 speakers would definitely make a blip on our radar — not just for the obvious chromatic affinity with our brand, but also because the ever-present Spotify is strong in this product.

Let’s be clear — these aren’t really studio monitors (3″ drivers aren’t giving you gut trembling bass), but instead offer a huge amount of convenience (because of the size and wireless features), but also bring a cool aesthetic value (because we DJs are more superficial than we care to admit). And if the reviews of the V1s are anything to go by, they deliver an ear-pleasing sound too.

Here’s the word from Nocs:

NS2 AIR MONITORS V2

The competition said it couldn’t be done. We proved them wrong. By combining AirPlay, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect in one set of Active speakers, Nocs’ state-of-the-art NS2 Air Monitors have revolutionized the music industry. Stream your favorite tunes wirelessly via Mac, PC, iOS, Android or WP8. Turn your device into the ultimate music experience. That’s the power of sound. That’s the NS2.

No more settling for poor audio from built-in laptop speakers and dock systems. No more cables crisscrossing your home or office. The NS2 is a high-quality hi-fi solution in a robust package, rendering lesser systems obsolete.

AirPlay, Bluetooth® and Spotify Connect allow you to wirelessly stream music throughout your house and enjoy it anywhere, anytime. And since Apple Lossless is the conduit between the streaming source and the NS2, your music will sound pristine, just as the artist intended. A deep, accurate bass accompanied by well-balanced mids and reveling highs gives the NS2 a rich, natural sound that you’ll never get tired of.

Sound characteristics

Many wireless speakers sound good – but the NS2 Air Monitors take sound to another level by combining premium components with unparalleled ingenuity. Powerful and precise, the NS2 captures every instrument, every nuance, and delivers your music the way it was meant to be heard. A rich bass, pristine mid tones and flawless, revealing highs work in harmony to light up any room with tones that only the NS2 can deliver.

Materials and design

Designed in Stockholm, Sweden with a contemporary, minimalistic mindset, the NS2 Air Monitors are one part exceptional speaker and one part beautiful interior design element. No matter where you put them, the NS2 Air Monitors are guaranteed to look great. Moreover, the NS2 comes in seven different colors, each drawn from a contemporary, timeless pallet, allowing you to select the NS2 that best suits your personal style and preferred environment.

Every component, from the hand-built, MDF rubber-coated cabinets and Kevlar reinforced woofers to the silk dome tweeters, has been carefully designed to offer superior sound and unmatched durability.

Nocs NS2 Air Monitors App

This intuitive app will help you to setup and manage your NS2 Air Monitors v2. The app will walk you through all the simple steps to connect to your Wi-Fi network and start streaming your music wirelessly quickly. It will also help you manage, rename and update the firmware of your speakers.

To get started with your NS2 Air Monitors v2 setup, simply launch the app and follow the simple on screen instructions.

Streaming

With the NS2 Air Monitors, you have three different options for streaming your music: Bluetooth, Spotify and AirPlay. Each technology provides its own unique benefits, but the one constant across all three is that the sound quality is spectacular.
Enjoy music in your home anytime and any room, courtesy of these three world-renowned streaming services.

Airplay

AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly throughout your house. The music streams to your NS2 Monitors via Apple Lossless – so you’ll hear your music the way it was intended to be heard, with no flaws. With AirPlay wireless technology integrated into your NS2 Monitors, you can partake in your entire music library – every song, every playlist – in any room and at any time.

Bluetooth

The NS2 Monitors are Bluetooth-compatible, giving you the freedom to play your music when you want, from whichever source you choose. Stream music from your iOS devices, Android devices, laptop or PC directly to your NS2 Monitors. Regardless of the source, the NS2 Air Monitors deliver the same fantastic sound.

Spotify Connect

Spotify is arguably the world’s most popular streaming service – and for Spotify Premium subscribers, pairing your Spotify subscription with your NS2 Air Monitors means you’ll have the freedom to stream your music from your Android or iOS device directly to your NS2. And since Spotify is built in to your NS2, the music keeps playing even while you’re making calls or using apps. Access Spotify’s vast musical catalogue and listen to Spotify Radio as well as your own custom playlists, all at industry-leading audio quality.

To try Spotify Premium free for 30 days, or learn more about Connect, please go to spotify.com/connect

Hear it everywhere at once.

Say you have one set of speakers in your bedroom, one in the office, and one in the living room. For the ultimate sonic panorama, you can stream your tunes to more than one room simultaneously, so you’ll never lose the beat, no matter where you are in the house. Just choose Multiple Speakers from the AirPlay menu in iTunes. AirPlay works over Wi-Fi so you can stream music directly from your home network. So cut the cord and go Airplay!

Features

Power output: 80W peak power
Frequency response: 60 Hz – 22 kHz
Woofers: 3″ Kevlar with dual magnets, shielded
Tweeters: 3/4″ silk dome, shielded
Digital Signal Processor: 32-bit
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.15%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > Analogue 85dB, Digital 90 dB
Amplifier type: Class D
Crosstalk: <50 dB
Dimensions: H: 160 x W: 110 x D: 140 mm
Weight: 3.0 kg
Cabinets: MDF
1 year replacement warranty

Model number

NS2-101, All Black, version 2, June 2014
NS2-102, Simply White, version 2, June 2014
NS2-107, Industrial Grey, version 2, June 2014
NS2-108, Pale Red, version 2, June 2014
NS2-109, Dirty Yellow, version 2, June 2014
NS2-110, Contemporary Orange, version 2, June 2014
NS2-113, Faded Green, version 2, June 2014

Compatibility

– AirPlay works with:

iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPhone 4s
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS

iPad (1st generation and later)
iPad mini
iPad 2

iPod touch (2nd generation and later)

iOS 4.3.3 or later
Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later

– 3.5 mm stereo jack:
Compatible with any device with a AUX input.

– Bluetooth:
Bluetooth 3.0 is compatible with any devices with Bluetooth technology.

– Spotify Connect:
To be able to use Spotify Connect you need to log in with your Spotify Premium account.
Spotify is available for iOS and Android

In the box

– NS2 Air Monitors
– User manual
– Power supply
– Power cord
– 4-pin Speaker cable 3m
– 4-pin Speaker cable 1.25m

MSRP
3495 SEK
3495 NOK
2995 DDK
349.95 GBP
399.95 EUR
399.95 USD

Launching partners:
Amazon
Apple

Available to ship EU versions:
White: 9th July
Black: 9th July
Orange: 11th August
Yellow: 11th August
Red: 11th August
Green: 11th August
Grey: 11th August

Available to ship US versions:

11th of August all colours

Nocs NS2 Airplay speakers vs wireless spotify (1)

I feel it’s worth pointing out that while all the pictures show no wires at all, they still have to be powered and also connect to each other. But it’s definitely worth getting a pair in to see how well they perform in a varied DJ/producer/listening environment. I did almost buy the first ones to match the orange Worxphone on my desk, but ended up with a pair of Equator D5s instead, if only because I wanted versatility in the studio that a pair of larger wired monitors gives.

We do a degree of cable sharing in the Worxlab, so I’m keen to see how using a pair of wireless speakers works out. Not everyone needs studio monitors but do have other considerations. As long as the wireless connection is solid, and the sound is decent for the size, the Nocs NS2 v2s could find a lot of friends in a variety of environments.

GALLERY

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