NOX Audio sprang out of obscurity this year with two pairs of stylish 'phones -- the moderately disappointing Specialist supra-aural cans with a retractable, flexible mic, and the promising Scout earbud headset pictured immediately above, now on sale. Even at first glance the Scout's not your average pair of in-line earbuds, connected to your phone of choice via a piece of rubber linguini that acts as a no-tangle cord, but they also have balanced armature drivers that delivered some surprisingly good sound even in the bustle of a busy trade show. (They've also got a ludicrously tiny send/end button for the headset buried in the cord's joint, if you're fond of playing spy.) We haven't had a chance to put our review unit through its paces quite yet, but if you want to give NOX the benefit of the doubt, you'll find the Scout at "select retailers" and the company's online store for $80 right now.
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NOX Audio Scouts Out Sleeker Design for Active Music Fans; Introduces New In-Ear Headset

NOX's Latest High-Quality Audio Headset, the Scout, Now Available Online and at Select Retailers

City of Industry, Calif. - Nov. 16, 2010 - NOX Audio introduces the Scout headset, the second in its line of audiophile-quality products. The Scout features the latest in high-efficiency balanced armature technology and is tuned to deliver exemplary bass and a wide, clean, dynamic sound range. Design elements of the Scout were created with active lifestyles in mind: Flexible silicone fins comfortably secure the earbud inside the ear which hold the headphones in place while running, exercising or traveling. The Scout's stylish square and flat cables help reduce cord tangles, and the "world's smallest" send/end button is located right at the Y-split of the headset for convenience.

The Scout is the latest product to demonstrate NOX's continued commitment to delivering high quality audio experience to the masses. It uses high-performance 6mm balanced armature drivers with bass extension to provide tight bass, well-controlled and balanced mids and crystal-clear highs. The discreet inline 3mm electrets omni-directional mic provides high fidelity voice pick-up that works with cell phones for making voice calls on-the-go.

"When we designed the Scout, we were really focused on improving the overall audio experience by making a product for people who need a versatile headset to match their dynamic lifestyle," said Julie Ma, president of NOX Audio. "This is a headset people will use on-the-go, working out at the gym, running at the beach or just relaxing with some music at the end of the day. It's sleek, compact and doesn't sacrifice audio for cost, while providing features comparable to those of similar products priced at twice as much."

The Scout is available now from NOX-Audio.com and retailers nationwide for $79.99, and is compatible with all devices that use a standard 3.5mm stereo jack. Like the Specialist, the Scout works with NOX's Negotiator universal gaming optical audio adapter, which provides digital audio compatibility with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.