It is exactly as the tin said: I received a review unit from RHA and am going to do a review journal on it.So out of the blue, a Head-Fi member/friend, warrenpchi, once PM’d (or emailed me, I don’t remember already :p) whether I would want a review unit of the titular IEM. I said yes, and he told them that I am interested. So in came RHA’s representative, Isabel, and we arranged it all out, saying that I don’t have to return it to them (yay!), I can write the review however I want, and most importantly, as honestly as I want. The last part was actually very important for me, since I don’t really like my opinions and views censored. But with that in mind, that doesn’t mean that I can lambast it with curses if I don’t like it. It so happens that I don’t dislike it for now. So with that said, on to my very early first impressions.
From the first listen, it is bass-heavy, no doubt. But if I were to isolate (or just listen to some songs that doesn’t have a lot of bass) I can hear that the vocals aren’t too recessed. Regardless of that I felt, for now that the treble is a little bit more recessed than the vocals. Can’t say much more on sound, other than that any Touhou electronic songs now is trying to bust my brain down, in a pleasing, head-bumping way.
Physically, I felt that the fabric braided cable is kind of okay; not very memory-prone, but not very tangly either. That said, I fetl that it still has a potential for it to twist, but with this kind of ease to manipulate it and not having it retain the shape of how ever I played with the cable, I can easily use the IEMs either cable up or down my ear. The strain relief seems okay for now, and the aluminum build of the buds felt reassuring.
Accessories-wise, well, it is a budget-range IEM, from what I can gather about it, so there’s only a small cloth pouch and the S and L single-flange ear tips. Fairly well packaged for what it’s worth, but I have to disagree on their decision to use a permanently sealed flap on the top, and double-sided tape on the bottom flap, without any other way to close it back again without using tape. I know most probably will just chuck the box into the bin, but still.
So far I like it for what it is: a cheap-ish IEM that still has great build quality (still need to see how it’ll hold up in daily commute), a bassy IEM that seals well and sits well with electronic music (and bass-less songs from the few ones I’ve tried so far).
Stay tuned for more, although I can’t really promise when’s the next post about this will come up. It might be next week, it might be in two weeks’ time, or daily. But either way, I will post about it.