Advanced Wearable Audio – AWA 101 Review | Dual Hybrid Driver IEM
This is Advanced Wearable Audio’s first dual dynamic driver IEM. The package comes included with a hard carrying pouch, a pair of earhooks and 4 double flange eartips sizes. The double flange eartips and earhooks does well for slow gym workout and walking. If the earhook was a hard plastic type it would do well for high intense activities.
The cable is a super thin and braided type which does not touch the face. The control center is located just below the chin and on the right side which is good for vocal pick up. However, it is a one button approach to control your call and media playback, I wished it had a volume rocker.
Sound isolation is good, thanks to the double flange eartips that goes deep into the ear canal. The IEM is power by a pair of dynamic drivers, one 8mm that handle the bass and 6.8mm that handles the trebles.
Tiaan – Be Ok (Low bass frequency)
Low bass frequency is superbly energetic and highly notable, you can feel the air pressure booming in your ears. It doesn’t eat into the vocals and has zero bass distortion. The subtle bass vibrations fade decently. Low bass frequency is well bodied. The low bass overpower the vocals and the vocals feel push back a little.
Pia Mia – Do It Again (standard bass)
Bass has do-able energy and has little presence, you can feel the air pressure but less. The bass fades decent at the 2:05 mark, the vibrations is felt soft and end quickly. Bass slightly overpowers the vocals, clear separation between the two. Bass is well bodied. EDM tones sounds reserve or safe.
Violinder – Raindrops (high frequency instrumental)
The Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, leans closer to the crystal-clear type not the warm-sound, I prefer crystal-clear type. Little bit more shine at the highs would have been nice. Tone are well bodied doesn’t sound half-hearted. However the bass/drums slightly overpowers the Piano/Violin in terms of audible levels, but there is clear separation between the two.
Pentatonix – See Through (high frequency vocals / vocal separation)
Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched male Tenor vocals need more shine at the highs, it felt soft. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is clear but slightly pushed back. Vocal beat-boxing, echoing and humming is eargasm but does overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.
The IEM performs well from the low bass frequency up to the upper mids with a U-shape sound profile. Bass heads would enjoy this wired IEM. Since it’s a dual driver you do need to hear it at higher volume to power them effectively.
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