This is Sony’s mid-range IEMs that comes in colourful options and features Hi-Res audio. The package comes included with auto-sealing pouch, total of 4 eartips size and a cable shortener tab.

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The cable is 1.2 meters long, Sony included cable shortener tab which work well for gym workout and if you’re shorter in height as it prevent the cable from dangling too much. Cable doesn’t touch the face in normal setup and there is a plastic tab (Y tab) that reduce the gap between 2 cable, pull up and under your neck for workout if needed.

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Cable tab to reduce wire length

The control center is located on the left side which houses the microphone and the multi button for your call and media control. I wished they included a volume rocker but again their focus has been about minimalism. Check our video review for the microphone test.

Sound isolation is good as the sound tube is measuring 0.7 cm long goes deep into the ear canal blocking most of the environmental noise. Other feature includes support for Hi-Resolution Audio with supported device/player meaning it can handle higher bitrate than a average CD quality. It’s brought to life by a pair of 9mm Neodymium Dynamic Drives.

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Sound tube length



Technical Specification

Weight: Approx. 5g (0.2 oz) without cable
Headphone Type: Closed, dynamic
Driver Unit: 9mm Dynamic Driver, dome type (CCAW Voice Coil)
Impedance (Ohm): 16ohms at 1kHz
Diaphragm: PET
Frequency Response: 5Hz-40,000Hz
Sensitivities (dB/mW): 103dB / mW
Cord Type: Y-type
Cord Length: Approx. 1.2m (47 1 / 4 in) silver-coated OFC Litz wire
Plug:L-shaped gold-plated 4-pole mini plug

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Audio quality

POP/EDM:

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 smoothly. Low bass frequency is well bodied. The low bass overpower the vocals but not a lot.

Pia Mia – Do It Again (standard bass)

Bass is superbly energetic and presence, you can feel the air pressure. The bass fade butter-smooth with a long drag especially at the 2:05 mark, the vibrations is just eargasm. Bass slightly overpowers the vocals, clear separation between the two. Bass is well bodied. EDM tones sounds lively and fun.

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Vocals/Instrumentals:

Violinder – Raindrops (instrumentals)

The Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, leans closer to the crystal-clear type not the warm-sound, I prefer crystal-clear type. It has right amount of shine at the highs, just right on. Tone are well bodied doesn’t sound half-hearted.
 However the bass/drums slightly overpowers the Piano/Violin in term of audible levels but there is clear separation between the two.

Pentatonix – See Through

Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched male Tenor vocals perform very well at the highs with the right amount of shine, feels bright. Not bad for the price. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is crystal clear. Vocal beatboxing, echoing and humming is eargasm but it slightly overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.

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The IEM performs well form the low bass frequency up to the high frequency without breaking a sweat, it feel natural all the way, true Hi-Resolution felt. Is hard to get a simple IEM to perform this feat at this price level which are still domination by bass heavy IEM. Good Job Sony.

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