Thanks to Ty Hi-Z/Penon for sending these earbuds to Head pie for my honest opinion.
Head pie as always hasn't been paid any money for this review, but hey... all audio companies feel free to ask for my paypal address! #feedme #headpiesucks #neutralsite
The earbuds were sent to Head pie May 9th, 2017.
I did a few volume matched tracks with a series of different daps and then later used only one dap at a time whilst shuffling through tracks to get an over all sense of the differences, limitations and strengths of these earbuds.
The TY Hi-Z HP-32 is,... well it isn't the 32S. More is more. Amirite?
The 32 and 32S share a similar but not exactly the same signature.
Deep bass and a low end, full bodied. The vocals punchy and forward.
The 32S just does it all with a little more finesse, smoothness and body.
Whilst not entirely lacking in treble and highs, the vocals possess the dynamism on this earbud.
If I was to summarize in short hand each signature (to my ears) subjectively:
xxX - Colarad C01
XXx - TY Hi-Z HP-32ohm
XxX - TY Hi-Z HP-32S
XXX - HE150ohm.
xxx - TY Hi-Z 150S
Theres a certain slight congestion or restriction in the lower end of the 32 and HE150 models that I think is fixed by the S versions (at this point I hadn't heard the HE 150S, making a few guesses by the differences between 32 and 32S).
I found myself quite enjoying listening to these earbuds after jumping off the earbud wagon some time ago for several reasons. A good deal of my listening was on my daily commute or in a cafe etc, which meant that sound leakage wasn't an option to avoid annoying others.
Also I didn't like the earbud fit at times. They way they hung down and didn't fully enclose my ear canal so I would end up missing out on the full sonic experience. I used the included clips for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at the way they fitted against my ear canal, just like as If I had my fingers pressed against them.
Consider me then reconverted back to an appreciator of earbuds, not only for the improved fit with the clips, and therefore a better listening experience, but also I forgot how earbuds can yield wonderful sound also.
At between US$8 - US$15 or so (depending on which different add ons one adds on) one really can't complain about the price, or the performance.
I'm tempted to write about `value for money/and punching above their price' - just for Willy to read :) Let`s see If he gets to the end of the review.
Whilst budget-fi can get a bad rep at times, there are quite a few delights out there. Does one amass a stable of affordable earbuds and IEMs or save up for one or two mid-fi to TOTL IEMs or headphones?
Its a tricky choice but I think whatever each person chooses enjoyment and pleasure can be had for all.