Shozy BG 5BA earphones review - expatinjapan



Shozy BG 5BA earphones review
 - expatinjapan




Unboxing










Exquisite cable, no need to upgrade. imho.

A wide selection of tips to choose from.

Specifications




Specifications

Impedance                              22ohm
Sensitivity                                110dB SPL/mW
Frequency response              20Hz-20000Hz
Driver config                            5ba Electrical + Passive crossovers
Passive noise isolation           25db

Technical highlights:

"5BA drivers with metallic filter nozzles, 22955 Bass driver from Knowles paired with custom made tweeter for a grand, dynamic presentation with sweet vocals and smooth extensions on both ends!"



Build

Hand crafted resin shells with flecks of gold. Oh so pretty. A alchemical balance of the masculine and feminine, sun and moon.

The nozzles are very thin so when choosing aftermarket tips be aware.
The nozzles are short but the cone like shape of the shell approaching the nozzle allows for a satisfactory insertion.
The size of the shells is on the small size and should comfortably fit most ears. They are styled for comfort and sit easily within my outer ear.





Price

Priced at US$279 on Amazon and elsewhere.



Sound

The Shozy BG is fairly inoffensive as I listen to it with the iBasso DX200 and Amp1, using FLAC files.

Shozy writes: "5BA drivers with metallic filter nozzles, 22955 Bass driver from Knowles paired with custom made tweeter for a grand, dynamic presentation with sweet vocals and smooth extensions on both ends!"

Its a fairly good summary in itself. 

The Shozy BG is an earphone that seems large, dynamic and expansive in itself, and within that it loses a bit of intimacy. 

The Sub bass is fairly tame and the bass does not really kick in until the upper bass with dovetails nicely with the lower mids, from there the vocals and upper treble show through.
Resolution is satisfying and the Shozy BG does have accuracy but lacks a certain realism, perhaps due to focus on upper treble and vocals.
I would like a little bit more lower bass and upper mids, perhaps to add a bit of warm to it all.

Separation is top notch, and sound stage is akin to a medium sized hall with vocals being forward upper skull, good width for guitars and brass and a decent depth where the bass lives.  I would like a bit more layering myself, yet the positioning seems to take the forward seat in this matter.

It is fairly natural with a slight metallic glint at times, plenty of emotion.

It  is not a bass head IEM and might be more suited to casual listening and classical music, it lacks a certain heft to the sound. But I guess thats a personal preference.

Rolled off at both ends of the sonic spectrum, with occasional extended highs and the afore mentioned sweet vocals makes the Shozy BG a mountain of an IEM in this crowed sea of IEM V shaped valleys.

It is not an all rounder, but one that has a certain signature that many will find pleasing.




Overall

The Shozy BG is a sweet looking IEM with its black depths in its handmade resin shells with pretty flecks of gold. A nice balance between sparkly sparkles and noir kool looks.

Fit is excellent, the shell size is fairly small so would probably be accommodating for most ears.

The nozzle is short, and not wide in the girth, but the design of the approaching shell shaft allows a pleasing deeper than expected satisfying insertion.

 There is also a decent array of tips to choose from. Although the photos showcase the white silicone double flanges I opted mainly for the black tips as I got a better fit with them. the sound was reasonably similar between the black and white tips. The foam is also similar in sound.
I did not experiment with after market tips due to the width of the nozzle being so small I would have to look hard through my earphones to find a similar size (lazy).

Build is quite gorgeous as already stated, the shells themselves seem solid, but with any earphone especially BA encasing ones I would be gentle with them.

The cable visual design is a step up from previous Shozy offerings (Zero, Hibiki). I do not feel any need to cable roll, the sound is not effected in any adverse way by the cable.

I was first enamored by the the Shozy Zero as one of the first budget offerings at the time to really excel at its meagre price point. I actually at the time bought six sets to give away to friends who were budding audiophiles.
I enjoyed the Hibiki, the fit and build was comfortable but had too much of sense of mass manufacturing about it, sound was representative of the Shozy house sound, dynamic, deep, forward vocals, crisp treble and permeating mids and the cable though internally was great, visually it did not move me.

The Shozy BG handles well at above my usual listening levels, no sense of a loss of coherency.

It is quite a pleasing sounding earphone, certainly a non offensive one. It does not tick all the boxes for me for my present personal preferences but I can not fault it for fit, build or sonics.

Rolled off at both ends of the sonic spectrum, with occasional extended highs and the afore mentioned sweet vocals makes the Shozy BG a mountain of an IEM in this crowed sea of IEM V shaped valleys.

The Shozy BG seems to be a bridge that the company has passed over to a new world, not to mention the other offerings that have been hinted at and announcements of future releases.






Thank you to Shozy for sending Head pie the BG 5BA earphones for review

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