Shozy Hibiki Review – Vox Populi

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Design –

Upon opening the box, the Hibiki instantly impresses with its high gloss authentic carbon fibre faceplates skirted by a flawless chrome rim. From this angle you could certainly mistake them for a much more expensive product; those plates really enhance the look of the earphones providing depth through the underlying texture that catches light in a fascinating manner.

However, removing the earphones reveals that the bulk of the housings are constructed from plastic, which pretty standard for Shozy’s asking price. And though I do prefer the Hibiki’s rubberized texture over a matte or gloss finish, the plastic does look a bit cheap and easily picks up oil marks. That said, the earphones feel solid in the hand and the finish didn’t become tacky during my month of usage; Shozy vouch for the Hibiki’s hard-wearing properties, utilizing the same paint used by sports earphones.

In the ear, the Hibiki is a large but well-shaped earphone that produces a mostly ergonomic experience. Due to their size, they mostly occupy the outer ear and their flatter inner surface does limit fit depth. A small vent is present on the inner face though it doesn’t overly affect isolation or sound leak during wear. As a result of their ear filling design, the Hibiki has great but not outstanding isolation that is clearly better than most rivals and perfectly sufficient for public transport though a slightly deeper fit may have facilitated better isolation yet.

Furthermore, the Hibiki’s over-ear fit is quite stable, their large housings are light and really lock into the ear with the right ear tip. The Hibiki’s also sport a removable cable using a recessed 0.78mm 2-pin connector. This is a very rare feature around this price but one that is imperative for any long-term investment. It also enables users to swap in a 3rd party lightning or Bluetooth cable which should please modern smartphone users. The cable itself is also of excellent quality; designed in conjunction with AAW, it is supple, sturdy and of excellent thickness.

It’s smooth, braided nature resists tangles far better than competitors and the connectors are all tight and well-relieved. Furthermore, the cable has a smart remote that functions on both IOS and Android. This is easily the best cable I’ve encountered around this price and well above it, a huge step up over the tacky unit on the Zero, the thin cable on the Final in-ears and the stiffer Fiio cable.

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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

2 Comments

  1. Swaroop on

    Hey Ryan,
    Great review. The last time I had thoroughly enjoyed a pair was when joker recommended me the vsd3s. It was my first pair of a proper “earphones” and felt like a revelation. Since I broke them last year, I have been trying to find a worthy replacement. I had tried the 1more triple driver. It was good but felt tame comparatively. The sound from the left side has stopped and I had to return it eventually. In short, I’m looking for a worthy/similar replacement/upgrade to the vsd3s in terms of sound and better build quality.
    I listen to all genres. Looking for a relatively balanced sound with slight v shape and colorlessness. I loved the extension and definition at the top end and the lower end in the vsonics. Looking forward to your valuable guidance. Thank you in advance.

    • Ryan Soo on

      Thanks Swaroop,

      Great to hear Joker’s review list helped you out, it is a monumental work! Unfortunately, I only have very brief experience with the VSD3S so I can’t provide direct comparison. I don’t feel the Hibiki provides the greatest balance, but if you’re comfortable stretching your budget close to $100, the TFZ King is a really nice choice. It is quite forward and a little bright, but quite balanced, engaging and very resolving. The build quality is great, just make sure you snag a newer batch unit with removable cable, the vendor should specify. I hope that helps you out, please let me know if you have any other questions!

      Cheers,
      Ryan.

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