Exciting and agile
The AV3 strikes a very good balanced of everything that affects the sound quality. Nothing goes out of proportion.
There is no aspect of its SQ which invites any type of criticism while delivering very good amount of details, fantastic resolution and transparency with a neutral tonality.
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HOW DOES THIS SOUNDS:-
The AV3 houses 3BA drivers, one for bass, one for mid range and one for highs with true crossover technology in a two bore design. As mentioned earlier the AV3 is the best selling earphone form Avara Customs and it is evident just out of the box why it sells the most. It is not their latest earphone, nor has plenty of hype around it, but has the quality to push it high on the sales chart.
It maintains very good balance between bass, mid range and treble, none of them being over emphasized compared to the other. The bass delivers nice thump, the mid range shows very good amount of details and transparency with a shining treble presentation.
In their words AV3 is:-
“The most musical and most fun sounding CIEM from Avara, suitable for all rounder and mainstream music lovers”
It delivers a very detailed and engaging presentation with a healthy dose of bass and plenty of details to it. The sound signature is fairly neutral with a bit of brightness to it. The overall tonality is neutral with a natural timber.
There are earphones with 2 drivers for the lower end and still are unable to deliver fuller and punchier bass notes. The Avara AV3 has a single BA driver for the bass region and delivers a nicely weightier lower end without any problem. It far more punchier and voluminous compared to reference type or flat sounding earphones like ETY ER-4P and Audiofly AF-180.
It moves good amount of air with a punchy slam which is slightly smaller than the Fibae Black and similar to the Secret Garden 3 (another 3BA based earphone). The size of the slam is somewhere between the Fibae Black and Fibae 3. Amount of air the AV3 moves is better than many BA based earphones in this price range. The sub-bass reach is very good. it goes very deep into the spectrum. The extension is as good as the Fibae 3 but the Fibae 3 delivers bigger sub-bass body and rumble. Compared to both the Fibae earphones the AV3 delivers faster notes with a nicely paced decay which is not unreasonably fast and makes its presence felt.
Mid bass has bigger body compared to sub-bass giving the lower region a full bodied feeling. Notes are nicely rounded with a good slam to them. Upper bass is well controlled and has good amount of forwardness.
It is never expected from a BA based earphone to lack details and the AV3 doesn’t go against this. While delivering plenty of details it maintains good amount texture with the notes. The Level of control shown by it is fantastic.
The AV3 delivers an enjoyable lower end with a nicely weighty approach to it. It is neither thin nor thick as it maintains good note thickness and accuracy. Yes you can’t call it pin point accurate but it can’t get much better while maintaining a fantastic balance of everything.
MID RANGE :-
If the mid range of an earphone is done well, it leaves me impressed and the AV3 is a good example of that. With just one BA driver assigned for the mid range, the AV3 manages to deliver a very spacious and engaging mid range with very good amount of details and accuracy.
The mid range is nicely balanced with the bass region with similar amount of forwardness and energy to it. The transition from upper bass to lower mid is well maintained with good amount of details and energy. The AV3 does not do it as flawlessly as the Fibae 3 which maintains fantastic accuracy and levelness with the rest of the spectrum but manages to deliver sharper and better amount of details.
Vocals sound crisp with very good accuracy and details, the decay is nicely paced giving the notes good amount of body and sharpness while maintaining fantastic transparency. Both male and female vocals sound fairly accurate. Male vocals have slightly slower decay compared to female vocals, giving them the required throaty feel. Female vocals are sharper with accurate notes depth and have better texture and tonality compared to male vocals. The AV3 delivers sharp, accurate still enjoyable vocals. There is no sibilance to worry about here but if you don’t like sharpness, this might cause some discomfort.
Compared to even the Fibae 3, the AV3 deliver better transparency and clarity with instruments. Instruments have very good bite with accurate notes sharpness. Notes have very good finishing with equally good texture to them. The stage feels more open and the expansion feel more natural compared to the competition. Instrument distribution and density is far superior to the similarly priced Secret Garden 3. The upper mid range maintains very good amount of energy without getting uncomfortably sharp or peaky. Some might find it slightly on the aggressive side but for me, something that doesn’t get uncomfortable is fairly comfortable.
Thanks to it’s bigger than average stage size and accurate notes thickness the AV3 has very good amount of air between instruments. It at no point feels clumsy, and thanks to its fantastic transparency it picks up plenty of micro details.
The AV3 is equally impressive with the treble section. The only driver assigned to deliver the whole Treble region manages to deliver a very impressive treble section with plenty of spark and energy.
The transition from upper mid to lower treble is fantastically done without any loss in details, energy or forwardness. Unlike the Secret Garden 3 the AV3 manages to keep the lower treble region clear of any type spikes while maintaining equal amount of sharpness and energy.
Let it be pianos, trumpets or cymbals, all of them have very good amount of sharpness and the finishing to the note along with the presentation is very good. All the instruments maintain good amount of texture and let it be the resolution, transparency or imaging the AV3 delivers without any problem.
The Extension of treble is as good as some of the earphones priced in higher price brackets. It maintains fantastic amount of energy deep into the spectrum. The bigger than average stage size helps a lot with instrument placements and density. There is plenty of air between instruments thanks to accurate notes thickness and very accurate instrument placement. Layering and separation of the AV3 is as good as it gets in this price bracket.
While the AV3 keeps the notes slightly on the sharper side it never gets uncomfortable at any point.