Just shy of very good
The triple hybrid earphone has plenty going for it. Very good bass quality, good amount of details and bigger than average stage size makes this earphone very close to a very good, however, it does have a couple of things that need some attention.
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All of us who are interested in budget chi-fi earphones must have heard about BQEYZ, pronounced BQ eyes, they are one of the most popular chi-fi brands in the market. With earphones like KB100, KC2 and K2 they have a very good reputation among budget audiophiles. Most of their earphones hover in the range of $30 to $70 with a hybrid setup inside them, delivering good amount of bass, nice details and hell lot of value for money.
With the Spring1 they have ventured into a considerably more expensive price bracket where none of its competing value for money brands dares to trade in. The Spring1 houses a 13mm dynamic driver along with a 7 Layers piezoelectric driver and a Balanced Armature driver. They haven’t specified the crossover of drivers or which driver is for which part of the spectrum though.
It come in two color schemes, Black gold and Blue gold and is priced at $139. Being the Flagship IEM of BQEYZ the Spring 1 faces tough competition from Moondrop KXXS, TSMR 2 and even the last generation earphone like Brainwavz B400 and simgot EN700 pro are giving it tough times.
1. Item：Spring 1
2. Dynamic Driver: 13mm
3. Impedance: 43Ω
4. Sensitivity: 108dB
5. Frequency: 7-40KHz
6. Cable Length: 1.2m
7. Pin Type: 0.78mm-2 Pin
8. Plug Type: 3.5mm
9. Driver units: 13mm Coaxial dynamic driver+7 Layers piezo electric+Balanced armature
9. Mic: Without
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Let’s run through the Spring1 and its contemporaries and see how they stand against each other.
WHAT YOU GET OUT OF THE BOX:-
The Spring1 comes in a tidy looking retail box and a simple packaging style. All the accessories including the cable are placed inside the bigger than average carry case. It has plenty of space for to carry the earphone around.
Even when it is priced considerably more than their best selling earphones the Spring1 doesn’t ship with a lot of tips. There is a set of two types of tips in S/M/L sizes. The atmosphere tips favor bass and reference set of tips are self explanatory. There is one pair of foam tip in M size but it doesn’t fit my ear sadly, I would have liked a large size Foam tip, just for versatility.
The informative leaflet and a cable tie complete the list of accessories.
HOW IS THE CABLE :-
The cheaper earphones from BQEYZ come with a generic cable used by many chi-fi brands but the Spring1 ships with an eight core upgrade cable. It is one of the best cables that ships with earphones under $150. The build quality seems very strong and feels good in hand. There is some heft to it but it is not bothering at all.
The quality of the cores is good. There is a nice layer of rubber on them, it is supple and doesn’t have much microphinics too. The braiding is tight, not as tight as the Penon OS849 but is slightly tighter than the BGVP VG4 stock cable.
The Spring1’s stock cable compliments it nicely, giving it a premium feel. It is one of the good cables that ships with earphones under $300, earphone priced at $1000+ like InEar StageDiver SD5 too ship with an inferior cable, there are barely anything better in its own price bracket.
HOW IS THE BUILD and COMFORT:-
Just like every other BQEYZ earphone, the build quality of the Spring1 is very good. Where most of the earphones in this price range ship with plastic or resin shells the Spring1 ships with metal shell. Made out of solid pieces of aluminum it is slightly on the heavier side of the spectrum but the slight heft is not bothering and don’t fall out of the ear easily. Thanks to the metal build it is one of the strongest earphones in this price range, it can take a lot of beating without incurring any damage to it.
It doesn’t have a very ergonomical design to it, most of the earphones in this price range don’t have this either but a bit of an inner wing design would have made is a even more comfortable. The size of the ear-piece is not very large and easily fits inside the ear and will fit most of the users without any problem.
The design is slightly different than what we see with most of the earphones, the nozzle of the Spring1 has a different angle compared to what the industry follows. This does help in getting a slightly better fit inside ear.
The nozzle itself is deep enough and gives a nice and secure feeling inside the ear. One will find three vents on the inside of the earphone shell, I don’t know why three (one for dynamic driver, one for piezoelectric driver). You can use T400 and T500 size tips on the nozzle.
The Spring1 doesn’t out do its price range when it comes to comfort but still makes things better than others.