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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VS Mee MX4 pro:- ($199)
The Mee audio MX4 pro is priced considerably more than the Spring1 but shares a few things with it. First of them is the sound signature and tonality.
The dynamic driver of the MX4 delivers a very similar type of bass, plenty of sub-bass but lacks a bit of body. The mid range is a bit similar but has better tonality and has no sibilance of any type. Stage size is good but is more in the head. Treble feels a bit dull with a bit of lack of extension it is not really up to the Spring1.
Both the earphones have similar amount of details, but the MX4 pro has more uniform transparency and has no peaks at all.
VS Simgot EN700 pro:- ($169)
The EN700 pro houses a single dynamic driver and is fairly similar to the Spring1 with its signature.
It deliver more or less similar sub-bass rumble but has bigger size. The mid bass is slightly more forward than the Spring1 and feels more fuller. Mid range has better control and notes have slightly better tonality. Vocals don’t have sharpness. No vocal sibilance here. Extension of the treble region is slightly lacking and has slightly less energy too. Stage size is slightly smaller than the Spring1.
Level of details is similar but the Spring1 does better with micro details and transparency.
VS Brainwavz B400 :- ($169)
The 4BA earphone has been one of the best earphones for under $200.
It has considerably smaller bass impact and is thinner in comparison. The extension too is a bit lacking. Decay speed is better. Mid range has no peaks what so ever, it sounds cleaner and clearer with more appropriate notes depth. Vocals are similar with tonality but has no unnecessary sharpness to them. Treble is marginally dull. Stage size is considerably smaller.
Overall level of details is similar.
VS Moondrop KXXS:-
The single dynamic driver earphone delivers very good bass with nicely rounded body and has a slightly bigger slam size than the Spring1. Mid range is more or less the same with more natural tonality and less peaky notes sharpness. Treble and stage size are the disciplines where the Spring1 pulls ahead. The treble lacks a bit of extension and energy and stage size is not up to the size of the Spring1.
The Spring1 sounds more detailed and transparent.
Build quality is very similar but the fit is slightly on the shallower side.
The Spring1 is a very capable earphone, the sound quality is very good, it has good amount of details, an impressive stage size and very good treble extension. It is one of the most detailed earphones in this price range of under $150. The Spring1 is a fantastic choice for those who like shining notes, good amount of bite and are not afraid of peaks.
For the rest, the extra bit of sharpness can be a bit uncomfortable. The evenness of notes depth has to be addressed too.
If they can do that, the Spring1 will be the Best earphone one can but for under $150. It is a good earphone even without those changes but it does leave a bit to be desired specially with notes sharpness.
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