There are many brands and manufacturer who don’t have good amount of exposure to the mass market. They tend to operate in their local turf, specially restricted because of the language barrier and their complacency.
Horluchs or Hoerluchs is one of those brands, hailing from Germany, they have a plethora of products for every type of consumer. They have dedicated products for gamers (earphones with boom microphones) and a lengthy list of Universal and custom earphones for audiophiles and artists.
They have a neat looking Website..
And, online store:-
Hoerluchs has 8 series of earphones under their belt, starting with EasyUp to HL7 series. Their cheapest one being HL EasyUp for 69 Euros and the most expensive one from them is HL6404 priced at 1398 Euros. They have dedicated series for universal and custom earphones. EasyUp, HL1 and HL4 are universal series. HL2, HL3, HL5, HL6 and HL7 are custom earphone series. In total they have more than 50 earphones in their catalog.
EasyUp series is their entry level dynamic driver series. HL1, HL2 and HL3 series have 2BA drivers at max. HL4, HL5, HL6 and HL7 series max out with 4BA drivers per side. HL4 is their top of the line Universal series.
What I have here with me is the HL4410 from their HL4 series. Priced at 949 Euros it is their 2nd most expensive universal earphone. It has 4BA drivers working for it but the number of crossover and dedicated drivers for bass. mid range and treble are not disclosed by the brand.
Here is what Hoerluchs has to say about their HL4 series of earphones:-
“The HL4 combines absolutely top technology and professional sound design. Our standard in-ear series for sound professionals and lovers of uncompromising sound quality. It stands out with a bass-heavy sound profile. The 4-way in-ears have four high-definition drivers for a true-to-life, extremely high resolution sound profile.
These are in-ears with standard ear attachments, equipped with optimal fitting domes in different sizes. The acrylic-like material looks like highly polished glass: crystal clear, brilliant, and always eye-catching.
These professional headphones are produced in a universal design from acrylic-like LPH, and delivered with matching domes. Built of perfect-fitting photopolymer (acrylic-like synthetic material). This headphone has a 2-pin exchangeable cable, and can be equipped with a Hörluchs headset, the Hörluchs wireless option and other cable types upon request.
Defined integration: All components are
optimally integrated into the headphone to deliver perfect sound to your ear.
The Hörluchs professional series. High-end technology for anyone in front of, on, or behind the stage. For professionals and sound fanatics. Excellent technology at a fair price.”
Specification of the hl4410
- Sensitivity at 1 mW: 120 dB SPL
- Impedance at 1 kHz: 20 Ohm
- Frequency range: 10 Hz – 35 kHz
- Maximum output: 130 dB SPL
- Harmonic distortion at 94 dB SPL: 0,1 %
- Harmonic distortion at 100 dB SPL: 0,1 %
- high quality packaging
- ear plugs silicone: 2xS, 2xM, 2xL
- ear plugs memory foam: 2xs, 2xM, 2xL
- fabric bag for easy transport
- cable according to article description
- filters for wax protection
- warranty card
- user information
HL4410 Product page.
About the HL4410, from Hoerluchs:-
“Our top performer: Hörluchs 4-way driver technology. The 4-way in-ears offer four high-definition drivers to bring top performance to your ear canals, exactly where you want it. Do you love delicate, bright, and precise sound? Then our HiFi sound design can create a true-to-life, extremely high resolution sound with the finest resolution in the mid and treble range. Are you a more chill, balanced person? Then choose our balanced set-up for your in-ears. If you love a booming, bass-heavy sound, you can choose between our discreet bassy or our ultimate bass-boost sound design.”
What I think of it:-
If you made an effort to browse into the HL4410 product page you must have seen the “Bass-Heavy” tag to it. I don’t know how flat they went with the HL4430 (balanced version of the HL4410) but the HL4410 is fairly balanced. It is more balanced than the Inear Stagediver SD5 and the thing is, it is hard to label the SD5 as a bassy earphone.
In my review of the UM Mirage I decided not to compare the HL4410 with Mirage as the HL4410 sound characteristics are similar to the Inear SD5.
Both the earphones have similar approach but the HL4410 adds some of its unique features to it. SD5 sounds lusher, the 4410 sounds a bit more agile and eager. Notes are marginally sharper and have better bite to them. And the best thing is the HL4410 doesn’t have the upper mid, lower treble peaks of the SD5.
The HL4410 has a very controlled bass, the mid range if more forward with very good stage size, the stage size is bigger than the SD5 and is very close to the UM Mirage even without going balanced. The treble region nicely keeps up with the mid range and doesn’t lose any energy. The signature is slightly on the brighter side, a hair brighter than the UM Mirage.
The Design of the HL4 series is unique too, instead going with protruding 2pin socket, they went with the extended shell to house the 2pin socket.
HL4410 is one of the best earphones to look out for around 1000 Euros. Expect my review sometime next month.
People at Hoerluchs know a thing or two about tuning earphones for sure.