Brief: A few years ago a little-known Chinese company called Yuin entered the market of conventional earbuds with the PK line, becoming an instant hit among audiophiles and developing a large head-fi following for delivering sound quality not normally attributed to earbuds. Now Yuin is targeting the hi-fi clip-on market segment historically dominated by Koss and Audio-Technica.
MSRP: $49 (manufacturer’s page) / discontinued
Current Price: N/A
Build Quality (7/10): The biggest annoyance of the Koss clip-ons for me is the ear clips detaching themselves too easily. The G2As use better-quality plastics that reduce the occurrence of this problem. However, the clips are completely plastic, unlike the wire-and-rubber solution in the Koss’s, which means that if handled improperly there is a chance of breaking the clips themselves – something that will never happen with the KSC75s. Aside from the clips the build is very good. The brushed aluminum cups are sturdy and aesthetically pleasing and the cabling, though not particularly thick, is durable enough to get the job done.
Comfort (8/10): Initially, the Yuins are even more pleasing to the ear than they are to the eye. The pads are soft and the headphones themselves are very light. The only downside again is that the clips are actually completely plastic whereas the Koss KSC75 clips are rubbery with a thick metal wire and can be bent and shaped for the best possible fit. The Yuin clips cannot be reshaped.
Isolation (4/10): Despite being closed headphones the Yuins are not particularly suited for use outside. While they don’t leak too much sound out, they do let plenty in. The flat foam pads and lack of a clamping headband provide no seal whatsoever, so expect to have to turn the volume up on a busy street.
Sound (7/10): Perfect balance was Yuin’s design prerogative when engineering the sound of the G2As, and it shows. They are easily some of the most balanced and neutral headphones in the price range. The presentation is very natural, with an expansive soundstage and good instrument separation. They are also quick and controlled. The low-end extension could be better and it is not helped by the lack of a seal, but the highs are presented clearly and confidently. The balanced and transparent nature of these phones showed through all of my tests. They are also relatively laid-back and great for relaxed listening. I would not recommend them for hard rock or metal over the iGrados, but they work well with everything in my collection, from classical to electronica.
Value (9/10): Simply put, the Yuin G2A offers more sound for your hard-earned cash than most of the competition. Being a big fan of the Yuin PK line and their no-frills substance-over-style approach to design, I wanted to like these but feared that Yuin sacrificed some of that philosophy for pretty looks and brushed aluminum housings. Luckily, I don’t have to like these out of respect for the PK line. The G2A is a great headphone in its own right and worth every penny.
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Impedance: 60 Ω
Sensitivity: 110 dB SPL/1mW
Cord: 3.6ft (1.1m); Straight Plug
Space-Saving Mechanism: N/A