HiSoundAudio Wooduo 2 Review


HiSoundAudio Wooduo 2
Added Oct 2012

Details: Wooden flat-cable earphone from HiSound
MSRP: $129 (manufacturer’s page)
Current Price: $99 from ebay.com / $80 from amazon.com$99 from mp4nation.net
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 16Ω | Sens: 110 dB | Freq: 16-23k Hz | Cable: 4.1′ I-plug
Nozzle Size: 5mm | Preferred tips: stock single-flanges, Comply T400
Wear Style: Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (4/5) – Single-flange (3 sizes), double-flange (3 sizes) and triple-flange silicone tips, hard shell carrying case, and shirt clip
Build Quality (4/5) – The Wooduo 2 utilizes wood and metal housings with flat cables. Everything is very well put together and the cables seem sturdy and are tangle-resistant, though the strain reliefs are a bit stiff for my liking and no cable cinch is present
Isolation (3/5) – Good for a dynamic-driver design
Microphonics (3.5/5) – Bothersome when worn cable-down; better when worn cable-up
Comfort (4/5) – The housings are fairly small and fit comfortably but the flat cable a little stiff and, combined with the lack of a cable cinch, can make over-the-ear wear difficult

Sound (8/10) – The Wooduo 2 is a bass-heavy earphone that manages to retain solid all-around performance by keeping its low end in check and maintaining good clarity and treble presence. Bass impact is excellent and depth is very good – on-par with pricier sets such as the JVC HA-FX500 and FutureSonics Atrio MG7. Listeners who find heavy bass fatiguing will want to stay away but it’s doubtful that even die-hard bassheads will find the Wooduo 2 lacking in low-end presence. Sets such as HiSound’s own Crystal and the VSonic GR06, which are not exactly bass-light, are absolutely trampled by the Wooduo’s visceral, domineering bass. At the same time, while the Wooduo is among the bassier IEMs I’ve heard, its the low end remains surprisingly controlled and clean. It does lack some tightness and detail when compared to an armature-based set such as the Rock-It Sounds R-30 or the higher-end VSonic GR07 but not when pitted against other bass monsters, especially ones in its price bracket.

The midrange of the Wooduo is not as recessed as one might expect from such a bassy earphone – only a little more so than that of the VSonic GR02 Bass Edition. Midrange clarity is very good and the detail level is again respectable, though not as good as with HiSound’s more balanced-sounding Crystal model. Some loss of refinement is expected with this much bass and the Wooduo handles complexity well for an earphone with the sound signature equivalent of a steamroller.

The treble of the Wooduo is more emphasized that the midrange, likely in an attempt to balance out the heavy low end. There is a good amount of sparkle and the Wooduo doesn’t sound as dark as the Atrio earphones or the many other bass-heavy sets with severely recessed treble. The top end of the Wooduo 2 is crisp and well-defined – not in the least bit smeared – and the treble emphasis results in a bit of added clarity compared to sets such as the Rock-It R-30 and HiSound Crystal. The treble does sound a little edgy and can be harsh, especially at higher volumes, but lacks the sibilance-inducing peak of the VSonic GR02 Bass Edition. Extension at the top is good as well, surpassing the GR02 BE slightly.

The soundstage of the Wooduo 2 is above average in size and boasts good air and impressive instrument separation. There are sets with better 3D imaging, such as the Thinksound MS01 and VSonic GR06, but the Wooduo 2 still has good width and decent depth–better, for example, than HiSound’s Crystal model. Interestingly, the sensitivity of the Wooduo is higher as well – the Crystal requires quite a bit more power to reach the same listening level.

THL Recommended Badge 2014Value (8/10) – The HiSoundAudio Wooduo 2 is a dream earphone for the bass lover, combining a very deep and powerful low end with good midrange clarity and crisp, if slightly hard-edged treble. Its brute, visceral sound makes it a great signature upgrade for something like a MEElec M9 or JVC FX1X. In addition, the form factor is small and lightweight, and though I am not a fan of the flat cable, it does feel sturdy and resist tangling. Overall, the Wooduo 2 a solid alternative to HiSound’s excellent Crystal model for bass fans in search of a good all-rounder.

Pros: Great bass impact and depth; good clarity
Cons: Treble is a bit edgy; will be too bassy for some; over-the-ear wear can be a challenge with flat cable


About Author

Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.


  1. How good are these compared to the JVC FR301?
    I currently have these and I’m looking for an upgrade, would you recommend wooduo2, FX3X, hippo VB or anything else?
    I’m looking for a deep, fat bass, while keeping all the sounds decent price range: sub £75.

    • Similar to the FR301 in the sense that both are bass-heavy IEMs with v-shaped response but the Wooduo is much more focused on deep bass and has very little mid-bass bloat, whereas the FR301 has a huge mid-bass hump and plenty of bloat. FR301 is also harsher and more sibilant. The Wooduo, while not smooth by any means, is flatter through the mids and highs, which gives it better overall clarity and fidelity.

      That said, “fat” bass usually refers to mid-bass, which means the Wooduo2 and VB probably won’t do. They’re pretty lean, with the emphasis being on sub-bass rather than mid-bass. Not sure about the FX3X. I do have the new XX Elation (HA-FR100X) which are alright, but I think the biggest improvement from the FR301 is smoother, more refined treble. The bass isn’t too different, and overall I don’t think they’re worth the upgrade.

      The fattest bass I’ve heard in that price range is between the NHT SuperBuds and Beats by Dre Tour 2.0. In both cases you’re trading off some of that sharp, harsh treble of the FR301 for very smooth, but less clear, sound.

  2. Hello Joker- been a huge fan of your headphone reviews for a long time. 🙂

    Just wondering, if you had a gun to your head which of these would you choose for Deep Bass quality, and clarity of mids and highs?
    Velodyne vPulse
    Wooduo 2
    Sony XB90EX


    • No experience with the XB90EX but I’d choose the Wooduo2 over the vPulse every time. While it’s more harsh, the clarity and soundstage are just plain better.

  3. Really would not recommend these, did not even hold 1 year… have not been useing mine everyday leftside cable have a tear or something. Buy something else for that amount of money!
    But the sound was great… i would like more pinch inthe bass

  4. Hi, Joker! I’d like to thank you for you big job. I often use you advices. I’ve got Dunu DN-1000, Vsonic GR-01 and Xiaomi Piston 2. I’d like to buy another one with basshead sound signature. I need deep bass, but also clear middle and treble as it possible. I think Xiaomi Piston 2 is quite good, but I need more bass. How do you think are there some models with this signature which have much different sound from those I have? Or there is no sense to look for something another?

    • I think you can add a bassier earphone to that collection and still maintain good variety. Three different directions you can go. The first is a straight-up Piston 2 upgrade – maintain high overall sound quality and just try to get a little more bass. Around $100-150 my choice for this would be the Yamaha EPH-100 – its bass is deeper but not more mid-bassy than a Piston 2. I wouldn’t really call it a basshead earphone but it has very good overall sound quality, among the best enhanced-bass earphones in this price bracket.

      Another way is something with a sub-bass focus, like this Wooduo 2 or the Velodyne vPulse. These have boosted deep bass but not too much mid-bass, so they don’t sound very bloated. The Wooduo2 is actually quite clear through the mids and treble.

      And the third is what I consider a conventional (mainstream/consumer) basshead set. These tend to have more mid-bass boost and sound more impactful than even the Piston 2, and is what the average consumer thinks of when they think enhanced-bass headphones. Couple of sets from this category: UBSOUND Fighter, NHT SuperBuds, Beats Tour 2.0. I actually think the Beats are the best of the bunch here, but also the priciest. Superbuds are the best value, but again these are very bassy and warm-sounding earphones, and some clarity and crispness ends up sacrificed.

      • Thank you for detailed answer. I think I need more different sound, that’s why it wont’t be EPH-100. I don’t like Beats in principle. Maybe I venture to buy UBSOUND Fighter. But most likely it will be HiSoundAudio Wooduo 2. I can’t listen to all of these variants. In my country I only can order these rare earphones from another country.

        • The Wooduo2 would definitely be an interesting addition, it’ll give you a more unique, sub-bass focused take on bass-heavy sound than the EPH-100 with brighter highs as well.

  5. I ended up purchasing these off Amazon and waited over a month for it to arrive to Australia after reading your review. Thanks!

    However, I do find the highs to be a bit too bright (as you noted in the review: moreso at higher volumes). I also find the mid-bass to be a touch lacklustre (I assume is a slight sacrifice for having such low sub-bass extension).

    How would you compare these to RHA MA750i? I’m looking at changing to them to get back some of that mid-bass.

    • Yes, these are focused on sub-bass rather than mid-bass. Most other enhanced-bass earphones have the opposite focus, or a balance of both. The MA750 is warm and has good bass impact but I wouldn’t quite call it a basshead earphone. It’s just warm and impactful. I like it a lot, but ultimately it depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s just a warm, relatively smooth-sounding earphone with good (but not basshead-level) bass, the MA750 is a good one. If you’re looking for something that takes the Wooduo’s large bass quantity and just shifts it higher into the mid-bass region, and also has smoother treble, you have things like the NHT SuperBuds (https://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/nht-superbuds/) and the Beats Tour 2.0.

      • Excellent! Many thanks for the reply. I missed your NHT SuperBuds review so have read that and will now look at ordering those next. I’ll skip on the Beats purely out of principle.

        I guess it’s hard to put into words exactly the sound that I’m after so the MA750’s I guess are still on the cards for me. I’ll try the NHT’s next as they’re the cheaper option in comparison. Thanks again!

        • The NHTs will be what the Beats in-ears have always strived to be – unashamed bass monsters, but smooth and generally inoffensive. You’ll experience something of a clarity drop coming from the brighter, less mid-bassy Wooduo, though. Not much you can do about that – getting rid of the treble emphasis and raising mid-bass quantity always has that effect.

          Hope you find something that suits you better!

  6. Bought these once and not to satisfied with them because the low are fine but the high becomes so muddy and not that clear on the sound and the bass aint enough 😛

    Do you have any other tip?? tried ie 80 and think to buy one but do you have another with more bass and clearity on the high end?

  7. How do you compare it with the bass of Sony Xba H3 ? What is the noticable upgrade of wooduo 2(Even more and clean subbass rumble) within 500 Euros(or may be some more) ?

    • The H3 has a much warmer and more mid-bassy sound. It’s an upgrade, but also a different sound signature as it doesn’t have he crisp, slightly edgy sound of the Wooduo. The Wooduo is all deep bass and actually sounds pretty lean as a result (more of a U-shaped sound signature than a conventional warm/bassy one). There’s very few high-end IEMs with the sort of deep bass the Wooduo produces, and none of them are a perfect match for the rest of the Wooduo signature.

      The Sennheiser IE800 is probably closest but that might be over budget. Some of the JVC FX models like the FX700 also have excellent sub-bass. The JVC FX700, like the Sony H3 (and the newer Z5), tends to be more mid-bassy and warmer than the Wooduo but there are newer versions like the FX750 and FX850 that are quite promising (that I sadly haven’t had the chance to try).

      The Yamaha EPH-100 is also very good for deep bass and is much less expensive than these others. In terms of overall fidelity it’s better than the Wooduo, though again its sound is not a perfect match as it’s more rich and full overall, with smoother treble and warmer mids.

      • Thanks for the reply.Since IE 800 is out of the budget and JVCs FXxxx are not available in my region so i think the safe bet is to go with EPH-100 acc. to your recommendation.Also you said that sony xba h3 has not that crispiness like wooduo so it is also crossed from my list.

        • The EPH-100 is not that crisp, either, but more so than the XBA-H3 and of course much cheaper, so I think it’s a better bet in this case.

  8. I’m sorry if i’m getting annoying now but Australia has ridiculous prices and i cant find the vPulse or the Wooduo 2 in AU for $100, they are roughly $125 here which is a pain. Do you know if there is an IEM with good bass and sub-bass like both of these around or under $100 AU. I don’t really care about anything else but sound quality and bass. I don’t even know anymore people on head-fi told me that the Sure SE215 has good bass but i’m not so sure. Thank you a bunch if you can help me.

  9. Hi again i cant find these for $100AU so im looking for a different IEM with similar bass and sub bass for around $100AU. Thanks

  10. I bought the Wooduo 2 after I found some other positive reviews as well. They don’t quiwte siut my need though. I’d prefer an iem with some sub bass, enhanced mid bass, more forward upper mids and recessed highs? I’m willing to sacrifice a bit of thier marvelous sub bass, not much though for an enhansed mid bass in order to gain on upper mids and laid back trebles.
    I was eyeballing the ie8/80 but their bulky design holds me back. I tried Jvc fx101, ZA bassos, Rain 2 and neither one suited me. Jvc fx101 have unbearable highs, lack of subbass but excellent upper mids, mid bass, very loud. ZA bassos excellent highs, mediocre mids, slow subbass, not enaght loud. Rain 2 are good over all but are quiet too, lack of mid bass, not enouth deep subbass.
    What’s your sugestion for me? May be a more expenseve upgrade from wooduo2.What do you think of ie80 vs wd2?

    • Hmm.. can’t think of a perfect solution. Maybe a JVC wooden model like the FX750 or FX850? I haven’t tried the FX850 myself but lots of people have reported it to be an improvement on the 750. The IE8/IE80 is nice but doesn’t have particularly prominent upper mids, and of course the sub-bass quantity is below that of the wooduo. But, it does have smooth treble (more so than the Wooduo and even the JVCs).

      • I don’t know if this thread is still on going or not but I’ll try. Since my last post I went through 5 pairs of wd 2 (very poor quality ) , 2 pairs of fx 750 and 850, Future Sonic G10, Alpha&Delta AD1 Aurisonic Forte . The most similar deep bass like wd2 maybe even a little more so have only G10 out of the whole bunch but they lack the mids and crisp highs of wd2 . WD2’s sound is very addictive, that’s why I bought so many pairs of them and they brake so fast. I badly need an alternative of a higher quality wd2 . Please, Joker did you happen to come across something similar in all this time? The key feature is no amp needed and relatively compact.

  11. Hi, How are these compared to the Velodyne vPulse IEM. I am very curious to find out which has better sound especially bass and sub-bass. Thanks

  12. Hey Team,

    I feel like all your getting now is comparison requests and you’re doing a great job. Your charts are unbelievable btw. Onto another comparison haha, it’s just so hard now to pull the trigger on IEM’s when’s there’s so many and vast differences.

    I’m looking at the wooduo’s v the MEElectronics M-Duo. I understand Wooduo’s have a bunch of sub-bass and pack a punch, though I haven’t tried them. Have you heard anything or tried the M-Duo’s? I listen to a lot of drum and bass just FYI.


    • No experience with the M-Duo but I’ve been recommended them a number of times. From what I’ve been told they are good with the caveat of a v-shaped signature (bass and treble emphasized). Definitely could be a good match for D&B.

  13. Hey, Joker. Thanks for all that you contribute to the earphone community! I really appreciate the comparisons that you make between actual earphones instead of ambiguous references to an ideal reference. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the models that you reference in this review. I do have the GR07, GR07BE, RE400, Xears XE200PRO, Fidelio S1 & S2, Monster Pro Copper, Flux in-ear (not pro). I love the RE400 but sometimes desire some extra low end. The mids are just SO lush. The GR07BE is almost perfect except for some sibilance. My treble sensitivity seems to match yours except for the VSD1S which sounds a bit too dull for me up top. The Xears sounds balanced to my ears with silicone tips and a little midbass bloat creeps in with the foam eartips. I also own the N3i (mentioned already) but can’t stand the lifeless sound. Anyway, on to my question. I’m wondering how the Wooduo 2 compares to any of these, particularly the RE400 on the mid and treble? I can pretty much figure out the bass region. Also, does the bass quantity compare to any of the others I mentioned?

    • The Wooduo2 is more on the v-shaped side compared to the RE-400. It has a lot of deep bass (but not very much mid-bass) so in that respect it’s more like the Copper with a bigger deep bass bias or the GR07BE with the sub-bass cranked way up. Mids are not as lush and forward as with the RE-400 – if anything they’re a little dry and cold due to the lack of a mid-bass bump and relatively bright highs, plus a little recessed. Treble energy is about comparable to the GR07 but the Wooduo2 doesn’t have that one resonance or whatnot that makes the GR07 sound sibilant. It’s still not the most refined at the top end, and not as smooth as an RE-400 or Flux, but tolerable.

  14. How would you compare the wooduo 2 vs Zero Audio Basso vs Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass in terms of overall sound quality.
    I’m coming from jvc ha fx 101 and looking for upgrade. I like the 101’s bass but its highs are terrible and not good enough sub bass either. I got the Zero Audio Bassos and surprisingly their highs are much better and sub bass sort of better as well but it they missing that jvc 101’s aggressive punch bass. I need an iem with a well controlled fast punch bass, deepest sub bass and refine highs.
    Could you please lead me to the right direction here. I can’t stand it any more of this endless search. Budget: around $100
    Music: Vocal Progressive Trance, Italo-Disco.
    Greatly appreciate your help. Thanks.

    • Can’t comment on the Bass or XB50 as I haven’t tried those. I can say thatwhat gives the FX101 its bass is the large mid-bass hump/boost. There’s very few earphones that can match the mid-bass punch of the FX101, and the Wooduo really isn’t one of them. Its focus is on deep bass and clarity. What you want sounds more like the Beats by Dre Tour 2.0 – it has a large mid-bass hump and very smooth treble. However, like most bassy earphones it’s just not very fast, which makes somewhat muddy compared to something like the Wooduo2.

      • How about Wooduo2 vs JVC ha-fx500. Which one would have a better sound quality over all. They are on the same price right now. Thanks.

        • The FX500 is less bassy (deep bass especially) and more v-shaped but overall better. However, I would be very careful buying them these days. As far as I know they’ve been discontinued and there are many cases of counterfeits reported. Those two things together would be make me very careful of buying them now, especially at a discount.

    • Significantly more bass on these, especially sub-bass. The top end is also a little more prominent (and a bit more harsh) with the Wooduo – the SE215 tends to be quite smooth and a little laid-back. Other than that, SQ is about on-par.

  15. Hello, can you please compare these ( wooduo 2) with X-ears n3i? I have (actually had) the x-ears ( they/i broke them) based on your multi iem review. i wasn’t very impressed by their bass on a day-to-day basis but with some low-freq tests and after some burning I really understood why you considered them bass heavy. Anyway, being my first “expensive” (everthing over 50$ is expensive for me) i really spent a lot of time searching for a nice iem. i like quality products, i like even more “underground” quality products. All in all i really liked those X-ears, for their sound and build quality so i want to know more details between them and the wooduo 2’s. Also how are the Hippo VB and Sony mdr-xb90ex (if you tested them already) in comparison with x-ears and wooduos. I want as much bass as possible (i really mean as much as possible) but with as little mids and highs compromises as possible. It is possible that i will buy 2 of these 3 iems, so i would like them to be a little different (for example if the wooduo has great sub-bass, the other iem i would like to have better mid-bass and better mids and highs). Any other recommandation is wolcome. I appriciate your work (that 300+ review is awesome) and hope you can help me with my decision. Thank you for your time.

    • You are correct – the Wooduo2 has excellent sub-bass and comparatively tame mid-bass. This allows it to retain a clear, crisp sound elsewhere whereas a lot of mid-bass earphones are disadvantaged in that regard. The N3i is one of those – it has a warmer sound but the clarity and resolution are not quite up to par with the Wooduo2 and many IEMs that don’t have as much bass. If you want your heavy bass to have as little effect as possible on the rest of the spectrum, a sub-bass heavy sound is the way to go.

      That said, when headphones are called “bassy”, it’s usually the mid-bass that people are referring to. If you want a decent earphone under $100 with more mid-bass, the best ones I’ve tried lately are the Brianwavz S1 (more v-shaped signature overall with pretty good clarity): https://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/brainwavz-s1/ and the NarMoo S1 (smoother and warmer sound): https://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/narmoo-s1/ . If you want to try something with a ton of bass just to see what it’s like but without expecting high overall fidelity, the rather inexpensive JVC HA-FR301 is the way to go.

      The Hippo VB tuned much the same way as the Wooduo2, but lately there have been reports of VBs not sounding as good as they used to. They don’t seem very popular these days. Haven’t tried the XB90EX.

      • I decided to buy more than 1 or 2 iem’s and i’ll start with the “worst” and finish with the best. That said, where can i find the JVC HA-FX 301 ? i’ve searched on google for a couple of hours and i couldn’t find anything but a site where the shipping cost was the same as the iem’s cost but i forgot that site. Any sugestions? Thank you

  16. How do these compare to the RHA MA750? I’m a complete basshead, and I listen to a lot of electronic music (Progressive House & EDM mostly). Which one would you recommend?

    • They’re both good enhanced-bass earphones but a little different in terms of how they present bass – the Wooduo2 is focused more on deep bass and doesn’t have a lot of mid-bass. Mid-bass is responsible for that fat impact that you get with headphones like Beats and cheap bassy earphones such as the JVC Xtreme Xplosives, but also responsible for bloat and other issues. If you want deep, rumbly bass, the Wooduo is great.

      The RHA has more balanced amounts of mid-bass and sub-bass. It gives more of that mid-bass “thump”, though the overall bass quantity is kept in check compared to more basshead earphones such as the aforementioned JVCs, which keeps the quality good. The RHAs also have smoother treble and warmer, more natural tone. Overall, it’s a better earphone but the bass is really not overblown, so for a basshead the Wooduo2 would win out. Do keep in mind that if you want bloated mid-bass, neither of these is the answer.

  17. Joker,
    how would you compare the Wooduo 2 vs TF10 in terms of overall sound quality. Are they in the same level? I’m used to the TF10 for about four years now, but maybe I would like the Wooduo 2 better than TF10 for Dubstep and EDM.

    • For EDM and dubstep the Wooduo 2 may actually be better, especially if you like that deep, rumbling subbass that you get from concert speakers and such. However, for overall SQ the Wooduo isn’t quite up there with the TF10 – in addition to being more balanced and accurate overall, I find the UEs to have better detail resolution and separation and more precise imaging. The Wooduo also sounds harsher overall.

  18. I just bit the bullet and ordered a pair of these. I’ll try to remember to post a short review of my experience here a few weeks after I receive them.

    p.s. This site is GOLD! I’ve been buying and/or recommending in-ears to people for years and I’ve read a lot of your posts on HF.org, so to have everything in one place like this is perfect, particularly that interactive table you put together. Great work!

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