I have been in the audiophile scene for the last 10-12 years. I have seen things evolve rapidly. Things were not so busy and exciting back in 2009-10. Things evolved, hybrid earphones took over. They arrived with a lot of hybrid options, dynamic with BA, piezoelectric with BA, dynamic with E-stat, magneto-stat, these day we have a lot of option to choose from. Even in these busy innovative days, the good old Dynamic + BA hybrid is still holding a special place both in the market and heart of consumers.
JOMO audio from Singapore has been a leading IEM maker in south Asian region. They are the makers of JOMO Flamenco, one of the most critically acclaimed earphones along with the highly successful Pretty Little Beast and HAKA. Now with collaboration with local musical equipment maker Pantheon Percussion they have come up with a few earphones and the Percusion 3 (also known as Pantheon P3) is the best IEM of that lineup. It houses a simple setup of 2BA drivers and a single dynamic driver in a 3 way crossover and is priced at SGD 699 or $500, comes in only one color option. Unlike other JOMO IEMs the Percusion doesn’t have a custom version.
About the collaboration for the Percusion series:-
“Pantheon Percussion and Jomo Audio proudly present: Jomo x Pantheon series IEM designed for drummers. The brainchild of these two innovative Singaporean brands, the “P” series IEMs are the perfect fusion of old-world craftsmanship and cutting-edge audio technologies. We began with one goal in mind: create specialized IEMs for musicians who want to experience pristine bass at the gut level in order to enhance their musical performance. With the “P” series, we are confident that we have achieved that. Feast your ears.”
The Percusion faces a lot of competition as the market is growing with options every passing day. The competition includes some well known IEMs like the DUNU DK-3001 pro, Fearless S8, AF180mk2, Fibae 3, Campfire Polaris 2 and many more.
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P.S. I will shorten the Percusion 3 to P3.
ACCESSORIES AND PACKAGING:-
The Percusion 3 comes in a neat looking box. Unboxing it invites no unnecessary effort, the outer paper cover is not very tight and the clasp type box is easy to open, no need to fight. The first thing that catches the eye is the premium soft case with leather type texture on it. It is one of the classiest looking cases I have seen for while. It is not crushproof but will save the IEM from damages. The cable is placed under the case and all the accessories are placed inside the carry case. There is a warranty card placed on the inner side of the box.
The P3 ships with 6 pairs of tips, 3 pair of bi-flange and 3 pairs of dual flange, all are wide bore. A slightly bulkier but clip along with a standard airline adapter, quarter inch adapter and cleaning tool can be found in the box.
HOW IS THE BUILD QUALITY and FIT:-
The P3 has a semi custom type shell like all of the JOMO universal fit IEMs. The shell is 3D printed with acrylic with a glitter effect on it. The P3 has a very ergonomical design. It doesn’t have an aggressive custom type design, the fin on the inner side of the earpiece is slightly smaller to have a better universal fit. The walnut wood face plate looks classy. The nozzle is shorter than most of the modern day IEMs and is on the thicker side too but thanks to the lip it holds on to the tip without much problem. The P3 is very comfortable inside the ear and it doesn’t warrant adjustments every time the mouth is moved, which is the case with Shozy Pola. Yes the fit is not very deep but it doesn’t emulate any insecurity. If a deeper fit is uncomfortable the P3 should be a very good choice.
Isolation of the P3 with single flange tips is as good as any other universal fit IEM.
HOW IS THE CABLE:-
I am a big fan of those brands who dont ignore the cable quality, they can but now a days when the cable has grown into a industry in its own should not be sidelined. The cable doesn’t need to be a very expensive one but should not be a run of the mill type either. Thankfully the JOMO P3 cable is of good quality and the aesthetics matches the P3. It is a 1.2m long two pins SPC 4 core wire with a gold plated right angled 3.5mm jack.
On the not so bright side the cable is slightly stiff, has a slight bit of microphonics to it and the extra loose cable guides are slightly annoying as I find myself being a bit insecure about the guides going off my ears.