JOMO Percusion 3 review – The excellence of a Hybrid

COMPARISONS:-

The P3 sets a really high standard for any earphone under the price of $700.

VS Fibae 4 :-

The Mid range fighter from Custom Art houses 4 excellent sounding BA drivers and has a very comfortable fit too. It is a complete improvement over the Fibae 3, The 4 improves in every aspect of the F3. Packaging of both the IEMs is very good, but the cable is of P3 feels premium. As far as fit is concerned the Fibae 4 has an edge thanks to the smaller size.

The Bassier signature of the F4 falls flat in front of the P3. The 10mm dynamic driver inside the P3 simply blows the F4 away with its rumble, slam, amount of texture and organic touch. The Decay is marginally faster and is a bit more accurate. The sub-bass extension is more or less the same but the P3 has bigger volume. Mid bass is much more meatier with the P3. The Fibae 4 pulls ahead when it comes to spectrum wide balance, and the better transition regions. The vocals and instruments have a bit better balance when it comes to energy. The vocals are slightly more organic and a bit more polished. The extra thrill of instruments is not found here, the crispiness is damped too. The Treble region is not much different, both have very good extension but the P3 has better energy and spark. Stage wise the P3 has the upper hand, it is not as deep as the F4 but has very good width and height.

VS Shozy Pola:-

The $800 IEM is one of the best and still holds its own against the competition. The ES hybrid IEM is one of the most resolving in this price range. The Packaging of the Pola is more premium and the cable is far more superior to the P3 cable. Fit wise the P3 holds the upper hand.

The Pola’s lower region has a similar feel with body and slam but the P3 has better sub-bass rumble, bigger mid bass volume but decay speed is slightly faster with the Pola. Both the IEMs have excellent texture and details. The transition phases have similar dip in energy. The vocals of the Pola are not as forward as the P3 but have more natural timber and tonality. Both are similar with texture but the Pola has the edge. Instruments with the P3 are more crisp and engaging. The treble region of the Pola has much better extension but is slightly less forward compared to the P3. Stage wise the Pola has around 10-15% more depth.

VS TSMR 4 Pro:-

The 4BA driver IEM nearly has nothing over the P3, the 4 pro is less engaging, kind of dull and flat sounding compared to the crispy and entertaining P3. The bass is nice but is not as voluminous, decay speed is faster on the 4 pro, texture is better with the P3, mid bass is much more defined and resolving with the P3. Vocals are very good on the 4 pro but the P3 is simply superior in every aspect let it be texture, definition or accuracy. 4 pro’s Instruments have less bite and attack and treble is slightly smoother and less exciting. Stage size of the 4 Pro is not exactly up to the level of the P3 either, it has nice expansion but the P3 is bigger in every axis.

The only pro the 4 pro has over the P3 is better balance.

VS Fibae 3 and IMR R2 Aten:-

CONCLUSION:-

The reason why the industry adopted the hybrid design was to have excellent lower end without sacrificing the mids and highs and the P3 is an excellent example of this old school hybrid design. It has excellent details across the spectrum and right amount of emphasis where it is needed.

The P3 from JOMO audio really caught me by surprise. It is something I was not expecting for a simple setup like this. Hats off to the guys at Pantheon and JOMO for making such a beautiful sounding IEM. I love the way the P3 is tuned, so very engaging and resolving at the same time. Before the P3 I was all in for BA based IEMs and was not much excited about DD+BA hybrid earphones. The P3 changed my perception. It shook the roots of my perception. Count me very impressed, very very impressed. The JOMO x Pantheon Percusion 3 is simply remarkable. I haven’t come across an equally impressive IEM in this price range. While writing the conclusion I kept asking myself, what is not to like about this IEM? Maybe the W shaped sound sig makes it lose some points and that’s it, even at those low points the P3 maintains very good energy and transparency.

It might be priced at exactly $500 but is easily punches well above its price range. It is much more resolving and definitive than the Fibae 3. But then, one has to ask, if they want the wholesome punch or not, not everyone likes the punchy feel, or do they?

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Suman Sourav Meher

Suman Sourav Meher

My humble audiophile journey started in 2010, when I was in college, where I fell in love with the elements, nuances, and variations of this mesmerizing world. The ability of tiny earphones to recreate amazing sounds made my bad days tolerable and good days better! Now I am a full-time audiophile with a preference for musical tracks, especially vocals and engaging ones. I must admit I am addicted, but not to drugs or alcohol, but to earphones. Come join me as I share my experiences, bad or good, and let’s have some fun!

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