Rose is perhaps most renowned for the Mojito, their flagship earbud that sat atop many multi-earbud comparisons and one that remains one of the most talked about models in the hobby. However, as we’ve seen from their Mini 2 in-ear, there is more to the company than premium products, they actually make some fantastic budget offerings too. The Masya exemplifies this as a $100 earbud that retains much of the same quality offered by Rose’s higher priced models. It instantly draws numerous parallels to their flagship Mojito with the same delicious house sound, super open form factor and dual dynamic driver setup producing bundles of clarity, resolution and air. And at under half the price, let’s see how the Masya performs.
I would like to thank Chi Kong Hui from PenonAudio very much for his quick communication and for providing me with the Masya LE for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
The Masya has the same unboxing as the BR5 MKII and other Rose products with a hard box that magnetically latches open. The earbuds and foam covers are well presented within a foam inlet with the cables and carrying case within two boxes just below. The Masya comes with an imitation Westone vault case that is just as hardy and portable as the original, it remains one of my favourites on the market.
Inside, buyers will find a standard 0.78mm 2-pin cable in addition to a silver plated braided unit should you opt for the limited edition wood grain Masya as I have here. Both cables are excellent in quality and the foams are quite plush. Rose also include a ¼” adaptor should you want to run the Masya from a desktop amplifier.
The Masya is another really unique earbud on account of its rather unorthodox dual dynamic driver setup. Its larger, two-step design reminds of vintage technics earbuds; they have a certain retro charm despite epitomizing the contemporary with their advanced innards. And where early units garnered some criticism for their slightly rougher 3D printed housings, newer Masya’s and all Wood Grain units are mass produced, resulting in a much smoother finish and tighter tolerances between each join.
The Rose earbuds carry a different style of fit to other earbuds as their large housings don’t permit the same level of depth and stability. Rather, they sit loosely in the outer ear with the inner segment locking behind the tragus. As such, they are incredibly open but when equipped with silicone rings and foams, achieve sufficient seal. However, in terms of comfort, I still wouldn’t consider the Masya to match that of other earbuds with moderate hotspot formation after extended listening. In addition, they protrude too much from the ear to sleep with though their fit was very stable in return. While they are far from uncomfortable, smaller eared listeners may experience difficulties with the Masya.
The Masya utilizes a 0.78mm 2-pin removable cable with keyed connectors on the cable itself. The limited edition Masya comes with the same cable included with Rose’s in-ears. It’s a supple braided unit with zero memory and a slightly rubbery texture though it feels well-constructed with low-profile connectors and a well-relieved, case-friendly plug. The Masya LE also comes with the standard Masya cable that is a more standard non-braided cable with a smooth texture and similar terminations.
Penon offer the braided unit for an additional $23 so the Masya LE actually makes for a more economical buy at a $20 premium over the standard model. And though the connectors are keyed, the earbuds themselves are usable with any 2-pin cable. Of note, Rose does have some quality control issues with their 2-pin connectors, my left earpiece was reversed so attaching cables with ear guides was not viable, I’m hoping this is case specific.
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