Shozy are a beloved Chinese audio manufacturer with a reputation for daring and experimental designs. A constant endeavour to reconnect with the mentality of retro audio through the lens of modern technology acts as the driving force behind the company. As such, Shozy have produced some truly innovative products such as the Alien DAPs that boasted delightful musical tones but also a questionable screen-less user interface.
However, the company is quickly reaching maturity, bringing the same charming sound within increasingly versatile forms and ever more accessible prices. With a conservative $60 USD asking price, the allure of a hardy removable cable and a sound tuned in conjunction with AAW, Shozy’s latest in-ear, the Hibiki, is easily among the most anticipated affordable in-ears on the market. Let’s see how the Hibiki compares to existing models including Shozy’s own Zero and the best from Fiio and Final Audio.
I would like to thank Shozy very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the Hibiki at a discounted price for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones at a reduced fee, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
Packaging is a huge leap over that included with the Zero, the print is bold and silver accents highlight the promise of pristine audio through Shozy’s and AAW’s collaboration. The Hibiki and included silicone ear tips are encased within a protective foam inlet. As always, Shozy provide the bare minimum with their products, there is no protective carry case, no isolating foam tips, not even a shirt clip can be found with Shozy’s affordable in-ear.
It’s a streamlined and perfectly serviceable approach, but given Shozy’s focus on daily usability with a smartphone, I would at least expect some sort of pouch or case.
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