Shozy Hibiki Review – Vox Populi

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Introduction –

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.

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Disclaimer –

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.

 

Accessories –

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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.

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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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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

3 Comments

  1. Swaroop on

    Hey Ryan,
    Great review. The last time I had thoroughly enjoyed a pair was when joker recommended me the vsd3s. It was my first pair of a proper “earphones” and felt like a revelation. Since I broke them last year, I have been trying to find a worthy replacement. I had tried the 1more triple driver. It was good but felt tame comparatively. The sound from the left side has stopped and I had to return it eventually. In short, I’m looking for a worthy/similar replacement/upgrade to the vsd3s in terms of sound and better build quality.
    I listen to all genres. Looking for a relatively balanced sound with slight v shape and colorlessness. I loved the extension and definition at the top end and the lower end in the vsonics. Looking forward to your valuable guidance. Thank you in advance.

    • Ryan Soo on

      Thanks Swaroop,

      Great to hear Joker’s review list helped you out, it is a monumental work! Unfortunately, I only have very brief experience with the VSD3S so I can’t provide direct comparison. I don’t feel the Hibiki provides the greatest balance, but if you’re comfortable stretching your budget close to $100, the TFZ King is a really nice choice. It is quite forward and a little bright, but quite balanced, engaging and very resolving. The build quality is great, just make sure you snag a newer batch unit with removable cable, the vendor should specify. I hope that helps you out, please let me know if you have any other questions!

      Cheers,
      Ryan.

    • Rujhan on

      OMG finally someone who had the same exact dilemma as I do! What cans did you end up bought if you don’t mind I’m asking? With all these Chi-fi flooding the market it’s not easy to find a worthy replacement for my vsd3s 😔

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