Not a lot of people are aware of Avara customs but they make fantastic sounding budget IEMs without the heavy price tag. Coming out of Indonesia they take pride in being the maker of “The first affordable CIEM in Indonesia”. Their CIEM lineup starts with Avara AV1Lite which is priced at just $99 (I haven’t seen a CIEM for a price as low as this) it is essentially the cheapest CIEM I have ever seen listed on a brands website.
They put the customer first and in their words:-
“Avara Custom is designed to provide customers with best sounding CIEM/Universal IEM with most affordable prices and fastest production lead time (3 working days)”
I am covering the Avara AV6 here after the AV3 which in my opinion is one of the best IEM an audiophile should consider instead of the ETYs. Their top of the line BA based earphone, available in custom and universal shell types, it houses 6BA drivers, two for bass, mids and highs each, incorporated in a triple bore design it is priced at $680 for both the universal and custom versions. One can choose the shell color and face plate design irrespective of their choice of version.
In their words:-
“Avara AV6 is Custom in Ear Monitor with 6 Balance Armature Drivers. Avara AV6 is our top of the line CIEM, expertly built for the most demanding users. Avara AV6 delivers easy to enjoy sound signature, good details and low impactful bass with added ultra low freq response. Avara AV6 is good for people seeking the ultimate easy to enjoy IEM with deep and impactful bass. It performs well for live on stage performance and for daily use.”
The AV6 faces tough competition from a plethora of earphones, I don’t have a lot of earphones in this price range but I will compare the AV6 with Fibae 3 and Shozy pola.
Head in here to order your AV6:-
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:-
First thing that greets us out of the box is the ownership card which has the date of manufacture, serial number, owner’s name and testament signature of QC. Below that are an AVARA sticker and an informative booklet with information about the brand.
Under the documentation is the carry case, the earphone and 3 pair of ear tips in S/M/L sizes placed inside that. Beside the case are a few interesting things. It is not common for CIEM brands to ship earphones with a key ring, I have seen this but it is not very common. There is a leather cable strap, bigger than average but that makes the earphone stand out from the lot. Stuck to the cable strap is the cleaning too.
I would have liked a few more pair of tips but these CIEM brands barely ship with more than 3 pair of tips with their universal earphones
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE:-
Earphones in this price range use good quality material with their earphones, fancy metals and things. Avara has stuck with a full resin shell which give it a nice and sturdy feel. Coming from a house of custom earphones the Avara AV6 is a custom type earphone with universal nozzle, it has layers of resin even over the back plate giving it a more premium and custom type feel. Contrary to the AV3 the AV6 has three bores and the nozzle on the AV6 is wider, one needs wide bore tips for the AV6, a T500 size tip will do.
The build is very sturdy. The whole cavity is filled with resin. Just don’t put brute force on it and it will survive without any problem.
Being a semi custom earphone, one can choose the shell color and face plates of their own choice (some of them are chargeable), but the options to customize is limited, you can’t choose between MMCX and 2pin, it will be 2pin. You can’t choose any other type of cables either, you have to stick with the stock cable. What can be personalized is the face plate art, you can send in your design and they will put it on it.
Get to this link to customize your unit.
HOW IS THE CABLE:-
The cable here is a common cable with brands like Custom Art, InEar and a few other Chi-Fi brands. This cable is not bad at all but all these brands can use something slightly better looking maybe, maybe be something without wire inserted cable guides.
Even if they don’t decide to change this, the cable is not bad by a long shot. The biggest reason for these brands not changing the cable I think is its minimalistic design and small profiles at the 3.5mm jack, Y splitter. I have experienced reasonably priced aftermarket 8 core cables doing worse than this stock cable, these brands don’t have many reasons to change the cable but it is not as complimenting as something what BGVP and TFZ earphones ship with. Especially when you see the price tag of $680 I expect a slightly better cable aesthetically.
Moving on to the cable quality, the 3 core braided cable has a nice feel to it, there are no unnecessary layers of rubber on it hence it’s not bouncy at all. It’s very supple and doesn’t tangle easily either. There is no microphonics to worry about. The 90degree 3.5mm gold plated jack is minimalist in size and is more suitable than straight jacks. The cable guide is metal wire inserted which holds shape once shaped to ones comfort, an aptly comfortable cable on its own.
The cable is good but it will be nice to see a bit more premium cable with it.
HOW DOES IT FEELS INSIDE THE EAR :-
Being a semi custom IEM the Avara AV6 feels very comfortable inside the ear. The semi custom type shell plays a big part in making it one of the most comfortable earphones in this price range. Where earphone a notch above this price range (Empire ears, Campfire and others) come with barely any ergonomical touch to them, the AV6 lands itself in the class of Nocturnal semi custom earphones when it comes to comfort and ergonomics. In short, the Avara AV6 is one of the most ergonomic earphones in this price range.
The wing on the inner side of the shell gives very good amount of grip inside the ear. The nozzle is not very deep into the ear but thanks to the extension of the inner shell it is aptly deep into the ear and gives a secure feel.
The Weight of the earpieces is neither heavy nor light. It can be categorized as slightly heavy still it is fairly comfortable inside the ear as the wire inserted cable guide takes most of the weight away. The size can be a problem for some if opted for universal trim.