dbE Acoustic PR20 Earphone Review

ย dbE Acoustic PR20

Honestly I was planning to buy the dbE Acoustics PR18 when I went to Plaza Semanggi two weeks ago. I heard about the GadgetXone store where we can tried the different dbE Acoustic earphones from the internet.

Itโ€™s kinda hard to find the store in the 3rd floor (2B), but it worth all the hardship.

I tried three of the dbE Acoustics In Ear earphone; PR18, PR20, and HF30.

To make the story short, more than 30 minutes later I went out of the store with PR20 instead of PR18. Why I bought the PR20 is what Iโ€™m going to tell you in this review.

*This is also my first time experience listening to in ear type earphone so maybe the review sounds so newbie. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sound

Letโ€™s get straight to the deal. Earphone is 90% about sound so how exactly is the PR20 sounds? In two words itโ€™s: โ€œvery niceโ€.

Bass capability is always my first type of sound test, so there is no excuses for this PR20. It amazingly reproduce a great bass sound considering its tiny size. However I got to remember also that for IEM (in ear monitors) earphone the sound quality is expected to be better than ordinary earphone piece.

I love the bass that comes from PR20. I know itโ€™s not as thumping as the Sennheiser PX 100, much more compared to Behringer HPM1000, but itโ€™s already enough to know that there is bass there.

How about the mid and treble sounds? Are they covered by the bass?

Now this is the single reason why I took PR20 and not the PR18. PR20 produce significantly clearer mid and treble sounds compared to PR18. Period.

Tricks With IEM Earphones

The sound quality of IEM earphones is affected by the size rubber seal that should fit our ears.

Wearing a wrong rubber size seal can make you disappointed with the sound. I wear the medium size rubber seal which gives the PR20 its 100% capability.

Prolong use of IEM earphones somehow makes me discomfort though, so for a long listening session I still count on my Sennheiser PX 100 which is really really comfortable.

Price

dbE Acoustics PR20 is priced at $27. A wonderfully priced earphone set and it worth the price tag.

Buy It or Not?

I think IEM is not meant to all of the people because of its โ€˜invasiveโ€™ nature. However for audiophiles, IEM is one of the good things in life.

For PR20 I have no complain when it comes to the sound, it delivers what I want to hear. ๐Ÿ˜€

However for long listening session I wonโ€™t use this IEM because of its uncomfortable nature.

*Bonus Story โ€“ Experience Listening to Yuin PK3 and PK2

GadgetXone not only sells dbE Acoustics earphones, it also sells Yuin PK3 and PK2, two of earphones that are well known among audiophiles.

Iโ€™m so fortunate to have the chance to listen to these two earphones. I have heard from Kaskus and other forums that Yuin is one of the best earphones though not so many people know.

Both PK3 and PK2 has not much bass sound but somehow the mid and treble sounds are so so so crystal clear. I donโ€™t know how to explain it but there is really something special about the sound that were reproduced from these two Yuins. ๐Ÿ˜€

PK3 is priced around $45 and PK2 is around $75.

I wonder what kind of sound the PK1 ($150) can produce. ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, hopefully one day I will have the chance to review Yuin PK1 or better yet, own it. ;D


Author: Trijito Santoso

Iโ€™m Trijito Santoso, a Seventh-Day Adventist, a medical technology graduate, and a software developer. The reason why I shifted from medical technology to computer science is because I love to create things (design, software, articles, anything), and being a software developer allows me to create things everyday. Iโ€™m currently studying Master of Science in Computer Science at Northeastern University, Boston. My Google Profile+

9 thoughts on “dbE Acoustic PR20 Earphone Review”

  1. Hi, just browsing around and suddenly found your review.
    It was very nice, i would like to put it on my page if u don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚
    thx

    e1

  2. Hey,i already bought the pr 20 because i read yours,at least i can decide my mind to buy this babe hehe… nice review,keep up n bring us more reviews ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. bro, i found this review’s very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚
    i’ve decided to buy pr 20 instead of pr 18 after read this review.
    i’ll buy it in kaskus though, dont need to go to the store. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Frankly speaking I tried those DBE IEMS ws10, PR18, And PR20 rev 2. I have not found a significant different between the 18 and the 20 rev 2. They both have good deep bass and clear mid and high. Yes the PR20 rev 2 do them clearer but not as significant as I thought they would. I have yet to try the PR 20 therefore I have no idea how that one would sound. Is it better than the PR20 rev 2? How different their sound signatures with each other?

    1. hi George, I haven’t listen to PR20 rev 2 so I can’t say anything about it.
      What I remember is that PR18 sounds darker than PR20, and while I like bass sounds, I don’t want to miss some of the detail sounds too.
      Price-wise, it was makes more sense to me to pay a bit more for the clearer sound. ๐Ÿ˜€

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