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.
It’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 I’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. 😀
Let’s get straight to the deal. Earphone is 90% about sound so how exactly is the PR20 sounds? In two words it’s: “very nice”.
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.
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.
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 ‘invasive’ 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. 😀
However for long listening session I won’t use this IEM because of its uncomfortable nature.
*Bonus Story – 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.
I’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 don’t know how to explain it but there is really something special about the sound that were reproduced from these two Yuins. 😀
PK3 is priced around $45 and PK2 is around $75.
I wonder what kind of sound the PK1 ($150) can produce. 😀
Well, hopefully one day I will have the chance to review Yuin PK1 or better yet, own it. ;D