Above Average Sound
I got the because I tend to lose things when I am out and about and I don’t fancy losing IEMs that cost more than $300. Well, that and I wanted a light pair of IEMs when walking around with them in my ears. These fit the bill on both fronts.
i have taken to burning in every audiophile piece of equipment I purchase, so after 160 hours of burn in, I started listening to these Echobox IEMs.
I tend to listen to a variety of musical styles, I use FLAC/Apple Loseless files, and use a Dragonfly portable DAC, a Groove with Win10, and a Yulong with my Mac. The IEMs wanted more than the Dragonfly seemed to have to give, sounded good with the Groove, and quite good with Yulong.
I compared them to my favorite IEMs, IMR Aten, and found that they had a narrower soundstage, less definition in the upper bass, less impact in the lower bass, less warmth and presence in the mids, and a bit more harshness in the treble. This should surprise no one.
That said, they were very acceptable in every genre except classical music where the just could not reproduce acoustic instruments and orchestral sound stages well enough to make me want to listen to them. Since I rarely listen to classical music in a setting that does not permit me to focus on what I am listening to, it ended up not affecting my opinion of the IEMs very much.
For most other genres such as pop and rock, or soul and R&B, the were a fine choice for walking around and enjoying the music. The provided tips were just fine, with the Comply tips being great for active listening while the stock silicone tips were fine for more sedentary listening.
Good base (not a fan of extreme bass heavy listening) and surprising tonality for the price point. The sound stage is pretty small. That is my only real gripe.
Would recommend to a friend.