***Blue Ever Blue***
22hz - 20khz
Blue Ever Blue seems to be a relative newcomer to the IEM universe and already is wreaking havoc on our galaxy with its immense gravitational pull ( in a good way ). A big thanks to jant and David for allowing me to review these.
These buds employ ETL technology which summed up means it gives the speaker enclosure a dynamic volume area that allows heat and pressure to remain constant, intended to reduce as much distortion as possible. I'm not an expert on this type of tech, but I am certainly going to research the hell out of it because these IEMs sound fantastic.
The set comes with a nifty black pouch and some extra tips. Before continuing, I want to say this set reminds of me those insanely small Jaybuds. They are so small and unfortunately i dont have any other iems to compare with right now but they are about 3/4 long, they are the smallest buds I've ever used, immensely light and very comfortable. The stock tips decent, but i wouldnt use anything else on the 866B unless they were the smallest tips available. Check out the pic below for size reference.
( top to bottom : 9wave NW Studio, Blue Ever Blue E28R, 886B for size reference )
The set boasts some of the best vocals I've ever heard in a sub $100 iem. It outperformed the Eterna and the Silver Bullet in this area. Vocals are just creamy and very lush. The set seems mid-centered but has plenty of bass and a good high range. The Bass seems plentiful to me. It is definitely a top tier set for that price range, as I am unaware of anything sub $50 that might sound this nice. Its not too thick or boomy, its not over saturated or lacking at all. It seems a nice mid range quality and quantity. What more can I ask for?
The highs are a bit sibilant, not too harsh at all but during the initial impressions I found some tracks a bit painful during some typical "Ssss" ridden words in the lyrics. I never had a problem with any highs on the classical side of things, but i did find it to be a tad tinny. After sufficient burn in I think it will settle down nicely.
The soundstage is where its at, just like the Fischer Audio Eterna, this set has impressive audio depth and I due to the nice comfort and form factor I think I would use this set over the Eterna any day. It is definitely not as wide sounding as the Silver Bullet though. The overall coloration is mid range, not too colored but not super neutral like an IE7 for example. Its got very good separation qualities. This set is something to look for in the near future and I hope it does well.
To me, I think the new tech found in buds like the 9wave and this BeB are a window to our futures. Sets are going to get smaller and more dynamic, this set to me seems like a great stepping stone into this new land of opportunity. I am kind of amazed a set with a housing this small can sound this good. For $50 you cant go wrong here, this is an overall excellent performer in every genre I tossed at it during my initial impressions.
Expect a bit more of an in depth review edit once I hit the 100 hour mark.