I recently went in on a Hisoundaudio Rocoo P auction. I might have thrown in a few extra $$ but I planned to ask for a pair of Live earbuds to try out and review. Based on the sound signatures of the Live and Living earbuds and the Rocoo I asked Jack if he could include a pair of Live buds with my purchase. Mr Fu kindly agreed. I think it was a good deal all around as I have been happy with both items.
The Live buds are Hisound's "audiophile grade" earbuds setting them apart from the PAA-1 and PAA-1 Pro that they offer at the lower levels. The Live cost around $99 US. They are available on ebay or retailers like Lendmeurears.
Here is what you get...
PACKAGING: In a small cardboard box you receive the Live earbuds, 4 pairs of earphone foams, a cable clip, a circular zip case, and a warranty card.
BUILD: I think the Live have very nice build quality. High up there with some of the best earphones we have seen from Chinese manufacturers. Better than the Yuin and Blox buds I have had.
The accessories are nice. The foams are the denser higher quality type. No "donuts" are included since the Live have no holes in the center of the speaker. The clip is just like the one SoundMagic includes with their phones but with Hi branding. The zip case is of nicer quality than the usual woven type we see having a nice rubber pull and good fit and finish.
The Live themselves have a familiar housing we have seen before but that is both more attractive and sturdier than the more generic MX400 style we see all too much. It is metal with machined edges and looks and feels more high end. The larger bottom portion adds some weight to balance the speaker end. This makes them feel very balance in the hand and while wearing them seems to help them be more stable. The speaker grill is plastic on the live while a metal speaker grill is found on the flagship Living model. The cable is very much like th CK10 cable but thinner. Soft, supple, stays supple in colder temps. It is thinner so it is light and unobtrusive but still seems durable. The cable is terminated into a straight 3.5mm plug.
Driver : 16 mm Dynamic.
Impedance: 32 ohm.
Sensitivity: 105 dB/mW.
Frequency Response: 16Hz - 22 kHz.
Plug Size/Type: 3.5 mm straight.
Cable Length/Type: 46 in., 6N OFC cable.
Warranty: One Year.
SOUND: The Live earbuds are voiced like a monitor. Live is a good name as they hint at the what they sound like, realistic and accurate. They are the textbook monitor sound. Extremely flat in balance with no part of the spectrum forward or dominant. Equal extension on both ends. Bass, mids, and treble all have equal quality of clarity, detail, texture, etc. So even you can pick out anything that either excels or doesn't. What you can pick out is all the notes, sounds, and voices. The live are big and open sounding and put a good amount of air around things like a monitor usually does. You get that effect where you feel you are listening to something bigger than the little things in your ears!
The Live buds play above a phone like the M2C by bringing more detail, texture, clarity and having a bigger sound. They are neutral sounding yet smooth. They have a bit of weight down low and nicely apparent treble that stops before being bright. Neutral and balanced. Not bassy but not lean either. They are very, very good at truly reflecting what comes before them at the source. They also take to EQ and sound adjustment well. Very much what a good monitor should be and they do live up to their name!
CAVEATS: While I totally recommend these earbuds and have mostly complimentary things to say about them there are two things you should take note of. They have 16mm drivers so they are on the larger side. Take that into account. They fit me very well(average size ears) and stay in well also but I can't speak for everyone. The other things is that they have monitor sound in a portable earbud. Once you get out in the hubbub of the real world you may need to compensate with some extra bass to counter the usual loss of low frequencies. Two small things that may or may not apply but worth mentioning.
SUMMARY: My favorite earbuds no doubt! Fantastic sound, great fit, high quality look and feel, and they play very well with every source I have. They are an audiophile grade bud and their sound does live up to the "Live" name!