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After being quiet for a year, Sunrise HIFI introduced their new earbud Charm 3. For their enthusiasm on earbud, their previous products, such as, SWD2 and Feeling 2 were very successful. However, many fans were not satisfied by the look of them, since the products were using common shells. By hearing from all the feedbacks, Sunrise gave up on the cheap common shells and introduce the Charm 3. Luckily, I got my hands on a pair of sample. The Charm 3 came without any package, just the earbud itself. And I would like to thank Sunrise for their generosity and share my review for all of you.

 

The internal product code for Charm 3 is SR80, it will be priced around $50-$70 USD to fill the gap between SWD2 and Feeling 2.

 

 

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The look and the build

 

As I mentioned, Sunrise gave up the cheap shells and introduced a new look for Charm 3. The new design mainly uses metal frame in combination of flat cable. As per photo, the earbud body and the handle are two separated parts hold together with one nail. It allows the earbud to tilt for certain degrees for wearing comfort. Behind the earbud there is a hole for sound tuning. Inside the shell, it’s their famous 14mm titanium diaphragm driver units. Two flat cables were waved through the handles and joins at a black plastic nob. At the end of cable, it’s a gold coated 3.5mm straight plug. The total length of the cable is 1.2 meters and it will come with blue or red. From the overall look and experience of couple days use, the build is very robust. The flat cable really works to avoid the tangling. In detail, there are couple of “thorn” on the plastic joiner and the 3.5mm plug. However this is a sample product, I hope Sunrise will fix that in their retail production. Overall, the build is definitely a thumb up for earbud  around $50-$70. 

 

 

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Specification

Driver unit size: 14mm

Impedance: 32 Ω

Sensitivity: 110dB±3dB

Frequency response: 20 ~ 20000Hz

Cable length: 1.2 M

 

 

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The sound

From my experience with Sunrise products (SWD2, Feeling 2), their titanium driver has a soft spot on the bass department. For Charm 3, I can tell that they have put in effort to improve the bass. Comparing to previous products, the bass of Charm3 goes deeper, stronger without compromising the quality and detail. The bass of Charm 3 still maintain a nice structure, unlike some earbud, the bass just feel like punch on pile of cotton. Of course, the punch and the quantity of bass is still not as good as YUIN PK1.

 

The treble is always the sparkling point of Sunrise’s titanium driver. It is very natural, transparent without much rolling off. The waves of detailed treble really satisfied my with some new age musics. After 50 hours of running in, I couldn’t hear any hiss or breaking sound. Personally, I am very enjoy the treble of Charm 3 and I would describe it the same way I said about HIFIMAN RE0.

 

The users of Feeling 2 usually describe the mid is too flat without any coloration, whereas the SWD2 gives a forward and warm mid. The mid of Charm 3 is closer to SWD2, but not as thick and warm. It is quite well balanced. I can not define whether Charm 3 is suitable for vocal, rock or classical. It is somewhere in the middle of all these and brings them to a certain level. There were no surprise and disappointment. I guess Sunrise would like to introduce it to whom listen to various music styles.

 

Overall, Charm 3 provide a natural, transparent and detailed sound. It gives an open soundstage with great separation. It doesn’t matter whether I amp it or not, there was no disappointment.

 

In conclusion, the new body design, the improved bass and the listening experience, I would give Charm 3 a 7.5 out of 10. It will not give a surprise on certain type of music, but you will not be disappointed no matter what you listen to or how you drive it. For its price ($50-$70 US), I believe the Charm 3 will be a competitive product in the market.

 

 

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Testing gears:

Google Nexus One

Sony NW-HD5 + Meier Audio Stepdance

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My first review and no one cares. confused.gif

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Actually I have been looking for reviews on these, looks like they are not on the top tier. If you rate it 7.5, how would rate top tier ones like PK1?

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Originally Posted by kanonathena View Post

Actually I have been looking for reviews on these, looks like they are not on the top tier. If you rate it 7.5, how would rate top tier ones like PK1?

 

I would say 8 to 8.5 for PK1. I really like my PK1, but it needs an amp to drive it. whereas, Charm 3 just takes everything.

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Nice to get some info on these, sashaw. Some questions...

 

Did you use these with or without foams on them?

 

What is the diameter of the outside of the buds to the edge of the black ring? I see they use 14mm instead of 15mm drivers, so interested to see what the overall size is.

 

Out in the real world moving about and such how does the flat cable do? In ears are lodged in so flat cables aren't as bad but wondering if they may move the buds around when on the move. Any way to test if the cable stiffens when it is colder?

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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post

Nice to get some info on these, sashaw. Some questions...

 

Did you use these with or without foams on them?

 

What is the diameter of the outside of the buds to the edge of the black ring? I see they use 14mm instead of 15mm drivers, so interested to see what the overall size is.

 

Out in the real world moving about and such how does the flat cable do? In ears are lodged in so flat cables aren't as bad but wondering if they may move the buds around when on the move. Any way to test if the cable stiffens when it is colder?

 

I tried them with and without forms. According to Sunrise, it will come with full form and one that has hole in the middle. Just like PK1. I only tried the normal full form. With the form it give a bit more bass and not much change to the high.

 

The diameter of the black ring is 17mm.

 

The flat cable is quite soft. It does wiggle the earbud a little bit when I turn my head. I haven't test it in the cold condition, it is summer here in Middle-Earth (NZ).

post #7 of 11
I applaud your review. You have clearly given these a deep listen and your source gear is top shelf. For my part I just can't wear earbuds. They fall right out. So I use iems (ER4S) or clipons. I love the Yuin G1A's which have light but accurate bass. So, thank you for your review. Where do you buy them? Is there a company website?
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Originally Posted by Norbert View Post

I applaud your review. You have clearly given these a deep listen and your source gear is top shelf. For my part I just can't wear earbuds. They fall right out. So I use iems (ER4S) or clipons. I love the Yuin G1A's which have light but accurate bass. So, thank you for your review. Where do you buy them? Is there a company website?

I received the earbud from the manufacture directly for review. Their website is http://www.sunrise-hifi.com/web/index.asp . The Charm 3 should be for selling very soon.

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These look interesting. I'm not that into flashy design, but I'm always open to good sounding earbuds. I've previously owned the Sunrise AS Feeling, but felt that they were inferior compared to my Yuin PK3. The PK3 are more balanced overall, while the AS Feeling had too much emphasis on mids. I don't care about high impedence earbuds, but if there really are 32 Ohms, I'll definitely be looking into them!

post #10 of 11
Guys, could you give the compare of this stuff with Yuin PK2.

About the sound?
And about the fit?

Because I like the size of PK2 that quite fitting to my ears.
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