Accutone Pavo

DallaPo

New Head-Fier
Pros: well tuned V-signature
transparent and clear sound
Cons: a little thin midrange
sub-bass cuts a bit early
Intro
After the ACCUTONE LYRA it's now the PAVO's turn to review. It costs twice as much, but comes with a dual driver configuration and can be found on the company's website under "Pro Line" (LYRA - "Standard Line"). After the warmer and more lively sound of the LYRA, it now becomes a bit clearer and more direct in its response, making the Pavo more transparent and tidy.

Handling
The Pavo has some twins on the market that look at least very similar to it. Here we have the TIN AUDIO T515 (2*DD), HIFI WALKER A1 (1*DD), or the OCTONE DYNAMIC DUO (2*DD).

As with the LYRA, the cable is unacceptable, but the sheathing is a bit stiffer, which makes the cable more robust, but also more unruly. But it has a slipper to hold the cables together after the Y-split.

The remote also has 3 buttons, but is a different model. The keys are more embedded compared to the LYRA, but still easy to operate blindly.

The isolation is quite good, but the Lyra seals better to the outside. Inside, both don't take anything and move on a good level, especially with FoamTips.

Sound
In contrast to the LYRA, the PAVO is more audiophile and can convince with its good resolution and frequency separation.

The bass is very neutral. It rolls off a little faster in the sub-bass and thus appears more powerful in the mid-bass. It is by no means a drum field hooligan, but very textured and directly responsive. It is not quite as sluggish as the bass of the LYRA, so that even fast successive bass beats are reproduced cleanly. The pressure could be a bit higher.

The mids are really very accurate. They are not the warmest, but have enough body to reproduce voices naturally, no matter if they are male or female. A small point of criticism is the slight increase in the upper mid-range. Sometimes I have the feeling that the peaks are getting a little hot here. However, this usually only remains a feeling and so the PAVO is a border crosser in this area, but without passing it. The mids are in the upper range of the harder kind and especially guitars are crisp, but without getting shrill. But here I wish for a little more fullness and enthusiasm.

The highs are a bit the hobbyhorse of the PAVO. Just as the second dynamic driver can reproduce the higher frequencies, some BA drivers do not. It brings a nice dynamic and lightness without straining the hearing. The highs are a lot brighter than those of the LYRA, which were detailed and clear, but can't stand up to comparison. With the PAVO you really have to pay attention to what you offer him as source material, because he not only brings positive details to light. The expansion is also not to be despised here and micro details can be spotted.

The stage is a clear step forward to the LYRA. This one seems much airier and more sorted. The separation is also better, because the instrument separation works better due to the clear and not quite so warm mids, as well as the better resolution and more detailed highs.

Outro
The ACCUTONE PAVO are really very good in-ears, which have a fine tuning and especially convince in the high range. But here you could expect a lot, because with over 70 € the PAVO belongs to the more expensive models in the budget range. I don't want to consult the unconditional comparison with the T2 yet, but the PAVO makes a good step in this direction. However, he lets some bounce in the midrange, which can sometimes seem too thin and lack a bit of liveliness. But if you like it more analytical and colder and if you value correctness especially in the highs, this is the right place for you.

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B9Scrambler

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Balanced, energetic sound - Solid build quality - Value
Cons: Incomplete tip selection - Minor driver flex
Greetings Head-fi!
 
Today we are going to be taking a look at the Pavo, Accutone's first foray into the wild world of dual-driver earphones.
 
The Pavo first crossed my path after reading @Cinder's coverage. What sparked my interest most was their physical similarity to one of my favorite dual driver earphones, the NarMoo W1M. In fact, they looked pretty much identical. With curiosity at the forefront, I reached out to Accutone to find out firsthand what the Pavo was all about.
 
Disclaimer:
 
I would like to thank Jensen and Ada with Accutone for providing the Pavo in exchange for a fair and impartial review. I am not receiving any financial compensation for this review and all comments and views within are my honest opinions. They are not representative of Accutone or any other entity.
 
EDIT: The Pavo retailed for 51.00 USD at the time of this review. They have since gone up to 79.00 USD. I have adjusted my value rating accordingly. They were amazing at the original price but lose some of their appeal with this price increase which puts them up against much stiffer competition. Still a great headphone regardless
 
http://www.audio.accutone.com/#!pavo/t8f0u
 
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A Little About Me:
 
Over the last couple years I decided to dive head first into the world of portable audio. After reading pretty much the entirety of IjokerI's multi-earphone review thread and being greatly inspired, I took a chance and started writing my own reviews. Fast forward a couple years and I've had the opportunity to write about some great products for wonderful companies like RHA, Havi, FiiO, NarMoo, Brainwavz, and Meze. I don't do it for money or free stuff, but because I enjoy it. If my reviews can help guide someone to an earphone that makes them happy, I'll consider that a job well done.
 
The gear I use for testing is pretty basic composing of an HTC One M8 cellphone, Topping NX1 portable amplifier, and my aging Asus G73 gaming laptop paired with a Plantronics Rig USB amp. An XDuoo X3 (shout out to my cousin Rob!) has recently been added to the crew and was used for the majority of my testing. I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. When it comes to signature preference I tend to lean towards aggressive and energetic, but I try not to limit myself to one signature only. I also tend to listen at lower than average volumes.
 
Enough preamble. Let us dive into the good stuff shall we?
 

 
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Packaging and Accessories:
 
The Pavo comes in pretty simple but fairly attractive packaging. The other sheath contains an image of the product on the front. The statement "Dual-driver high-fidelity audio headphone with microphone" is printed on either side. On the back is a smaller image of one housing and the universal controller., and a brief paragraph explaining the product and it's purpose; to deliver "an elite level of balanced audio performance". We will address that statement later on. Sliding the sheath off revealed what looked to essentially be wax paper but is more like a thick tracing paper. Underneath the Pavo was neatly tucked in a cardboard slip covered. Different.
 
Included with the Pavo were three sets of silicone tips; two pairs of single flange tips in small and large sizes, and a pair of dual flange tips that I guess occupy the medium slot. They also tossed in a set of nice foam tips not mentioned anywhere on Accutone's Pavo webpage.
 
Finally, the included carrying case is quite good. It looks to be made of pleather, but has a nice leathery smell to it. It is very similar in design to the case that came with my Sony XBA-2, but is thinner and stiffer offering better protection. It seals with a satisfying magnetic "snap!".
 
I like the case and the foams tips, but I wish Accutone also included a set of medium single flange tips. The dual flange are a good addition but are not as universally applicable to a wide variety of ears as a basic pair of medium single flange tips can be.
 

 
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Build, Design, Comfort, Isolation:
 
The Pavo uses aluminum for their housings and is a fairly traditional barrel shape, tapering smoothly to a slightly smaller than average nozzle size; 6mm at the tip, 4mm down the remainder of the shaft (stop giggling...). While that sounds all fine and dandy, it makes tip-rolling a challenge since many wide-bore tips sit too loosely for me to be comfortable using them. Tips that seal particularly well will show off some minor but still annoying driver-flex on insertion.
 
About halfway down the housing is a ring of knurling. This was a point of contention for me with the NarMoo W1M as it was very poorly cut and quite rough. The Pavo's cut is much smoother, though I can still see it being an issue for some if it touches your ear. Luckily, this is not an issue for me.
 
Left and right channels are clearly marked by blue and red rings on the rear of each housing. L and R are also printed on the strain reliefs, with an additional dot on the left side to help out the vision impaired. Channel indication overall is clear and easy to understand.
 
Due to their simple design, light weight, and slightly thinner nozzle, the Pavo is very comfortable. Wearing them cable up or cable down is just fine, though I recommend wearing them cable up to deal with microphonics which can be a bit intrusive when walking around. The cable is very pliable and carries enough weight to hold it's place when worn cable up making ear hooks unnecessary. Strain relief if excellent at the housings, and good everywhere else. There is even a handy chin-cinch for those that like them.
 
Isolation is good but not great. It's about what you would expect for a dynamic driver eaphone. With music off I can carry on conversations with those around me just fine. With music playing at my lower-than-normal listening volume, outside noise is muted just enough to make them work for commuting and walking around outside.
 

 
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Microphone and Module Performance:
 
The microphone on the Pavo sounds pretty great actually. It falls just short of more accomplished mics like those found in JVC's FRD series of canalphones, but overall I came away impressed. In testing callers noted little background noise, minus the occasional bumping of the mic against my clothing, and had no issues hearing me. In recordings, I sounded clear and crisp with a touch of sibilance when I raised my voice.
 
The inline controller module is well built from a durable matte plastic. The buttons are easy to depress but slightly difficult to differentiate blindly since they're all on a level field. The controller is advertised as a "Dual OS Digital Control" supporting both Android and iOS. While I didn't have an Apple device on hand to test with, I did give it a go with four different Android devices.
 
With the HTC One 8 the volume up and down buttons would skip and reverse through tracks. The centre button took over starting/stopping tracks. My trusty old Samsung Nexus S worked just fine with it too, giving you the same functionality as it's M8 from HTC. I found the Nexus S more responsive as the HTC would lag a bit with control inputs. I'm running Shuttle on the One M8 versus Google Play on the Nexus which may have had a hand in this, but I'm not so sure as using Google Play on the HTC was still sluggish.
 
On my Galaxy S2X the centre button functioned as expected, used to start and stop tracks. To my pleasant surprise, the volume buttons actually controlled volume! Wow. What a novel concept. This is the second time I've come across the volume buttons performing their intended function on an Android device (first was with the Brainwavz S5). It's too bad the S2X outputs pretty terrible sound and that I retired it long ago.
 
Finally, we have a 1st gen Motorola Moto G. Compatibility with three button remotes is a known issue with this phone, and use with the Pavo was no exception. The remote didn't register at all.
 
Sound:
 
*Tips: Due to the shape of my ear canals, most multi-flange tips just don't work. The Pavo's included tips were no exception. There were only a few wide-bore tips in my collection that fit these nozzles (UE600, Marley, NarMoo) but I wasn't a fan of any. They boosted treble throwing off the nice balance small bore tips and the includes foams achieved. The majority of my listening was done with the included large single flange, purely out of convenience. I preferred the foam tips since they were the most comfortable and smoothed out the touch of graininess the treble displayed.
 
* Amping: I found the Pavo to be easy to drive to excessive volumes out of any device I used, including the PS VITA which has a notoriously weak amp. Pairing the Pavo with my X3/NX1 combo sounded lovely. I found bass a little sluggish out of the One M8, but nice and punchy when amped. It's not blisteringly quick like JVC's FXH30, but the Pavo's 10mm can be quite nimble when powered correctly. I also found minor improvements everywhere else, notable enough to make listening to them amped worth the hit to mobility.
 
Accutone says the Pavo delivers "an elite level of balanced audio performance." Elite might be a bit of a stretch, but every aspect of their sound is nicely balanced. Neither treble nor bass are boosted to be the centre of attention. The midrange isn't sucked out in favor of a popular v-shaped signature. No, the Pavo does a good job of giving every aspect of it's signature it's due.
 
Treble on the Pavo is well-extended and quite sparkly for a budget offering. Not over the top like the JVC HA-FXD80 or subdued like the LZ A2S. It's just right, giving off a nice airiness that I haven't heard often from earphones in this price range. It's tight and accurate with none of the splashiness common in cheaper and/or less well-tuned earphones. It also lacks the brittle, somewhat dull edge of the Rhapsodio Clipper, an earphone that is outstanding in every other measure of their sound.
 
The Pavo's midrange is very pleasant, reminiscent of their NarMoo cousins. The Pavo edges ahead in clarity and detail but the W1M conveys more emotion and carries more weight, especially in something like Daft Punk's Touch or Culprate's Undefined. Maybe that's a result of their more forward nature, or the W1M's more mid/mid-bass centric sound, but with vocal-focused tunes I find the W1M the more intimate and enjoyable listen.
 
Mid-bass on the Pavo is quick and punchy. Sub-bass falls off too early for my liking. On tracks like Skrillex's Ruffneck, the pulsating bassline that dominated the intro has little to no impact. Still, for tracks that focus less on obscene amount of sub-bass, the Pavo delivers. It's got lots of texture, it can handle rapid changes, and has enough warmth and mid-bass presence to satisfy most tracks.
 
Soundstage on the Pavo comes across pretty spacious with solid impressions of height, width, and depth. Using them with World of Tanks and the updated sound engine, you could easily tell where shots were coming from and approximate where on the tank they were ricocheting. In fact, I think their soundstage and imaging are accurate enough for the Pavo to be a solid gaming earphone for when you don't feel like using full-sized cans.
 
Overall I find the Pavo to be an excellent sounding earphone with lots of energy, good detail, and an accurate soundstage. They can be a touch grainy at times but they easily complete with, and in my opinion, best the well-received LZ A2S dual-driver hybrid which typically runs you anywhere from 60 to 90 USD. Goes to show that a well-tuned dual dynamic earphone can keep costs down and remain competitive with at least one of the many budget hybrids that are all the rage at the moment.
 

 
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Select Comparisons:
 
NarMoo W1M (49.99 USD): The NarMoo places their focus on the midrange and mid-bass making them comes across a somewhat dull and stuffy against the Pavo. I prefer the W1M's more intimate and forward midrange, but the Pavo displays better detail in the treble, a larger and more accurate soundstage, and quicker, more detailed bass. Sub-bass on the Pavo thankfully digs deep than on the W1M. Build is identical minus the Pavo's cleaner cut knurling. The W1M's cable is also a good three inches longer which might be a plus if you are tall.
 
LZ A2S (~60-90 USD): Admittedly I didn't much like the A2S on first listen. However, after giving them LZ's recommended play time of 200 hours and rolling tips to find the best match, I now enjoy them with some music. That said, if someone were to hand me the A2S and the Pavo and ask which was the hybrid, Accutone's product would have gotten the nod.
 
The Pavo's 6mm driver handling treble is so much more detailed and quicker that the A2S' balanced armature. The midrange of the A2S is hard to best under 100 USD, and oneups the Pavo with a warmer more natural tone despite being less detailed. While the A2S can dig deeper than the Pavo, bass is still quicker and better textured on Accutone's dualie. The Pavo is certainly the more balanced of the two with the A2S showing itself to have recessed treble and overly boost mid-bass.
 
I prefer the LZ's housing as it is more ergonomic and comfortable despite the additional weight. I like both cables for different reasons. LZ's cable is very plush and flexible, minimizing microphonics. Accutone's cable is noisier but has proven to be exceptionally durable, at least in it's application on NarMoo products.
 
Rhapsodio Clipper: The Clipper is Rhapsodio's first entry-level earphone. It's a 55 USD, single driver earphone with a light plastic shell and a low profile design. They also have a stellar removable cable with the best built in earguide I've come across to date. The Clipper comes with no retail packaging and a bare bones accessory kit. In other words, they couldn't be more different than the Pavo. Well, yes and no.
 
Where they compete is in sound quality, i.e. both are stellar but for different reasons. I found the Clipper's treble presentation to be underwhelming. It is dry, brittle and somewhat recessed, but still fairly detailed. The Pavo is easily the more accomplished earphone here. Their midranges sound similar, though it's more forward on the Pavo. Bass is where they stray. I enjoy the Pavo's presentation and it works well in most instanced, but the lack of sub-bass extension is a letdown. The Clipper makes up for that with the most visceral and entertaining bass you can get in a budget earphone. It can be overwhelming, but I don't care. It's way too much fun.
 
JVC HA-FXH30 (~55 USD): I don't include the FXH30 in most of my reviews for the simple reason that I don't see the point. It stomps most of the competition in their price range (and well-above) into the ground. While the Pavo doesn't best my budget king it at least puts up a fight.
 
The Pavo and FXH30 have similar signatures with the JVC being the more energetic and less balanced of the two. The JVC is faster, more refined, hits deeper subbass notes, and to my ears sounds more natural despite a slightly thinner presentation and a less forward midrange. The Pavo emphasizes the one shortcoming of my beloved FXH30; soundstage width and height which are merely average at best. The FXH30 offers up greater depth, but the Pavo's more well-rounded presentation is preferential.
 
I also have no doubt that the Pavo will be the more durable of the two down the road due to it's aluminum housings and PU cable, but when sound quality is key those single, tip-mounted, titanium-coated micro-drivers will be in my ears.
 

 
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Overall:
 
Accutone has entered a doozy of a dual-driver budget earphone into the 50 USD earphone market. While their design may not be for everyone (especially in the flash-tacular Gold you see here), there's no denying that their excellent sound and good build quality allows them to complete with some heavy-hitters.
 
In this price range, the Pavo will likely become my go-to recommendation for someone that wants a well-rounded earphone that does essentially everything well without breaking the bank.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
- B9Scrambler
 
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Test Albums
 
BT - This Binary Universe
Gramatik - The Age of Reason
Incubus - Movement of the Odyssey Parts 2/3/4
Infected Mushroom - The Legend of the Black Shawarma
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Skindred - Roots Rock Riot
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
The Crystal Method - Tweekend
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy
Culprate - Deliverance
B9Scrambler
B9Scrambler
Thanks man!
Wokei
Wokei
Awesome review mate..woot woot
B9Scrambler
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Cinder

Formerly known as Res-Reviews
Pros: Decent detail retrieval, aluminum build, solid cable, low price, female vocals
Cons: Some loss of background detail during busy songs, cable aesthetics, no Comply
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I’ve worked with Accutone IEMs before. However, I’ve never been so thoroughly satisfied a product of theirs. Almost every build-quality complaint I’ve had before lies dead at the feet of the Pavo, and the sound quality is a head above even their flagship IEM, the Gemini HD. I must ask myself: was is smart for Accutone to release such a good earphone for just $51?[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]As of writing, the Pavo is not yet for sale. However, fret not! The Pavo will go on sale on the official Accutone website on August 1st. Find the official Pavo announcement here.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Disclaimer: This review is based upon a sample unit provided to me by a manufacturer in exchange for my honest opinion and un-edited words. I do not profit in any way from the writing of the review. I would like to thank Mr. Lau and Mr. Jensen at Accutone for providing me with this pre-release press unit.[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Source: The Pavo was powered off of a Nexus 6P -> Creative Sound Blaster E3. All music was served as FLAC, ALAC, or as 320Kbps Mp3. I found the standard DAC/Amp inside my phone and PC to be adequate to drive the Pavo at near-peak levels of quality. However, for consistency’s sake, I’ve chosen to drive the Pavo off my E3.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Treble: Songs used: White FlagAriseOutlands[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pavo is a dual-driver earphone. It uses a single dynamic driver as the tweeter, and a single dynamic driver as the woofer. This means that each of the two drivers can focus on reproducing their respective sound frequencies, theoretically improving sound quality and detail. Luckily for us, it seems to have payed off. While not neutral with the rest of the sound, the Pavo’s treble is pretty darn good. When listening to my classical tracks, I often forgot I was listening to a $51 pair of earphones.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]White Flag is a song that really showcases how delicately the Pavo can reproduce upper treble and acquire details that are out of the grasp of many lesser IEMs. The layered vocal sampling during the chorus comes through beautifully, as does the pop-synth. The light strumming of guitar in the background is retrieved just as well on the Pavo as it is on my RHA MA750i — an accolade few IEMs I’ve tested can claim.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The good news continues into Arise. The high-hats are separated well from the rest of the song, as is the high-pitched strumming during the first and second verses. However, I found the high-hats’ decay to be too slow during the chorus, clouding up their respective spaces within the song.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I’ve chosen to switch out Fade Into Darkness with Outlands, by Daft Punk. I feel that it pushes the headphones I test further, and demands more of them in order to produce a realistic and convincing reproduction of the song. Thankfully, the Pavo does not come up short. The boosted treble frequencies really do help the violins and cymbals push through the rest of the song. Furthermore, small details that were often barely audible on previous headphones I’ve tested are textured and detailed, seeming not to care whether or not they had to site behind a couple other layers of sound.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Mids: Songs used: The DriftJarsI Am The Highway[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Drift blew me away when I first listened to it. While it’s not as analytic an experience as with the RHA MA750i, I find the Pavo to be very good at reproducing fun and engaging mids. I did, however, find the violins to be a tad too soft.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Unfortunately, Jars suffers a little bit from the warmth present in the lower-mids. The guitars that are normally fairly solid on more neutral headphones feel loose. It’s actually a little frustrating, sort of like when you take a picture that has great colors and composition, but is oh-so-slightly out of focus. But don’t let my complaining fool you — it was still a good listen, just not as perfect as I wanted it to be.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I love I Am The Highway. It’s one of my favorite songs, and I must have listened to it hundreds of times now. I’m not going to sit here and tell you about how listening to it through the Pavo changed my life (spoiler alert, it didn’t), I didn’t hear anything new. I didn’t discover little flaws in the recording, and I didn’t see any angels from above. However, I did get a very good overall presentation. Contrary to Jars, the guitars of I Am The Highway were detailed, separated, and textured. The vocals were engaging and forward. I didn’t have any trouble distinguishing background guitars. However, the Pavo did miss a couple of details here and there.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Bass: Songs used: LightsBangarang99 Problems (Hugo Cover)[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Lights is a song ripe with opportunity for an IEM to showcase its bass impact. The Pavo does put up a good fight, but ultimately failed to deliver the tight bass-punch to the jaw I crave from my headphones. Bass is there in quantity, don’t get me wrong, it’s just too rumbly. Does it sound bad? No, not at all. It’s just not what I want, and not what I look for in an IEM from this song.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]However, it seems that the Pavo’s rumble is not all bad news; Bangarang was far more enjoyable than it was on the Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 and the RHA MA750i. It actually outperforms the Gemini and Gemini HD, two IEMs which boast strong bass response and solid levels of punch and rumble.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]99 Problems benefited greatly from the warm tinge present in the Pavo’s lower range. The bass guitar and drums sounded very full and bodied, making the song sound better overall.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Clarity: Songs used: ThroneMap of The ProblimatiqueI’m Not Alright[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Throne was reproduced admirably. I found separation to be on-par, and did not notice any distortion what-so-ever — another impressive achievement, given the difficulty my other IEMs have with this song. Map Of The Problimatique fared just as well.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I’m Not Alright was not as clear as I would have liked. There was a lot of loss in the background instrumentation, only allowing details to come through when the foreground grew quieter.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Male Vocals: Song used: Hotel CaliforniaAshes of EdenSunday Bloody Sunday[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I had a great time listening to all three of my test songs. However, I noticed that there is consistently a softness to the vocals. That being said, their timbre was overall pleasing and quite immersive at times.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Female Vocals: Songs used: Stupid GirlSweet EscapeNeed Your Heart[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Female vocals were very good, and lacked the softness that the male vocals had. I found it easy to get lost in the sound of Kai’s voice in Need Your Heart. Stupid Girl and Sweet escape, songs who’s vocal styles are polar opposites, both sounded great. No real complaints there.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Sound Stage[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Sound staging is decent, but not great. It can compete well with many IEMs twice the price. The soundstage isn’t super wide, but actually has height. For $51, this is a flaw I can forgive. However, the strength of the Pavo doesn’t lie with the size of its soundstage; it lies with the instrumental separation and airy reproduction that it bestows onto the songs you listen to, so long as they aren’t too busy.[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.439216)]Packaging / Unboxing[/color]

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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Construction Quality[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pavo feels like it’s tightly put together, but not tanky. You can tell that, while made from recycled aluminum, the casing isn’t as solid as other metallic offerings from the likes of RHA and Echobox. The Accutone branding on the back of the driver housings is scratchable, so you will want to be careful what you put it in your pocket with.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Thankfully, Accutone seems to have realized that they need to implement a better cable stress-relief system than they did on their previous IEMs. The Pavo has a 1/5 inch long extension of a plastic stress guard on each of the driver housing s— an inclusion I approve of. If the plastic were a tad more malleable, it would do a better job diffusing mechanical stress.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The cable is thin — something that may turn off some people. While it does appear to be “cheap” I find it to be rather durable. Whether it was a choice to cut costs or simply an odd styling choice, I find the cable to be functionally acceptable, if not aesthetically.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The inline controls are completely plastic. However, they don’t feel cheap like they do on the Gemini HD (oh the irony). The buttons are tactile and clicky, and are satisfying to push. No complaints here.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The y-splitter has a very well-hidden cable cinch (I think that’s the word?) made from aluminum. Due to the inclusion of inline controls, you can’t slide it up very far, but it still does the job mitigating microphonics.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Unfortunately, we don’t get a 45 or 90 degree 3.5mm jack. This is one of the major complaints I have. It’s not that much more more expensive of an inclusion, and extends the lifespan of the cable — something important for headphones without a detachable cable.[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Comfort[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Comfort is passable. There aren’t any included Comply eartips. However, I can half-forgive them because the stock eartips are comfortable, if not good at isolating noise. The housing is rather light, and shouldn’t cause any drag.[/color]
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]Controls[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The inline controls of the Pavo are special. Instead of going the Android-only or Apple-only route, Accutone installed a controller than can switch between being an Apple or Android, fully featured, set of controls. It works really well, and I am a fan of the inclusion.[/color]
 
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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.439216)]Accessories[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pavo was par for the course in terms of accessories. It comes with a leatherette carrying case, a shirt clip, as well as three extra sets of silicone eartips. I am a little surprised at the exclusion of Comply eartips, as the Gemini, a similarly priced product from Accutone did indeed have them. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a pair of Comply eartips that do fit, as the nozzle size is fairly standard.[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.439216)]Summary[/color]

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]The Pavo is a fighter; it comes out swinging from the budget pricing bracket, and is unapologetically good at what it does. While not aesthetically perfect, the Pavo brings a detailed and well-toned V-shaped sound signature to the table that I find really compelling. For $51, you might not be able to find a better deal.[/color]
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Cinder
Cinder
@B9Scrambler Yeah, they are nearly identical to the Narmoos. Unfortunately, my volume-up button stopped working yesterday. Bummer. I sincerely hope that I'm just unlucky, but as @jepu22 mentioned, that particular controller set has a particularly bad stigma.
 
Thanks for the rep!
B9Scrambler
B9Scrambler
Oh wow....that was a quick break. Well, mine is still going strong for now (knocks on wood). I *may* be posting a quick Let's Look At video of the Pavo next week if I have time. If I do, expect to see the W1M in there somewhere. Yw for the rep.
mgunin
mgunin
@B9Scrambler @Cinder a very interesting discussion, thanks. I've read reviews of both of you and it's still curious to clarify how Gemini HD compares to Pavo. Are they much different in sound signature and overall class/grade?
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