Akoustyx R-220 - Reviews
Pros: Flat reference sound, nuanced layering, no sibilance or harshness, Good resolution, fast transient response and attack, Generous Accessories
Cons: Average soundstage and imaging, not the highest definition, rolled off bass extension, lack some snap, average cable with useless mic
AKOUSTYX R-220 REVIEW

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SOUND: 8/10
CONSTUCTION&DESIGN: 8/10
PACKAGING&ACCESSORIES: 9/10
VALUE: 8/10
AKOUSTYX is an American start-up manufacturer based in San Jose, California with their assembly line in Nashville, Tennessee NOT in China….which is something I truly admire nowadays where even big brands do not tend to care to assemble their product in their own country mostly to higher their benefit, not to lower the price of their final products. This fact tends to make the final product less rushed in production, which at the end can result in more trustable craftsmanship and quality check.

Behind their company, they have a team of musicians and audiophiles, which serve them to achieve acoustic qualities that will please as much musician searching for reference monitor sound than audiophile searching for musical reference sound. But the very RE-220 model I will review today is specifically tuned for monitoring and on-stage musician.

At 200$, the R-220 is relatively accessible monitor earphones, unlike the RE-210 that is a single BA, this model have 2 Knowles balanced armature to cover whole sound range with a neutral approach. These aren’t mean to enjoy music, but to ”understand” it.

Let’s see in this review if the R-220 sound is enough maturely tuned to do well it’s monitoring tasks as much fro a drummer, bassist, than a singer or harpist.

You can buy the Akoustyx R-220 directly from the official company HERE.


SPECS


Specification
DriverDual Reference Balanced Armature
Impedance29 Ω @ 1KHz
Sensitivity109dB
Freq. Response15-22.000Hz
Cable Length1.2M (4.0 ft)
Microphone4mm Omni Directional



PACKAGING&ACCESSORRIES

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UNBOXING experience is a very rewarding one. The presentation is minimalist, but you are spoil by lot of accessories in the box. I’m often underwhelmed by the protective case included with earphones, not this time because we have a superb neoprene padded carrying case that has 2 pouch with a zip so you can bring an extra cable with the R-220. It’s really a well-crafted carrying case that I will use daily.

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As well, you have good amount of ear tips including their own-designed customization kit ear tips, silicone ear tips and a pair of memory foams ear tips. The cable include have a mic and is multi braided OFC cable that looks of good quality too.


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CONSTRUCTION is simple yet well made. R-220 is the exact same IEM housing than the R-210 with black color instead of blue. It’s supremely small, and a unique look that looks like a mix of Etymotic and Final Audio F iem. Material of housing is a mix of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate plastic. Sturdy and classy looking iem that promises long durability.


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DESIGN is nice and comfy, it’s so small that it will fit any size of ears. As well, you can both wear it over-ear or cable down. It must be noted that if you wear it cable down, cable will create microphonic. As well, with ear hook, over-ear design is less comfortable than with a soft flexible cable without ear hook. But, and this is an important BUT, if you use the earlock tips, the ear hook problem is partly solved as the fit will be very secure. Earlocks tips cancel any unwanted movement, but I don’t think it is very comfortable. In fact, I prefer using another cable and wear the R-220 cable down.


ISOLATION is impressive and it really acts like noise ears plug when used with memory foam tips. As well, sound leakage is inexistant, which is a big plus.


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DRIVEABILITY at 50ohm of impedance do benefit from good amping, should it be with a powerfull DAP or with the help of portable amp. If not properly amped, the sound will be more congested and lack in dynamic impact.

SOUND

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These dual BA are tuned for on-stage musician and studio producer, the goal is to sound as neutral and realist as possible, not to be musical or colored to fit specific music style. It would be lying if I see the first listen put big smile on my face, no, it put a serious face that make me suddenly go in critical listener mode, putting me ‘’outside’’ the music, like a severe observer. I was suddenly judging mastering and producing quality of the music, not enjoying it. Still, some well-recorded bass light music was very enjoyable, but in a intimate, slightly cold way. Level of nuance is high with the RE-220 as well as level of details, but as it’s flatly tuned, it mean it’s very balanced and not meant to throw at you boosted treble. Flat with rich brightish timbre and well done tonal balance, the R-220 is very fast in transient response and offer a clear resolution with smooth definition.

SOUNDSTAGE is limited in space and very intimate, kinda stock in your head, BUT if you push the IEM deep in ears the headroom will expend making it quite good in both wideness and great deepness as well as gaining is instrument separation space. Still, it’s among average for the price.

IMAGING is great, very precise and balanced. Every instrument have good level of clear positioning and never encouter problematic over-layering or mixing congestion. I’m very impress by what 2 balanced armature drivers can deliver in term of macro and micro resolution.

TONALITY is well balanced, flat, slightly dry and bright but in a well-polished manner. It’s natural without the warmth we can expect from this word.

TIMBRE is very appealing and follows the Knowles drivers ‘’house sound’’ which are among thickest sound BA, these don’t sound thin or too bright but have a wooly dryness to it, which means it keeps transparency even if it got nuanced texture and good body.

BASS is lean and near dead flat, and as we can expect from dual BA, it roll off in sub region, so no rumble, no slam, no air moving or natural extension. But, it has a very fast transient response that delivers fast attack and thigh decay so it keeps mid-range completely clear of any lows intrusion. I was surprise by the level of nuance and ultimate speed while listening to Antwood ‘’Overlay Network’’, sure, the rumble was tamed, but bass body and impact is so well defined and energic, keeping rest of imaging clean, and different range attacks as fastly accurate, the R-220 sure confirm that this track is perfectly produced as well as the fact it does not distort or became uncontrolled in the low end at high volume even with busy music. With bassier iem, this track was overly veiled in mids and sometime to forwards in highs, which isn’t the case at all with the R-220.

MIDS are very linear too, until slow gradual boost in 3KHZ region, this tends to extract vocal easily by adding a hint of extra presence but avoid any sibilance too. Still, lower and mid mids are rather dry and soft in the attack, lacking definition edge, but keeping rather natural tonality. Some instruments like cello or saxophone will lack some bodies, making them a little boxy sounding, but never in an overly displeased manner because of nuanced texture and good transparency they keep. Violin sound okay too, slightly bright and very fast in the attack, again they aren’t lush or have wide airy presence. I would say R-220 mids are specifically tuned for imaging clarity as well as extra vocal definition. Again, I was surprised by high clarity that feel natural and highly nuanced in layers with a not so well recorded TRACK from sweet ‘’Cornelia Murr’’, unlike most other IEM that make quite recessed her vocal, here it have well define presence and good space of separation from rest of instrument, and honnestly, I discover for the first time that she has 2 layers of her voice recording (a technique often used with singer).

TREBLE is mostly smooth, natural and richly textured. It isn’t vivid or sparkly and lacks a bit of natural decay, but resonance would affect overall sound separation so I think for the Studio purpose it’s a wise choice to keep the highs crisp and thigh. The attack is again very fast and well controled, balance is realist, the lower and mid highs add gentle texture and richness to overall sound without any grain or harsh brightness. I do encounter some rare upper treble aggressive spike in above 10khz region, it was high pitched metallic percussion that was already overly loud with all other iem I listen it to, so I don’t think it’s really R-220 fault, but this is to be noted we have extra upper highs presence that adds some brilliance and clarity to treble as well as add spatiality to the imaging. Anyway, I’m still unsure if I like this kind of treble, as it tend to make acoustic guitar lack edge and decay, but at the same time, it avoids any metallic timbre we can be scare off with balanced armature.

COMPARISONS

VS AKOUSTYX R-210 (120$)

The R-210 are very nice single BA iem, and I find them even more balanced in musicality than it's bigger R-220 brother. In fact, in my review I say they sound more like a single micro dynamic driver than a typical balanced armature. The biggest difference with these 2 is imaging, bass, and treble. SOUNDSTAGE is similar in wideness but have slightly more deepness with the R-220. Imaging is more accurate and informative with R-220, which is evident in how sound is more layered precisely. BASS is warmer, rounder and more boosted with R-210, it's less well controlled and fast in attack than R-220. MIDS are thicker, warmer and lusher with the R-210, while they are clearer and colder with R-220. TREBLE is notably more forward with the R-220, making the R-210 feel rolled off after 8khz while the R-210 continues to offer vivid highs in this region.
All in all, for audio enthusiast the R-210 offer a more natural musicality with smooth thick timbre and gentle treble but it does not have high technicalities of the more neutral and detailed sounding of R-220.


VS FINAL AUDIO F4100 (240$)


Single BA against Dual BA. Soundstage is more airy and out of your head with the F4100, confirming that R-220 is lower than average in this department. Tonal balance is better and more natural with the R-220 and timbre is thinner with F4100. BASS is more roll off with weak sub-bass control for the F4100 and make the R-220 sound more articulate and bodied and less muffled too. Mid-range is brighter with the F4100 and more prompt to sibilance, but it sounds more forward too, still, I prefer the fuller smoother mids of R-220. Now, TREBLE is way sharper, crispier, sparklier and energic with the F4100, it’s less balanced than R-220 but snappier and more lively with beautiful decay to it, it’s slightly more metallic and thinner in timbre than R-220 too.
All in all, the F4100 sounds extremely unbalanced and spiky compared to the more nuanced and smoother R-220.


VS BRAINWAVZ B200 (100$)


Dual BA against Dual BA. The Brainwavz B200 is 2 times cheaper and tuned very differently with more mids emphasis, warmer timbre, and darker treble. SOUNDSTAGE is again a more spacious and deep with B200, IMAGING is less accurate especially after upperr mids where the instrument can feel distant. BASS is boomier and more boosted and can create distortion, lacking tightness as well as texture and control of R-220. MIDS are less nuanced and thinner but female vocal have more presence and better extracted of other instruments with the B200, as well, the definition has better edge and attack have more decay in upper mids. Lower and mid mids are fuller with R-220, flatter and better balanced. TREBLE is more sparkly with the B200 but with a metallic timbre that makes some instrument sound artificial, which never happens with smoother R-220.
All in all, B200 feels more mid centric and airy, but with weaker boomier bass and awkward tonal imbalance compared to flatter, more mature and technically superior R-220.

CONCLUSION

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The AKOUSTYX R-220 does his job well and will certainly please musician searching to monitor their instrument in a neutral manner. I think it’s sure better tuned for tracking a singer, saxophonist or violinist than a drummer, bassist, pianist or harpist, but still, all instruments from any range are easy to target, just not as nuanced.

I don’t think the R-220 should be bought for audiophile need, because musicality isn’t there, it’s a highly technical earphone with revealing yet inoffensive sound for long listening work. The fast transient response, as well as clear resolution, are the highlight, and the fact you do not have any sibilance or harshness in the treble is another big plus.

For 200$, you have a very capable Studio reference earphones monitor at an affordable price, and I think Akoustyx done their tuning job well.


( For more honest reviews, go to my official website HERE )
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Pros: High-quality neutral “audiophile” tuning; excellent resolution; great comfort; bundle is extremely light and small.
Cons: “Studio reference” tuning not universal, mainly appealing to musicians, producers, and purists.
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


The Akoustyx R-220 is a strictly neutrally tuned, very well resolving 2-BA earphone that will appeal to musicians and purist audiophiles. It is excellent for what it is designed for and a great earphone for re-calibrating one’s ears.


INTRODUCTION

I got interested in Akoustyx after reading the reviews of some of the R-220’s brothers and sisters. After so much Chi-Fi on our blog, I wanted to test some “Made in USA” in comparison. I decided on the reference-tuned 2-BA R-220 out of the company’s offerings that retails at $199. You find the tech specs on the product page: https://akoustyx.com/products/r-220


PHYSICAL THINGS AND USABILITY

What is remarkable is that cable and earpieces, when rolled up, yield a very small package that fits easily in the smallest pocket. Handy. The nifty included neoprene case with side pocket (for eartips) is roomy so that no squeezing is required. Build is high-density polycarbonate for the body casing (known from prescription glasses) and aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum for the cylinder section. An advantage of the polycarbonate shells and the 16-core cable is weight optimization: nothing pulls. The light and thin cylindrical earpieces fit so well that I don’t feel them. For users with fit issues or for a stronger hold, there is a fitting kit included….useful for use in the gym or on stage. The cable is over ear so that they stay in well on the go (even without the fit kit)…and it features an ergonomically well designed 3-button remote (all 3 buttons worked on my iPhone..and, according to the manufacturer, they also function on Android devices). Isolation is good, too, as insertion depth into the ear canal is relatively deep.


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Box content…

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...with neoprene pouch.

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Akoustyx R-220 with ear interface installed.

The largest of the included tips fit very well. SpinFits CP-800 fit, too, but I could not hear a sonic or comfort/fit difference between the two. The Akoustyx R-220 are easily driven with my iPhone SE and Shanling M0 dap.


TONALITY AND TECHNICALITIES


This earphone is forward at the upper end and dead flat at the low end. Bass impact and extension are limited by the tuning. Bass is obviously fast and textured, but it leaves very much room for the midrange. Vocals are forward, intimate and on the brighter side, energized by the upper midrange. But, in contrast to many Chi-Fi earphones, these Knowles drivers are so good that the upper midrange does not cause any fatigue to my ears (I am sensitive to the 2-6 kHz area). Quality all around.

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This tuning, not surprisingly, results in a shallow soundstage (see all Etymotics). Timbre is “precise”, every note is meticulously well defined. Any dynamic driver in my collection sounds “sloppy” in comparison. Resolution, instrument separation, and layering are outstanding and so is speech intelligibility. Great quality in the $200 segment.

This earphone obviously serves the purpose of creating an “accurate” sound for musicians and studio engineers, and it does it very well. Casual listeners or commuters exposed to street noise may look into a bassier direction.

Design and tuning of the Akoustyx R-220 ask for a comparison with a similarly priced Etymotic Research model. I can only offer the discontinued hf5 (former MSRP $159, $89 on drop.com). The simpler built hf5 sports a single BA, a similar tuning, but the Akoustyx R-220 resolves better. One thing I hold against all Etymotic models is the necessity to replace earwax filters from time to time, which are highly priced…and more so when you are not located in the US. This can add substantially to the purchase price over time.


CONCLUDING REMARKS

I am rather surprised and delighted by the sonic quality of the Akoustyx R-220, which is filling the niche of strictly neutral tuning for the analytical listener, and it does it very well. I cannot see any flaws: it is small, comfortable, and sounds as intended. The quality of the drivers is so good that the forward upper end is not fatiguing to my sensitive ears. As co-blogger KopiOkaya says: “Although not for bassheads or funsters, the R-220 is great for resetting and recalibrating our hearing after every earphones review”. It is as important as a glass of water between two wines at a tasting. Cheers!

The Akoustyx R-220 “is what it is”, and it does it very very well. I have to admit I had initially very modest expectations after seeing the frequency response graph published by the manufacturer: too “bright” looking! My verdict: the R-220’s sound is very good for people who expect this tuning.

As always, keep on listening!


You find an INDEX of all our earphone reviews HERE.


DISCLAIMER


The Akoustyx R-220 was supplied by Akoustyx upon my request and I thank them for that. We wanted to brighten up our blog with a few non Chi-Fi iems.

My generic standard disclaimer.

About my measurements.

This review was originally posted at https://audioreviews.org on 4th January 2020.
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Pros: Neutral with treble tilt, extremely detailed
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Simple Man’s review – Akoustyx R-220 (~200 USD)
This is called simple man’s review because they are based on the sound of these earphones directly from my mobile phone (HTC 10), using 320 Kbps mp3 tracks. No expensive gears nor lossless tracks, no EQ, and all that hi-fi stuff.

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Product Specs
Driver
: Dual BA (Custom tuned Knowles drivers)
Impedance: 29Ω; Sensitivity: 109dB@1kHz
Cable: 4 foot MMCX detachable cable, with Microphone, 3-button remote
Shell: Aluminium alloy & polycarbonate housing
Nozzle: ~3mm (like Etys)
Preferred eartips: Comply foam tips
Release year: October 2018
Price: ~200 USD

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A word about Akoustyx
Akoustyx is an American company whose founder is the same person that founded the old Rock-It Sounds, if you’ve heard of them. There was a cult following for their R-Shield headphones- a drummer’s favourite, and the dual BA IEM R-50. So, they're into the headphone business for quite a while. However, Akoustyx is in no way related/connected with Rock-It Sounds and are completely separate business entities.

Build – 4.5/5
Housings
are two-piece. It’s part metal – aluminium alloy, and the second half that turns 90 degrees for the MMCX connectors is made of high-density polycarbonate, or hard plastic. They are very lightweight and black in colour. You can see the Akoustyx logo on one side of the metal bit of the housing, and the L/R markings on the other side.
Cables are same as what we get with their little brother (Akoustyx R-115), twisted, copper-coloured, secured in a transparent braided plastic tube. The ear loops are permanently bent and return to their resting state when left alone. The cables are aesthetically pleasing and smooth to touch. The Y splitter is solid and loaded with strain reliefs on every protruding end. They are also equipped with a flat neck-cinch.
3-button remote module functions as expected.
L-Shaped jack is solid and sturdy. They match the Y splitter and the connectors in colour.

Accessories 5/5
A small soft Neoprene pouch
is provided which looks great and is of the perfect size to hold an IEM. A little external zipper pocket provides a nice space to hold some ear tips. They are very light and padded with damping cushions to protect the IEMs. A very intelligent and practical IEM case.
Tips We get 1 pair of double-flange and 1 pair of Comply foam tips. And 3 sets of single-flange tips in S/M/L sizes.
Customization kits
We also get a set of ear-braces, EarLock customization kits. This helps to secure the earpieces fast to the ears and get a good consistent fit. Three sizes are provided to cover almost any ear in the market.

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Fit 5/5
The cables we get with the R-220 are designed to go around the ear even though the general design of the housing allows both ways of wearing. I prefer around-the-ear any day. I use the supplied Comply tips with the R-220s since they dig deep, and the full seal helps to squeeze all the bass that the earphones have to offer. They also help to tame the treble a bit. The supplied double-flanges also give me a good/proper fit. Even with my Etymotic I keep my foamies away and use the silicon tips because I do like a bit of treble action. But with the R-220s I simply gave in to the Comply foams.
I don’t see the need to use them but for anyone having trouble with a stable fit, possibly while moving about, I suggest using the ear-braces as they safely lock the earpieces in place. They are very comfortable and feel smooth against the ear causing no irritation, etc.

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Isolation and leakage4.5/5
With a deep seal using the double flanges I get excellent isolation, still a notch below the Etys. Sound leakage is zero for all practical purposes.

Microphonics 4/5
Not an issue at all, over the ear wear eliminates much of the cable noise. I see no issues while walking about with the wires jumping about me.

Drivability Very easy to drive, I don’t see myself pushing above 45% volume in my HTC10.

Sound
Neutral with a treble tilt. The signature is very diffuse-field neutral (like Etys) until upper-mids, and then we get a nudge in the treble which paints the signature quite bright. I suspect the second BA is a tweeter for the treble. The signature is extremely detailed and clinical.

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Bass: Typical BA bass, tuned dead neutral. These are clearly the monitoring type of bass that you hear from Etymotics – non-XR version. It is lean, fast, and highly detailed. Sub-bass rumble is present and audible - just not the head-bobbing kind.

Mids: Mids are uncoloured and, again, detailed. They appear a touch forward relative to bass. They show no extra trace of warmth other than what is there in the mids. Voices are detailed and have just as much body as the singer’s larynx. The Ssss and the zzzs can carry that sharp hiss if the recording has it. They are very unemotional just the way they are tuned to be. I must say they deserve a word of appreciation to have worked around the sibilance problem as much as possible given the tuning.

Highs: The highs are accented around the treble region to give extended clarity in this region. They are not smoothed-out, and as a result sound a little exciting. Comply tips are really recommended to handle the attack in this region. As a result, we see some insane detail extraction here rivaling the 400-dollar Etymotics. The R-220s make full use of the extra driver. They tend to get a little bright on certain tracks. Of course, this is subjective, and some may be more tolerant, and some less.

Timbre: Being completely uncoloured aids in timbre, although the lack of warmth and the sheer speed of bass slightly removes that organic quality which really accentuates timbre.

Soundstage
The soundstage, being tuned neutral, is not very wide. They are very similar to Etymotics, with a little bit of height added due to the shimmery highs. Very monitoresque soundstage, one will also notice some lack of depth, which is typical of this type of tuning.

Comparisons
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Round 1 – Vs Etymotic ER2SE
(~130 USD)

The ER2SE, although single dynamic, is the only earphone I have that has the same neutral bass quantity below 200 dollars. Also, we can see how the dynamic driver stands against the dual BA.

The ER2SEs are considerably harder to drive than the R220s. The R220s, predictably, are quicker and deliver a lot more details to the listener. Every guitar strum, every little reverb and echo is clearly transferred with the R220s. The bass quantity is quite similar. The SEs do have a little a little more earthy quality to it. The dynamic driver with its relative lack of speed help to add more warmth. As a result, the male vocals carry a touch more body. Timbre is better with the 2SE. Sub-bass reach is similar. The R220s are brighter and the treble carries significantly more energy and presence as opposed to the smooth delivery of the 2SE. Treble has this certain attacking quality to it that can be quite shocking to those who aren’t used to this level of treble clarity.

R220s are quite a level above in terms of clarity, and micro-detail extraction. The 2SE does have a bit more body that works to its advantage. Wearing comfort is also much better with R-220s where the nozzles (to my ear) are of perfect length. With the Etys I must stop at a point where they start scratching the sensitive bits of the ear canal.

Round 2 – Olasonic FLAT4 NAMI (~250 USD - discontinued)
Another dynamic, dual driver this time. Comparing the two because the NAMIs are also trebly. This is mainly to compare the treble quantity and quality between the two.

The NAMIs bass is really thumping especially coming from the previous comparison. The vocals are slightly muffled with the NAMIs. Still, the Sss and Zzss come popping up (using silicon tips). The treble is shimmery and super-detailed. They don’t mind getting a bit sibilant. And of course, their soundstage is WIDE.

Switching to R220s, you quickly notice the bass getting tight. The vocals pop-up nicely up front. The difference in treble attack, if any, is minimal. The Sss and Zzss are much more tolerable with the R220s. Clarity is in this region is comparable, maybe a slight edge to the BA drivers. This is expected. The soundstage is more disciplined with the R220s as well, while the NAMIs stage is very expansive.

Nailing the vocals right gives the edge to the R220s. In terms of sheer clarity, as well, the R220s push slightly ahead of the NAMIs. R-220s excel with their neutral presentation. Real treble heads would find the NAMIs boost in this region more to their liking. Where the R220s take one step over toward the treble the NAMIs go a good five steps over. NAMIs also have better bass quantity.

Round 3 – Vs Zero Audio Doppio (~120 USD)
Dual BA drivers. Balanced tuning with exciting treble. They were 120 dollars when I bought them. Now, they seem to be harder to get and are getting more expensive.

Wow. The attack on the Doppios are quite incredible. The clarity is also staggering. Very exciting tuning, with impactful bass and popping treble. Vocals are forward and clear. Let’s see how the R220s fare against this budget bomb!

This is harder than I thought. It sounds like they are the same earphones. I’d be stumped in a blind test. Damn, I need to check out a few more tracks here. Zappa help me!

OK, I’ve been at it for quite a bit now and I can surely say that the Doppios are just a bit warmer in the mids. The male vocals especially have an extra layer of depth/warmth. The treble presentation is extremely similar. The R220s separate a little better and churn out a hair more micro-detail. R-220s are a bit more neutral where the Doppios, very slightly, tilt toward "balanced" signature. Very tough call between the two.

I can only say I’m glad I bought the Doppios for that cheap. They really give the R220s a run for their money.

Round 4 – Vs Etymotic ER4XR (~400 USD)
The ER4XRs are twice the price and have slightly extra bass. Let’s see who the more detailed player is.
Again, the 4XRs are quite a bit harder to drive compared to the R-220s.

The extended bass is quite evident with the rumble the 4XRs present easily. The vocals also borrow a bit of warmth and sound very authentic with the right amount of forwardness. The positioning and separation are painfully distinct in the ER4XRs – like it’s really made to pick out the information. I can also notice a touch more space between instruments with the 4XRs.

Switching to the R220s, the first thing apparent is that they play louder. The treble also has more shimmer and presence compared to the smoother delivery of the ER4s. Transient details in the upper-mids/treble is more apparent with the R220s. It gives the R220s an exciting sound, like the Doppios.

The R220s are like Etymotics, after a couple of tequila shots. You can really feel that extra excitement in the treble and they do retrieve as much, if not more, information as the 4XR. The ER4XRs do possess that little extra sub-bass quantity that add some warmth. The 4XRs also sound a bit thinner and drier in comparison, typical of Ety BAs, but separate a bit better. The R220s, having lesser bass quantity, sound a touch brighter.

Personal Sound rating of Akoustyx R-220: 9.1/10
Vocals 4.5/5
Soundstage 4/5
Timbre 4/5
Instrument Separation 4.5/5
Positioning/localisation 4.5/5
Details 5/5

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Conclusion
Akoustyx R-220 is a neutral earphone with a slight treble tilt to make things a little exciting in that end of the spectrum. Etymotic fans who felt the treble was too smooth with the ER4s will be completely satisfied with the R220s. The bass is extremely linear all the way down to 20Hz and the micro-details are handed in spades. For all they have to offer the asking price is extremely reasonable and I don’t think anyone looking for a neutral or reference tuning in an IEM will be disappointed by the Akoustyx R-220.
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iBo0m
It was a good read, thanks for the review! Have you also heard the R-210 for a brief comparison? :)
iems0nly
iems0nly
@iBo0m Thanks! Sorry, i haven't heard the R-210. But, i read somewhere that they have a more "fun" sound with greater bass (quantity+impact). If you're not one for neutral signatures, the R-210 might interest you better.
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