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Driver Configuration: 1 Balanced Armature + 1 Dynamic<br /> Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz<br /> Sensitivity: 100 dB<br /> Impedance: 10 ohms

Aroma Musical Box Early

Rating:
5/5,
  • Driver Configuration: 1 Balanced Armature + 1 Dynamic
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
    Sensitivity: 100 dB
    Impedance: 10 ohms

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  1. audio123
    Aroma Musical Box Early - Hybrid Maturity
    Written by audio123
    Published Jan 3, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Smooth, Detailed, Build Quality
    Cons - More Sparkle
    Introduction

    Aroma Audio is a Hong Kong company that produces iems, dac and amps. For iems, they started out with the Witch Girl series which has a line-up that consists of the Witch Girl S, Witch Girl Pro and Witch Girl 12. Recently, they have launched a brand new series which is called Musical Box. In the Musical Box Series, there are the Early, Twins and Yao. In this review, I will be reviewing the Musical Box Early. I would like to thank Aroma Audio for this review unit. At the moment, you can get it from http://www.aromaaudio.com/ or http://aroma-audio.jp/ .

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    Specifications
    • Driver Configuration: 1 Balanced Armature + 1 Dynamic
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
    • Sensitivity: 100 dB
    • Impedance: 10 ohms
    Unboxing & Accessories

    The Early comes in a wooden box with a paper wrapper that sports the brand name and model name. On top of the wooden box, the brand name is printed on it. After opening the box, there are the specifications card, warranty card, instruction manual, pack of Acoustune AET07 tips, soft pouch and hard aluminium case that contains the iem and cable.

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    IEM Build & Design

    The Early shell is made up of transparent clear acrylic and it has a smooth surface. On the left faceplate, there is the model logo while on the right faceplate, there is the brand logo. Each faceplate has a sleek silver finish with 3 screws. At the back of each iem, there is the model name in Chinese and English on the left and right respectively. Below the model name is the serial number. The nozzle is slightly angled with 2 bores. The fit is good as the iem is able to sit in my ears comfortably. The housing is light weight with good build quality. The Early is aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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    Cable Build & Design

    The cable is a detachable 4 core cable with 2 pins 0.78mm connectors. On the connectors, there are blue and red dot on the left and right side respectively so users can differentiate. The connectors have a black housing. The cable has a memory wire section that is enclosed in a transparent heat shrink tube. It is not very flexible due to the metal inside that helps to form the shape. The chin slider is made up of a transparent tube and the y splitter is made of a soft rubber material with strain relief. The jack is 3.5mm gold plated right angled with strain relief.

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    Sound Analysis

    Lows

    The Early has great sub-bass quantity and it is extended well. It operates in a smooth and impactful way. There is depth to it. The execution is confident and provides an engaging listen. The rumble is moderate and provides a nice punch to the overall sound. The bass presentation operates in a musical way and each bass note is expressed with confidence. The mid-bass has a moderate quantity and the slam is delivered with some weight to it. The bass does not exert itself aggressively and may lack the authority for a visceral impact. There is a seamless transition from the lows to the lower mids.

    Mids

    The midrange is quite clean with a moderate level of transparency. It is being presented in a silky smooth manner. The lower mids has a moderate quantity to it with no nasal and dry feeling. There is a natural presentation and male vocals are being displayed with emotions. The upper mids is quite forward and the control is very tight to prevent it from being shouty. There is a great definition. Female vocals are presented in an intimate and smooth manner. I find the vocals to have an appropriate amount of body and it is expressed effortlessly yet retains great details retrieval.

    Highs

    The treble is extended greatly and there is no sibilance and harshness. The depth the Early extends to is great and the mastery on the treble showcases its finesse. The crisp is moderate and there is a lack of sparkle for excitement. The amount of air rendered is moderate and it is sufficient to complement the overall sound. It is being presented in such a smooth manner. The treble articulation has a nice definition. There is clarity and overall, the treble is detailed and laid-back for a fatigue-free listening.

    Soundstage

    The soundstage has a very natural expansion in its width and it is realistic. The magnitude is moderate and the depth has a great amount of space rendered. There is good layering and separation. Vocals and instruments positioning is precise.

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    Comparisons

    Aroma Musical Box Early vs Aurisonics ASG 1Plus

    The Early has slightly more sub-bass quantity than the 1Plus with a greater extension. The depth is better. The sub-bass reproduction on the Early has extra cleanliness and the accuracy is better. Each bass note on the Early is being expressed with a moderate weight to it and this helps to bring impact to the sound. The Early has more agility than the 1Plus and decay is more pacey. The mid-bass quantity on both operates in a similar approach but Early has a greater slam. This allows Early to provide a more engaging listen. The bass texture on both is rendered smoothly. The lower mids on the Early has more body and it is capable of tackling male vocals with ease. The boost helps to portray a thick style and male vocals are being expressed with more emotions. The upper mids on the Early has extra forwardness with a tighter control. The Early shows excellent finesse to prevent female vocals from being too shouty. There is good intimacy and smoothness to it. The details retrieval is better on the Early. Next, for the treble section, the Early is slightly more extended and there is a good amount of body to it. There is no sibilance and harshness. Both are being presented in a smooth and detailed manner without any aggression. The amount of air rendered on the Early is slightly more. For the soundstage, Early has a more natural expansion in its width while the magnitude of the 1Plus is greater. The depth on the Early is better with more space.

    Aroma Musical Box Early vs Campfire Audio Polaris

    The Early has similar sub-bass quantity as the Polaris and the Polaris extends better with more depth. The way the Early presents its sub-bass is different from Polaris. Early approaches it in a smooth style with a nice punch while Polaris operates with a more authoritative approach. The bass texture on the Early is smoother while the bass decay on the Polaris is quicker. Early has a moderate rumble in a relaxing manner while Polaris has a quick rumble. The bass nature of the Early and Polaris is smooth and agile respectively. The mid-bass on the Early has more quantity but the slam impact is greater on the Polaris. The bass reproduction on the Early is cleaner and the accuracy on both is similar. There is more attack on the Polaris with each hit. Bass on the Early takes on a laid-back approach but there is still impact while Polaris exerts its bass rather aggressively in comparison. The midrange on the Early is more liquid than the Polaris. The lower mids on the Early is being presented with extra body and it benefits male vocals better without sounding hollow or dry. The upper mids on the Polaris is more forward but the Early has the edge in its control. Female vocals are easier to listen to on the Early due to its smoothness. The details retrieval here is better. For the treble section, they have similar extension. There is no sibilance and harshness. Polaris presents its treble brighter with more crisp and sparkle. The air rendered on Polaris has a greater amount. However, there is a lack of treble body in comparison to the Early. Early presents a smooth and controlled treble. Lastly, the soundstage of the Early has a more natural expansion while Polaris wins slightly for the magnitude. The depth is pretty similar. The Early has a smooth and controlled sound while Polaris approaches it in a lively manner.

    Aroma Musical Box Early vs AKG N40

    The Early has more sub-bass quantity than the N40 but the extension of the N40 is better with a greater depth. Each bass note on the Early is presented with a musical feel and there is a nice weight to it. On the other hand, the N40 has a more impactful hit with a faster attack for a lively response. The Early has more body to its mid-bass and the slam has a greater impact for the overall dynamics. N40 has the edge for agility. Bass texture on the Early is rendered more smoothly while the bass decay on the N40 is quicker. N40 approaches its bass in a transparent and clean approach. The lower mids on the Early has more quantity and it sounds fuller than the N40. This is to prevent male vocals from sounding hollow. The upper mids on the N40 is more forward but there is more body on the Early. With the right balance, female vocals are being presented in an intimate yet detailed manner for the Early. It is more capable than the N40 to deliver an organic performance. Although there is slightly more crisp on the N40, there is lack of body and female vocals are slightly shouty. There is just more control on the Early and it displays a matured presentation. Next, in the treble section, N40 has more extension and details retrieval on both is similar. There is more sparkle on the N40 and smoothness to the Early. The amount of air rendered on the N40 is slightly more. Lastly, the Early has a more natural expansion in its width while the magnitude is similar. The depth on the Early is better.

    Conclusion

    The Early is a superb velvety sounding iem with great finesse and control. It is able to provide a smooth sound capable of delivering vocals with excellence. It has a premium packaging with Acoustune upgrade tips included. In addition, with the combination of silver faceplate and clear shell, the Early has a strong visual appeal. The Musical Box Early is one of Aroma Audio’s latest iems and it delivers with a delightful performance.

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