Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim


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What are we sacrificing at half the price of the Noir?
Pros: Tuning, performance, build...
Cons: Lack of included tip selection, faceplates scratch very easily...

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The Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim have been sent to me by HifiGo for me to try them out and to share my opinions in this review. HifiGo have not made any requests and, as always, I will do my very best to be as unbiased as humanly possible in y review.

You can find the Pilgrim via HifiGo here: https://hifigo.com/products/elysian-acoustic-labs-pilgrim

As always, this link is non-affiliate.

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I recently reviewed the Pilgrim Noir, which is a joint venture between Elysian Acoustic Labs and Effect Audio. I actually received both of the models on the same day, from different places, and the only reason that I chose to review the Noir first was because I had to pick one and there seemed to be less info on the Noir out there.

Today I am reviewing what could be considered the “regular” version of the Pilgrim, the one that is simply the Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim, without any additional collaborations. While I did not do any comparisons between the two models in my review of the Noir, because I hadn’t spent time with the Pilgrim yet, I will make some comparisons in this review. To make things easier, I am just going to refer to this model as the Pilgrim and refer to the model I previously reviewed as the Noir, which makes sense and saves me having to type more than necessary!

Straight of the bat, the first comparison is going to be in the price. I did mention in my review of the Noir that the Pilgrim is around half the price. Well, as of today, you can get the Pilgrim from HifiGo for 366€, while the Noir is available on the Effect Audio site for $799, which is approximately 738€. So yes, the Pilgrim is actually less than half the price of the Noir.

However, there are more differences than just the colour, as the drivers used are also different. Where the Noir used 1x LSR DD for the lows, 2x Sonion BA’s for the mids and 1x Knowles BA for the highs, the Pilgrim opts for 3x Sonion BA’s along with the LSR DD, also opting for a 3-way crossover instead of the 4-way on the Noir. Of course, these are just parts and do not make up the whole, which is something we will talk about in the sound section, yet it is worth noting.

As far as other specs that are different, we find that the Noir has a stated impedance of 8.3 Ohms, with a sensitivity of 103dB, whereas the Pilgrim states a 9 Ohm impedance and a sensitivity of 101dB. Honestly, these differences are so minimal that they are not even worth considering. However, we do notice that both have a low impedance, something that is worth considering when choosing a source for these IEMs.

But anyway, enough with the letters and the numbers, let’s take a proper look at the Pilgrim and find out what we are sacrificing by paying less than half of the cost of the Noir.



As the Noir arrived in a plastic bag, the Pilgrim obviously wins in the packaging department 😉 Seriously though, I can’t compare as I have nothing to compare to.

The Pilgrim arrives in a large and simple matte white box with the Elysian logo on the top in silver, a simple silver design also on the top and Pilgrim in silver letters on one side. That is it, simple and elegant.

Removing the lid reveals the IEMs sitting in two cutouts on a raised platform on a recessed tray. Lifting this tray out, a black box is revealed that simply states “Make no compromises”. Inside this box we find the warranty card, a small booklet about the IEMs, a microfiber cloth with the Elysian logo and, I believe, the cable. I say “I believe” because I honestly can’t remember if the cable came in the box or in the storage case which we find below it.

The storage case, which is found at the very bottom of the box is possibly one of the best looking I have received to date. It is in a faux white leather, oval in shape with the Elysian logo in silver on the top, with a hinged lid that reveals a grey lined interior. The case looks great, however, I think the only way it will stay looking great is if we leave it in the box, as the white case will soon not be white anymore if we use it for transporting the IEMs. Inside the storage case we get 3x sized of Spinfit tips and maybe (if it wasn’t in the box) the cable.

I think that the packaging and presentation of the Pilgrim is great. Simple, elegant and well done, my only complaint is about the lack of tip options included. I have to say that the included tips are not my favourite tips with the Pilgrim but, as always, I try to use what is included in the box unless there is a specific reason not to. Therefore, I have used the included Spinfit tips for this review and I also used the same tips for my review of the Noir. I must say that it is very important to make sure a correct seal is obtained.


Build and aesthetics…

I mentioned in the Noir review, one of the only things that I compared, that the only difference between the two models as far as build is the colour. The Noir is black (obviously) and the Pilgrim is a combination of shiny silver and matte silver (aluminium) which works very well to set off the design of the face plate. The centre of the faceplate features the Elysian logo in a raised format, following the 3D effect of the general design, and there are 4 vents on the faceplate, strategically placed in the darker (matte) areas.

Something that I did forget to mention in my review of the Noir is that they both use Pentaconn connectors for the IEMs in place of the more common 2pin or MMCX connectors found on the majority of IEMs. While this will make it more difficult to find replacement cables if you are wanting to, I have to say that I much prefer these connectors. They are much easier to connect and disconnect than MMCX, while still maintaining the swivel possibility, adding to the comfort.

Now, as I have said, both IEMs are identical. This means that I have had the same issues getting a good seal with the Pilgrim as I did with the Noir. This is something that I found easier to solve by using different tips to the ones included, yet, as I said a moment ago, I have used the included Spinfit tips for both reviews. It is possible for me to get a seal with the Spinfits, it just takes a bit of work. When they are seated correctly and I get the seal correct, then I find them comfortable, even if they are not the lightest or smallest of IEMs, but I still prefer to opt for other tips in this case.

The included cable is obviously different from the Effect Audio cable included with the Noir. No, this cable isn’t as nice as the Eros cable, but it is far from terrible. It is quite basic cable, silver in colour with matching matte silver hardware. I am not the biggest fan of the rubberised transparent outer coating but there is no way I could bring myself to say this is a bad or ugly cable. It matches the IEMs very well, it does its job and there is absolutely no sound difference (to my ears or to my measurement rig) if I swap the cable from the Noir to the Pilgrim. Have I seen better cables? Yes of course, but I have also seen much much worse at higher price points.

In general I am a fan of the aesthetics and feel that the build is very good. Personally I prefer the looks of the Pilgrim to the Noir, even though I usually prefer black to silver. But that is obviously a very personal thing and is irrelevant to my review, or the review of anyone else for that matter.

The one issue with the aesthetics is that the shiny silver finish scratched ver easily. I haven't "babied" these IEMs but I haven't mistreated them either, I have just used them as I would any other IEM. While the Noir, which has actually had more use (due to me reviewing it first and using it for comparisons during this review), still looks like new, whereas the the Pilgrim does show quite a bit of use in the form of scratches on the shiny part of the faceplate. It's a shame because I am a fan of the looks of the Pilgrim.



All tracks mentioned are clickable links that allow you to open the reference track in the streaming service of your choice (YouTube, Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, etc.)

Ok, the million dollar question, or rather the 372€ question… which sounds best????



Which ice-cream tastes best?

Seriously though, these two IEMs, while they do share a lot of similarities, they are also completely different flavours. There is no best between them. It is a case of which flavour do you prefer.

The Noir is more of a laid back tuning, without becoming overly dark, that doesn’t seem to focus on anything in particular but nothing is really missing.

The Pilgrim is more of a forward tuning, without becoming overly bright, that makes details and separation more apparent than on the Noir, yet doesn’t become overpowering with it.

I could probably just stop there but let’s take a look at the Pilgrim with my test tracks, that is, after the usual look at the graph in comparison to my usual preference curve and the Noir:


We can see from the graph that the Pilgrim is a little closer to my usual preference than the Noir but, as I said in the Noir review and in many other reviews, this preference is by no means a rule as to me liking something more or less, it is just a general reference guide to my usual preferences.

So, starting off with… yes, “Chameleon”, as always! The quality of the Pilgrim matches that of the Noir, that is to say, clean, clear and very well defined. What does change is the quantity and, for my personal tastes, I much prefer the Pilgrim. Both the slightly reduced subbass presence and the slightly more present upper ranges, take the focus away from the lowest ranges and leave me with a flavour that is much more to my personal liking.

Sticking with tracks that I mentioned in my review of the Noir, “No Sanctuary Here” is also a lot less bass focused yet it is not lacking bass at all for my tastes. The bass is full and not anemic in any way, yet it does not stand out above the rest of the spectrum, allowing for a reproduction that I find more balanced. With this track, the vocals took a bit of a step back on the Noir, while that is not the case here. The vocals are more forward but this does not detract from the great performance of the backing vocals and bass in general.

Crazy” is just about perfect on the Pilgrim. There is no sign of excessive reverb in the lower notes of the guitar, with what I would consider a very natural tone to it. There is also no sign of sibilance or harshness in the upper ranges, letting the voice of Daniela Andrade be very clear and present but without any real drawbacks. I can’t say it is the best I have ever heard this track sound but it is definitely up there with some of the best.

With the Noir I mentioned that certain parts of tracks in isolation could come across a little dull and lacking bite, that is not the case here. With “Elephants On Ice Skates”, there is plenty of bite to those bass guitar plucks throughout the intro, with the lower notes of the bass coming in with authority yet not overly done. The same can be said about vocals, such as Dominique Fils’Aime in “Strange Fruit”, where her solo voice is not missing spice yet it is not spicy either, if that makes any sense. While on the subject of “Strange Fruit”, I will also say that the space between the vocal layers is just enough for them to be easily separated yet not too much for them to sound disconnected from one another. They harmonize very nicely.

The same can be said about “Billie Jean” by The Civil Wars, where both the male and female vocals sound clear when solo’d but also sound natural when working together, without either of them really stealing the light from the other.

As far as sibilance, where I noted that the Noir reduced sibilance, I would say that the Pilgrim is pretty neutral in this regard, with “Code Cool” being just on the verge of what I would expect from the track, the same being said for the intro to “Hope Is A Dangerous Thing”. If anything, I would say it is maybe even tamed a little but not to the extent that it is on the Noir.



While I haven’t done an exact comparison section between the Pilgrim and the Noir, I think I have referred to the Noir enough during this review to be able to grasp the differences between the two. As I said at the beginning of the sound section, I don’t feel that there is a better or a worse between them, they are just different flavours and it comes down to personal preference.

If there is one thing I think is possibly better in performance on the Noir, it is detail retrieval. Now that might sound strange, as the Pilgrim is actually more upfront about showing the detail, yet I think that is exactly what leads me to believe that the detail performance of the Noir is slightly better. The Noir does not push detail, in fact, it is just a smooth laid back sound signature that sort of hides detail. Yet, it doesn’t hide detail. When listening to them side by side, there isn’t anything missing from the Noir at all, it is just that the Pilgrim focuses on in more. If I were to EQ the Pilgrim to the tuning of the Noir (something that I haven’t played around with yet), then I think that the detail may suffer a little and not be a good as on the Noir. But, to be honest, this is just speculation and is irrelevant at this moment.

While I enjoy the laid back nature of the Noir, my personal preference is towards the Pilgrim, where I feel it matches my tastes more, especially for an all round set. There are times when my mood would lead me to pick up the Noir over the Pilgrim, yet, if I could only have one, then that would be the Pilgrim. Which I guess is a good thing, as the Pilgrim is half the price of the Noir, as I said at the beginning.

So why is the Noir double the price of the Pilgrim? Well, apart from the possible difference in detail performance (which may not even exist), there is the tuning, the aesthetics and, of course, the Effect Audio cable. The cable is almost 300€, which, if we take that out of the equation, only leaves a 70€ (approx) difference between the 2. Which, I honestly feel is a reasonable price difference. If the cable is worth the 300€ to you, well only you can decide that.

I guess that my conclusion is that both the Pilgrim and the Noir are very good IEMs that cater to different people with different tastes. There really isn’t a better or worse (in my opinion), just a different flavour that depends on the final user and if they are willing to pay that extra or not.

What is for sure is that, in my opinion, for 366€, the Pilgrim is a very impressive IEM.

As always, this review can be found in Spanish both on my blog (www.achoreviews.com) and on YouTube (www.youtube.com/achoreviews)

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Sonic Sleuth

100+ Head-Fier
Affordable Excellence: A Detailed Review of the Elysian Pilgrim
Pros: Premium design
Comfortable fit
Balanced sound with dynamic bass and clear mids.
Crisp and detailed treble.
Excellent soundstage and instrument separation.
Great value for the price.
Cons: Design might seem basic compared to high-end IEMs.
Larger shell may not fit smaller ears comfortably.
Bass might be underwhelming for bass enthusiasts.
Slightly forward midrange and bright treble might not suit all listeners.
Need to spend extra for cable rolling as Pilgrim needs a pentaconn connectors at the IEM end.

I would like to thank @gadgetgod and HiFiGo for sending this unit as part of the review tour.

You can purchase Pilgrim at the following link (not an affiliate link):

Also, I’m not a seasoned reviewer or a seasoned audiophile, so whatever I say is purely my observations and your results may vary.

I’m not the one to usually focus on specifications and numbers. I focus more on how happy I am with the equipment’s sound and that’s it.

Sources used:
  • xDuoo XD05 Pro (AKM / Rohm) (w/ SS3602 OpAmps)
  • Dita Navigator
  • D16 Taipan
  • Qudelix T-71
  • RME ADI-2 Pro FS R
  • iFi Go Pods

Elysian has finally released an IEM that is accessible to the average listener without sacrificing quality. Priced at $399, the Elysian Pilgrim promises a high-end listening experience that doesn’t break the bank. This review dives into the details to see if it lives up to the hype.



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The Elysian Pilgrim boasts a sleek and modern design, crafted with high-quality materials. The stainless steel finish gives it a premium look. However, the design may not be as eye-catching as some higher-end models.


One critique I have is that Elysian uses Pentaconn connectors, which isn't an issue in itself. Users who don't own previous Elysian IEMs likely only have spare 2-pin or MMCX cables, meaning they will need to spend extra for cable rolling.


Fit and Comfort:
The Pilgrim is designed to offer a secure and comfortable fit, suitable for long listening sessions. While generally comfortable, users with smaller ears might find the larger shell slightly cumbersome.


The sound signature of the Elysian Pilgrim is balanced with a slight emphasis on the mids and treble, creating a vibrant and engaging listening experience. It retains Elysian’s house sound, making it a versatile choice for various genres.


The bass on the Pilgrim is dynamic and punchy, providing a solid foundation without overpowering the other frequencies. It extends well into the lower registers, delivering a satisfying thump. However, bass enthusiasts might find it a tad underwhelming.

Mid Range:
The midrange is where the Pilgrim truly shines, offering clear and detailed reproduction of vocals and instruments. Both male and female vocals are presented naturally and with a slight warmth that adds richness. Some might find the midrange a bit too forward.

The treble is one of the standout features of the Pilgrim, being crisp, detailed, and well-extended. It provides excellent clarity and airiness without becoming harsh. This quality treble is usually found in more expensive models, making it a great value.

Tone and Timbre:

The tone and timbre of the Pilgrim are natural, with a hint of graininess adding to its unique character.

Staging and Instrument Separation:
The Pilgrim excels in soundstage and instrument separation, creating a spacious and immersive listening experience. Instruments are well-placed within the soundstage, and each element is easily distinguishable.

The Elysian Pilgrim is a fantastic IEM that offers high-end sound quality at an accessible price. With its balanced and detailed sound signature, excellent fit, and impressive technical performance, it competes well against much pricier models. While it may have minor drawbacks, such as a slightly bright treble and a less luxurious design, it remains an exceptional choice for anyone looking to step into high-fidelity audio without breaking the bank.
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You can choose 3.5SE or 4.4Bal cable option at no extra cost when you order, mine came with 4.4Bal.
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Oh yes! You’re right. Cable rolling however would be difficult unless you have a cable that uses ConX. Let me edit the review to reflect that.
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Headphoneus Supremus
Elysian Acoustics Labs Pilgrim - The First Step into a Larger World
Pros: + Neutral tonality with highlighted midrange
+ Clarity and detail
+ Snappy transient response
+ Bass quality and extension
+ Precise stereo imaging
+ Beautiful design and build quality
Cons: - Flat, unengaging soundstage
- I wish this IEM is even more dynamic and explosive
No matter how I look at it, the economy does not look bright when I write this review. This means audiophiles need to tighten their wallets, and manufacturers need to find a way to squeeze through this tightening, generally by releasing more budget-friendly entries. Today, we look at Pilgrim, the latest entry in this incredibly crowded market from the illustrious Eastern boutique Elysian Acoustic Labs.



  • What I look for in an IEM is immersion. I want to feel the orchestra around my head, track individual instruments, and hear all of their textures and details. I’m not picky about tonality, as long as it is not make the orchestra, violin, cellos, and pianos sound wrong.
  • I rate IEMs within with a consistent scale from 1 (Poor) to 3 (Good) to 5 (Outstanding). An overall ranking of 3/5 or above is considered positive.
  • Ranking list and measurement database are on my IEM review blog.
  • The terminology for subjective impressions in this review is based on the Audio Wheel for reproduced sound defined in the technical report ITU-R BS.2399-0
  • I purchase the unit for this review at a discount from Hifigo. I have no affiliation with or financial interest in Hifigo and Elysian Acoustic Labs.
  • The unit retails for $400 at the time this review was published. Unaffiliated link: Hifigo webstore

General Information​

Pilgrim is a hybrid IEM consisting of 1 dynamic driver (DD) and 3 balanced armature drivers (BA). The DD has a diameter of 9.2mm and features a magnesium-aluminium alloy diaphragm and “liquid silicone rubber” surround. This design promises long excursion (flexible surround) while maintaining minimal distortion and agility (metal diaphragm), allowing its bass response to reach as low as 10Hz.

The BA drivers include the Sonion 2300 midrange driver and the Sonion E50 tweeter driver. The incoming signal is split across three types of drivers using a 3-way crossover circuit. All drivers output into a 3D-printed internal chamber, easing production and increasing consistency and quality control.

Non-sound Aspects​


Elysian Acoustic Labs is well known for its theatrical packaging, and it’s good to see that trend continue with Pilgrim. The IEM comes in a cubical box, and the unboxing experience is quite elaborate. Like other Elysian IEMs, Pilgrim comes with Spinfit ear tips.

Earpiece design: The earpieces are fully metal. They are not shaped to lock into the outer ears like others, which are shaped like custom IEMs. The faceplate of Pilgrim is quite intricate, with alternative rings of matte and polished metal. In traditional Elysian fashion, Pilgrim has substantial nozzles that are slightly too large for the supplied spin-fit tips.


Fit, comfort, and isolation: After finding the right ear tips to pair with Pilgrim, I found this IEM to be comfortable with average isolation, not unlike other vented IEMs. I did not experience pressure buildup or driver flex in my tests.

Ear tips recommendation: I don’t think the spinfit tips are a good fit for Pilgrim (or most Elysian IEMs). Like most IEMs with strong treble response, choosing ear tips is crucial. Pilgrim works best with ear tips that push the nozzles deeper into the ear canal to avoid unwanted treble peaks. My top choices are Tri Clarion and Velvet ear tips at the right size so that the ear pieces rest against the concha of my ears. In this configuration, I have no problem with the tonal brightness of the treble of Pilgrim.

Sonic Performance​

Testing setup:

  • Sources: iBasso DX300, L&P W4
  • Cable: Stock 4.4mm cable
  • Ear tips: Tri Clarion medium
The subjective impression is captured based on the Sound Wheel below.


Timbre: Figure shows the frequency response of Pilgrim against the Harman in-ear target. Measurements were done with an IEC-711-compliant coupler and might only be compared with other measurements from this same coupler. Above 8kHz, the measurement might not be correct. Visit my graph database for more comparisons.


It is helpful to think of an IEM as a filter that highlights or subdues different parts of the incoming audio signal. This effect can be measured objectively by the squiggly lines above, called Frequency Response (FR) graphs, which measure how loud an IEM is at different frequencies from 20Hz (bass) to 20kHz (upper treble). Subjectivity is how your ears and brain interpret the effect of that filter on your music and decide whether it is “enjoyable.” There are some “rules of thumb” when it comes to tonality, but most interesting IEMs usually bend the rules masterfully.


The tonal balance of Pilgrim can be described as slightly neutral-bright with a full and relatively homogeneous frequency response. Let’s unpack this statement. By “slightly” neutral-bright, I mean the Pilgrim mostly achieves a balance in the loudness of bass, midrange, and treble. Still, the treble is a bit more emphasised than the bass. Meanwhile, the midrange sounds perfectly uncoloured. The music reproduction of Pilgrim is “full” because it has a strong extension toward both ends of the frequency spectrum. Pilgrim’s homogeneity or “coherence” is acceptable because it does not have any significant gap across the frequency response (e.g., between bass and midrange). However, there is still a sense of segmentation between bass, mid, and treble. These impressions hold across vocal-centric “weeb music” (Kimi wa Boku ni Nineiru by See-Saw), progressive rock (Playing God by Polyphia), orchestral (Nimbus 2000 from “John Williams: The Berlin Concert”), and epic soundtrack (Victory by Two Steps from Hell). Depending on your choice of ear tips and how you fit the IEM, the treble might be more or less sizzle. I have zero problems with the brightness of Pilgrim, even with “deadly” recordings like Shivers by Ed Sheeran, after opting for Tri Clarion and a deeper fit.


The treble of Pilgrim is slightly above neutral in quantity, with a high level of brilliance. It is highly extended, creating a sense of airiness and openness in the reproduced music. The treble also has strong clarity.

The midrange of Pilgrim is quite loud in the mix, meaning voices and instruments are often pushed forward and present. When testing Pilgrim, I rarely find myself adjusting volume to hear the midrange more clearly.

The bass of Pilgrim keeps up with the midrange in terms of loudness. I didn’t need to increase the volume to hear more bass details or impact. The bass extends deep into the sub-bass, meaning rumble and physical impact can be felt. However, Pilgrim does not exaggerate these qualities. During my tests, I didn’t detect any hint of boominess or boxiness with the bass response. However, I wish that Elysian tunes the Pilgrim with more bass to highlight the available bass quality.


Dynamic: The representation of dynamic is both a strength of Pilgrim and an area where I wish it does a better job. Confusing? Let’s unpack.

An excellent track to highlight the dynamic reproduction of Pilgrim would be “The Way of the Samurai” from the Ghost of Tsushima soundtrack. Every transient (e.g., drum hits, articulation from the strings) is snappy, accurate, and clear. The bass feels precise. Every bass note has a physical sensation as if pressure is pushed against the eardrums. In other words, Pilgrim is a snappy IEM.

However, I wish that Elysian pushes the dynamic of Pilgrim just a touch further, perhaps by raising both the bass and the treble by a few dB. Even though Pilgrim already has a powerful presentation, it left me wanting even more of that snappy, tactile response. This is not an impossible request, as both Pilgrim’s siblings I happen to have for comparison, the Gaea and Annihilator 2023, slam harder in A/B tests.


Resolution: To me, “resolution” can be broken down into three components: (1) Sharpness, incisiveness, or “definition” of note attacks (see the figure below). (2) The separation of instruments and vocals, especially when they overlap on the soundstage. (3) The texture and details in the decay side of the notes. The first two give music clarity and make it easy to track individual elements of a mix. The last provides music details and nuances.


The resolution of Pilgrim is quite impressive. This IEM excels in clarity, presence, and cleanness. It means that even with busy tracks like the Ghost of Tsushima soundtracks or the controlled chaos in the “Remember That You Will Die” album by Polyphia, Pilgrim maintains an impressive ability to keep instruments spatially separated on the soundstage whilst retaining the timbral accuracy of each and ensuring that essential parts of the mix are upfront and highlighted. Yes, the clear stereo image of Pilgrim does falter to some degree when I listen closely, especially in comparison with “top of the line” IEMs like its sibling Annihilator 2023. But still, in a vacuum, Pilgrim is a crystal clear IEM.

Pilgrim is also highly competent at detail retrieval. For instance, when I listen to Leonidas Kavakos’s “Bach: Sei Solo” album, I can hear nuances and texture in the violin sound and easily discern the reverberation of the hall where the recordings were made. It also held its own in direct comparison against benchmark IEMs for good detail retrieval in my collection and only truly falters when pitched against the likes of U12T and Annihilator 2023.


Spatial: Stereo imaging or “soundstage” is a psychoacoustic illusion that different recording elements appear at various locations inside and around your head. Your brain creates based on the cues in the recording, which are enhanced or diminushed by your IEMs, your DAC, and your amplifier. In rare cases, with some specific songs, some IEMs can trick you into thinking that the sound comes from the environment (a.k.a., “holographic”). The figure below shows how I hear and describe soundstage


The spatial reproduction is where I have the most bones to pick with Pilgrim. Precise but lacking immersion is how I would describe the soundstage and imaging of Pilgrim.

First, let’s talk about “spatial extent”, or the shape and size of the soundstage. On the plus side, Pilgrim has excellent width, meaning the left-to-right stretch of the stage is reasonably competent. When sound is pushed all the way to the sides, such as the voice of Kirstin from Pentatonix in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, it can appear outside the ears, hovering over my shoulders. On the other hand, the depth is not great. Simply put, most of the “action” on Pilgrim’s soundstage is condensed on a flat plane, without much contrast between closer and further away sound. As a result, the soundstage of Pilgrim does not create a strong envelopment illusion (i.e., not “wrapping” around the head).

Next, let’s talk about “localisation”: the ability to pinpoint the location and size of audio sources within a soundstage. As I mentioned above, the sense of distance is not a strong suit of Pilgrim due to the way it shapes the soundstage. Similarly to the majority of IEM, sound sources are primarily perceived as coming from inside the head unless they are panned all the way to the sides. Fortunately, the precision of the location is quite good with Pilgrim, meaning it is pretty easy for me to pinpoint the location and size of the sound sources on the soundstage.


Multimedia usage:

The precise sound localisation of Pilgrim translates to excellent performance in FPS gaming. For example, in CS:GO, it is easy to pinpoint and track the angle and distance of footsteps and gunshots. I’m surprised that Pilgrim’s lack of soundstage depth does not disadvantage pinpointing sounds coming from the front in these games. Action movies also sound good with Pilgrim.



Main test track: Playing God - Polyphia

As usual, I started my tests with the humble Apple dongle. My first impression was a congested and condensed soundstage. Moreover, both the bass extension and treble extension suffer. Even though the Apple dongle can provide the voltage, it cannot maintain a current supply that is good enough to drive the Pilgrim well. The sound is not bad, but I cannot recommend this pairing due to the loss of performance.

Switching to a good dongle like the L&P W4, I immediately notice a more spacious soundstage and better sub-bass response. The improvement from W4 to DX300 was not as noticeable. However, the DX300 does change the tonality of Pilgrim slightly, making the midrange warmer and thicker.

For fun, I pair Pilgrim with Topping G5, acting as a pure amplifier for DX300. I hear an even snappier transient response, and the stage has a greater sense of depth and layering. This result suggests that Pilgrim can “scale” with desktop-class setups. I would leave it to readers to explore this path.



Source: L&P W4

Main test track: One Winged Angel - The Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Vs AFUL Performer8: The Performer8 (P8) is one of the overachievers in the “mid-fi” market regarding resolution and imaging precision. In fact, it was one of the first IEMs I tested that could squarely match my benchmark for a “great” level of technical performance in these aspects. Therefore, my first AB test for Pilgrim must definitely be against the P8. My first observation is how these IEMs are tuned so similarly. Both have a “flat” midrange with reserved upper midrange, strong bass extension, and strong treble extension. At the same time, the tonality of these IEMs is also so different to the point that they always make the midrange of the others feel uncanny within the first few seconds of switching from one IEM to the other. This difference is most likely due to how they tune the 1.25kHz region. I prefer the more conventional approach of Pilgrim here.

Regarding resolution and imaging, I spent quite a lot of time switching back and forth, twisting my ears to try to hear the difference. Still, I have to conclude that they are practically identical. Similar note definition, similar instrument separation, similar micro details at the decay of the notes, similar precise imaging, similar shallow soundstage. If I nitpick, I would say Pilgrim has a bit more texture, detail, and extension in the bass region, and the stage of Pilgrim is a bit less “flat” than P8.


Vs Andromeda 2020: Andromeda 2020 has been and remains to be my benchmark for the “great” level of resolution and staging. How does Pilgrim fare? The first difference is the tonality: the Pilgrim’s midrange is more neutral, whilst Andromeda 2020 is slightly warmer. Moving past the tonality, the following key difference is the bass response. The bass of Pilgrim is simply better, no matter how I look at it. Where Andromeda 2020 beats Pilgrim soundly is the shape of the stage. In back-to-back comparisons, Andromeda 2020 exaggerates the flat stage of Pilgrim. Resolution-wise, the Pilgrim emphasises note attacks more, but overall, they separate instruments and resolve detail practically at the same level.


Vs Annihilator 2023: Annihilator 2023 (Anni 2023) is a “tri-brid” flagship of Elysian (if we don’t count the shadowy and exclusive “Dio” prototypes that are pretty much folklore for average joes like myself). In fact, when we think of Elysian, many of us immediately think of Annihilator. Some of us enthusiastically predicted that Pilgrim would be the “baby Annihilator.” Is there any truth in this prediction?

Not really. Firstly, these IEMs are tuned differently. While Pilgrim is mostly neutral IEM, Anni 2023 is a V-shaped hype machine. Stronger midbass and more treble energy across the entire frequency range make Anni 2023 noticeably more punchy and exciting than Pilgrim. Anni 2023 is head-banging when the beat drops, whilst Pilgrim is … alright. Regarding the resolution, whilst Pilgrim is a resolving IEM, as demonstrated in the previous comparisons, it is noticeably less detailed in AB tests against the Anni 2023. For instance, after listening to the choral section with Anni 2023, I was surprised to find how mushy, less separated, and less detailed the choral section is rendered by Pilgrim. The same situation applies to every other instrument and the subtle reverberation in the track.


Vs Effect Audio x Elysian Gaea: Gaea is a divisive IEM. Similarly to Anni 2023, it is a V-shaped hype machine that can be too intense for some listeners and libraries. I like this IEM for larger orchestral pieces, “epic soundtracks”, or an energy boost. So, how does the Pilgrim compare against the Gaea?

First, Pilgrim is obviously less energetic and dynamic than Gaea. On the other hand, vocals on Pilgrim are always spot on, while some voices can be quite shrill and strident with Gaea. Regarding resolution, Gaea is half to one step ahead, regardless of how I view it. The stage of Gaea also sounds more 3D, translating to a more immersive experience for the type of music I pair the Gaea with. Your music library and your taste would determine the choice between these IEMs.



Elysian Acoustic Labs emerged swinging in the “mid-fi” market with the Pilgrim. No, it is not the fabled “baby Annihilator” that some of us have hoped for before the release. Yet, Pilgrim carries the torch of its forebearer, the DIVA and Annihilator, with excellent treble extension, bass extension, and a natural tonal balance that elevates vocal music. The theatric flairs in packaging and accessories of DIVA and Annihilator are also preserved as much as the budget allows. The tuning, technical performance, build quality, and overall packaging make Pilgrim an all-rounder and compelling IEM and, in my opinion, a worthy addition to the Elysian Acoustic Labs family.

Should you get Pilgrim? As always, the answer is “it depends.” If you prefer your music to be rich, warm, and “analogue,” this IEM is not a good choice. If you want an exaggerated, big, bold, even mushy/bleedy bass response, this IEM is also not a good choice. If you wish for an enveloping and engaging soundstage, this IEM might not be the one. But if you want a snappy, clean, clear, neutral presentation with excellent vocal reproduction, if you want clarity and details, Pilgrim receives a recommendation from this reviewer.

What I like about this IEM:

  • Neutral tonality with highlighted midrange
  • Clarity and detail
  • Snappy transient response
  • Bass quality and extension
  • Precise stereo imaging
  • Beautiful design and build quality
What could be improved:

  • Flat, unengaging soundstage
  • I wish this IEM is even more dynamic and explosive
Absolute Sonic Quality Rating: 4/5 - Great

Bias Score: 4/5 - I like this IEM


Updated: June 9, 2024
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what a comprehensive review
Will take notes from your review for my own improvements
I think the integration of the new review vocabulary could be handled a bit better, maybe with an explanatory paragraph of its own like Resolution and Soundstage.


New Head-Fier
𝑬𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑨𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝑳𝒂𝒃 𝑷𝒊𝒍𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒎 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘: 𝑬𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚
Pros: Good unboxing experience
Amazing build quality
Industrial design
Free SpinFit ear tips
Good cable quality
Balanced sound
Clean and punchy bass
Warm and lush midrange
Energetic and detailed yet non-fatiguing highs
Competent technicalities
Cons: Bulky overall size
Nozzle can be a bit too thick
Pentaconn ear connection will make it a bit harder finding replacement/upgrade cables
Can sound a bit dry depending on the eartips
Barebone accessories
Overall sound can be a bit too boring for some looking at a specific sound profile
𝑬𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑨𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝑳𝒂𝒃 𝑷𝒊𝒍𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒎 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘: 𝑬𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚

|| 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 ||

Elysian Acoustics isn’t the most known brand in the IEM hobby, but veterans definitely associate the brand with higher-end sets with higher-end prices. That all changes with the introduction of the all new Pilgrim, bolstering a price tag starting at $399.

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Equipped with a 1DD+3BA driver configuration and using a pentaconn ear connector, the Pilgrim is what seems to be made as “ the first step “ into the Elysian Acoustics product array.

|| 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 ||

I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the brands I review and do not give out preview privileges.

This set is sent in exchange for an honest review. There is no material or financial incentive for me to do this review and I guarantee no exchange has been done by both parties to influence or sway our opinions on this product.

My thoughts and opinions are of my own. My experience will entirely differ from everybody else. The contents of this review should not be considered factual as this hobby heavily leans on subjectivity. YMMV.

I don’t do rankings or tier lists as they can get outdated immediately as a reviewer can change their thoughts of a product to a certain extent. If you do want a recommendation then feel free to reach out so I can help out


𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝗹𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆.
𝗢𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻, 𝗜 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗚𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁. 𝗜 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀.


| 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗨𝗻𝗯𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 |

The package that the Pilgrim comes with is this white cubical hard-box with Elysian branding and some design cues in reference to the actual IEMs themselves. Remove the top lid will allow you to see the Pilgrim on what seems to be a podium-like stand. Underneath is another box with paperwork and the included white case containing the remaining accessories.


𝗜𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻:
Warranty PVC card
Elysian Acoustics Labs Pilgrim IEMs
White 2-core SPC pentaconn ear cable(3.5mm/4.4mm)
Micro-fiber cloth
White leather magnetic hard case
3 sets of SpinFit eartips (S/M/L)
Cleaning brush tool

Overall unboxing experience is quite nice. Though it doesn’t showcase any complicated mechanism for the unboxing, it does have a pretty nice presentation of the product and really hypes you up for it.


As for the accessories, the inclusions are pretty bare bones especially at this price point, but the quality of inclusions are definitely up there. The cable is really nice and well-behaved. I always find myself liking cables that aren’t stiff and thick, and the stock cable of the Pilgrim fits my definition of an amazing cable

| 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 & 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 |

Elysian Acoustics made the Pilgrim out of a hefty stainless steel material with a gunmetal finish. The overall feel of the IEMs is really outstanding, the heft really gives it a sense of quality. It comes in either this colorway or their special “Noir” edition that costs a lot more. I’m not sure regarding the difference besides the color but it does seem to be simply a color difference.


Design-wise, the Pilgrim has an industrial feel with the faceplate looking multi-layered texture. It does have glossy accents on the faceplate along with a nicely placed Elysian Acoustics logo. Pilgrim exudes such uniqueness with a textured look for the faceplate.

In terms of the form of the Pilgrim, it has a more universal form and fit, with no deep grooves and curves. The nozzles have good length but are quite thick in terms of the width. A lip is also present on the nozzle to help keep eartips in place. I would also like to add the presence of the ventilation holes on the faceplate, integrated nicely with the design of the faceplate.


Notably, the Pilgrim uses the pentaconn ear connection, which is also present on all Elysian products. This type of cable is akin to the MMCX connector standard but is less mainstream. This could be a problem looking for aftermarket cables, making you dig a bit deeper for replacement or upgrade cables for the Elysian products.


Overall the design of the Pilgrim is quite lowkey, yet very recognizable in the sea of IEMs. The size of the Pilgrim can could fitment issues however, it does have a bit of bulk and weight.

| 𝗜𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 |

The vents on the faceplate prove to be not much of an issue for the isolation of the Pilgrim. With the proper fit, the Pilgrim can isolate all unwanted noise by its passive isolation.

| 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 |

One would assume that the fit of the Pilgrim would be a tricky one considering the nozzle and the overall size of the IEM. Despite this, the Pilgrim sits quite snug on my ears but will feel fatigued from time to time.


The occlusion effect on the other hand is a little bit less than your average IEMs. This could be the cause of the vents on the faceplate making talking with these on a bit less jarring.

** 𝗞𝗶𝘄𝗶𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗼 | 𝗛𝗶𝗕𝘆 𝗙𝗖𝟲 | 𝗦𝗼𝗳𝘁 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗨𝗖 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 (𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹) **

| 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 |

Even with the driver array, the Pilgrim isn’t power hungry. I find myself being quite satisfied with it without pushing much gain on my sources. Though, as always do use the best accessible source for a gain control.


|| 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 ||

Overall sound of the Pilgrim is that of a very balanced one. Though it has a tendency of being dry sounding depending on the fit and eartips, it is for the most part quite balanced in all frequencies.

| 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝘀 |

The Elysian Acoustics Pilgrim delivers a warm neutral sound signature with a very detailed bass response. The subbass is present and provides a solid foundation, while the midbass is quick and impactful, ensuring that basslines and drum hits are tight and well-defined.
Notably, the Pilgrim's bass tuck is nonexistent, allowing for an extended and full bass experience without any artificial roll-off.

| 𝗠𝗶𝗱𝘀 |

The mids on the Pilgrim are a standout feature, offering a sense of extension and air. They possess both warmth and body, making vocals and instruments sound rich and engaging. The timbre is natural, but depending on the choice of eartips, there can be a tendency for the mids to sound slightly dry.

Nonetheless, the mids maintain clarity and detail, ensuring that the music remains lively and immersive.

| 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘀 |

The highs of the Pilgrim are relaxed yet detailed, providing a great deal of energy without becoming fatiguing or harsh. This balance allows for an enjoyable listening experience, where treble-intensive tracks are rendered with finesse and precision.

The highs add a touch of sparkle to the overall sound, enhancing the sense of realism and depth in the music.

| 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 |

In terms of technical performance, the Pilgrim excels. It offers excellent imaging, separation, and layering, allowing each instrument and sound to be distinctly heard and appreciated.

The soundstage, while not the widest, is well-defined and provides a coherent and immersive listening experience. The Pilgrim’s ability to present micro-details and nuances in the music makes it a versatile choice for a wide range of genres.

|| 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 ||

The Elysian Acoustics Pilgrim is a well-balanced and versatile IEM, embodying the "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy. It offers a warm neutral sound signature that caters to a broad audience, with detailed bass, extended and airy mids, and relaxed yet energetic highs.


While it may not specialize in a particular sound profile, its overall performance and technical capabilities make it a solid choice for anyone looking for an IEM that can handle a variety of musical styles with ease.


New Head-Fier
Quick Impressions of the Pilgrim
Pros: Safely tuned/balanced
Good detail retrieval
Excellent fit and comfort
Long term listening companion
Easy to drive
Cons: Not for trebleheads or bassheads (nitpick only)
Thanks to GadgetGod and Hifigo for the review tour of the much anticipated mid budget iem from Elysian - The Pilgrim (White/First Path)!

As always, opinions expressed here are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Elysian Acoustic Labs have a lot of very well made top shelf iems such as the Annhilator, Gaea, Diva etc. I previously owned the Gaea and know how good they sound.

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When the Pilgrim was annouced, it did take a lot of people by surprise (me included) considering its price point and hence the anticipation of listening to the iems.

The Pilgrim comes in 2 colors/flavours and this review is for the White version.

Package and build

The Pilgrim comes in a nice cubic box with a white iem carry case. The iems are housed in industrial grade 304 stainless steel and will be able to stay strong for a long time.
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Inspite of the stainless steel construction, the iems dont feel heavy at any point in time. With a medium sized nozzles, the comfort is very good with the iems.
Adding to the comfort, the cables are not heavy and dont pull on the ears, giving even more comfort for long listening sessions.

The driver config consists of one 9.2mm LSR dynamic drivers and three BA drivers consisting of 2 types of Sonion BA drivers, all being tuned with a 3 way crossover.

The cable is a nice silky silver looking cable that matches the shells very nicely. The review unit is terminated with a 3.5mm single ended connector at the source end.
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As is standard from Elysian, iem end is connected with the Pentaconn Ear connectors.

Driveability and Sound

The Pilgrim is fairly easy to drive inspite of the number and type of drivers. The sound is quite balanced, which should play well with a variety of genres.

Bass - The iems are not for bassheads and the bass is more about a relaxed presentation. As a result, there is no bleed of the bass in any way.
Mids - The iems keep the mids right in the middle, without any recessed presentation. Even harsh vocals are handled like a champ
Treble - While the iems are not for trebleheads, there is good amount of extension and detail retrieval, going with the overall signature of balance.
Stage - The stage extends around the ears and is quite wide with average height

The Pilgrim offers a very low cost of entry into the Elysian's range of iems. The iems are tuned for balance and play well with a variety of genre without fatigue even after hours.


New Head-Fier
Elysian Pilgrim - The Mid-fi king?
Pros: *Excellent technical performance (present each and every micro and macro details) (top of the class instrumental separation and layring)
*Sturdy build quality
*Excellent bass quality and dynamics
*Very refined and detailed treble
Cons: *Pentacon connector
*Non-modular cable
*Stuby nozzle with shallower fit.
*Spinfits are not the best pairing for this iem
Elysian has released its first iem in the 400 dollar midfi segment. This is a very competitive segment. Will Elysian manage to dethrone other iems in this segment or will it get dethroned, let's find out in this review.

I want to thank Hifigo for arranging the review tour of this iem in my country, here is the non-affiliate link https://hifigo.com/products/elysian-acoustic-labs-pilgrim

Design, Fit and Accessories Package

The unboxing experience is very good and premium. The accessories provided in the box are spinfit cp100 ear tips, 3.5mm or 4.4mm non-modular cable and a leather case. The spinfits provided are not a good pairing for the iem, I will talk more about this in the sound segment. The cable provided is good but not great. For this price cable is non-modular and for the same price some other iems come with a better cable, for example - Tangzu Nezha. The iem is made out of 304 stainless steel material and it feels very robust and sturdy. This is one of the best-built iem in its price category. The iem features a pentacon connector to connect cable and this is also a con, as most of the people who will buy this iem will not have compatible cable and cable rolling will be an issue.
The fit of the iem is great, it has a stubby nozzle that offers a shallower fit which will be a non-issue for anyone. The isolation is good enough but worse than iems that provide deeper fir.

Frequency Response


Before talking about sound I want to touch on the spinfits provided in the package, these are not the best pairing for the pilgrim. I recommend you tip roll to get the most out of these iems. The spinfits make the bass lose its power and texture to my ears so I used azla sednaearfit max tips and divinus velvet eartips for my sound analysis.


Elysian, instead of using a more popular 2-DD setup, they are using a 9.2mm LSR Dynamic driver. And oh boy! It is a potent performer. The bass profile is sub-bass over midbass with a smooth glide into the mids. The sub-bass is very well extended. It is rumbly and well-textured. The mid-bass thump and slam are also very impressive, is it for bass heads or those who prefer more mid-bass? No. But still the the quality of the bass present is just awesome. This is one of the bass performance you can find in this price range. I am very much impressed by Pilgrim’s bass performance.


The pilgrim’s mid-range gives it the elysian house sound. It is forward and very revealing. The frequencies between 1k to 2.9k are slightly boosted, which pushes the vocals forward in the mix, some people may also find it a bit unnatural, but I don’t mind it that much. Female vocals shine on this iem, they feel very open and extended. Male vocals are also good, they have enough heft and body to sound natural. I have no issues with the midrange on the pilgrim.


The treble adds to the energetic nature of the iem. It is for sure on the brighter side but it never crosses the line of sibilance for me. The treble is very revealing and extracts every micro nuance from the tracks. The air region is not overly boosted like other iems in the price range it is present where it should be. Overall, all I can say, pilgrim’s treble has that special sauce that may take many audiophiles by surprise.

Technical Performance

The technical performance is the most impressive thing about the iem. The detail retrieval is top of its class and may rival the iems in higher price categories. The detail retrieval is excellent, both macro and micro details are well presented by pilgrim. The stage is also very wide with excellent instrument separation and layering.


Elysian has released an excellent contender in 400 dollar segment. Currently, this is my favorite iem in this price range. For many audiophiles, this can be a great option. Overall I can highly recommend this iem to all people who want a slightly different and forward sound signature.
Looks like the midrange is going to be my favourite thing.


Headphoneus Supremus
A Pilgrimage into sound
Pros: + Great performance x cost ratio
+ Very comprehensive unboxing and accessory pack
+ Very classy design
+ Comfortable shape (with the right tips)
+ U-shape sound signature done right
Cons: + It may sound a bit flat mids for some

These IEMs were sent to me by @EffectAudio and @JordonEA for my honest opinion. These impressions are my subjective experiences and, as always, as it was my daily driver not as I’m doing a surgery into the frequency response or sound. Your experience may vary, so always consider auditioning the gear yourself. Respect the colleagues around the forum and have fun.


Elysian Audio has made a significant impact on the audiophile community, and their latest offering, the Pilgrim, is no exception. Known for their meticulous craftsmanship and innovative tuning, Elysian has designed the Pilgrim to show to both new and experienced audiophiles what can be done at this price range (spoiler Mr. Lee did an amazing job). Embarking on a sonic pilgrimage with the Pilgrim is akin to journeying to Santiago de Compostela, seeking wisdom and enlightenment through sound.

The whole listening was done through:
  • Luxury & Precision P6 Pro Ti99 High Gain, volume 4-8
  • Spin-fit W1
  • Stock cable unless compared to others.

Design & Build Quality

The Elysian Pilgrim features an elegant design crafted from high-quality aluminium, providing lightweight durability. The bores are made from 304 stainless steel, known for its corrosion resistance, ensuring longevity while maintaining exceptional sound quality. The faceplate's ring pattern, combined with air-release apertures, adds to the aesthetic appeal and functional design, providing ventilation for the dynamic driver. But be careful that the beautiful shiny rings get scratched easily.

The Pilgrim includes a silver-plated copper cable, which contributes to its overall sound performance. Accessories include three sets of ear tips, a cleaning brush, a carrying case, and a small flannel, making it a comprehensive package.

The Pilgrim boasts a multi-hybrid driver configuration and promises a balanced yet engaging sound signature.

Technical Specifications

  • Driver Configuration: 4 drivers hybrid setup with 1 customized 9.2mm LSR dynamic driver for lows, 1 Sonion 2300 balanced armature for mids, and dual Sonion E50 balanced armature for highs.
  • System: 3-way crossover
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB @ 1 kHz @ 100mV
  • Impedance: 9 Ohms @ 1 kHz

Sound Signature

The sound signature of the Elysian Pilgrim can be described as balanced with a slight U-shaped tilt. This tuning offers an extended, engaging sound that that feels natural, guiding you through a spiritual journey of auditory enlightenment during the pilgrimage.

Low-End Performance

The Pilgrim’s bass is handled by a custom 9.2mm liquid silicone rubber dynamic driver, delivering a punchy and well-controlled low end. It excels in providing a deep, textured bass that adds weight to tracks without overshadowing the mids and highs. Listening to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the Pilgrim demonstrates its ability to reproduce deep bass lines with precision and impact. The sub-bass extension is impressive, giving hip-hop tracks a satisfying thump, much like the footsteps of a pilgrim on a gravel path.

Midrange Performance

The midrange is managed by a Sonion 2300 balanced armature, offering a clean and neutral presentation. The Pilgrim excels in the upper midrange, providing clarity and details to vocals and instruments. This characteristic makes it particularly well-suited for genres like Hip-hop and Classic Rock. In Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and Green Day’s “Burnout” vocals come through clear and full-bodied, guitars sound energetic and drums natural. The mids are neither recessed nor too forward, striking a perfect balance that maintains engagement without overshadowing other frequencies.

High-End Performance

The treble is handled by dual Sonion E50 balanced armatures, delivering a smooth and extended high end. The treble region is detailed without being harsh, making it suitable for long listening sessions. Tracks like Polyphia’s “G.O.A.T.” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” is a good example Pilgrim’s ability to render high-frequency details with precision. The upper treble is airy and well-extended, providing clarity and space without fatigue, much like the clear skies and fresh air encountered on a pilgrimage.


Frequency Response

  • Bass: Deep and controlled, with a slight emphasis that adds punch and weight. The dynamic driver’s performance in the low end is impressive, providing a solid foundation that can be felt, akin to the sturdy walking stick of a pilgrim.
  • Mids: Clean and detailed, with a focus on the upper mids that enhances female vocal and string instrument presence. The balanced armature driver ensures clarity and uniqueness in the midrange, reminiscent of the insightful conversations shared along the pilgrimage route.
  • Treble: Smooth and extended, providing clarity and airiness without harshness. The dual balanced armatures deliver a refined treble response that enhances the overall sound signature, much like the serene vistas and breathtaking landscapes that greet a pilgrim.
My Random Library

Exploring how the Elysian Pilgrim fares across some random genres showing its versatility and remarkable tuning. It’s like venturing through diverse terrains and landscapes on a pilgrimage.

Hip-hop: The Pilgrim’s impactful bass and clear mids make it an excellent choice for Hip-hop. Eminem’s rapid-fire verses in "Rap God" are articulated with precision, each word crisp and clear against the punchy, engaging beats. In Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop,” the Pilgrim captures the deep, synthetic bass with remarkable control and definition. The treble remains smooth, ensuring the highs don’t become fatiguing. Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” showcases the Pilgrim's ability to render bass lines with depth and texture, making each track an immersive experience, like the rhythmic chants of fellow pilgrims.

Heavy Metal: The aggressive nature of Metal is where the Pilgrim may lack a punch, it handles tight bass and detailed mids effortlessly. Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” is a perfect test, with the IEMs keeping up with the fast, complex arrangements, delivering a cohesive and immersive experience. The bass drums hit detailed, but doesn’t give me the aggression I expect, while the intricate guitar solos and Hetfield's vocals remain clear and distinct. In Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” the Pilgrim brings out the raw energy of the guitars and a rather flat Ozzy Osbourne’s vocals. All in all, I miss the “heavy” in Heavy Metal, , much like a pilgrim might miss the hustle and bustle of a busy town.


Instrumental Rock: For instrumental rock, the Pilgrim offers a balanced presentation with ample detail. Tracks from Polyphia, such as "G.O.A.T.," reveal the intricacies of guitar work with precision and clarity. The fast-paced, complex guitar riffs are delivered with such accuracy that each note stands out, even when missing the weight of the deeper notes. Similarly, Animals as Leaders' "CAFO" demonstrates the Pilgrim's ability to handle intricate, technical music. The dynamic shifts and rapid tempo changes are well absorbed and reproduced. Showing good dynamics and technicalities.

Soundtracks: The Pilgrim’s balanced sound signature makes it well-suited for soundtracks, capturing the full range of orchestral scores with finesse. Hans Zimmer’s “Time” from Inception showcases the Pilgrim's ability to handle both the deep, resonant lows and the sparkling highs, creating an immersive and emotional experience. Ludwig Göransson’s “Mandalorian Theme” presents a good soundstage with intricate layers, each instrument coming through clearly and contributing to the overall cinematic feel, but not too wide or tall. Thomas Bergersen’s “Protectors of the Earth” demonstrates the Pilgrim’s dynamic range, handling the powerful crescendos and delicate passages with equal quality. Much like the highs and lows experienced on a pilgrimage.

Rock: The Pilgrim’s balanced tuning makes it great for rock music. In tracks like Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” the acoustic guitar intro is played naturally and lifelike quality. With the guitar well separated on the left side. As the track builds, the Pilgrim handles the dynamic shifts with ease, ensuring that the electric guitars, drums, and vocals all have their place within the mix with an amazing imaging. The Pilgrim’s ability to capture the energy and emotion of rock music makes it a great choice for fans of the genre.

Cable Comparisons

Effect Audio Ares S x Cadmus:
This cable is impressive for its price, boosting the weight in the mids while improving the soundstage and keeping the sound expanded and slightly W-shaped. When paired with the Pilgrim, the Ares S x Cadmus adds a richer midrange to upper bass presence, making vocals and instruments sound fuller and more engaging. The soundstage also feels more expansive, like discovering new vistas on your pilgrimage.


Effect Audio Eros S:
The Eros S increases details and technicalities without altering the sound signature. With the Pilgrim, the Eros S enhances the clarity and resolution. It’s a great option for those who want to maintain the Pilgrim’s natural sound while boosting its technical performance a bit. Like finding a clearer path on your journey. (It still sounds quite different from Pilgrim:Noir, but that is a detail for a future comparison)


Effect Audio Code 24C: This cable increases the weight in the midrange but reduces technicalities and details. Paired with the Pilgrim, the Code 24C adds a richer, more robust midrange, making genres like Hip-hop and Rock sound more impactful. However, it sacrifices some of the finer details and clarity, which might not appeal to detail-oriented listeners. Akin to walking a path that’s a bit less scenic but more grounded.


Effect Audio Code 24: Like the stock cable but on steroids, it improves all points of the sound signature adding body to it. When used with the Pilgrim, the Code 24 enhances every aspect of the sound, from the deep bass to the airy treble, providing a more refined and immersive listening experience. It’s an excellent upgrade for those who love the Pilgrim’s sound and want to elevate it further. much like finding a peaceful resting lookout along the pilgrimage route.


Effect Audio Fusion: This cable adds a natural touch to the sound but pushes the signature even more toward the higher frequencies without making it sibilant. With the Pilgrim, the Fusion cable enhances the treble, making high-frequency details more prominent and airier. It’s a suitable choice for those who appreciate a brighter sound signature while maintaining smoothness down low. Much like a clear bluesky day.


Final Stop of The Long Journey

The Elysian Pilgrim is a well-tuned IEM that can easily be and EDM for someone or a good early entry into Mr. Lee’s fine tuning sound signature. Its deep, controlled bass, slightly pushed-back mids, and smooth, extended treble make it suitable for plenty of music libraries, particularly Hip-hop and Classic Rock.

The premium build quality, comfortable fit, and basic accessory package further enhance its appeal for the price. If you’re looking for a nicely tuned U-shaped IEM, the Elysian Pilgrim is a great choice that delivers one of the best experiences you can get for this price range.

But Pilgrim really asks for an upgraded cable. And, if you want to squeeze a bit more performance without breaking the bank, you can get Ares S x Cadmus 8w or Ares S: Noir.
Eros S looks different, custom-made?
Hi @Argha , that’s the Anniversary Edition. This Pilgrim goes well wirh the Silver Eros S.


New Head-Fier
Hot sauce
Pros: + Amazing, clean and natural upper treble
+ Masterfully done low end
+ Outstanding texture and transparency
+ Details galore
+ Sublime vocals
+ Impeccable channel matching (anecdotal)
Cons: - Hot and spicey at times
- midrange weirdness
- Build
This is my first review, please be gentle.
I may be using the wrong terms and also be neglecting some topics which are usually discussed. I don't feel familiar enough with some of the terminology to really make a well-founded statement. 😅

I am uncertain why I feel compelled to review this particular IEM as my first. It's not even that I like it best among my collection, but there is something about it.. Anyways, I will try to keep completely failed at keeping this short. Personally I'm a fan of written reviews more than videos, lest it gets out of control and becomes a neverending wall of text. But I guess it helps to understand a little about my preferences to better judge if this is worth anything to you.
What I personally can't stand are peaky sound signatures. Often peaks, especially the prominent 8 kHz one, are reduced to coupler artefacts, but there are very few circumstances where I can't tell it's there when it's visible in a graph. For me it can become kind of smeared out (if not too pronounced) when changing the angle by a bit, but this rarely works, also because the IEM may just not stay at that angle or be uncomfortable then. Some are of the opinion these resonance peaks are intended, I rather suspect they are tough to get rid off as a necessary effect of occluding the ear canal. If the peaks are narrow enough, they won't contribute to percieved loudness (for me, actually put a “for me” in front of everything in my review please, because all of this is highly specific to perception, preference, ear anatomy and so on) but lead to loss of detail (probably because that part of the frequency band is dominated by one particular frequency), an in-my-head sensation, piercing ‘shattering-glass’ like percussions and also some ‘fake clarity’. In short, I won't have it. Tonality-wise, I consider myself very flexible, as long as the whole thing is consistent. To get a better picture, an excerpt of my preferences and non-preferences:

I Like a lot
  • Yanyin Moonlight (sadly don't have it)
  • SoundRhyme SR5
  • ISN Neo 5
  • Letshuoer Galileo
  • Yanyin Canon II
  • Aful MagicOne
  • Hisenior T4
  • Moondrop SSR/SSP
  • Truthear Zero (Blue)
  • Moondrop Space Travel
  • KZ D-Fi
  • Penon Fan 2

  • Ziigaat Cinno (interesting take at a different kind of tuning)
  • Kiwi Ears Quintet (peaky upper treble, but has its charms otherwise)
  • Simgot EM6L (high potential but simply too much treble for me)

Cannot listen without EQ (which I usually don't use)
  • Truthear Nova (smooth FR, but my definition of lean with too much sub-bass)
  • Letshuoer S12 Pro (massive 6 - 8kHz peak ruining everything for me)
  • Truthear Hexa (treble peak + treble peak followed by grainy upper-treble)

  • I bought this with my own money.
  • My field of work contrasts with me commenting on cable synergies and source pairings other than advising you to have a low output-impedance source for that low impedance IEM, should you get one and want the stock tuning to be unaltered. Assuming impedance is not uniform, which I suppose but don’t actually know.

Hardware notes
I won't go into great detail about the unpacking experience and accessories. Also in a completely unorthodox fashion, I will pass on including product pictures. For one, there are already so many out there and I can't contribute anything new. For another, I'm not really good at this 😉.
As you probably already know, you get a cable, three sizes of Spinfit (supposedly CP100) eartips, a case and some cleaning tools.
What irritated me here was that the ear hooks of my cable were deformed to an opening angle of roughly 30°, tapering to a point. Now, the Spinfit tips do provide a certain flexibility, but with that earhook shape, the IEMs are instantly lifted out of my ear. I know you can mold them with hot air and this is really nitpicking, but nevertheless I was a little disappointed.

Next thing is the PE connector feels sufficiently tight on the left side, while it's pretty loose by comparison on the right and doesn't snap into place with that satisfying click. Again, nitpicking, I know. And it doesn't fall off, so it's alright. Machining looks good, but somehow not as premium as I expected. I can't put my finger on why exactly. Maybe I'm spoiled by artful resin shells? Who knows, and honestly, I don’t care about that part.

Then the tips. Now, I know Spinfit tips are very well regarded and not exactly cheap when acquired separately. But the fact that I was afraid of ripping off the (non-unibody) nozzle while putting them on made me question whether it might not have been a good idea to make the package more consistent with better fitting ones. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they didn't, I like them Spinfits! It just feels a little like an incompatible accessory at first.

Ok, almost done with nitpicking, but I have to get this last one out, sorry. The nozzle filters. Really? Not that long ago there was a discussion in the Discovery thread on why KZ had those mesh filters inside, claiming they did the tuning via crossover, and no protection above. I'd like to ask the same question here. Pretty much all of my other sound-tubed IEMs come with either no termiating filter or a metal grille. One can be of opposing opinions on no filter, but a metal grille would be so much easier to clean than this black mesh. Even worse if it has a tuning effect (which I suspect given the density). At least I didn't find any spares in the package and while I try my best at keeping my IEMs super clean, I don't like the idea that part of this great tuning is based on something so exposed and easily corrupted.
To conclude this with a positive remark, the channel matching on my set is insanely good. There is a very localized < 1 dB difference somewhere in the upper mids, but apart from that, left and right look virtually identical! Very positive result for a hybrid in my book.

I have to admit, I rarely, if ever, had issues with fit. Some will stay in my ears better than others, some I have to wear at odd angles, sure. But I have none in my collection that I would call ‘uncomfortable’, or where I struggle with seal or nozzle size. That said, I find these to be on the better side. After a little surgery on the crooked earhooks, they stay in place very well. I think these are lightweight for a metal shell - not comparable to e.g. the original Starfields that would shift quite a bit in my ears due to their weight.


Now that is some gourmet Bass! Nothing overdone, nothing missing. I’m personally more of a mid bass person, especially when it comes to electronic music. Never liked too much sub bass for that, as many obviously do, as I quickly get nauseated by too much rumble. But _if_ you create a sub bass focused tuning, this is the way. I can’t really say I feel that this driver reaches any lower than others but the way the bass is implemented here sure feels highly tactile, accurate and fast. It operates in its own space but doesn’t feel detached from the rest as it often does with a pronounced bass tuck. It’s emphasized for sure, but tastefully so! If the Nova for instance was too much for you, this is completely different. Maybe slightly similar to the Quintet, but in much better harmony with the rest. Authority yes, dominance no - it is atmospherical and clean without being dry. I haven’t had any instance where it felt out of place and compared to many other IEMs, I caught myself looking forward to the next bass punch. 😇

Mids / Treble
The most controversial chapter for me. In plain terms, mids are too forward for my liking. At least that is one of the first things that came to mind. On more specific terms, some instruments/sounds, for instance electric guitars, synths and claps are quite a bit louder than I anticipate them to be to the point of aggressiveness. Don't get me wrong, everything is still well resolved at that point, just unexpected in loudness given the rest of the spectrum. The weird thing is, swelling sounds crossing from the lows towards pinna gain region have a foreboding of getting too loud - at least for songs I know, I experience the sensation of wanting to “shut my ears” or quickly lower volume due to the expectation of something too intense coming up - only to then progress just fine. I can't say I have this experience with other gear, at least not on this level. Getting technical, I suppose this effect is due to a sudden rise in loudness at around 1 kHz that abruptly drops off after 2.5 kHz. I assume this may hit the perfect balance for some, for me it is definitely not how I am used to hearing things.
Moving up the spectrum, there is another subsequent slight emphasis somewhere between 4-5 kHz and one more somewhere around 8. To be honest, I'm not sure about my thoughts here. I may very well make wrong assumptions based on the fact that I expect this product to be expertly tuned coming from such a brand. Also there is a short video backstory to it and it is highly regarded in general. Willing or not, this will influence how I interpret things. But anyway, somehow I am convinced these are not artefacts Elysian couldn't get rid off or didn't want to care about, but rather deliberately placed accents. And listening to music they do not result in any grain or grizzle-di-sizzle, but lend a beautiful sheen to sounds emanating from those regions, transporting detail and emotion.
And that is where the hot sauce comes in. It's not like everything sounds super smooth, just like eating hot food is not super comfortable. Also, some things you just don't want hot sauce on. But when it fits the dish, it can enhance the experience of flavors and make the whole meal so much more satisfying. There is a downside, though. Just like too much hot sauce can ruin otherwise tasty food, these emphases can get overwhelming with music that responds to all of them at the same time. This goes to the extreme of a collapsing sound stage when opting for instance for some old school punk rock or really complex and technical electronic music. All sounds great and spacious, I feel like I can grab individual shimmering notes out of the air, until too many different sounds enter the stage and the soup gets too hot - to stick with the slightly forced food comparison. 😉
But I should put this into perspective: This is some really highlevel critique. It is still producing exciting, high quality sound in the described instances that is great to listen to, but some of the magic gets lost and I have to lower volume quite a bit to get through these passages.

Upper treble / air
Pure. Bliss. I think this region deserves extra mention, because it is so masterfully sculpted. Nothing stands out, nothing gets left behind. I am _very_ complicated with regard to poorly implemented upper treble, all sorts of things happen there and it is notoriously hard to resolve in measurements. So you’re in for surprises more often than not when you can't demo gear beforehand, which I usually can't. The surprise here is the most welcome one. I can hear things unheard before, up to the highest octaves and what I hear is super smooth with natural decay and not the slightest bit of piercing quality. No peaks, no glare, just beautiful air.

I am honestly puzzled on how to categorize this tuning. Not that it is necessary, but I’ve heard nothing quite like it. Does it strive to be neutral? In parts maybe, but they way the midrange and treble are at times thrown at me, I don't think that could have been the goal. It just doesn't sound right (in terms of neutrality) there to me. Rather is the Pilgrim confidently presenting some elements of the music to me in a way I did not know I would like to hear it before. On occasion I would like it to back down with the eletric guitar forwardness or not have electronic percussions right in my face. But I just can't stop going over my library just to find out, how this perspective makes my favorite songs turn out. And then there's this heavenly upper treble and satisfying bass. Also, with the right music, the soundscape is immensely spacious, but due to the accents in mids/treble still intimate and emotional. Vocals are mostly superb and are well separated from the mix. All in all, I couldn't put them down ever since I got them. Truly addictive. :)

Direct Contenders
For me, the direct contender is the Yanyin Canon II. This IEM does so many things right, the midrange and treble are a joy, the bass is similarly well controlled and appropriate, but the shelf starts way earlier in the mid bass. It holds its own magic and I would prefer it any day for electronic music. But even if this wins in the mids/treble and the bass is kind of a draw, it can't compete in the upper treble. It's not even a fair fight. So I have a hard time with acoustic music, let alone metal on the Canon II. Here, the Pilgrim is more versatile.

Would I recommend it?
Not that I imagine anyone will care much, as this is my first review. Still, the answer would be:
If this is not supposed to be your only set and you like a swing at a non bass heavy, slightly colored, somewhat bright sound signature that doesn’t do every track perfect, but worst case still good and excels at many others, then yes. For my _personal taste_, there are better all-rounders at or below this price point - for me the Hisenior T4 is one such - but they won't offer you the magnificence of the Pilgrim in its best moments.

What music would I choose to make this show off
I'd sure go with something not too busy, like Mark Knopfler - Brothers in Arms (Live) - absolutely brought tears to my eyes - or some plain electronic music from artists such as Recondite or Dominik Eulberg.

What music would I choose to make this feel like a mediocre choice
Pretty much anything from the early albums of the Arctic Monkeys.

If you've made it to here, thanks a lot for reading :)
Fantastic review! Well done!
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Thank you very much, that means a lot! :relaxed:
The comparison was much needed


100+ Head-Fier
Elysian Pilgrim - A Takeover of uncharted territory?
Pros: Fit is comfortable and relatively easy
Shell size is on the small-medium size
Fantastic Unboxing experience
Beautifully different design, it’s very distinctive
The included cable and carry case are very well-made
Bass is a step above others in it’s class
Bass texture, impact, and depth are all very satisfying
Mids are clean, clear, and open
Treble has great extension
The sound stage while not the widest, is definitely spacious
Resolution and detail retrieval are befitting of the price bracket
Cons: The reflective finish on the faceplate is incredibly scratch-prone
The nozzle/stem is on the shorter side, which may cause issues with some users
Pentacon connectors, your 2 pin cables are useless with this set!
Tuning is a bit on the safe side
I would like a little more treble zing after 10k (Subjective)
Dynamics are slightly lacking
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Thank you very much to HiFiGO for making the tour of the Elysian Pilgrim happen and thank you to my bud Neil for welcoming me into the HiFiGo US tour group just a few weeks ago. The process has been super smooth up to this point. HiFiGO nor Elysian haven’t asked me to say anything in particular regarding the Pilgrim, all of these thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m almost reluctant to write this article because once I finish it and post it, I have to send the Pilgrims back on their journey after their quick pit stop here on my desk and everywhere else, quite frankly. I’ve brought the Pilgrim with me everywhere these past few days, at first to prepare for this review, but then eventually just to enjoy the sweet melodies these things sing to me. Spoiler alert; I wouldn’t mind buying a pair at full retail.

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Test tracks

- Give Life Back to Music - daft punk - Overall clarity
- Infinity Repeating - daft punk - Lower mids control
- Voyager - daft punk - Bass line clarity/busy track layering
- Overnight - Parcels - mid bass punch
- Tieduprightnow - Parcels - bass line/sibilance test
- Everyroad -Parcels - Imaging/Sub bass @ 7 minute mark
- Daytime - Lunar Vacation - Staging/female vocals w/ heavy bass
- Days - No Vacation - Vibe test/treble energy
- Fruiting Body - Goon - Sub bass
- Wavy Maze - Goon - Mid bass
- Together - Maggie Rodgers - Female Vocals
- Slide Tackle - Japanese Breakfast - Sibilance test/consonants harshness
- Decode - Paramore - Vibe test/stage depth
- Vinta - Crumb - Stage depth/layering
- Kim’s Caravan - Courtney Barnett - Female Vocals/resolution test
- Small Poppies - Courtney Barnett - Distorted Guitar
- Lifelong Song - Men I Trust - Sub/mid bass texture
- One and Only - Adele - Female Vocals/consonants harshness test
- Waves - Wild Painting - Overall Enjoyment and stage depth/width/Bass guitar speed
- Not the One - Highnoon - Female Vocals
- Cowboy Killer - Varsity - Layering
- Alone in My Principles - Varsity - Distorted female vocals
- Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang - Treble Harshness
- They Are Growing - Renata Zeiguer - Mid bass impact


- Apple Music Streaming Hi-Res Lossless when available
- Topping D10s/Earmen ST-Amp stack
- Muse HiFi M4
- Fosi DS2
- FiiO BTR7 BT

I’ll be doing most of my impressions written below using the ST-Amp considering that is the most neutral amp I own currently. The Muse M4 has a very distinctive bass boost which is highly enjoyable, but not accurate to the IEM I’m listening to.


The Elysian Pilgrims were a slow burn for me - At first, I wasn’t that impressed with their presentation, I found it to be something not special or standout and I won’t lie, I was expecting something that was going to be special considering the brand name. Elysian. Fun fact; the first time I heard the Annihilator 2023 at CanJam 2023 I fell in love so hard I couldn’t get them out of my head for an entire year up until I got to the next CanJam in 2024. In short, the Elysian Pilgrim has an extremely enjoyable bass replay, with a deep and textured impact that clearly stands out from the rest of the crowd at or around this price point. Even up to more expensive sets I’ve heard I’d say that, even though Elysian may have not been going for this, the bass is definitely a stand-out on this set. It’s addictive and highly refined. The mids are clean, clear, and spacious allowing for an enjoyable replay, albeit, maybe a little on the safe side. The same goes for the treble, there’s plenty of extension here for lots of micro details to be easily experienced, but I would have liked a few more risks to be taken here to allow the Pilgrim to stand out from the pack. Regardless, I think that the Pilgrim is a fine example of what Lee and the team over at Elysian can do by putting some work into something to make a statement. The under-Kilobuck sector has a new player in town…

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If you’d like to purchase the Elysian Pilgrim, please follow this unaffiliated link to HiFiGo to order your pair!

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And if you’d like to read up on more of the different technologies used in the Pilgrim, check out the Elysian website.


Fitment note; I had no issues with the fit of the Pilgrim. I typically do have issues with shorter stem IEMs, but there’s something about the shape of the Pilgrims that made fit very very easy. I landed on the Dunu S&S tips as my go-to choice and found fantastic sonics. No pain or pressure build-up was felt.


As I said in my TLDR section above, the Bass on the Pilgrim, in my opinion, is a standout. Reading up on what Elysian actually did for their DD in this set really puts it into perspective. What they’ve done here, according to their site, is create a custom 9.2mm Liquid Silicon Rubber (LSR) DD that’s meant to allow for faster transients but still achieve a deeper, harder-hitting bass and I have to commend them here because before reading up on what kind of DD was inside this thing, I heard and felt that deep bass their talking about. On Songs like Give Life Back To Music by daft punk, or Overnight by the Parcels, the mid-bass kicks are overly satisfying. The baselines are exceedingly groovy and very fast enough to never ever get muddy or cause any overlap with the rest of the frequencies. The depth of the bass on display here is what really impressed me - every kick and thump going on has tons of texture and sounds like it’s punching you right in the center of your face with just enough power. I think in terms of mid-bass here, it’s tuned nearly perfectly to match my library. The sub-bass on the other hand is quite nice, but I definitely need some more here. On songs like Everyroad by the Parcels, it’s a nice rumble for sure, but it’s not knocking my socks off either. The biggest test for me when it comes to sub-bass is on the song Fruiting Body by Goon - Hauntingly beautiful. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know just how much I love this song. The Real test for an IEM, is when that Chorus comes in, am I going to feel absolutely ROCKED by that sub-bass rumble behind those beautiful vocals? On the Pilgrim…. mmm no, it just missed the mark for me on that song personally. Otherwise, this bass performance is like a 7.5/10, which may sound low but I’m telling you, that’s high considering what I’ve heard despite price talk. It’s a very solid bass and out of all the sets I’ve heard around this price, it’s up there among the best considering its unique way of presenting.


The mids on the Pilgrim are great, they’re open, clear, and fairly clean without ever being sibilant or harsh on any of my tracks. I believe the mids have the right amount of energy relative to the rest of the frequency range and I can confidently say, they’re very enjoyable. Female vocals, which make up 99% of my library come across as slightly forward and energetic but not the smoothest or most textured I’ve heard. Days By No Vacation is wonderful as always, the guitars and Violins that come in towards the ending part of the song are lovely and very resolute. The lead vocalist has a beautiful tone and timbre to her voice, albeit not the most texture and natural I’ve heard, it’s still very nicely rendered. Waves by Wild Painting has lovely depth to the presentation, with the vocals coming right from the center of the image with sufficient depth to almost create the illusion of being in the room with her. My issue is the slight lack of refinement somewhere, maybe around 5k-6k where it gets a little bit grainy when the vocals are pushed up a touch. I know it sounds like a small quibble, but it is noticeable to my ears and it took me out of the music a few times during my listening.


Here’s where my biggest issue with the Pilgrim lies; the treble just isn't jumping out at me at all. It is very well extended, I won’t sit here, lie, and say it isn’t, but it's not grabbing me by the soul and saying “Hey, this is the Elysian Pilgrim, little brother to the Anni, the IEM with some of the best treble on the market, period” - I guess I was expecting too much. I know we’re talking BAs to ESTs, $400 to $3000, entry-level to flagship, but I did hope Elysian would have taken their experience and expertise with the Anni’s treble and at least try to put a few little magical touches in with the Pilgrim’s treble, but nah, it’s not here. Days by No Vacation, a song that relies heavily on an airy treble to sound its best replays wonderfully, don’t get me wrong, but the sound isn’t enveloping like I expected it to be considering the Pilgrim is marketed as a brighter IEM. The lovely cymbals on Give Life Back To Music ain’t so lovely on the Pilgrim - I expect them to be overly glittery, much like the robots intended, really exciting and standing out driving the music forward. But instead, on the Pilgrim they’re there, I can most definitely hear them, but that’s about it. The Airy opening of Decode by Paramore isn’t as airy as I anticipated either… Maybe by now, you can tell there’s a theme here. All in all, the treble is just fine - a bit underwhelming, but fine. I’d like a bit more air to make things sparkle and shimmer. The treble is at least very refined, I will say. You won't find any nasty peaks or weird timbre anywhere here, it's a very smooth and pleasant experience, I didn't want to make it seem like it was all negative! The treble allows the listener to easily sit back and just enjoy the music with plenty of micro details to get lost in. Trust me, I'm a sicko who loves some extra treble spice, so if you're a person who likes a well-done, laid-back treble experience that's sufficiently bright across the spectrum, pretty evenly, then this is going to be a fantastic listening experience.

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The Pilgrim is a very solid B grade, maybe even B+ on all of the technicalities here. Imaging doesn’t seem particularly special, but it also isn’t blurry and inaccurate. Staging feels wide and spacious, maybe lacking a touch on depth and height, but at this price range, I’m not really expecting that. Resolution and detail retrieval aren’t blowing my socks off, but it is super solid and absolutely befitting of the price range here. Dynamics are very important to me as well, and the Pilgrim doesn’t do the greatest job here with a mostly flat-ish presentation above 3k where the peaks aren’t really adding to the experience in a positive way, but contribute to that slight grainy nature. Not a deal breaker at all, but it’s there. Most importantly, timbre and tonality are absolutely spot on. Jazz sounds fantastic on the Pilgrim and even though I don’t have any jazz tracks on my test playlist, I definitely wanted to give that a shout-out.

Source Differences

The Pilgrim does react to different sources for sure, and that’s why I wanted to be very careful during my testing. On the ST-Amp, the Pilgrim sounds balanced and slightly on the warmer side. On the Muse M4 the bass is kicked up a notch with the mids and treble taking an even further back seat (FYI, this was my favorite playback). The BTR7 unfortunately just didn’t do it for me, the dynamics completely vanished and the Pilgrims sounded flat. The Fosi DS2, a little powerhouse of a dongle, did a surprisingly fantastic job engagingly presenting the Pilgrims. In fact, the DS2 is a little bit on the brighter side as far as dongles go (to my ears at least), so It was able to create some nice contrast between the bass, mids, and highs… I quite liked it. Bass did take a bit of a hit though, it wasn’t as deep as I got so accustomed to coming out of the Muse M4. Overall, my favorite by far was out of the Muse M4 using a wired connection. Punchy, fast bass with smooth vocals and treble.


So, here we are. The end of my review. So what do I think of the Pilgrims? Well, I’m a bit torn if I’m honest. On one hand I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my short time with them, enjoying them on a daily basis did not feel like a chore in the slightest and I couldn’t wait to pick them up again to have another listen. They absolutely have an addicting factor to them and I think it’s just the sum of the entire package. They’re comfortable, the cable isn’t cumbersome to deal with, the sound is impactful with deep mid-bass and smooth vocals and treble with plenty of details to go around in an open and spacious stage. Overall, I would buy the Pilgrim for the full asking price, no doubt about it. I truly think they’re worth it for me personally. But beware, if you’re looking for something that stands out from the crowd in more ways than one, you might want to look somewhere else.

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I hope you got something out of this and had an enjoyable read! Cheers, till next time.
Great review!
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Elysian Pilgrim - The Right Start to the Path of Enlightenment
Pros: • Bright U-shaped to balanced signature that is not peaky and has a smooth, refined yet incisive treble
• Tuning and timbre that are levels above your chi-fi norm
• Has that addictive, hard-to-put-down factor
• Classy, shiny looks and build
• Lightweight, comfy fit
• Insightful listen
• Technicalities that punch its way above its price-tier
Cons: • Other than the non-modular cable, spinfit CP100 and bare accessories - None
• Still possibly just a tad bit borderline sharp for the treble sensitive and dark tonality lovers

All the way from Malaysia, Elysian Acoustics Labs has burst into the IEM audiophile scene as 'the' dream endgame set. Since the release of the Annihilator, the X, and its latest 2023 rendition - it has been the default pick for most who could actually afford and wanted a top-tier tuned endgame set. They have made waves with another hit in the Diva which is also one of the summits at the time for vocal lovers and a darling for most reviewers. With this, it made me wonder if there will be a chance of a top-tier tuned Elysian set at a somewhat affordable price. Worry no more as the Pilgrim has arrived, with the prime focus of starting an IEM audiophile's journey right on to the right path and far midway onto someone would call kilobuck level. Let's take a look at this 'budget' segment wonder for Elysian though even at the start of this writeup, outright I'm telling you unless you favor warm-dark signatures and is the slightest treble-sensitive - this set is a banger and a must-try. The Pilgrim just sets the bar really high for products within and above its pricepoint.



Packaging and Inclusions
The Pilgrim comes in a white squarish box that features a coupe of segments inside to uncover the IEM itself. It comes with a nice-looking silvery cable which seem well made. Coming in with a bare minumum Spinfit CP100 eartips in 3 sizes as well as a white-colored faux leather flip top case. I will immediately recommend a tip roll to your favorite eartip as the Spinfit does not seem to be the best match at least for me. Throughout my listening session and even until now, it's the Divinus Velvets that gave me its best matching, with the timbre and extensions coming out resonating lively and natural.



The Pilgrim out-of-the-box is a beautiful looking set, with a mix of shiny and matte aluminum to highlight its well thought of design. Vents are present as well as being lightweight yet comfy. It has a configuration of 1 DD + 3 Sonion BAs in a 3-way crossover setup with the dynamic driver handling the lows, a BA for mids and dual BAs for the highs.


Sound and Comparisons
The Pilgrim right out of the gate will impress you upon first listen (the start of a journey if you will) and will make it difficult for you to put it down. The bass is oh so punchy with just enough rumble but what's so good about it is having that impact and slam which you rarely find in most chi-fi sets (because of their subbass focus) but never overbearing. The mids have the right amount of body, being lush and very natural-sounding. It sounds that it could be a bright U-shape tilt going to a balanced set with no specific frequency outshining the other yet what makes it so remarkable is how it handles treble and how it's tuned in a way that is both pleasant, smooth, but gives cymbals the right and correct crispness and sparkles. Airy and well-extended with just an adequate amount of shimmer. All these, delicately balanced and tuned in a way Elysian can do. It reminded me of another Elysian set in collaboration with Effect Audio which is the Gaea. Both are energetic, lively, and very detailed yet the Pilgrim managed to tame the peaks which the Gaea have, in exchange for minor difference in resolution. It managed to tiptoe and balance on a tightrope how everything came along to create this product. Just be a tad mindful though that it is somehow sensitive to sources and impedance matching, producing the best match for me with the Sony ZX707 while losing some dynamics and liveliness on a AK Kann Alpha. It is a very technical set as well, being just a level below the best kilobuck sets in terms of detail retrieval, imaging and resolution. Soundstage though is above-average in width and depth but immediately gives you pinpoint placement of instruments, layering, and naturalness of timbre. Again, it's a fine exhibition on how to cross the fine line of having both musicality and tech, which just makes you listen to your music for long. Guitar plucks, strings vibration and cymbal shimmers are a joy to behold. Piano and violins sound lovely while vocals for both male and female are wonderfully handled with the utmost of care. Classical and acoustic tracks felt live and grand while mainstream and pop tracks are full of energy and impact. Compared to one of it's similar priced breathren the 7hz Aurora - I'm just going to outright say the Pilgrim is the safer, more well-rounded pick. Almost unanimous unless you would favor the 7hz Aurora's implementation of detail retrieval of its boosted upper mids and borderline shout. The Pilgrim just sounded more correct and inviting.



I won't feel bad for on-the-spot suggesting to just go out and buy the Elysian Pilgrim already. At a price of $399, it has that unique tuning that most sets with $500 can't even touch upon. It is definitely a must-try. In gaming terminology wherein you will just say 'one more game' until you lose track of time - the Elysian Pilgrim will keep you going and saying 'one more track'. To me, it is that good and I'm just not the type of being a hype guy - it's the feeling of blind buying then getting rewarded by sound that shouldn't be priced this low.

IEM set has been listened via the Sony ZX-707, AK Kann Alpha, AK SR25 II, Questyle M15 and Cayin RU7 separately using the Divinus Velvets which are my choice as best match for this over the course of multiple genres across FLACs (16bit&24bit) and streaming (Tidal). The Elysian Pilgrim is available in HiFiGo for $399 - https://hifigo.com/products/elysian-acoustic-labs-pilgrim



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Looks Like This One Hit The Mark! The Elysian Acoustics Lab Pilgrim
Pros: 1. Exceptionally well-tuned response
2. Lively and refined treble
3. Captivating and detailed mid-range
4. Detailed and pounding bass
5. Exceptional technicalities
Cons: 1. None personally, except the fact some people might find it sounding bright

Review Of The Elysian Acoustics Lab Pilgrim



Elysian Acoustics Lab is a Malaysian firm that specializes in producing high-end and premium in-ear monitors that are well-received by audiophiles all over the world. The firm was founded in 2015 by mechanical engineer Lee Quan Min and began offering re-shelling services. When Lee believed he had perfected his talents, he chose to work on a completely self-crafted IEM with his own distinct house sound that would set him apart from the crowd. Lee developed his revolutionary Dive Pass system in 2019 after learning about the foster driver. Aside from Gaea, the company's catalogue includes three IEMs: Annihilator 2023, Diva, and Pilgrim. The Annihilator 2023 is their flagship model, which propelled Elysian into the spotlight. The Diva also earned a lot of attention from audiophiles and became one of the most popular. Pilgrim is their most current entry-level product, and I was lucky to receive it for review. However, before starting, I want to clarify a few concerns.



*Since this unit tour was organised by the lovely people at HiFiGo, I am grateful to them. And as I've said in all of my evaluations, the same is true for this one: all of the concepts I've expressed below are entirely my own, original ideas that haven't been influenced by anyone else. If interested, go to this link.
*I am not associated with the connection, and I receive no financial assistance from anyone.
*For the remainder of the review, I will refer to these IEMs as “Pilgrim.”
*I am using different Ear-tips for convenience and better versatility.
*Finally, I will only evaluate the Pilgrim based on their performance, even though I will explain how it feels and seems physically and aesthetically.
*For source I relied on the Sony WM1A and Apple Dongle for my review.



Pilgrim has a multi-hybrid driver configuration comprised of three Sonion balanced armatures (1x 2300 for mids and 2x E50 for highs) and a single 9.2mm liquid silicone rubber dynamic driver connected via a three-way crossover. The shells are constructed of stainless steel, and the craftsmanship is exceptional; the surface is smooth to the touch, and the body is not overly large, however, the nozzle length may be shorter for some. The faceplate features a ring pattern with air-release apertures that are integrated into the design of the ring, which is stunning; the Elysian logo is in the centre of the rings. When it came to fit and comfort, any eartips provided an excellent isolated seal, and I had no trouble listening to them for extended periods of time. They are lightweight, yet the construction is sturdy and durable. The cable that comes with the Pilgrim is silver-plated copper with pentaconn connectors on one end and a 3.5mm or 4.4mm straight termination jack on the other. The additional accessories include three sets of ear tips, a cleaning brush, a carrying box, and a small flannel. According to the technical specs, the impedance is 9 Ohms and the sensitivity is 101dB. The frequency response spans 10 Hz to 20 kHz.



As I already stated, Pilgrim is the first Elysian Acoustic IEM I have reviewed but a tuning like this is not my first. To be honest, I believe this IEM is underpriced for what it offers; it should have been 700-800 USD easily. The Pilgrim explains what it means to have a neutral sound with a sub-bass boost. When I initially saw the teasers and photographs unveiling the pilgrim, I assumed it was another 1000 USD IEM from Elysian, but when I found out it was less than USD 400, I was astounded. The Pilgrim delivers a refined and well-resolved sound that can never go wrong for anyone, period. The quality and quantity are nearly desirable, with excellent control over tuning and drivers. I'm not sure what more the Pilgrim needs to do, as the notes sound so rich and full, but they sound incredibly smooth and detailed. It's like having a pocketable orchestra in my palms. When it comes to comparison amongst its peers like Hype 4, Blessing 3 or the recently released Aurora, I have never heard such a cohesive and sophisticated sound delivery out of any other IEM except the Pilgrim, I’ll be honest I might not fully compare any other IEM around this price range as I do not currently have them and It doesn't justify my evaluation based on what I “remember” but I will be directly comparing it to 7hz Aurora. Let's go further into the sound to learn more about it.



The overall tuning is well tuned I have no doubt about it, especially the treble region which sounds rich and refined in every way possible, oozing out coherent and detailed sound with great extension and airier response. One may even find it lively and smooth-sounding. As mentioned above, the extension is great with an airy presentation in the upper treble as the vocals and the instruments stretch far and wide with enough space to sound vibrant and lively without distorting or introducing any offensive characteristics. The lower treble is even more energised and livelier sounding, with vocals and instruments becoming vibrant yet well-controlled so as to not sound sibilant or peaky also maintaining the proper note weight to sound tonally pleasant. The definition and refinement in the notes are noticeable with a realistic aspect to the full response of the treble region. Tracks like Grand Escape by RADWIMPS establish my points firmly, the vocal sounds natural and with good note-weight, and the dynamic quality of the notes allows the vocals to sound flexible and very realistic, the same is felt with the piano notes which comes across full sounding where micro nuances are effortlessly surfaced and the listener can easily grasp and find the overall sound captivating. When it comes to the point where the background vocals perform, the distinction and resolution of the notes are so precise whether it is vocals or instruments that even during such a busy part each and every part is close and clear sounding. When compared to the likes of Aurora, the response is well-refined and cohesive which brings a more desirable tuning, even though the details and crisp quality of the notes are better on the Aurora, the Pilgrim doesn’t sound sharp or edgy like the Aurora. Therefore the overall presentation of the treble region is lively, detailed and airy sounding.

Mid Range

Coming to the mid-range, I think I have never heard such sweet and melodious-sounding vocals which I find are very articulated and tonally accurate with a very expressive instrumental presentation that colludes and produces a harmonious sound. The fact that the notes don’t sound lean or sharp is surprisingly unknown to me, maybe the synergy across the upper frequencies is nicely tamed to make it sound and resolved that it makes the overall response sound tonally accurate. The upper mid-range resonates with the same energy as the lower treble where the cohesive response doesn’t allow any uneven sounds to even exist, thus clearly maintaining the tonality and sound as natural as it can be. The vocals and the instruments sound forward, fuller and rich with details without sounding light or lean as the vocals have a spread-out sound without sounding boxy or limited. The instruments complement the vocals and sound vivacious which doesn’t express sharpness or edgy quality in the notes. The lower mid-range has good note weight and sounds clean as well, though as to how well the notes are staged and positioned, I might have not preferred a more warm sound, the vocals and instruments have vague clarity but have rounded notes which sound soothing and warm enough. When it comes to comparing it to the presentation of the Aurora, the response is way more natural sounding with better-emphasised vocals and better-positioned instruments. But again I find the details and clarity over each note better on the Aurora, but the response is not as cohesive as Pilgrim’s. Tracks like Kamihitoe by URU have a soothing yet very dynamic presentation as if I am listening to her live in front of me. The bass notes have a very deep and impactful presentation which alludes and blends with the overall response without influencing any other region. The vocals have a soft and delicate response which sounds very realistic and detailed but at the same time soothing and smooth to listen to. The high notes that URU performs have great vigour which I have not heard in any of the sets around Pilgrim’s price. The notes are very well-refined and detailed, ultimately offering a calming and revitalising experience. It is as if I fell in love with vocals again. Hence the overall presentation of the mid-range is natural, captivating and refined.


When it comes to the bass, it has one of the best-sounding bass responses I have ever heard, it is true that the bass response on HYPE4 sounded way more dynamic and impactful with a good subwoofer feel, but when it comes to how it acts as in the overall response I find the Bass response better on the Pilgrim. The quality and quantity are way better on Pilgrim than its peers. One may look at the graph and find the mid-bass lacking but trust me the bass isn’t absent, the bass has enough heft and presence in the mix. The emphasis is in the sub-bass region which is greatly elevated and helps sound full-bodied and complete and as it is well-controlled, the rumbling and punches sound very well-defined in the mix without sounding too potent or strong. The mid-bass does have enough presence as the slams and thumps sound light but with good heft and presence. When compared to Blessing 3’s or Aurora’s bass, the bass response of the Pilgrim sounds much more organic, pounding and natural sounding. The bass texture and clarity across the overall bass region is excellent, especially in the mid-bass as the bass guitars and toms have a very clean and soft response yet it keeps the details pouring out smoothly. Tracks like Erotica by JAWNS and How2fly by ISOxo have deeper bass impacts and rumble with enough thumps in the mix, the Pilgrim provides the fun and excitement with hard-hitting punches and thumps which feels very filling but resolves fast which helps in distinctiveness in the bass notes. Tracks like Renegades by X Ambassadors have guitar notes that sound immaculate and precise with low notes being better textured and detailed than the Aurora. The kick drums with different frequency ranges sounded very well-defined and pounding, the notes had a natural and organic sound. So all in all the bass response of the bass region is natural, pounding and textured.

Technical Performance

Pilgrim meets every milestone that any IEM priced around $400 has gone through, and, to be honest, outperforms them all. The time and effort spent tuning this IEM are reflected in its sound performance, particularly its technical abilities. To be honest, it is considerably superior in every respect except the details, which Aurora handles best. Let’s get specific.


Soundstage, Sound Imaging & Separation

When it comes to the soundstage, I find the response holographic with great space and depth which allows precise and pristine imaging. The notes have a sharp and clear presentation and with well distinguishable presence, the distinction between the notes is impressive. The separation between the notes has enough room to breathe and allows me to pinpoint the direction the sound is originating from.

Speed & Resolution

Coming to the resolution, it has an excellent resolution with expressive details whether they are macro or micro details, all are effortlessly surfaced. The attack of the notes is fast-paced but the decay seems natural as the notes resolving at this pace make the response sound very clean and sophisticated.


Millet - Anytime Anywhere
Anri - I can’t stop the loneliness
Kohana Lam - A Few Sentimental
Kohana Lam - Loving Me, Loving You
Uru - Kimino Shiawasewo
Uru - Kamihitoe
Kujira Yumemi - Kenka
Majiko - Kokoronashi
Anly - Sukinishinayo
Kohama Lam - A Few Sentimental
Kohana Lam - Loving Me, Loving You
Miliyah - Kono Yumega Samerumade
Rokudenashi - The Flame Of Love
Yu-Peng Chen - A New Day with Hope
Yu-Peng Chen - Another Hopeful Tomorrow
Yu-Peng Chen - For Riddles, for Wonders
Valentino Khan - Satellite
Kai Wachi - Happier By Now
Jawns - Erotica
ISOxo - how2fly
Kai Wachi - Happier By Now
Weeknd - Popular
YUNGBLUD - When We Die(Can We Still Get High)
Bring to Horizon - Kool-Aid
Middle Kids - Bend
FLETCHER - Leads Me On
Loathe - Aggressive Evolution
The Weeknd - Save Your Tears
Sigrid - Burning Bridges
AURORA - Black Water Lilies
AURORA - Runaway
X Ambassadors - Renegades
Lupe Fiasco - Words I Never Said
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can’t Hold Us
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jay-Z - Run This Town
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Ladytron - Ghost
Travis - Love Will Come Through
LINKIN PARK - Somewhere I Belong
DJ Shadow - Six Days (Remix)
Hoobastank - The Reason
Ricky Martin - I Don’t Care
Tool - 7empest
Tool - Vicarious
A Flock Of Seagulls - Space Age Love Song
Zack Hemsey - Vengeance
Elton John - I’m Still Standing
The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Micheal Sembello - Maniac
Guns N’ Roses - Sweet Child O’ Mine
A.R. Rahman - Kun Faya Kun


To conclude this review, I have not heard the Annihilator or Diva, but I can confidently claim that Pilgrim sounds unlike any other IEM. What I've read and heard from others is that the Annhilator has an excellent treble revelation and lively presentation, and the Diva has exceptional captivating vocals; I believe I recognize this when I listen to Pilgrim. This receives my highest recommendation in the price range where HYPE 4, Blessing 3, and Aurora are available if the listener wants lively and refined treble, natural and compelling vocals and pounding and detailed bass with no metallic or harshness in the mix. Well, based on everything I've read and heard about the Elysian Acoustic Labs, I definitely relate to them when I hear the Pligrim.



Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Solid build
Comfortable fit
Beautiful shells
Easy to drive
Balanced U-shaped sonics
Clean and transparent midrange
Wonderful bass quality - very fast and tight bass
Sparkly treble with excellent resolution
Technicalities champ
Cons: Could do with a better accessory spread at this midFI pricing
Pentaconn cable limits aftermarket pairing
Mirror-like externals may potentially be scratch or fingerprint magnets
Low impedance - sources with higher output impedance may skew the sound signature
Slight sibilance in the treble

I would like to thank the HIFIGO for providing this review unit.

The Elysian Pilgrim can be gotten here: https://hifigo.com/products/elysian-acoustic-labs-pilgrim (no affiliate links).

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  • Driver configuration: 1 x 9.2 mm Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Mg-Al alloy diaphragm dynamic driver + 1 x 2300 Sonion balanced armature driver + 2 x E50 Sonion balanced armature drivers
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 9 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB
  • Cable: Pentaconn connector; silver-plated copper stock cable; option for 3.5 mm or 4.4 mm termination
  • Tested at: $399 USD


Other than the IEM, these are included:
- 3 pairs of Spinfit CP100 eartips (S/M/L)
- Cable
- Case
- Cleaning brush
- Cleaning cloth

For a midFI IEM, the accessory line-up is not up-to-scratch; gear at this price point usually incorporates a wider array of tips - foam or other silicone types for example - in addition to perhaps having a modular cable.

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Nevertheless, the provided Spinfits are very comfortable and are quite balanced in terms of sonics.

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The stock cable is a silver-plated copper one. This is well-braided, but has some tangling and microphonics. There's a chin cinch for grip. During ordering, one can opt for a 3.5 mm or 4.4 mm termination, depending on your source needs. Unfortunately, this cable utilizes a semi-proprietary Pentaconn connector; hence pairing aftermarket cables might be troublesome.

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The ovoid carrying case is well stitched, and is rigid enough to withstand compression or a drop. The innards have webbing and a soft material to cushion the contents.

Last but not least, we have a cleaning cloth and brush to remove debris.

The rest of this review was done with the stock cable and stock Spinfit tips. No aftermarket accessories were used, so as not to add any confounders to the sound.


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The beautiful matte housings are fashioned from 3D-printed 304 stainless steel. The faceplate has carved circular alternating panels of a mirror-like finish, which gives the Pilgrim an elegant façade. Unfortunately, these mirror-like portions may be potential scratch or fingerprint magnets, so do take care of these puppies!

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Comfort and ergonomics are top-notch. With a lightweight shell and no awkward protrusions on the inner aspects, the Pilgrim can be used for long listening sessions without any discomfort whatsoever.

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I did not find any driver flex on my pair. Isolation is average and nothing to write home about.


The Pilgrim is a 4 driver hybrid:
- 1 x 9.2 mm LSR Mg-Al alloy diaphragm DD settles the bass
- 1 x 2300 Sonion BA takes care of the midrange
- 2 x E50 Sonion BAs handle the treble

These are arranged in a 3-way crossover within a 3D-printed internal acoustic cavity.


I tested the Pilgrim with the following sources:
- Apple dongle
- Cayin RU7
- Chord Mojo 2
- Fiio KA11 dongle
- Fiio KA17 dongle
- Khadas Tone Board -> Schiit Asgard 3 amp
- Questyle M15 DAC/AMP dongle
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One Neutral Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW WM1A DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Smartphone

This IEM is relatively easy to drive, with no essential requirement for amplification.

However, due to its low 9 Ω sensitivity, the Pilgrim may pose an issue for sources with > 1.125 Ω output impedance (based on the rules of eights), as higher OI sources may skew the sound signature. Thus, it is best to keep the Pilgrim with low OI sources.


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Graph of the Elysian Pilgrim via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

Tonally, the Pilgrim sports a balanced and clean-sounding U-shaped profile. It sounds very crisp, something reminiscent of the usual Elysian house sound.

The Pilgrim is a sub-bass focused set. This hybrid is not one for bassheads, as the quantity is just north of neutral, with not the biggest bass boom. However, what it cedes in absolute quantity, it aces in quality, espousing a rapid and tight bass which is punchy without any bleed. Texturing of the bass is the chef's kiss.

The midrange is very transparent, with no bass flab to encroach here. With just a 6 - 7 dB ear gain in the upper mids, vocals are forwards without shoutiness or nasality.

The Pilgrim has a well-extended treble with good sparkle. Trebleheads will love the resolution on tap. It may be just at the border for the ardent treble-sensitive amongst us at the lower treble - there's admittedly slight sibilance - but treble perception is quite dependent on hearing health, volume played at (Fletcher Munson curve), source and eartip pairing etc. If one finds the treble a bit jarring here, do consider tip-rolling or even using a warmer source.

In technical aspects, the Pilgrim showcases its prowess, with a spacious soundstage with nimble transients and accurate layering and imaging. Micro-details are in abundance with solid instrument separation. Indeed, the Pilgrim is probably one of the most detailed IEMs at this price bracket.

There's just a small whiff of BA timbre, but it's not the biggest offender in this department amongst the BA containing hybrid rivals. The Pilgrim does not sound overly sterile despite being a technical champ, which is definitely a desirable trait - some technical behemoths do veer to being overly analytical after all!


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Comparisons were made with other hybrids at the MidFI region. Planars, tribrids, single DDs and pure BA types were left out of the equation as the different transducers have their pros and cons.

ThieAudio Hype 4

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Graph of the Elysian Pilgrim versus Hype 4 via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

The Hype 4 has more bass and a thicker note weight, but its treble is more recessed.

In technical aspects, the Hype 4 has a more profound bass reverberation, but there is some mid-bass bleed in contrast to the clean basslines of the Pilgrim. The Hype 4 has a deeper soundstage, but is a bit narrower in width. Micro-detailing is a tinge less pronounced on the Hype 4.

Timbre is more natural on the Hype 4. Of note, the Hype 4 has driver flex, which may be a deal-breaker for some users.

Moondrop Variations

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Graph of the Elysian Pilgrim versus Moondrop Variations via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

The measurebator's gold standard of the Variations, follows the Harman curve. The Variations has a scooped-out mid-bass/lower mids, which does cause it to sound a tinge anaemic here. The Variations also has a more shouty upper midrange with less treble extension.

In technicalities, the Variations has weaker staging and micro-details, though it has a hair better imaging.


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The Elysian Pilgrim is a technical masterpiece for lovers of a clean and transparent soundscape. It is quite balanced in signature, with a nimble and textured bass, transparent midrange, and a sparkly and resolving treble.

Amongst its MidFI brethren, the Pilgrim may be considered a technical tour de force, with excellent micro-detailing and clarity being showcased. Soundstage is no slouch, and imaging is also commendable.

Sound-wise, the Pilgrim may be a tinge energetic in the lower treble regions, but this can perhaps be tamed with eartip or source choice. Most of my other quibbles have to do with non-sonic properties, such as the semi-proprietary Pentaconn connector (this limits aftermarket cable pairing), dearth of eartip choices, and its inherent low impedance (sources with high output impedance might skew the sound signature). Thankfully, the Pilgrim is ergonomic and easy to drive.

All things considered, the Pilgrim is a technicalities junkies' best friend, but it doesn't commit the cardinal sin of sounding overly sterile at the expense of just chasing technical chops. I would consider this to be a solid option at the MidFI pricing for fans of the Elysian house sound.
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Great review!


Previously known as TheDeafMonk
You can walk on fire with this Pilgrimage 🔥
Pros: 😃 $399 Experience for this price I give top marks for its tuning, build quality and sound performance.
😃 Bass is standout textured punchy & clean ,goes crazy low and maintains a perfect balance of decay and musicality.
😃 The Sonion 2300 series BA used for the Mids have just like the rest of the tuning, have a pitch perfect tonality and timbre ultra uncolored and musical at the same time. Definitely not a boring set the Pilgrim engages you with sweet vocals and perfectly accurate instrumental playback.
😃 Upper Mids and Highs are very well done with the use of very high quality Sonion Balanced Armature Drivers were a perfect choice and tuned to get the absolute most out of the details in the music and give you a realistic sense of a full 10hz - 20kHz experience.
😃 The Pilgrim plays back music like so few rarely do. This set sets up the stage like you are either in the audience, behind the band backstage or behind the glass in the studio. Projecting vocals and instrumental within thier own space and at various heights and depth well well done and a wonderful experience.
😀 Pentaconn Ear I love this proprietary connection, this makes the ultimate termination with strong signal pass through but also fit and wearing experience second to none!
😃 Provided case and cable all premium and feels premium adding to the overall wonderful unboxing experience that shames much higher end offerings.
😃 Back to the sound I love how the Pilgrim offers you a clean and balanced tuning offering exceptional clarity and resolution, while also giving you a fun and engaging listen to whatever music your mood is flowing into you the Pilgrim can deliver the emotion out to your ears.
Cons: 🤔 The Pilgrim's shorter nozzles will play a big part of your experience if you can't get a good seal or deeper insertion. Use a O ring to help extend your favorite eartips.
🤔 The SPC might be too bright for some depending on your source and eartips and of course your tuning preference.
Use of a pure OFCC cable mellows the upper mids and treble just a smidge. BUT because of the use of Pentacomm Ear terminations, cable swapping won't be a easy as the most common 0.78mm 2 pin terminations.

Last night I uploaded the Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim video and today let's list what I found so endearing about this IEM.

This IEM was definitely worth the heat I got from my Loving and somewhat understanding wife.

I bought my unit from HiFiGo without prior approval. As they say better to beg forgivness than ask permission!

The hype was real.

If this is a taste of Elysian Acoustical Labs House Sound then count me a FANBOY.

So much to love but also a few things to keep in mind.

Cable is proprietary Pentaconn Ear terminations, While I love it personally it makes cable swapping hard unless your willing to buy a few more with these ends.

Thoose who have shared impressions stating poor bass response and thin mids and peaky treble probably have poor fitment with the shorter nozzles and should look to doing the simple O ring mod the help extend the length of your favorite eartips to get a good seal and insertion depth.

This is of paramount importance and cant be stated with enough importance. doing the eartip mod might sculpt your overall experience with the Pilgrim
from a mundane one to a exceptional Symphony.

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Curious what your thoughts are on the Sliivo slt6 vs the pilgrim? Been debating between these two and they’re in the same price range.
Great review! But now I find myself in the same position as @hifisquirrel 😅Graph-wise I’m stuck. Love the Canon 2 and T4.. (Meaning I see similarities Canon 2 -> Pilgrim, T4 -> SLT6).
The Eletech Baroque is a great eartip for this. Since it doesn't have to go all the way into your ear canal.


100+ Head-Fier
Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim – Is this the Elysian IEM for the masses?
Pros: Vocals (both male and female but especially female) are sublime
Good fit/ergonomics
Very wide stage and good L/R imaging
When it hits, bass texture and quality is top tier.
Cons: Lack of soundstage depth
Can sometimes sound congested due to lack of depth to the soundstage
Bass isn’t always there when I want it
Pentaconn connector on the IEMs is rare and may require buying custom cables and connectors, some of which can be very expensive.


Elysian Acoustic Labs is no stranger to the world of high-end in-ear monitors and most if not all of their IEMs hold their own against the best IEMs available today. Diva 2023 and Gaea are IEMs that I enjoyed quite a bit and they both sit comfortably within the top 5 IEMs that I’ve heard to date.

When the Pilgrim was announced, I was first intrigued by the name – my mind immediately conjured up an image of the black and white attired folk from England that sailed a wooden ship across the Atlantic in the 17th century to settle in Massachusetts. I didn’t think much more of it at the time because knowing that it was an Elysian IEM, I assumed it would be unobtainium.

A couple weeks passed and I saw a reference to the actual price being $399, roughly 1/4 the price of the next cheapest Elysian and my interest level shot straight up! Could this be the Elysian IEM for the masses? Elysian certainly things so – as you unbox the Pilgrim, two phrases are highlighted, “The First Path,” and “Make No Compromises.”

Where to Buy:​

The Elysian Pilgrim will be available to purchase on 5/7 from Hifigo:



  • Very exciting sound signature
  • Vocals (both male and female but especially female) are sublime
  • Good fit/ergonomics
  • Very wide stage and good L/R imaging
  • When it hits, bass texture and quality is top tier.


  • Lack of soundstage depth
  • Can sometimes sound congested due to lack of depth to the soundstage
  • Bass isn’t always there when I want it
  • Pentaconn connector on the IEMs is rare and may require buying custom cables and connectors, some of which can be very expensive.

Build, Fit, Accessories:​


What’s in the box: The Elysian Pilgrim comes in modest sized box but the presentation is pretty nice.

  • a nice faux leather case
  • IEM cleaning kit
  • Microfiber cloth + warranty card
  • Pentaconn cable
  • 3 pack of Spinfit eartips, S, M, L (I believe these are the CP100)
Build and fit: The build quality of the Elysian Pilgrim is very solid with shells are made of stainless steel with a high polish spiral design for the faceplate for contrast against a matte background. Nozzle size is pretty par for the course for IEMs, which is to say they aren’t especially large. The shells themselves are medium sized and should fit most people comfortably. This is a relief because the two other IEMs I have heard from Elysian Audio have been quite large!

The cable is okay – it has a semi-sticky/rubbery feel to it but isn’t memory prone. It’s not bad but it’s also nothing to write home about. If you do want to change it out for something else, keep in mind, the IEM uses a rarer Pentaconn connector so you’ll either have to go with something custom from one of the more well known cable stores on AliExpress (like Xinhs, Hakugei, or iVipq, etc), buy an expensive Effect Audio cable, or use adapters if you want to use your existing 2-pin or MMCX cables.


The quality of the Pilgrim’s bass is nothing short of excellent. When it hits, it hits hard. As one might expect from a DD, it pushes quite a bit of air and there is a very physical aspect to the bass response. There is a good amount of decay but not enough to detract from bass resolution or from the tactility and I would consider the quality of the bass on this set to be among the top 5.

The bass is capable of rumbling very, very hard. For example, on Deja Vu by Tomorrow X Together, the subbass dominant bass line made me feel like there was an earthquake going on in my head and had to I had to stop and compare this against a few IEMs I had on hand, all of which are known for bass quality – the 64Audio U12T, 64Audio Trio, ThieAudio Hype4, and Elysian Diva. Surprisingly the Pilgrim actually had the most visceral sound of the group.

Going into the midbass, the same physical qualities carry over and it can be pretty punchy when called for.

This is all to say that the quality of the dynamic driver on the Pilgrim is likely among the best I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. I do think Elysian could have been a bit more aggressive with the bass shelf though and added a couple more dB.



The mid range is very clean. There is no bleed from the bass which keeps anything from sounding muddy. Voices and instruments throughout the range sound crystal clear and are nicely textured. This is in line with what I experienced with the Diva and the Gaea, at least in terms of tuning. This is not what one would call a completely natural or neutral sound, however. There is a bit of brightness and coloration here but it’s tastefully done and doesn’t detract from timbre, which is fantastic. Good amount of texture.

The star of the show here, like the Diva, is the vocals. Vocals on the Pilgrim are fantastic. They are nicely emphasized and very clear. And while both male and female vocals are great, female vocals are among the best I’ve heard in an IEM.



Treble on the Pilgrim is good. Pretty good extension with tasteful elevation and no harsh peaks to my ears. That said, those that prefer a darker sound will probably want to demo this before buying to see if this is something they like. It’s certainly not as intense as previous Elysian IEMs but is present enough to add a good amount of air that is somewhat reminiscent of what I’ve heard in other Elysian IEMs. However, it does so in a way that is actually more palatable for the masses – the Gaea, for example, was too bright and harsh sounding for a good amount of people, but the Pilgrim is quite a bit more contained in this regard. Even the Diva is a bit more intense.



Resolution – Above average in the mid-fi category. I don’t find myself missing details as much as details can sometimes feel “lost” in the commotion due to the lack of depth to the stage.

Soundstage – Stage is very wide for an IEM and extends out of the head. But it lacks in depth.

Imaging and Separation – Imaging is mostly left right, which it does quite nicely. But there is a lack of depth which can make it sound a bit congested at times.

Dynamics – Decent dynamics but don’t come into this expecting a dynamics monster like the rest of the Elysian lineup.

Transients – Decent but not standout. Another thing that the Pilgrim falls short of compared to its siblings. I do wish some of this trickled down from the more expensive models in the Elysian line up because this would probably help with the congestion.



  • ThieAudio Hype4
    • Priced exactly the same, the Hype4 is a much more “traditionally” balanced sounding IEM, following the the neutral with bass boost tuning philosophy that has been widely utilized over the past couple years. The Hype4 sounds less “colored” than the Pilgrim with a bit of a warmer sound signature. Where the Pilgrim is a very clean sounding IEM, the Hype4 has a bit more heft to the sound, owing, possibly, to a bass shelf that extends further into the midbass region.
    • That said, while the Hype4’s bass drivers (double DD) are no slouch, the Pilgrim still hits a bit harder and viscerally. The Pilgrim sounds more clean but both resolution on both are on par with each other. Hype4 has a deeper sound stage but Pilgrim edges it out in terms of width. Both could be good complements to each other given there isn’t much overlap in tuning.
  • Elysian Acoustic Labs Diva 2023
    • Since Elysian is marketing this as the Elysian house sound for the masses, it makes sense to compare to another Elysian IEM. I happen to have the Diva 2023 on loan so how do they compare? The Diva is well known to have some of the best vocals of any IEM. And to this regard, the Pilgrim does retain this characteristic. They also do share a certain clarity through the mids but the Pilgrim does sound a bit warmer compared to the Diva. This makes the Diva sound more crisp in comparison. Going back and forth between the two, the Pilgrim can sound muddy after listening to the Diva. Likewise, the Diva can sound a bit thin after listening to the Pilgrim.
    • One of the characteristics that really made the Diva special is that beyond beautiful vocals. However, it also has some of the best technicalities, dynamics, and engagement that can be found in the IEM form factor. This characteristic of most of the Elysian lineup. The Pilgrim, unfortunately (but also as expected for the price difference) loses this quality. Transients on the Pilgrim are much less apparent and separation is a couple steps down from the Diva. The Pilgrim not as resolving and the stage is almost two dimensional. In comparison, the stage that feels like it surrounds your head on the Diva. This was an unfair comparison, however, and can’t be considered a negative for the Pilgrim.
    • Bass on the Diva is also pretty special. Despite using a BA driver for the bass, it can sometimes can feel like a DD with the physicality that it displays. With the Diva, you get the speed and resolution of a BA driver and the tactile punch of a DD driver. The DD on the Pilgrim is notably slower which means it loses a bit of resolution in the bass. Because of this, it does slam and rumble harder in the sub-bass regions.
    • Again, Diva being a significant step up is no surprise and the comparison isn’t close to being fair given that the Diva costs four times as much. The Pilgrim is no slouch and compared to others in the price range, it’s actually quite a bargain. Just don’t expect it to replace the Diva, Gaea, or any of other Elysian IEMs.


Elysian marketed the Pilgrim as the Elysian house sound for the masses and I would agree with this to a certain extent. While most brands don’t necessarily have a house sound, Elysian definitely does. All of their IEMs generally bright and energetic with a very strong low end. All Elysian IEMs to date have also had industry leading dynamics. Elysian IEMs are very exciting to listen to and the Pilgrim mostly captures this essence. The overall tuning and tonality is in line with the Elysian house sound. It does have a little bit of brightness, having a little bit more upper mid energy. And bass is exceptional.

However, I did say it “mostly” captures the essence of Elysian. The Pilgrim, unfortunately, doesn’t quite live up to its older siblings in terms of sheer resolution and dynamics. It doesn’t have the “wow” factor when it comes to technicalities that has been present in all Elysian IEMs to date. This isn’t to say that the Pilgrim is bad. On its own, the Pilgrim is a very solid IEM. But being the youngest sibling of the Elysian family, expectations were high, even if these expectations weren’t exactly fair.

The Pilgrim comes in at 1/4 the price of the next cheapest Elysian IEM. And if you separate it from its lineage, it is a very, very solid pick in the price range. While you won’t get most of what makes the Elysian IEMs special (at least for me), the Pilgrim is a capable IEM on its own. Notably, it has excellent vocals and instrument timbre, and quite frankly, some of the best quality bass you can find in an IEM. For these characteristics alone, the Pilgrim, is my opinion, is an excellent value proposition. While it doesn’t exactly give you the full Elysian experience as promised, it is a fantastic IEM in and of itself. It is an IEM, that currently, has me constantly grabbing to enjoy music and that’s what matters most!

Note: There is a followup release to the Pilgrim that is coming soon. Elysian is collaborating with Effect Audio (again) to produce the Pilgrim:Noir. This new version supposedly has upgraded internal wiring, one additional crossover, an upgraded cable (made by Effect Audio) and a tuning change that supposedly addresses some of the issues I’ve listed above. However, the Noir version will be coming in at $799, which is a completely different price category, and because of this, I don’t think there is any reason to consider one over the other.
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Mate, have you been reading my review notes of these IEMs because our pros and cons are exactly the same!
So Noir will have a 4 way crossover? I guess it will make it closer to Gaea in Technicalities.
Noir is confirmed to have a 4 way cross over, upgraded from the 3 way in the Pilgrim. No idea if this will make it have better techs but I'd be curious to hear for myself!


New Head-Fier
Pros: Beautifully designed Stainless Steel unit
Exceptionally well controlled channel difference - 'Hand-picked' Drivers!
Greatly balanced, addictive sound that (almost) everyone will love
Easy to drive with variety of devices
'Pentacon Ear' connector for better durability
Cons: 'Pentacon Ear' connector also means less cable options
Bundled eartips are only available in 3 sizes
It could sound too dry or harsh if your isolation is bad

Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim :: 1DD + 3BA :: $399

The 'Pilgrim' is the first entry-level model from Elysian Acoustic Labs.
Unlike the more pricey models including Annihilator and Diva, the Pilgrim was launched at a relatively affordable price of $399.

They say they've tried to keep the 'Elysian House Sound', but with a more approachable tone. Let's see how it turns out.


Huge thanks to HiFiGo for providing a sample unit for this review.
However, this review fully reflects the my honest opinion without anyone else's interference.

Btw, are you more familiar with Korean?
So am I, and If that's the case, I think you'd be better off reading my review written in Korean here.

This entire review was translated from Korean article using DeepL Translator with some refinement by myself.




Like every other Elysian products, the unboxing experience is simply top notch.

It's quite difficult to get things out, though.
You should be especially careful when taking out units.


It's an entry-level model, but it packs a lot of accessories.

- 'Pilgrim' unit
- Silver-plated copper cable ('Pentacon Ear' - to - 3.5mm / 4.4mm)
- 3 pairs of Spinfit CP100 (S, M, L)
- White leather case
- Cleaning tool
- Cleaning cloth
- Warranty card and manual



Silver-plated copper cable is bundled with the Pilgrim.

As with previous Elysian products, it features 'Pentacon Ear' connectors.
These are easy to remove and attach, and Lee himself told us that these are way more durable than conventional type connectors.

You can choose either 3.5mm or 4.4mm connector at the point of purchase, depending on your preference.

The overall finish is quite good, and I liked the fact that it has the flexible, yet light-weight wire, making them comfortable to wear.


They're bundling the 'SpinFit CP100' eartips, which have long been renowned for their premium quality.
These eartips feature a 'constriction curve' that helps them better fit to the shape of your ear canal, so you can expect a slightly better isolation.

It's a bit bummer that they're only available in three sizes.
However, if you're looking for a pair of earbuds at this price point, I believe you already have a good set of eartips.



The hard case is made of pure white leather and does a great job of keeping the Pilgrim safe.
The overall build quality is quite good, including the stitching, and the silver Elysian logo on the top.

The inside is very spacious, and lined with soft suede to prevent scratches.
There's also a mesh pocket for storing spare eartips or cleaning tools.



The Elysian Pilgrim has a unit design that is machined from 304 stainless steel.
It is a material that is often used to make kitchen utensils and medical tools, as it is highly durable and resistant to corrosion.

It has a distinctive faceplate design said to be inspired by the contour maps looking down on a mountain.
Circular lines with a mirror finish contrast with the matte unit to give a touch of cold metal.



At the top of the hill, surrounded by a silvery contour, you'll find the Elysian logo with several air holes around to control airflow.
You'll also notice the 'pentacon ear' connectors, which are characterized by their pointy spikes.

The inside of the unit has icons indicating left or right channel and a serial number.

If you look inside the nozzle covered by a dense mesh, you'll see that the bore is divided into three branches, each leading to a custom LSR dynamic driver for bass, a Sonion 2300 BA for midrange, and a Sonion E50 dual BA for treble.

At their widest point, the nozzles are about 6mm thick.
While the nozzles are on the thicker side, they're not out-of-the-ordinary thick, so they shouldn't be a problem with most eartips you have.

The unit isn't that large and the nozzle is moderately thick, so the fit is very good and comfortable.



Elysian Pilgrim has a 1DD+3BA configuration.

A new custom 9.2 mm dynamic driver with a Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) diaphragm handles the bass,
Sonion 2300 balanced armature for the midrange, and Sonion E50 dual balanced armature for the treble.

These drivers were hand-selected to be within ±1dB of each other and placed in a 3D-printed internal structure to achieve the best possible combination, according to the company.

Measured with IEC 60318-4 (711) while maintaining 94dB@500hz.
The sample used for the measurement does not represent the characteristics of the entire product.

Following Measurements are available at dchpgall.squig.link


This measurement certainly proves that their 'Hand-matched driver' claim is more than just words.

Channel difference between these units are very impressive, and it contributes to the clean, accurate sound imaging positioned slightly behind my head.

Overall, the Pilgrim has a U-shaped sound signature, a tonal balance that's almost flawless.

The bass from the 9.2mm LSR driver has a very similar characteristics to the Harman target.
With a clean bass that feels solid and punchy, making the overall sound very enjoyable. I felt that they were very well tuned so as not to detract from the crisp, bright sound of Pilgrim.

It's really important to find an eartip that perfectly seal your ears to ensure right amount of bass.


Still, for Pilgrim, the most appealing aspect is the mid / high range, which are achieved with 3 Sonion BAs.

In addition to the aforementioned excellent driver pair matching, the great treble extension that stretches all the way to the top end gave the Pilgrim a slightly unique sense of space. With the crisp vocals positioned center of the stage, there's a sense of depth to the sound, with notes coming from slightly back of my head and building up to the front.

I'm not saying that this unit has an insanely spacious soundstage, but rather that the overall sound is well detailed and feels like it's layered from the back to the front.

As a result, the Pilgrim's highs are a bit bright and sharp, thanks to its super-tweeter. I can see how this might sound a bit harsh on some tracks with a lot of sibilance, but it was not an issue with most of the songs I listened to.


So far, we've taken look at Pilgrim, the new entry model from Elysian Acoustic Labs.

Having previously produced small quantities of their higher-priced line of earphones, Elysian says that they designed the Pilgrim to allow more people to experience the "Elysian House Sound" and get them interested in the higher end of their lineup.

To do this, they say they strived to create an easily enjoyable, addictive sound while maintaining Elysian's signature sound, and I think it's safe to say that they succeeded.

I've heard that the Pilgrim was greatly praised by enthusiasts as 'Baby Annihilator' at CANJAM NY.

I think it has a slightly different sound than the Annihilator, but considering the symbolism of the Annihilator model for Elysian, the Pilgrim certainly sounds like it deserves the title of 'Baby Annihilator'.


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This review deserves more attention, your words and especially your photos are fantastic!
@domq422 Thank you! I really enjoyed your review as well. :)

Half Note

New Head-Fier
Elysian Pilgrim - Oled but for your ears
Pros: - + Superb detail, regardless of price category

- + Small enough shell that fit isn't an issue

- + Very good tuning, enjoyable by anyone
Cons: - Accessories aren't class-leading for the asking price

- Nozzle is very large, which is redhibitory for some

- Tonality is far from neutral
As of now my pictures can't get uploaded to Head-Fi, so here's a link to them until I can integrate them properly. You can head over to my website https://halfnotereviews0.wordpress.com/ for high resolution versions of the photos.

Imgur : https://imgur.com/a/hozeIwA

# Intro/disclaimer :
- This early review sample was sent by Hifigo, but bought with my own money. There is no financial incentive, nor influence from the vendors or manufacturers.

# First Impressions :
- Unboxing : The unboxing experience is similar to that of jewelry, but for the price materials could be better : simple cardboard in a two tone color, a big case covered in faux leather, in fact some very budget IEMs offer a similar or better unobxing experience than this. Which is quite surprising coming from a luxury brand like Elysian.
- The box is way too big for any real life application, not pocketable because of the size of worthy of throwing in a bag because it's not sturdy enough. The cable is also somewhat of a letdown. It's quite reminiscent of the TSMR cable you can buy from Penon, that they ship with pretty much all of their IEMs. In practice it means it's too stiff and heavy for any outdoors application, or even long sessions.

# Sound :
- The tuning of the Pilgrim OG (not the noir version, I haven't tested that version) is very much in line with it's time, following the trend of early 2024 products like the Hype4 or the Dusk2. Good subbass, clean midbass, neutral mids, pushed midrange (less than prior popular offerings like Blessing 2s, etc) and somewhat inoffensive early treble.
- Where the Pilgrim differs from the others is it's recessed midrange. In an effort to create a clean transition from bass to mids, the range from 150Hz to 1kHz is really pushed down, creating a mild V shape tuning.
- what's it capable of in each region :
- The Pilgrim has superb bass. The amount isn't crazy high like a Hype4 or IE600, let alone an IE900, but it's rumble is really rare to find from any IEM. Up to this point, my daily driver has been an IE900 with Custom Comfort Tips which greatly enhance the extension both low and high. I am quite familiar with great bass from IEMs. Yet the Pilgrim feels special. At lower volume, the DD driver feels underpowered for a convincing experience and it sounds quite average, like any other 300-400 IEM. But even at moderate volume, just above talking voice levels, it turns into an addictive and deep reaching machine. I wasn't sold on the marketing for their custom designed DD but I gotta say, they've really done a stellar job.
- My only gripe with the midrange is that it is too recessed compared to the other regions with the Pilgrim. I am really sensitive to any change around the 1kHz region, and the crossover point of the Pilgrim is quite sharp at that point. The flat and recessed mids give way to a much more elevated high mids/early treble, and this makes it quite unnatural in its tonality. It has the benefit of pushing female vocals way forward, and offers quite excellent presentation and detail, but you sacrifice neutrality and tonality for it.
- The Pilgrim has good treble extension, which is my first nitpick on any audio product that lacks in this department, so I am very happy with it. Some, like myself, may be displeased with the 5kHz peak that's present, at least to my ears with large silicon tips (this part will greatly depend on your ears, the shape of your ear canal and the tips you use)
- Overall, I feel like the crossover/tuning is kind of overdone. It stems from a great basis, a good U shaped tuning with great extension both ends of the spectrum, but it's recession in the midrange and sharp transition from bass to mids and mids to treble renders into a less than ideal naturality in the tonality. Still, it makes for a great experience and a fun V shaped tuning that will please those wwho seek a more fun experience rather than clean and neutral orientation.
- Comparing it to other mid fi IEMs, like a Dusk2 or a TSMR Sands which was my prior favorite from that segment of the market, I think this is a significant step up in quality. I could even extend my comment to saying this feels like an upgraded Sands in every aspect. The sound is similar but better, fast in the bass but with much better texturing and speed, the mids are as rich but better detailed, the highs are airy but more linear and better extended.

# Technicalities :
- Soundstage is larger than average, not class leading but a pleasant experience. My reference point in this aspect is the Final A4000, which is yet to be equaled or even surpassed. The Pilgrim is I'd say 2/3 of the way there, which is already great compared to most other IEMs out there. Even my IE900 dont reach this type of staging. Elements are well spread from left to right, with pleasant depth separation thanks to its great sub bass.
- The detail retrieval is way above average and noticeably above most IEMs I've tried. I've had experience with Campfire Audio products at High End Munich, Sennheiser's IE series, and a myriad of others from stores in Paris and salons and there's only a handful of IEMs that I would compare the Pilgrim to. My 900s are good but they now feel like only good in their bass and mids. The treble feels more sluggish, less separated, less able in their presentation. The Pilgrim has dethroned them and the details are mostly the reason why.
- I would still give the transient category award to the TSMR Sands because of the amplitude in the mids, dryness of the bass and off tonality. The Pilgrim are much more accurate and thus controlled, not as harsh and speedy in the end.

Driveability : The Pilgrim is really revealing of any flaw in your source system and require more juice than I would've expected. Running on 1W output desktop amps, or even old amp designs that are quite hissy on low impedance IEMs, the Pilgrim fares incredibly well and are more than useable but will take the best for you to enjoy them to their fullest.

# Conclusion :
- I like to think that I manage to stay quite partial to the products that I review, and that I have agood ability to note them. I'm very confident in the 4.5 stars I give to these, and am really sad that the toanlity isn't as great as the rest of its traits. It's an easy to recommend IEM, that will fit a lot of people (given the nozzle size of 5.9mm isn't a red flag for you)
- The accessories are far from the best, the cable is somewhat unusable but very competent, the Pentaconn connectors will maybe upset some but I am personally glad to see them becoming more common, the shell is a fingerprint magnet but small enough that it doesn't interfere with my ear and I don't think it'll bother anyone (i managed to lie on a pillow with the Pilgrims in my ears without any discomfort).


500+ Head-Fier
Not a Baby Annihilator
Pros: Great impactful bass
Air and upper trebble is incredible.
Sound is very fun, and impressive.
Very fun iem at any price.
Cons: Upper mids aren't to my liking.
While its the cheapest Elysian, it is still expensive.
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This is an interesting iem. A lot of people have called this a baby Anniliator, but it’s not it’s different it’s it’s own monster. So there is a hint of disappointment to my ears as I want to say “Hey, this is just like the anniliator!” There is a trend to jump on the bandwagon. I could throw shade and try to call others out in a way, but I want this iem review to start off with some simple statement about what this iem is, and is not. This is a satisfying iem, that is well worth the price, but it isn’t exactly what an Anniliator is.

This is a purchased set. I had to move a few headphones around to be able to afford this set. While purchasing or samples can effect how a reviewer might want to review, I try to remain unbiased when possible.

This is a personal product and I am fully happy with my purchase. I really enjoy this iem. I was able to demo it at Can Jam 2023. I would never recommend buying any iem past say 200 dollars if you haven’t demoed it first. Maybe your limit is higher, but that’s my default recommendation to all. I try to tell the story of purchase or acquisition whenever I buy an iem. I asked Hifigo about this iem and told them that I was interested in reviewing it, I did buy this iem with my own cash and had to move some gear around to afford this.

Let me share what music that I listen to:

Song Choice: Tidal list here:
I listen to a wide variety of music. I pick the songs because of various reasons. But I picture myself locked away like Andy Dufresne from Shawshank blasting music and shut off from the world. It’s a blissful image.
The Marriage of Figaro -The opera song from Shawshank Redemption, terrible recording but fun and gets me in the mood to listen to music.
O mio Babino caro -This is a modern less operatic version but a song with great female vocals.
Video Rigoletto - “La donna e mobile” Sung by one of the three Tenors, great song for high-performing male vocals. Pavarotti is the greatest classic singer maybe ever. Fight me!
Iron man - The sound at the beginning is hard to make sound great, great drums, and cymbals, and if done right it feels like an old-school band.
I Will Survive (1981 recording, I like her voice, and the old vocals, the drums, and various natural instruments really make this a favorite for me.
There is a light That never goes out - Smiths ( A classic, I just love it. It’s mellow, and I can tell a lot of the tuning if this song is done right.)
Jump (I like how the sound effects are in this!)
Star Child Someone recommended this song to me, and I like how funky it sounds and has nice vocals and a mix of music and things going on.
Dicke Titten Ramstein The beginning is amazing and the bass hits hard. Great song. I love rock and metal. The German language fascinates me
Master of Puppets: Very fast song. Helps me determine if the driver can keep up.

This is a newer version of my 10 favorite songs that also work for audiofile music.

This is a copy of a bunch of good audiofile music. Some are on my favorites, but all are great to test headphone tracks. (70+)

This is my favorite overall music. 300+ songs (needs to be edited a bit)

Bass (20-60 Sub Bass, 60-250 Hz Mid Bass)

The details of the bass is strong and everything sounds right on it. The bass seems well-controlled and fun. One thing the Pilgrim isn’t is lean, it has a nice tonality that is very suiting and pleasant. I do find the quality of the bass is correct. I feel percussions on it sound great. The iem is clean and lush even in the bass.


The Above is my Targe with the Bass only on the Pilgrim. It’s a nice fit!

Midrange (250 HZ to 800 HZ Low Mids, 600-200 Hz Mids, 2000-5000Hz Upper Mids)

The timber and tone is great on this iem, people have described it as near perfect or class leading and they aren’t joking. It is basically perfect for what I want out of an iem. . It has nothing that will often plague other iems. No weird plastic feeling, voices sound right with no plastic feeling.
I don’t find it shouty but fun, smooth and enjoyable. The Timbre of this iem is lush and energetic. This comes across slightly energetic and U shaped, but is still a smooth listen and very enjoyable.

Treble (5000- 10000 Trebble/Highs, 10000 ++ HZ Upper Trebble & Air)

The 5-6k region which is still fairly accurate on a 711 coupler is very hot for me. This might be an issue with some people. I personally prefer sets that have this down a lot more. Is this an issue, no in fact in just reviewed a set that had a peak around that level. But for what I am used to the 5-6k region comes across very bright.

The treble is a good part of this set and this iem has great detail and sparkle for me. No issues here. I’m able to game, listen to music, and a podcast all at once with this iem. It has incredible details that come across in the treble. Looking at the frequency response I would think it would sound neutral or boring without the 3k spike, but I enjoyed it. All the music that I listen to sounds great and I feel that it has a wide beautiful soundstage.


Gaming is great on this iem, it’s cozy and has a world class feeling of fit to me. Details sparkle for me, but the treble and space aren’t much better than the Hexa, it is fairly similar and on about the same level. It has a beautiful open and clean sound. The stage isn’t too wide, but just right. Detail retrieval during fights is immaculate, and the imaging vertically and horizontally is fantastic. It has great imaging and a good sense of where I am.

Shell -
The shell is pretty, it fits great and I find it an exceptional fit. I’m not a huge fan of metallic shells but this iem feels great in ear. It feels pretty great in ear. I had some minor concerns over the shell of the iem, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Case- The case have an odd feeling and doesn’t feel as good in the hands that it looks. It has a beautiful look, but the inside has a ridge aroud that it doesn’t feel super durable. Almost like a cardboard ridge that could be destroyed very easily. Overall it’s a nice case that feels and looks great. I took it to work to do some testing and it worked great for my use.

Cable- The cable comes in 3.5 or 4.4. I would recommend to chose carefully as it is a pennaconn cable and those are expensive to come by. Overall the cable is very nice and premium feeling. I was concerned about the cable. But it feel durable in hand and thick.

Tip Selection - The tips are Spinfits W1, they are the same used in the anniliator. I found myself using Eletech Baroque tips, as the iem was having a slight issue staying in my ear.


Vs Anni 2023

Ok, vs the iem of the same brand that, I own and love. The bass is better a tad more rich and organic, the upper treble isn’t as natural, but it’s close, it’s so close. The midbass in the anniliator is much better, and the overall natural tone of the anniliator is better by a lot to my ears. This doesn’t mean the Pilgrim is a bad iem, but to me it just a strong iem that isn’t exactly perfect. Some people might even like The Pilgrim better as the sound is a little bit more organic. I always say to demo anything over say 200 dollars when possible, and take everything with a grain of salt.

It amplifies the slightly odd fun treble of the annihilator up to 10. Some people might be reminded of how bright the annilator sounds, but to my ears the Pilgrim is brighter, almost plastically so. It’s a unique experience. Again, the Pilgrim is a very good iem, I’m using my audiophile microscope here. But using that, the Pilgrim is brighter, the Annilaitor has better vocals, bass, and more balanced treble with a better fit. It by no means takes “Anni’s” place to me in the market. Despite being a very solid and nice product.

Vs Hype 4. (The similar price)

Let’s compare the iem that I’m reviewing vs an iem that is of the same price. I think the mids of hype 4 are slightly better. I like the eargain region of the Hype 4 better. I wouldnt’ call the hype 4 much better, just a different colorization of sound. I think the Hype 4 has a more mainstream tuning for those looking for something similar to JM-1 curve.

The Pilgrim is brighter, but to my ears sounds more technical and right. But it is a close comparison as their graphs are somewhat similar. They trade blows and are both very good iems. At their prices I recommend both, one isn’t better than the other. The Hype 4 would be my recommendation as I like the resin shell a bit more, and I think the sound is a little less colored. The Pilgrim is slightly flavored and fun, and an overall masterful sound for it’s price. Like if I wanted to recommend to someone in the hobby who had only 400 dollars I’d say go Pilgrim easy, but to someone who wanted a one and done set to ride off into the sunset, I’d go Hype 4.


This is the that hype tuning that many are searching for. If you want to experience that hype tuning the Xuan NV might be the better source for you. The Pilgrim is a very good set with slightly recessed Male Vocals and female vocals, but it is still very nice. Demo both, but if I had to recommend one over the other I’d go with Pilgrim due to its much cheaper price. I really didn’t like the Mega 5 EST, but don’t find it a poor iem, just dull. The Pilgrim isn’t dull and has better bass and better air and technicalities. The Mega 5 est is more neutral and plain and lacks anything of excitement to me. It feels like a iem made in a factory by robots and doesn’t get me excited. Just way to neutral and bland.

But again, demo everything first.

VS Aful 5

Similar tonality in some ways. It is much better than the P5. But has some similarities and it is an option that gets you pretty close to the tonality of this iem. I think the Aful 5 might be a better value, but the Pilgrim is a great set if you can afford it. If you can’t and only have money for a cheaper set, the Aful Performer 5 is my recommendation at the cheaper price point.


Sound - Final Impressions

While this iem is very good, and almost perfect, especially at its price it doesn’t fall into the category of “BLIND BUY THIS NAO!!!”, but more of yeah it’s pretty good, enjoyable, but not an Annihilator. I welcome the day an iem takes or beats the 2023 Elysian Annilator for me, but this aint it. It’s a super good iem, that I would feel is competitive with it’s peers and either class-leading or better. I recently review the hype 4 and loved it. I think the Pilgrim is on par with the Hype 4, and maybe better sonically. I think both of these 400-ish dollar iems are better than MANY 1000+ sets that I’ve listened to. But again, all my opinions are based on my ears and your mileage might vary.

Recommended EQ: I use Peace APO to EQ on the PC. This EQ is done to my preference. I recently set up a preference curve on My Squig. So for at least iems, I can use my own graphs now. Please feel free to use the measurements as you want.. Jaytiss.squig.link
Overall this is an amazing iem that could easily be a game for most. The goal for me with an iem is to have an that doesn’t need EQ. This iem does sound better to me with this eq, more neutral and less colored.

Preamp: -2.1 dB
Filter 1: ON PK Fc 34 Hz Gain 1.9 dB Q 0.700
Filter 2: ON PK Fc 150 Hz Gain 0.7 dB Q 2.000
Filter 3: ON PK Fc 670 Hz Gain 0.7 dB Q 1.200
Filter 4: ON PK Fc 1400 Hz Gain -1.7 dB Q 2.000
Filter 5: ON PK Fc 3700 Hz Gain 3.3 dB Q 1.900
Filter 6: ON PK Fc 5600 Hz Gain -4.4 dB Q 2.000
Filter 7: ON PK Fc 7900 Hz Gain 1.5 dB Q 1.200
Filter 8: ON PK Fc 9500 Hz Gain 3.1 dB Q 2.000
Filter 9: ON PK Fc 12000 Hz Gain -2.2 dB Q 0.500
Filter 10: OFF PK Fc 0 Hz Gain 0.0 dB Q 0.000

Gifting/who is it for: I think this is a nice hifi iem to gift to someone, it is an expensive iem but overall it’s a solid package that sounds fantastic. It’s a handsome shell, a good-looking cable, but it is a little too white for my take. If price wasn’t a concern I’d probably consider the Noire due to its superior color and 350 dollar included cable. But the packaging of the Pilgrim is very much so on point and very enjoyable.

I do think this is a worth mainstream iem for the masses and gives you a taste of the Elysian sound. It may or may not be the best dollar-for-dollar iem for your tastes, but it is an exceptional product that is exceedingly enjoyable from a packing sound and build quality. I have no doubt these shells will surivie the Zombie Apocalypse.

Pairing: I used a Quidelix 5k for mobile, my dongle Dac iBasso DC04 for my laptop, and my JDS labs Element III MK2 Boosted for my Desktop PC. I also tried the iem briefly on the Apple dongle as well. This iem had no issues being driven. Typically I only find overears to really have a hard time being driven and maybe some planar iems.


Great iem, it gets my recommendation and I think it's competitive at the price point.

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Wow, the upper mids really aren't to your liking.
Can you compare it with Tansio Mirai X? Thanks
If I had The Tansio Mirai X I would.


100+ Head-Fier
Elysian Pilgrim: High-End Sound, Mid-Range Price
Pros: Exceptional build quality with premium materials like 304 Stainless Steel.
Custom 9.2mm Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) dynamic driver for impressive low-frequency reproduction down to 10 Hz.
Detailed and natural sound signature with a slight U-shaped curve.
Smooth and coherent midrange with excellent vocal clarity and instrument separation.
Dual ultra-tweeter balanced armature drivers for extended high frequencies with clarity.
Above-average technicalities with excellent detail retrieval.
Easy to drive with a wide range of audio sources.
Innovative "Pentaconn Ear" connector for improved durability and ease of use.
Cons: Limited choice of included ear tips, lacking options like foam or wide bore tips.
No interchangeable cable terminations.
Mid-bass could be slightly stronger for a more impactful slam.
The case may not be pocket-friendly for those with smaller pockets.

Elysian Acoustic Labs is a company I deeply respect and admire. The company is renowned for their commitment to innovation and audio excellence. I own their Elysian Diva and had the opportunity to listen to their Elysian Annihilator 2023, which I consider one of the best, if not the best, IEMs I've ever heard in my 25 years as an audiophile.

Elysian has stated that the Pilgrim inherits some traits from the Annihilator 2023 and DIVA, promising uncompromised lows, mids, and highs at a lower price point.

When I learned that Elysian had a $400 IEM available at CanJam, I had to listen to them. The brand generously allowed me to spend 20 minutes with them, and I was so impressed that I bought them on the spot. After listening to them with various music genres and comparing them to other quality IEMs I own, I am writing this review to share my experience.

The Pilgrim is one of the cleanest IEMs you can find under $400 and quickly became one of my favorite IEMs under $500. Surprisingly, it does not follow the regular Harman target curve 2019 V2 for IEMs but is tuned according to Elysian Acoustic Labs' vision and house sound, with a slight twist.


Note: I bought the Pilgrim from Elysian at CanJam SG at full price, without any discounts or incentives. The opinions expressed below are based on my listening experience and are my own. If you're interested in purchasing it, you can do so through the following non-affiliate links. The Pilgrim is priced at $400.

Non-affiliate links:
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Unboxing Experience and Accessories

Let's delve into the unboxing experience and the accessories that come with the Elysian Pilgrim.

The Pilgrim arrives in a standard-sized, cube-shaped box. Upon opening, you're greeted by the IEMs themselves. Beneath the IEMs, there's a note that reads "The First Path," followed by the company's well-known motto, "make no compromises." Beneath these, you'll find the manual and technical specifications. Further down, you'll discover the hard carrying case, adorned with the company logo. The case is crafted from a stitched, white leather-like material that feels cool to the touch and is easy to clean. It is padded on top and hard on the bottom and sides, providing excellent protection against shocks, drops, dust, and water damage. Inside the carrying case, you'll find a set of Spinfit CP100 ear tips and a cleaning brush.

While the case is well-designed, I initially wished it had a zipper to prevent the IEMs or ear tips from accidentally falling out, especially since I often carry my IEMs in a bag. However, the case does not open on its own; it stays shut securely. Additionally, there is a net or mesh inside the case that allows you to safely store your ear tips, brush, and adapters, preventing them from slipping out.

The size of the case is practical for my needs. It is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a dongle along with the IEMs. However, it may not be pocket-friendly unless you have large pockets. Personally, I appreciate the look and feel of the case.


The package includes:

  • 1 x Pilgrim IEM
  • 1 x Carrying case
  • 1 x IEM cable
  • 1 x Cleaning cloth
  • 1 x Cleaning brush
  • 1 x set of Spinfit CP100 Ear tips (S, M, L)
  • 1 x Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card

Here are the specifications for the Elysian Pilgrim:

  • Drivers: 4 x Extraordinary Hybrid Design Drivers, 1 x Custom 9.2mm Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Dynamic Driver, 3 x Sonion Balanced Armature Drivers
  • Crossover: 3-way Crossover System
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 101dB @ 1kHz @ 100mV
  • Impedance: 9 Ohms @ 1kHz

Fit and Comfort

Let's begin with the fit and comfort, which are crucial aspects of any IEM, in my opinion. I'm pleased to say that Elysian has paid close attention to this aspect. The earpieces weigh about 6.8 grams each, which is an average weight. They have a nozzle diameter of 6.0 mm at the widest point and a nozzle height of around 5.2 mm.

I typically use XL size ear tips, but I found myself using large ear tips with the Pilgrim. The slightly smaller ear tips allowed for a deeper insertion, which helped me achieve a good seal, crucial for optimal performance. I highly recommend trying the included Spinfits CP100 ear tips, as they provided me with an excellent seal and a balanced, clear sound with great detail.


Once inserted, I found the Pilgrim to be stable in my ears, allowing me to walk without any issues and without feeling them at all, enabling me to fully focus on the music. The passive noise isolation with a good seal is about average, but when listening to music at low volumes, I couldn't hear anything around me.

Build Quality & Cable

The Elysian Pilgrim impresses with its exceptional build quality, crafted from premium 304 stainless steel for both the shell and bores. This choice of material not only exudes durability and elegance but also contributes to the Pilgrim's sonic performance and longevity. The internal chambers are precision 3D printed, ensuring structural integrity and minimal signal distortion.

The cable, made of silver-plated copper, offers a choice of either 3.5mm or 4.4mm termination. I opted for the 3.5mm version, which was available at the time. However, there is no provision for interchangeable plugs, a feature I have found to be quite practical and useful recently. The brand's rationale for this design is that a soldered connection offers a stronger and more reliable electrical conductivity and capacitance, ultimately enhancing sound quality based on their testing.


The Pilgrim features a unique connector on the IEM side called "Pentaconn Ear," resembling MMCX but with improved durability, lower contact resistance, and easier handling. While it's not compatible with MMCX, adapters are available. This innovation, though limiting in cable options, offers a reliable and user-friendly experience.

The cable itself is of high quality, pliable, and tangle-free, with two intertwined cables. It has a perfect thickness, not too thick or thin, and a pleasing shine.
For those seeking cable flexibility, I recommend choosing the 4.4mm version. This allows you to easily use an adapter to convert the 4.4mm to 3.5mm, providing more versatility. However, the reverse is not possible, so it's a one-way option.


Overall, the Pilgrim's build quality, cable design, and connector choice reflect Elysian's commitment to providing durable, high-performance IEMs.

Driver Highlights

The Pilgrim features a custom 9.2mm Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) dynamic driver, capable of reproducing low frequencies down to 10 Hz, providing a powerful sub-bass rumble. The use of a Magnesium-Aluminum alloy diaphragm ensures optimal performance and minimal distortion.

The Pilgrim is tuned personally by Lee, the founder and lead engineer, using custom-tailored Sonion Drivers to deliver an incredible and harmonious listening experience.

Sound Quality

The Elysian Pilgrim features a slightly U-shaped sound signature, with a subtle emphasis on the sub-bass and upper treble frequencies, and a slightly lower amount of mid-bass and upper mid-range compared to the second version of the Harman target curve for IEMs 2019.

Designed by Lee and engineered with custom-tailored Sonion drivers, the Pilgrim delivers a coherent and harmonious sound. Its smooth midrange is complemented by dual ultra-tweeter balanced armature drivers, offering extended high frequencies with clarity and brilliance. The custom 3-way crossover ensures a seamless transition between frequency bands, providing a cohesive and immersive listening experience across a variety of music genres.

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Analyzing the measurement graph, one notable aspect is the exceptional and nearly flawless driver matching. This highlights Elysian's stringent quality control and dedication to their "make no compromises" ethos, evident at any price point as they promised.


Let's delve into the bass performance of the Elysian Pilgrim. The Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) driver stands out for its ability to reproduce frequencies as low as 10 Hz, surpassing the standard 20 Hz range of traditional PET drivers. This capability contributes to a robust sub-bass rumble.

The Pilgrim exhibits impressive bass extension, particularly in the sub-bass region, outshining the mid-bass. Its sub-bass response reaches deep into the lowest octaves, which became apparent when tested with tracks rich in mid-bass and sub-bass. Here, quality prevails over sheer quantity, with characteristics like punch, slam, texture, clarity, speed, and detail taking precedence. The bass is natural and detail-rich, with a notably strong sub-bass rumble. Listening to Hans Zimmer's "Mountain" track is a revealing experience—the clean sub-bass rumble is deep and impactful. However, I felt that the mid-bass could benefit from a slight boost for a more pronounced slam, although the existing presentation is more than sufficient.

Listening to EDM tracks on the Pilgrim is thoroughly enjoyable. The bass is remarkably clean, revealing details that might have been previously overlooked. The sub-bass rumble is particularly discernible compared to other IEMs. The bass clarity allows for easy differentiation between various bass sounds. I could distinctly hear the clear notes of the bass guitar in my favorite tracks, discerning their tonal nuances more easily. The 9.2mm LSR driver, although slightly smaller than the standard 10mm, delivers a bass output that, while not for bassheads seeking overwhelming quantity, offers a quality that even enthusiasts will appreciate. The bass quality adds depth to piano notes, sounding natural and accurate.


The use of a Magnesium-Aluminum alloy diaphragm in the LSR driver enhances bass performance, providing a lightweight and fast response for precise bass output with minimal distortion. The impact, slam, or thump from the bass response is clean and powerful, ensuring a robust kick without compromising on speed.

In summary, the bass of the Pilgrim can be described as clean, fast, deep, and precise, enhancing the overall listening experience across various music genres.


Analyzing the measurement graph, the Elysian Pilgrim exhibits more energy in the 150 Hz to around 2000 Hz range compared to the standard Harman tuning. This characteristic adds body to instruments, giving notes a weighty, natural timbre. Conversely, there is less emphasis from 2000 Hz to 8000 Hz, deviating from the typical Harman tuning. This unique tuning is intriguing, as it shares some similarities with other IEMs I admire.

Notable IEMs that bear some resemblance, particularly in the 2 kHz to 6 kHz area, include the DUNU SA6 MK II, QDC Anole VX, V14, Gemini, Unique Melody MEST MK II and MEST MK III, 64 Audio U12t, U18s, U18t, and Sennheiser IE600. Elysian's own DIVA and Annihilator also share certain aspects of this tuning.

This tuning allows the Pilgrim to be versatile across genres prone to harsh elements, such as rock, metal, EDM, or some pop, by tempering potentially sharp instruments or vocals.

In practical listening, the mid-range comes across as neutral, without favoring male or female vocal presentation. Male vocals retain their inherent thickness without becoming muddy or unclear. Instead, they sound clean and separated from the music, yet not pushed forward. The vocals exhibit a rare clarity in this price range. Female vocals sound natural, lacking any huskiness or sharpness, with sibilance noticeably absent. With the Pilgrim, even during intense passages in rock music or other genres, the sound never becomes harsh. Whether listening to Metallica, Cello Orchestral Music, or Lindsey Sterling, the Pilgrim remains incredibly detailed, smooth, and natural.

The Sonion 2300 for mids ensures a smooth, versatile midrange response, contributing to a well-balanced, natural sound across various genres.


Personal preference may lean towards slightly forward vocals for greater enjoyment and vocal separation from the mix. While the Pilgrim achieves this separation, the mid-range is balanced with the rest of the frequencies rather than being emphasized. The vocal clarity aids in intelligibility even during complex musical passages.

Additionally, the separation and cleanliness of musical instruments, especially when paired with a resolving DAC/Amp, are remarkable. Electric guitars sound clean with a gritty edge, while acoustic guitar strums are natural and detailed. Piano notes are precise, with each note distinctly separated. The layering and separation are excellent, and fast transients enhance the naturalness and detail of instruments and vocals.

Even when listening to female vocals from artists like Adele, Sia, Billie Eilish, and Taylor Swift, their voices sound natural and free from huskiness, thickness, shoutiness, or nasal tonality, while retaining all the qualities of their beautiful vocals.

In summary, the mid-range of the Pilgrim can be described as neutral, natural, resolving, without harshness or huskiness, and without a specific emphasis on male or female vocals. It is well-balanced and coherent, allowing instruments to blend naturally into the music without being overly emphasized or recessed.


When I inquired about the tuning process, the brand mentioned they use a combination of measurements and subjective listening. They measure the performance but also listen to the sound, making adjustments if necessary. This approach seems to have paid off, especially in areas I hold in high regard, such as the absence of sibilance or harshness while maintaining resolving power.

Enhancing the Pilgrim's high-frequency performance is the Sonion E50 series, featuring a dual ultra-tweeter balanced armature driver. This component extends high frequencies with exceptional technical capabilities, delivering clarity and brilliance. The IEM also utilizes a custom 3-way crossover, ensuring seamless blending between frequency bands for a coherent sound.

The Pilgrim's low and mid-treble are slightly more restrained compared to other IEMs, while its upper treble or air frequencies are more pronounced. This balance results in a familiar sound that is clear but not harsh, detailed but not sibilant, and resolving yet not fatiguing. The Pilgrim strikes a good balance between micro and macro details, providing a well-rounded listening experience.


The Pilgrim's excellent upper treble extension allows cymbal strikes and hi-hats to sound natural, with the desired definition and shimmer, without being overly sharp or splashy. The treble also contributes to the overall sense of space in the soundstage, creating an airy, spacious feel that's not closed-in or dark.

In summary, the treble performance of the Pilgrim can be described as smooth, detailed, lively, well-extended, with a pleasing amount of shimmer and air at the top. It doesn't come across as excessively airy, maintaining a natural, pleasant character that's easy on the ears over long listening sessions.


The Pilgrim stands out as an exceptionally resolving IEM, showcasing above-average technical prowess that excels in delivering both macro and micro details. This heightened detail retrieval is particularly notable in the bass and treble regions, thanks to its slight U-shaped tonality. Coupled with its balanced frequency response, this characteristic allows you to effortlessly discern every nuance in your music, with details being effortlessly presented to your ears rather than requiring active searching.

Whether the details reside in the bass, midrange, or treble, the Pilgrim presents them abundantly and clearly. This standout feature distinguishes the Pilgrim from other
IEMs, offering a level of detail retrieval typically found in more expensive models, making it a compelling choice for its price point.

Imaging and Soundstage

I find the imaging and soundstage capabilities of the Pilgrim to be slightly above average. Positional cues are distinct and well-defined in all directions, providing clarity and resolution. The effect of the soundstage varies depending on the track, but overall, I found it to be superior to that of most IEMs. There is a notable sense of depth, contributing to an immersive listening experience. Overall, I would describe both aspects as "very good" for IEMs.

Comparison to the Sennheiser IE600

I've observed that the IE600 has a slightly V-shaped sound signature, while the Pilgrim leans more towards a U-shaped tuning. The IE600 excels in bass reproduction, which many, myself included, will find very enjoyable—it's incredibly satisfying. However, the Pilgrim delivers more detailed bass with an excellent textured response. While it may not have the same impact or slam as the IE600, its bass is still highly impressive.


In terms of treble, the IE600 can sometimes be too pronounced for my taste, particularly with rock, metal, and EDM genres. However, it performs admirably with orchestral classical music and pop. Conversely, the Pilgrim's treble is much more to my liking, offering incredible detail without ever becoming harsh or sibilant.

Regarding detail retrieval, I find them quite similar in the mid-range, with the Pilgrim having a slight edge. Moreover, the Pilgrim offers much more detailed bass and higher quality, detailed treble compared to the IE600.

Comparison to the Elysian DIVA

I understand that comparing an IEM that costs four times more is not entirely fair, but I'd like to share my thoughts. There's a significant performance and sound quality difference between the DIVA and Pilgrim, and I wouldn't suggest they are even close. The DIVA simply offers much more clarity, resolution, detail, openness, bass, imaging, and soundstage than the Pilgrim.


However, when listening to both side by side, I can see how the Pilgrim came to be. If we set aside the bass (as the DIVA has three bass switches), the tonality of the Pilgrim is somewhat similar to the DIVA. There are noticeable resemblances in their tuning. This leads me to say that if you're looking to experience the tonality of the DIVA on a budget, or if you want to get a taste of the Elysian house sound without breaking the bank, the Pilgrim is a good choice. The DIVA is essentially a more detailed, natural version of the Pilgrim with significantly more detail, resolution, clarity, imaging, soundstage, cable, and the added benefit of three different bass profiles.

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The Pilgrim is like a Mercedes-Benz, while the DIVA is akin to a Rolls-Royce.

Amplifier Pairing

With a sensitivity of 101dB and an impedance of 9 Ohms, the Pilgrim is easily driven and performs admirably with a wide array of audio sources. Despite its 9 Ohms impedance, I found it effortless to drive from various portable dongles and Bluetooth DAC/Amps. It scales beautifully with superior amplifiers, and I recommend a neutral and resolving setup for optimal performance. Thanks to the driver's low distortion, you can experiment with EQ settings without experiencing any audible negative effects. Whether you're using a portable dongle, DAP, or high-end DAC/Amp, the Pilgrim excels in faithfully reproducing music with precision and liveliness.


The Elysian Pilgrim exemplifies Elysian Acoustic Labs' commitment to pushing the boundaries of audio technology. With its innovative design, exceptional build quality, and captivating sound signature, the Pilgrim offers a listening experience that is both technically impressive and emotionally engaging. For audiophiles and music enthusiasts looking to embark on a sonic adventure, the Pilgrim is a worthy companion that promises to unlock new paths to musical enjoyment.

I would describe the Pilgrim as very natural, coherent, harmonious, balanced, slightly U-shaped, well-tuned, and resolving. It doesn't emphasize any specific frequency, delivering an even sound that offers an excellent amount of micro and macro details, dynamics, with a clean, clear presentation as the standout feature. It is an excellent IEM and definitely earns my recommendation. Good luck to the Elysian team. I think they hit a home run with this one, and I can't wait to see what IEM they have next.

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Thanks for the reply. I'm probably going to buy it. I'm a tad concerned about the recessed mids and troublesome upper mids? But what the hell, for 399 why not? Anyone from the US bought one from hifigo? How long did that joint take to get to you?
@Jacobal I don't currently have the Andromeda available for a side-by-side comparison.
@vikinguy The midrange is not recessed but rather slightly laid back, which makes listening to energetic music genres comfortable. The vocals, especially female vocals, are sublime, as you will hear for yourself.