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Hidizs Mermaid MS4

Rating:
4.75/5,
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    Hidizs has prepared two new models of in-ear monitors under a common name and some features shared between the two. Main code name is «Mermaid» with the additional labels «MS4» and «MS1». Mermaid MS4 is more advanced hybrid model based on three BA drivers by Knowles and one dynamic driver while MS1 features the same single dynamic driver unit.

    Hidizs Mermaid MS4 specifications:
    • Type: Hybrid, 3BA + 1DD
    • BA units: Knowles 33518 (high frequency) + 30017 dual
    • Dynamic driver: 10.2mm, Hidizs design, high-sensitivity polymer diaphragm (dual magnetic circuits|dual cavity)
    • Shell materials: high density military grade CNC aluminum-alloy, aluminum-alloy gold-plated output nozzle, hand-made resin top panel
    • Frequency response: 15Hz - 40kHz
    • Sensitivity: 112dB/mW
    • Impedance: 12Ω (at 1kHz)
    • Rate power: 10hW
    • Headphone connectors: 2pin, 0.78mm
    • Cables: OFC, 4 strands
    • Weight: 16g
    The most exiting is the choice of optional accessories Hidizs would provide the both models with:
    • audio cable with the regular 3.5mm jack (included, stock)
    • audio cable with 2.5mm balanced jack
    • audio cable with 4.4mm balanced jack
      • following the recent trend: several modern DAPs were released with Pentaconn 4.4mm (JEITA standard) balanced outputs and general tendency of DAP manufacturers to incorporate this standard instead of 2.5mm balanced output
    • audio cable with USB DAC ((type-C) + type-C->USB A coneverter))
      • possibility to get better driving ability and more balanced sound instead of using low quality audio outputs from smartphones, PCs or tablets.
        • CS42L42 chip
        • Up to 24bit/192kHz
        • 75mW + 75mW @ 32ohms output power
        • SNR: 117dB
        • Dynamic range: 115dB
        • Distortion: <0.0006%
        • Built-in microphone for voice calls
    • Bluetooth 5.0 audio cable
      • gives a wireless freedom with a support all of common bluetooth transfer protocols (getting the data which ones exactly)

Recent Reviews

  1. ngoshawk
    Hidizs MS4 Mermaid-a very good start.
    Written by ngoshawk
    Published Feb 7, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Fit.
    Accessories.
    Price.
    Sound is quite good for this price.
    A nice laid back signature, but with good clarity.
    A CASE IS INCLUDED!!!
    Cons - Large nozzle may bother some.
    Not the deepest reach of bass.
    Might be too mellow for some.
    Kickstarter right now...
    Initial impressions, but with some depth...


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    Hidizs MS4, Mermaid. $300-420usd, approximately (kit dependent).



    Initial impressions:



    Known for very competent DAP’s, Hidizs enters the IEM market with three models: the MS1, MS2 & this model, the M-4 Mermaid. An interesting name and one that has a certain lore to it. Since Hidizs is also known for their Kickstarter releases, the MS4 is no different. Set for an opening over the Chinese New Year, one can assume that this is meant as a celebration of the company and an ode to the IEM.

    Specs:

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    Other features:

    • Hidizs patented 10.4mm macromolecule diaphragm offers more consistent internal loss across all frequencies to deliver subtle highs and smoother bass
    • Durable aluminum alloy cavity enhances the sound cohesion. The housing made of smooth resin with brushed metal.
    Connectivity options:

    • Stock OFC, 4 strands cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors and 3.5mm audio jack (always included)
    OR/AND

    • 2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced audio jack, OFC, 4 strands cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory, available during KS campaign and afterwards) We are also checking with Hidizs on how to select 4.4mm instead 2.5mm during KS campaign.
    • DH 10-RC microUSB Type-C Cable with integrated DAC, built-in microphone for voice calls and 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory)
    • Bluetooth 5.0 cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory)


    As seen from the KS page, Hidizs decided to allow three ordering bundles for MS4 and MS1:

    • BASIC KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable
    • PRIME KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable + ANY other option (2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced / DAC cable / Bluetooth cable)
    • ABSOLUTE KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable + ALL options (2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced + DAC cable + Bluetooth cable)
    Prices for different sets are already listed on Hidizs MS4 & MS1 KS page.



    DH 10-RC DAC cable specifications:

    • Connector: microUSB Type-C (+ USB A adaptor)
    • DAC chip: CS42L42
    • Sample rate: 24bit/192kHz
    • Output power: 75mW + 75mW @32Ω
    • SNR: 117dB
    • Dynamic range: 115dB
    • THD: <0.0006%
    • Built-in microphone for voice calls
    • Built-in one button remote for answering calls
    • Connecction to IEMs: 2pin, 0.78mm
    • cable 1.2m, TPE, OFC, 4 core
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    Unboxing:

    Coming in a matte black paperboard box, synonymous with other releases, you are met with the impression of the IEM, highlighted by gold embossing above. An additional small flapped box was sent as well, holding a pleather pouch and the USB/USB-C 2-pin cable, complete with their own DAC built in to the jack. Lately there seems to be a push for simplifying additional tools needed for an upgrade, such as Bluetooth cable for “ordinary IEM’s,” or the aforementioned DAC. A nice touch, which will be discussed a bit later.

    The box back lists the specs in Mandarin & English. A small sticker denotes the color of choice. Sent in black (there are some REALLY cool colors), the IEM looks quite good. Plus, I like more sedate colors so not to draw attention. Since my copy was a pre-production, I will give only highlights of the inside. The retail copy may come better stocked.

    Opening the box reveals the IEM and cable tucked in a heart shaped groove of dense foam. Nicely protected and presented. Pulling the foam inset out reveals the wonderful tan rectangular case. Hard of shape, and easy to use, this is a welcomed addition. I will state that the fishnet pouch inside is too small and too tight to fit much beyond an extra set of tips inside.

    The top half is another dense foam inset replete with an assortment of tips. Ranging from “balanced” to “vocal” to “bass” and foam tips, you can fine-tune the sound. I used all four sets but settled on the bass ear tips for the majority, even eschewing my favored foam tips. The case and tip insert are tucked nicely inside a soft foam cut out, and well protected as a result. A nice feature. Overall the box is a bit big, but very well protected. Presentation is something some people want, and the Hidizs does a nice job.


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    The IEM:

    Running three BA’s and one DD (hence the “4” in MS4), the Mermaid comes well equipped. Running the Knowles 33518 and Knowles hybrid 30017 balanced armatures along with a 10.2mm Polymer diaphragm dynamic driver, the Mermaid comes well stocked. In an ever-increasing race of more drivers, it is quite refreshing to see something on par with “older” IEM’s, which functioned just fine. Coming with two cables (the mentioned USB/DAC cable and a simple two-wind dark bronze cable, you have a choice for many listening situations.

    The bronze cable is made well, with good solid fit of the 2-pin at the IEM, and a solid Y-splitter complete with slider. With only one wire separating each way above the splitter, this is a fairly unique look, and a nice change from cables of late for me. A stout jack on the other end finishes a sturdy cable, along with quite long memory sleeves at the business end. So far, the finish is on par with production.

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    Moving to the IEM itself, this quality carries over in the CNC aluminum shell. Gold-plated 0.78mm plugs with a tight fit allow for a solid connection. Burnished in an almost dark gray (listed as black), the shell is a bit slippery, but of good heft so holding on to it is not really a problem. With a gold highlight ring around the back a pearl-like inset highlights the underlying Hidizs logo. Good tight tolerances abound with all of those interfaces, but as stated this is a pre-production, so expect even better on the finished copy.

    Thankfully the shape itself gits well in my average-sized ear and the “hump” does not bother my concha. Finished with a gold nozzle replete with lip to help keep the ear tips on, there is a certain upscale look to the MS4, which is appreciated. I will add that the nozzle is of a large enough diameter that it did bother me until my ear became used to the fit. That said, fit and the shape of the Mermaid is good, and I had no problem with movement changing the sound as I have with some of late.

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    Having a built-in DAC in the USB-C cable takes the stress out of a Smartphone, which may have a less-than-stellar DAC inside. That said, many Smartphones come with good DAC’s now, so you try both cables. With up to 112mW, the DAC can even provide a bit more juice to your Smartphone. You may also opt for a Bluetooth cable or balanced in both 2.5mm & 4.4mm sizes. My unit shipped with the standard 3.5mm and the mentioned USB-C DAC cable. I’m not bothered by that either. All are comprised of 4-strand oxygen-free copper cables, which provides a bit of warmth to the sound.

    With a sensitivity of 112dB, the Mermaid is quite sensitive, but easy to drive with 12 ohms impedance. I found this easier to drive than many I have had lately.

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    Initial sound offerings:


    Normally I run an item for 150-175hrs since I would like to give the listener a taste of the future. This is no different other than I had close to 100hrs on it before dedicated listening. I did take an initial listen upon arrival to ensure to Kevin that all was well and good (it was).

    *A quickie about tip rolling. Since the nozzle is of larger diameter, the tips are genuinely hard to mount. I dropped two while doing so, luckily to be found. Once on, the tips do not come on and a bit of adjustment of angle can be had. Just beware of the effort needed.

    Going through the tip choice, I found the foam to provide good bass, but not the clarity I liked (even from foam). Switching to the balanced tip, I found the sound quite good. Even of note, with more laid-back treble than even the bass tips; it was a good mellow sound through the Questyle CMS twelve Master and my MacBook Pro. The mids tended to stand out a bit with this choice of tip. That is neither good or bad, simply what I heard. I did not use this set up much other than to audition as the large tip was too big to be comfortable for long.

    Using the red “vocal” tips does indeed promote the vocal/mid presentation. On Jackson Browne’s live version of Running On Empty, the snare strike is clear and concise. His voice succinct and detailed. A bit bright for my taste, the sound is quite good for those who value the higher note. Thankfully, not nearly as hot as some from the area have been. As a result, I do appreciate the different sound provided by the options.

    Moving to the foam tips on the same song yields more “girth” or weight of note to the song. With a better seal, the sound has nowhere to go but inside. Snare is not quite as succinct as the silicons, but this is to be expected. The foams are for complete isolation and added weight to the song of choice. I do appreciate the foam, but my usual medium size does not work with the diameter of the nozzle. The small as a result is represented larger, but not enough. Seal is not good for my average sized-ear.

    Moving back to the white bass tip (in medium) I found the sound best to my liking. Solid bass and sub bass, clear vocals, conciseness of snare, the sound came closest to representing my sound signature of choice.

    As usual, YMMV.

    Other good stuff:

    With a decently wide sound stage the MS4 represents good air between note. Clarity of note and air are not close to my DaVinci X, but they are not meant to be. The sound signature represented here is one of a slightly warm presentation with good separation and clarity. Detail is present in good numbers, and on par with offerings at this level. I would say at or near the top of this price range.

    Using the DAC cable, you immediately notice an almost holographic sound, almost. Very mid-centered from my MacBook Pro, the sound is concise and centered. Utilizing Tidal Premium, the sound is good, but with a narrower sound stage than the bronze cable. A large part of this could be the Questyle amp as opposed to the DAC inside the cable. Not a fair comparison, I know. I like the sound, but not as much as the bronze cable in this set up.

    Running the bronze cable through the headphone jack on the MBP gets much the same result, with a bit less of that mid-centric sound. Both are good representations.


    To finish this initial listen:

    The MS4 is a solid unit. Providing good bass from that 10.2mm driver, to articulate mids and treble, the Mermaid has moved up my chain of listening as a result of the synergy provided by the four drivers.

    So far, the MS4 ticks the right boxes at a very, very good price in the Kickstarter.

    *More detail will be provided later, such as comparisons, etc. More time is needed for this to be proper.

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    Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/project...d-quad-drivers-hifi-in-ear-monitor-e/comments
  2. IryxBRO
    Hidizs Mermaid MS4 — new approach, great bargain
    Written by IryxBRO
    Published Feb 4, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - very good bass texturing and extension, even mids, detailed sound, accurate treble, excellent fit, excellent accessory options
    Cons - not found
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    Hidizs is currently preparing two new models of in-ear monitors under a common name and some features shared between the two. Main code name is «Mermaid» with the additional labels «MS4» and «MS1». Mermaid MS4 is more advanced hybrid model based on three BA drivers by Knowles and one dynamic driver while MS1 features the same single dynamic driver unit.

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    Along with good technical specifications Hidizs has found the way to make their IEMs a versatile choice for all future customers: from a casual user to the most advanced audiophiles. The main feature of Hidizs Mermaid family is the amount of different connectivity options to choose from, allowing almost any audio source and exempting from the additional adaptors.

    Both models would be officially launched on Kickstarter, 7th Feb, 8:00AM EST.

    We’ve already got a chance to examine pre-sales samples of both models and would like to share our opinion in this review.

    Mermaid MS4 & MS1 technical specifications:

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    Mermaid IEMs structure:

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    Other features:
    • Hidizs patented 10.4mm macromolecule diaphragm offers more consistent internal loss across all frequencies to deliver subtle highs and smoother bass
    • Durable aluminum alloy cavity enhances the sound cohesion. The housing made of smooth resin with brushed metal.
    Connectivity options:
    • stock OFC, 4 strands cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors and 3.5mm audio jack (always included)
    OR/AND
    • 2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced audio jack, OFC, 4 strands cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory, available during KS campaign and afterwards) We are also checking with Hidizs on how to select 4.4mm instead 2.5mm during KS campaign.
    • DH 10-RC microUSB Type-C Cable with integrated DAC, built-in microphone for voice calls and 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory)
    • Bluetooth 5.0 cable with 2pin, 0.78mm IEM connectors (optional accessory)
    As seen from the KS page, Hidizs decided to allow three ordering bundles for MS4 and MS1:
    • BASIC KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable
    • PRIME KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable + ANY other option (2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced / DAC cable / Bluetooth cable)
    • ABSOLUTE KIT: 3.5mm unbalanced audio cable + ALL options (2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced + DAC cable + Bluetooth cable)
    Prices for different sets are already listed on Hidizs MS4 & MS1 KS page.

    Packaging, design and materials:

    Both models come in pretty large black matt boxes with brand logo, shematic pictures and model names embossed at the top cover and technical description at the back.

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    We are not sure what is pushing the trend of developing huge packaging for tiny devices but it is certainly a pain for logistics in terms of shipping quantity and expenses. At the same time, no worries about the damage during the transportation and good feel of valuable possession :)

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    Inner box compartments are split into two layers. Top layer is formed by soft foam retaining IEMs and stock cable:

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    while the bottom layer contains several sets of exchangeable eartips and storage cases:

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    Box contents:

    Mermaid MS4
    • MS4 IEMs
    • 3.5mm unbalanced cable
    • 9 pairs of silicone eartips
    • 3 pairs of memory foam eartips
    • leather storage case
    Mermaid MS1
    • MS1 IEMs
    • 3.5mm unbalanced cable
    • 9 pairs of silicone eartips
    • 3 pairs of memory foam eartips
    • plastic storage case
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    So, the only difference in box contents between two models is the design of storage cases.

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    All other accessories such as stock audio cable and 4 sets of eartips are completely the same. Moreover, Hidizs has decided to identify different sets of eartips according to general influence it makes towards the sound: balanced, vocal and bass.

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    Not sure if it would produce the same results for everyone due to very personal perception and ear structure but it is a good indicator to give a clue what different eartips are designed for.

    Back to IEMs: both models share the same design and shape of aluminum-alloy shells. The only difference is MS4 top cover pad which is made of transparent resin with brand logo printed underneath it, while the same element of MS1 is made of aluminum with brand logo imprints at top.

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    Shells are made of three parts: base with matt finish, polished golden cover and top aluminum or resin pad. The alignment of all three parts is perfect and the gap between the base and top cover is hardly visible.

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    Channel indicators are located at the back edge of the bases. No need to dig the net to understand the right way of cable connection. BTW — corresponding channel indicators on the cable should be pointing inwards.

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    Two compensational openings for each channel: one is near the channel indicator and another one is close to the output nozzle on the inner part of the base.

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    Output nozzles are also made of aluminum and protected by grills. It is not unibody construction where the nozzles would protrude from the base but still feels very durable and monolithic.

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    2pin, 0.78mm connector bases are made of transparent plastic, don’t show any free play and feel quite tough when inserting cable pins. Seems that this furniture is quite expensive.

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    Stock cables with 3.5mm unbalanced plugs are made of oxigen-free copper (4 strands), feature flexible transparent earguides, transparent plastic 2pin connector, aluminum Y-splitter, limiter and audio jack housing. All aluminum elements have similar rough pattern for a better grip.

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    In overall, both models look beautiful and very attractive. The design is even better in real life. All elements are perfectly crafted, all imprints are neat and clean. MS4 top cover pad and golden brand logo underneath it adds some additional value but we think that both models deserve the highest score for their stunning externals.

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    Fit comfort:

    Despite having quite large dimensions and thick profile, Mermaid IEMs feel very comfortable. We would place those among several other most comfortable models like Kinera Idun or Shozy & NEO CP to wear for long, non-disturbing listening sessions. This is not only about the natural shape but also about convenient stock cable earguides that relieve the physical tension from your ears.

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    Optional accessories:
    1. Optional cables with 2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced jacks are identical to stock 3.5mm audio cable and feature the same elements described above.
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    2. Audio cable with integrated DAC (DH 10-RC): probably the most interesting and intriguing optional accessory which provides better driving potential and overall sound quality to those who would like to use IEMs with their smartphones, PCs or tablets.

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    Hidizs has been successfully selling Sonata HD DAC Cable (USB DAC -> 3.5mm adapter) for a long time with good feedback from the majority of the customers. As far as we understand, DAC cable for Mermaid IEMs is a combination of Sonata HD DAC cable with regular 2pin, 0.78mm audio cable.

    DH 10-RC DAC cable specifications:
    • Connector: microUSB Type-C (+ USB A adaptor)
    • DAC chip: CS42L42
    • Sample rate: 24bit/192kHz
    • Output power: 75mW + 75mW @32Ω
    • SNR: 117dB
    • Dynamic range: 115dB
    • THD: <0.0006%
    • Built-in microphone for voice calls
    • Built-in one button remote for answering calls
    • Connecction to IEMs: 2pin, 0.78mm
    • cable 1.2m, TPE, OFC, 4 core
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    This upgrade cable comes in a separate box together with soft storage bag and USB A adapter.

    3. Bluetooth 5.0 cable. Unfortunately, it was not provided for the review and we can only guess on its quality, supported audio protocols and so on… We would update as soon as all of our questions about Bluetooth cable would be answered. No clue whether it would support UAT — the latest HiBY 24/192, 1.2Mbits/s protocol.

    Sound quality:

    Tested with AP80DAP, Redmi Note4X + DAC cable

    Lows and midbass:

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    MS4:

    MS4 bass extension and texturing are quite impressive. It doesn’t sound boomy or lifeless, neither MS4 can be called bass-heavy IEMs. At the same time, lower range is obviously present here, sounds quite enveloping and doesn’t lack the presence either. It mostly attracts the attention with smooth, rich and evident textures, instead of the amount or pressure. Very good scope and separation in the entire sound picture. We like such accurate and balanced approach. Moreover, the speed and decay is fast enough to follow other ranges without the feel of being detached as has been spotted in some hybrid models.

    Midbass is very good in terms of power and dynamics. It has the necessary speed and air for the drums to sound rich and natural while kept on the appropriate level of gain not to disturb from smooth exeprience. Good example is vynil rip of «Brothers in Arms» by Dire Straights which would suffer from elevated midbass section resulting in very vivid drum tempo beat with lots of bright sounding IEMs. Not a problem for MS4 though — this leading beat is not so emhasized and mostly leveled off.

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    Mids and vocals:

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    MS4:

    A combination of multiple BA by Knowles + dynamic driver and good further tuning results in high resolution while still keeping gentle presentation of mids. Vocals don’t feel recessed or standing out too much, sound pretty thick and reasonably exposed in the entire picture. Male and female voices are fairly balanced in gain with only a slight elevation on female vocals. We like that mids don’t fall into excessive brightness which is kind of signature of Knowles BA drivers that would not trade delicate delivery for the icy crispness. There is also a pleasing touch of warmth that would smooth out harsh peaks and create extra textures for voices, strings or horns. Instruments and vocals have enough space, sound pretty clean and don’t tend to mix. Separation is decent. Good articulation is spotted in this section on acoustic guitars, sustained by armature micro dynamic capabilities. Everything together in mids reminds us of the most balanced rivals based on BA units form the same vendor.

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    Treble:

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    MS4:

    MS4 treble feels elevated but to a reasonable extent. It is not overly crisp or icy cold and doesn’t influence the entire sound picture too much or making sound too thin. Most of the accent falls on the lower treble with adequate feel of air and transparency. Extension is quite good, resolution and micro dynamics are great. As already mentioned — very good that treble range is gentle and accurate instead of being too sharp and crisp. In overall, the presence of treble is surely enough to compensate other ranges and to add slight accent for more juicy experience.

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    Sound stage:

    MS4:

    Sound stage produced by both models is moderate and quite similar to each other with only a slight advantage on MS4 side as it creates more room on lows and defines vertical domain with better treble extension. MS1 stage feels a bit deeper due to better exposure of vocals and mids. There were only few and more expensive IEMs on our tests that we would definitely point out as having obviously larger stage. Therefore, MS4 and MS1 are neither clear winners nor the outsiders in this respect.

    Sound summary:

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    MS4:

    MS4 sound can be described as V-shaped with the adequate emphasis on lows and treble, very good extension and texturing of lows, excellent midbass, slightly warm mids and good reproduction of treble. Entire sound picture is accurate and gentle, pretty transparent, without severe peaks or excessive crispness.

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    USB DAC cable performance:

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    As already mentioned — USB DAC cable emphasizes lows and treble ranges, has enough driving ability for both models (doubles the output power of a regular smartphone) and handles midbass and overall dynamics much better. It does also outperform smartphones or PC audio outputs in terms of resolution and amount of details. More information can be found in our review of Sonata HD cable.

    MS4 compared to LZ HIFI A6Mini:

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    LZ A6Mini is a hybrid model based on 1DD + 1 piezo-electric driver. In comparison to MS4 is does have better treble extension and emphasizes treble much more. But it also features additional tuning output nozzles that would cut off excessive brightness and produce quite balanced results. On its turn, MS4 is a better performer in terms of lower end (extension and texturing), vocals (less difference in female to male vocal gains) and has thicker, warmer and more solid sound in overall.

    MS4 compared to Whizzer Kylin:

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    Whizzer Kylin is quite popular hybrid model that suffers from bass portion (to our liking). Its bass is huge but feels very slow and detached from the rest of the frequency ranges. Treble is also elevated to a greater extent. MS4 feel much more balanced, accurate and gentle throughout the entire frequency range. Moreover, lows are much more adequate and do keep up nicely while treble is not that bright and accented.

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    Conclusion:

    After spending several days examining, listening and reviewing Mermaid MS4 and MS1 IEMs, we think that Hidizs has done a great job on everything: creating good hybrid and dynamic IEMs in terms of crafting and sound quality, developing the new and more universal approach that would satisfy the needs of the vast majority of audio fans and finally — setting the adequate price tag that perfectly describes the capabilities of both models. Our own findings show that more advanced Mermaid MS4 model is worthy of the highest scores and reasonably placed between $180 — 270 hybrid rivals that we have tested already, while Mermaid MS1 based on single dynamic driver is on par with more expensive rivals and capable of even more impressive results when paired with the most suitable audio source. Moreover, different connectivity options, cable with intergrated DAC as the most convenient and innovative solution create the additional value to the entire set.

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    Our last advice would be to seriously consider getting one of those models during Kisckstarter campaign due to significant discount figures that seems to be quite a bargain. In case of getting MS1 IEMs — consider ordering it in bundle with DH 10-RC DAC cable as it seems to be a good pair.

    Link to Hidizs Mermaid MS4 & MS1 Kickstarter campaign that would start on 7th Feb, 8:00AM EST.
    1. ArlakTheRecluse
      These actually look rather compelling; but my only issue is that they look really long. How far do these stick out of your ear?
      ArlakTheRecluse, Feb 4, 2019
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    2. IryxBRO
      you are right, they are protruding from the ears but it is hard to say how much cause we are all different. But you wouldn't be able to use it with the helmet if you mean that.
      IryxBRO, Feb 7, 2019
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