Great on stage performance IEM
A Review On: InEarz Euphoria
Review by Mike Brunner
About the product/expectations
Purchased on: April 28, 2017
Price paid: $820 with custom graphics/rush processing
Normal Retail Price: $675.00
Pros: Excellent tight bass response, outstanding mid-range detail, slightly rolled off highs
Cons: Needs just a small bump in the highs to be perfect
To get started, let me tell you a little about myself.
I’m a gigging musician (lead guitar/backup vocals), an audio forensic analyst, a novice sound engineer, and an avid music lover with a wide taste in music. Being an audio forensic analyst is a plus I find when reviewing audio products simple because I know what bad audio sounds like and usually know how to correct it. My experience allows me to be familiar with the limitations of my own ears and the equipment I’m using.
For the consumers, my perspective for all my IEM reviews will be based on these things. I won’t sugar coat things or make things sound better than they are. I’m just like you and I want good value for the money I pay for any product.
To the manufacturers, I’ll always give you an option to respond to any concerns such as quality that I have during my review. I’ll contact you directly and will do so before my review is published. I want to provide an honest and tangible review for your prospective customers without being unfair to you as a manufacturer.
I’ll always be fair and my review will be based on my perspective and my experience.
Now on to the important stuff.
About the product/expectations
I purchased these IEM’s for my personal use and got a slight discount on the price, I then added custom graphics and rush processing.
These were purchased as my go to custom IEM's for live stage use/practice. I requested a neutral sounding IEM with the EQ balance allowing for long period use with very little ear fatigue. In Earz recommended the Euphoria as my best fit for use.
The Euphoria is a custom product. The sturdiness of the design appears to be on par with top end products that I’ve owned or used in the past. The cable that was included is a twisted/braided type with an L 3.5mm connector. It has stress relief in the key points including the Y of the cable and has a slider to cinch up the cable to the back of your head/neck like I would expect from a mid to high end cable.
After using them for almost a month, I realized I needed a slight adjustment on the fit for the left monitor. Kaysen with InEarz accomodated me and got my monitors back to me fast. When I received them, it was a perfect fit. They had addressed all of my concerns and I've had no problems since.
The sound on these is outstanding, the soundstage is what I expected them to be, wide and natural sounding. The sub lows are present but not overpowering, the lows are tight and resonant, the mids are beautifully sculpted and make guitars and vocals pop, the highs are clear and nowhere near harsh. These were a perfect fit for what I was looking for, although personally I would have liked a little more high end.
I found that compared to the AKG K701’s the Euphoria was very comparable to the flat response the K701’s are known for. The Euphoria's had a bit more low end and the highs were rolled off just slightly. The mids were on par with K701’s for details and overall the very close to the same sound signature of the K701's. To put it simply, they were a very neutral, pleasing sound with a bit of kick in the low end. I could definitely see using them for mixing monitor due neutral response and the details they provided would give a good starting point for any mix.
Compared to Shure SE215’s, which I like for the V-shaped sound, I found the Euphoria to have a more neutral response. Instrument separation was much better with the Euphoria's. For most of my guitar playing I like a bit of thump in the low end and I need my high’s to sing, both without compromising the mids. I found compare to the SE215's, the Euphoria's do an even better job for what I’m looking for but they are far from V-shaped in sound.
My Westone UM Pro 10’s are my normal listening IEM’s because they give somewhat of a neutral sound in my opinion while being extremely comfortable. I usually forget that I’m even wearing them. Since the Euphoria's are a custom fit product they are much more comfortable for long term use, although of course they do weigh a bit more. Compared to the sound of the Westone’s the Euphoria was on par as far as ear fatigue goes, I never feel like my ears are tired. The Euphoria's provided more bass, slightly rolled off highs compared to the Westone’s.
Compared to UE900s I felt the sound signature was very close, however the Euphoria has wider soundstage and more low end, which is where I think the UE900s could be improved.
Based on my findings, I found the Euphoria's to be a very good choice for all of my music and would recommend them for anyone looking for more details in their sound. They excelled at providing details. If you’re looking for a IEM with slight emphasis in the low end, these would be an excellent choice, the bass is deep and tight with natural decay. The mids are spot on where I think they should be with great detail in the vocal/guitar range. The highs are slightly rolled off, but still provide shimmer and sparkle where it belongs. I didn’t find the highs to be at all shrill or unpleasant. I would describe the Euphoria sound signature as a warm neutral with just slightly rolled off highs. Outstanding job from InEarz on the sound quality.
Of course since these were a custom fit product, isolation was outstanding. Don't expect to hear someone on stage with these in without an ambient mic or without removing them.
I hesitate when trying to gauge value in any product unless there are issues with build quality or the product is just an outstanding value. Based on what I got for the price I paid though, I think the InEarz Euphoria's are an outstanding value. Nearly 1/2 the price of any other custom IEM with a 6 driver configuration. I would recommend these for anyone getting into custom fit IEM's. If you're looking for a good custom IEM period, these are a great value.