intime SORA 2 碧【アンティーム】

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Brand: intime
Model: Sora-2
Earphone type: In-ear
Impedance: 22Ω
Earphone sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
Frequency range: 20-40000Hz
Interface: 3.5mm
Plug Type: L-shaped
Colors: Silver
Cable type: Built-in
Driver unit: Φ10mm DD+VST
Tech: HDSS

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Intime Sora-2-碧【アンティーム】- High from the sky
Pros: - Quality powerful bass
- Excellent mids
- Treble is crisp and detailed
- Very good Overall Sound Quality (SQ)
Cons: - Fixed cable can be a tad short
- Bass can be too powerful
TL;DR
Best under $100, basshead excluded.

Package
IEM, AET07 tips, earhook, cable clip, pouch. (Hmm what else...)

Build
Full metal finish stainless steel? (Can't remember the exact material)

First thought/What to expect
First foray into Japanese IEM after budget chi-fis. Expecting some good things?

Bass
Quality bass with power. Punchy, rocky etc2, not so much in quantity.

Mids
Thought the treble is the cream of the crop. Guess again.
The mids is where the IEM really shines. No muddiness, clear and transparent mids.
Vocals just sounds really good, no-peakiness issue whatsoever.

Treble
Sparkly treble with energy, non-sibilant in the slightest. Plenty of details everywhere.

3d-ness
Near field soundstage with good instrument separation. Can locate sound source eg. top-left, bottom-right etc. Have a complete full surround.

Tonality/Timbre
No idea what this' but didn't notice anything weird or out of ordinary. Didn't notice any metallic/artificial sound either. Overall SQ is really well defined.

Itsy Bitsy Tips
CP145 does the job and mobile friendly too.

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Closing thought
Blown away. That's probably the word to describe it.
Worth the penny? You betcha. Every single one of them. Truly an ear-opener after hearing budget chi-fis. Can probably compete with higher price brackets ($100~$300) in some areas.

Verdict
5/5.
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Intime Sora 2 & Intime Sora Light 2019
Pros: Mids quality
Timbre and tonality
Bass texture; speed and tightness
Sub-bass extension
Details, but still not fatiguing
Instrument seperation
Cons: Non-replaceable cable
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Pros: Excellent SQ
Really well done treble, high in quantity and energetic but not shouty or sharp at all
Mids quality, male and female vocals sounds really good
Sub-bass extension
Sub/mid-bass texture, tightness and speed
Soundstage
Details
Instrument separation
Timbre
Natural while unique at the same time
Stainless steel shell
Cons: would like more bass quantity to go with the excellent quality
more mids quantity would be great
Non-replaceable cable
No Carry case (not a con for me since I dont really care about it)
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Disclaimer: I bought this directly from Intime (via contacting their mail: info@o2aid.com) at full price

Price: 56 usd (I paid 100 usd in total due to shipping and other fees and will judge this iem as if it costs 100 usd, since I believe most people will end up paying around the price I did)

Specifications:

Impedance: 22Ω

Earphone sensitivity: 102 dB/mW

Frequency range: 20-40000Hz

Interface: 3.5mm

Plug Type: L-shaped

Colors: Silver

Cable type: Built-in

Driver unit: Φ10mm DD+VST

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Accessories:

Silicone S/M/L Narrow bore tips

Silicon Ear hook “adapter”

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Cable: Non-detachable cable and it is a pretty standard cable (non-braided). It has a working chin-slider but the divider and connector are made out of rubber like material. It’s not very thick nor very thin.

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Build: Stainless steel build, including the nozzle. So, it is very well made, with high quality and has some weight to it. It is a smaller than average for a bullet style iem. The L/R markings are on the back but is a bit hard to see.

Fit: A bit hard for me to get a fit since it is a bit too small for me and especially since bullet style iems don’t fit me that well anyway. But once it is in and sealed, it is good enough for normal use, although definitely won’t stay in place if used during physical activity.

Comfort: Pretty comfortable since it is smaller than average and that means it won’t come into contact with my ears as much. So, heat generation is lower and can be used for longer sessions because of that.

Isolation: Below average due to the bullet fit and small size (also because it has a vent hole).

Setup: Ibasso DX160 (low gain, volume around 40), stock cable, Spinfits CP145 L sized

Lows: Very clean bass despite having pretty high quantity. A bit more sub-bass focused than mid-bass.

Mid-bass: Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), tight, fast and textured so the quality is really good here but I would have liked a bit more quantity to make it more fun.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (02:55-03:01), the chopper sound is hearable but not very clear. (01:11-01:52), every single bass hit is pretty good at being distinct, due to the speed and tightness.

Sub-bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), Very good extension and doesn’t rumble that much but it is very high quality. The punch is very satisfying.

Will Sparks – Sick like that (03:08-03:22), good texture, very good tightness and speed along with a very satisfying punch.

Mids: Female vocals are a bit forward while male vocals are a bit behind. That contrast makes you perceive it as the male vocals being recessed. But the mids are very clean and detailed.

Female-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), very clean and beautiful, but it needs to be a bit brighter and thinner to be natural.

Yuki Hayashi – MightU (01:58-02:55), vocals are very clean and beautiful but again it needs to be a bit brighter and thinner to be natural (lacks a bit energy as a result) (the piano also needs to be a bit brighter and thinner).

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), Not sharp at all so it passes my sibilance test with flying colors. (although it also needs to be a bit brighter and thinner to sound natural, I take this over it being sharp though).

Male-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (00:57-01:17), clear and very natural sounding, although I would like it to be a bit more forward.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), warm and thick enough to sound natural while still being very clear.

Highs: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), really well done treble and nothing is sharp (including the electric guitars).

Deuce – America (03:03-03:16), energetic while not being sharp, although the male vocals are a bit recessed here.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59) the cello and violins are very textured and sounds natural because of that, although It needs a touch more brightness for it to have more energy.

Extension is pretty good and there is air present.

Soundstage: Average in width but above average in depth.

Tonality: Reverse L-shaped but isn’t warm nor bright, it is brighter on bright songs while warmer on warm songs so it sounds very accurate because of that. But because of the unique sound from the driver, it is bottlenecking the otherwise very natural sound.

Timbre is very good for something that uses a driver similar to piezo drivers. It also means it has a touch of uniqueness that other iems don’t have unless they also have piezo drivers.

Details: Above average, very impressive for something in this price range.

Instrument Separation: Above average (technicalities are really good in this iem).

Music: The Sora 2 suits Linkin park (Hybrid theory, Meteora and Minutes to midnight albums) a lot. The vocals are right where I want it to be (not too forward nor too recessed) and treble is energetic and detailed while avoiding sharpness.

Bass also sounds very natural although I do wish it had more since it is so high quality and makes it more fun. It even sounds much better than my current nr 1 (LZ A6) with Linkin park songs.

Most Hiroyuki Sawano songs also sounds very good and natural. Although the bass definitely needs to have more quantity to make it more fun (more urgent than in Linkin park songs).

Songs that highlight the IEM:
Good genres: Trance, OST, Rock/Metal (VERY good for Linkin Park), Epic Orchestral (“trailer” music, Two steps from hell kind of music), Jpop, Pop

Bad genres: Acoustic songs, it’s a very versatile iem but acoustic and vocal centric songs isn’t very suited for the Sora 2.



Comparisons:

LZ A6 (pink filter):
Similar treble quantity, but the A6 has better extension, details and is much airier (a bit too airy), although the Sora 2 sounds a bit more natural here. Both have really well done treble because even with the high amount it has, it is not sharp at all.

Female vocals are a bit more forward on the Sora 2 and also more natural, but A6 has much more details here.
Male vocals are also a bit more forward on the sora 2 and also more natural, but the A6 is cleaner and more detailed here (sora 2 is a bit grainy in comparison).

Sub-bass extension is much better and rumbles a bit more on the A6. Tightness, speed and texture are much better too along with much higher quantity.

Mid-bass quantity, speed, tightness and texture are also better on the A6.

Soundstage vastly bigger in both depth and width on the A6, details and instrument separation are also much better. Timbre is better in the Sora 2 and sounds more natural, due to it not sounding as unique as the A6.

The A6 is better in terms of SQ and technicalities but if you want to have a more natural, more vocals and still have a bit of uniqueness in the sound then the Sora 2 is better.


BQEYZ Spring 2: Treble is a bit higher on the Sora 2 and has better extension with a bit more air while also sounding a bit more natural (also less peaky).

Female vocals are more forward, detailed, clearer and more natural on the spring 2. Male vocals are also a more forward, detailed, cleaner and a bit more natural on the spring 2.

Sub-bass extension is better on the Sora 2 while rumble is about the same. Speed is faster on the Sora 2 while tightness, texture and quantity are about equal. Mid-bass quantity is equal while speed is faster on the spring 2 and tightness and texture are better on the Sora 2.

Soundstage, details and instrument separation are better on the Spring 2 while timbre is a bit better on the Sora 2

Sora 2 is better for those that wants a more natural sound with more treble and better bass quality. Spring 2 is better for vocals and technicalities.


Shuoer Tape (oratory1990 EQ): Treble is more natural and has more quantity on the Sora 2 and is better extended with a bit more air.

Female vocals are more forward on the Tape but sounds more natural on the Sora 2. Male vocals are more forward on the Sora 2 and also sounds more natural.

Sub-bass extends and rumbles more on the Tape. More quantity, faster and more texture on the Tape while tightness is equal on both sub and mid-bass.

Details, instrument separation and soundstage are much better on the Tape. Timbre is better on the Sora 2.

The Tape has better technicalities and bass but the Sora 2 has better mids and treble while also sounding more natural (no need for EQ too).


Conclusion: In conclusion, the Sora 2 manages to have excellent technicalities and sounds quite natural while at the same time having some uniqueness to it. If a non-replaceable cable isn’t a deal breaker for you, then I highly recommend the Sora 2 even at the much higher price I paid for it.

EQ Setting for the Shuoer Tape: Preamp -3.9db, band 1 (peak): 900 Hz, Q:1.0, Gain: 2.8dB, band 2 (peak): 1350 Hz, Q:2.5, Gain: 1.8dB, band 3 (peak): 3300 Hz, Q:1.7, Gain: -5.6 dB, Band 4 (peak): 3950 Hz, Q:3.0, Gain:-2.7 dB, Band 5 (peak): 6000 Hz, Q:1.4, Gain: 5.0 dB
scottsays
scottsays
I have the Sora Light, Kira, Go and Ti3----love all of the intime models I have heard. Will have to add these to the collection soon------ :ksc75smile:
RikudouGoku
RikudouGoku
@scottsays Wow, nice collection there. The Ti3 Is the best out of them right (being their intime´s flagship)?
scottsays
scottsays
Yes---I would say so--but the bass can be really powerful--almost too much. The Kira and Go are a different design--but I enjoy both of them as well--the Go being the bass heavy one. Really excellent quality especially for the price. You can get the Sora Light on ebay for $ 70---and it is really good too---
Really impressed with intime---recommend them all! They released some balanced versions of Sora--Sora Light but they sold out before I could get one----
I have not been disappointed by anything intime makes--a real hidden gem in the IEM market.

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