Muse Hifi Power

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Zerstorer_GOhren

100+ Head-Fier
Muse Hifi Power: A Further Leap
Pros: • One of the planar IEMs out there that requires only substantial amount of power up this set (but still quite a feisty demanding one compare to DDs and BAs IEMs).
• Good quality bass response for a planar, a punchy one indeed
• A U-shape sound profile will be more beneficial to be versatile in most genre.
• Has a decent technicalities for a planar IEM. Fast transients is a thing to most planar driver IEMs out there including this set.
• Nicely done vocal presentation.
• Inclusions of accessories are of high quality.
• Still an affordable set for a planar driver IEM.
Cons: • As a planar magnetic, it still demands more power, media players such as smartphones and tablets with mediocre and weak amp is absolutely not an ideal source for this set.
• When you compare its technicalities to a more proven transducer driver set-up such as dynamic drivers and balanced armature IEMs, it is noticeably inadequate and lacklustre to compare it.
• Peaky upper mids might be an issue to some treble sensitives out there.
• Chunky shell (subjective).
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Hello and welcome to my another IEM review blog. it's been a long time since I'm posted my last review article as I'm really busy for these past weeks and now I have a spare time to publish more IEM reviews coming from backlog items.


What I have here is a first product offering from a new audio company in China, Muse Hifi and they named their product, Muse hifi Power. Muse Hifi Power is a single Planar Magnetic driver IEM that will be competing and aiming to some current competitors in the market with the same planar drivers set-up like from Letshouer, 7Hz and the first Chi-fi company implementing a planar driver on an IEM, Tin Hifi.

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To be honest, I've only tested 2 IEMs with planar drivers before and these are Audeze iSine 10 and Tinhifi P1, I remembered that I am that not particularly impressed on those planar magnetic IEMs before as they are really hard to drive that you really need a better source just to properly power them up and yet it only delivers a mediocre tonal quality. That's reason I'm really skeptic on those planar IEMs as it really kills the whole point of a versatile, portable hifi setup with these hard to drive IEMs.


A planar magnetic driver works a bit different compare to a more traditional dynamic driver as it is more complex. The principle of planar magnetic driver is to send an electrical signal and impulses to a very conductive element of which membranes and thin diaphragms are made of and they are sandwiched by a pair of strong magnets specifically a high quality neodymium, that it will have faster response rate due to the diagphragm reacted well on feeding electric signals coming for an audio source. But I digress and let's go back to the main point of this review.


Muse Hifi Power is indeed one of a very few special IEM with a uncommon driver set-up (for now), a 14.5mm planar magnetic with a thin diaphragm and it currently price at around US$200/£140 which I see it as very competitive with its given price value. The shells are indeed humongous and chunky but I didn't have fitting issues on them as they snugly fit into my average-size lugholes with acceptable weight which I don't find uncomfortable. Isolation is very commendable on this one as it seals well against external noise from the outside.

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The shells are quite sturdy and it is made of high quality medical grade resin material that are friendly to my skin as I didn't encounter any irritations even in a long listening session. Its faceplate are quite a looker as its design is somehow takes an inspiration from a swirly foam art in a cup of cappucino (I'm a coffee lover). It has a metal alloy frame that holds bother the resin base cavity and the faceplate.

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Given to its price value, The Muse Hifi Power is packed in a medium-size black box. It's packaging is well-thought and loaded with accessories that you will only encounter on most midrange to Top-of-the-line products from other companies.

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Here are the contents inside from the box:

  • A pair of Muse Hifi Power IEMs
  • A black braided clothed sleeved black cable in 3.5mm termination plug
  • A four (4) sets of different types of ear tips in three (3) pairs.
  • A good quality IEM faux leather case.
  • An instruction manual.

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As for driving requirement, It is a given thought that planar drivers are very demanding when it comes to amplification, they are indeed power hungry sets but on Musehifi Power it is really a quite surprising that it can be drive from my LG phones for at least 80% of volume level to be decent listenable level and but it scales well on better sources with more powerful amps like dedicated DAPs ( I have a new DAP, F.Audio XS04 just to drive these planar properly in high impedance/gain mode) and desktop DAC/Amps that its gives a more lush sounding with better dynamics.


As for its tonality, Muse Hifi Power has a distinct U-shape sound signature, with an elevated bass and treble and a neutral midrange. It is more approaching towards on being a tad warmer in general.


I will point out some characteristics that I've observed from each frequency response spectrum of Musehifi P1 for the past days during my listening and testing phase.



LOWS/BASS


This is the most prominent frequency response region of Muse Hifi Power, it has that sufficient punch, a peculiar dynamic sounding and precision. The subbass has a good depth and extension as it has a rumble that will be beneficial to some genres like modern pop, hip-hop and synth-pop that it gives a more impact and reverb to synthesizers and electronic drums.


And for mid bass, it has an ample texture to give a sufficient growl on a bass guitar that sounds earthy and a thuddingly but a bit soft sound of bass kicks. There are some instances a tad of bass bleed to some bass heavy tracks but it is still remain firm and controlled and nonetheless, it is at least affecting the midrange quality after all.


MIDRANGE:


As the mids are more on a linear side but it has an added tad of warmth into it that it gives a more tonal balance to other frequencies, it has a clarity, a good resolution and an energetic nature. Both vocals quality of both gender are benefited on that sufficient texture as it is sounds natural and good clarity on it but female vocals shines a bit further as it is in onward position due to added energy and sonic range due to that emphasis towards to the uppermids which will I explain later on the treble part of this review.


As for instruments it sounds organic with a tad of bright as it has a crisp and twanging sound on guitars either it is an acoustic, a lead or rhythm. a blaring sound of a brass trumpet, a rich and vivid sound of a piano and a shrilly and sharper snare strikes.


Overall, the mids performs well and its presentation is very decent and convincing of such a delivery from a performance of a planar driver.


HIGHS/TREBLE:


The treble part is where will I have some concerns the overall tonality of Muse Hifi Power. It has noticeable peak on the upper mids that it give a piercing and shriek sound as I encounter it on some female vocal tracks and a miniscule amount of sibilance that is more prevalent to sibilant-laden tracks. To be honest its just a slight issue to me as I want a good treble quality but my concern on that too much emphasis on the upper mids are some treble sensitive individuals that are less tolerant on that certain frequency range that gives a discomfort and unpleasant listening experience.


Evidently, cymbals has a shimmer and sheen sound with decent airy extension and hi-hats has that prim and cursory crisp chick sound.


Despite that particular issue on the treble quality, I still consider it as a good one as I see a silver lining on it which is a more better resolution capability on both macro and micro-details and boosted upper mids and presence treble region gives off that kind of high fidelity vibe.


SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING AND OTHER TECHNICALITIES:


To give you an idea of the overall proportion of its sound field and spatiality, It is significant on the height (tallness)and depth over width. It has an above average wideness, with good immersive depth and height reach in the whole spatial profile of Musehifi Power.


Other aspects on the technical side such as imaging, separation and layering are only performing decently but not an ideal preference that I really incline for as excellent and laudable as I already expect some possible shortcomings of a planar driver. Imaging is just a typical two-dimensional stereo panning, and it has only an ample perceive distance of spacing and gaps between singers and instruments and having a bit of difficulty to determined the placement and exact position of each element but at least its doesn't feel congested and boxy but not my ideal technical aspect as it is one of main prerequisites to have those in an IEM.


As for the coherency of the drivers, I will give it a high mark. Why? Because it is a planar driver, Planar drivers are known to have a very nimble and agile driver tech. It has quicker bass response and very cohesive performance that it has a lesser harmonic distortion….but at the expense of a sucking up more power from its source.


As for timbre quality, it is on a natural side but it has an added sheen and gleam tended to have a tad brighter tonal colour. And lastly for its resolution capability, it has good detail retrieval and sufficient information on sonic value and harmonics.



PEER COMPARISONS:


Audeze iSine 10



  • Audeze iSine 10 is more of a V-shape sounding and a bit lean while Muse hifi is more of U-shape and more balanced sounding.
  • It demands more power just to drive it properly, Muse hifi Power requires less power output that it can be driven by a decent source but compare to dynamic drivers and balanced armature sets, it is more source dependent that needs better amplification.
  • iSine's bass quality are tighter and less sustaining, Muse hifi Power is more on quantitative side.
  • iSines are a bit heavier and have some discomfort and keep adjusting its position to have a suitable fitting into my ears.
  • iSines has a subpar resolution retrieval.

Tinhifi P1


  • Harder to drive set than Muse hifi Power
  • Has a lesser technicalities aspect especially on imaging and soundstage, Tinhifi P1 performs it underwhelmingly and Muse hifi Power is a bit better in a respect.
  • Too much smoothness that harmonics and air are almost gone and details are lacking of infos to retrieve.
  • P1 has a tighter bass response compare to Muse Hifi Power's more punchier bass.
  • P1 stock eartips doesn't have that good sealing and isolation that I really want. Included stock eartips on Musehifi Power are way superior.


As I'm an agnostic on the power efficiency and performance of planar magnetic IEMs of the past. Given to the fast track development of newer type of magnetic planar drivers along with trying to minimizing the moving parts of it to make it more easier to produce and more viable to the audio market. Those notions of mine might change as I see a potential of planar magnetics are even going better and it will be more common in a coming months as I already see many companies are adapting it already




Muse Hifi Power is one of the few products that gives me an alternative thought and it somehow amends my views on planars. Musehifi managed to surprisely me with a solid performance and price value of their introductory product. I find it very pleasant to listen to day after day and Musehifi Power will be my favourite planar magnetic set for now.

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SPECIFICATION:

MODEL: MUSE HIFI POWER

IMPEDANCE: 32Ω

SENSITIVITY: 106dB

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10Hz – 40KHz

CABLE LENGTH: 1.25M

PIN TYPE: 2-PIN CONNECTOR

PLUG TYPE: 3.5mm

DRIVER UNIT(S): (1) 14.5MM PLANAR MAGNETIC DRIVER


Some Tracks Tested: ( * = 16-bit FLAC, ** = 24-bit FLAC, *'* = MQA, '*' = DSD, *'= .WAV)




Alison Krauss -When You Say Nothing At All *

Jade Wiedlin - Blue Kiss**

Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks **

Mountain - Mississippi Queen *

Queen - Killer Queen **

Guns N' Roses - Patience *'*

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven '*'

Sergio Mendes- Never Gonna Let You Go '*'

Pearl Jam - Daughter **

Roselia - Hidamari Rhodonite *

Assassin - Fight (To Stop The Tyranny)*

Celtic Frost- Visual Aggression *

New Order - Blue Monday *

The Corrs- What Can I do (unplugged version) *

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child *

The Madness- Buggy Trousers *

Metallica - Motorbreath **

Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby *

Destiny's Child - Say My Name *

Malice Mizer- Au Revoir *

Mozart - Lacrimosa *

New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvorak- Symphony 9 " From the New World." *

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold (Sting cover)*

Michael Jackson - Give In To Me *

Exciter - Violence and Force *

Diana Krall - Stop This World **

Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat *'*

Lucretia my Reflection – The Sisters of Mercy **

Suzanne Vega – Luka **




P.S.

I am not affiliated to MUSE HIFI 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 thank Steve Tong and MUSE HIFI for providing this review unit, I truly appreciate on his generosity towards me and other reviewers.
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SHOOTINGTECHIE

100+ Head-Fier
MUSE HIFI POWER- THEY REALLY SHOWED THEIR POWER FOR SURE!!!
Pros: Wider head stage
Better rumble in sub-bass
Better microdetails
Better separation
Better female vocals
Better treble extension and air
Beautiful imaging
Transparency is much better
Cons: Notes could be taller
More bass punch
Notes need a bit more body
Notes in the mid treble especially metallic instruments needs to be sharpened down a bit
Texture is missing
Needs more presence of lower mids
Transparency needs a step down
MUSE HIFI is a new player in the chifi market and has come to challenge the planar lower end market against the likes of 7Hz with their tech. Well, competition is what improves the market and I love it.
So today we try their new iem- MUSE HIFI POWER.

SPECIFICATIONS-

  • Impedance: 32Ω.
  • Driver Module: 14.5mm nanometer flat diaphragm planar magnetic driver.
  • Frequency response range: 10Hz-40kHz.
  • Plug Type: 3.5mm single-ended.
  • Sensitivity: 106dB.
DISCLAIMER- I WAS SENT THIS CABLE FOR REVIEW BY MUSE HIFI AS A PART OF REVIEW TOUR IN INDIA. SURELY, I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR CONSIDERING ME AS A PART OF THE REVIEW TOUR BUT ALL MY OPINIONS ARE MY OWN WHETHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE AND WILL NOT BE INFLUENCED BY ANYTHING EXCEPT ME 😋 ALSO THANKS TO @machinegod FOR SENDING ME TO REVIEW IT.

UNBOXING-

Beautiful as every other chifi iem like I have seen between 100-200$. The thing I loved which was different, was the way the ear tips are presented in the box.

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BUILD AND FIT-
The build is okayyyyy, but I highly doubt that if it falls, it will survive. It’s a semitransparent design and is quite light weight too.
The fit is good, but its generous size at the back, hits my concha a bit too much. Its bearable for an hour max but bigger ears have more of a chance with it.

CABLE-
An SPC beautifully covered in nylon clothing. Its looks and feels great. No sounds from wire when moving either too.

ACCESSORIES-
  1. Case- Synthetic leather case
  2. Ear tips
  3. An ear tip cleaner

POWER REQUIREMENT-

With my N6ii with A01, High gain and 20-25 is good enough for me. So yeah, it does require power but not a ton.

NOTE- THIS IEM HAS BEEN USED WITH N6II WITH A01 ENTIRELY. THE XUDOO MT602 HAS GOOD SYNERGY WITH THIS AND WILL BE RECOMMENDED BUT NOT USED FOR THIS REVIEW. I HAVE ALSO TRIED AN PURE COPPER CABLE FROM THE STOCK CABLE OF MY IEM SHOZY POLA WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS EXCEPT THE FIT. THE ENTIRE REVIEW THOUGH HAS BEEN DONE WITH STOCK CABLE TO KEEP VARIABLES TO A MINIMUM.

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SOUND IMPRESSIONS- KEEP IN MIND THEY MIGHT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE-

SUB-BASS –


Adequately present with good rumble, well separated and extends well into the headspace. It’s quite energetic with good differences felt in between the different notes. The decay is great long enough to leave a slightly extended feeling of the note in your mind 😍. It has a big loud hit to the notes body with beautiful fast attack to the notes but feels a bit lacking in punch. The timbre is excellent but slightly with a leaner tonality which seems to be the downside. Texture could be more enhanced which seems a but lacking in it. Now tonality is very dynamic, lending good differentiation between different percussion instruments. Well try with a copper cable and warmer source and it will be epic 🤩.

BASS-

The bass is quite balanced with no hint of being too much interfering with other frequencies at all. There is an abundance of energy just needs a bit of push with warmer and powerful sources (as in case of me its an amp XDUOO MT 602 (1954 Sylvania tubes). The best thing about this is that the hits on the snare drum is rather good and gives the tension with which the leather on the drum is tightened. What I love about this is that even though the tonality is slightly lean, the difference between different bass instruments is so beautifully presented that you would be abacked. Notes attack and extension are surprisingly good, but a little thicker body would be appreciated (Hence the need of warmer source). The upper bass could need an echelon with the mid-bass since sometimes you would want those thicker male vocals in some songs which seems a but lacking. The separation is so beautifully done that even the notes are well differentiated. The texture though is lacking for sure.

MIDS-

VOCALS-
Beautiful both male and female vocals. The air in their voice is beautifully presented with notes with extension reaching that ceiling in the headroom easy. The extension even though good, the lean tonality comes up a bit with male vocals. Female vocals though thrive on this, pretty much in this iem. There might be a little more enhancement on “ssss” than some other iems in some tracks, but it didn’t bother me at all, plus seems like transients are abnormally forward giving the sense of better details. Texture is also lacking a bit.​
INSTRUMENTS-
Well, its as beautiful as a planar would be. It is mid-forwards with notes being widely separated and instruments being beautifully placed in the headspace to create a good separation. The notes have good body with beautiful attack and now even the plucks on the guitar strings feel enhanced and sound beautiful. Key instruments have the same beautiful separation and beautiful feel to it. Timbre is good too. With good energy and details just popping up shows much of its planar characteristics of the driver. The transparency might be a little too much sometimes, but I prefer it to listen this way rather than not to have it. The tonality overall is on the leaner side though.​

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TREBLE-

Its there for sure. Its sparkly, energetic and well tonally distinct between different instruments present here. The notes have a small beginning and body, but the presence is quite easily felt. They are all widely separated and have a good headspace for the placement of the instruments. There is good amount of air present for sure. The metallic instruments might be a bit too much real with slightly leaner tonality making it slightly fatiguing and bit sharp when there’s triangle or bells present. While wind instruments and string instruments here have a beautiful presentation. The timbre is great too doesn’t seem to be lacking at all. The energy is great too, not lacking to surprise when needed. Upper treble might be a bit lacking as the notes top ends are not that much excellent. The notes height difference needs a touchup too.

HEADSTAGE AND IMAGING-

This is beautiful to say the least. There is good 3D imaging in your head that happens with this iem. There is good width in the head stage that it feels to be coming from the corner of your ears. There is good stage depth (z axis) of the instruments too. The height of the notes could have been a bit more overall but its still good. What it requires is notes height difference to be more enhanced. Imaging even in the – Y-axis is sometimes present in certain tracks or at least it feels like it haha.

SEPARATION AND RESOLUTION-

Resolution is rather good with great transparency overall. The microdetails pop up like a kid’s eye when offered a candy haha!!! The microdetails though aren’t too much maturely presented, it just pops ups and doesn’t flow with the note’s presentation. But at this price getting such an iem is difficult. Separation is excellent overall. Inter-instrumental separation is surprisingly good with good inter-notes separation too, such that you would not stop to think even in busy what instruments were where and this I love for sure.

COMPARISON-

7HZ TIMELESS-

PROS-

Warmer tonality
Better bass texture
Taller head stage
Bass has bigger presence
Notes have bigger body
Timbre is pretty good

MUSE HIFI POWER-
PROS-


Wider head stage
Better rumble in sub-bass
Better microdetails
Better separation
Better female vocals
Better treble extension and air
Beautiful imaging
Transparency is much better

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SUMMARY-

This is a straight up recommendation in case you have a warmer source and copper cable lying around. This will fit much better with anything warmer. But overall, with other sources it will be great too. This kind of separation and balanced sound, I have rarely tried something . The slightly spicier treble and leaner tonality is something you would get used to easily over time but this kind of beautiful true to life sound is rare at this price. Highly recommended (seems like I am repeating haha, but this is worth it)
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jmwant
Excellent review! Still confused though. Better textured bass vs better treble, haha.
SHOOTINGTECHIE
SHOOTINGTECHIE
@jmwant Yeah at this price range, textured bass is very limited, treble though can be tamed but yeah its either that or this haha!!! But best thing i would say is the iems soundstage presentation that was something unique.

IwinHash

New Head-Fier
Yet another Planar appears in the wild
Pros: Planar advantage in Technicalities
Cons: Tuning needs improvement
Build isn’t satisfying
Disclaimer

I got the Muse Hifi Power as part of a review tour and the impressions provided below are my personal opinions and I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the review.

Ah another planar iem! These are popping up like crazy in Chifi after the popular 7hz Timeless. Possibly they’re using the same driver in different shells or is it ‘tuned’ better? In this review I will try to compare the Timeless, Kato and Power from what I hear.

Looks, Feel & Accessories

Muse Power has a premium package with assortment of tips and a well built sleeved cable. There’s a small pouch which is similar to Kato. The tips provided looks identical to timeless, Kato comes with spring tips. So packaging wise I feel all three iems do a good job around $200.
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The tips looks very similar to what Timeless also comes with🧐

Build is where the Muse Power falters.It’s faceplate looks good but the material is plastic and feels like entry level kz iems. Kato with steel and Timeless with magnesium build hopefully will take a bit of bumps and will last longer in my opinion.

Also the shell is bigger and gets uncomfortable after an hour or so. Timeless has fit issues too as the earphone itself is oddly shaped. Kato provided the best fit for me and with spring tips the seal was excellent too.

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The driver is visible inside the transparent shell

Sound

Like mentioned earlier Muse Hifi follows the latest trend with a large planar driver similar to Timeless and Kato uses a Dynamic Driver. Personally I prefer dynamic timbre more and feel planar has a thinness which I kinda dislike.
The driver is capable technically producing a well spacious and resolving sound. The stage is wide and depth is good for an iem. Layering chops are also impressive with a holographic presentation. Transients are fast maybe a bit fast for my taste, think this is a reason for the leading note sharpness I feel. Kato has the DD timbre going for it even though it’s less technically proficient.

Bass is good, has a bit more mid bass emphasis than sub bass rumble. Tonally I find the upper mids and treble are pushed up more than what I usually like. The Kato and Timeless have a bit more subdued sound in this region. This sometimes makes things like cymbals and high hats a bit ‘splashy’. Vocals too are delivered with a bit of thinness due to this upper midrange boost.

Interestingly there’s no tuning foam in the nozzle of the Muze power. From BGGARs measurements of Timeless without filters seems very close to Muse Power.
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Conclusion
For $200 the Muse Power is technically proficient but Tonally I find the Kato to my liking. Also there’s a possibility that another new iem may come soon with a better tuning considering the drivers are very similar among the new Chifi planars. Boon and bane of Chifi remains, exceptional sound at a good price but will possibly be superseded by another better performer in no time!
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Comments

voja

500+ Head-Fier
I've listened to these yesterday. Can confirm I would not recommend these at any cost. Extremely bloated and boosted bass, and other parts of the spectrum also don't really satisfy my standards
 
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