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The SH-3 has been designed with a flat and accurate sound signature. It is more specifically designed for singers, guitarists or other music players who need detailed mid and pristine highs. It is also the ideal product for sound engineers who...

PEARS SH-3

Rating:
5/5,
  • The SH-3 has been designed with a flat and accurate sound signature. It is more specifically designed for singers, guitarists or other music players who need detailed mid and pristine highs. It is also the ideal product for sound engineers who need very transparent and accurate reference monitors.

    Specifications
    • Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature (Dual Mid-Low, Single High)
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz – 18kHz
    • Input Sensitivity: 117dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
    • Impedance: 25 Ohm
    More information can be found on PEARS.

Recent Reviews

  1. audio123
    PEARS SH-3 - Musical Trio!
    Written by audio123
    Published Oct 12, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Controlled Bass, Sweet Midrange, Smooth Treble
    Cons - Depth is slightly closed in.
    Introduction

    PEARS is a Switzerland company that specializes in custom in-ear monitors. They have 2 iems in the SH-2 and SH-3. I would like to thank PEARS for the review unit of the SH-3. At the moment, you can purchase the SH-3 from PEARS .

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    Specifications

    • Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz – 18kHz
    • Input Sensitivity: 117dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
    • Impedance: 25 Ohm
    Unboxing & Acessories

    The SH-3 comes in an unique pear shaped wooden package that is 100% Swiss made. After opening the package, there are the IEM, 2 pins 0.78mm detachable cable, pack of tips, cleaning set, special pouch in microfiber, microfiber cloth, pin badge and sticker.

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    IEM Build & Design

    The SH-3 has transparent clear shells. On the faceplate on each side, there is a wood finish with the brand logo, brand name and model name in silver color. The nozzle is slightly angled. The iem utilizes 2 pins 0.78mm cable. The SH-3 has an ergonomic design with a comfortable fit.

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    Cable Build & Design

    The cable is a detachable 4 core cable with 2 pin 0.78mm connectors. On the connectors, there are blue and red dot on the left and right side respectively so users can differentiate. The connectors have transparent housing. The cable has a memory wire section that is enclosed in a transparent heat shrink tube. It is not very flexible due to the metal inside that helps to form the shape. The chin slider is made is made up of a transparent tube and the y-splitter is made of a soft rubber material with strain relief. The jack is 3.5mm gold plated right angled with strain relief.

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    Sound Analysis

    Lows

    The sub-bass of the SH-3 is extended moderately with tightness. There is a natural rumble expression. Each bass note is articulated with a smooth and controlled hit. There is good quantity. The bass decay on the SH-3 has moderate speed. Bass texture is rendered with great smoothness. The mid-bass has fair body and it is able to express the slam with sufficient weight which provides the necessary impact. It is relaxing to listen to without any signs of aggression or density.

    Mids

    The midrange is presented in a smooth manner with moderate transparency level. There is a tinge of warmth. The SH-3 is able to express its midrange soothingly and vocals are enjoyable to listen to. There is good satisfaction with strong mastery. The lower mids has moderate quantity and male vocals are showcased with no signs of hollowness and dryness. The upper mids has slight forwardness and female vocals sound sweet. The SH-3 is extremely competent in the vocals reproduction.

    Highs

    The treble extends well with no sibilance and harshness. There is moderate crisp with lack of sparkle. The treble has good body and the presentation takes on a smooth approach. The amount of air rendered is great and it offers space at the top end. The controlled expression helps to provide a relaxing fatigue-free listen.

    Soundstage

    The SH-3 expands with good naturalness and the width has a good magnitude. The depth is slightly closed in with sufficient space rendered. Positioning of vocals and instruments has moderate precision.

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    Comparisons

    PEARS SH-3 vs Custom Art FIBAE 3

    The FIBAE 3 has more sub-bass quantity than the SH-3 and the SH-3 has greater extension. The FIBAE 3 has a fuller sub-bass reproduction while the SH-3 expresses it in a more clinical manner. Rumble on the FIBAE 3 is presented in a natural manner. The mid-bass on the FIBAE 3 has additional quantity and the slam is expressed in a full manner. Each bass note on the SH-3 is articulated with slightly more strength. The bass texture on the FIBAE 3 is rendered more smoothly than the SH-3. Bass decay on the SH-3 is slightly quicker and there is a higher engagement level. The midrange on the FIBAE 3 is fuller than the SH-3 and it benefits vocals reproduction. The transparency level on the SH-3 is higher. The lower mids on the FIBAE 3 is slightly thicker than the SH-3 and it helps to express male vocals better. The upper mids on the FIBAE 3 has a little more forwardness and the female vocals has higher intimacy level. For the treble, the SH-3 has greater extension. The amount of air rendered is greater on the SH-3 which gives a light and airy feeling. There is more treble body on the FIBAE 3. The FIBAE 3 has additional sparkle. Lastly, the FIBAE 3 expands naturally for its soundstage. The SH-3 has greater width magnitude while the depth of the FIBAE 3 is more closed in.

    PEARS SH-3 vs Earsonics Velvet V2

    The SH-3 has more sub-bass quantity than the Velvet V2 and it boasts better extension than the Velvet V2. The sub-bass reproduction on the SH-3 is fuller than the Velvet V2 and it is able provide greater satisfaction. Rumble on the SH-3 is expressed with additional naturalness. The bass texture is rendered more smoothly on the SH-3. Bass decay on the SH-3 is slightly quicker and the agility contributes to a higher engagement level. The mid-bass on the SH-3 has more body and it is able to deliver the slam in a more punchy manner. The midrange on the SH-3 has fullness while the transparency level on Velvet V2 is higher. The lower mids is slightly thicker on the SH-3 and it benefits male vocals. The upper mids is more forward on the SH-3 which elevates the intimacy level of female vocals. For the treble section, the Velvet V2 has better extension than the SH-3. There is no sibilance and harshness on both. The SH-3 is much smoother in its treble with extra body. There is additional sparkle on the Velvet V2 to inject liveliness to the overall sound. Lastly, for the soundstage, the expansion on the SH-3 is more natural. The SH-3 has greater width while the depth on the SH-3 offers more space than the Velvet V2.

    Conclusion

    The SH-3 is a musical sounding iem that is able to provide controlled bass reproduction, sweet midrange and smooth treble. It has an impeccable performance that captivates listeners. In addition, the faceplates have nice wood finish and the packaging has an unique feel. The PEARS SH-3 is a highly recommended iem and it delivers with a strong showing.

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      HUANPAI and karanehir35 like this.
    1. karanehir35
      Tight review. Thanks
      karanehir35, Oct 15, 2018
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    2. audio123
      audio123, Oct 15, 2018
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