Penon BS1 Official Version <br /> <ul> <li>Metal shell, metal mesh</li> <li>Black carbon fiber alloy splitter, alloy slider</li> <li>Sound signature: Impactful Bass ,Sweet Vocals ,Extended Treble, Wide Soundstage</li> <li>Driver: 15mm dynamic...

Penon BS1 Official Version

Rating:
4.5/5,
  • Penon BS1 Official Version
    • Metal shell, metal mesh
    • Black carbon fiber alloy splitter, alloy slider
    • Sound signature: Impactful Bass ,Sweet Vocals ,Extended Treble, Wide Soundstage
    • Driver: 15mm dynamic driver
    • Impedance: 32ohm
    • Frequency response: 14Hz – 28 kHz
    • Sensitivity: 120dB
    • Cable: 8 shares 19-core copper & silver-plated mixed cable
    • Plug: 3.5mm copper gold-plated plug
    • Cable length: 1.2m
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  1. HiFiChris
    Luxury
    Written by HiFiChris
    Published Feb 5, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - •super even, harmonious and smooth frequency response
    •higher evenness and tonal realism compared to the BS1 Experience Version make the BS1 Official already the more mature and superior model
    •truly awesome cable
    •plenty of premium accessories
    •great bass control
    Cons - •slight lower midrange bleed
    •a little more resolution in the highs at the price point would be nice
    •the awesome cable is, unavoidably, heavy, which is something potentially interested people should be aware of
    Vorwort:
    Es gibt noch immer Audio-Enthusiasten, die die klassischen Earbuds In-Ears und kompakten Bügelkopfhörern vorziehen. Anders als das „nicht-audiophile Fußvolk“ nutzt der enthusiastische Earbud-Hörer aber keine Modelle vom 10€-Grabbeltisch des Elektro-Discounters, sondern ist bereit, für einen guten Ohrhörer durchaus auch mehr Geld in die Hand zu nehmen – manchmal sogar wesentlich mehr Geld, denn auch bei Earbuds gibt es Modelle, die preislich jenseits der 200€-Grenze liegen.

    Ganz so teuer sind die Penon BS1 Official Earbuds nicht, liegen mit einem Preis von 99$ allerdings auch definitiv und unverkennbar im Enthusiasten-Bereich und sind für den uninformierten Casual-Listener damit wohl eher uninteressant, wobei auch der Durchschnittshörer nicht abgeneigt zu sein scheint, einen dreistelligen Betrag für Earbuds (nicht In-Ears!) auszugeben, wenn diese kabellos sind und mit smarten Health-Monitoring Features ausgestattet sind.

    Anyway, nachdem die Penon BS1 Experience Version Earbuds im Review in ihrem Preisbereich überzeugen konnten, kläre ich in dieser nun folgenden englischsprachigen Rezension unter anderem, in wieweit sich die teureren BS1 Official Earbuds von diesen unterscheiden. Auch müssen die teureren Earbuds gegen andere, sehr starke Earbud-Gegner im Direktvergleich antreten.
    So here we go:



    Introduction:


    In 2017, I reviewed the Penon Audio BS1 Experience Version earbuds, and they definitely convinced me with good tonal balance as well as harmony and a more “meaty” tonal approach along with good technical performance for earbud levels and their price point. They even won a golden Lounge Award (2017) in the category of earbuds.
    That the BS1 Experience Version earbuds would be just a teaser for, and more affordable option to the actual BS1 was however also rather publically known.

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    And so it came – besides their new “Penon Official” website where Penon Audio sell some of their Penon-branded products besides their regular web shop where they resell audio products from a wide range of manufacturers and categories, they also released the BS1 Official earbuds that are, no doubt, definitely geared towards earbud enthusiasts with their luxurious, braided copper & silver cable as well as a price tag of $99.

    How do the BS1 Official earbuds sound like? How do they perform? And in what areas do they differ from the regular BS1 Experience Version? This is what I will find out in this very review.


    Technical Specifications:

    https://penon-official.com/product/bs1-official-version/
    Price: $99.00
    Type: Earbuds
    Driver: dynamic, 15 mm
    Impedance: 32 Ohms
    Sensitivity: 120 dB
    Frequency Range: 14 Hz – 28 kHz
    Cable: 1.2 m, 8 conductor 19-core silver-plated & copper cable


    Delivery Content:

    The BS1 Official earbuds arrive with a lot of accessories that are pictured below:

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    The earbuds, one wooden storage box, one soft storage pouch, one large shirt clip, a Penon-branded Velcro cable tie, and no less than 13 pairs of different foam covers.


    Looks, Feels, Build Quality:

    Got wood?
    The BS1 Official earbuds come with a wooden storage case that is made of dark brown walnut wood and looks very beautiful. Those who don’t want to use it can use the other included storage solution, a cream-coloured and very soft pouch (that is however a tad too small for the earbuds including their cable).

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    The earbuds’ cable is simply gorgeous, very premium and flat-out bonkers! It is a hybrid, beautifully braided 8-conductor silver & copper cable with fairly high flexibility (although not as high as twisted or braided three- or four-conductor cables).
    The large y-splitter and 3.5 mm plug have got beautiful, built-in carbon fibre elements. And the chin-slider (that is by the way also made of metal) is large, too.
    Yeah, that cable’s appearance and quality is simply gorgeous.

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    I also really like that the included Penon Velcro cable tie is green, since I love this colour.

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    About the BS1 Experience Version, I complained that the side-markers on the metal shells were way too simple (just a small white dot on one side). Thanks to the red and blue side indicators on the BS1 Official earbuds’ cable, I cannot report the same and am happy that distinguishing the correct side is super easy.
    The design of the buds themselves is mostly similar, however unlike the BS1 Experience Version that had acoustic screens made of plastic in front of the driver, the BS1 Official earbuds’ are made of metal (let’s just hope that no rust will build up over time).
    The pure buds’ shell shape and design is still a tad boring, at least to my perception, but not anywhere as much as the BS1 Experience Versions’, since the Official earbuds have etched Penon logos on the outside that give them a less stealthy look, which is an outcome I personally prefer, just like the coloured side-markers.

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    Comfort, Isolation:

    The comfort will of course highly depend on your individual ear anatomy.
    For my large ears, comfort is quite good and the earbuds also seal rather well (within their limits of course).

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    Due to the good cable, microphonics are reduced to a minimum and can be even lowered when inserting the earbuds regularly but guiding the cables around the ears. However, since the cable is rather heavy as well and also undeniably on the thicker side, the earbuds might be pulled out unintentionally if you don’t support them using the included shirt clip or guide the cables around the ears.

    Exterior noise isolation is, which is not that much surprising given these are earbuds, pretty much not present at all.


    Sound:

    My main sources for listening were the Cowon Plenue 2, my Apple iPod Nano 7G, the Hidizs AP200 as well as the iBasso DX200 (AMP1 module) although that’s mostly irrelevant for the BS1 as long as the source outputs a flat frequency response under a low impedance load and doesn’t perform too bad in general.

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    As usual with earbuds, the sound one will hear is strongly dependant on one’s personal ear anatomy and especially how well the earbuds seal and how tight they fit.

    I didn’t use any foam covers for listening.

    Tonality:

    Foam covers versus no foam covers – that is the question… that you will have to answer for yourself. Speaking for myself, I generally prefer to use earbuds without any foam covers, and that’s also how I evaluated the BS1 Official.

    The BS1 Official earbuds head into a smooth, somewhat warm direction that can be described as quite inoffensive and even in the treble. So it’s a natural, harmonious frequency response that the BS1 Official earbuds convey.

    Starting with the bass, the BS1 Official have quite surprising sub-bass extension for earbud levels and manage to still reproduce a bit of that rumble around 40 Hz.
    Bass elevation starts around 800 Hz and reaches its climax around 150 Hz. It can be kept upright until about 60 Hz and rolls off below that.
    As a result of the warmth-driven tuning, lows and deep male voices gain some warmth and fullness, however bloating and unnaturalness are fortunately avoided and the midrange is not overshadowed by much, although I wouldn’t mind a bit less fundamental range bleed into the lower midrange for this price. The bass has got a nice punch and impact to it without being really overdone or omnipresent (lows are elevated by ca. 7 dB compared to an in-ear that is diffuse-field flat in the lows, such as the Etymotic ER4SR/S).

    Voices are on the smoother, warmer side but sound mostly natural. Still, the lower midrange can be a touch too full at times.

    The treble in general takes a slight step back and is overall minimally more on the inoffensive and smoother side. What’s quite remarkable about it is that it is mostly quite even, without any sudden dips or peaks.
    Extension past 10 kHz is really good.

    Resolution:

    Bass is a bit more on the softer, looser side, but has got good control and texture – in this regard, the BS1 Official are a bit better than the BS1 Experience Version, even though sounding a bit softer.

    Midrange resolution, definition and speech intelligibility are on a good level as well, however this area is ultimately slightly behind the Shozy Cygnus.

    Treble details are certainly there and also rather precise, although one should definitely not expect better in-ear performance – but that’s what most earbud lovers are aware of anyway, and other good earbuds aren’t significantly better in this area either.

    Coherency between the lows, mids and highs is good and no area seems to really fall behind the others.

    Soundstage:

    What you might notice is that the BS1 Official don’t have the most prominent forward projection. While there is some spatial depth, layering and real depth are somewhat less present. Instead, the BS1 Official concentrate more on the lateral presentation, presenting a rather wide but not super wide soundstage that will never appear congested and that slightly leaves the base between my ears wherefore it is not the most immersive soundstage for earbud standards, however not the smallest either and presents a good median (maybe even a bit more than just that).

    Separation and placement of instruments don’t reach the same level as similarly priced in-ears or the Shozy Cygnus and appear a little smudgy in comparison, but judged by earbud-standards, the BS1 Officials’ spatial presentation is still solid.

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    In Comparison with other Earbuds:

    Shozy Cygnus (no foam covers):

    If you already thought that the Cygnus had a very gorgeous and premium cable, then you probably haven’t seen the BS1 Official yet – their cable is a lot more luxurious in comparison to the Cygnus’ already awesome cable. On the other hand, the Cygnus’ cable has got the higher flexibility since it isn’t as thick as the Penons’, and I find that the Cygnus’ buds appear more premium and beautiful with their silky smooth white finish and curved design.

    The BS1 extend deeper into the sub-bass. Bass in general is ever so slightly more forward on the Penon as well, but the Penon earbuds are overall also audibly warmer than the Cygnus. However, while the BS1s’ fullness is pleasant, their fundamental range bleeds a little too much into the midrange.
    Mids are, as a result, more neutral on the Cygnus, with a more correct timbre.
    The Cygnus are closer to neutral in the highs and even slightly on the brighter side around 10 kHz, and also minimally around 6 kHz wherefore treble evenness is where the BS1 Official are a bit ahead.
    So the BS1 are smoother and a bit warmer as well as fuller sounding whereas the Cygnus have more of a tastefully balanced v-shape with more neutral mids.

    Bass is tighter, faster and better controlled on the Shozy.
    Midrange resolution and speech intelligibility are slightly higher on the Cygnus as well.
    Treble separation is also a bit sharper and cleaner on the Cygnus.

    The Cygnus sound a bit more open and separate single notes and instruments more precisely in comparison.

    Penon BS1 Experience Version (no foam covers):

    The BS1 Official have got a far more premium cable with the slightly higher flexibility and come with far more accessories that definitely match the price and are high-class as well.

    The BS1 Official extend somewhat deeper into the sub-bass.
    Midbass is slightly more present on the BS1 Experience Version while the BS1 Official have got a bit more warmth and fullness in the fundamental range and low mids.
    The BS1 Experience Version have got a bit more upper midrange presence and sound therefore slightly more metallic in comparison.
    The BS1 Official are more even in the highs in comparison and also extend further.

    The bass is where we have the biggest difference between the two earbuds – control and texture are higher on the BS1 Official while the BS1 Experience Version shave got a bit more tightness and speed.
    Due to the higher evenness in the highs, the BS1 Official sound more focused, even and natural in the mids and highs in direct comparison while actual detail retrieval and speech intelligibility are quite similar.

    Soundstage is, to my ears, quite similar in terms of size, openness and spatial precision/imaging between both earbuds.


    Conclusion:

    The Penon BS1 Official earbuds are a product dedicated to earbud lovers who want luxury. They don’t only come with a plethora of accessories and a really premium wooden storage case, but also with a truly impressive, braided 8-contuctor with silver and copper wires and carbon fibre elements incorporated into the 3.5 mm plug and y-splitter.

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    Sound-wise, they present a quite smooth, even tonality that heads into the somewhat warmer, fuller direction, but also comes with a bit of lower midrange bleed that could be lowered a bit. So all in all, they appear like an overall somewhat more refined, more even sounding version of the BS1 Experience Version earbuds with somewhat more warmth and fullness, along with an impressively luxurious cable and really nice amount of luxurious accessories.
    While they are good earbuds and worth their money as generally quite well-tuned, luxurious earbuds, a slightly higher resolution along with slightly improved separation and a lesser lower midrange bleed are however things that could have been improved somewhat.
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  2. audio123
    Penon BS1 Official Version - Immersive Experience
    Written by audio123
    Published Jan 16, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Full-bodied, Soundstage, Build Quality
    Cons - May be slightly heavy for some
    Introduction

    Penon is a Hong Kong company that produces iems, earbuds and cables. They started out with their first earbud in the Penon BS1 Experience Version. Recently, they have released the Penon OS849 cable which I have reviewed earlier. In this review, I will be reviewing their latest earbud in the Penon BS1 Official Version. At the moment, you can purchase the Penon BS1 Official Version from https://penon-official.com/product/bs1-official-version/ .

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    Specifications

    • Driver: 15mm dynamic driver
    • Impedance: 32ohm
    • Frequency response: 14Hz – 28 kHz
    • Sensitivity: 120dB
    Unboxing & Accessories

    The BS1 Official comes in a red and blue package with Penon printed on the front cover in gold colour. After opening the package, there is a wooden circular case that contains the BS1 Official. Beneath the case is a soft carrying pouch that contains 2 packs of foams, cable wrap and shirt clip.

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    Earbud Build & Design

    The BS1 Official has the Penon brand name printed on it in grey colour. The shell has a smooth matte black finish to it. It has a circular shape. The housing is made of aluminium. The strain relief has a blue and red housing to differentiate between left and right respectively. There are 3 vents at the bottom of the housing. The earbud is constructed well.

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    Cable Build & Design

    The cable has a 8 core design and it is braided well. It consists of 19 strands per core and the material is a combination of copper and silver-plated copper. Moving down to the chin slider, it is black and circular in shape. The y-splitter has carbon fibre design and sports the model name in white colour. Lastly, there is a gold plated copper straight jack and the housing has carbon fibre on it with strain relief. There is the brand name printed on the housing. The overall cable design gives a premium feel and I find it aesthetically pleasing. The cable is quite soft and supple for a 8 core.

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    Sound Analysis

    Lows

    The BS1 Official has good sub-bass quantity and there is a nice boost. The sub-bass is being extended with a nice depth and there is a speedy rumble. The agility helps to inject excitement into the sound. There is a good display of technicality and the decay is pacey. The mid-bass on the BS1 Official has a moderate amount of quantity and the slam has enough weight for an impact. There is a strong control in its bass presentation. The combination of quantity and agility is able to produce a harmonious performance. Bass texture is smooth. The articulation is quite accurate. The approach the BS1 Official operates on presents the bass with speed and body.

    Mids

    The BS1 Official has a gorgeous midrange and it is displayed with excellent finesse. The midrange is able to tackle vocals with ease be it male vocals or female vocals. There is richness in the mids due to the body. Vocals are presented in a very intimate manner and the body helps to improve the realism of it. The lower mids has a great quantity to it and male vocals are being expressed without sounding hollow. It is able to convey emotions well. For the upper mids, there is body to it and it is presented with forwardness. Along with the crisp, there is a nice organic presentation. Female vocals are being displayed with intimacy and the definition is excellent. There is a high standard of details retrieval.

    Highs

    The treble is extended with a good depth. It packs details and there is clarity. There is no sibilance and harshness. The treble takes on a full-bodied approach with accurate articulation. The amount of air rendered has a great amount and this helps to allow the lighten the presentation which complements the overall full-bodied sound. There is a great definition to it. The treble has a smooth nature to it and packs energy.

    Soundstage

    Due to the full-bodied approach, the expansion of the soundstage is very natural and it makes the overall sound realistic. There is a great width and the depth has good space to it. The Penon BS1 Official can keep up with busier tracks and there is minimal congestion.

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    Comparisons

    Penon BS1 Official vs Rose Masya

    The BS1 Official has more sub-bass quantity and extension than the Masya. The mid-bass of the Masya is more agile and there is a quicker slam. However, the BS1 Official presents its mid-bass slam with more weight which results in a more impactful hit. The bass of the BS1 Official provides an extra punch to improve the overall dynamics. Bass decay on the Masya is slightly faster and the bass texture on the BS1 Official is rendered much more smoothly with great finesse. The lower mids on the BS1 Official has more body and it is able to tackle male vocals better. Likewise, the upper mids on the BS1 has similar forwardness as the Masya but it has the edge due to its body. The quantity helps to increase the organic level. Next, for the treble section, both have similar extension and with the extra body in the treble, BS1 Official has a more complete presentation. The air rendered on the BS1 Official has more amount with better details retrieval. Lastly, the BS1 Official has a more natural expansion in its stage width and the width is further. The depth has more space. The positioning of instruments and vocals is better on the BS1 Official. Resolution of BS1 Official is better.

    Penon BS1 Official vs Astrotec Lyra Collection

    The BS1 Official has more sub-bass quantity and extension than the Lyra Collection. The depth the Lyra Collection reaches is not too far from the BS1 Official. The mid-bass on the BS1 Official has more body and the slam is more impactful. It is being presented with heavier weight. Bass decay on the BS1 Official is more pacey and bass texture on both is very similar. The lower mids on the BS1 Official has more quantity and male vocals are better expressed without sounding hollow or dry. The upper mids on both have similar forwardness but I feel due to the extra body, the BS1 Official presents female vocals with more intimacy. BS1 Official is more capable than the Lyra Collection to showcase an organic vocals performance. For the treble section, the Lyra Collection has slightly more extension and there is more body on the BS1 Official. The crisp on the Lyra Collection is better with slightly more definition. Lastly, for the soundstage, the stage expansion is more natural on the BS1 Official and the magnitude is similar on both. The depth has more space on the BS1 Official. BS1 Official has a more realistic feel to its stage. Resolution is similar.

    Penon BS1 Official vs Penon BS1 Experience

    The BS1 Official has more sub-bass quantity and extension than the BS1 Experience. The mid-bass on the BS1 Official has the edge due to the extra quantity. The slam it presents has more weight to it. There is more musicality in the BS1 Official. Bass texture on the BS1 Official is rendered more smoothly with finesse. The lower mids on the BS1 Official has more quantity to it which aids in male vocals delivering a greater impact. The upper mids on the BS1 Official has more forwardness and body. The midrange takes on a full-bodied approach with intimacy. The treble on the BS1 Official has slightly more extension and the extra body it has creates an organic performance. BS1 Official packs more details and there is more control. For the soundstage, BS1 Official expands naturally with greater width. There is better depth. Resolution of BS1 Official is better.

    Conclusion

    The BS1 Official is a full-bodied sounding earbud that packs a high level of details retrieval with a smooth approach. It is able to provide an intimate and detailed sound. The stage is very immersive and gives a surround feel. The build quality of the earbud is constructed well. Furthermore, the 8 core hybrid cable is braided nicely with beautiful parts being used and it is aesthetically pleasing. The Penon BS1 Official is easily one of the finest earbud I have come across.

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    For more reviews, visit https://audio123blog.wordpress.com/ .
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