The Resonate can be found and ordered here:
The Resonate retails for ~$160(exact price depends on current exchange rate).
- Drivers: Balanced armature + 8mm dynamic - Hybrid
- MMCX detachable cables
- 3x Interchangeable tuning filters
- Can be worn as a standard earphone, or upside down with the cable over the ear
- Compatible with iOS / Android Windows Smartphones
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Sensitivity: 103+/-3dB
- Frequency response: 20 – 20000Hz
- Cord Length: 1.25M
- Jack type: Gold plated 3.5mm (spring loaded)
- MIC with universal pause/play button
- Eartips included: (S/M/L) silicone | (M/L) memory foam | (S) double flange.
- Resonate comes with a 12 month standard warranty
TUNING FILTERS EXPLAINED BY COLOUR
Fusion (Yellow tuning filter) = Reference class. How the artist intended. A fun and exciting middle ground of all frequencies combined.
Emotion (Blue tuning filter) = Treble. Offering a reduced bass sound signature with more detail on the upper mids and treble.
Energy (Green tuning filter) = Bass. Whilst keeping plenty of detail in the music.
The Resonate come in understated yet handsome black box with a magnetic flap and front window panel to display the earpieces and filters...
Opening the box reveals the ear tip selection...
The Resonate with it's cloth covered cable attached. The cable has a mic/remote for use with iOS and Android phones...
In my many years frequenting Head-fi, I have had experience with hundreds of earphones, headphones, and earbuds. The Resonate earphones like to incorporate some of the current trends. I have had experience with them all before. Tuning filters to help adjust the sound to one's liking, They also adopt the current favorite MMCX connectors for their removable cables. They employ a hybrid design with 1 armature and 1 dynamic driver per side. The Resonate also use the offset strain housing design.
I like what they were thinking with the Resonate design. Good ideas but with okay execution. Some may dislike MMCX especially the type that allows spinning like the Resonate do. Assuming you do not plug and unplug often MMCX should be fine. I have had nothing but a perfect connection in my time with the Resonate.
My issue is more with the Resonate cable. The cloth covering is not the softest and it transmits rubbing noise quite a bit. The cable itself is a bit thin above the Y join and really likes to tangle. A cord slider may have been nice as well. The mic unit is positioned on the left side and a bit lower for both over ear and straight down wearing. The cable does use a nice spring strain relief on the 3.5mm straight plug.
The housings have an offset strain design that routes the cable entry point off the front and towards the outside edge of the housings making them easy to grasp for insertion and removal. The filters screw in the center of the front of the housings. The housing are fairly large and weightyy so I need to go up a tips size to L for a secure fit since the filters are not quite long enough for me. I am fairly average and usually M size tip person. Certainly necessary when moving about such as on your commute.
Overall the design is good in it's ideas but could use some changes to make it perform as well as it could in real world use. SCORE: 7.25 out of 10
The Resonate come with a good array of accessories. Different styles of tips(foam, single, and bi-flanges), a clip, a suede look pouch, and of course the filters. I do feel that at the $160 price the quality of these accessories is only so-so. At least a handful of competitor options add a second non-mic cable which is absent here. The pouch could have been a cheap clam shell zip case and both upped the kit's cache and protected the Resonate better and had a pocket to store tips/filters. The included single flange tips are a bit narrow in the front for the previously mentioned short filter / large housing combination. They really don't aid as much as they could in getting the best fit/seal. I also don't hear them giving the Resonate it's best sound. They leave a bit of SQ on the table compared to others I have in my collection. For example, a wider bore will give a more open and airy sound than the stock tips do. SCORE: 7.25 out of 10
The Resonate sound comes down mostly to the filters. Overall they present a technically capable sound with price equivalent clarity and detail. The bass extension is solid but not special as is the treble extension. The treble is fairly evident regardless of filter. The F.R. also varies with filter. They perform nearly exactly as stated. Green leans to a bass slanted response. Blue leans to a brighter treble slant and the yellow is the most even and also the most cohesive to my ears. The green filters do add a slight bit of low bass extension to it. Blue adds brightness but not more treble reach to my ears.
The dynamic driver is solid giving tight and quick bass that both provides detail w/o ever really losing the ability to separate and pick out an above average amount of detail up and through to the mids. The green filter adds a just more than noticeable amount that you can discern but doesn't hurt the previously mentioned ability. The bass has both proficient and fun nature. Bassheads may need EQ as 2 of the 3 choices give "reduced" and "reference" bass amount and the green adds a limited amount. The Resonate seem to EQ well enough if you wish to further add to the tunability via that route.
Outside of the yellow "reference" filter, the armature does come the slightest bit too apparent and can be a bit bright depending on source. Green filters bass is just a bit less clean and clean compared to the high end to these golden ears Then on the other end of things the blue filters bass may be bit too light on the presence/impact for some. Not enough bass there to really hit down low though a good amp will certainly kick up the Resonate's overall bass kick.
The Resonate has a slightly above average stage that does like some power to open up even more. A good amount of separation makes most everything in the mix be able to be picked out. Slight improvement on this ability in the low end with the blue and yellow filters since they take a bit of meat off the bass notes than the green filter.
The Resonate has a pretty natural tone and has a good blend of fun color with some realism and accuracy. The basic sound should appeal to most and of course can be push some to a particular signature within reason.
SCORE: 8 out of 10
Resonate vs. Elecom EHP-CH1010:
Resonate add removable cables and filters but CH1010 is half the price and does come with better single flange tips and a nicer looking leather look pouch. Elecom has a more agreeable cable and the brass housing are more elegant to me. The smaller size is helps the Elecom's similar offset design fit easier and more stably than the Resonate for me.
Across my devices the two earphones are nearly a draw in SQ except for the Elecom's synergy with Sony Minidisc where it sounds bigger and more natural. Otherwise they perform on technically the same level with the Elecom being darker and with less of a high end lean.
Resonate vs. Brainwavz B150:
Different form factors. Resonate is straight down design that can be worn over ear though the B150 trumps it for over ear fit and the B150 can only be worn over ear due to the formed ear guides.
Even with the best tips that make the B150 brighter and push a bit more detail, the Resonate wins in the SQ dept. They sound a bit cleaner and detailed and bigger in stage size. Bass reach is a win for resonate. The B150 is trying to sound more like a dynamic and the Resonate trying to be tight and a bit bright so the armature powered B150 has no speed edge on the resonate even down low. The blue filter has a bit less bass and bass punch than how the B150 armature is tuned.
Resonate vs. Pioneer CH9T:
Pioneer is a bit cheaper at $129 in the US but also has sparser accessories and also a pouch instead of a case. Pioneer has MMCX removable cables and is able to be worn both ways. Pioneer cable is a good deal better than the Resonate cable regarding noise transmission and tangling..
Sound goes to the Pioneer as a bigger and more natural sound. The wide-band dynamic drivers out reach the Resonate's hybrid set-up a bit on both ends. A bigger stage, more textured bass, sweeter vocals, and smoother but equally detailed treble edge out the Resonate by a bit on most SQ traits. The single driver is more natural and cohesive and can just sound a bit more realistic. Pioneer goes with a single higher quality driver with some higher quality materials like brass and a special air flow design instead of going hybrid.
There was a nice 40% discount but at the full US$160 price I would like those few things previously mentioned like better silicone tips, a step up to at least a basic zip case, a better cable design, and perhaps an improved filter set that was a bit longer. Sound is solid at the price and tuning is a nice option though I might like another filter with even more bass than the green and another with even more treble reduction for greater versatility.
SCORE: 7.25 out of 10
Overall I want to like the Rock Jaw Resonate more than I actually do. For me they could do some things better than they do. The design is good but not quite realized to the full potential. Just a bit more to be had with regards to fit, cable, and the accessory kit.
OVERALL SCORE: 7.5 out of 10