twiceboss

Headphoneus Supremus
on the Right track
Pros: Excellent tuning
No obvious weak points
Decent resolutions
Easy to pair with sources
Light weight
Cons: Slight BA timbre
Dry treble
Review unit sent by SeeAudio.

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Bravery was a bit bright on the first listen and I realized that I need to change the tips to be smaller and hence deeper fit. That solved a lot of issues I had in the first place. Now, all the listening has been done with the small xelastec. Being a brighter through apple dongle and darker through SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK2 + iFi xCan. Bravery I could describe it as a neutral with bass boost. Probably an easy one of the recommendations at this price range.

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Source: SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK2 + iFi xCan

Signature: Neutral with bass boost

Bass: B+
A hint of boomy and has a slight bleed to the spectrum when the subbass rumble and bass hitting. Very good timbre for the bass which is surprising even though it is a bit wooly. It slams with density but with a slight boomyness. Nothing to worry that it is still a clean execution. Overall resolution for the bass is a bit lackluster if it is being compared with its mids and highs. In short, excellent timbre for the BA bass but lack cleanliness and resolution.

Mid: A+
Resolving mids with smooth transition between the lows hence it gives a perfect weight and meat to the overall mids. Probably has a hint of plastic timbre but really this is really good. It is on the top tier of the BA timbre if you ask me. The details appears on the front. Something like shoving the details though it doesn't sound offensive at all. This perhaps due to the cramp staging that it has.

Vocals: S-
Neutral. Note weight of the vocal is about 1. Being 3 is thickest and -3 is the thinnest.The vocals seems has excellent texture and very resolving. I don't have much to complaint at this section but probably not euphoric enough for me to give a solid S. Since it is not offensive and sounds right to my ears, it deserves S-.

Highs: A-
Very well extended and it is unoffended. This set is quite sparkle with that regard without being sibilant or over the board. This has been tested with various kpop tracks that usually can be sibilant on certain bad sets. Well done with decent resolution though it is a bit on the dry side.

Staging and Imaging: B
Staging is on the cramp side. It appears less width that I would like to though the transients of the mids and highs are quick so it doesn't sound congested. Except the bass region which appears boomy. Imaging is OK ish and the instruments are well placed. The vocals are dead center and the layering is great.

Conclusion:
A solid set that is tuned toward neutral with bass boost. The whole spectrum appears inoffensive and very well priced. The only complaint is about the dryness of BA timbre especially on the highs sections. However, the bass appears great in terms of timbre. A great set from SeeAudio which I think quite apart from Yume. Technicalities wise, Bravery won for me but Yume has better tonality for the whole package but bottlenecked by its technicalities.

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baskingshark

Headphoneus Supremus
See Audio Bravery Review - Putting On A Brave Front
Pros: Fast and tight bass.
Good imaging and layering.
Great tonality, generally non fatiguing.
Good timbral accuracy for a pure BA setup.
Branded cable and eartips. 2 pin cable - better lifespan than MMCX in general.
Easy to drive.
Cons: Poor isolation.
Provided Xelastec tips may cause excessive suction in the ear, and also gives nasal vocals.
BA bass - bass lacks movement of air and decay, with lack of subbass extension.
Below average soundstage.
Lacking in micro-details and dynamics.
DISCLAIMER

This unit is part of a HIFIGO review tour. This unit will be passed on to another audiophile in Singapore for the tour, after this review.

The See Audio Bravery can be gotten here: https://hifigo.com/products/seeaudio-bravery.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The See Audio Bravery is a 4 BA IEM with a relatively non fatiguing U shaped tuning While the tonality and timbre (for a pure BA setup) is good, the technicalities are not classleading, and there are some limitations such as a BA bass.


SPECIFICATIONS
  • Driver configuration: 4 x Balanced Armature (two Knowles BA drivers for the bass, one Sonion BA for the midrange, and one Knowles BA driver for the treble)
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
  • Impedance: 18 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB/mW
  • Cable: 2 Pin (0.78mm), 6N OCC Hakugei cable.
  • Tested at $289 USD

ACCESSORIES

The Bravery comes in an anime girl packaging. This could very well be the reason for buying this set, it is one for our otaku and weeb friends!

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Included are:
1) Specially customized 6N OCC Hakugei cable - very premium looking and well braided with a cloth sleeve. They do not tangle, but unfortunately there are some microphonics present. The Hakugei brand of cables is quite well known in audio circles and adds some elegance to the packaging. I won't comment on whether cables change the sound signature (that usually ends up in flamewars haha), but See Audio didn't skimp on the cables at least.
2) Azla Xelastec Sednafit eartips - they also didn't skimp on this portion, these tips are expensive! The Xelastec eartips provide good grip and boost vocals in general with other IEMs, but some may find these tips to be a lint and dirt magnet, and they are rather sticky. Ironically, the Xelastec tips may cause the vocals to be nasal with the Bravery, which we will talk about later.
3) Foam tips - S/M/L - they tend to tame the treble and increase isolation.
4) Round hard case - is that a playboy bunny logo on it? For our otaku anime friends?

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The accessories provided are okay for a close to $300 USD set. As discussed above, the cable and eartips are "branded" and will have added to the costs.

I liked that See Audio provided a cable with a 2 pin connector, I had my fair share of mishaps with MMCX type connectors after switching cables once too often, they ended up like spinning windvanes.

For the purposes of this review, the stock Xelastec tips and stock cables were used, so as not to change the sound signature with aftermarket gear.


BUILD/COMFORT

Build wise, the Bravery is made of resin and feels very solid. In fact they look like semi customs. They are quite beautiful too, but of course we are more interested in how it sounds!

Comfort wise, it is a mixed bag. While the shells themselves are comfortable, some might find that the provided Xelastec tips can create a suction effect in the ear, this may be uncomfortable for some.

I didn't have driver flex on my set, but this is partially related to ear anatomy an types of tips used, so YMMV.


ISOLATION

I usually use pure BA setups for travelling or stage monitoring, as they tend to be unvented and provide better isolation than vented DD type sets (in general).

Disappointingly, the isolation on the Bravery is poor, due to the vented bass design. This set didn't pass my subway test, and I wouldn't recommend them for use in a noisy environment - to protect hearing health and also cause one will lose details and the bass frequencies in a noisy place.


DRIVABILITY

I tested the Bravery with a Khadas Tone Board -> Schiit Asgard 3 amp, Khadas Tone Board -> Topping L30 amp, Sony NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One Plus v2 Mr Walkman Mod), smartphone, Shanling Q1 DAP, Tempotec Sonata HD Pro, E1DA 9038D, and a Khadas Tone Board -> Fiio A3 Amp.

The Bravery are easy to drive, amping doesn't really give much value add.


SOUND & TECHNICALITIES

The See Audio Bravery is a U shaped set, with a relatively non fatiguing tuning. In the department of tonality, the Bravery is actually quite good, with no major flaws, perhaps only having poor subbass extension.

Timbral accuracy on the Bravery is good for a pure BA set. It won't beat some pure single DD setups in terms of timbre, but most acoustic instruments sounded quite organic here. Vocals however may sound a bit thin and nasal with the provided stock Xelastec tips, but this can perhaps be mitigated to some extent with other eartips.

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Graph courtesy of KopiOKaya from Audioreviews (IEC711 compliant coupler).


The bass of the Bravery is midbass focused, it is north of neutral but far from true basshead levels. Subbass extension is lacking, movement of air and bass decay are not that natural sounding though, as per most BA bass sets (even though this is a vented BA bass).

The bass has rather good quality though, texturing is decent, and the bass is fast and tight. So the Bravery goes for quality over quantity in terms of the bass, although the BA bass may be a dealbreaker for some.

Mids on the Bravery are pretty well balanced, in keeping with the good tonality of this set. The provided Xelastec tips however, may give vocals a nasal tinge, and also cause a lack of note weight in voices. Layering and imaging in the midrange is good though, and is a standout on this set.

The upper mids on the Bravery are rather subdued, it doesn't have the usual shouty banshee upper mids that plague a lot of CHIFI, so this set is rather non fatiguing.

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Treble extension on the Bravery is okay, but not the best considering it is a pure BA setup. Sibilance is mild, so this is a good set for our treble sensitive brethren. Those that want more sparkle and air and micro-details and clarity might need to consider alternatives though.

In technicalities, the Bravery have below average soundstage for a close to $300 USD set (in height, depth and width), especially when the stock Xelastec eartips are used. Imaging and layering are good, though clarity, instrument separation and micro-details are not class-leading at this price range. Dynamics sound a bit subdued on this set, even with amping, so that's one area that can be improved on.


COMPARISONS

Well if anime and weeb packaging matter to you, then only the See Audio Bravery has the anime girl packaging, among the competitors below. (This may be a dealbreaker for some!!!)

Single DD types were left out of the comparisons as they have different pros and cons among the different transducer types. Most of the comparisons were with pure BA IEMs, only the LZ A7 (tribid) is the exception, but it is in a similar price bracket to the Bravery.


Audiosense T800 ($298 USD)
The Audiosense T800 is an 8 Knowles BA setup. The T800 is more V shaped. The T800 has much better isolation and fit.

The T800 is brighter (some may find it fatiguing) but it has better air and treble extension. Subbass extension on the T800 is also better, and even though both sets have vented BA bass, the T800's bass sounds quite close to a DD bass in terms of decay and movement of air.

In terms of timbral accuracy, the Bravery is better, but the T800 has better technicalities and soundstage. The T800 is more in your face with the music, whereas the Bravery is more laid back and subdued.

The T800 is more fussy when it comes to sources, as the very low impedance of 9ish ohms requires a source with output impedance < 1 ohm, otherwise this may skew the sound signature. Whereas, the Bravery is more source agnostic.


LZ A7 ($338 USD)
The LZ A7 has 10 tuning options in view of various tuning switches and nozzles, and it is more versatile as such. It can be tuned to be V shaped to U shaped to neutralish.

The LZ A7 has better accessories, better isolation and better fit. The LZ A7 also has better technicalities though it looks uglier (there's some fairy tale story emblazzoned on the shell haha). The LZ A7 has more more air and faster transients in view of it incorporating a piezo driver for the high frequencies.


QDC Anole VX (from $2556 USD, depends on custom versus universal shell)
The QDC Anole VX is a summitFI 10 BA set which, like the above LZ A7, is more versatile in view of it having 3 switches; this offers 8 different potential sound signatures.

Well it may not be a fair comparison due to their different selling prices, some folks mention that the Bravery and Anole VX graph similarly (on some switch settings for the Anole VX). Well, graphs only tell half the story at best, and the Anole VX is one of the most technical sets I've ever heard. It is seriously no contest: the Anole VX eats the Bravery in technicalities for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper on A/B testing, though of course diminishing returns are par for the course, when one dabbles in summitFI TOTL pricing.


Audiosense DT200 ($149 USD)
The DT200 is a 2 knowles BA warm neutral set that has better timbral accuracy than the Bravery. Bass quality and technicalities are better on the Bravery, but the Bravery is around 2x the price of the DT200. The DT200 sounds more smooth and laid back compared to the Bravery.

Isolation and comfort is better on the DT200.


CONCLUSIONS

The See Audio Bravery is a 4 BA IEM that features a relatively non fatiguing U shaped tonality. While the tonality and timbre (for a pure BA setup) is good, the technicalities are not class-leading. The Bravery is easy to drive, but as per most other pure BA setups, this set is likewise limited by BA bass extension and naturalness. Comfort is also hit or miss, but this is a YMMV situation as we have different ear anatomies.

See Audio definitely didn't skimp on the accessories, and the provided accessories are quite premium - Azla Xelastec eartips and a Hakugei cable. Unfortunately, the Xelastec eartips may not have the best synergy with the Bravery, as it causes a narrower soundstage and nasal vocals. These Xelastec tips are also a dirt and lint magnet.

The See Audio Bravery are decent in my book, but at this price range, the competition against other big boys is huge and there are admittedly other competitors with better technical performance.

abheybir

100+ Head-Fier
SeeAudio Bravery
Pros: 1. Warm mild V-shaped Signature
2. Well extended treble
3. Relaxed overall tuning
4. Above average soundstage with good imaging a separation
5. Lavishly accessorized
Cons: 1. On Face Vocals
2. Bass Strength is low
SeeAudio is a Chinese brand fairly new to the international market. But they have a couple of great products under their belt namely, Anou(aka Yume) , Neo, Kaguya. My first experience with SeeAudio was when I reviewed Anou. It was an absolute delight and fun IEM, although the bravery is quite different in terms of technology and price. The Yume was a hybrid design and costed around 180USD whereas the latest entry in the market is the much awaited Bravery is a pure BA IEM and cost around 280USD.

Bravery has quite an eye catchy design. See Audio has made sure to include Bravery with a premium set of accessories. It comes with a customized 6N OCC Hakugei cable with 2-pin 0.78mm connectors; comes bundled with three pairs of Azla Sednafit XELASTEC ear tips(S, M, L) and a nice carry case similar to Yume. The driver arrangement is as 2 BA Low+ 1 BA Mid+ 1 BA Highs and based on the Knowles and Sonion BA drivers and has a nice vented design.

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Disclaimer:
I have received as part of review circle sent from brand itself in exchange of honest reviews. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources and is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configurations and price range.

Sources:
For this review the unit has been paired to A&K SE100 (ES9038 Pro) and Shanling M6 (AK4495EQ).

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Highs:
The treble is bit on bright side, and helps cutting through the thickness in the mid-range adding the appropriate air. The extension is very good balancing the warmness giving the required energy to it. The details and resolution is above average. The treble does feel bit sharp and aggressive at times but compliments the overall signature.

Mids:
The mids have nice BA texture to them and overall nice tonality. Both male and female vocals sounds full of emotions. The lower mids have a natural feel to them and have nice texture whereas the upper mids are bit forward and relaxed. There is nice presence feel to the notes of all the instruments. The only thing I don’t like about the mids is that Bravery tend to throw vocals at your face.

Lows:
The bass feels bit elevated, the sub bass extends to mid bass gives a nice presentation of flowing bass. The sub-bass architecture is kind of missing as of all BA setup; instruments like bass drums feel hollow although the sub bass extension is good but its missing the strength.

Technicalities:
Bravery excels very much in terms of technical capabilities, It has very good implementation of imaging and separation. The soundstage is just average in terms on width and height. It has very good layering capabilities. During my testing it has never faced any difficulties rendering busy tracks with precision. Micro dynamic on the other hand felt bit lacking along with the depth.

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Final Verdict:
In my opinion SeeAudio Bravery is very capable IEM. It has a nice warm and mildly V-shaped tuning with above average technical performance. The looks and accessories are very much premium. Although peaks in treble can be observed but it does complements the thickness in the mids as well as the bass performance. If you are looking for a relaxing all BA driver IEM under 300$ range then I would say this is good option out there to consider.
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RemedyMusic

New Head-Fier
See Audio Bravery - An Audacious Swirl
Pros: PROS:
• Desirable U-shape sound signature
• Unique and pristine feel and look
• Commendable performance BA drivers
• Knowles x Sonion BA configuration
• admirable bass and treble extensions
• comes with premium cable and tips
• Easy to drive
• Superb technicalities and tonality
Cons: CONS:
• Bulky build might be a concern for some minorities
DISCLAIMER:

I did not buy this product. It was provided as a review unit for the Philippines reviewer circle tour. Much thanks to See Audio for providing us one. We are not compensated in any way. My thoughts and opinion here are not influenced by any form of incentive.



Manage your expectations as what works for me, might not work for you. We all have different perception when it comes to sound. My setup and gears may not be the same as yours, and that plays a big role in what I hear. I have learned lately that source plays a big role in this as I have been exploring different music streaming platforms. So, as we reviewers always say, take this as a grain of salt.



INTRODUCTION



See Audio
has been around for some time now. They have their line up Kaguya, Neo, and Yume and has quite made a statement in the audio community.



I am a professional gigging musician, mainly keys, sax and drums player. Worked in 5 star hotels, played for local artists here in Philippines, and studio work for indie artist too. I listen mostly to almost any genre, but minimal rock and almost to none metal. My personal preference is mostly jazz and fusion and contemporary pop.

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SPECIFICATIONS:



Driver: 4 BA configuration (2 Knowles and 2 Sonion)

Impedance: 18 ohms

Sensitivity: 110db

FR range: 20hz-20khz





INCLUSIONS and PACKAGING:

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As a review unit, we did not receive the official packaging on this one. It came with a metal case, a circular one, with a bunny-like logo. A premium cable from Hakugei, and 3 pairs of Azla Xelastec tips.



THE TIPS:

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I have not yet dived in the vast world of ear tips, but Azla has been around. It is such a treat to try them at last, together with Bravery. More on this as we move on.



THE CABLE:

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Hakugei is a premium cable maker, and yet again, I am not a cable guru, but this one feels premium and pristine. I am sure that the outcome of what I hear from Bravery, the cable contributes a significant role. It is a 6N OCC cable on nylon fabric sleeves. It has a decent thickness that gives you that confidence that it will not give up on you anytime soon. It has a decent weight that pulls down Bravery when worn. It does not have an ear hook though that most of us are accustomed to, and it gave me a bit of adjustment on how it sits on the curves of my ear. Nonetheless, this is another sweet treat packaged with Bravery.





THE SHELL:

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The design and build of Bravery is particular. It is 3d printed as they claim and transparent. Though not transparent white, I like that black-ish transparency. They are chunky and bigger than the average IEM and it will not be a surprise if some minorities will somewhat grumble on this. It has that swirl vanilla design that is really cool and See Audio’s logo on the left unit, and an odd-looking star on the right. (sorry I don’t know what it is exactly but it looks cool). The logos became my reference of which is the left and the right. There is a single air flow/vent on each unit to cater for long listening pleasure.


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Now on to how it sounds…



TREBLE – 5/5



I can say that this is one of Bravery’s strong point. The trebles here is on point for my preference. Not harsh, no sibilance yet open, has shimmer and has a very nice extension. I’m a detail freak and some micro details sits on this department. I am not a rock head and my threshold for treble is present, but Bravery gave that shimmer that sits perfectly for my hearing.



Conclusively, I just loved how treble was presented here. Hence the perfect score.

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BASS - 5/5



Another strong point of Bravery here. I was captivated on how lows are presented. Very commendable extension too just like the trebles. Enjoyable thump, punchiness and weight. Which I think bass heads will start to put a smile on their faces. Rumble on the sub bass department is present and it is such a treat to hear that on tracks like from Billie Eilish.



Conclusively, I loved the weight of lows here. It gave me a nice feeling that Bravery is ready to gratify lows if the track calls for it. Another perfect score from me.



MIDS - 4/5



I’m a mid-centric guy and if we are to base our hearing on what we see on the FR graph, we can see Bravery has a dip on the mids. But it never felt short of satisfying me on details. Instruments are a bit pushed back yet details, timbre and tonality were not compromised. Acoustic instruments sounded natural. Synths are crunchy and snappy. Just a tad bit shy at the back of the vocals which I think where it should be.



Conclusively, I gave this score because I prefer my mids a bit forward. But that is just me. Nonetheless, the mids never felt lacking. Lush and rich sounding.



VOCALS - 4.5/5



Vocals, both male and female, are intimate. Very decent reproduction and natural. Sam Smith, Adele, Whitney Houston, Michael Buble and many more sounded like they were singing in front of you and you are the VIP that paid that costly ticket on their concert. Vocal harmonies have that clarity that made me just close my eyes and enjoy the music even more on vocal tracks.



SOUNDSTAGE AND IMAGING



Notice the score is blank? It is because here, I will be purely subjective.



Imaging here is decent. Panning of instruments are nicely placed. Depth is present but on the lighter side.



The stage is quite intimate here. And this falls to our own preference. Though I enjoy a wide sound stage, like my review on ADV TOTL line up particularly the M5-6d, it does not benefit me that much if I am studying songs as a musician. Bravery’s stage is quite small for me but not in a bad way. This contributes a big part on how I perceived the vocals above. For me, intimate soundstage is also a joy to listen to. So, if you’re into that big stage, you might want to consider this department. But I can safely say, the intimate stage will not bother you in any way. Instead, it will give you that position that you are in a studio with the artist and musicians, behind that massive console, playing music just for you.



FITTING/ISOLATION



I’ll leave this one blank too on the scoring. You might want to tip roll if you have hard time with Azla as some claim. As for me, it is my first time trying out Azla tips and I must say it was… a peculiar experience. Let me share my thoughts.



  • Isolation is above average with the Azla’s.
  • Fitting is good but I have to find the right angle for a snug fit.
  • If I pull it out, setting it again and finding the desirable angle can be quite cumbersome.
  • I didn’t mind the sticky feeling.
  • Never fell of my ears when properly inserted.


Conclusively, the Azla’s are a good fit for me. except for that no. 3 thing that I mentioned above. Once set, pray that no one will disturb you that will make you pull out that fitting.



Here are some TRACKS that I used for reference. Allow me to share you some notes I’ve taken.



1. Hermosa Skyline – David Benoit – 16/44.1 online FLAC Tidal x UAPP
  • Pianos is distinctive and as a pianist, I knew the piano is KAWAI.
  • Alto sax is sweet and organic.
  • Bass guitar falls in the mid bass section. Punchy and well textured.
  • Imaging of instruments changes throughout the song.
  • Drum kicks is on the lighter side yet has that thump ever so subtle.
  • String section is well placed behind the main instruments.
  • Snares are snappy and airy on hits that reverb was implied.
  • Synth brasses are well placed as a supporting instrument.




2. Sweetest Taboo – SADE – 16/44.1 online FLAC Tidal x UAPP
  • Drum kicks have the ample amount on bass department. On the punchy side.
  • Bass guitar sits nicely in the mid bass.
  • Jazz guitars and muted guitars has that nice imaging and placement.
  • The 80’s electric piano most likely to be a Yamaha DX7 sits nicely behind the vocals but in front of the guitars.
  • Percussions are snappy and open.
  • Sade’s voice sweet and warm. Well placed in front.
  • Instruments are highlighted in this track showing Bravery’s mid and trebles prowess.
  • 3. May I Ask – Luke Chiang feat. Alexis Kim – 16/44.1 online FLAC Tidal x UAPP
  • Acoustic guitar so damn natural, organic and airy. Well textured.
  • Male and female vocals decently intimate.
  • Piano is warm and airy. Presentation of reverb is magical.
  • Drum kick is on the light side yet still have that punch.
  • Bass guitar entering the sub bass department here. Smooth and warm.
  • Pads at the beginning is airy and shimmery.

  • (Thanks to Berry White for this test track.)


4. P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) – Michael Jackson – 24bit/96khz online FLAC Tidal x UAPP
  • Synth bass has nice weight, thump, and full rich sound.
  • Main vocals and backing vocals well presented. Open and airy.
  • Muted guitars are snappy and well placed.
  • Drum kicks sits nicely in the mid bass section. Punchy.
  • All instruments are separated very nicely.
  • Hi hats produced micro details.
  • Rhodes sits nicely as a supporting instrument.
There are so much more tracks I’ve tested but this 4 will do.





SOURCES AND GEARS



  • LG v30 Quad Dac as my main player (high impedance mode on)
  • Tidal Master subscription
  • Offline Flacs and DSD
  • UAPP app
  • Hiby Music Player app
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VERDICT



Bravery, it was hard to let go of this honestly, and send it to the next guy who will review this. This will be a bold claim, but I find the Bravery an end-game worthy for me. The margin between mid-range and TOTL, the Bravery made it closer. From snappy and open trebles, thump and weighted lows, lush and rich mids, I find it almost impossible for anybody to go wrong if they choose to purchase. As a bonus, you will find yourself packed with a premium cable and ear tips. A versatile player amongst the IEMS around, I never felt a sense of lack in every track that I listened to. Not to sound defensive, I may sound I’m hyping but honestly, I am not. Bravery suits my preference in every aspect but then again, it is my preference against yours. If I have the means, and I plan to save up, I will definitely purchase one for myself and enjoy a long time of end-game nirvana. Kudos See Audio! Looking forward for more quality audio gears!

RikudouGoku

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Weeb bait
Relaxing tuning
Good timbre for a BA set
Isolation
Accessories
Jack of all genres
Cons: master of none
Soundstage
Lacking clarity
recessed mids
lack of sub-bass rumble
Uncomfortable (pressure-build up & large size)
Overpriced
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Disclaimer: I received this review unit for free from HifiGO. Thank you very much.

Price: 280 usd

Specifications:


IMPEDANCE: 18Ω

SENSITIVITY: 110dB

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20H-20KHz

DRIVER UNITS: 4 Balanced Armature Drivers (Knowles and Sonion).

DISTORTION RATE: < 1% (1KHz)


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Accessories:

Azla Xelastec tips S/M/L

Foam tips S/M/L

Carry case

Weeb bait

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Cable: 2-core 6N OCC cable from Hakugei. Measures at 0.42 ohms, so its not that good but works. Although the chin-slider is barely working and the 2pin connector is the forward type and doesn’t sit flush with the Bravery. Not really an impressive cable considering how expensive Hakugei cables usually are.


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Build: Resin build with a metal nozzle that has a lip and a metal mesh. It is on the larger side.

Fit: Not that well for me due to the shape and size. But it does work at least.

Comfort: Not good due to the size being slightly too big (and not shaped in a good way for me) so it makes my ears hurt after a while and pressure build-up (looks like there is a small “vent” near the 2pin connector, but it doesn’t seem to do anything for the pressure-build up) as well.

Isolation: Very good due to the ventless shell.

Setup: Schiit Asgard 3 (low-gain, volume around 8 o´clock), Elecom EHP-CAP20, stock cable 3.5mm

Lows:
Sub and mid-bass is elevated, although not that much but it is sub-bass focused. Texture is decent for a BA and timbre is pretty good. The speed and tightness aren’t as tight/fast as BA´s usually are though but sounds more natural to me.

Mid-bass: Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), clean because of the fast and tight bass, quantity is pretty low as well and is lacking texture. The (02:55-03:01) section with the chopper is hearable but not very clean.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), decent texture for a BA, quantity is lacking though but it is clean due to the speed/tightness.

Sub-bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extension is poor and lacks a lot of rumble (expected from a BA). Punch quantity and texture are lacking but it is tight and fast.

Will Sparks – Sick like that (03:08-03:22), lacking quantity but texture is pretty decent for a BA. Tight and fast so it is clean, although not as fast as most BA´s.

Mids: Both male/female vocals are well balanced, but both are recessed as well. Timbre is good for a BA iem and detail is good. Female vocals are a bit better than male vocals, due to the male vocals lacking warmth, although the female vocals can lack some clarity. Not really for vocal lovers, but they are tuned in a laid-back way.

Female-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), Vocal tonality is good, although it needs to be brighter, timbre is pretty good for a BA, vocals need to be more forward though. Instrument tonality is very good and timbre is good. Detail is good and it is clean, but lacking in clarity.

Yuki Hayashi – MightU (01:58-02:55), vocal tonality needs to be brighter and more forward, timbre is pretty good. Instrument tonality needs to be brighter but timbre is pretty good. Detail is good but lacking in clarity.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), not shouty or fatiguing.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Crescent (02:07-02:26), a bit peaky and fatiguing.

Male-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (00:57-01:17), vocal and instrument tonality/timbre are pretty good, but vocal needs to be more forward (recessed) and overall clarity is lacking.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), vocal and instrument tonality needs to be warmer and vocals are recessed. Timbre and detail are pretty good but lacking in clarity.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars aren’t sharp but lacking in texture and clarity. Tonality is pretty good but timbre can be better.

Deuce – America (03:03-03:16), a bit chaotic, separation and imaging could be better and it’s a bit fatiguing due to the tonality.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality and timbre are pretty good, but texture, clarity and detail could be better. Violin tonality needs to be brighter; timbre is decent, good treble-extension and detail but lacking clarity.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), tonality is decent as well as the timbre, but lacking clarity.

Soundstage: Below average, it’s not that wide or deep.

Tonality: Mildly V-shaped, pretty balanced between warmth and brightness, but does make it into a jack of all trades master of none type. Good timbre for a BA iem.

Details: Pretty good.

Instrument Separation: Imaging and separation are pretty good.

Songs that highlight the IEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj5DRn7Y4ok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7rOS9rd4sY

Good genres:
Jack of all genres

Bad genres: Master of none



Comparisons:

IEM:
Audiosense DT200, Sony EP-EX11 tips L, cable A6 4.4mm
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Bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends a bit lower and rumbles a bit more on the DT200. Punch quantity is similar but more textured on the DT200 while it is a bit tighter and faster on the Bravery. More tonally correct and better timbre on the DT200.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), more quantity and texture on the DT200 but tighter and faster with more detail and cleaner on the Bravery. More tonally correct with better timbre on the DT200.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), cleaner, more detailed and more clarity on the Bravery due to the tighter and faster bass, along with more texture.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocal tonality is a bit better on the Bravery, cleaner and more detailed but timbre is better on the DT200. Instrument tonality and timbre are better on the DT200, but cleaner and more detailed with more clarity on the Bravery.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), peakier and more fatiguing on the Bravery,

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), vocal and instrument tonality/timbre are a lot better on the DT200 but cleaner, more detailed and more clarity on the Bravery.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars are a bit sharper and more fatiguing on the Bravery, but better tonality on it. Timbre is better on the DT200.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality, timbre and texture are better on the DT200 but cleaner, more detailed and clarity on the Bravery. Violin tonality, treble-extension, detail and clarity are better on the Bravery but better timbre and texture on the DT200.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality and timbre on the DT200 but cleaner, more detailed and more clarity on the Bravery.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), a bit wider on the Bravery but deeper and more holographic on the DT200. Detail, imaging and separation are better on the Bravery. Better timbre and coherency on the DT200.

Overall: The DT200 has better tonality for my library and also a more natural timbre. But the Bravery is more technical. DT200 is better if you want a more relaxing and natural set, while the Bravery will be better if you want more technicalities while also still being relaxed (not as much as the DT200 though).

BraveryDT200
Sub-bass-+
Mid-bass-+
Lower-mids-+
Upper-mids+-
Treble-+
Upper-treble+-
Soundstage==
Imaging+-
Separation+-
Macro-detail+-
Micro-detail+-
Timbre-+


IEM:
Aiderlot M5, Elecom EHP-CAP20, stock cable 3.5mm
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Bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends and rumbles more on the Bravery. Punch quantity is also higher and more textured on the Bravery, faster and tighter on the M5. More tonally correct and better timbre on the Bravery.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), more bass quantity and more textured on the Bravery. Faster and tighter on the M5. More tonally correct and better timbre on the Bravery.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), more quantity and texture on the Bravery, with better tonality and timbre. But more clarity and cleaner on the M5.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocal tonality is better and more forward vocals on the M5 with more clarity and macro-detail while timbre is better on the Bravery. Instrument tonality, timbre and micro-detail are better on the Bravery but more clarity, cleaner and more macro-details on the M5.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), shoutier and more fatiguing on the M5.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), instrument and vocal tonality/timbre are better on the Bravery. But cleaner and more forward vocals on the M5.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars have similar timbre but tonality is more correct on the M5.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality, texture and timbre are better on the Bravery but cleaner and more detailed on the M5. Violin tonality, texture, detail and clarity are better on the M5 but better treble-extension and timbre on the Bravery.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality and timbre on the Bravery but cleaner and more detailed on the M5 with more clarity as well.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), a lot wider soundstage on the M5 but deeper on the Bravery. Macro-details and instrument separation are better on the M5 but better timbre/coherency and imaging on the Bravery.

Overall: Tonality wise they are quite different, the Bravery is the warmer, fun and more relaxed iem with more natural timbre. While the M5 is more energetic, brighter and more of a reference tuned set. Technicalities are similar.

BraveryM5
Sub-bass+-
Mid-bass+-
Lower-mids+-
Upper-mids-+
Treble+-
Upper-treble+-
Soundstage-+
Imaging+-
Separation-+
Macro-detail-+
Micro-detail+-
Timbre+-




IEM: GS Audio GD3A, Elecom EHP-CAP20, Cable A6 4.4mm
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Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends lower and rumbles more on the GD3A. Punch quantity is higher, more textured as well as tighter while speed is similar. More tonally correct and better timbre on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), more mid-bass and texture on the GD3A as well as tighter, but speed is similar. More tonally correct with better timbre on the GD3A.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), cleaner on the GD3A with tighter bass and more distinct bass strikes. (Although the treble is peakier on it.)

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocal tonality, clarity and timbre are better on the GD3A and is a bit more forward as well. Instrument tonality is better (warmer) on the Bravery but cleaner and more clarity on the GD3A as well as more natural timbre.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), peakier and more fatiguing on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), vocal tonality, timbre, detail and clarity are better on the GD3A as well as a bit more forward. Instrument tonality is better on the Bravery but cleaner, more detailed, more clarity and better timbre on the GD3A.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars are sharper and more fatiguing on the GD3A but better timbre/tonality on it.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality is similar, but more textured, cleaner and more detailed on the GD3A with better timbre. Violin tonality, timbre, texture, clarity and detail are better on the GD3A but better treble-extension on the Bravery.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality, detail and clarity on the GD3A and slightly better timbre.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage is a lot wider on the GD3A but a bit deeper on the Bravery. Macro-details, timbre and separation are better on the GD3A while micro-detail is better on the Bravery but similar imaging.

Overall: The GD3A is clearly the better value, as the technicalities is slightly better and more natural timbre/coherency on the GD3A. Tonality wise, the GD3A is more energetic and brighter while the Bravery is more relaxing/laid-back.

BraveryGD3A
Sub-bass-+
Mid-bass-+
Lower-mids-+
Upper-mids-+
Treble==
Upper-treble+-
Soundstage-+
Imaging==
Separation-+
Macro-detail-+
Micro-detail+-
Timbre-+




Conclusion:
While the Bravery is well tuned, technical and has good timbre for a BA iem. I just don’t see it competing with the iems near the 300 usd range when it can’t even beat the GD3A (which you might as well consider a BA iem, due to its vented shell and BA-like bass). So frankly, this is an overpriced iem. I cannot recommend this. Thank you for reading.


Graph:
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Cable source:


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...zTm4ei7HEfP8AI1zxswrMw2ho/edit#gid=1801072063

Reference/test songs:
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i like how you put in + - comparison table. Much easy for lazy ass like me

Tashphii

New Head-Fier
SeeAudio Bravery: Brave and bold!
Pros: Great bass response.
Good treble extension
Great tuning
Smooth non fatiguing sound
Great imaging, Good soundstage.
Super efficient and easy to drive
Comes with Azla Sednafit Xelastec eartips
Included Hakugei cable
Cons: The shell is pretty chunky. Might not fit everyone.
Might seem bassy to some.
Lacks airyness on the treble region.
Bravery is a sub 300$ IEM made by SeeAudio. It is a 4BA ( 2 Knowles and 2 Sonion Drivers ) SeeAudio is known for providing great price to performance value in their IEMs and Bravery is no exception! It performs amazingly for the price you pay!

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Specifications

Driver Configuration: Quad BA.
>Driver Arrangement: 2 BA Low+ 1 BA Mid+ 1 BA Highs.
>Impedance: 18ohm.
>Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz.
>Sensitivity: 110dB/mW.
>THD+N: <1%.
>2-pin 0.78mm connectors.

Packaging :
What I have here is a review unit without its complete packaging, so I can't comment much about it. I got a metal carrying case consisting the IEM itself, a HAKUGEI cable and Azla Sednafit XELASTEC eartips.

Build Quality:
The build quality is excellent! The IEMs got a beautiful swirl design and metal logos on the faceplates! They look absolutely gorgeous! The included Hakugei cable is amazing! It is supple, nicely braided and produces no microphonic noise.

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Sound Quality:


Tonality and Imaging :
The tonality of bravery is lovely! It sounds pretty organic for an all BA IEM. It sounds pretty warm, laidback and nice. The Tuning is excellent. It doesn;t sound harsh at all. The imaging is great, separation could have been better though!

Bass:
The bass here is great! Got some serious punch to it, got lovely depth and kick. And the response is pretty fast and agile as well. I wish the texture of the bass was a little bit better though!

Mids:
The mids here is great! Both male and female vocal sounds lovely, got some nice tonality as well. Mids sound rich and smooth. It is well textured and clean. Everything sounds sweet and natural.

Highs:
The treble here is great! Sounds well textured and sweet and sparkly. The only thing missing in my opinion is some airyness to the treble! There is no annoying peaks or shoutiness to it. Sounds pretty sweet and natural.


Conclusion:
The Bravery is a very capable IEM for 279$, the performance exceeds many other IEMs in the same price bracket, the included Azla tips and Hakugei cable makes it an even better value for money option! It easily earns my recommendation if you are in a hunt for a great sounding IEM under 300$!

SHOOTINGTECHIE

100+ Head-Fier
SEEAUDIO BRAVERY- A MUSICAL COMBO !!!
Pros: 1) Musical and coherent
2) Good midbass for an all-BA setup
3) Good female vocals
4) Great treble extension
5) Enough timbre
6) Sparkly and energetic upper treble
7) Pitch black background
Cons: 1) Lacks microdetails
2) Staging isn't great
3) Inter notes separation is not great
4) Lower treble felt lacking
5) No air in instruments
6) Lacks dynamics
SEEAUDIO BRAVERY
See Audio
is a new chifi player in this big audiophile world. Their recent iem like SeeAudio YUME created a good name for their price to performance ratio. I could not be a part of last review tour for YUME (I was late haha!!!), but this time I got in time for a SEEAUDIO BRAVERY review tour.

DISCLAIMER- The IEM SEEAUDIO BRAVERY is a part of a review tour in INDIA organized by See Audio and all opinions, positive or negative are my own. No benefit, except being able to try this iem is being provided, in exchange for my honest, subjective impressions… You can find the link to their FB site here.

SPECIFICATIONS-
  • Impedance: 18Ω
  • Sensitivity: 110dB
  • Frequency response: 20H-20KHz
  • Cable length: 1.2M, HAKUGEI CABLE 6N OCC
  • Pin type: 0.78MM 2-PIN CONNECTOR
  • Plug type: 3.5mm /2.5mm/4.4mm (depends on your choice no adapters)
  • Driver units: 4 Balanced Armature Drivers (Knowles and Sonion); two Knowles BA drivers for the lower end, one Sonion BA driver for mid-range, and one Knowles BA driver for the high-frequency response.
PRICE- 279$

UNBOXING-

Since this is a review unit, it came only with the matted metal case with kind of bunny ears printed on top (kinda Playboy type too :p) and opening it seems like it had some sort of thick foam padding inside. The two beautiful looking iems are seen next one with a See Audio logo (seems more like illuminati) and the other have a beautiful lotus logo. Inside were 3 pairs of white S, M and L tips, no Azla xelastic tips though (But I have mine, hehe!!! and in this pandemic, a good decision by the tour organizer as AZLA tips tend to like a lot of ear dirt and cleaning them isn’t much easy either).
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BUILD AND FIT-
It seems like the iem is made of a semi opaque or semitransparent (half glass full; LOL concept), containing all the drivers with beautiful looking faceplates that have wonderful logos. The build is heft and looks like it can take a beating but that only time will tell. The fit is great in my ears with the AZLA Xelastic tips no complaints in that even for long time use.

CABLE-
The cable is an excellent. It’s an Hakugei 6N OCC cable with 2pins and feels great too. They have an excellent sleeving of nylon cloth and feels great. No microphonics and real good cable slider, only thing is the one which came for review is just 3.5mm termination. But don’t be sad, it seems like you can order them with 4.4 or 2.5 balanced termination.
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ACCESSORIES-
  • Rinko stand (limited I guess to 250 units)
  • Azla tips 3 pairs
  • 3 pairs of normal white tips
  • 1 hakugei cable
  • A small pocketable iem case made of metal I guess with matte coating on it
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NOTE- MY SOURCE IS-
  • PORTABLE -N6II with T01 MODULE, BTR5 and LG G8X
  • DESKTOP- DAC- N6II with T01 LINEOUT
  • AMP- TOPPING A30 MODDED with BURSON V5I D or TOPPING L30 or XDUOO MT602(not used here for review but hey it does help to add a bit of tube touch and also is a really good pairing for this iem)
  • Would like to add that my DAP N6ii ran it on high gain at 20-35 on volume.
  • The tips used are AZLA Xelastic M size since they fit my ears (these are included and intended to be used by the manufacturer so will use this!!!)
SOUND SIGNATURE (P.S-This is subjective and may not match with yours)

BASS AND SUBBASS-
Bass is pretty good for an all-BA setup. Its has more mid-bass energy compared to other all BA setups and with that warm tonality, really complements the entire musicality of the iem. The body of the bass is great with some amount of timbre which makes it feel a little more natural. The decay is slightly faster than I would like but sufficient enough to leave a bit of timbre and nuances all over. The projection is still not enough to have a grander theater or projection feel to it, but it does have that to an average amount. The bass texture is really good, but the separation between them is still much more desired. Inter-notes separation is okayish and slightly a little too close to each other to my liking.

Sub-bass on the other is decent with it not going too deep but enough to leave a good feel in sub-bassy tracks. The sub-bass has average rumble but a slightly slower decay helps to make it feel like an overall roomy experience. The energy on the sub-bass is less compared to the mid-bass and texture is on par with the mid-bass. A little more energetic feel might be needed, given some synth tracks felt like they are missing out on the energy.
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MIDS-
The lower mids are very good, with good enough timbre to make them feel natural. The tonality is slightly on the warmer side with more emphasis on the upper mids presence. The decay is good enough to leave a small presence but the ending notes are not that much defined. The body and beginning of the notes are well defined though and really are the best part of this iem. The upper mids have a boost all together making the acoustic guitars have the desired edge without making them too sharp. The macro-dynamics are not that great though, they individual instruments lacks the height and width difference it should present, to create a better contrast. The dynamics are slightly compressed in my opinion. The details are okayish with transients being fast like the slight easter eggs in Marvel movies :p. With fast tracks, this lacks the separation between instruments and notes but they don’t mix up but rather the presentation is more compressed feeling type. There is no air in the instrument’s notes. The whole presentation is slightly ‘U’ shaped for me with vocals being forward enough to not make them feel recessed. The background is completely pitch black though.

Male vocals have the thick feeling but a slightly thicker note is preferred in my book. The female vocals are great just lacking a bit in extension, but they don’t sound boxy as some other iems that I have tried. They have an overall balanced and well forward presentation than the rest and hence create a sense of W shaped signature. I am really confused though, haha!!! whether its ‘U’ or ‘W’ overall. This requires a bit more understanding as per notes height its ‘U’ but as per vocals and rest of instruments in mids it seems ‘W’. I will let you be the judge of this.
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TREBLE-
The lower treble lacks a lot, seems like the presence is lost of electronic guitars and trumpets, they kinda sounded dull and unimpressive. The cymbals on the other hand have a more enhanced presence with slightly spicy BA metallic timbre and too spicy sometimes, when everything’s going on. Tambourines, bells and other instruments have good presence overall. The dynamics, still is lacking and there is certain congestion which can be felt on busy tracks. There is no air present, but this has a lot of treble sparkle and energy and does have good extension. The micro details are okay and transparency is good, but with not much particular spatial orientation to them. The decay is fast but does leave a presence in trumpets and flutes to make them feel slightly natural.

HEADSTAGE, IMAGING, SEPARATION AND RESOLUTION-
Head-stage is pretty intimate and more of an in-head experience. There is neither proper height or depth in the instruments to make its stand distinct. The stage depth feels lacking a lot. There is too much in the mids with either edge lacking a bit, for my taste.
Separation is average at best. The notes separation (same instrument notes) is good overall but lacks the edge definition and presence. There is congestion in inter-instrumental notes separation and congested tracks make this feel way too closed in. But the best thing is because of a slightly faster decay there is still no bleed into one another, still there is no proper separation either.
Imaging is good and every instrument has a decent sense of position in the head stage. The imaging is diffuse though and with no proper staging, this is a blessing for this iem.
Resolution or transparency is decent. Transients and slight nuances are missing but overall, the resolution of instrumental notes is pretty good.
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COMPARISONS-
PROS BRAVERY-

Musical and coherent
Good midbass for an all-BA setup
Good female vocals
Great treble extension
Enough timbre
Sparkly and energetic upper treble

PROS DM8-
Great micro-details
Better separation
Edge definition better of notes
Imaging and transparency were great
Great treble extension with air
Good midbass
Great vocals
Better dynamics
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SUMMARY-
For the price of 279$, this has got the musicality part correct with all BA setup with good vocals and great treble extension. But lacks in other technical aspects hard, so would I recommend it? I guess yes, you can use it with some tubes and all (ahmm!!! warm sources would fare better, I used XDUOO MT602 :p) to give more staging and sweeter, lush mids and make it more musical all together. If you are into coherency and good treble performance and can sacrifice technicalities and handle a little bright snare and cymbals, then this iem is for sure yours.

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Precogvision

Reviewer at Headphones.com
Pretty vanilla, the good kind
Pros: - solid tuning
- good treble extension for the price
Cons: - poor dynamics and detail retrieval
- treble is somewhat unbalanced

Introduction​

My first run-in with SeeAudio consisted of their entry-level Yume IEM. The Yume sported a remarkable tonal balance, quite possibly the best I'd heard for its respective price point. But it came with one glaring flaw: technicalities. Notes on it were quite blunted; ultimately, I found that the Yume fell out of favor with my ears. But presently, SeeAudio has released the Bravery, a humble 4BA configuration. The question that is no doubt at hand is whether SeeAudio can maintain the excellent tonal balance that characterized the Yume and bring the technicalities of the Bravery within parameters commensurate with its price of $280. Read on to find out.

This unit was sent to me for review by HiFiGo. As usual, what follows are my honest thoughts and opinions to the best of my ability.


Tangibles​



Does jamming in a bunch of waifu goodies supplement for accessories? Debatable, but I'll give the Bravery a pass here. You have the same friction-fit, hockey puck case that comes with the Yume. Not the greatest quality case, but it'll get the job done. SeeAudio has also opted to include Azla Xelastec ear tips which is a solid step in the right direction.



I want to love the included Hakugei cable because the tactility of the para-cord and the hardware feels quite premium. Unfortunately, a cable that looks pretty and feels well-built is no substitute for one that actually works in practice. To this end, the Hakugei cable is quite microphonic and the ear hooks themselves loop awkwardly around the ears. I ended up just swapping it off for my Dunu DUW-02 cable after listening for a couple hours.



The Bravery sports a black-and-white, marble finish with each of the brand and IEM logo's inscribed in gold. The nozzles have lips to secure the tips, and the 0.78mm connectors are exposed. Overall build quality here is solid with no marring to the surface finish and a seamless conjoining between the acrylic shell and faceplate. I'd say this is a medium-sized IEM; personally, I had no issues with fit or comfort but your mileage might vary of course.

Sound Analysis​

The frequency response graph below was taken off of an IEC-711 coupler. There is a resonance peak at roughly 8kHz and, as such, measurements after this point should not be considered entirely accurate. Please follow the link below if you'd like to compare the Bravery to the other IEMs that I have graphed.




The overall tonality of the Bravery is clearly inspired by the (in)famous qdc Anole VX. One can consider it a warmer, more mid-bassy interpretation of that IEM which, for me, means a slightly south of neutral signature. But one could probably get away with using a number of other descriptors, as I've seen U-shaped, V-shaped, and W-shaped used too. Anyways - the qdc Anole VX is distinctive to me as being remarkably solid for it tuning and, simultaneously, for being just as boring. I do feel that the Bravery mitigates this impression to some extent with the presence of some extra mid-bass. This smoothens the transition into the midrange which is remarkably solid and sports a slight lean toward the upper-midrange.

I'm not going to explore the bass or the midrange too closely otherwise because they don't need much comment. The only thing that really matters to me is that the Bravery hasn't escaped what I like to call the "VX curse". Treble on the Bravery sports something of a lower-treble recession followed by strong amounts of presence at 7kHz. This lends to a loss of stick impact and an overly strong emphasis on the crash and sparkle of percussive instruments that can come off as slightly fatiguing - especially on more treble-intensive tracks. That said, the Bravery definitely has some pretty commendable treble extension for this price point. Generally, it's also by no means gritty in decay; instead, it mostly suffers from the plasticky, weightless quality that characterizes most BA IEMs.

Technical Performance​

The Bravery's technicalities are good, but they're also not great. So the good: It's certainly no Yume. Transients are relatively sharp on the Bravery, and I do find it to have a decent sense of layering. By this, I mean that instruments have a good sense of distinction without smearing into one another on more complex tracks. Where the Bravery excels most, though, is in a "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" sense. It really makes no glaring mistakes in terms of what I would index for on cursory listen, and it's pretty coherent for a 4BA setup.

But to reiterate, the Bravery's not great for technicalities; this becomes readily apparent in A/B with my $300 benchmark, the Moondrop Blessing 2. The dynamic ability of the Bravery is unremarkable, succumbing to the flat, upwards-compressed quality that plagues most BA setups. Listening to the cadence of Sawano Hiroyuki's "Tranquility," for example, abrupt shifts in loudness sound noticeably more distinct and impactful on the Blessing 2. I also don't find the Bravery to be a particularly detailed IEM; it sounds like a lot of nuance is missing that makes me gravitate toward the Blessing 2 despite that IEM's flaws. What I'm getting at is that the Bravery puts on a strong showing on cursory listen, but ultimately comes up more empty-handed when pressed for more latent intangibles. Really, that's to be expected for an IEM of this price point.

The Verdict​

And that in mind, the Bravery is a pretty easy recommendation. It doesn't do a whole lot wrong and it gets a whole lot more right. But for an IEM called the Bravery, ironically, it's also a really safe IEM - almost too safe. I want to see more. I want to see SeeAudio step out of their comfort zone and take their game to the next level. Sure, they've nailed the fundamentals of a good IEM, but there's a lack of character to stuff like the Yume and Bravery that keeps these IEMs from touching established greats like their Moondrop contemporaries. Then again? Maybe asking for more in the sea of mediocrity is being unfair.

You can purchase the Bravery here from HiFiGo: https://hifigo.com/products/seeaudio-bravery

AhHuiReviews

New Head-Fier
Pros: smooth sound signature , good present of vocals , tall and deep soundstage
Cons: narrower soundstage , fitment not good for me with stock eartips
Hello , I'm Ah Hui aka Mr Wong. I'm a K-pop fan and audiophile from Malaysia.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Seeaudio for lending me this review unit and giving me the opportunity to review the Seeaudio Bravery.

This is my second time review a Seeaudio product. I have tried Seeaudio Yume before and I really like the Yume. Hopefully I can own the Yume one day. Seeaudio Bravery is an IEM with a 2 Knowles and 2 Sonion BA drivers driver configuration. It retails for $280usd .

Specifications (from Hifigo):
Driver Configuration: Quad BA.
>Driver Arrangement: 2 BA Low+ 1 BA Mid+ 1 BA Highs.
>Impedance: 18ohm.
>Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz.
>Sensitivity: 110dB/mW.
>THD+N: <1%.
>2-pin 0.78mm connectors.

Disclaimer: This review is done by using BGVP A08 eartips because as I couldn't get a good seal with the included XELASTEC eartips. Your mileage may vary.

PACKAGING :
What I have here is a review unit without its complete packaging, so I can't comment much on it. What I got here is a metal casing. Inside consists of the IEM itself, a HAKUGEI cable and 3 different sizes of SednaEarfit XELASTEC eartips.

Comfort: fit and isolation are great for me

Build :
It is substantial with beautiful faceplate design.

PRO:
smooth sound signature, good present of vocals, tall and deep soundstage

CONS:
narrower soundstage, fitment not good for me with stock eartips

BASS: fast response bass, deep sub-bass. When I listened to Weki - Meki - Crush , I really enjoyed the sub-bass rumble, punchy mid bass you can feel the bass response is fast, well-layered and tight. However I think it needs more body.

MIDS : Forward mids with good presentation on female voca. It's crisp back lacks presence. When i listen Weki-Meki - Dear. I really enjoyed the female vocal. You can feel the vocal is sweeter with vocal details on the songs. However, I think adds more body to vocal will be better. Male vocal also feel crisp without midbass bleed. Tuning is decent.

HIGH : treble feels smooth with good clarity. When I listened to IZ*ONE - Memory, you can feel Yena singing the high note part it's well extended, which I truly enjoy.

SOUNDSTAGE : it is tall and deep but narrow. When I listened to IZ*ONE - As we dream, I can feel the background is deeper and taller soundstage. However, I think the soundstage can be wider.

IMAGING : stereo positioning is good. I can pinpoint every instrument and singer within the sound scape.

Details : it's decent details when I listen some track I could hear micro-details on the track .

Overall I find this IEM suitable for listening to K-POP or J-POP songs it's more vocal focused and good presentation of vocal. This is my first time trying 2 Knowles and 2 sonion BA driver IEM I feel it's very premium for me. Highly recommended.

insteresting to order ?link below :
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adriansticoid

New Head-Fier
See Audio Bravery Review: Fortune Favors The Brave
Pros: Excellent technicalities
Above average soundstage
Premium set of cables and eartips
Cons: None
Introduction:
See Audio is a new name in the portable audio industry, although the people behind it have been in the game for quite some time now. They are from China and they have launched multiple IEMs recently including their current flagship Kaguya, Neo, Yume which is currently their most affordable one, and the Bravery which currently retails for 279 USD. The Philippine circle of reviewers received one unit of the Bravery provided by See Audio as a part of their international tour.
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International purchase link

Specifications:
Driver units: 4 balanced armature (2 from Knowles and 2 from Sonion)
Impedance: 18 ohms
Sensitivity: 110 dB
Frequency response range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz


Source:
Poco X3 paired with iBasso DC03 and Shanling UA1

Test tracks:
Africano - Earth Wind and Fire
Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gurenge - Lisa
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Monsters - All Time Low
Ours - Taylor Swift
Stay - Mayday Parade
Snuff - Slipknot
Yesterday Once More - Carpenters
So Slow - Freestyle
Aurora Sunrise - Franco
Attention - Pentatonix
Blue Bird - Ikimono-gakari
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
Anyone Who Knows What Love Is(Will Understand) - Irma Thomas
Salamin - Slapshock
AOV - Slipknot
Hey Jude - The Beatles
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
...and a lot more.

Unboxing and Accessories:
The Bravery that we received does not come with the retail box. It only comes with the circular metal case and 3 pairs of Azla Xelastec eartips.
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Build:
The shell is made of 3D printed resin that is hollow, which makes it a bit lighter compared to shells that are filled and solid inside. The shells are slightly bigger than average so there could be comfort issues here for people with small ears. The faceplates have this kind of like a swirl paint design, with the right faceplate having the See Audio logo, and an 8-point star on the left. There is a single vent near the female pins and nothing much on the rear side except for the nozzle which is made of metal.
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Now for the cables, See Audio collaborated with Hakugei, a premium cable maker that is also from China. The material used was not specified, but this is a 6N OCC cable with nylon fabric sleeves. It is very soft, supple and has a bit of a weight to it. The male 2 pin connector, splitter, chin slider, and the 3.5mm gold plated plug are all made of metal.
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Now let's get to the sound.

Lows:
The lows are what you would expect from an IEM with an all-BA setup. It is on the light side of things but doesn't lack body at all. Subbass has a slightly above average reach accompanied by an adequate amount of rumble and an average level of decay. Midbass is positioned neutrally, it is well controlled and has good thickness.

Overall, while the midbass doesn't have much weight in its attack, the subbass slightly makes up for it. The lows of the Bravery give a lot of room for the other frequencies to shine, especially the mids.

Mids:
The mids are presented in a forward and intimate manner. It feels a bit "in your face". Vocals are a little thin but have great transparency, making the female vocals more forward and livelier than male vocals, although the latter still have substantial weight. Despite having that boost in the upper mids region and its forwardness, the mids never sounded shouty or aggressive.

Overall, the mids are what I consider to be the main strength of the Bravery. The mids are reproduced vividly, and that slight boost in the upper mids really adds shimmer and fun factor to the vocals and instruments.

Highs:
The highs have a small boost in its reproduction. It is well extended yet controlled. Both the treble reach and its extension are just above average, with the treble providing a great amount of sparkle and clarity in each track. That being said, sibilance is non-existent in this region.

Overall, the highs have that nice elevation that is preferred by many without painfully harassing your ears. Small details are noticeably well preserved even in complex tracks.

Soundstage and Imaging:
The stage expands naturally, with its size being slightly above average. It adds a very open and spacious feeling to the music, although the width definitely has more expansion than the height. Imaging, alongside the separation and layering of the instruments are simply excellent. There is a great amount of air in the stage and different instruments can be distinguished from each other with little effort.

Conclusion:
The Bravery is a capable IEM, showcasing an overall technical performance that far exceeds many other IEMs in the same price bracket, and my expectations as well. Aside from the sound, it is pretty evident that See Audio really aims to upgrade the customer experience by partnering with brands like Hakugei and Azla, and the results are obviously satisfying.

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New Head-Fier
Refreshingly pleasant for every genre except where rumbling sub-bass is the focus
Pros: Excellent details, the imaging of each instrument is distinct
Wide and accurate sound stage
Great technicalities, each note is sharply defined, no bleed
Great bass response, fast and accurate
Treble sparkle well managed
Included ear tips and cables complement the IEM extremely well
Really efficient, can be run off lowered powered sources
Cons: Shell size will definitely be a problem for smaller eared persons
Being a full BA IEM, the tonality is a bit glassy. It's a full BA unit after all.
Mid bass and sub bass are present and accurate, but notes take backstage behind the vocals and treble. Not an IEM for every genre.
Can become sibilant and shouty if too much power is fed to it.
Many manufacturers in the past have tried to make an IEM using nothing but balanced armatures. One can easily see the attraction, the attack speed and fast decay of notes created by BA drivers eliminate bloated sounds and muddiness of bass. The issue has been, for a long time, budget to mid-tier multi-BA IEMs have never quite hit the mark when it came to sound tuning. I will be candid here, when I first picked up the Bravery, I did not have high hopes. I was aware that this model has been heavily influenced by the audiophile community’s inputs, but old experiences had left me a cynic.

Build and accessories:

The inclusion of Hakugei cable and Azla tips were an excellent move by SeeAudio. The tips ensure great fit and isolation, and the wider bore allows for a more neutral sound. The cable really surprised me, no pre-formed hooks means it is a bit hard to keep behind the ears when moving about but the quality of materials and comfort is top notch. All tests done with supplied cable and tips.

Testing equipment:

iFi Hipdac, Topping NX4s DAC/Amps
PC/Mobile phone both as source

Songs/Albums (All 24bit, 96khz FLAC unless otherwise mentioned):

Refused - The shape of punk to come
Led Zeppelin - IV
Dr Dre - The Chronic
Madonna - Confessions on a dance floor (44.1/16)
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Daft Punk - Random access memories
Deep Purple - Who do we think we are (DSD)
Manowar - Warriors of the world (DSD)
Slayer - Reign in blood

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Analysis of sonic experience:

The clarity of notes was the first thing I noticed. The song being played was Stairway to heaven, whose original recording is notoriously hard to provide accurate layering, tonality and imaging to by my experience. The Bravery did a magnificent job, with a very tight and fast bassline and great vocal separation, something many IEMs struggled with in this track. Moving on to a more recent album, Refused’s the shape of punk to come really stretched out the legs of the IEM. The album contains tracks that are wildly varied in tone, style and instrumentation, and in almost every track the sound came out neutral, with adequate snare drum punch and proper layering of bass guitar over the drums - clearly showing the BAs fastness of bass response. However, it is in the track New Noise I discovered that pushing too much power makes this IEM a bit shouty. Not an issue, considering it really does not need the power. It produces adequate levels of sound without it. Moving away from rock and alternative/punk, I moved on to rap. Dr Dre’s The Chronic is an album I knew by heart, and it is also where my heart sank somewhat. All BA construction did a marvelous job of producing a perfectly neutral sound out of the gangsta tracks, however the rumble of sub-bass is not something they are good at and it showed. This was carried over into random access memories as well, and also here I discovered, electronic music is best enjoyed with a IEM that delivers notes with a little slower decay and softness of notes - this album too sounded better to me on dynamic driver or planar setups. The sound was a touch metallic - not at all overly, but it was there - which made the already digital music sound more artificial. However, a mix of completely electronic and analog sounds, such as Confessions on a dance floor sounded marvelous. Female vocals sounded extremely sharp and accurate in my ears.

Going back to older classics, playing tracks from Thriller I noticed higher volumes hinted at some sibilance from hi-hats and cymbals used in songs by MJ. This was however the case with a lot of other IEMs, something I have come to accept as a flaw of the mix from back when the album was released. Finally, more mellow rockers like like Deep Purple or Manowar sounded just right.

Slayer’s fast paced drumming, busy guitar tracks and Tom Araya’s vocals make Stage, Separation, Decay, Imaging and any muddiness very easy to grade and spot. The multiple BAs held their ends very well, more importantly the overlaps of frequency response of each BA merged beautifully into each other, and the stage is one of the best in the bracket. However, the slight artificial glassiness of notes are still there.

Bass:

Punchy, fast, surprisingly deep for BA. Rumble is very faint though, not for many genres of EDM and older style of rumbling bass hip-hop or Rap. However in tracks with tons of drum hits and bass guitars, the fast and accurate bass response really shines over the rumbling bass of others in the price range. Solid 4.5/5 for most genre, 3/5 for EDM/Hip-Hop

Mids:

Mids absolutely shine on the Bravery. The tune is one the slightly brighter side, bringing air to guitars, vocals and other musical instruments that happen to share these busy frequencies. It is however, here the slight glassy or metallic tonality is most evident, but you will get used to it, not a deal breaker. 4.5/5

Treble:

The best part of the treble from SeeAudio Bravery is how well tamed it is. The accuracy of high pitched notes is really special in this price segment, but in taming the BA treble, some of the sparkle and airiness has been lost. 4/5.

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Stage, Imaging and Separation:

For a closed back, vented IEM setup with all BA drivers, the soundstage of SeeAudio Bravery is fairly wide and more importantly, accurate in positioning of different audio sources. Listening to a Jazz record like Take Five, you can point out where the artists are playing from in the sound field, that is to say the imaging is more than fair. The separation of instruments is exceptional in the mids, however the bass instruments can get a bit congested especially in the low end. Treble too lacks some refinement in the very top end, so separation of say hi-hats and cymbals may not be as sharp as it can be. However, in this compromise the manufacturer did tune out sibilance so kudos there. Rating for these three categories: 4/5

Tonality and Signature:

Bravery has a very neutral to slightly U shaped, with the mids being slightly recessed, especially in the midbass section. The tonality is slightly on the thicker and warmer side of BA IEMs, so the metallic tones of a BA are almost gone but some glassiness remains, especially apparent with brighter sources. A good neutral to warm source pair nicely.

Summary:

Someone looking for a pair of IEMs to use on the daily, for most mainstream genres spanning from Rock to Acoustic/Vocal to Pop and Jazz will be very well served by the Bravery in this price segment of sub-300 USD. However, Hip-Hop and EDM enthusiasts might want to try something with a DD in it.

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Ace Bee

1000+ Head-Fier
See Audio Bravery - Balanced Brilliance
Pros: Satisfactory midbass thump
Transparent mids and high
Clean background
Well defined notes with plenty of details
Very good layering
Cons: Subbass lacks the presence and reverbs
Slight lack of space between notes
Intimate presentation - lack of stage expansion
Introduction:
I have reviewed one other See Audio iem, the Yume. And while I was much surprised at their impressive tuning, the low end remained wanting. However, I still loved its unique clarity. hence, when the chance to review the Project Bravery came about, I did not think twice before jumping on it.

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Disclaimer: I was provided the See Audio Bravery for an honest review. My opinions recorded here are completely of my own and are not influenced by any form of incentive.

Specification:
MODEL: See Audio Bravery
IMPEDANCE: 18Ω
SENSITIVITY: 110dB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20H-20KHz
CABLE LENGTH: 1.2M
PIN TYPE: 0.78MM 2-PIN CONNECTOR
PLUG TYPE: 3.5mm /2.5mm/4.4mm
DRIVER UNITS: 4 Balanced Armature Drivers ( Knowles and Sonion).
DISTORTION RATE: < 1% (1KHz)

Accessories:
Being a review sample, there wasn't much except a metal hockey puck case, 3 pairs of transparent wide bore eartips, and, the best of the bunch, the cloth braided, extremely supple and light, Hakugei cable. The cable is amazing and deserves a special mention because of how significant an effect it has on the ultimate sound.

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Build and Fit:
The build is solid and sexy. The black resin body does not feel flimsy at all, despite being light. The jet black faceplate with white fluidic treaks looks very mysterious and beautiful, as if milk is strewn over a mysterious black liquid. The added chrome artworks are a treat to the eyes. The semi-transparent dark shell adds to the presentation by providing a peek at the drivers inside while maintaining the overall tone.
Fit is very good - snug, absolutely no discomfort. The iem shells are very lightweight, which makes it easier to wear for a long period of time and enjoy music.

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Source:
Shanling M3X

Sound:
One point to be made clear first - At least 40% goodness of Braver’s sound is derived from its Hakugei cable. That cable really did amaze me even while running from the single end of M3X! I wonder how much the cable costs standalone, I might have gone for one.

Anyway, to put it in short, Bravery has a brilliant sense of balance with four balanced armature drivers...get it? Get it? :wink: In fact, I found almost nothing to complain about the sound output of Bravery - it played almost everything, very safely. And that is its fourte!

The general sound signature is V shaped, however, I did not find the midrange to be very recessed. Instead, it seems a bit w shaped or U shaped.

Low:
Low end has moderate emphasis, despite the very large bump in the official FR curve. However, that may be precisely why the bass seems to have such a great balance between impact and control. Midbass thumps are effortlessly produced, but they are kept at bay. Thumps are quite full and have a nice body, however, they are not emphasised enough to sound fun. Low end is tuned here with the idea to assist the overall music experience without drawing attention to itself, which will be quite suitable for folks preferring a neutral signature. Very nicely curated note body and weight that almost gives them a sense of naturalness. Subbass extends deep, but also decays fast. In fact, this fast decay is what prevents the Bravery to attain a DD level bass impact. However, this only becomes evident when big bass drums are played. Otherwise, you won’t be able to differ between a very well tuned DD bass and Bravery 2 BA bass.

In Metallica - The Four Horsemen, the double pedal kick drums can be heard clearly within the mix, with natural impacts and body. However, they do not grab attention.

In Steven Wilson - Pariah, the bassline is produced nicely, and does not feel lacking.

However, in Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude To War, the big drums sound noticeably lacking and incomplete when they come into play. They just seem a bit too controlled and finishing earlier than expected. Similar event occurs during The Dark Knight OST - Why So Serious?, 03:25 onwards, the subbass is not produced with the pressure that can be heard from a good DD.

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Mid:
Crisp and clean with a high degree of refinement is how the mids of Bravery can be termed. The tonality is somewhat neutral-bright here, with very fine edges to the notes. Bravery bravely boasts a high level of clarity with a clean and dark background. Male vocals sound...fine. The weight is there, but the body is very slightly leaner than my preference, and because of the bright-leaning tonality, the emotional aspect of male vocals takes a hit. Not totally unnatural, though.
Leonard Cohen in Hallelujah sounds very clean and forward with just enough weight not to sound unnatural.

Female vocals are another story here - well extended, emotional, brilliant. Female vocals have a slight edge, but it does not transpire into being sibilant or uncomfortable.
Yao Si Ting sounds brilliant with the silky sizzles in her voice in Scarborough Fair

Both male and female vocals never becomes shouty as well.

From the overall description above, I think it is now pretty evident that the midrange is very transparent - and it benefits the instrument section a great deal. Instrument notes are crunchy and clean, very slightly on the leaner side. Notes are very well reproduced, with a well defined body. Details were sufficient for the price as well.
The snare drums in Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude To War sounds cleanly defined, well separated and easily identified in its own position.

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High:
The transparency and energy is carried forward to the high frequency as well. Plenty of sparkles in the high frequencies. Lower treble has slight peaks that can be picked up on occasions. Cymbal crashes sound a bit more spicy than what I like, but it's never uncomfortable or piercing in an unrefined way. The energy extends well into the upper treble region, and shimmers are very well reproduced. Ride cymbal rolls are reproduced cleanly. However, the tuning of highs are carefully done so that it never gets overly thin, piercing, or uncomfortable, and yet have silikiness that enhances the overall sound. It’s a nice tuning...yeah, it is a nice tuning.

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Technicalities:
This is where things take a south turn. While the separation is very good, and layering is distinct, the space between different notes is not as much as I would have preferred at this price range. The soundstage does not extend much beyond the head, and lacks air a bit. The background is clean, but the instruments seem more focused to the center than spreaded out. It may prove to be the deal-maker or deal-breaker depending upon individual preferrences: intimate sound vs. spreaded out sound. The achilles's hill is the slight lack of air and space in the presentation despite the neutral bright tonality and crisp notes.
Details are well reproduced, notes have good dimensionalities. No complaints there.

Comparison:
Vs. Yanyin Aladdin (Review pending): I bought the Aladdin based on the recommendations here, a blind gamble, and it played off right! However, the stock cable of Aladdin, despite being good, is not as good as Bravery stock cable, and hence I swapped it with a Hisenior Silver and Copper Alloy cable for the sake of fairness in the comparison.
Well, to start with, Aladdin has a DD to take care of the low end, 2 BA for mid-high, and 1 BA for ultra-high. Because of the DD, Aladdin has a much fuller and stronger low end than Bravery. Aladdin has a subbass focused sound, hence the subbass rumble and reverbs are more natural than Bravery, with a stronger midbass thumps.
However, apart from that, the rest of the sound signature is pretty much similar except one aspect, but more on that later. Aladdin has a slightly warmer tonality, but the notes are equally crispy and well defined. The high range has got slightly less peaks than Bravery, so cymbal hits sound more natural to my ears. Detail-wise, both iems are equally competent.
The one field where Aladdin pulls ahead of Bravery most is soundstage. Aladdin projects its sound over a more widespread stage, with much better space within notes, better width and depth, similar height, better layering. The overall presentation becomes much more grand to my ears, and hence, I felt myself clearly more biased towards it over the Bravery.



Conclusion:
See Audio has tuned Bravery in a brilliant way, where balance meets engagement factor very well. It does not sound boring to the least, rather quite lively and engaging. The low end is a remarkable improvement over Yume, as it boasts more impact and yet maintains a control over it. The precision of its balanced tuning can be easily detected over the whole frequency spectrum, as no unevenness or harshness can be foudn there. See Audio really know how to tune, and it shows. The impressive cable enhances the overall performance even more, eliminating the need to search for an aftermarket cable (unless one is looking for balanced terminations, the stock cable is 3.5 mm single end.) I would very much looking forward to how See Audio is going to improve upon the issue of the spaciousness, if they decide to, because then that will become a very good bargain if the price is kept as competitive as this one.

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RemedyMusic
RemedyMusic
nice review mate. i have one otw, as a review unit too. can't wait. hehehe
Ace Bee
Ace Bee
@RemedyMusic nice. Don't let my review affect your judgement by the way.
RemedyMusic
RemedyMusic
@Ace Bee yeah. Im just browsing for how i can describe what my ears hear. Anyways it was nice reading yours mate.

ywheng89

New Head-Fier
SeeAudio's Project Bravery Review
Pros: Good technicalities and detail retrieval
Accompanied with premium cable and ear tips
Sweet mid range
Easy to drive
Cons: Bass extension can be better
It can get a little harsh when the volume is cranked (Possibly due to my source)
SeeAudio's Project Bravery Review

Intro


I’m sure SeeAudio is no stranger in the Chi-Fi scene. With a very well received response from Yume, they’re debuting another IEM which is the Bravery. It is a pure balanced armature IEM which consists of 4 BAs. Without wasting any more time, let’s proceed with the review.

Packaging

Nothing much to discuss here as I received this unit without the retail packaging. A SeeAudio branded metal carrying case, S,M,L Azla’s Xelastec Eartips, Hakugei’s cable and the Bravery itself.

Build/Comfort

The shell size is a little big, but it is not heavy to the point where it will cause discomfort. 8/10 for build and comfort. The bundled Hakugei cable, namely Little Harmony, is quite good in my opinion. Soft, and doesn’t tangle. Did a little search on aliexpress and the specification of the cable, it is a 9 layer ultra pure single crystal copper.

Specifications

  • Driver Configuration: Quad BA.
  • Driver Arrangement: 2 BA Low+ 1 BA Mid+ 1 BA Highs.
  • Impedance: 18ohm.
  • Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz.
  • Sensitivity: 110dB/mW.
  • THD+N: <1%.
  • 2-pin 0.78mm connectors.
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Source

Tidal -> E1DA9038s -> Bravery (VE’s SLQ Balanced Cable)
Foobar2k -> Cayin N3 Pro Dac Mode (Solid State) -> Bravery


*Unfortunately, i am not able to get a good fit with the bundled eartips, M is too big for me and S is just too small and I can't get a proper seal. This review is done using stock Hakugei cable and Audiosense’s S400 M sized eartips.


Sound

The overall tonality sounds very organic and smooth to my ears. No harshness can be heard nor any sibilance. Bravery has the U shaped signature to my ears. In my opinion, this is quite a safe tuning that should please the majority of the audience out there. I do hope the bass extension can be better. Being a pure BA setup, it doesn’t bear the typical BA timbre, everything sounded very natural and organic, smooth and easy to listen to.




Bass

Bravery’s bass to my ears is fast and clean. It is impressive for a pure balanced armature setup. However I am very used to the dynamic driver’s bass response thus I feel it is a little lacking in terms of extension, but that’s just me. Sub bass is adequate but don’t expect to feel/hear the sub bass that you’re used to from a dynamic driver. Mid bass is average to my ears, i’ve heard better bass response from a pure BA setup and Bravery is not it.

Mids

Bearing the u shaped signature, the vocal is not recessed as the typical v shaped signature. I would say it’s on the safer side of things. You don’t hear recessed vocal nor intimate, it is just right, not too far off nor in your face. Bass doesn’t bleed into this spectrum and both male and female vocals sounded just right to my ears, in the sense that it is well textured and feels very smooth, not harsh even for a high pitched artist.

Treble

While the treble of Bravery is detailed and has a good amount of energy and sparkle on the top end, I do wish that it gives a little more air in the top end, but overall it is very well tuned. Not harsh, not sibilant at all, however on a busy track like Duality by Slipknot, it sounded a little congested on the chorus where everything seemed to just feel mashed together, not sure if that’s the way to describe it but to me, it’ll be better if there’s a little more air to kinda open things up.

Soundstage/Imaging

Soundstage is average to my ears. Not too wide or narrow and this also probably is due to the lack of air, average depth. Imaging is impressive though. Every instrument note can be heard clearly and pin-point with accuracy, left to right transition or rather HRTF feels a little lacking in terms of the 3D effect compared to those IEM/open backed headphones that offer above average soundstage.

Driveability

Bravery is very easy to drive. It can be driven off a smartphone itself and you will get comfortable listening volume out of it, but of course, the source does matter if you wanna get the most out of it. A good mid range DAP and portable dac such as HipDac will be good enough for it.


Final Thoughts

Is this the best pure BA setup that I've heard? Not really. This is not to say that Bravery is bad, to me personally, at the price point that Bravery is asking for, there are several choices available such as AudioSense’s T800 or their recently launched DT600. I have heard the DT600 and personally I will pick DT600 over Bravery anyday. I prefer my music to sound musical rather than too technical, but then again, this is a matter of preference and my preference is not Bravery, so don’t be confused by it and think that Bravery is bad. It’s a good set that offers plenty of details, sweet mid range accompanied by a premium set of accessories.

If you are interested in getting one, you may head to Hifi-Go’s store to grab 'em.

* Do take into consideration that what i heard may differ from what you will actually hear as there are a lot of factors to consider such as the source, eartips, differences in terms of ear structure in which the nozzle delivers sound via ear tips through ear canal.

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Leonne
Leonne
my local reviewer was really hyped about this and he didnt find any fault in here, glad i found the counter for it
ywheng89
ywheng89
@Leonne i was having a pretty high expectation to it when i got them as well, detail and technicalities wise no doubt they're good, it's just there are several competitors out there worth checking out as well. :)
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gadgetgod

100+ Head-Fier
See Audio Bravery: Natural Tone, Beautiful Looks, Comfortable Fit!!
Pros: Pure & Natural Tonality.
Smooth, rich, non-fatiguing presentation.
Lovely midrange(the best portion of Bravery).
Beautiful design.
Lightweight and comfortable fit.
Excellent cable.
Cons: An extra bit of depth in the lower end would have made it perfect for my personal taste.
Lack of air, slight congestion in the top end.
Bravery, the latest project by See Audio is a multi-BA IEM featuring a quad-BA configuration on each side. See Audio finalized the frequency curve(tuning) and design of the Bravery with the help of community polling on their social media channel, So it won’t be wrong to call Bravery a community project. See Audio has partnered with big names such as Hakugei for the cable of Bravery, Azla Sednafit for the ear tips included with the set. Bravery will be releasing soon, It is available on pre-order with HiFiGo, See Audio’s official online partner for 279$. I was lucky enough to be a part of a review tour of See Audio Bravery being organized in my country by the brand. So before wasting any more time, let’s begin with our review today.
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About See Audio:-

See Audio entered into the international market last year with their debutant set, the See Audio Yume that garnered them a lot of praises. They are a well-established brand in Mainland China and have multiple successful products there. Bravery is their fourth pair after Yume, after the debutant Yume, the multi-BA flagship Neo, and the BA+EST hybrid flagship Kaguya. I personally had explored the Yume and loved it. Let’s see how good their latest project is.

Disclaimer:-

I received a review sample unit from See Audio tour that doesn’t include the retail packaging and accessories. All I got was the pair along with its cable and carry case. I will be forwarding the unit to the next reviewer after my review is done. All impressions in this review are completely my own based on my own experience with the pair over the past week.

If you want to purchase, you can purchase Bravery from HiFiGo from the link below. (Link isn’t affiliated).
https://hifigo.com/products/seeaudio-bravery

Design & Build Quality:-

Talk about beautifully crafted in-ears, I get only two brands on my mind, Kinera and See Audio. All products from them including Yume, Kaguya, Neo, and the latest Bravery feature eye-catchy beautiful looks. The pair here is made up of solid resin material that has a semi-transparent nature on the inner side of the shell. In proper lit situations, you can see the internal driver arrangement of Bravery with ease. The pair has a designer face cover with a unique pattern on each earpiece. The right earpiece has a lotus bravery logo printed on the face panel and the left one has See Audio’s logo printed on the face panel. Two pin-connectors are located at the top of the earpieces, there’s also an air vent accompanying the 2-pin slot. In terms of design and build quality, I can say Bravery is a well-built product.
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Now coming to another star of the show, the stock cable here. As I stated earlier, See Audio partnered with Hakugei, a premium IEM upgrade cable brand based in China. They have specially designed a cable for Bravery that matches its synergy. It is a high-quality cable that has a supreme build with a durable fabric sheathing throughout its length. It has a metallic casing around the connectors and termination plug. The cable has a 3.5mm termination.

Fit & Noise Isolation:-

See Audio ships Azla Sednafit Xelastec silicone ear tips as standard with the Bravery. I used my own Azla Sedna fit Xelastec pair with the Bravery, the fit was phenomenally good. The pair is lightweight. It sits firmly into my ears covering my entire ear canal. Isolation from the environmental noises is also very good with Bravery for me.

Driving the See Audio Bravery:-

Bravery can be powered easily without any trouble. It runs well off a regular smartphone(used my Samsung Note 9). But as always using a high-resolution music player or DAC/AMP is recommended for the best experience. For the purpose of this review, I used my Shanling M3X music player and xDuoo XD05 Bal portable DAC/AMP both of which provide Bravery ample juice to open up properly.
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Sound Quality:-

I remember I loved the tonality of See Audio Yume when I tried it. Bravery keeps up with it with its natural and perfect tonality. Even with its all-BA configuration Bravery doesn’t suffer with slow or dull BA Timbre, in fact, it maintains a natural tonality throughout its frequency range. Vocals, Instruments everything sound so natural and pleasing that makes it an instant favorite for me. It has a smooth U-shaped sound signature that presents our music with great detail and clarity. If we talk about the lower end, the pair shows a fast and punchy response. Bravery produces rich, detailed vocals and instruments. Love it with pop and acoustic artists, an amazing set for these genres. At the top end, Bravery again performs quite well, showing good spark and energy while maintaining its smoothness and non-fatiguing presentation.

Lower End/Bass:-

Bravery has a quick and punchy lower end with a well-textured response in both mid-bass slams and sub-bass rumble. The lower end here is not over-emphasized or overpowering, rather has a complementing presentation. Bravery brings out good details in the lower end with good clarity. Nitpicking here in the lower end, but I would have liked slightly more depth here in the bass slams. Good take here is how it maintains control in the lower end.

Mids/Vocals, Acoustic Instruments:-

Bravery has a slightly recessed mid-frequency response, but If you like to listen to rich, natural vocals and instruments, be assured you are in for a good time with the Bravery. The pair maintains amazing clarity and a natural tone for both male and female vocals, they are neither upfront that might make them go shouty in a minute, nor they are too laid-back that might make the vocalist sound distant. In fact, Bravery maintains a good balance and position of the vocalist right in front of us at the center stage. As I stated earlier, Bravery shines best with acoustic music, I simply loved the smooth, detailed presentation for acoustic guitars, pianos, and more. Best thing here, the presentation is too smooth and natural that you are gonna fall in love with the Bravery.

Treble/Instruments, & More:-

Bravery maintains its detailed, and textured response in the treble region. It shows a good sense of sparkle and energy in the output. It isn’t bright or harsh at all, in fact, has a smooth, non-fatiguing, and clean response here. While the extensions in the treble frequencies are great, Bravery lacks some air in the region. For some complex genres such as heavy metal, I find it sounding slightly congested in the top end.

Soundstage & Imaging:-

The width and height of the soundstage with Bravery are quite good. Depth could’ve been slightly better here. Imaging and placement of instruments are excellent with the pair, one can easily place the singer and instruments on the sound field.
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Final Words:-

See Audio Bravery is an excellent set if you are looking for a smooth, relaxed-sounding IEM. I personally loved it with acoustic and vocal genres as the tonality and presentation of Bravery is simply excellent for those genres. For me, Bravery sets a new reference point for tonality and timbre for the 300$ price segment.
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bomberjack

New Head-Fier
Worthwhile purchase at below $300
Pros: -Warm & full bodied signature
-Punchy bass which is not flat nor thin at all, but in fact lacks the further faint extension as a good quality DD does
-Bass imaging already better than many BA units
-relatively U shaped tuning, vocals not sticking deep into your ears, allows more comfortable prolonged listening
-pure BA combination but no peaking nor spiky trebles, its rather polished and extends comfortably on the high end
-vocal thickness sound like dynamic drivers & even better than some
Cons: -it may sound just a little too much on the lower end, depends on the kinds of music you're listening
-overall soundstage could be even better

General Information​


Introduction: See Audio has several IEM models from the entry Yume to flagship Kaguya which are marketed across different markets. Since I am a user of the Yume, this time I've also got my hands on the most recent Bravery which imo is quite another successful product. As I've seen there are also other reviewers sharing it's technical specifications, it's not gonna repeat into detail here, I shall go straight into my personal thinking & experience with the Bravery.

Aesthetics:
This is what intrigued me into the product at the first place, Black is the colour of my hair... not Nina Simone, but black on black is a universally attractive combination, the bravery gold logo with a little hint of zen, smoky shell which is very light & fits well in my ear, plus a fabric cable which usually only sold at higher prices(it's very soft), to the blackish 2pin connectors, splitter and plug, I didn't even think of trying on my own other cables during these few days of use. this is quite a handsome package in my eyes.

Sound:
Better use point form first
  • Warm & full bodied signature
  • Punchy bass which is not flat nor thin at all, but in fact lacks the further faint extension as a good quality DD does
  • Bass imaging already better than many BA units
  • relatively U shaped tuning, vocals not sticking deep into your ears, allows more comfortable prolonged listening
  • pure BA combination but no peaking nor spiky trebles, its rather polished and extends comfortably on the high end
  • vocal thickness sound like dynamic drivers & even better than some
  • it may sound just a little too much on the lower end, depends on the kinds of music you're listening
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Conclusion:
There's one thing about the trend in IEM tuning especially in recent 2 years: Clarity, resolution(2 things actually), many many companies especially Chifi brands will emphasize on the technicality race, and emphasizes on brightness, ultra high resolution, micro detail. In order to achieve this, many IEMs in return will sound very clean, very penetrating and bright, whether they are pure BA, hybrid or even pure DD. (While respectful people like you are reading this , you may recall your listening experience these 2 years to see whether my decription is correct or not. )

At the same time, musical atmosphere & emotion might not always be able to deliver in such bright & clean listening environment, for example when I want to listen on John Coltrane or Jazz trumpets. For me personally, I own around 10 pairs of IEM from Chifi to USA brands, to switch up my mood & listening experience. The Bravery is like a step up from the Yume , which supplements the comparatively short in treble extension and vocal thickness, but somehow maintains the brand's signature tune(as I know from these models). I think its fair to well worth the price tag now, the next step up for higher budget will be the UM MEST mini imho.
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captione

100+ Head-Fier
Pause game?!?!?
Pros: - Warm, all-rounded U-shape signature with great tonality
- Accessories are top-notch OOTB
- Easy to drive
- Bass that almost feels like a dynamic driver
Cons: - Soundstage is average
- Vocals could be better placed
- Some might not like its bass performance
- Cable can be a bit better with a preformed earhook (a bit of a nitpick)
See Audio Bravery Review

Tl;dr : 4 BA setup, 279USD. Warm U-shape with great tonality. Bass is extended linearly, midrange is smooth and warm, and treble is extended with a balance of smoothness and definition. An all-rounder with my music library. Excellent value for your money with stock tips and cables coming from Azla and Hakugei. I love it!

A bit of background and disclaimer:

See Audio sent this Bravery as a tour unit to review and evaluate, rest assured they won’t influence my review. I hope my criticisms can be used to improve See Audio’s future releases and current ones, and guide some curious consumers. You can buy the Bravery @ HiFIGO!

I'm also new on reviewing so please tell me your inputs about it! I'm happy to listen and learn from you guys!


Packaging:

· The Bravery only came to me with the metal case with all of the necessary things inside, since this is a tour unit before prerelease, I can forgive it. The metal case is the same as what they have bundled with the Yume: the same textured metal case. It also contains the 3 pairs of Azla Xelastec tips, SML. Adding to that value is also the cable which was made by Hakugei, so I personally think it’s a solid value @ 279 retail price, and imagine more than that with its proper packaging.

Build:

· The shape of the shell is almost custom-like, as expected of most of these resin IEMs. The looks consists of a dark transparent body, and two unique swirling black and white faceplate patterns for both L and R with the logos of See Audio in the center of it. The resin seems to be semi filled from the nozzle part, which is made of metal and with some bubbles but not a problem for me look wise.
The cable consists of protruded 2 pin, splitter/cinch and jack metal wares in a dark blue-ish finish and two nylon braided cables that swirls into a 3.5mm termination. The cable transmits minimal to no microphonics. The cable does not tangle easily and the nylon does not itch my ears so it’s fairly comfortable. My problems with the cable are the nylon will wear out on frequent usage and a preformed earhook would’ve been nice.

Fit and isolation:

· They fit my ears excellent with a near custom like fit and isolation thanks to the stock Azla Xelastec M tips. The setup blocks noise nearly damn well and with my case, doesn’t require an further tiprolling because the stock tips fits me like a glove.

Sound:

A bit of background for the source, I used my Meizu DAC and Zishan U1 (on my phone and laptop) and my Huawei Y9 Pro 2019 for the testing.
You could drive this well with a smartphone and gets loud easily but improvements are noticeable on amp usage but not really drastic that I would require them all the time.
My library consists of MP3 and FLAC albums on 16/44khz and few 24/96khz ones and also streaming on Spotify since I prefer its convenience. Here is my lastfm account to see what I listen to: https://www.last.fm/user/varia_ble


- Bass: This range is definitely lifted but in amounts that I would call “perfect”, no bloat and no head-aching thumps either. Sub bass is visceral but not too much and mid bass with the right punches and kicks thrown; the transitions between the sub and the mid-bass is linear. Bass guitars and growling synths are textured perfectly and 808 kicks sound like an 808 kick almost coming from a dynamic driver which got me super surprised considering that it’s an all-BA setup. It’s really impressive, and I love it.

- Mids: Smooth and with a warm tilt. The midrange on these hits my sweet spot for the right tonal balance, not too warm and gooey, and not too cold and thin. Female and male voices are presented in equal terms, but it is 2 steps behind from all the elements sometimes, by which you could really feel the U-shape signature coming together. Luckily with that vocal performance, the upper midrange is properly controlled and extends without any harshness.

- Treble: Well extended and smooth! This was also surprising because I don’t feel the “BA timbre” or a sense of metallic tinge in its treble performance. The lower treble to upper treble is linearly extended without sibilance or pierce. A cymbal sounds natural and Sssses are contained, air is sufficient. They tuned it with the balance of smoothness and definition which is a plus for me.

- Soundstage, Imaging and Separation: The soundstaging is average; I’d say it feels like a 20ft by 20ft room with the performers just cramped in front of you. It might be due to the bass performance but I’d take that drawback for some mid-bass because it fits within the context of the signature.

Imaging is good, spatial cues are presented well and its movement but can be limited by the soundstage.

Separation is excellent, layered well with the various timbre of the musical elements separated nicely.

Comparison:

- See Audio Yume: Yume is a Harman-neutral while the Bravery is a U-shaped signature. Yume is 170USD VS Bravery at 270USD.

Bass goes to Bravery with more bass heft, texture and speeds while the Yume lacks behind with its sub-bass focused tune yet fails to texture and perform well despite having a dynamic driver for this range.

Mids goes to Bravery with a needed warm tilt and smoothness that I personally like. Yume on the other hand, is a bit dry in its tonality and can be thin sometimes but Yume has a much better vocal performance than the Bravery.

Treble goes for Bravery with an actual extention that isn’t limited to the lower treble since the Yume’s biggest issue is its lack of air. Bravery extends and defines more than its lower priced sister.

Thoughts:

I’m going to be honest, this was the most surprising and the best IEM I’ve ever tried! This hits the boxes that I was yearning for an IEM. Great OOTB package and easy drivability with a tuning that is pleasant and an all rounded listen for my library. It also surprised me with the bass response, because I was expecting limp bass but no! It impressed me even further with its DD like BA bass that got someone like me, a Dynamic Driver lover a pleasant surprise.

The Bravery is almost an endgame for me, almost because of issues such as the soundstage performance, the cable and other various things, but honestly I’ll probably stop buying other IEMs and call it a pause game. It’s an IEM that I REALLY enjoyed a lot with my music, especially DJ Screw’s All Screwed Up: Volume II compilation, handling the screwed and skewed beats with such musicality that I almost forgot I was testing it! I hope you enjoy the music as much as I had with these pairs.


Thanks for reading!

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Zerstorer_GOhren
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Such a precise and contentious review.

shazid

New Head-Fier
See Audio Bravery - SEE through your ears.
Pros: Great Technicalities
Nicely Tuned
Smooth Midrange
Easy To Drive
Cons: Soundstage Could Be Better
Bulky Shell
Lacks In Bass Texture
Introduction:
Bravery is the newly launched Quad BA configuration IEM from See Audio. Featuring two Knowles BA drivers for the lower end, one Sonion BA driver for mid-range, and one Knowles BA driver for the high-frequency response. The Bravery is a collaboration project with Hakugei and Azla Sednafit.Hakugei for the cable and Azla Sednafit for the eartips.

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Specifications:
  • Driver Spac: Quad BA
  • Distortion Rate: <1% (1KHz)
  • Sensitivity: 110dB ±1dB SPL/mW(1KHz)
  • Channel QC: ±0.5dB (±1dB Full Range)
  • Impedance: 18ohm (1KHz)
  • FR Rang: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Cable Type: 6n OCC
  • Cable Length: 1.2M ±5%
  • Plug Type: 3.5mm
  • Interface: 0.78mm 2pin
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Build:
The housing of the Bravery is pretty standard.The appearance is homogeneous to an typical IEM.It's entirely made out of transparent plastic nonetheless doesn't feel cheap at all.The cable that comes with it is a fabric braided 6N OCC cable and is exceptionally good. I didn't find any microphonics in the cable.Overall the built is fairly acceptable.

Rating - 4.1/5

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Comfort & Isolation:
First of all the IEM is bulky despite it is reasonably lightweight.Though it doesn't create any discomfort or fatigue for me but again those who have small ear is recommended to trial them before purchase.The noise isolation is adequately good. Surprisingly no driver flex issue here.

Rating - 4/5

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Sound Quality​

Lows:
Despite being BA driver it goes comparatively deep.The sub-bass is less pronounced than the midbass in the mix.However I would say there is ample amount of sub-bass.Actually it's pretty usual for a BA configuration set.The bass is punchy and tight with faster attack but lacks in texture.It's well separated from the mids.
In conclusion it's typical BA bass not comparable with dynamic driver bass.But if you like BA bass then it's not a big deal.

Rating - 4/5

Mids:
The midrange is superly done here.It's clean, clear and well textured. It has a bit of warmth in the vocal and sounds fairly natural.The tuning is slightly v-shaped I believe, that's why the vocal feels a tad recessed in some tracks other than it is quite linear (mids).I never noticed any harshness/shoutyness in the vocal yet it's smooth in presentation.The Bravery has rather good detail retrieval.Balancing between male and female vocal is also good.

Rating - 4.2/5

Highs:
Treble is one of highlight of the Bravery IMO. The treble extension is really commendable.It is sparkly,airy and well refined.Also it is energetic as well as smooth.There is no sharpness or peak and never hurt my ear.It is extremely enjoyable and doesn't create any fatigue even listening it for a long time.

Rating - 4.2/5

Imaging/Separation/Soundstage:
In this segment it's damn good.The imaging is so accurate.I can locate every instrument placement easily. Separation between the vocal and every instrument is just good. Bravery offers a above average soundstage.It feels quite spacious and a step ahead comparing ‘inside your head’ experience.

Rating - 4.5/5

Final Verdict:
If you're looking for an IEM that has good technicalities and perform reasonably well in all aspects this is for you.Besides it's quite easy to drive.It's a really well-tuned all-rounder kinda set.If it meets your preferences then it's a no brainer for 279$.
H T T
H T T
Thank for the review

The Bravery might have been a consideration for me except for a few issues:
  1. SeeAudio's lack of proper customer support for my unacceptably blemished Yume unit. Once bitten, twice shy.
  2. It is all BA. (Though I appreciate their choosing a Sonion BA for the mids). I would overlook SeeAudio's cruddy customer support if they had made a multiple quality DD unit at the same price. SeeAudio is truly stellar at tuning. I would love to hear their version of a competitor to the 3DT at $279.
  3. I "waffled" past the pre-order discount.
  4. Cloth covered cable...ugh
edit: spelling
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H T T
edit 09/27/21: SeeAudio replaced my unit. They properly supported their product. The Bravery is on my radar now.

machinegod

New Head-Fier
Pros: Organic and natural timbre.
Thick and solid low end.
Pleasurable tonality throughout.
Cons: Xelastic tips.
Shell on the bigger side.
Treble might be too smooth for some.
Disclaimer: The unit was provided by See Audio as a part of a review tour but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Build & Fit
The Bravery is the culmination of two simultaneous collaborations. One with Azla for the Azla Sednafit XELASTIC tips and the other with Hakugei, for the stock cable. The brands mentioned above have substantial pedigree, so there is a lot at stake with this IEM. I personally do not like XELASTIC tips, they may be sonically very good but their sticky nature is a no go for me. It gets dirty real quick (in one insert only) and it is unhygienic, and a chore to clean and maintain. The XELASTIC uses body heat to soften up and conform to the ear canal shape. That means the tips settle down for the perfect fit only after some time. If you are in a situation which needs you to quickly insert and re-insert, it is not practical. But it is good to see the tips added in retail version (3 pairs), as their performance cannot be refuted. The 6N OCC Hakugei cable is wonderful to use; it is supple and elegant looking, it is a premium product. But weirdly, the cable does not have memory guides which is a drawback as this IEM is 2 pin. So you have to manually check the polarity every time you take the cable off. Coming to the IEMs, the shells are on the bigger side so people with smaller ears should ideally audition it once before buying. Once the tips settle in, it is comfortable for my medium sized ears. You can tip roll to
adjust to your preference.

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Amp Needs
At 18 ohm, 110dB/mW you do not need a dedicated amplifier but a high quality source is recommended as the Bravery is resolving and scales noticeably with better sources.

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Sound Quality
To understand the importance of Bravery's tuning and what makes it special, one needs to understand the present scenario of the audio industry. Almost all IEMs and Headphones from the East and the West have boosted upper midrange, right in the ear gain region.
While it is true that there should be sufficient ear gain, in 9 out of 10 cases it is overdone. This is a double edged sword. On one hand it adds "energy" and a certain "shine" to the sound, forcing details out to the front. But simultaneously it destroys the timbre and overall tonality
and also making it fatiguing in the long run. Most of us have been conditioned to seek for this boost (including me). Without going into too much technical & graphical detail, the upper midrange of the Bravery is the star of the show. It is NOT boosted to the moon, it is laid back and pleasant. This results in a tuning that is very organic and lifelike, no sign of fatigue and overall all kinds of music sound more life-like. People used to boosted upper midrange will probably find the Bravery to sound a bit "muffled" on the first go but that thought changes pretty soon after getting adjusted to the sound. There is no going back after that. Every mainstream IEM will sound compressed and terribly shouty, screechy and unnatural. The same happened to me with Bravery; impressed by the realistic timbre I found it hard to listen to my other IEMs without wincing a few times. The tonal balance leads towards the "low and slow" side of things. Compared to other IEMs, the Bravery is slower partly due to the thick and punchy low end and the impactful midbass. The tuning in the low end makes the decays linger on a little longer, but the transients are hard hitting. While there is ample subbass, the clean impactful midbass is what adds to the "big & dynamic" sound. Midrange is lush, thick and natural sounding. Its "distance" may be slightly pushed back (very slightly!) but the timbre is so organic. Female vocals not only have the right amount of that "angelic" nature to them but also the body to them that is almost always lacking in other IEMs (due to the boosted upper midrange). It is important to note that the presentation of the upper midrange is NOT too laid back making the sound dull and un-engaging. It is just done the right way, which is almost never seen in the Harman dominated tunings that sell today. The top end carries on the natural tone from the midrange and is buttery smooth, which rolls off naturally. I never felt that the Bravery was too transparent, which is a good thing as it works with almost all genres and makes all of it sound pleasurable. It makes poor recordings palatable and listenable without smoothening out too much. This being an all BA, does not have the traditional dreaded "BA Timbre". When it come to soundstage and imaging, the Bravery is just good. Its performance here will not be segment shattering. The soundstage depth seems to be slightly hindered but that is probably due to the overall tuning and not due to the drivers themselves. However, the instrument separation and layering is very good, having sufficient air between the instruments. Nothing appears muddled or congested.

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Conclusion
Bravery is a very unique IEM in this segment, reason enough being its tuning. I have heard a couple of IEMs in the past that aimed towards this kind of sound, namely the KBear Believe and Tin Hifi P2. But both of them have glaring drawbacks in comparison to the Bravery. Bravery seems to be an evolved and upgraded form of them. It has a mature tuning that is more concerned about aural pleasure. I know audio is heavily subjective, but dare I say this is the right way of tuning.
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Yasin Caliskan

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Seeaudio Bravery - Brave and Courageous for the first iem
Pros: Good at technicalities
Not disturbing
Slight V with balance in tuning
Pretty rich original package (Azla Xelastec tips and Hakugei Cable that are sold seperately)
Cons: Lack of earhooks
Amp demand
Volumious size, earhurting / impossible for small conchas
Seeaudio is new to the scene but its evident that brains behind See are experts in field and engineering. Now Seeaudio - Bravery is on my hands. Received from the brand itself for my point of view. I'll express what I hear in concise statements as I am usually writing realtime with what I hear.

Transparent case with granite-like faceplate. Somewhat large case with a single venting hole. Fabric covered strong looking braided cable with necessary safety measures. (This is Little Harmony of Hakugei)

Unamped OOTB Seeaudio Bravery

First listenings are done at LG G7 power input condition. OOTB (out of the box) and unamped is pretty good. Layering is the first thing that struck my attention. Seperation is like what I expect from an iem tagged between 200 and 300$. More than sufficent air between instruments. Stage is not very large. Probably high 3d imaging when amped. Tonality is rich even tough the forward nature it has. I can tell if it is a tumba or snare or darbuka (amping will be enriching it further..)Not suprise; can go deep even when unamped and carrying a forward nature even unamped.

Bass pack a punch unlike many silky smooth iems I audiotioned. But not bleeding. Or mid bass thumping. Doesn't lose control while rumbling. But can't say the same for low powered listening. Used ipod 5th for this purpose. Bravey is a basscentric iem with low background resolution now. Resolution at basses are high (when powered). Mids are clear with a slight emphasis on upper mids. (ipod 5 and its outdated dac&lower power told me otherwise) Treble is like amped HM (Heart Mirror) good. Cymbals or crashes always showing their place in the drumkit. And decays are fast. (Not this good when un powered. Just between ok and good now)

Unamped Conclusions___

Bravery is a good iem worth the price. And will get much better if amped and tip rolled (to a narrow bore). Full of dynamics and enthausism (when properly powered). Much better than same sound signatured Legacy 4 IMO.

Amped OOTB Seeaudio Bravery

Now time of amping. Used ipod 5 (for lineout capacity) > Fiio L3 lod cable > x2 Burson V5i rolled Dethonray ha-2 @ H gain

Result: At least x2 bodied and full of clarity. Nearer your face now but many technical parameters improved first notably as clarity and layering. Now tonality is improved too and with help of its empowered layering capacity, monitor-like usage began slightly. While the overall result at prog. music improved, modern electronic recordings (for eg Degiheugi - Some Beat in my Head) - especially European fusion electronica is heavenly now.

Amped Conclusions__

Its clear that this iem prefers to be amped, unlocking its full capacity. Bravery, Xelastec Tips, Hakugei Cable and amp result in satisfying moments.
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Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Fearless 💥- SeeAudio Bravery Review
Pros: - U-shaped sound signature
- detailed, deep, textured bass
- smooth, relaxed mids
- smooth sparkly treble
- well articulated details
- above average soundstage and imaging
- Azla XELASTEC tips and Hakugei cables are included as stock accessories
- easy to drive
- great value
Cons: - Azla XELASTEC takes a while to get used to
- soundstage depth could be better
- might be too laidback sounding for some
- treble might use a bit more air
SeeAudio Bravery is SeeAudio's latest sub-$300usd IEM. It is rocking a 4BA configuration with BA drivers from Knowles and Sonion and it retails for $279usd (Pre-order starts at $249usd). In terms of unboxing experience, I can't speak too much of as the review unit I got was a pre-release unit with no box (SeeAudio has confirmed with me that this tuning is FINAL). However, what I can do is speak on what I got. My review unit comes with 3 sets of Azla XELASTEC tips (S, M, L), a 3.5mm 2pin Hakugei cable (6N OCC - Little Harmony), and a rounded tin case that looks just like the case that came with Yume.

Overall, very satisfied with the accessory set as Azla XELASTEC tips and Hakugei cables are included as stock accessories. If you were to buy them separately, a set of 3 Azla XELASTEC tips will run you around $20usd while Hakugei Little Harmony cable costs around $55usd. That is $75usd worth of what would normally be "3rd party accessories" included as stock. Kudos SeeAudio for doing this.

With the "unboxing" out of the way, let's start the review.

*Disclaimer: This review is done using stock tips (Azla XELASTEC) and stock cable.


PROS ✅:​

  • The tonal balance here is great IMO. I would describe the tuning here to be "mild U-shaped". Meaning, bass and upper mids are slightly elevated while mids are slightly recessed. To put it simply, SeeAudio Bravery sounds mellow, relaxed, laidback, and smooth.
  • In terms of bass, it is deep, textured, detailed, punchy, and smooth. What surprises me the most here about Bravery's bass is how deep it can go despite being a full BA set. It is also not dry sounding like most BA sets I've tried, which is a plus as I usually find BA bass to be dry and boring. Not to mention, the bass here is also fast with quick transient speed and decay, making its bass here punchy and authoritative.
  • In terms of mids, I would describe the mids here to be slightly warm, smooth, relaxed, well-textured, and slightly recessed. Detail is also well articulated here, where it has great detail retrieval (both macro and micro), but is never overly accented or "in your face". In other words, it won't try to overemphasize certain microdetails and present them upfront to you. Instead, microdetails that are meant to be "hidden" stay "hidden", where you have to pay a bit more attention in order to grasp the microdetails. In comparison to some other iems that love to overemphasize and push microdetails forward, Bravery is much smoother and less harsh in comparison, whilst still being detailed nonetheless.
  • Vocals, on the other hand, sounds crisp and detailed whilst still maintaining its smooth and natural sound signature. The crisp and detailed vocal presentation is mostly thanks to Azla XELASTEC tips. I tried changing the tips out for Final E tips and without surprise, the crisp and detailed vocal delivery is gone.
  • Timbre on the Bravery is very good for a full BA set. It is natural sounding and does not scream "plasticky BA timbre" at all. Ironically, the timbre here is even better than some 1DD IEMs that I've tried. So no complaints here.
  • In terms of treble, again, it is smooth, textured, with a bit of added sparkle. It is also quite detailed. Just like the mids, details are well-articulated and well presented. I find the treble here to be almost perfect for my taste, albeit slightly lacking in terms of air qualities, but I can live with that.
  • In terms of soundstage, it is slightly wider than both depth and height. I highly suspect that the "wider" stage is mostly because of Azla XELASTEC tips. Thanks to XELASTEC's tackiness, it makes the Bravery sit a bit further away from my ears than others eartips might. After changing the eartips out to something else ( in my case, Final E tips), the soundstage width is noticeably narrower. Nonetheless, soundstage on the Bravery is great. Good soundstage width, depth, and height, with width being a bit better.
  • Imaging is above average with good instrument separation and layering. At sub-$300usd, it is very good.
  • As mentioned above, transient speed / decay is fast and snappy. Handles busy tracks like a champ without coming off as aggressive or harsh.
  • The accessory set is exceptional. Azla XELASTEC tips and Hakugei Little Harmony cable are included as stock accessories. If you were to buy them separately, a set of 3 Azla XELASTEC tips will run you around $20usd while Hakugei Little Harmony cable costs around $55usd. That is $75usd worth of what would normally be "3rd party accessories" included as stock. Kudos SeeAudio for doing this 👍.
  • However, expensive cables/tips that do not synergize well with the IEM itself mean nothing in the end. I am happy to say that XELASTEC and Hakugei Little Harmony synergize really well with Bravery. Another kudos to SeeAudio for doing their homework.
  • It is also very easy to drive. Have no issues driving Bravery with my phone.
  • Great value. SeeAudio Bravery is the full BA IEM to beat at the sub-$300usd price point IMO.


CONS ❌:​

  • Azla XELASTEC tackiness might take some time to get used to. You also need to size down. I normally use M size tips but have to use S size for Azla XELASTEC.
  • Soundstage depth could be a bit better with slightly better layering.
  • Might be a bit too relaxed or mellowed sounding for those looking for a more energetic and aggressive listening session.
  • Treble could use a bit more air.


IN CONCLUSION:​

SeeAudio Bravery is the full BA IEM to beat at the sub-$300usd price point, at least IMO. I feel the tuning here is just made for me (I love U-shaped sounding IEM). It is detailed, well-tuned with great tonal balance, has great technicalities for the price, great accessories, and last but not least, it is so smooth and balanced I could listen to Bravery all day without much fatigue.

This review unit is provided by See Audio as part of their SeeAudio Bravery review tour. I am not at all compensated by them and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Interested in picking up the Bravery? Pre-order will start at 13/8 - 23/8 with a discounted price of $249usd (retail is $279usd). You can pre-order the Bravery on Hifigo's website with the link below (non-affiliated):

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Pre-order link is up! You can get it from Hifigo.

Here's the non-affiliated link:

⁠https://hifigo.com/products/seeaudio-bravery?fbclid=IwAR3DZmpaywBsCAwDbcjUf8JMDP21Lj8ceOsdrt6FZpOVU1K1H2-UwroqREY⁠
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