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<b>Specifications</b><br /> <ul> <li>Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature<br /> </li> <li>Sensitivity:107db</li> <li>Frequency Response: 20hz-20khz</li> <li>Impedance: 30ohm</li> <li>Noise reduction: -25db</li> <li>3 crossover , 3 in one...

Shozy & Neo CP

Rating:
4.41667/5,
  • Specifications
    • Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature
    • Sensitivity:107db
    • Frequency Response: 20hz-20khz
    • Impedance: 30ohm
    • Noise reduction: -25db
    • 3 crossover , 3 in one channel tube
    • Bass use Knowles 22955 and custom mid treble driver

Recent Reviews

  1. Currawong
    Good sound for a more evenly-tuned pair of IEMs.
    Written by Currawong
    Published Aug 24, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Quality construction with no visible faults.
    Inexpensive.
    Quality detachable cable.
    Good sound quality with a good amount of detail for the price.
    XS size tips included for people with tiny ears.
    Included bi-flange tips don't change the tuning.
    Cons - Stock tips are shallow, which may cause seal issues for some people.
    The bright/neutral turning may not have enough bass for some types of music.
    Shell colour not to everyone's taste.
    Shozy gave me a pair of these in exchange for my opinion on them.

    I reckon that for the money they are asking, if you're after a relatively inexpensive, and relatively "neutral" pair of IEMs, they do a good job. They IEMs have a small body and include a variety of shallow-depth tips that may not go deep enough to seal for everybody. Otherwise they do a pretty good job, with a good deal of detail and instrument separation for the amount they are asking.

    See my video for the full review.

  2. Dobrescu George
    Sweet Mid Tank - Shozy CP IEM Review
    Written by Dobrescu George
    Published Feb 23, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - + Excellent build quality
    + Great ergonomics and Fit / Comfort
    + Very nice aesthetics
    + Good cable included in the package
    + Carrying case included in the package
    + Clear, detailed sound
    + Smooth / Forgiving treble compliments older music well
    + Good price / performance ratio
    + Very easy to drive, even out of a smartphone
    Cons - - Package is lacking compared to some direct competitors, there is no balanced cable included in the package
    - Midrange-forward sound isn't for everybody, the signature doesn't work well with emotional / sad music or with violins
    - Some hiss with hissy sources
    - Some void is present while wearing them, since they are an all-BA setup and there are no vents
    - Dynamics aren't their forte, and neither is the sub-bass
    Sweet Mid Tank - Shozy CP IEM Review

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    Shozy CP is an IEM (In-Ear Monitor) priced at 150 USD, which promises to deliver a sweet and midrange-forward experience, along with excellent reliability and outstanding build quality. I'll be testing whether it delivers on those promises, and where it stands in the market, compared to very well-known competitors.




    Introduction

    Shozy is a pretty widely known name with music lovers, and I have written quite a few reviews about their products before, and have always had a great experience with them. They rely on an excellent track record of providing a sweet sonic signature, with a forward midrange, a leaner and more neutral bass, and a smoother treble, and they also rely on good build quality, and good price to performance ratios.

    It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Shozy or Linsoul Audio, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Shozy or Linsoul Audio or anyone else. I'd like to thank Linsoul Audio for providing the sample for this review. The sample was provided free of charge, along with Linsoul's request for an honest and unbiased review. This review reflects my personal experience with Shozy CP. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Shozy CP find their next music companion. There are no affiliate links in the review.



    Purchase Link

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SHOZY-NEO-CP-Customized-Detachable/dp/B07H4JXXDV

    Linsoul: https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/Shozy-Neo-CP-Earphones



    About me

    https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/p/about.html



    Packaging

    First things first, let's get the packaging out of the way:

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    Shozy CP comes in a tiny package, and well, for a more entry-level IEM, the package is quite enough, serving well to present this IEM.

    Inside the cardboard package you will find the carrying case, which is a pretty cool accessory to Shozy CP, and quite welcome to them, adding to the package value.

    Besides the IEMs themselves, you will find spare tips, and extra filters.


    The cables are already connected to Shozy CP, but they have detachable cables, relying on the MMCX connectors. If I were to make a list of IEMs that come with interesting cables, Shozy CP would be on that list, for their thick and soft cable that looks and feels very high-end, and really amazing for the price. The cable is braided and not very springy.

    Considering the price of 165 USD for Shozy CP, the package is very good and in line with other similarly priced IEMs. They do not reach a golden level, since they do not include balanced cable, nor a solution to use balanced cables, like iBasso IT01S / IT04 does, but still, the package of Shozy CP will be enough and even more than enough for pretty much anyone getting a pair.




    What to look in when purchasing an entry-level In-Ear Monitor

    https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/p/what-to-lookl.html


    Technical Specifications

    Driver: 3 Balanced Armatures (22955 Knowles Low Frequency, Custom Mid and High)
    Impedance: 30 ohms
    Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL/mW
    Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
    Passive Noise Isolation: 25dB




    Build Quality/Aesthetics/Fit/Comfort

    Starting with the build quality, you will be absolutely amazed. This is not your everyday Chi-fi IEM, and everything about it screams that, and in a very loud and resounding voice. The IEM shells are not empty inside like most IEMs out there, but rather they are full, basically there being material all around the drivers and the tubes.

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    This means that the IEMs themselves are a bit heftier than you'd expect them to be, but they're not quite as heavy as larger, multi-driver IEMs, like Rhapsodio Zombie, which is quite a bit larger and has quite a few more drivers inside. Rather, Shozy CP is pretty much in line with iBasso IT-01 in terms of weight.

    The cable is pretty soft, and braided, it is not the springy type, it doesn't tangle, and it feels extremely nice to the touch. There are no cable microphonics, and I experienced no issues with it while in usage. Furthermore, the cable plug is absolutely beautiful, being a 3.5mm Gold Plated, Single Ended jack.

    Shozy CP is also extremely comfortable, with a small shell size, good ergonomic design, rounded shell, there is literally nothing to impede your comfort, and they are one of the most comfortable IEMs I have ever tested. I tend to use smaller tips with them, and the included tips are very comfortable, and do not require an immediate replacement, or a replacement at all.

    You can feel some void while wearing them, since they are an all-BA setup, and they don't require vents, so take care when inserting them and pulling them out. This also means that they have an above-average, to excellent isolation, the tips actually being a tad less isolating. If you wanted extreme isolation, you could use foam tips, and with the thick full-shell bodies, and foam tips, you'd get almost custom levels of isolation out of Shozy CP.

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    The aesthetics are quite interesting, they are one beautiful-looking IEM, with an asymmetrical design, the right earpiece being red in color, while the left earpiece is blue, according to the color coding for most products. They are even more beautiful in reality, than I could picture them in photos, and the fact they are made so well, makes them really fun to look at, hold, and use.

    All in all, Shozy CP is one of the best build, most ergonomic, most comfortable IEMs with one of the best looks in this price range, and should be given a crown for doing things so well, reaching the golden level, and setting a new standard in their way.



    Sound Quality

    Shozy has a "house signature" that is quite hard to mistake, and which they have been implementing in all their products to date. This is usually a midrange-forward sound, and since they kept to their guns, people who love a sweet, more forward midrange, have been quite happy with getting Shozy products so far.

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    Shozy CP is also in line with their typical signature, offering a warm, smooth, midrange-forward sound, that has a good clarity, quick and nimble treble that is fatigue-free, a more intimate soundstage, and a really really natural midrange.

    Starting with the bass, they have a more neutral bass, that is present when needed, but which isn't much above the neutral line. It is fast enough for most styles of metal, and it is present enough to hear the bass guitars in Pink Floyd's albums, but the bass is not overly dramatic nor explosive, Shozy CP being a IEM for those that prefer a more neutral bass presentation, rather than a bass-heavy one. The bass speed is walking the line of natural, not being a typically BA-Fast Bass.

    The midrange is warm, enthusiastic, slightly euphonic, sweet and clear. The instrument separation is fairly good for the price range, and the tonality of Shozy CP, being slightly euphonic, will do good favors to happier and more clean-toned music, although they can play some metal fairly well, with their good detail and textures complimenting solo guitars fairly well. Being a happy IEM, Shozy CP isn't very dramatic, so they don't present violins or sad songs quite as well, most other Shozy products working also better with happier music. This works extremely well with rock, punk, pop, indie and even with older recordings, but it doesn't work well with sad music, or violins. The midrange is also fairly fatigue-free being natural and relaxed, not extremely forward, or in-your-face.

    The treble is smooth and fatigue-free, being a friendly treble that you can listen to for hours in a row, which does compliment older recordings fairly well. The detail levels aren't the most expressed since the treble is more friendly, but they avoid a "false detail", where details are virtually enhanced, rather going for a more old-fashioned type of sound, where everything is made to sound natural, and to be fatigue-free.


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    All in all, their soundstage is natural, to slightly intimate, which favors music, if you prefer feeling like you're sitting in the same room as the singer, Making Freddie Mercury's interpretation more emotional and direct. The good instrument separation and detail also compliments the forward presentation.



    Portable Usage

    The portable usage is excellent.

    Shozy CP is slightly sensitive to hiss, and being an all-BA setup, with low impedance, this is to be expected, but still, the hiss isn't audible while music is playing, even at low volumes, so most sources will do just fine. Furthermore, they are complimented nicely by something small, like FiiO BTR3, which can drive them quite well, making them even more portable.

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    Not all IEMs are fit for running and jogging, but Shozy CP is, and I can easily recommend it for doing more intensive activities, including taking a trip around Bucharest, as I did recently while using CP.

    The cable is soft and doesn't tangle nor is springy, complimenting their already excellent fit and ergonomics, and with the around 25 dB of passive noise isolation, you won't feel the need to adjust the volume too loud, as you won't be hearing the chatter of noisy cafes, nor the noise of the subway, making CP a really good IEM for an active urban lifestyle.



    Comparisons

    Shozy CP is in a very competitive price range, and there are many other options in the 100 - 150 - 200 USD price range, but I'll try to pick some that are more prominent, to compare Shozy CP with, since it has to stand its ground against the bests of this price range, to make sense for its purchase.

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    Shozy CP vs FiiO F9 Pro - Starting with the package, F9Pro wins in terms of the raw package, and by a good margin. F9Pro comes with two cables, one that is single ended, and one that is balanced, and also comes with two carrying cases, one that is peli-style, and one that is made of soft fabric. F9Pro also comes with a wider selection of tips. In terms of build quality, Shozy CP is better built, and the fact that the shells are full rather than empty inside makes them feel much better and trustworthy, but both F9Pro and CP are similar in terms of comfort, and both are extremely comfortable for me. Both provide similar amounts of passive noise isolation, although F9Pro isolates a bit less and CP a bit more, especially side-by-side. The sound is very different between the two, with F9Pro having a larger, quicker and more punchy bass, a less forward and more neutral midrange, and a more sparkly, better extended and more engaging treble. By comparison, Shozy CP feels considerably more neutral in the bass, more forward in the midrange, has a more intimate soundstage, and has a much more fatigue-free treble. If you wanted a fatigue-free experience, with a smooth treble, a neutral bass, and a natural, yet forward midrange, then Shozy CP is the one for your, while if you wanted a neutral overall IEM, with a neutral bass, neutral midrange, and a brighter, more sparkly and more engaging treble, F9Pro makes a very compelling offer as well.

    Shozy CP vs iBasso IT01 - iBasso IT01 is slightly less expensive than Shozy CP, and has recently been replaced by IT01S, which is very different from the original, but for now those having IT01 and looking to upgrade to Shozy CP, or those looking into getting either of the two are curious about how IT01 compares to CP. Starting with the package, the transport case of IT01 is better than the one CP comes with, because it is made of metal, but it is smaller in size. The build quality and comfort is quite comparable, and I actually do think that IT01 is just as comfortable as Shozy CP, but the passive noise isolation is better on Shozy CP. The build quality feels similar, and iBasso's attention to details in the build of IT-01 makes good competition for the excellent housings Shozy CP has. The sound is quite different, with IT01 having a much much warmer and more enhanced bass and upper bass, a recessed midrange, and a much more sparkly treble with more emphasis on emotion. IT01 also has a larger soundstage, leading to a very different sonic presentation from Shozy CP. If you're looking for a more V-shaped sound, with more treble emphasis, and with a warmer and larger bass, that will surely glaze everything for pure fun, then IT01 is still very easy one of the best IEMs for the 100 USD price range, but if you're looking for a more intimate soundstage, with a more midrange-forward sound, with more emphasis on euphonics rather than sparkle, and if you want a smooth and fatigue-free sound, you should check out Shozy CP.

    Shozy CP vs Simphonio XCITED 2 - XCITED 2 from Simhonio has been a personal favorite, as I had quite a bit of fun with it. They are uniquely built, but their sound is extremely detailed and clear, and they have a really addictive overall tuning. The packages of Xcited 2 and Shozy CP are pretty much the same, with a similar carrying case and a similar accessory set included with the IEMs. The build quality feels better on Shozy CP, and they have detachable cables, making XCITED 2 feel a little fixed with a non-detachable cables. The comfort is better on Shozy CP, but they isolate similarly well. Since XCITED 2 has a dynamic driver inside, it has ventilation holes, so it may isolate a bit less than Shozy CP, but this also means that they don't have void while being worn. The sound is extremely different, basically being an absolute opposite, XCITED2 being a strongly V-Shaped IEM that makes the bass quick, punchy and forward, the midrange recessed, yet extremely clear and playful, and the treble sparkly, and engaging. Compared to Shozy CP, XCITED 2 has more impact, a considerably larger soundstage, better instrument separation, but a considerably more recessed midrange, and a much more sparkly treble, while CP has a more neutral bass, with a more intimate soundstage, a more forward vocal presentation, and a considerably smoother treble that is sure to be fatigue-free. If you're looking for an exciting experience, than XCITED 2 should serve you quite well, while if you're looking for a smooth and relaxing experience, then Shozy CP should be your main choice.



    Recommended Pairings

    Shozy CP is slightly sensitive to hiss, and you may want to consider sources that are inherently less hissy for them, but this isn't an issue while music is playing. Furthermore, they scale fairly well with sources, but most Players and DAC/AMPs below 300 USD should power them adequately, and should provide a very fun and complete experience. Shozy CP is even drivable by a typical smartphone, and doesn't require much in terms of source to sound good, not being very picky with their source.

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    Shozy CP + FiiO M7 - FiiO M7 is quite nice for driving Shozy CP, because it is a very neutral Player, so it may help with their smooth treble, making it a bit more engaging than the average of players. M7 also has quite a few abilities under the hood, making it an excellent DAP for today's world, especially if you like the small shape, and the rather good battery life it offers. The pairing sounds pretty engaging, more neutral in the midrange, and with more treble sparkle, with the bass being slightly quicker, thanks to M7's very neutral and quick presentation. M7 also has more than enough power for driving Shozy CP.

    Shozy CP + iBasso DX120 - iBasso DX120 may be a little overkill for Shozy CP, given its really amazing sound that could pair even with a flagship, but it is a really easy to recommend player if you have Shozy CP and want a warmer, more bassy sound. In fact, with DX120, and its selectable filters and music modes, you can easily fine tune it to pair with Shozy CP the way you'd want it to, and with its dual microSD slot, and with the quick speed, and outstanding size and design, you're in for a lot of fun if choosing to go with this pairing.

    Shozy CP + xDuoo XD10 Poke - xDuoo XD10 poke is quite interesting, because, like DX120, it is quite a bit overkill for Shozy CP, but like M7, it has a very very neutral sound, with a colder overall tonality, which pairs quite well with Shozy CP, if you want a colder, more analytical sound that also compliments sad music a bit better than CP's original tuning. As a bonus, you also have a wide-coverage bass-boost that can make CP much much warmer and more bassy, but which won't make them distort nor flabby, making XD10 Poke quite a great choice if you already have a smartphone and if you want to have access to bells and whistles like streaming services.



    Value and Conclusion

    Shozy CP surely stands its ground nicely to other IEMs priced similarly, even to the kings of this price range, especially if you prefer the style of sound that CP has.

    Starting with the package, you get a lot with Shozy CP, from the IEM shells which are quite nice, to the flexible braided cable, and a good selection of tips and two dust filters.

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    The IEM shells are designed very ergonomically, and are beautiful, and the cables are also built quite well, so you don't have to worry about cable noise (microphonics), or discomfort while wearing them. They also provide almost 25 dB of isolation from the outside noise, especially if you're using them with foam tips, so they can be used as performance In-Ears if you wanted to.

    The sound is one-of-a-kind, or rather, it is part of Shozy's house signature, which became quite known after the previous successful IEM releases. The bass is neutral, the midrange is pushed forward, and the treble is smooth and fatigue free, yet there is a good amount of clarity, detail, and instrument separation, all presented in a more intimate soundstage.

    If you are wondering about how hard Shozy CP is to pair with other devices, then you have no reason to be afraid, they are easy to pair with sources and you could be driving them from a smartphone, being a really convenient and easy-to-drive IEM.


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    All in all, if you're looking for an euphonic, sweet, and happy-sounding IEM, with a forward midrange, an intimate soundstage, and a clear sound, you should totally check out Shozy CP, and for the best warranty, don't forget to order it from Linsoul, one of the best shops for Chi-Fi IEMs.



    Purchase Link

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SHOZY-NEO-CP-Customized-Detachable/dp/B07H4JXXDV

    Linsoul: https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/Shozy-Neo-CP-Earphones



    Playlist used for this review

    While we listened to considerably more songs than those named in this playlist, those are excellent for identifying certain aspects of the sound, like PRaT, Texturization, Detail, Resolution, Dynamics, Impact, and overall tonality. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you're searching for new most, most of them being rather catchy.

    Bats - Gamma Ray Burst: Second Date
    Eskimo Callboy - Frances
    Incubus - Summer Romance
    Electric Six - Dager! High Voltage
    Kishida Cult - High School Of The Dead
    Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
    Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
    Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame In All Of Us
    Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
    Infected Mushroom - Song Pong
    Attack Attack - Kissed A Girl
    Doctor P - Bulletproof
    Maximum The Hormone - Rock n Roll Chainsaw
    Rob Zombie - Werewolf, Baby!
    Escape The Fate - Gorgeous Nightmare
    SOAD - Chop Suey
    Ken Ashcorp - Absolute Territory
    Machinae Supremacy - Need For Steve
    Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
    Crow'sclaw - Loudness War
    Eminem - Rap God
    Stromae - Humain À L'eau
    Sonata Arctica - My Selene
    Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
    Metallica - Fuel
    Veil Of Maya - Unbreakable
    Masa Works - Golden Japang
    REOL - Luvoratorrrrry
    Korn - Word Up!
    Papa Roach - ... To be Loved
    Fever The Ghost - Source
    Fall Out Boy - Immortals
    Green Day - Know The Enemy
    Mindless Self Indulgence - London Bridge
    A static Lullaby - Toxic
    Royal Republic - Addictive
    Astronautalis - The River, The Woods
    We Came As Romans - My Love
    Skillet - What I Believe
    Man With A Mission - Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Yasuda Rei - Mirror
    Mojo Juju - Must Be Desire
    Falling Up - Falling In Love
    Manafest - Retro Love
    Rodrigo Y Grabriela - Paris
    Zomboy - Lights Out
    Muse - Resistance
    T.A.T.U &amp; Rammstein - Mosaku
    Grey Daze - Anything, Anything
    Katy Perry - Who Am I Living For
    Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike
    Machinae Supremacy - Killer Instinct
    Pendulum - Propane Nightmares




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  3. B9Scrambler
    Shozy & Neo CP: Take The Blue Pill
    Written by B9Scrambler
    Published Jan 14, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Gorgeous design and build – Comfort – Limited but effective filter system – Refined sound signature
    Cons - Good tip selection, but small sizing will limit usefulness for many
    Greetings!

    Today we're checking out a collaborative effort from Shozy, this time with Neo Audio; the Shozy x Neo CP.

    The CP is a triple-armature earphone with custom drivers for the treble and mid-range and a Knowles' 22955 low range driver handling the bass. It has hand built acrylic housings with MMCX equipped removable copper braided cables and a sub-200 USD price point. I'm not entirely sure who Neo Audio is, possibly a loudspeaker manufacturer, but Shozy is pretty well known within the industry and has years of well-received DAP, earphones, and ear buds in their back catalog. They know how to make a quality product and the CP is just one of numerous examples of this.

    Lets take a closer look and see why.

    Disclaimer:

    Thanks to Lillian with Linsoul Tech for arranging a complimentary, financially incentive free sample of the Shozy & Neo CP for the purposes of review. The thoughts and opinions here are my own based on over a month of use and do not represent Linsoul, Shozy, Neo Audio, or any other entity.

    The Shozy & Neo CP retailed for 165 USD at the time of writing: https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/Shozy-Neo-CP-Earphones

    Source:

    The CP was paired with a number of sources. The Shanling M1 was a nice match with the stock filters while the warmer M0 was a better match with the brighter, alternate filter set. The more neutral HiFi E.T. MA8 was fine with both options. The Shozy & Neo CP is easy to drive and can be powered just fine from a phone or more budget friendly source. It is somewhat unforgiving in regards to file quality. While listening to Youtube and Soundcloud isn't a terrible experience, I'd definitely recommend sticking with something of a bit better quality at minimum.

    Personal Preferences:

    I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. In 2018 I learned that I no longer have a preferred signature and can understand and appreciate vastly different earphones. The HiFiMAN RE800, Brainwavz B400, and Massdrop x MeeAudio Planamic are examples of earphones with wildly varied signatures that are enjoyable for different reasons. I generally listen at very low volumes, so keep this in mind when perusing my thoughts on how an earphone sounds.

    Specifications:
    • Driver: 3 Balanced Armatures (22955 Knowles Low Frequency, Custom Mid and High)
    • Impedance: 30 ohms
    • Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL/mW
    • Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
    • Passive Noice Isolation: 25dB
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    Packaging and Accessories:

    I'm guessing Shozy opted to save on packaging with the CP, and funnel it towards the earphones instead. The box is not entirely unlike what KZ used to use back in the day, but a bit larger and with a snazzy silver/grey coloring. On the top is a C/P logo in gold foil. The left and right sized contain the angular Shozy logo, while the bottom outlines a few features and a product statement that does a pretty good job of explaining the CP:

    “Presented by SHOZY x NEO Audio, CP in-ear monitor offers premium hand craftsmanship with meticulous sound tuning. Fusing Knowles balanced armatures and a specially designed high-extension tweeter unit, you will experience detailed, natural sound with precise imaging and enjoyable sound stage.”

    Pulling the front flap and lifting the lid reveals a Shozy branded, clam-shell carrying case that takes up the entirety of the box. Inside are the earphones and accessories. In all you get:
    • Shozy x Neo CP earphones
    • 4-core copper braided cable with MMCX connectors
    • Single flange silicone tips (s/m/l)
    • Bi-flange silicone tips (s/m/l)
    • Foam tips (s/m)
    • Alternate nozzle filters
    • Shozy branded clam-shell carrying case
    Overall this is a really nice accessory kit with high quality tips of various sizes and styles. One issue with the tips is that they are smaller than equivalent sizes from other brands. I typically wear medium tips, though the included medium here were too small to get a decent seal. Of the silicone tips, only the large bi-flange fit me properly. The medium foams were also a good fit and didn't do much to change the sound. All testing was done with the stock bi-flange tips.

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    Build, Comfort, and Isolation:

    The CP features hand-built acrylic housing and my god are they beautiful. In regards to shape they follow the old-school jellybean, low profile design of something like the Shure SE846. The clear acrylic allow you to see the drivers, wiring, and crossover inside, as well as tunnels from the nozzle to the drivers. On the main faceplate, seemingly floating just over the low range driver is the Shozy brand name in gold in their distinct font. Some blue tint is also added to the face which breaks up the otherwise perfectly clear shell. Flipping it over you find Neo and a product number stamped, again in gold, into the acrylic. Overall the fit and finish is the best I've seen for an acrylic housing with zero faults that I could find anywhere. The MMCX port up to[ and steel nozzles are integrated perfectly which special mention going to the smooth filter threading that does not loosen up over time.

    The braided copper cable is another excellent example of what Chinese manufacturers have been including with their products lately, putting lots of the competition to shame. It's not stiff and noisy like the Whizzer Kylin's cable and even retains flexibility out in cold weather, nor simple and basic like HiFiMAN's fixed cable on the RE800 Silver. The well-relieved straight plug is wrapped in chrome and carbon fibre with the smallest Shozy logo I've even seen lazer etched into the lower silver band. The off-color, metal y-split is free of relief, but this style of cable doesn't really need it since there is no soldering inside. The quad strands simply split into two groups of two as they exit the top of the split, heading up to each ear piece. As you head up to the plugs you find a useful bead-like chin cinch and some well-formed and flexible pre-formed ear guides. They effectively hold the cable in place around your ear, even during fairly heavy activity like running and jumping. The MMCX plugs are also metal with color coded plastic bands at the base to denote channel; red for right, clear for left. Overall, it's a pretty killer cable. It's well-built, it looks expensive, it behaves well in terms of tangling and stiffness, and it's comfortable around the ear.

    When it comes to comfort, the CP is outstanding. The rounded shells are free of any angles that could cause hot spots around your ear. The use of acrylic means that are also exceptionally light so even during activity they remain securely in place. Something I was surprised at is that despite being completely sealed shells (not ruling out that i've missed a vent, but I checked pretty thoroughly), I don't feel any pressure build-up as experienced with other sealed earphones. These are simply a joy to wear.

    Isolation on the CP is pretty good with a 25dB passive isolation rating. I have no way for formally testing that, but using it in noisy coffee-shops, walking around a busy city, in a car during a long drive, etc. I can tell you that the isolation is outstanding. These are well-suited to daily driver duty for those that use their iems in especially noisy places, regardless of whether you prefer to use silicone or foam ear tips.

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    Sound:

    Filters: The CP is shipped with two filter options. I haven't been able to find any official explanation of what they do. Shozy's site doesn't acknowledge they exist, retailers simply mention them, and the usual measurement freaks haven't covered this product. So, the following is based on my time swapping between the two. Using ears is horribly unreliable, I know. Sorry about that.

    At first I thought the inner mesh was different with the stock filter set having a slight checker-box like pattern and the alternates having simple lines, but it was just the lighting. Both filters look identical so sure to keep them separate. Some color coding would have been welcome.

    Sound wise they are quite different. The pre-installed set is warmer with additional mid-bass quantity and impact, as well as lesser upper treble energy. It also has a denser, more confined presentation. The alternate set knocks the mid-bass down a notch, but doesn't seem to hurt extension, while adding more treble energy and additional detail in the mids. In summary, the stock filters provide a smooth, mellow listening experience, whereas the alternate filters mix in some additional treble for a very slightly more aggressive sound. I prefer the alternate set most of the time since it better lines up with my personal sound preferences, though I can't deny the extra mid-bass helps with CP out quite a bit with my preferred music genre; Liquid D'n'B. That said, the below impressions were conducted with the stock filters since I still quite enjoy the CP with them, and also suspect they will be favored by most listeners.

    The Shozy & Neo CP comes out swingin' with a shockingly confident, refined, and neutral signature with just a touch of added warmth. Pretty nice for a product resting just north of 150 USD.

    Treble is silky smooth and not at all fatiguing, but doesn't skimp on detail or speed. Whomever produced this custom armature dialed it in perfectly. On Aesop Rock's “Molecules”, the cymbals in the background sound outstanding with just the right decay and sizzle. It's not the most airy presentation I've heard from an all-BA earphone, but space between notes is clear and distinct and they're not so light as to lack body.

    The mid-range is warm and prominent, clearly well-suited to vocal performances. On Daft Punk's “Touch”, Paul Williams performance is full of emotion and intimacy with a genuine feel few of the CP's competitors can reproduce with such adequacy. Female vocals are especially delightful. On Big Gram's “Born to Shine” and “Run for Your Life”, Sarah Barthell's seductive, breathy crooning has a trace-like quality to it that sucks you in and doesn't let go until the tracks are done. The CP's timbre is spot on too with Supertramp's trademark saxophone, string, and guitars sounding amazing during Rudy, especially in the final half of the track where the tempo increases.

    The CP's bass clearly plays a supporting roll to my ears, coming in and offering up some punch and slam only when needed. Otherwise, it stays out of the way making the CP feel quite bass light much of the time. Sub-bass extension is decent but overall fairly limited as experienced on Kavinski's “Solli”. Run The Jewel's “Call The Ticketron” is one track that really plays well to the CP's presentation showing it can hit with some authority, though texture is a little soft. In general, the CP has a presentation that isn't as visceral as you'll find on the majority of earphones with a dynamic driver handling the low end. If you're looking for an all-BA earphone with killer bass, check out KZ's AS10, BA10, and to a lesser extent the Brainwavz B400.

    The Shozy & Neo CP provides a fairly intimate experience with it's imaging, layering, and separation qualities taking up the slack. BT's surreal “The Antikythera Mechanism” from This Binary Universe does a good job of showing off what the CP can do and is one heck of an experience. The intimate presentation does hurt at times though, taking away from the grandiose performance of Lynard Skynard's “Free Bird” and making it a more personal affair.

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    Select Comparisons (volumes matched with Dayton Audio iMM-6):

    Brainwavz B400 (199.50 USD): The quad-armature B400 and triple-armature CP are more alike than not, sharing a neutral-warm signature. The CP offers slightly better treble extension and emphasis, mostly with the alternate filters installed, while the B400's bass shows greater texture, depth, and weight. Both have a full sounding, forward mid-range with above average clarity and timbre quality. Sound stage isn't particularly massive with either earphone, while both offer above average imaging, layering, and separation. CP's staging shows a touch more depth to the B400's extra width, while I found the B400's imaging more accurate and nuanced, especially when using them for gaming and film. The B400's extra clarity also gives it the edge in terms of instrument separation and layering, keeping it near the tippy top of my headphone heap in regards to technicals. In terms of build, the Shozy & Neo CP is a ways ahead with the B400's 3D printed shells, at least on my sample, coming across much less refined and professional. Comfort is equally near perfect with the CP isolating slightly better. If you only care about comfort and sonic performance the B400 can't be beat, though the CP comes closer than I was expacting. If you want the full package (build, looks, sound, comfort), the CP is the one to choose.

    Tenhz P4 Pro (120 USD): The quad-armature P4 Pro and triple-armature CP certainly share some qualities, especially if you equip the CP with it's alternate filters. First off, the both feature Knowles 22955 low range drivers for the low end and as you might predict, perform very similarly. With the stock filters in place, the CP is slightly bassier with more mid-bass emphasis. With the alternate filters in place, the CP's bass sounds virtually indistinguishable. Heading into the mids, the CP is a bit thicker and warmer regardless of the filters, though the effect is less pronounced with the alternate filters. The P4 Pro sounds a little more detailed to my ears, but at the expense of the harshness and mild sibilance not present in the CP. Treble in the P4 Pro is more emphasized with similar extension and a touch greater clarity, though it comes across somewhat artificial when heard back-to-back with the CP. Shozy did a better job with the tuning of their custom mid and treble drivers, though I would expect that given the price difference. Sound stage goes to the P4 Pro which sounds larger and more open, but lacks the same sense of depth. Imaging seems ever so slightly more precise on the P4 Pro and while it sounds larger, layering and separation qualities are quite as nuanced. The CP is clearly the better sounding product to my ears, though the P4 Pro doesn't fall too far off. If you can't afford the extra dollars for the CP, the P4 Pro is a great direction to take.

    Final Thoughts:

    2018 was the year I really got to experience a wide variety of armature based earphones. Sure, I had dabbled in them here and there, but in 2018 my eyes were opened to the types of experiences they could provide. I was hoping to get this review out before the end of the year, but alas it was not to be. Even so, the CP is easily one of the best products I experienced in 2018 and is a the perfect product to kick off the new year with.

    Since tuning preferences vary from listener to listener, the CP's neutral-warm sound won't be for everyone. However, those who do like that style of tune will be rewarded with an experience that is detailed and natural. And if you want a bit more treble energy but are opposed to EQing for whatever reason, you've got the option via the alternate filter set included. The acrylic housings are probably the nicest I've come across in terms of visual appeal and construction quality, neatly matched with a premium cable that just adds additional value to the experience. If there is anything I'm not sold on, it's the tip selection. While impressive in quality and variety, I fear the sizing will simply be too small for many.

    Overall, I can't recommend these enough. This is one seriously good looking and sounding earphone.

    Thanks for reading!

    - B9Scrambler

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    Some Test Tunes:
    Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Album)
    Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Going to Eat That? (Album)
    King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic (Album)
    King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black (Track)
    Supertramp – Crime of the Century (Album)
    Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma (Album)
    Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Album)
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine (Album)
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (Album)
    Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels (Album)
    The Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy (Album)
    Tobacco – F****d Up Friends (Album)
    Felt – Felt 2 (A Tribute to Lisa Bonet) (Album)
    Michael Jackson – Thriller (Album)
    The Crystal Method – Grace (feat. LeAnn Rimes) (Track)
    Jidenna – Long Live the Chief (Track)
    Skrillex – Ragga Bomb (Track)
    Big Grams – Run for Your Life (Track)
    Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Track)
    Aesop Rock – Fishtales (Track)
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  4. Moonstar
    A Nice Tasting Candy
    Written by Moonstar
    Published Jan 3, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Emotional Midrange,
    Fatigue Free Presentation,
    Very Esthetic Appearance,
    Small and Lightweight,
    Nice Cable
    Cons - Maybe a too relaxed presentation,
    Missing of some dynamism
    A Nice Tasting Candy


    About SHOZY:

    SHOZY was formed by an experienced engineering and designing team to offer exquisite products of exceptional design, build and sound quality. The team has been researching into acoustic design, circuitry design and material implementations and has released some very popular products such as the SHOZY Alien Digital Audio Player, SHOZY Magic DAC, SHOZY BK earbud or In-Ear Monitors such as the SHOZY Zero and Hibiki.

    The Neo CP and Neo BG are the new eye candies of this company, from that I want review the Neo CP for you.



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    Disclaimer:

    The SHOZY Neo CP In-Ear Monitor was provided to me by the company SHOZY via Penon Audio for review purposes. I am not affiliated with SHOZY or Penon Audio beyond this review and these words reflect my true and unaltered opinions about the product.


    About Me: https://moonstarreviews.net


    Price:

    The MSRP price for the SHOZY Neo CP IEM is 165,00 USD and can be purchased under the following link.

    Purchase Link: https://penonaudio.com/shozy-neo-cp.html





    Package and Accessories:

    The SHOZY Neo CP is coming in a grey cardboard box, which sports the CP model Branding in green color and on the Back of the box are some technical details about the SHOZY Neo CP In-Ear Monitor.

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    This box is containing the following items;

    • 1 pair x SHOZY Neo CP In-Ear Monitors
    • 1 pcs x Detachable cable with MMCX connectors
    • 2 pairs x Sound Tuning Filters
    • 3 pairs x Foam ear tips
    • 3 pairs x Bi flange silicone ear tips
    • 3 pairs x Double flange silicone ear tips
    • 1 pcs x White Carry Case (Zipper Case)

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    Design, Components and Build Quality:

    The SHOZY Neo CP is an In-Ear Monitor with 3 Balanced Armature drivers and 3 channel crossover design.



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    When it comes to the build quality and design, I can confirm that the Neo CP is a nicely built In-Ear Monitor with a beautiful design which reminds me to those of a small candy.

    The main body of the monitor shell is made of transparent acrylic material, while the right monitor shell has a pink and the right side a blue tint on the top along with the SHOZY logo.

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    The sound Nozzle of the Neo CP is angled (approx 45 degree) and is made of metal. There is a screwable filter with a mesh on the top of the nozzle that is available in two variants to fine tune the sound.

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    On the Top of this monitor is the MMCX (Micro Miniature Coaxial) female connector which has a gold color.

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    On the back side of the monitor shell is the “Neo” Branding and serial number of the monitor in golden color. From here you can see the inner components like the BA drivers, sound pipes and cablings, which looks pretty nice.

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    The cable that comes with the SHOZY Neo CP has a nice twisted profile and is made of a 4 core hybrid wire material (SPC + Copper), which has a soft transparent TPU coating.

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    The MMXC male connectors have metal housing with plastic rings in red for right and gold for left indication.

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    There cable sports a metal Y splitter and transparent plastic chin slider which looks quit esthetic.

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    The 3.5mm TRS (3 pole) headphone jack has a straight profiled metal housing with carbon fiber pattern and sports a small SHOZY logo.

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    Fit and Isolation:

    The monitor housing is pretty small, comfortable and ideal for wearing this IEM for long listening periods, while the performance in terms of isolation is on an average level.

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    Specifications:

    • Driver : 3 Balanced Armature Drivers (Bass driver is the Knowles 22955)
    • Sensitivity : 107db
    • Frequency response : 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    • Impedance : 30ohm
    • Noise reduction : -25db
    • Crossover : 3 crossover and 3 in 1 channel tube


    Equipment’s used for this review:

    • IEM’s : Shozy Neo CP, Brainwavz B400
    • DAP/DAC/AMP : Astell&Kern A&norma SR15, Sony WM1A, Cayin N5II, Fiio M9
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    Albums & tracks used for this review:

    • First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining (Spotify)
    • London Grammar – Interlud (Live) (Flac 24bit/44kHz)
    • Laura Pergolizzi – Lost On You “Live at Harvard and Stone” (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Minor Empire – BulbulumAltinKafeste (Spotify)
    • Leonard Cohen – You Wnt it Darker (Spotify)
    • Dave Gahan – Kingdom (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight True (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
    • Vivaldi – Le QuarttroStagioni “The Four Season” (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Alboran Trio’s – Cinque Lunghissimi Minuti (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Otto Liebert & Luna Negra – Up Close “Album” (DSF) – Binaural Recording
    • Lorde – Team (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
    • Massive Attack – Angel (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Portishead – It Could Be Sweet (Spotify)
    • Liquid Tension Experiment 2 – Acid Rain (Spotify)
    • Opeth – Damnation (Tidal Hi-Fi)
    • Metallica – Sad but True (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
    • Megadeth - Sweating Bullets (Tidal Hi-Fi)






    The Sound:

    The Shozy Neo CP is a slightly warmer than neutral sounding In-Ear Monitor with an upfront midrange presentation, which is musical and detailed. The bass of this IEM is fast and fairly solid, the upper midrange is lightly pronounced, while the treble is slightly recessed and forgiving.

    PS: This review is written after a burn-in process of 70 Hours. I have used the stock double flange ear tips and the standard filter during this review, because the second sound tuning filter was a bit uncontrolled and unnatural in the in the upper midrange.

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    Bass:

    The bass presentation of the SHOZY Neo CP is pretty fast, tight, slightly thick and strong with moderate depth.

    The subbass of the Neo CP has sufficient depth for most genres, while the bass has enough quantity, punch and depth to satisfy most users except those who want a performance on a basshead level.

    The hits of the bass are mainly concentrated in the midbass region with a character that has more slam than punch. The Neo CP is able to show this slam effect very good in bass heavy tracks, which will satisfy many listeners.

    The good thing about the midbass region is that it doesn’t bleeds in to the mids, which could otherwise cause to muddiness of the overall presentation.

    Bass guitars have a thick tonality, drums are fast, hitting hard and are pronounced, while artificial basses are well-extended and controlled.

    I have found the SHOZY Neo especially good with trance music due to its bass and midrange performance. It is hard to find an IEM that has a bass that doesn’t overshadow the vocal in trance music and can give the bass with all its layers at the same time.

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    Midrange:

    The main focus of the Neo CP is the midrange, which is fairly forward and more detailed than the other frequency regions. Especially those who are listening to acoustic music and like a forward vocal presentation will enjoy the Neo CP.



    Vocals:

    The SHOZY Neo CP is an ideal IEM for those who like to listen to music for long periods and want a musical, non-fatiguing and full bodied midrange, which is not too bright in its presentation.

    The SHOZY Neo CP is with both male and female vocals quite successful. The male vocal performance of the Neo CP is in general very well, with exception of male vocals that need some extra depth.

    When it comes to female vocal performance, the SHOZY Neo CP presents a slightly warm, emotional, and lush tonality that I really enjoyed during my listening sessions with the Neo CP. The SHOZY Neo CP is pretty detailed in the presentation of the vocals. Some fine details such as breathing, swallowing, proximity to the microphone are reproduced fairly realistically, which is a notable plus for the Neo CP.



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    Instruments:

    The SHOZY Neo CP gives the instruments a soft and organic timber with to be harsh, which makes the overall instrument presentation of the Neo CP quite enjoyable and fairly realistic.

    Instruments such as Guitars, flutes, violins or pianos are sounding pretty natural. For example; Guitars are soft and slightly warmish when they are played at higher notes without to be too harsh, while violins are slightly shiny, soft and with a sweet tonality.



    Upper Midrange & Treble:

    As I have mentioned before, the main attraction of the SHOZY Neo CP is the midrange, while the upper midrange and treble are positioned a bit at the rear of the midrange.

    The upper midrange of the Neo CP is showing a transparent, mildly pronounced, soft and slightly warmish presentation.

    The upper midrange transition is in general soft without remarkable negatives such as sharpness or sibilance in this region. The upper midrange transition in genres like metal music are quite soft and controlled, which makes the SHOZY Neo CP to a good choice for those who are sensitive to this area.

    Due to the slightly pronounced upper midrange, it is possible to hear the details and extensions of the female vocal or instruments such as pianos or flutes, while the extension is a bit short for example with violins.

    The SHOZY Neo CP has a fairly warm and pretty soft treble presentation that comes slightly from the background.

    The treble of the Neo CP has a bright and clear character and is rolling-off quickly after a peak near the 7 kHz range.

    For example, instruments like hi-hats are slightly more in the background than usual, sounding slightly pronounced and showing a short extension. The same situation exists with crash cymbals that have an even shorter extension, which brings me to the conclusion that the SHOZY Neo CP is an IEM with a treble response that is average in terms of quantity and extension.

    The treble range of the SHOZY Neo CP is not super detailed but this doesn’t mean that it sounds muddy or lacking in detail and I think that it will satisfy most of the users who are searching for an In-Ear Monitor in this price range. The treble presentation makes the SHOZY Neo CP ideal for long listening periods and to a good option for those who are sensitive to treble brightness.



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    Soundstage:

    Since the SHOZY Neo CP is placing the instruments in a horizontal direction, I can say that the stage width is above average and the soundstage depth is slightly less than the stage width. When it comes to the separation and placement of instruments, I can say that the Neo CP performs above its price point.





    Comparison:

    BRAINWAVZ B400 verus SHOZY Neo CP

    The BRAINWAVZ B400 has a warmer tonality than those of the SHOZY Neo CP, which sounds also more airy than the B400.

    Both IEM’s are pretty successful in terms of subbass depth. The BRAINWAVZ B400 has the upper hand in terms of subbass amount and extension, while the SHOZY Neo CP is slightly better in terms of bass speed, control and tightness. The midbass of the Brainwavz B400 are a bit more pronounced than those of the Shozy Neo CP and are showing also more impact.

    The BRAINWAVZ B400 and the SHOZY Neo CP are sharing a pretty emotional and lush midrange presentation. The Neo CP has a slightly advantage while presenting female vocals due to the more pronounced upper midrange, while the B400 suits better for male vocals due to its lower midrange tuning, which shows more depth.

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    The SHOZY Neo CP is rendering more air between instruments, which makes it more successful in terms of instrument separation and definition transparency.

    The upper midrange of the SHOZY Neo CP is superior to the B400 in terms of resolution, extension and emphasis, while the BRAINWAVZ B400 has the upper hand for control in this area.

    The treble range of both of those In-Ear Monitors sounds slightly recessed. The Neo CP has better treble extension and emphasis, which makes its overall presentation more airy and spacious than those of the B400. The treble of the B400 is slightly thicker and sounds warmer in this area which makes it ideal for a fatigue free listening periods.

    When it comes to the soundstage performance, both In-Ear Monitors are showing a pretty good performance for this price range. The difference is in the presentation, where the SHOZY Neo CP shows more width and the BRAINWAVZ B400 a little bit more depth.

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    Conclusion:

    SHOZY’s new In-Ear Monitor the NEO CP is great all-rounder in terms of design, fit and sound quality. If you are treble sensitive listener and are looking for an In-Ear Monitor who has a mid-forward and relaxing presentation, the SHOZY Neo CP should be the ideal choice in this price range.

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    Pros and Cons:

    • + Emotional Midrange
    • + Fatigue Free Presentation
    • + Very Esthetic Appearance
    • + Small and Lightweight
    • + Nice Cable
    • - Maybe a too relaxed presentation
    • - Missing of some dynamism
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  5. IryxBRO
    SHOZY & NEO CP — example of delicate tuning
    Written by IryxBRO
    Published Dec 11, 2018
    4.5/5,
    Pros - balanced, delicate sound, great tuning of 3BA drivers, good fit, excellent box contents
    Cons - deep bass extension moderate
    Couple of month ago we’ve got a chance to try SHOZY IEMs for the first time. It was SHOZY Zero — warm sounding and detailed model which we turned to every time there is a chance to relax at the evening. We’ve made a note for ourselves, subscribed to SHOZY channels and monitoring their current achievements. Lots of positive comments, additional information and posts by Shozy officials and customers since than. Seems that every model they come up with get the appropriate treatment on the R&D, production and tuning stages resulting in polished final product… Today we would give it another try with SHOZY & NEO CP — one of their latest IEMs equipped with 3 balanced armature drivers as the first outcome of their cooperation with NEO Audio brand. Not quite sure whether this cooperation would continue in future and what particular input did NEO Audio made (perhaps, it is about shell molding) but hopefully it is for better.

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    SHOZY & NEO CP technical specifictions:
    • Driver type: 3 x balanced armature drivers
    • Bass driver: 22955 Knowles
    • Mid driver: in-house design
    • Treble driver: in-house design, supertweeter (UHF capable)
    • Sensitivity: 107db SPL/mW
    • Frequency response: 20 — 20kHz
    • Impedance: 30Ω
    • Noise isolation: 25dB
    • 3-way crossover
    • 3in1 output nozzle
    • IEMs cable connectors: MMCX
    • Cable: 1.2m, OFC, silver-plated copper, braided
    • Audio jack: 3.5mm, gold-plated, straight
    SHOZY states that they have managed to design and develop their mid and treble range armature drivers that match perfectly with 22955 Knowles bass unit. We’d describe that in our sound quality test.

    Packaging and box contents:

    CP IEMs came in a small metallic-color cardboard box, with model name imprint in flurescent green at the front and product description at the back.

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    Something was moving inside the box when shaked… Opening it would reveal storage case with the rest of the contents inside, so no problems here.

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    Such simple packaging might indicate SHOZY confidence in the quality of IEMs while the box wouldn’t make much difference in building the impression of the product :)

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    Box contents:
    • SHOZY & NEO CP IEMs
    • cable
    • a pair of exchangeable filters (another pair is attached)
    • 3 pairs of thick silicone eartips (S|M|L)
    • 2 pairs of thin silicone eartips (M|L)
    • 2 pairs of memory foam eartips
    • 1 pair of flanged silicone eartips (M)
    • storage case
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    Pretty good set to find the best fit and store everything in one case.

    Design, build and materials:

    CP shells are made of transparent special resin with few drops of pink and green paint to give it attractive look.

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    Such shape and design remind us of some vitamin pills from our childhood… Choice of shell materials allows to see the insides — all 3 BA drivers, crossovers, wiring and sound passages in output nozzles. No need to disassemble if you are curious enough or have a feel that you’ve been cheated :)

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    The absence of dynamic drivers eleminates the need of additional compensation openings and using resin means filling up the entire form. Therefore, those IEMs have very stiff unibody construction. The only two openings are for inputs and outputs: aluminum MMCX connector bases sealed in resin and aluminum output nozzles sealed in resin as well. The later are covered with removable threaded filter grill.

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    Inner part of shells contains NEO and serial number imprints.

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    Another thing that we admire much is the design on output nozzles and filters in respect to the ease of exchanging eartips — very easy to remove and exchange due to curved filter edges and special flanges. No way to tear it acidently and very fast to replace.

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    Cable features aluminum MMCX connector housings with channel indicating rings (red for right and transparent for left), aluminum Y-splitter and 3.5mm audio jack with aluminum/carbon-fiber housing.

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    SHOZY & NEO CP fit is tight and comfortable. No signs of fatigue when wearing for more than four hours. Huge amount of eartip options allows to find the best combination in terms of fit and sound.

    Sound quality:

    Tested with Hidizs AP80, Hidizs AP200, xDuoo X3, Audiodirect BEAM

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    Lows and midbass:

    Deep bass presence is moderate, with good texturing and warm toning. Even the best armature driver would fall short in terms of deep bass pump when compared to some capable dynamic driver IEMs but at the same time would provide more clarity and precise contouring. Adequate crossover tuning helps to keep it in a good balance with other ranges while delivering smooth and delicate sound. The main defference with dynamic models is that CP would let you listen, disclosing lots of details, rather than reaching the lowest registers that would make you feel instead…

    Midbass is well articulated, rich and powerful. It is bringing good rythmic sound experience and not tending to fall into excessive crispness or brightness. Bounce effect of the midbass makes drum session sound fast and natural. A bit of elevation in this range is obvious but it is not a problem since the toning has the necessary warmth to keep the sound neat.

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    Mids and vocals:

    We would say that mids are the most accentuated and detailed here. Slightly brought to front, with rich vocal reproduction and emotional appeal in overall. Both, male and female vocals sound rich and engaging while having the same touch of warmth of the lower end, both show almost the same presence with very small emphasis on upper mids. Mids feel kind of mellow and smooth — good characteristics for this range. Resolution on string instruments and vocals is impressive and what is the most important — it never leads to harsh or disturbing experience.

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    Treble:

    Treble has excellent resolution and good amount of presence. Again, delicate tuning would not let it influence the entire sound picture too much — just the necessary amount to compensate other ranges. No evident coloration to overall tonality produced by treble, either. CP treble is more about the resolution and extension with more than average levels rather than stunning and excessively crisp delivery. It feels airy, transparent and flowing with reasonable sparkles and sharpening. It still might impress with the clarity of certain sounds but the main virtue is keeping away from uncontrolled behavior and act in smooth and weighted manner.

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    Soundstage:

    Soundstage is great. SHOZY CP IEMs are capable of showing significant distance from the center to instrument distributed on stage in both vertical and horizontal planes. As a result, scene feels wider and taller and instruments don’t tend to mix. Binaural recording are extending this effect even further, bringing the sound much closer to the performace of open-back overheads…

    Sound filters:

    Unfortunately, SHOZY didn’t provide us with the information about exchangeable filters and which frequencies would it influence. Two pairs are almost similar, the only difference is the size of the holes in grills. After trying both pairs, our opinion is that the main effect is mostly about 1-8kHz range with larger holes in grills resulting into +gain and smaller openings resulting to -gain. The change is not so evident, mostly about the less or more bright peaks and extension to upper mids and treble. We like the default, less gain ones.

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    Sound in overall:

    SHOZY & NEO CP sound could be described as balanced, highly detailed, neutral, with no evident coloration to the overall tonality. All frequency ranges are gently delivered and carefully tuned. Very universal IEMs that would be suitable for any music genre except those that require large amount of deep bass presence.

    Compared to Anew U1:

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    Anew U1 is a great example of single dynamic driver IEMs. Very balanced and neutral. Their advantages in comparison to CP would be a better deep bass extension and a bit warmer overall represenation (if you like warmer sound). But SHOZY CP would definitely be better in terms of resolution throughout the entire range, treble extension and presence. Fit is more comfortable as well.

    Compared to Kinera IDUN:

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    Kinera IDUN is another example of IEMs with very gentle sound and delicate tuning. Those are hybrid, with armature driver aided by dynamic one for better bass reproduction. Despite such structure, we would say that SHOZY CP clearly wins over IDUN in terms of bass presence and midbass power. The rest of the ranges sound very similar with a slight advance in CP treble extension and better midrange balance.

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    Conclusion:

    In fact, we were doubting that 3BA IEMs would ever come to our favorite list. Potentially, there are too many problems with sound might show up while trying to incorporate such complicated combination of drivers. In addition, a choice of armature driver for bass is making this try even more uncertain… SHOZY & NEO CP eliminated most of our doubts, placing high in our own rating. Of course, its deep bass extension is not so telling as in some rivals with dedicated dynamic driver but this is compensated by the higher resolution thoughout the entire frequency range. Other than that SHOZY & NEO CP show very balanced, appealing and gentle sound with accurate tuning and rare emotional appeal. If the aim is to find universal IEMs with neutral tonality, smooth and delicate delivery we would definitely advice to look closely at those.

    You can purchase SHOZY & NEO CP in PenonAudio store
  6. HansBarbarossa
    Shozy CP 3BA: on the king-sun precepts
    Written by HansBarbarossa
    Published Nov 15, 2018
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Sound, design, ergonomics, good cable, price.
    Cons - Not at this price
    "Constancy consists not in doing always same, and in that our affairs tended to the same purpose"
    Louis XIV

    Bonjour, friends! The well-aimed phrase of the king-sun which became the epigraph for today's review perfectly is suitable for the Shozy company which has the understanding of a sound and puts it in each developed model. At the same time it manages to do it in quite modest price framework.

    Quite recently Shozy presented at an exhibition three new models of intra channel earphones of which I now also will tell you about one. I ask to love and favor, Shozy CP 3BA!


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    Specification

    Driver:3BA

    Sensitivity:107db

    Frequency response :20hz-20khz

    Impedance:30ohm

    Noise reduction:-25db

    3 crossover , 3 in one channel tube

    Bass use Knowles 22955 and custom mid treble driver



    Appearance, set and ergonomics

    Shozy CP 3BA are delivered in a small silvery box of cardboard on which center in stylistics of a graphic sketch two green letters of "CP" were placed. Inside there is a black rigid case on a lightning with imprinted ravines of a brand. We open a case, and we find our IEM with the removable cable attached to them and also a bag of a set of tips (3 couples silicone one-flange, as much two-flange, 2 couples of foam Comply and pair of replaceable metal filters for sound pipes).

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    CP 3BA resemble IEM Shure se535 models which already became classics, and Westone UM3X superficially, only unlike them the building of CP 3BA is made of medical pitch (it is the same material which we met at NF3u earphones recently), and here sound pipes completely metal. Nozzles cover the filters with a protective grid. From above cases are placed sockets MMCX.

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    The right earphone of transparent-pink color, left – transparent-blue, through them is looked through all internal device, drivers and the crossover. On outer sides of ears the gold Shozy logos were placed, belonging to the new range "NEO" and serial numbers are specified back.


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    Weaved by the braid consisting of 4-core, the cable is made of the silvered copper. It elastic and nice (heading "poetry in one line"). On the one hand MMCX connectors of a cylindrical form, with another - 3.5 mm of a straight line of jack.


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    Generally, in a set there is everything that is necessary, and addition there of some not especially necessary gadgets would only increase the cost of earphones.

    Pinkish and bluish droplets of earphones are similar to sweet lollipops, well or to Morfeus's pills from "Matrix". But it is not necessary to swallow of them anyway, and it is better to admire them much, and then to listen. We will also be engaged in it.


    Sound

    Listening was carried out on: MyST DAC 1866OCU V.2, QLS DA 9.1 Melokin, Lotoo paw Gold, iBasso DX200 (AMP7), iFI xDSD, iFI micro iDSD Black Lable, & QLS QA-361.
    With all devices CP 3BA proved to be perfectly.

    Just in case earphones underwent the semi-mystical procedure called Burn-in (approximately within 30 hours).


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    CP 3BA sounding quite equal, nice balanced, comfortable, with great detail and good division of tools. Here two rises which fall on area of a mid-bass and a joint of the top mid/high frequencies are observed. But these accents are marked out intelligently so they do not lead to discomfort, and on the contrary do a sound more emotional and picturesque. On the contrary, the high-mids, voice parts, guitar solo, a bass are ground as sea pebble because of what the general frequency characteristic of CP3BA is perceived by very balanced.

    I recommend to find time for selection of tips as they considerably influence a final sound picture. Personally I most of all suited two options: complete foam Comply and SpinFit found in personal granaries silicone with a small exhaust outlet, reminding.



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    This IEM please with extremely spacious manner of giving sound, drawing virtual space is wide also with soul. With study of depth it turned out more modest, I would tell, so-so, but for contrast transfer of images and the atmosphere of it completely enough. And it's good.

    CP3BA for 100% are ready to a style variety. They perfectly win back jazz, instrumental music, to the classic, the electronic, Rock, a New Wave and without confusion cope with heavy genres.


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    Low frequencies have a good articulation, density and blow. The base of the register, a subbass, sounds frostily, but for the rest everything is decent. A bass quite biting and exact, it does not overload composition and does not climb on other frequency range, harmoniously moving level with the middle. The area of a mid-bass is accurately forced, bass parties move densely, slightly round, they exactly hold a rhythm and create a warm substrate for all picture in general.


    The Mids is smooth and expressive is the main fad of this IEM! She moves thoroughly, is very melodious and is alive, in a naturalistic and musical manner, here each tool or a voice part are transferred amazingly sincerely. And thanks to insignificant allocation of the high-mid string and a voice sound especially impressively.


    High frequencies are reproduced accurately and precisely, periodically gleaming a pleasant spark. They add to sounding of width of space and fresh air, giving all this in a comfortable manner. Here you are not tried to be struck with refined manners and not indulged distinguished afterturns, but in too all the time it is clean, distinctly and has no obvious flaws.


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    For example Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

    The composition sounds linearly, is perfected and is amazingly musical.

    The blow is exact, hard, quantitatively there is not a lot of it, it goes approximately level with the middle. The bass which is well worked, roundish, fast and collected, it accurately fills composition with the shaking rhythmical basis, adding it depth.

    Keyboard stream smooth wavy chords, creating a substrate on which guitars with the funk riffs and delicate solo are weaved.

    And sweet-voiced nightingales sir Paul and Michael Jackson charm ears:

    «Say Say Say

    What you want

    But don't play games

    With my affection

    Take take take

    What you need

    But don't leave me

    With no direction..

    All alone

    I sit home by the phone…»

    And here bravura wind instruments are connected, sending our legs to dance. In my opinion, sound of pipes lacks fullness a little, "bodies" why their giving finds an easy raid of synthetics. But it is not critical at all.

    Earphones allow to take the maximum pleasure from the listened musical history, to appear in the center of a song duel of two great actors, to analyse every moment, to make out each note.
    Oh, and as they charmed me, having won back "So Bad" … It’s just fantastic!



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    It should be noted that are quite choosy CP 3BA. If record of bad quality or is crookedly reduced then earphones will not sentimentalize, and ruthlessly all will take the bark off and smoothings.

    The bottom line

    Shozy CP 3BA – very interesting IEM in every respect. The quality of assembly and materials, design, ergonomics, a qualitative cable and, the main thing, a sound - everything is praiseworthy. Do not forget about selection of the correct tips, it is possible to be played with cables, and these ears will deliver you a lot of pleasure from favorite music.

    And now their bargaining chip - the price! The cost of Shozy CP 3BA at the time of writing of the review was $165. In my opinion, this generous offer which should use if you are in search of good earphones, but you do not want to devastate at the same time the purse for the sake of TOP models.

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