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  1. mgunin
    Shozy Zero: analog smoothness on a budget
    Written by mgunin
    Published Jan 19, 2017
    Pros - Great bass, sexy wood design, pleasant fatigue-free signature
    Cons - Tangling cable, some lack of treble, small L/R marks
    Shozy has kindly provided me a review unit in exchange for the honest opinion. They are in active use for about 6 months.

    I should first note that my experience with IEM is a bit limited by now, so the nuances I mention should be taken with a grain of salt. It would be great for you to read other reviews as well should you consider getting a pair for yourself.
    35 y.o, an avid music lover since 18-20. Mainly listening to jazz, soul, funk, and also love disco, reggae, afrobeat, new wave, some trip hop and electronica and a bit of classical (hard rock and metal genres are a bit out of my music world, so I may not be the best adviser). Also love to hear vinyl should I have a chance, but mainly use digital lossless files for convenience and portability.

    I prefer not too bright, fatigue-free sound without too much harshess (maybe a bit dark, but not veiled and without losing much in resolution). Sony MA900 is my favourite open-back model for home use, but IEMs became my most used way of listening both in office and on the go (which happens on a daily basis). That is why fit, convenience and ease of use along with reasonable isolation do mean a lot to me along with the sound quality.
    Now let’s talk about Shozy Zero.

    Build quality and comfort

    The set of accessories is not really outstanding: Zero comes with three pairs of silicone tips of different size. Practically it is enough, although there are budget models nowadays with the richer packages which can futureproof your spendings. What’s much more impressive is the quality of wood in drivers, jack and chin slider: it does look really tasteful and you get the whole aesthetics while holding these IEMs in your hands.

    Cable is quite soft but feels durable at the same time. The only drawback is that it tangles quite easily no matter if you store earphones in case, backpack or simply in your pockets, and it often takes some time to untangle. As for the jack, it looks sturdy and seems like a gold-plated one (so, the quality is high indeed). L/R markers, however, are very small (my review unit comes with slightly different wood color on each side, but I’m not sure if it’s the same in your case).

    These IEMs are quite compact, so fitting them into my ears does not cause any issues. Wearing them cable down I do perceive some microphonics, however, an over-ear way completely eliminates the problem. Please, also note that on my unit the eartips may occasionally get loose from the driver, so please take some care while taking IEMs out of ears since otherwise you may simply lose a tip.

    Isolation is fine, especially for a dynamic driver model. Not sure about the subway, but on the street it feels sufficient especially with music turned on. You can still hear a signal from auto, loud noise or very loud voices. I guess the amount can be lowered further after playing with tips, however, I prefer to hear something from the outside world and did not aim to achieve a total seal.


    I am not a pro in measurements, but Zero does seems a bit dark and smooth in overall tonality (be it a but V, W or even L-shaped based on various descriptions). Still, all frequencies are well-present and not much lack of either mids, highs or deep bass is perceived. Personally, I chose a seal which is not too deep since there is a bit more low frequencies in this case (not affecting other ranges of spectrum), but YMMV.

    Bass is really the star of the show here. It reaches deep into the subbass regions but still remains detailed and well-controlled. It’s very tight and resolving (especially on well-mastered recordings) and, from memory, never turned boomy even on hip-hop tracks.

    Mids are just slightly rolled off from bass, but vocal, guitars and other midrange instruments are well-defined and don’t sound veiled. Timbres are natural and instument separation is quite fine may it not reach the BA level of resolution.

    Treble is slightly rolled off being very comfortable and non-sibilant or harsh. High-hats are well heard and detailed too, while some may look for more accentuated highs and Zero is not really for treble-heads.

    In general, on all sources Zero shows a bit dark tonality. The sound feels quite solid and not hyper-detailed, with fine resolution and instrument separation. Non-tiring, fatigue-free listening with Zero is great for long sessions.

    Nuances, comparison and compatibility

    Shozy Zero’s sound signature significantly depends on tip selection. I tried Sony Hybrids and to me they provide a bit less subbass but also more clear mids and highs (maybe because of a slightly better ft). General tonality remains the same, and otherwise perception of changes is quite subjective and probably depends on ear shape and size (mine are more or less average).

    Even more important is how these IEMs grow with the source,

    They provide a good synergy with iBasso DX50 where bass of Zero compensates its lightness in DAP itself, while other frequences are quite fine.

    With Hidizs AP100 (modded ver. MM2 with a bit more dark tonality in comparison with stock) lows are better defined and more punchy, and the resolution of theble is significantly better, so to my tastes it’s a definite step up.

    A great level of details is heard together with HRT microStreamer. The tonality is more neutral and very musical, although the subbass is even more dynamic and resolving.

    I also tried to use Meier Corda Rock amplifier, however to my surprise mids (especially upper regions) became much more fatiguing and I did not listen this combo for too long. So, overall, it’s all about the synergy!

    I have compared Shozy with the single balanced armature model, Etymotic HF2. They are two very different earphones and do show a typical nature of both driver types. Bass of HF2 is less “bodily” (while still perceived well), but mids and treble are more detailed. So it’s more or less a matter of mood and taste, while both sound good with AP100 (HF2 is also a bit dark and warm with this source, to my surprise).

    Speaking of ergonomics. Etymotic’s cable tangles much less, but the seal is deeper which for me turned out quite tricky since the sound of BAs is much more fit-dependant. It was less convenient to use them on the go, and Shozy’s insertion is much simpler (while YMMV, of course). As for other dynamic models, I’d like to refer you to @HiFiChris’s review where he performs a great and detailed comparison.

    Future plans

    From what I’ve read, I think of trying Oriveti Primacy, LZ A4, Lear LHF-AE1d, MusicMaker TK12/13 and Blue Ever Blue 1200EX as various upgrade options. They’re all so different that it’s a good idea to try as many as possible not forgetting about the music itself as the main thing.

    Zero is indeed musical and I’m truly happy to own it as a first serious IEM at my disposal. The form factor itself was a pleasant surprise since I did not expect such a full sound from an earphone and the isolation turned out superior to all on-ear models which I used before for outdoor listening.
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    2. drbluenewmexico
      Blue ever Blue 1200EX are an excellent choice if you like single dynamic drivers!
      thanks for the great review!
      drbluenewmexico, Jan 19, 2017
    3. mgunin
      @peter123 thanks, you were one of the first to point me to Shozy :)
      @drbluenewmexico yep, I am really curiolus to hear 1200EX
      mgunin, Jan 20, 2017
    4. aksyonoff
      dope work! thanx! 
      aksyonoff, Jan 20, 2017
  2. Currawong
    The Shozy Zero IEMs are inexpensive, yet well-made and deliver a high quality sound at a very low price.
    Written by Currawong
    Published Nov 26, 2016
    Pros - Well made, good sound and overall balance that works with a variety of genres. A lack of harshness or distortion at moderate levels. Price.
    Cons - Rubbery cable gets tangled easily and is a bit noisy. Not so great at louder volumes.
    Some time ago I received a package in the mail inside of which was a small bag with a pair of IEMs and a note to burn them in for 100 hours with orchestral music. The IEMs turned out to have come from Charles at Shozy (and Cozoy), the maker of the Alien DAP.  Very small with wood and metal housings and in-built cable (which uses high-quality wire according to Charles from Shozy) their only negative is the rubbery outer sheath of the cable which makes it tangle easily and transmits a bit of noise.
    The first time I listened to them, knowing nothing about them, I was very pleasantly surprised at the good, and fairly evenly-balanced sound, and general lack of any unpleasantness. After burn-in, the sound is more on the warm side of things with a noticeably stronger bass presence, but it keeps its sweet treble and good mids, making them, in my opinion, excellent all-rounders, and worth pairing with a good DAP. One of the best things about them is that the stock tips work perfectly with them. I tried switching in my usual alternatives -- Spinfits and JVC Spiral Dots, but each messed up the nicely balanced sound. The only sonic negative I could find was that they aren't so pleasant to listen with at louder volumes.
    Overall, this has put them way above any pair of $50 IEMs I've tried (excepting the Meze 11 Neo) and made them good enough to slip them into a pocket for daily carry duty.
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  3. suman134
    Wood sound, good sound.
    Written by suman134
    Published Oct 26, 2016
    Pros - Easy on ears sound signature, has good mids. Comfortable. Looks beautiful.
    Cons - Has mid bass problems, Lacks top end extension and micro detailing, sounds grainy.
     Shozy, A brand that hails from HongKong, going strong since 2012, better known for their amplifiers, DAPs and DACs has the mighty popular Shozy Alien that looks, sounds and performs outstandingly when it comes to SQ and details. They have plenty of outstanding products and are extending their range with new products ever now and then.
     What I have with me here is their Latest product, their maiden go at In-ear earphones Shozy Zero which ships worldwide is priced $60 comes in a single color scheme, not exactly color but has only one variant. Made out of selected high density Brazilian rosewood chambers and comes with selected cables.
     Some of its features are high efficiency drivers with low impedance, flat frequency response with good extension, low distortion without early roll off.
     It remains to be seen how this turn out in real life though.
     At $60 it has plenty of competition at its hands from Vsonic VSD3/2, Soundmagic E50, Brainwavz S3, Rockjaws Alfa genus, Vivo XE-800 and even the legendary Hfiman RE-400!! I will compare it with RE-400, Alfa genus and Brainwavz S3.
     Lets find out how this wooden beauty performs.
     Before that I would like to thank Ken from Shozy for this sample unit.
     If you want one you can get your from these links.
     Shozy Zero comes with minimal accessories, Nothing fancy at all. You can find 3 pair of rubber tips, a carry pouch and user manual. Its nothing I will complain about buy they should have included a cable clip, doesn’t matter how selected the cable is, it has microphonics and a cable clip will help in keeping it low.
     Don’t expect much from me as mine came with just the earphone and tips. No retail package so I cant show you that.
     Build quality is nice, straight barrel design is nothing one can complain about. Rosewood looks really nice, there is some stress reliving at the earpiece end and it does its job, sadly there isnt much at the 3.5mm jack, just tiny bit to protect it from sharp bends. Y splitter has minimal profile and has no stress relievers at all. There is a vent, oh no its not on the outer side, its at the bottom of the nozzle, yup, that’s a vent. R/T markings are on the stress relievers.
     Cable might have something special inside but to me it looks like just like the ones we see with KZ earphones. It has some microphonics for sure but not excessive, its bouncy and doesn’t exactly look strong but I have used it under stress and it hold up fine. Lacks a cable slider.
     Isolation is average and acceptable.
     I like the use of wood, it looks good but not as good as Dzat DF-10, which looks fantastic.
     This earphone comes from an exceptionally potential brand that has delivered one of the best Hi-res player so it's obvious to have hopes high.
     On first listen its quite good, I burned it for more than 150 hrs and used it mostly every day before I go to bed. It sounds perfect without amping and a mobile phone will drive it nicely.
     Signature is warm, bright and slightly splashy, not as bright as HA2 though.
     I am using stock Rubber tips for this review, which have really wide bore. It sound better with foam and narrow bore tips, try it if you have some lying around, it helps in smoothening things out.
     Lets start with our basics.
     I have to say, Zero responds well to EQ, Try yours.
     It's not exactly balanced, doesn’t take off like a Wooduo neither stays calm like HA2, does its job and keeps calm when not summoned upon.
    Bass quality is above average, it has nice thump, good amount of air and can reach deep too. It has nice impact but its more soft than hard. Thanks to the wooden chambers Zero sounds really meaty, organic and natural. The only problem I have with this earphone is that it has some mid bass hump which gets bothersome once you come across some mid bassy songs, it takes the center stage and somewhat overshadows sub bass to an extent, and this mid bass hampers decay too, which is good by all means could have been better.
     Bass has good amount of details for an $60 earphone, control could have been better, not bad by any means, better than Brainwavz S0 and Soundmagic E50 for sure but can't be compared with RE-400.
     Notes do lack some depth, no bleeding what so ever.
     I have seen better, but not from a dynamic driver earphone in this price range, Meelec A1512nd gen is a totally different story.
     MID RANGE:-
     I am a fan of beautiful mid range presentations, and as far as I am concerned Shozy Zero has some of the best mid range you will find in an earphone for around $50. There are many earphones which sound better overall but zero has really nice clarity and forwardness which I really appreciate. It has good details and nice transparency.
     Both male and female vocals sound good, meaty, organic and full bodied, thanks to shallower notes depth male vocals sound thick and sharpness with female vocals make them enjoyable, nicely tuned I must say. Upper mid range has some humps which makes some instruments like cymbals and guitars shine a bit more than others.
     Zero has good transparency, imaging, presentation, doesn’t lack much precision and clarity but texture is lacking, it sounds grainy, not as smooth as one would expect, it maybe the housing but what matters in the end is the final output.
     Has a nicely spacious stage, not exactly RE-400 spacious, but spacious.
     I might have sounded harsh, but all in all this mid range is far superior than S0. E50 and will even surpass 151 2nd gen if you don’t like sharper notes presentation.
     Zero has, I have to say good still not so good highs. It has good energy, good amount of details, better than average separation and transparency, nice sharpness, doesn’t sound harsh but at the same time it lacks the extension I was looking for, its good, but there are some dips and few peaks that make things worse.
     Even though it lacks extension, treble on this is neither over done nor rounded off. It sounds cohesive and engaging, doesn’t put anything off, but those peaks with upper mids can be bothersome to some, especially those who are treble intolerant or like it smoother.
     VS Brainwavz S3 :-  S3 sounds cleaner, has better clarity, transparency, better bass with deeper reach, no mid bass hump, far better decay, smoother texture devoid of any kind of graininess, better top end extension, devoid of any kind of harshness. Comes with plenty of accessories. Sounds louder, has bigger stage and sonically superior.
     Zero has better balance, everything sounds meatier and more natural with awesome timber, notes are thicker too. Has less microphonic cable.
     S3 wins Hands down.
    Vs RE-400:- Has better sub bass, better extension, faster decay, no mid bass hump. Has better clarity, transparency, details, sound stage and sonicality. Lower microphonics. Better accessories. Has reported durability issues.
     Zero has better cable and build, has more bass.
     Technically RE-400 is a far superior earphone.
    Vs Alfa Genus (Black Nozzle):- Alfa genus has far more attack when it comes to bass energy, has bigger and stronger slam. Vocals have better texture and highs are smoother, has better sonicality. Has far better cables, build quality is awesome.
     Zero has better clarity, transparency and details. Everything sounds more natural and organic. Has better decay and top end energy too.
     Shozy all the way unless you want bass.
     Shozy Zero is a perfectly nice sounding earphone with good sound quality, nice timber, good tonality and nice build quality, let down by some mid bass hump and slight graininess.
     If you are looking for an earphone that has natural timber, meaty and warm sound signature, thicker notes with good clarity and transparency, you should consider the Shozy Zero.
     Thanks for reading guys, cheers. Have fun, enjoy.
    1. Dobrescu George
      Nice review, mate! 
      Dobrescu George, Oct 26, 2016
    2. suman134
      suman134, Oct 26, 2016
  4. Niyologist
    The Shozy Zero - The Entry Level IEM of Wooden Analogue Sound
    Written by Niyologist
    Published Oct 16, 2016
    Pros - Great detail retrieval, Excellent speed and control, above average soundstage, Clear sound, Very good dynamics, Good Build Quality.
    Cons - Not so good strain relief above the 3.5 mm jack, present mid bass, overshadowed upper treble.
    After giving the Shozy Zero a good listen for a few months and switching to better sources. I finally got the proper analysis. Thanks NLNH and Shozy for the Shozy Zero. This analysis will be short because it's to keep the reader's attention. My previous reviews were too long winded. So let's get down to specifications.

    Sensitivity(at 1Khz) 94db

    Frequency Response 20hz-18khz

    Input connector :3.5mm (1/8 inch gold-plated stereo TRS plug)

    The Shozy Zero also comes with 3 Sets of eartips (S/M/L). A rectangle hard clam case. Also a User Manual showing a frequency chart sweep of the Shozy Zero.

    Fit: I used the double flange ear tips that came with the Shozy Zero and it was a perfect match. Excellent comfort and for long duration listening.

    Build Quality: Considering that it's made out of wood. You'd expect the durability is expected to be far greater than the typical ABS housing of other IEMs? Right? That is correct. The Wooden earphones of the Shozy Zero feels thicker than the typical ABS earphones. Although I wouldn't recommend tossing these around because they are still made out of wood. It is also advised on the User manual to avoid using this in humid weather so the Shozy Zero will not be damaged. Considering that I got the Shozy Zero in the summer. It was unavoidable. However. The Shozy Zero remained unscathed. The dewpoints that I dealt with all summer were typical for tropical areas (Despite being in New York). Anyway. The cable is thick and springy. The springy cable doesn't really bother me. What bothers me is the short and stubby strain relief above the Shozy engraved Wooden jack. It concerns me. The strain reliefs below the Wooden earphones are thick and inspire longevity. Due to the fact that it's rubbery and stiff.

    Onward to the sound.

    Source used: ZTE Axon 7 w/Poweramp Alpha Build 703. Headset Hi-Fi Mode on Super.

    How does one describe the Shozy Zero. Three words. Organic. Smooth. Warm.

    The sound of the Shozy Zero is quite simple and straight forward.

    Let's start with the bass.

    BASS: For $50. The Bass is quite textured and deep. It seems that it can reach the subbass territory. Will this please bassheads? Probably. Most likely more likely for those who are into Drums and Bass and Trance. It has deep Bass, but it also has some mid bass. As a result the sound is warmer. The bass control is also quite good. It's quick and punchy like a Professional Boxer. There’s practically no Bass bleed. That leads me to talk about the mid-range.

    MID-RANGE: This is pretty interesting. Not as good as my Titan 1 (it's close by about 25%), but far better than my retired M-DUO. The detail retrieval is quite good for $60. The strong Bass is helping the mid range become thickened and smooth. Like a delicious cake mix being made for a birthday. This results in a tasty and savory performance of many flavors and for many flavors. Such as Pop, RnB, Hip Hop and Drums n Bass. Another aspect I should mention is the clear vocals. Whenever I listen to Epica's music, I can hear the clear vocals. Clear yet not too forward or too recessed. It's just right. I can actually hear the choir and the lead singer without having to stress my ears. That's good stuff.

    TREBLE: It's clearly present due to a bump in the frequency in the upper Mids and lower treble. Although it's not insufferable like the M-DUO. It's softer and more graceful and packed with plenty of detail for a $50 IEM. When I listen to Metal, Classical or Orchestral music. I hear the strumming of strings quite clear. Not TOTL clear, but clear enough that you don't have to focus on trying to hear it. I noticed that that the Shozy Zero does particularly well with Epica’s music. Which is a combination of Metal and Orchestral music. The guitars are like super crunchy and very detailed. It usually puts a smile on my face. The upper treble is there, but somewhat overshadowed by the lower treble.Now onward to the Soundstage/Dynamics.

    Soundstage/Dynamics: Now for this part I used a soundtrack that still impresses me bit in this department. I used Evan King's MDK - Shinespark. I was just flat out impressed what this $50 IEM was capable of. You could feel the spaces in between the instruments while maintaining an above average soundstage. Quite impressive. The spaces were still quite small. Yet it was still good. BTW, the soundstage is 3D. Not 360 3D. Mainly because I don't have any true binaural recordings.

    Conclusion: After a few months. I have become more attached to the Shozy Zero. It just fits my preference of a more musical experience. The Shozy Zero just does everything right for a $50. If you are into a wholesome warm and musical experience and never owned a wooden IEM and curious about it. Then the Shozy Zero is for you. Otherwise, analytical lovers won't like these. The Shozy Zero is practically the complete opposite.
    1. frankrondaniel
      I agree with your take on the Zero - quite a bargain for $50.  I use it often when I don't want to go out with my more expensive IEMS and I find it totally satisfactory and enjoyable.
      frankrondaniel, Oct 17, 2016
    2. Niyologist
      I love this IEM. It's accurate and balanced.
      Niyologist, Oct 17, 2016
  5. Dobrescu George
    Wooden IEMs with good soundstage and mid-centric sound
    Written by Dobrescu George
    Published Oct 14, 2016
    Pros - Soundstage!, Mids, Bass, Accessories - especially the carry case, Cables, Wood housing, Smooth & Dark sound, Isolation.
    Cons - Rolled off treble, slightly rolled off bass, driver flex.

    My name is George and I'm one a big music fan! I sometimes carry an amp stack to listen to music, even if using IEMs [​IMG]

    We use OGG -q10 on almost everything audio related to the games we're creating on https://www.facebook.com/seventh.heart.studios/

    I like bright sounds, clear sounds, lots of treble and bass, and I listen mostly to upbeat music, except for a few select masterpieces - like most of the songs made by Jill Tracy.

    I've been using ShozyZero for a while now, then my brother was really looking into them, so I gave them to him. He's been really happy with them since he got them so yeah...

    This review will also include real world usage notes and what to expect with heavy usage, travel and after abusing ShozyZero.


    Words before we go in depth

    Before we even begin this review, please understand that the price area of 50 - 250$ is very crowded with literally hundreds of IEMs from many producers and many different signatures, so nobody will be able to pinpoint a best IEM, but best from the tested ones, or best at something, or best for a personal preference. In these conditions, this review will describe the sound as it is - with most personal preferences noted separately.

    Equipment used in this test

    - Fiio X5ii
    - Oppo Ha2
    - Fiio X1ii
    - HTC 820
    - Xiaomi mi max Hydrogen
    - Sennheiser ie800
    - Ultrasone dj one pro
    - SanDisk Clip+
    - Probably should stop here, but there are a few others I used when testing ShozyZero.


    - Box
    - Short manual
    - 3 pair of rubber tips,
    - One of the nicest carry boxes for IEMs at this price range.

    After 1 month of usage: Carry box held to usage. It has been dropped a few times, even on public concrete floors, still looks ok.




    While the cables are ever so slightly microphonic, my listening was done while sitting in front of a computer. On the bright side, the cables are long enough so they don't pull the IEMs out of ears, they allow for over the ear wearing, and the cables are flexible (if not a little springy if I may add).


    The cables did not get tangled while the IEMs were thrown around, and don't seem to have shape memory.


    It's pretty good. While music is playing at a moderate level, most outside noises are drowned out, but stronger sounds are still audible. Music doesn't escape from them, so ShozyZero are good to listen to in a silent place.


    Wood + rubber all around. While it has a certain novelty to it, the wood does it's job fairly well.

    At first, I expected the wood housing to provide a strange feeling or sound, but it's proven to be a fair housing for IEMs. I personally prefer metal or ceramic for IEM housings, but my brother likes the wood both in feeling to the touch and sound.


    Good, with the mention of some driver flex. While this is not a deal breaker for most people, I prefer no driver flex.

    Note: My brother doesn't seem to care much about driver flex, nor to notice it, so not everyone is affected by driver flex.



    Bass is thick, slightly rolled off at the low end, and while it has a great presence, it never feels slow nor sleazy. One thing that can be said about the bass is that it keeps up with the pace while sounding natural. The signature is certainly warm, but the bass has a normal decay.

    [Short story]: It is there, thick, doesn't overtake any other frequency.


    Mids are sweet. They sound sweet, are emphasized, the signature being slightly rolled off at low end and rolled off at top end (so we can say that the signature is mid-centric to begin with). Shozy is honest and brings this feature upfront in their advertising. While this signature won't please everyone, listening to guitars surely is a treat and voices are right on spot.
    If mids were to be described they would come off as very clear, detailed, and having a specific sweet sound to them.

    [Short story]: Mids are the center of Shozy Zero's sound, very clear, good details and an interesting tonality that's dark, warm, but clear.


    Treble is rolled off. Compared to my tastes and listening habits, treble relaxed but it is rolled off.

    Now this is both a good and a bad thing, depending on whom you ask. While I need treble to strike with true brightness, my brother likes this smooth signature.
    Best way to put treble is that it's a like it or break it thing. It is not for treble heads. Don't get me wrong, we can easily hear cymbal crashes, but they are so very smooth. Adding treble via EQ alleviates the situation, but they won't become bright regardless of adjustments.


    Soundstage is a very strong point of ShozyZero! It insantly hits the listener how all sounds can come from different parts of space. For a IEM this small, soundstage is huge, comparable to open back headphones. Bass notes can be heard coming from exact areas in around of the listener, instead of being present in the entire audio space.
    It is probably related to the wood housings, but soundstage is one of the very strong points of Shozy Zero.


    Source synnergy

    ShozyZero sounds pretty good out of my phones (HTC 820 or Mi max). They are not very source dependent, so if you want to buy a ShozyZero and listen to them using a smartphone - it's a pretty good idea. Fiio X5ii surely made the sound better for them, and allowed for a much better EQ than my phones, but the sound directly out of the phone was not disastrous. ShozyZero is pretty sensitive, so most sources will be able to drive them well.

    Hiss or other problems

    No hiss or other problems were detected, but the signature is forgiving by itself. The forgiveness of the signature can be noted as a problem since I personally want a very bright, revealing and tight sound.

    Closing words

    ShozyZero sure is an interesting IEM, with a fun sound, that will appear to some. It's very clear, has a good bass, has a warm - darkish mid centric signature with an unexpected large soundstage, especially for it's price.

    To describe my experience with them: After receiving ShozyZero, I allowed myself a pause from driving of about 15-25 minutes where I was really intrigued by the sound, especially the soundstage. They need EQ to work well, and Fiio X5ii came in and has really helped ShozyZero sound more to my liking, but I was able to watch a few music videos straight out of my phone and the sound was still clear and detailed, ergo without the treble and the jump in resolution that x5ii brings compared to phones sound.

    [Disclaimer : The test unit was provided by Shozy, but the opinions were not affected in any way by any party except for the mood in the moment of writing this review. All impressions are based on one set of ears and one musical preference, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. Comparison with other IEMs or headphones felt unfair as most other IEMs tested or that took part in the test are not in the price class and have a radically different signature.]
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  6. ExpatinJapan
    Shozy Zero IEMs great price for an excellent result
    Written by ExpatinJapan
    Published Sep 19, 2016
    Pros - comfortable, great detail and sound stage, smooth and silky, fast, fairly neutral
    Cons - none really

    SHOZY Zero IEMs Review - Expatinjapan

     Head Pie  
    SHOZY Zero IEMs review​
     - expatinjapan​
    It was pleasant to receive a set of beta SHOZY Zero IEMs in the post recently. I love wooden headphones and earphones. They have a natural, organic, smooth and lush sound. 
    I was not disappointed by the SHOZY Zero they seemed to tick all the right boxes straight off the bat.
    The construction is very simple, nothing too complicated about how they are put together. 
    Simple is best, less is more and other adages to explain this concept.
    The SHOZY Zero is made of (edit) ??? Wood nice and solid.
    The size is great and would suit any ear canal size with the right tips.
    No chin slider for fans of the old chin sliders.
    Wood everywhere, even the cable seems to look like its made of wood. ​
    The groove is an air pressure regulator.​
    The SHOZY Zero is an easy fit.
    They can be worn hanging down or over the ear, I myself prefer over the ear usually as I can get a good seal and also lock the IEM in place.
    Very comfortable for extended periods of time.


    The sound is well matched with the SHOZY Alien DAP and no
    doubt they had a close relationship when it came to tuning these Zero IEMs.

    Like the Alien DAP the sound is smooth, organic and accurate.

    The SHOZY Zero is fairly flat, it does not seem to overly favor the lows, mids or the highs.

    It scales up well with more volume whilst losing no accuracy and creating no distortion.
    The Zero has a fast response, great separation, good width and lots of height.
    Instrument separation and layering is wonderful.

    The vocals are well matched to the music and are neither forward or recessed, but just right where I like them - with the music.

    The SHOZY Zero reproduces the original recordings with an accuracy that belies their asking price.
    SHOZY Zero frequency response.​

    The SHOZY Zero is priced at US$50. A reasonable price for the IEMs. They could be priced a bit higher and still be acceptable.
    It`s the kind of IEM I would feel happy buying a friend for a gift, smooth, well layered, good width and height, detailed and also lush; not to mention comfortable to wear.


    The SHOZY Zero is a bargain IEM in terms of its price and performance.
    Very smooth and silky, well balanced between the lows, mids and highs make this a pleasure to listen to.
    It scales up well with more volume losing no accuracy and creating no distortion.
    The Zero has a fast response, great separation, good width and lots of height.
    Instrument separation and layering is wonderful.

    It is an IEM I could listen to with pleasure for extended periods of time, laid back but without settling for less in the separation, detail, layering departments, decent width and height make this $50 IEM a possibly popular choice in the coming months after its release.
    Thank you to SHOZY for sending the ZERO (beta) to Head Pie for review​
    - expatinjapan.​

    1. ExpatinJapan
      ExpatinJapan, Sep 19, 2016
  7. kevingzw
    Mini Vibros!
    Written by kevingzw
    Published Sep 16, 2016
    Pros - Analog Sounding, Rich Mid-range, Solid Mid-bass, Coherent and Precise Soundstage
    Cons - Recessed Highs,Lacking some Sub-bass Decay. Strain reliefs do not feel adequate, Springy Cables
    Before I start this review, I would like to reiterate that we all have different experiences when it comes to using earphones/headphones. YMMV and this is merely my "subjective opinion". I hope that helps and if there are any disagreements, feel free to comment :). I'm all ears! 
    Some history behind Shozy:
    Shozy is a brand from Hong kong that is relatively known amongst the "audio enthusiast" community for releasing the odd looking "Shozy Alien". Recently, the brand decided to release several IEM's to penetrate the already crowded "budget IEM' market. I didn't show much interest initially, until I saw the gorgeous Shozy Zero. I'm rather fond of "wooden housings" (my ZMF Vibro Mk2's are a testament to that statement). The CNC finished nozzles and resonance chamber housed driver sounded rather ambitious, considering that this is Shozy's first IEM offering. Most importantly, they only cost 59 SGD. The attractive price called out to me. 
    The Shozy Alien in Gold
    As you guys know, I am an avid believer in single-driver configurations. I tend to apply a reductionist-objectivist view with IEM's. "Less is more" and damping/material design is the best way to achieve any given sound signature. The Shozy Zero fits that bill and I decided to purchase them from Null Audio. Do take note that I am in no way affiliated with Shozy or Null Audio
    Special thanks to Null Audio for the speedy delivery of my IEM's.
    Package and Accessories:
    Taken from a Japanese Forum
    The package was rather sparse. The box's design is non-descript, with some of the Shozy Zero's features printed at the back. Upon opening, we have:
    1 X Shozy Large Pouch
    1 X Shozy Zero IEM
    1 X Frequency Chart/Measurements
    1 X S, M, L Eartips
    I am pleased to say that the overall package is rather cohesive. There is enough provided to get started with your IEM's. The Shozy Pouch has an embossed "Shozy" logo on the top. Its clam-shell design is rigid yet flexible, providing ample protection for your IEM's. Do take note that the case is a tad too large (considering the IEM's have a slim, negative profile). The extra space allowed me to fit in a couple more accessories (My Cowon Plenue D fits snugly inside). 
    I have to commend Shozy for including the frequency chart print-out. This is unheard of with most audio companies and it serves as a "convenient extra", saving us the trouble of visiting the website for the measurements. I welcome this change and I hope competitors could be as transparent as Shozy.
    Overall, the accessories and it's offerings are well thought out and I have no qualms about them. 
    Build Quality:
    Right out of the box, the Zero's feel solid and robust. The  shells are beautifully finished, with some minor imperfections (characteristic of the wood used) such as discoloration. Aesthetically, the earphones look exotic. The rosewood chinslider is easy manageable, with a taut firmness when adjusted. The engraved "Zero" logo on the Y-split and jack-end are nice subtle touches. The fitment of the Zero's is incredible. The nozzle length is adequate and fits snugly in my ears with the medium tips. The IEM's are comparatively tiny to many of its competitors, with an almost negative profile. Isolation is decent, blocking out at least 80 percent off outside noise (YMMV) 
    However, the springy cable sheathing is oddly "sticky" and clumpy feeling. It tends to spring out into a mess when rolled up nicely. The strain reliefs on the driver housing and jack end doesn't exactly inspire confidence. The strain reliefs feel a tad too soft, with a lack of "length" to offset the weight of the cable to the reliefs. 
    How they sound:
    Setup Used: Cowon Plenue D
                        Fiio X3 Mkii
                        Foobar 2000 v1.3.6 +  Aune X1s
    My Selected Playlist:
    Plastic Love by Takeuchi Mariya (Imaging/Soundstage Test)
    Songs for Judee by Case/Lang/Veirs (Female Vocals)
    No Fun by The Stooges (Fatigue Test)
    Downtown by Destroyer (Vocal Positioning Test)
    From the get go, my first impressions of the Zero's are "Lush, Mid-Centric and Recessed". The liquid mids are smooth and supple. The highs are somewhat muted, with a tinge of sub-bass and speedy mid-bass punch. These are not "bass-monsters" and I wouldn't recommend these to bass-heads. I burned them in for approximately 20 hours through regular usage (had a holiday in Chiang Mai). The treble was noticeably clearer with an added "rigidity". The Zero's have an impedance of 32 ohms. The low input impedance is easily driven from any portable source. 

    Imaging/Soundstage Test: This J-pop (lollita) track sounds mellow, rich and spatious. The highs from the wind instruments and keyboards are rather muted, but the forward presence of the mids captures the timbre of the aforementioned instruments beautifully. As mentioned in my previous reviews, IEM's aren't exactly known for their immaculate soundstage. But as far as IEM's go, the Zero's have vivid depth and width between the instruments and the vocals. Takeuchi's slow and slightly masculine voice is easily positioned among the array of instruments in the track. The somewhat "misty" atmosphere of the track fits perfectly with the Zero's.
    Female Vocals Test: When it comes to female vocals, a clear and concise mid-range is required to achieve peak performance. In this case, the Zero's sounded "engaging". The thickly layered vocals displayed by Case/Lang/Veirs were superbly presented by the Zero's. The inflections of their voices were natural and enveloping. However, alittle more shimmer/ high-extension is needed to launch this song into "detailed" territory. 
    Fatigue Test: Being an archaic song recorded in the 1960's, No fun is rash, loud and poorly recorded. The treble spikes are intense, with claps sounding razor sharp and distorted guitars sounding mushy and discombobulated. However, the Zero's are naturally forgiving. The incessantly loud treble spikes and gritty highs are masked over, with a clear mid-range capturing the spirit of the song effectively. From that conclusion, it's safe to say that the Zero's are forgiving of poor recordings. 
    Vocal Positioning Test: As featured previously in another review, Dan Bejar's musky spoken word are at the forefront, alongside blaring saxophones and a thick bass-line. The female back-ups are effortlessly easy to pin point . If my head were represented as a 3D ball, the soundstage would be that of a intimate performance. Overall, the vocals are separated with no overlap. 
    The Conclusive Sound Description:
    After ample usage and testing, it is safe to say that the Zero's are a strong contender in the Mid-fi market. The creamy mid-range, it's smooth forgiving nature and "warmish" tint is suited for all genres. It has a quick sub-bass decay and strong mid-bass punch. The highs are muted and could be lackluster to some. Soundstage is surprisingly large and instruments are easily distinguished (even in poor recordings). 
    Do take note that the Zero had a noticeably wider sound-stage and speedier mid-bass slam when amped (the improvement isn't exactly night and day).
    Yay or Nay?
    It's a YAY (if you're in the market for a easy-going daily listen). It isn't going to dethrone high-end IEM's, but the Zero's are all-rounded and adept at what they do. It is truly a breath of fresh air to see IEM manufacturers doing "simple" the right way. They do the "mid-range" justice and I highly recommend them as a spare beater. 
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      kevingzw, Sep 17, 2016
    3. chicken beer
      @DaveLT Thanks for your opinion! I'm getting tempted buying one of this wooden gem. They earbud is more of a disappointment but I hope this zero can save that up.
      chicken beer, Sep 19, 2016
    4. fonkepala
      fonkepala, Sep 25, 2016
  8. earfonia
    Pleasant sounding woodies
    Written by earfonia
    Published Aug 24, 2016
    Pros - Light and comfortable, and non-fatiguing.
    Cons - Detail, clarity, and transparency are generally a bit lacking.
    First of all, I would like to thank Shozy for the review sample of Shozy Zero!

    I believe what makes Shozy Zero unique is the wooden housing. The driver’s housing is made of high density Brazilian rosewood, the type of wood that is also commonly used for musical instrument. The cable splitter and the 3.5 mm jack barrel are also uniquely made of wood. The simple bullet housing design allows both straight down or over the ear wearing styles. Personally I like the simple and elegant woody design of Shozy Zero. The IEM is very light and very comfortable, even for a very long listening session. I had it for more than a month before writing this review, and so far I don’t see any quality issue on my unit. The only complain on the build quality is the missing of the left dot indicator, and the super small and difficult to see left and right marking. But that can be easily solved, like using other eartips with different color between left and right driver.
    There is no information on the website about the driver, but Shozy confirms that Zero is a single dynamic driver IEM. At 94 dB sensitivity Zero needs a little push on the volume as compared to other higher sensitivity IEMs in this category. But just a little, and Zero is still relatively easy to drive and smartphone friendly, though I sometime pushed the volume on my Galaxy S4 to the max for some recordings.


    Non-fatiguing, bright recordings friendly.
    Light and comfortable.


    Detail, clarity, and transparency are generally a bit lacking for distant miking recordings such as classical, and binaural recordings.
    Obscured Left and Right markings, no left dot for quick identification.

    Suggestions for improvement:

    Improvement in detail and clarity.
    Clearer Left and Right markings.
    Microphone version for smartphones.

    Sound Quality

    Smooth warm and pleasant sounding are probably best described Shozy Zero sonic character. It has intimate presentation, and in my opinion sounds best with Pop and Vocal. Vocal sounds smooth and intimate with good body, and most important sibilant free. I’ve spent hours listening to Zero using various players and DACs, listening to various recordings. I’ve read some reviews and comments about Zero, and many people seem to like it. I like the fatigue free and vocal centric character of Zero, but frankly, overall Zero sonic character is not really my cup of tea, as it is a little too warm for me, and I generally prefer something with more clarity. But this is more of personal preferences, not really about good and bad. 
    With Zero sonic character, some recordings shine nicely, while some don’t. So IMHO, not really an all-rounder, and matching Zero sonic character to the recordings is the key to get the best of it. Many vocal and pop albums sound more pleasing on Zero than for example, one of my favorite IEM, DUNU DN-2000J that cost more than 5 times of Zero. It is sometime tiring listening to Pop albums using DN-2000J due to its analytical signature. On the other hand, listening to classical and some audiophile binaural recordings using DN-2000J is a bliss, while Zero may sounds rather veiled and not transparent enough for those recordings. The recordings we listen play a great role in choosing the right IEM. And from my experience so far, close miking modern recordings such as Pop and vocal are what make Zero shines.
    Special venting design on the nozzle for air pressure control:
    Tonality of Zero is pretty smooth without any annoying peaks and dips. Zero strongest character is in its midrange. It has mild to moderate emphasize on mid-bass to midrange area, but in a nice and good way, and doesn't sound like a boring mid-centric IEM. Bass and Treble extensions are decent. Bass has decent punch and doesn’t sound anaemic, but doesn't go very deep. Bass is emphasized more on the mid-bass area. Bass speed and texture is average, quite ok for this price range, just don’t expect a very fast and detailed bass. Treble sounds soft and smooth, no sibilant and bright recordings friendly. Upper treble extension rolls off rather early, and perceived clarity and treble sparkle is on the soft side. Dynamic is quite ok, especially for an IEM in this price range. Good enough to make music sounds lively and enjoyable.
    Shozy recommended some burn-in, and I followed their recommendation with 200 hours burn-in. I did some measurement before and after burn-in. The measurement result shows that burn-in improves the bass extension of Zero. And from what I can remember, besides the slight improvement in sub bass extension, I don’t remember any other significant changes in sonic character, before and after burn-in. I would say the changes in sonic character after burn-in is rather mild. I’m not a burn-in fanatic, and in many cases that I experienced, burn-in doesn’t always make any significant changes in sonic signature. But in the case of Zero, there are some measureable differences after burn-in. Sonic impression in this review is based on the after burn-in sonic signature.
    Before observing the measurement results, please take note of the following disclaimer:
    • Frequency response measurement in this review was done not using standard measurement instrument for in-ear monitors. Therefore measurement result should not be considered as absolute result, and should not be compared to other measurement result using different measurement instrument.
    • Measurement was done using MiniDSP UMIK-1 USB measurement microphone with a DIY acoustic coupler. The program I use for measurement is the famous Room EQ Wizard, REW v5.17 Beta 8. I measured left channel and right channel multiple times, take 3 most consistent measurements for each channel, apply Psychoacoustic smoothing, and then average the result.
    • From my own observation, measurement result beyond 10 kHz doesn’t seems to be reliable, therefore can be ignored.
    • What shown on measurement result does not always correspond well to what I audibly perceived.
    Shozy Zero Left and Right Channel - New Before Burn-in:
    Shozy Zero Left and Right Channel - After Burn-in:
    Shozy Zero Left Channel - New & After Burn-in:
    Shozy Zero Right Channel - New & After Burn-in:
    Shozy Zero Average FR - New & After Burn-in:
    Shozy Zero Average FR After Burn-in compared to DUNU DN-2000 (my flat reference for tonality):


    Comparison is important to see the value and performance of a product in perspective to other products in the market. Below are the comparisons of Shozy Zero with other IEMs that I have, that are more or less are in the similar price category.
    MEElectronics M-Duo
    No fight, Zero is clearly better than M-Duo. M-Duo tonality is too V shape with kind of hole in the middle. Besides that the dual drivers inside M-Duo don’t sound very coherent. The treble region sounds kind of detach from the midrange.
    Fidue A65
    It’s a tie. Fidue A65 shares some similarities to Zero. Both have pleasing, smooth warm type of sound signature. Fidue A65 has slightly thicker bass notes, while Zero has slightly better perceived clarity. Level of perceived detail and dynamic are more or less similar. Both are great for Pop and vocal recordings. Though I like them equally, but if I have to choose, I would probably pick Zero for the little extra clarity. In this case, the measurement result doesn’t correspond well with what I hear, as it shown that Fidue A65 to have more treble than Shozy Zero, but to what I hear, the level of treble is more or less similar.
    Audio-Technica ATH-IM50
    ATH-IM50 in my opinion is technically better than Zero. Higher perceived detail with better clarity and dynamic. Though sonic preferences is something personal, but objective evaluation is as important. IM50 tonality can be perceived as balance with a slight emphasize on upper midrange to make vocal sounds a little forward. Overall clarity is much better on IM50. Bass and midrange sounds tighter with better texture, and to me that’s very important. Moving from IM50 to Zero I feel that Zero is a tad veiled and congested. So in this comparison ATH-IM50 is a winner in my book. But some people might not feel comfortable with the shape of IM50 and over the ear wearing style, and might prefer the simple bullet shape design of Shozy Zero.

    DAPs Pairing

    Shozy Zero is not picky on sources, even my old Galaxy S4 drives them quite well with good sound quality. I tested it with some DAPs and DACs, and generally I prefer brighter sounding sources for Zero to give a little boost on the clarity. For example, my Onkyo DP-X1 is a little too dark for Zero, and my old DX-90, Fiio X3 2nd generation, and the new Astell&Kern AK70 match better with Zero. As for DACs, my ifi micro iDSD, Chord Mojo and Geek Out 450 are good choices for Zero. And the Superlux amp I used for IEM comparisons also sounds great with Zero. So far I find Zero is easy to pair and matches well with many of the sources I tried, but I would avoid rather dark sounding DAP like my DP-X1.


    Market for sub $100 IEM is quite crowded, therefore competition is very tough. Some comments said that Shozy Zero competing well with IEMs many times its price, well I honestly don’t think so. But within this price category, Shozy Zero actually competes quite well, offering a unique sonic character that many may found pleasing and non-fatiguing.
    Earphones / IEMs:
    DUNU DN-2000
    Audio-Technica ATH-IM50
    Fidue A65
    MEElectronics M-Duo
    DAPs, DACs, & Headphone Amplifiers:
    Astell&Kern AK70
    Chord Mojo
    Fiio X3 2nd generation
    iBasso DX-90
    Light Harmonic Geek Out 450
    Onkyo DP-X1
    Superlux HA3D
    Samsung Galaxy S4
    Measurement Microphone:
    MiniDSP UMIK-1
    Some recordings used in this review:

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    2. hqssui
      Excellent review. Thanks
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    3. earfonia
      earfonia, Aug 29, 2016
    4. sidrpm
      sidrpm, Aug 31, 2016
  9. Cinder
    Mildly Warm IEM, Heavily Dependent on Source
    Written by Cinder
    Published Aug 24, 2016
    Pros - Rosewood build, nice cable, chin slider, organic treble
    Cons - Straight jack, driver flex, heavily dependent on source




    Edit: It's been brought to my attention by the Shozy team that the Sound Blaster E3 does not play nicely with the Zero. I will be re-evaluating it paired from different devices per Shozy's request.
    In the audiophile world, it’s not uncommon to see products promise to deliver great things, often at prices that undercut their competitors. The community loves to take these claims and run with them, often generating hype trains that blow these promises even further out of proportion, leading inevitably to disappointment when the product is delivered. Unfortunately, the Shozy Zero is one such product. While it’s not bad by any means, the Zero (to my humble ears) does not live up to the hype it’s gotten from many a forum on the internet. At $60, the Shozy Zero is already a good value. But in an already-crowded price segment of high price:performance IEMs, does it stand out?
    The Shozy Zero is available on Penon Audio here for $60.
    The Shozy Zero is available on Amazon here for $60.
    Find the official Shozy Zero web-page here.
    Disclaimer: This review is based upon a sample unit provided to me by a manufacturer in exchange for my honest opinion and un-edited words. I do not profit in any way from the writing of the review. I would like to thank Wong at Shozy for providing me with this unit.
    Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.
    My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.
    Source: The Zero was powered off of a Nexus 6P -> Creative Sound Blaster E3. All music was served as FLAC, ALAC, or as 320Kbps Mp3. I found the standard DAC/Amp inside my phone and PC to be adequate to drive the Zero at near-peak levels of quality, but used the Sound Blaster E3 for consistency's sake. Per Shozy's request, I am double-checking all of my claims against a Nexus 6P and HTC One M8 to ensure I was not making judgments based on a bad pairing.
    The Zero does sound significantly better on my M8 than it does on the Nesux 6P or Sound Blaster E3. 

                    Tech Specs​

    1. Driver: Dynamic​
    2. Sensitivity(at 1Khz) :94db​
    3. Frequency response :20hz-18khz​
    4. Input connector :3.5mm/1/8 inch gold-plated stereo TRS plug​
    The above specs were taken directly from the Zero’s page on Penon Audio.

    -Sound Signature-

    Initial Impressions: These impressions were taken before I’d seen any FR response graphs or measurements. Impressions are taken off of random songs in my music library.
    The Zero has pretty good left/right separation. It’s definitely warm leaning, and took some time to adjust to. The mids seem slightly veiled, but seem less so as my brain burns in. Bass is fast and precise, but isn’t deep and rumbly or boomy. Treble pushes through the mix well.
    Treble: Songs used: White FlagMidnight CityOutlands
    Treble is toned nicely in White Flag, but isn’t the focus of the song. Some vocal effects can sound slightly metallic, but not significantly enough for me to notice the majority of the time. Accuracy and detail is pretty good, but not perfect.
    Midnight City’s electric treble was placed well in front of the song, and had a clear and cutting presentation, without sounding harsh or piercing.
    The violins of Outlands were presented well, but had a certain softness to them.Pairing the Zero with my 6P and M8 brought out the transparency that I look for in classical songs, and helped solidify the edges of the violins that I was looking for. The symphonic presentation that I was looking for is now more present.
    Mids: Songs used: Flagpole SittaJacked UpI Am The Highway
    While I found the vocals of Flagpole Sitta to be rather immune to the muggy coloring of the mids, the guitars and background vocals tended to get caught up in the warm tuning of the Zero. While it doesn’t compromise the sound, it does at a flavoring to it that not all listeners will appreciate.
    Jacked Up’s pianos were resolved fairly well, but didn’t have super clean edges to them. The guitars, piano, and vocals never mixed together or smudged, which is a plus. There is a lot of detail present, and the general timbre of the mids is pleasant and effortless. The Zero does a particularly good job at resolving guitars of both the acoustic and electric type.
    I Am The Highway’s vocals were placed forward and center, making them easily take control of the song, and stay in control. The guitars had a very good attack and decay to them, lending the Zeros a very precise feeling. Upper mids are rather well presented, and sounded full-bodied.
    BassSongs usedLightsGold Dust99 Problems (Hugo Cover)Leave Me
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    The Zero sounds like it tuned for optimal performance in songs such as Lights. The mid and sub-bass are present, but importantly, shaped. The bass sounds organic, but is not emphasized too much. This lends the song depth and makes for a pleasant listen.
    Gold Dust is one of the two songs I use to determine how well the Zero performs on the majority of bass-heavy genres such as Dubstep. Once pairing with my HTC One M8, it was easy to see that the team at Shozy did not abandon us electronic music listeners. Sub-bass response is good, shaped, and clean. Believe it or not, it's a night and day difference compared to the bass response on the Sound Blaster E3.
    99 Problems sounded good, and had a decent amount of depth to it. The more organic and deep bass presentation of the Zero paired with my M8 significantly helps the drums have an impact and body to them, something I really was not expecting considering my initial experiences with the Zero.
    The bass-laden intro to Leave Me was rather sonorous and had a good amount of depth to it. The presentation and poise of the song is good, and doesn’t have the “disconnected” feeling to it that I got from my previous test tracks. Even when powered off my M8, I still find myself wishing for a little more sub-bass presence in Leave Me. The bass drops still sound a little too shallow for me to get really into it.
    Clarity: Songs used: ThroneMap of The ProblimatiqueI’m Not Alright
    Clarity is one of the Zero’s strong points, and this is especially evident in Throne and I’m Not Alright. Many of the ambient and background sound effects were present and resolved completely, and there was no notable distortion during the chorus. Instrumental separation is on point.
    Sound Stage
    The Zero’s sound stage is intimate, but not cloistering. It makes for a rather immersive, but not symphonic, experience. Left/right separation is very good during hard-panning. It could use a more air in the sound-stage. I would say the Zero performs right at its price point in terms of staging.
    Zero v.s Thinksound Rain2 ($90)
    The Zero is strikingly similar to the Rain2 appearance-wise, but falls short of it in terms of overall musical presentation. While the Rain2 is much warmer, it is just as precise and excels in mid and sub-bass reproduction. It’s got some softened mid reproduction, but lacks the fuzziness of the Zero. All said and done, I think the Rain2 is well worth the $30 over the Zero. The same holds true, even when comparing the two off my M8.
    Zero v.s Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V.2 ($60)
    The Zero and Alfa Genus V.2 have strikingly similar sound signatures. The Zero has a warmer, but less boomy bass and is quicker, while the Alfa Genus V.2 provides more bass quantity. I’ll still have to give the Alfa Genus V.2 the win considering it’s durable cable, inline controls, and tuning-filter system.
    Zero v.s Hidizs EX-01 ($40)
    The Zero’s bass is less emphasized than the EX-01, but is significantly more accurate and quick. The Zero is warmer, but at the same time is also brighter than the EX-01. Bassheads should go for the EX-01, while listeners looking for a more versatile IEM should head for the Zero. In terms of build quality, I’d take the Zero any day. The EX-01’s chromed plastic looks and feels cheap in comparison. I'd say the Zero takes this one.

    -Packaging / Unboxing-

    The Zero has a very basic unboxing experience. Inside the box you will find the case, with the Zero and extra eartips inside it.




    Construction Quality
    Exterior construction of the Zero is very well done. The driver housings are made from rosewood, and the cable is malleable, yet not too thin. It doesn’t tangle too easily, and is smooth enough to not catch on random surfaces. While it doesn’t appear to be too safe from impacts, the Zero doesn’t feel fragile at all. The cable terminates in a straight 3.5mm jack. I wish it would have terminated at 45 or 90 degrees.

    Some users are reporting large amounts of driver-flex (pressure build-up between you ear canal and the driver), which can lead to a damage driver over time. While I have not been able to detect any large amounts of driver flex, it is possible that others with different ear anatomy are legitimately experiencing it. Food for thought.

    The Zero is fairly comfortable, fits very well into my ears, and seals easily. While it doesn’t include any comply, I find the standard silicone ear tips to be adequate.
    The Zero does not feature inline controls.


    Shozy stocked the Zero with a rather bland set of accessories: one carrying case, and two extra pairs of silicone eartips. While it’s not bad, it certainly isn’t exceptional.
    The case is, however, rather nice. It’s a little large for my tastes, but is certainly designed well. You’ll have no problem fitting the Zero into it, and should expect a good amount of shock and impact protection. One side of the case has a net, which is handy if you tend to keep other accessories with your earphones during your travels.



    The Shozy Zero is a mildly-warm IEM with solid bass impact. It's a great all-arounder that performs very well for the money. With an organic rosewood build, protective carrying case, and attractive cable, the Zero is certainly worth considering for $60. While it certainly doesn't beat more expensive IEMs, it's solidified it's place in my top five earphones under $100.
  10. Zelda
    The Warm, the Smooth & the Woody - Zero
    Written by Zelda
    Published Aug 20, 2016
    Pros - Price; Fit/Comfort; Smooth, rich and detailed sound; Nice design
    Cons - Might be too smooth for some; Limited extension and not very airy; Some driver flex
    REVIEW: Shozy Zero In-Ear - The Warm, the Smooth & the Woody
    Housing material: Rosewood
    Frequency range: 20Hz-18KHz
    Sensitivity: 94dB
    Impedance: 32 Ohms
    Cable length: 1.2 m
    Price (MSRP):  U$D 60. Can be purchased directly from Shozy website.
    3 pairs of single silicone tips (S/M/L)
    Carrying pouch
    Build & Design:
    Build quality is about average; not bad, but nothing outstanding. The housings are probably the better made part of the whole Zero IEM, half wood and half metal. The main driver chamber is made of wood and fully sealed, while the front and nozzle part is metal; both parts well attached together. The nozzle is quite peculiar; the lip is cut, apparently for better venting purposes, which seems to work pretty well. The cut is a bit sharp, and mounting the eartips is a bit tricky at first. It'd be better if the lip ends where smoother. The strain relief at the housings is a bit short and stiff, but well glued; the R and L markings are a bit difficult to see. The cable is a bit springy and kind of rubbery. The plug and Y-split are also made of wood, a bit small and lack a proper relief, and a chin slider is also missing. The design itself is quite attractive, like its sound, it looks rather smooth and elegant yet discreet.
    Fit, Comfort, Isolation:
    In short, really good! This is a strong characteristic on the Shozy Zero. The straight and compact housings are very light and easy to fit and can be worn both down and over-ear ways. They stay fixed and are among the most comfortable earphones I've tried. Just for reference, the fit is similar to the Zero Audio Tenore and Hifiman RE400/600, and just as comfortable. Same goes for the isolation, which is quite good being a sealed back IEM. Some driver flex is present, mainly on the right side (at least on my pair). Microphonics are about average.
    The Shozy Zero has a warm, sweet and very smooth sound. Like its design, the sound is very comfortable, relaxed and easygoing, with slight punch, good clarity and a rich tonality; which could be expected for a wooden in-ear.
    Bass is not large quantity wise but has good body and decent natural decay. When needed the mid-bass is very slightly enhanced giving some fullness to the overall sound. Quality is rather good without a noticeable bloat, very well controlled but not the tightest or quickest at its price range, and rather limited in depth but reasonably well balanced.
    The midrange is laid back, well rounded but not too upfront. It's very smooth and rich, and nicely balanced from low to upper mids and almost clean of any hint of bass bleed. Vocals are sweet but don't carry the best texture; mainly upper vocals can sound a bit off due the lack of treble emphasis. On the whole, the mids show a quite good level detail and clarity. They sound very coherent and have the rather natural texture and richness that 'wood' earphones usually present, but definitely not meant for those who seek in crispness and transparency.
    The transition from mids to high is very smooth (even more than from lows to mids). The treble is very delicate and laid back in comparison to the midrange. Probably one of smoothest and most forgiving earphones I've got to listen. Clarity is not as impressive as with the midrange, and might sound a bit dull or off next to a Fidue A65 or Soundmagic E50 which aren't especially trebly sounding IEMs. As a result they Zero won't be as airy and may sound congested at times. The good thing is there are zero hints of sibilance and harshness even with brighter tracks and very forgiving on poor recordings.
    Extension is limited on both ends, giving a closer and more intimate presentation. Soundstage is a bit narrow but less compressed than mid-centered in-ear sets such as the A63. Still, the overall presentation is competent for having a more intimate sound.
    There's also a very interesting thing on the Zero. It responds quite well to equalization which can help to achieve a better balance.
    Zero Vs SoundMagic E50:
    The SoundMagic E50 is one of my favorite IEMs among the sub $100 bracket, and one of the easiest to recommend both for its sound and as a whole package. The E50 and Zero share a very good sense of musicality and overall balance, with a rich and full midrange. The E50 is a more all-rounder earphone, having a more solid and extended bass response, as well as stronger yet controlled highs. On the other hand, the Zero is softer in bass and much smoother in treble, with more laid back mids. The E50 wins in build quality, while the Zero might have slightly the upper hand in terms of comfort for some people. Personally, I'd pick the E50 as my daily IEM, but both are very strong contenders.
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