Hello everyone, I've been looking at Penon Volt for a long time, I always had the feeling that it was something I had to try, I saw an opportunity on the second-hand market and I jumped at it.
I want to publish my impressions here and also comment on what for me are its virtues and its shortcomings. First of all I want to say that Volt is one of those iems that fall into the category of something specia, after trying many other iems of the same category and also superior, I can confirm that it is absolutely an iem impressive in several respects.
Technically impeccable, a huge stage, stellar sound separation, an ability to layer sound lines at different heights that is just awesome to listen to, and here comes one of the things I like most about Volt, it doesn't need to raise the highs or mids to punch with your sound or seem to show more detail, it's all there, smooth and organic, you don't need to artificially enhance anything, everything is presented with a naturalness that's simply gorgeous.
Here comes my main lack of love with Volt, which is its tuning with the bass, with a lack of depth and impact that has certainly disappointed me since it does not correspond at all to the frequency graph, it has just the right amount of bass to contribute some body but nothing more. Let's say that the bass is timid, to get an impact that is considered decent I have paired the Volt with the Penon Fiery cable and I have increased 6db the 31 and 62hz bands also 4db the 125hz, with this, we are still far from anything It may look like basshead, but now there's a fairly adequate bass accompaniment and only decent sub-bass punch, which is a shame in my opinion, as with this bass boost all the Volt's magic isn't compromised at all, and if it had a punchy bass response like the Ibasso IT07, Fiio FH9 or the Yanyin Mahina I wouldn't either, I've noticed a lot of manufacturers who have an iem like the Volt in their hands think they're going to screw it up with extended bass response and it's really not like that, I think that the bass are a very important part of music, what's more, I would dare to say that for many they are directly the soul of music, I have been lucky enough to be able to talk to and meet many people from the audio world, and I can say that the vast majori ty of them think like this, they don't like weak bass, in fact, the person who sold it to me told me that he changed them because he preferred to sacrifice technical aspects for sub-bass and that's why he chose the Oriolus Szalayi.
The truth is that I also believe that the Penon Volt with a full bass response would be the definitive iem, therefore it would be impressive to see in the future a second more polished version with a fuller bass or with switches to modify its tuning.
Everything and so it does so many things well that it is the only iem with light bass that I will keep in my collection.