Pros: design, build quality, accessories set, price, sound
Cons: lower mids could be more forward
Hidizs obviously enjoyed the idea of Kickstart platform preorders for their new projects. After a successful campaign for their Hidizs AP80 player, they decided to try the same approach for their new IEMs and started the crowdfunding for two new models. Today we will take a closer look at the junior model.
I would like to thank Hidizs for providing me with a review sample of MS1 in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Both IEMs adopted the codename - Mermaid. In fact, they look rather similar both in terms of appearance and packaging. The difference between them is that MS1 are single-driver dynamic IEMs and MS4, that I haven’t got for review, unfortunately, add 3 more Balanced Armature drivers to dynamic. Both models can be pre-ordered in three variants: basic, with single addon of choice or with all add-ons. Among the add-ons are the balanced cable of enhanced quality, Bluetooth cable and USB-C cable with DAC (and it is good if it is the same one used in Hidizs Sonata).
Prices are average on the market currently. The junior model starts from 150 USD (100 USD during the crowdfunding campaign). Senior is planned to be sold for 300 USD, but currently, its price starts from 220 USD.
Driver: 10.2 mm dynamic driver
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 40 kHz
Sensitivity: 109 dB/mW
Cable: replaceable, 0.78mm 2-pin
Weight: 16 gr
Packaging and Accessories
The IEMs came in the standard Hidizs cardboard box with silver embossing. The contents of the box resemble the flagship FiiO models. According to how the accessories are placed in the box, highly likely that they are made on the same factory. Besides IEMs there is a cable, plastic case and 12 pairs of eartips (3 pairs of 4 types): foam, bassy, balanced, and treble-oriented, that are named “vocal”.
It is likely for the senior model to have a better case (some images on the net suggest artificial leather).
Those enhanced accessories will be present for those who purchase add-ons.
Accessories set is very good for this price.
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