HOLY SERPENT D1

2 × ø6mm Dynamic Drivers

$10~$15
3.5/5.0

The veteran brand HOLY SERPENT (officially: Shenzhen HOLY SERPENT Technology Co., Ltd.) has finally produced a model that actually looks interesting!

These earphones are pretty, sturdy and well-designed. The sound is very good, and the package has decent contents. Still, there are better picks in that price range, but surely there are golden for earphone enthusiasts.

This model combines some of the VJJB V1's highs and some of the LKER i1's lows.

As usual, small drivers show their weakness when it comes to bass, but there also lack sharpness in the highs.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality, especially for pop music.
  • Great build quality and a sturdy cable.
  • Extremely comfortable to wear, and the seal is perfect.
  • A very nice selection of included accessories.

Cons

  • The bass isn't the best out there. It's lacking both in impact and depth.
  • The highs are somewhat muffled and darkish, yet are brighter and more detailed than what you get with the LKER i1.
  • Slightly noticeable channel disbalance, similar to what I have with my VJJB V1.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Hard paperboard

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, black, ø4.5mm bores

M, grey (translucent), ø6mm red bores

Ear Tips - Foam:

Memory foam, white, ø5mm bores

Shirt Clip:

Black, 360° cable holder, generic

Pouch:

Velour, grey, branded

Build & Materials

Housings:

Plastic (glossy), ø6mm nozzles, stiff strain reliefs

Remote:

Plastic (matte), triple-button

Cinch:

Metal

Y-Split:

Metal, stiff strain relief

Cable:

Silicone-coated (smooth), 124cm, thick, semi-soft, mildly bent

Plug:

Metal, straight, short, stiff strain relief

Comfort & Fit

Very comfortable earphones. Just like other earphones with a similar shape (i.e. VJJB V1 and LKER i1), these offer a firm hold and seal with the included generic tips. Very ergonomic design!

Lows / Bass

The bass is warm and punchy, very enjoyable, yet it fails to go too deep, probably because of the limited drivers' size. Most listeners will find them more than enough for most genres.

Mids / Vocals

They're not the most vibrant nor the most detailed, being slightly pushed into the background, as it is usually with V-shaped sound signatures. They sound pretty good as long as the music piece isn't too complex (i.e. there's some clarity issues with metal music), in which case they sound a bit harsh.

Highs / Treble

People who are used to bright and detailed highs will notice this one: the highs lack brightness and high-pitched instruments are somewhat blanketed. However, people with sensitive hearing might actually find these highs to be perfect for them, as they never reach the sibilance threshold.

Frequency Response

Reviewed on 2017-01-21 20:32:51 (GMT)
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