Another one of Headroom's "too good to be true" offers. Despite the great potential Headroom engineers have with their design choices, they just don't seem to understand sound. It seems like MS16 and M8 were just a result of luck, rather than understanding human hearing.
Once again, we get a boomy pair of earphones with muffled mids and highs and nothing really worth talking about. Slightly clearer than S5, but overall very similar. Very disappointing, but let's hope for a brighter future for Headroom, the maker of my beloved MS16.
Simple but robust housings, with strong magnetic adsorption.
A simple, yet thick enough cable, with overall nice quality.
Very boomy bass with too much mid-bass and sub-bass.
The midrange is dark and distorted, a bit less distorted than S5.
The mid-bass and the midrange are bloated and muddy.
Package & Accessories
Hard plastic (clear) + paperboard
Ear Tips - Single-Flange:
S+M+L, grey (translucent), ø4.5mm red bores
Ear wings, silicone, black
Build & Materials
Metal, magnetic adsorption (medium), ø5mm nozzles (ø4mm openings), no strain reliefs
Metal, soft strain relief
Rubber, 110cm, soft, bend-retaining
Metal, straight, short, stiff strain relief
Comfort & Fit
Unlike other Headroom in-ears that I've tested so far, these actually have slightly angled nozzles, which make those earphones very comfortable and easy to wear. They don't seem to put any pressure but still maintain a proper seal. Simple but effective design choice. You can also attach those optional ear wings for some extra comfort.
Lows / Bass
Very bloated mid-bass with a deep sub-bass. The result: a bass machine, overwhelming everything else. The huge peak over the whole bass range creates a boomy fat sound with a constant humming background sound and a huge echo effect.
Mids / Vocals
The worst aspect of these earphones is the mids. Vocals and instuments sound distorted and honky. They are dark and unnatural in tone, overwhelmed by lower frequencies. These mids are more listenable than S5's mids, but still quite weak when it comes to clarity.
Highs / Treble
The highs are just nice, not exaggerated, muffled even. Definitely not the most transparent treble out there. Slightly more tonally accurate than S5 but not as clear as S2's treble.