MDK-ESS ASY

ø6.8mm Dynamic Driver + Balanced Armature

4.5/5.0
$15~$20

The ASY are some of the best all-rounder earphones in terms of sound a comfort. They are beautiful to look at, straightforward to wear, and pleasure to listen to. Sure, they are not perfect, but easily outperform many of the earphoens on AudioBudget. The treble might not be as sparkly as I like, but it is about as comfortable as it can be without losing too much detail.

At least the meshes are sturdy and don't fall off, unlike Tennmak Pro.

NOTE: The pair I received is called Yinyoo Bellsing, which is simply an unbranded/OEM version of MDK-ESS ASY. The "ASY" logo is not written on this version.

Also known as: Yinyoo Bellsing

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality, with an emphasis on clear mids and smooth non-fatiguing treble.
  • Extremely comfortable to use for prolonged listening sessions.
  • Superb build quality in relatively small shells and a beautiful internal structure and sturdy metal nozzles.
  • Standard MMCX connectors which makes customizing accessible and extends the lifespan of the earphones.

Cons

  • Lacks some sub-bass.
  • Could use some more sparkle in the upper-highs.
  • The cable looks sturdy, but the strain reliefs are just too rigid to be useful.
  • The L-shaped plug sometimes got accidently unplugged while connected to my phone while it's in the pocket.
  • The lack of ear hooks made wearing the earphones while walking a bit problematic, you should buy some ear hooks or use a different cable.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Paperboard (multilayer)

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, black, ø4.5mm turquoise bores

Extra:

Hook and loop fastener, generic

Build & Materials

Housings:

Plastic (glossy) + metal, ø5mm nozzles (ø4mm openings), cable connectors

Connectors:

MMCX

Remote:

Plastic (matte), single-button

Y-Split:

TPE, rigid strain reliefs

Cable:

Silicone-coated (smooth), 128cm, semi-soft, straight

Plug:

TPE, 90° angled, short, rigid strain relief

Comfort & Fit

These earphones are shaped perfectly for the ears. They sit firmly and keep a perfect seal at all times, without requiring any special tips and without having to mess with memory wires. Very wisely designed! Still, depending on your ears, make sure you use the appropriate ear tips to hear the bass properly. If the sound is too cold - change the tips.

Lows / Bass

The bass is balanced and controlled. Very similar to ASK, but seems to be less muddy. The bass is never muddy and never leaks into the mids. For my taste, I'd say that they are a bit bass-light because of the roll-off in sub-bass range, so I wouldn't necessarily choose these for bass-intensive tracks. But fur general use, that bass is a great all-rounder.

Mids / Vocals

The mids are emphasized, specifically the upper-mids. Vocals are very upfront and the sound is more intimate than ASK's. The mids are some of the cleanest I've heard so far, even with the slight metallic tint that's normal with balanced armatures, but you probably won't notice it.

Highs / Treble

Althought not as crisp as ASK's treble, the highs of ASY are delicate and calm, very controlled and detailed enough. For those sensitive to piercing highs - these highs will be perfect. No sibilance on the vocals as well. As compared to Tennmak Pro, I liked Tennmak's highs a bit more, but that's purely a matter of taste.

Frequency Response

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