POYATU P1

ø10mm Dynamic Driver

$15~$20
3.5/5.0

The beautiful and well-built POYATU P1 are not well-tuned earphones. They are one of my favorite earphones in terms of design, build quality and comfort, but their default tuning can be described as harsh and shouty, and best compared to KZ GR, KZ ED11 and KZ C56R. However, unlike these three earphones, the P1 can potentially be quite excellent earphones if tuned properly with an equalizer, but I'm not sure if that hassle is even worth it, considering the great-sounding earphones that are available at the price point, and even cheaper.

Pros

  • Very loud and extremely easy to drive.
  • Very responsive to a much-needed equalization.
  • Stunning design. Absolutely an eye-candy, they look more premium than they actually are.
  • Excellent build quality overall. The spring strain relief is a very nice touch!
  • The cable was rolled perfectly in the package - you get a perfectly straight cable out of the box.

Cons

  • Shouty and harsh mids, along with recessed upper-highs.
  • The cable feels a bit flimsy, but still better than LKER i8's cable.
  • No in-line remote, and no option to get one included.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Hard paperboard + soft paperboard

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+2×M+L, black, ø5mm bores

S+M+L, black, ø6mm bores

Shirt Clip:

Black, large, 360° cable holder, generic

Case:

Black, special, branded

Build & Materials

Housings:

Metal, ø6mm nozzles (ø5mm openings), stiff strain reliefs

Y-Split:

Metal, no strain reliefs

Cable:

TPE (braided), 118cm, extra-soft, straight

Plug:

Metal, straight, medium, soft strain relief (spring)

Comfort & Fit

A very unique design choice, and yet, they seem to sit perfectly in my ears and I can't complain about the comfort. Wearing them over-the-ear is a no-go for these earphones, they were designed for a cable straight down fashion.

Lows / Bass

Very stable and impactful bass response. They easily pass the bass shaker test with a very mild rattle and shake your eardrums while doing so. I've also haven't noticed much muddiness in the sound to speak of. Very impressive feat.

Mids / Vocals

The lower mids are a bit recessed, but what's noticeable are the upper-mids and the in-your-face vocals. It's literally like someone's shouting into your ears. Moreover, they seem to be harsh and fatiguing, especially when electric guitars are playing, because of rather silent upper-treble. If you have these earphones already, you can always tweak the mids with an equalizer.

Highs / Treble

The highs are recessed, but if tuned up a bit, they have some potential to be brightish and decently detailed. By default, it seems like much of the upper-treble is almost missing, while the lower-treble/upper-mids dominate. Tonally, the highs seem to be quite sparkly and bright, but their loudness is so low that they are easy to miss.

Frequency Response

P1