ROCK Zircon (RAU0501)
ø8mm Dynamic Driver

The Champion of AudioBudget. Easily beats far more expensive earphones. The whole AudioBudget project was started by wanting to find something in the budget price range that could compete with these amazing earphones. These earphones are the perfect combination of deep and pounding bass and detailed and clear mids and highs. The loudness of these is unbelievable, even if you use a weak source. Their superiority over other earphones is based on the overall listening experience, not on a specific frequency range. The materials used with these, and the construction itself, is unbeatable.

Sound signature: V-shaped

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Pros
Cons
  • Exceptional sound quality. The bass is immersive and surrounding, the mids are precise and the highs are smooth and crisp.
  • Unbeatable build quality and a generous use of quality materials.
  • The included ear tips are of such a high quality, and provide me with a perfect hassle-free seal, that I used them to test almost all of the earphones on AudioBudget.
  • There have been many reports of the cable/plug joint being damaged quickly. A proper strain relief could have solved it.
Package & Accessories
Package:

Paperboard + soft plastic (clear)

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, white (translucent), ø5mm black bores

Build & Materials
Housing:

Ceramic + plastic (glossy), ø5mm nozzles, stiff strain reliefs

Remote:

Metal, single-button

Y-Split:

Metal, no strain reliefs

Cable:

Fabric + TPE, 118cm, extra-soft, super-straight

Plug:

Metal, 90° angled, short, no strain relief

Comfort & Fit

The angled design, along with the superb ear tips, make a perfect seal out of the box. One of the most comfortable earphones I've ever had.

Lows / Bass

The bass is not just powerful and deep, it also doesn't muffle the mids and highs at all. This is the most enjoyable balance between lows and mids ever. These drivers handle deep bass music styles easily, like Dubstep and Trap.

Mids / Vocals

The mids are clear and precise, even though not micro-detailed. Even when the bass is kicking hard, the mids stay stable and consistent at all times. The vocals sound full and surrounding, gives you the feeling of presence in front of a stage. The channel separation is amazing. The vocals get bright but never sibilant. Just might seem a bit pushed back when the bass kicks in.

Highs / Treble

The highs are loud and sharp, and usually not sibilant and not painful. For some people, they are perfect for extended listening sessions. For others, the highs might be just a bit too sharp.

Frequency Response