YOLOPE V8

ø15.4mm Dynamic Driver

$1~$5
4.0/5.0

Once again, I'm exploring the ultra-budget segment, YOLOPE being one of the recent brands that I've discovered. The V8 are a mixed bag. On the one hand, they sound unexpectedly bright, crisp and clear with impressive mids and extened treble. On the other hand, their bass is rather on the loose and underwhelming side and the comfort issues... don't get me started on that. They are horribly uncomfortable for me. On top of that, no ear pads were included in the package, so I had to dig out some of my own in order to just be able to use the earbuds at all.

With all that been said, I have to note that the lack of bass is mainly caused by the lack of a proper fit, rather than a sound signature issue, as pushing the earbuds slightly further into your ear reveals a very decent bass response.

If you have any special tricks to make earbuds more comfortable, like some sort of earbud-to-semi-in-ear converters, and you're into bright and detailed earbuds (as opposed to bassy ones), then I think you'll enjoy these very much.

NOTE: Currently, I'm not aware of any international shopping website that sells this model.

Pros

  • Unexpectedly, one of the most detailed earbuds in my collection, specifically in the mids and highs range.
  • Build quality is very solid, especially for the price. They even have TPE strain reliefs integrated as part of the housings' design.
  • Very impressive package for the price - drawer-style, and the "drawer" is made of hard plastic.

Cons

  • The bass is on the shallower side, and not the most stable.
  • The highs can be too bright for listeners with sensitive hearing.
  • No ear pads are included - the earbuds were unusable to me without them.
  • Even with ear pads, those are one of the most uncomfortable earbuds in my collection.
  • The design of the housings is cheap-looking.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Soft paperboard + hard plastic

Build & Materials

Housings:

Metal + TPE, ø17mm, metal faceplate, soft strain reliefs

Remote:

Metal, single-button

Y-Split:

Metal, no strain reliefs

Cable:

Silicone (rugged), 1??cm, soft, straight

Plug:

Metal, straight, short, soft strain relief

Comfort & Fit

Despite these earbuds' similarities to other earbuds in their shape, these earbuds are about impossible for me to wear in a matter that kept them close enough to my ear canals so I could hear the sound properly (especially the bass). I had to press them slightly in order to hear everything properly, and this might be a problem for many other users as well. For some, this might not be an issue - these people will definitely benefit from owning these hidden gems among earbuds. As for me, however, these earbuds put a lot of pressure on my ears and made them sore rather quickly.

Lows / Bass

These earbuds don't lack bass, but I couldn't enjoy their bass unless I pushed the earbuds closer to my ear canals manually. When the fit is proper, the bass is quite nice and deep, but also shaky and might sound like it's on the verge of distortion, specifically when reproducing deep sub-bass content.

Mids / Vocals

The mids are amongst the brightest and most detailed out there. When the fit is right, they are moderately warm, even natural sounding, and tonally quite accurate. They might be too emphasized and overbearing for many listeners, however, especially if the fit isn't right - a case where the lack of bass against sharp mids and highs will get your hearing tired quickly.

Highs / Treble

The treble is the highlight of these earbuds. They are bright and highly detailed, and it's so extended that you can hear a lot of delicate detail and it's hard to believe that such treble is coming from ultra-cheap earbuds like these.

Frequency Response

K5
V8