boarseman KR49i
ø9.2mm Dynamic Driver

The first boarseman earphones I've tried proved to be very promising for the brand. They have a V-shaped sound, yes, but they sound loud and extremely high quality for their price. The build quality is great, and the presentation in a wooden box is a refreshing sight.

NOTE: They look like they have an open-back design, but their backs are actually sealed behind the meshes.

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Pros
Cons
  • Powerful and clean bass response.
  • Great maximum loudness without requiring any amplification.
  • Superb build quality.
  • A very good presentation in a wooden box.
  • The mids and highs sound slightly tonally inaccurate.
  • The extra M and L size tips' white color is completely irrelevant to the overall design.
  • Apparently, S size tips are not included.
Package & Accessories
Package:

Wood

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

M+L, white (translucent), ø4mm bores

M, grey (translucent), ø4mm yellow bores

Shirt Clip:

Black, 360° cable holder, branded

Build & Materials
Housing:

Metal, ø6mm nozzles, stiff strain reliefs

Remote:

Metal, single-button

Y-Split:

Metal, no strain reliefs

Cable:

TPE-coated, 120cm, twisted, soft, straight

Plug:

Metal, straight, short, rigid strain relief

Comfort & Fit

The pre-applied tips were slightly smaller than I'm used to and I really didn't want to use the white tips... Had to use alternative tips. The extra-wide nozzles makes fitting these earphones a bit harder than usual.

Lows / Bass

Punchy and intense. V-shaped characterised and not muddy. You can slightly feel the sub-bass vibration.

Mids / Vocals

As on typical V-shaped sound signature earphones, the mids are pushed back and are not tonally accurate. There's a bit harshness to vocals.

Highs / Treble

The highs are loud and slightly harsh and discolored, and there isn't much detail to speak of, but when used to, it is very pleasing.

Frequency Response