Shozy Hibiki Mk2
An open, largely balanced, slightly bright tone characterizes the original Shozy Hibiki Mk2. Its technical features, including overall resolution, separation, and sound stage, are superb. In contrast to the somewhat recessed lower mid-region, it also features raised upper mids. Although slightly tinny-sounding, the tonal balance was still fairly acceptable for the price.
On the other side, the MK2 advances things. It exhibits a more well-balanced sound with richer timbre, a larger body, and greater consistency across the spectrum. Even on the first listen, it is extremely clear that this IEM is overall the more coherent of the two.
Aesthetics Build quality and design
This is the offspring of the partnership between Shozy and AAW, and it retains the majority of the design decisions the two made with their initial product. The shape is comparable to, if not identical.
The faceplate has the same gleaming silver frame. The Shozy Hibiki Mk2 replaced the recognizable Hibiki name that was scribbled on the faceplate of the predecessor with an “AS” logo.
It looks to be the combination of the letters “AAW” and “Shozy.” However, they retain the same carbon fiber texture, which undoubtedly gives them a distinctive appearance. The channel is printed in white on slick black plastic used for the remaining housings.
Although they resemble the KZ ZS10 in form, the earpieces are substantially larger overall, especially in terms of depth. They become more challenging to insert into the ear as a result; more on that later.
High build quality is present. Because there is only one dynamic driver, there is no need for many pieces during assembly, thus everything is kept simple. The housings are constructed of two sections: one is the faceplate with the silver frame and the other is the rest of the hull. The materials are of a high caliber and appear reliable and enduring.
Smaller ear sizes may have trouble fitting into the Shozy Hibiki Mk2 because of the large shells. Although the size alone is sufficient, the problem is caused by the protruding interior portion. The experience is comfortable and pleasant once you’ve found the proper placement and fit, which takes some time.
This single-driver unit was developed by professionals who knew what they were doing, making it a reliable product with good sound. The Shozy Hibiki Mk2’s ability to cover the majority of frequencies with authority puts many hybrid earphones to shame.
With a slight focus on the bass and a quick roll-off in the treble, the sound signature is generally well-balanced. Due to the additional warmth and lack of presence in the highs, it still strives for neutrality but falls just short of achieving it. Despite this, the balance is still decent.
Although the most intricate tunes can push the Hibiki Mk2 to its limits and make instruments in the background less distinct, instrument separation is excellent and I have never once felt as though the sound was muffled. The soundstage is quite broad, and the imaging is accurate enough to make it simple to find instruments.
The Shozy Hibiki Mk2 are decent all-around, but in musical genres where the treble is crucial (like jazz) or where the upper midrange is essential to appreciating the music at its finest (like a classic rock), the earphones’ signature is not as well-suited, despite the fact that they are still delightful.
Final Thought about Shozy Hibiki Mk2
The Shozy Hibiki Mk2 is a beautiful IEM with a standout appearance and some personality to match; they have a warm signature that includes an outstanding brass section, and they are well-balanced and well designed. They won’t seem to stick out for any one quality, but this is just because they are excellent overall. They are outstanding.
Instead, in a market where many earphones are now introduced with hybrid or multi-balanced armature setups, the Shozy Hibiki Mk2 demonstrates what a finely-tuned single dynamic driver can do.
Shozy Hibiki Mk2 Specification
- Driver: 10mm Proprietary Full Range Dynamic Driver
- Single bore sound chamber design
- Frequency response: 20Hz-40 KHz
- Sensitivity: 102dB SPL@1mW
- Impedance: 18 Ohm@1KHz
- THD≤0.5% @ 1KHz
- Universal 2-pin socket