-Huge spatiality offering a very immersive oversized sound
-Tonality well balanced and cohesive
-Full and natural timbre
-Bass powerful very corpulent
-Modules to modify the presence and impact of bass in 3 levels
-beautiful and sturdy construction and quality 2pin cable
-Average instrumental separation
-lack of air and extension in the upper
-lack of definition edge in the attack
TONE: 8.5 / 10
CONSTRUCTION-DESIGN: 9.5 / 10
SOUND BENEFIT: 8.5/10
If you hoped one day to be able to support two big speakers on your shoulders, immediately stop your bodybuilding sessions and opt instead for a unique earphones that offer a similar experience: The BQEYZ AUTUMN!
But what can this B-Q-E-Y-Z gibberish mean? Um, this is actually an epiphany, a message that a Chinese audio entrepreneur heard in a dream, even though he didn’t understand English, this phrase ” Best-Quality-Earphones-for –You ” strike his mind. The appearance of the Z still remains a mystery. The other theory is that a team of entrepreneurs was playing scrabble to find their audio company name and that they were not very talented at the game.
Still, this company has experience behind the audio tie and has been in the industry for over 7 years. BQEYZ has won the respect of tight budget audiophiles thanks to their hybrid IEMs offering crazy sound benefits. The KC2, K2 and KB100 are all hybrids selling under the $ 50 mark, delivering detailed, balanced, and surprisingly refined sound for a ridiculous price. While everyone throws themselves on overexcited KZs in the low-medium-high peaks, the BQEYZs remain in the shadows but pass the test of time.
I could talk about this company for a long time, because it has fascinated me for years, why? Because it is INNOVATIVE! Yes, and creative! For example, they uses a sophisticated acoustic chamber for their IEM (yes, I opened them out of curiosity, and that confirmed my admiration while unsettling my understanding of the possibility of profit at such a low price). It modifies their balanced driver using filters to soften their projection, and this well ahead of other chifi companies including the giant FIIO. But above all, they designed unique (and patented) technologies such as a dynamic + piezo electric transducer duo which was used for their SPRING 1 and 2 and Summer IEM.
Today, I am going to do a little review of their latest IEM, the AUTUMN, which continues to incorporate more than interesting acoustic innovations, this time thanks to magnetic modules allowing to change the low frequency response in a turn of hand. But that’s not all, as the Autumn uses a large dynamic driver, i.e. 13mm, and this has a huge influence on the type of sound presentation.
> Large dynamic driver of 13 mm.
> Double cavity acoustic structure.
> Replaceable adjustment vents with a magnetic structure.
> Professional pairing offering pure sound with a wide soundstage.
CNC machined metal ear cavities> 5 axes. > Ergonomic and comfortable.
> High quality silver and copper hybrid cable.
> Impedance: 46Ω.
> Sensitivity: 110dB.
> Frequency response range: 7Hz-40kHz.
> 0.78 mm 2-pin dividers.
> Available in three different plug options: 2.5mm / 4.4mm / 3.5mm.
Well, I’m not going to dwell on this subject, but here it is.
The build quality is excellent, a very solid metal shell, not easy to scratch-scratch, beautifully sculpted, a midnight blue with sumptuous play of reflections.
Neither too big nor too heavy, similar in size to the FIIO FH3, they have a comfortable ergonomic shape, with no sharp or unpleasant angles.
The 2pin connectors are securely indented in the shell, promising good durability.
The SPC cables is of excellent quality as well.
What distinguishes them from other intras are the replaceable vent modules, small metal washers with filter that we change with a magnetic stick, no more screw filter changes, now you can calibrate the bass level in a few seconds. And be addictive!
You have the choice between 3 filters:
Bass = the warmest and bassy sound
Normal = the roundest and most balanced sound
Treble = the cleanest sound in the highs and flat (but not anemic) in the bass
For this review, I’ll focus on the NORMAL filter.
GENERAL SOUND IMPRESSIONS
What struck me most about the Autumns was the enormous spatial presentation, very tall and wide, open and out of my head. The instruments sound larger than life, extended in presence, a real ‘sonorous niagara’. The spatial field surrounds us from all sides, in a circular manner, even behind our heads. Then, as I was used to the sonic timbres delivered by a mix of dynamic, balanced and piezo transducers from their older models, I was pleasantly surprised by the naturalness and density of the Autumn’s timbre.
The tonal balance also impressed me with its organic cohesion, fleshy roundness and heavy dynamism.
SOUND SIGNATURE between V and W shape, with emphasis on mid-bass, midrange and the whole high range up to 10khz. Very well balanced and with the ability to adjust the bass but not make the highs suddenly bright and resonant. This kind of signature is on the edge of the target Harman and Dunu. The amplitude of the presences tends to extract the vocals and blown type instrument, to give weight to the piano note (good presence of low-midrange therefore).
The BASSES are quite warm, but nuanced and quite vibrant so versatile for both jazz, pop and classical. The strike is fleshy, heavy, and does not descend in all linearity, although it can move air in a unique way due to this 13mm driver, the relief is very round and the density very full, which benefits the cello as much. that a digital sub-bass type synthesizer. There’s a lot of physicality to the impact, even if it’s a bit loose and not super fast.
The MEDIUMS are central and have a broad frontal presence, they take the front and line the stage. The texture is polished, the timbre densified in body by the low harmonics and just transparent enough. The vocals are anything but thin, there is breath in them, a full body in relief, an open presentation. No disturbing sibilance or abrasiveness, soft and felted contours. The resolution is good without being incisive or analytical, the Autumn pushes forward the presence of the mediums in packet rather than in individual articulation, this favors a homogeneous musicality and rich in large sound layers. I would say that the attacks lack a bit of precision even if its physical articulation is excellent its cut lacks air and cleanliness in the “silence” between the instruments.
The HIGHs are full, have a 3D relief, a soft but controlled grip, the crash cymbals are fast and cut short without shouting but without great nuances in their clarity too. These highs don’t extract a lot of micro-detail, don’t have great sparkle and resonance, or extensive extension. They are a little aggressive around 8khz and the articulation lacks precision. Les Autumn delivers a huge wall of sound that is cohesive in its acoustic macroscopy, but which loses in holographic articulation when there are many excited instruments.
SOUNDSTAGE is the highlight of the Autumn, it’s very huge, very wide and tall but not super deep. The presentation tend to surround you from every side, you feel small yet not in a hall that will make everything sound distant.
IMAGING is good in moving layers of sound articulation and separation, but a bit imprecise for static instrument positioning.
VS TRI I3pro (1DD + 1planar + 1BA- $ 170)
The I3Pro have a warmer, sloppier bass with a softer impact. Mids with higher resolution, faster and more defined attack, better transparency and less grainy texture. The highs are slimmer and brighter and deliver more micro-detail and yet faster attack. Tonally, it is a little more heterogeneous and colorful, less aggressive. Technically, it is more efficient but tonally less well balanced due to these bass that can blow on the rest of the spectrum.
VS MOONDROP KATO (1DD-190 $)
The Kato are more neutral, analytical and balanced, have a fuller and more abrasive trimbre. The bass is less up front, more textured and quick-controlled in their impact. The instrumental separation, resolution, transparency and attack are superior. The timbre is thinner in body. The treble more airy, resonant, brilliant. The more intimate and closed spatialization. Tonally and technically they are superior to Autumn but colder, drier and clinical in their presentation.
Autumns tonality is highly appealing, have a rich warm resolution, and the unique sound experience they deliver is highly addicting due to the vastness of spatial presentation which acts like a high, long wall of sound that surrounds it. the listener in a circular manner at 360 degrees.
A warm, autoritative and meaty bass tone that can have a basshead impact level with the ‘Bass’ filter, or highly cohesive and balanced with thick and present mids and highs just enough rough and energetic.
Easy to love except for those who are sensitive to instrumental separation or high section around 8khz, the Autumn are not easy to forget.
PS: I would like to thank BQEYZ for the donation of these IEMs for the purpose of criticism. Never worry that the free or a big discount for an audio product positively affects my opinion, it has been so long that I criticize it that I am shielded from this kind of affect. I will continue to preserve my independent integrity, as well as my outspokenness, otherwise I will feel unworthy and dirty.
You can get these headphones for $200 through this official distributor:https://hifigo.com/products/bqeyz-autumn