Thank you very much to Doina Ferent for sending me these in ear monitors to review!
They arrived unscathed & in perfect New condition.
The packaging is nicely done and well presented with the rear being easy and clear to understand.
Unboxing was a pleasure and easy. For someone with OsteoArthritis & FMS you wouldn’t believe how many packages that arrive in my post that are a nightmare to get into.
The Case and Neo 11’s are encased in a nice sturdy foam yet are easy to separate.
Again, Really nicely presented wouldn’t you agree?
Included in the box were a plethora of various Ear buds to try out, which is definitely appreciated, Especially from a budget pair of IEM’s, Not something I come across much at this price point. Or at least not until now.
As for Doina, She has been a star to work with and extremely patient. Customer service is 5 Star!
Now, As for the Neo 11’s themselves? Well the first thing that jumps out at me, Well no, Sorry, The first things that jump out at me are the fact that a pair of iem’s at this price are so well packed, Come with a nice tough carry case, Plenty of ear buds to chose from and build quality that oozes high end craftsmanship and a really good design philosophy. They are really easy on the eyes, with subtle curves, Logo’s and so on that aren’t in your face yet look wonderful! The Gun Metal Grey is a great match against any of my Space Grey iDevices and watch which is a nice touch.
They are light weight and fit in my ears with comfort and don’t fall out at any time, Which is a nice change from the norm for me. Usually I can only wear iem’s with cables that fit over the ear. Something to do with the shape of my oddball ears lol!
Anyway, Let’s get down to the meat and potatoes as it were of this review….
How do they perform?
For a £50 pair of in ears I wasn’t expecting trash, Yet I wasn’t expecting a mind blowing experience either.
Yet they came close, Very close.
Bass is tight and controlled, Not too forward, Not too laid back, Just right for me in all honesty.
The highs are crisp and clear yet, They lose a little sparkle on faster paced songs.
I found these best suited to classical and jazz music. They really come into their own with excellent separation of instruments and present with a healthy helping of accuracy.
the only gripe I had with these out of the box was a slightly recessed high end and a ever so slightly over forward midrange.
However, Once I found the right ear buds for me ( Memory Foam Comply Tips ) and tweaked the EQ a smidge, I soon corrected these little foibles, Which in fairness, Are more of a personal taste than anything to do with the makers.
What I also found made a vast difference was switching from my iPhone 7 plus to my iBasso DX80. Switching sources made quite a difference and the Neo 11’s pair beautifully with the DX80.
Where some in ears tend to get uncomfortable to wear after an hour or so, These do not and I went for two hours very easily with no irritation, soreness or fatigue.
So would I spend £50 on these? Would I recommend them?
Yes. I’m not sure they would be my first choice out of the box, However, It would be hard to find an iem that was as well featured with as generous a package of accessories as the Neo11. So yes I would. They certainly would make an amazing gift to a loved one or maybe a child for their first pair of quality in ears without breaking the bank! So yes I would happily recommend them.
Thanks again to Doina for sending these out to me to review, they are now on rotation with my old IE80’s and rapidly replacing them.
I hope to work with you again in the near future!
Until next time, Paul Out.