See Audio is a rising audio brand based out of China and got a rave response from the consumers for their already existing products in the market. Their previous model YUME is a very good IEM in terms of both he design and the sound and the expectations for the bravery are of no short. In this review let’s see how bravery performs against the competitors.
This unit has been provided to me as a part of a review circle in our country organised by the Sea Audio Team and a big thanks to them for considering me in their circle. I’m not influenced by anyone to manipulate this review by any means. This whole review is completely based on my experience with this product and this may vary from person to person depending on the source and the gears they use to test out the product.
>Driver Configuration: Quad BA.
>Driver Arrangement: 2 BA Low+ 1 BA Mid+ 1 BA Highs.
>Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz.
>2-pin 0.78mm connectors
DESIGN AND FIT:
The earpieces are made of clear and transparent resins. The faceplate is seamlessly continued along with the rest of the body. The design is printed and the See Audio logo is imprinted on the faceplate. The 2 pin connector area is nicely tucked in the body itself. The surprising thing is that they have a vent despite being all BA products, this shows that they have used the vented BA to give that natural low end response.
The nozzle is of good length and has the lip to properly seat the ear tips. The fit is really good and creates some decent seal isolating from most of the background noises. The eartips provided are also good in terms of quality.
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The cable provided is very good in terms of build which is cloth braided. The other welcoming feature is that they don’t have the ear guides hence the fit is even better. The connector, splitter and the termination area are metal hence the durability would not be an issue. See Audio has partnered with Hakugei, a premium IEM upgrade cable brand based in China. They have designed a customized 6N OCC cable that perfectly matches the synergy of Bravery delivering an impeccable acoustic experience for the users. The cable here has cloth sleeved with 0.78mm 2-pin connectors and a 3.5mm termination plug for easy connectivity
The given case is of very premium in looks and build. Made out of aluminium and the protection it gives to the earphone is excellent. The case is waterproof and shockproof where the locking area is covered with rubber gaskets to prevent the entry of external materials. The inner case is properly lined hence scratches will not happen to the earpieces.
The overall sound signature of the See Audio Bravery is a U shaped profile with boosted bass especially mid bass and the treble while the midrange is slightly recessed. They have a pretty neutral and relaxing tonality and the timbre is impressive being an All BA IEM. In this review let’s see in detail about the sound of this product.
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Being a U shaped sound i thought that bass is going to be a string point for this but in the end this is a mid bass focused IEM which i’m not a big fan of. The sub bass presence is too subtle and can be felt only in the tracks which have noticeable sub bass boost. The mid bass is however tuned nice and tight having great technicalities like the texture, control and the tightness. The sub bass is pretty weak thus i cant able to enjoy the OST’s and theme musics.
The resolution is good and the technicalities in the low end are impressive but the lacking thing is the sub bass. The low end is pretty fast in decay hence they sound very cleaner and no muddy or boomy sound. The separation and the timbre in the low end is pretty impressive for an all BA iem. This IEM could have excelled in this department if only the sub bass and the decay could have been better and I hope in the next iteration they improve this. The bravery has been tuned to have more quality over the quantity
In the track “WHY DO WE FALL – HANS ZIMMER”, at the end of the track the sub bass backdrop is very subtle in the Bravery but overall the separation and the control in these regions are very good.
In the other track “JETLAG CORPORATION – AES DANA”, the bass presence is very well portrayed in Bravery. The thump and the weight of the low end is very good and the control, tightness are very impressive. The separation is impeccable due to that faster bass decay and that clean resolution.
The mid range in the Bravery is smooth and clean. They are slightly recessed though but the placement of the vocal is very good. The vocal is placed right in front of you but the instruments are pushed back creating that laidback presentation but im very much ok with the forward vocal presentation.
Due to that laidback instrument placement some percussion instruments don’t sound quite clear hence you need to raise the volume. The vocal has that neutral to natural tonality and the timbre here is quite exceptional considering its an all BA iem! The instruments do sound pretty realistic and the tonality is quite natural. It has that slight BA timbre but not to that extent.
The lower mids sound fine with some fullness due to that mid bass presence but the upper mids need some emphasis since here they sound slightly thinner. The female vocals especially have that thin note and the piano notes don’t have that bite overall. The detail retrieval is also however sub par and can’t expect that much level of detail retrieval like other BA IEM’s.
The track separation, layering and the imaging are pretty good in this Bravery. Technicality wise it’s very good in the midrange. In the track “BETTY – TAYLOR SWIFT”, the taylor’s voice is portrayed very well with nice track separation and the layering of the instruments. The piano notes however and the guitar strings sound slightly thinner but as a whole presentation they are very impressive considering the technicalities aspect.
In another track “ME LOVE – SEAN KINGSTON”, his voice has that fullness and the strings have that nice tonality and timbre. The kick drums however lack that attack due to that sub bass absence. The piano notes sound fine and overall they have very good layering capability.
The treble in the Bravery is smooth and organic. No sibilance or exaggeration but they are tuned to give that natural smoother sound output overall. The extension is not that good considering it’s an all BA IEM but considering the overall coherency between all the BA’s and the sound they deliver is really impressive. The highs have a good amount of detail retrieval and the amount of air it moves in this region is pretty good. The resolution is average and the track separation is very impressive which is not a big surprise being an all BA.
The sparkle and the splashiness in the treble section is missing and that makes the whole listening experience very much laidback thus it lacks the energy in this area. Especially in the track “JACK OF SPEED – STEELY DAN”, those cymbal crashes and the trumpets sound very much relaxed and don’t have that energy in them. But as an overall output they have nice coherency and smooth sound.
In the other track “SWEET DREAM – EURYTHMICS”, those piano notes are nicely rendered but need some bite in them. The track separation is very good and the clarity, layering are exceptionally done. The treble has a lot of air to breathe but the issue is again the sparkle where they sound slightly relaxed and smooth instead of having some energy and aggressiveness.
SOUNDSTAGE: The staging of the Bravery is well rounded but not the biggest. The width is pretty average which is quite disappointing in this price range but the height and the depth are good enough. The height is pretty nice, giving a nice sense of space in between the instruments. The staging is neither claustrophobic nor widest , the singer seems to be standing just right in front of you. The vocals are slightly straight to the face but as an overall instrument presentation they are very good in terms of placement and the staging is quite nice.
IMAGING: The imaging is very good here. No fuzziness is seen due to that controlled low end. Since the staging is not the widest the instruments don’t have that enough space to be well separated. However the imaging is clean and precise here, where the listener can easily spot out the instruments placement without issues. The transient response is pretty smooth giving a nice sense of instruments sweeping from one channel to the other.
The detail retrieval and the resolution are quite good but not the best. The layering and the imaging are the biggest strength of the Bravery. The dynamism is not the best and they sound pretty much lacklustre and not fun.
- Hideaway – Jacob Collier
- Crossing – Yosi Horikawa
- Global Gear (Instrumental) – Punya Srinivas
- Themyscira – Hans Zimmer
PROS AND CONS:
- Nicely Tuned U Shaped Profile
- Nice Timbre for an All BA
- Neutral Tonality
- Design and Accessories
- Sub bass is too subtle
- Lacks Dynamism
Bravery, the latest and the mid-tier offering from the SEE AUDIO is a very nice package and has brought some nice improvements over their previous model YUME. As usual when it comes to SEE AUDIO their accessories and the offering will always be premium and from that point of view the provided accessories and the build of the earpiece are very premium and excellent.
When it comes to the sound SEE AUDIO always pursue towards the balanced and smooth sound and the same they did with the Bravery too. Although it’s a slight U shaped sound the midrange is not that recessed giving the vocals and instruments a life. The low end here is nicely tuned especially the mid bass, the sub bass is very subtle and they should have boosted a bit to give that dynamism and the fun factor which is lacking in the bravery. When it comes to technicalities these are very good in terms of imaging and layering. The staging is not the biggest but does the job.
So overall, the bravery is a very good package From the brand and is a very good versatile IEM. The whole point of the SEE AUDIO is to provide the QUALITY OVER THE QUANTITY and that’s what they did in the sound too which is a thumbs up from my side.
This Review is Written By KATHIRAVAN.C
I’m Kathiravan from Tamilnadu. A budding audiophile here with high love towards music and audio equipment. My first experience of enjoying the hifi audio came when I started to use budget chi-fi gears and now it came all along the way of reviewing the gears with high end stuffs. I love reviewing audio products.