Below are Seeaudio x Z Reviews Rinko Initial First Impressions. Everything is in pure stock conditions. I tried to cover as much as possible without too much critical listening. Read the latest review at: https://mobileaudiophile.com/in-ear-earphones-iem-iems-reviews/review-seeaudio-x-z-reviews-rinko/
The Rinko features a hybrid driver configuration with a planar driver and a dynamic driver, and uses a crossover circuit to blend the frequencies from each driver. It has a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz and an impedance of 30 ohms. The design of the Rinko is inspired by Japanese anime, with a unique, transparent shell that showcases the internal components of the IEM. The cable is detachable and uses a 2-pin connector, and comes with a variety of ear tips to ensure a comfortable fit.
Technicalities are between 50 to 75 over 100 and the soundstage is pulling you in by reaching out to your left and right. Clarity of vocals deserves a gold medal. Actually, a very solid upgrade in tech. Bass rumble isn’t here at smooth jazz. The 50/100 sound level isn’t disturbing my ears. The timbre is neutral to outright bright in these conditions. Synthetic music is not so good. Gorillaz Feel Good INC included. Heavy punches of the beats, vinyl-like cracks in the song, and above-average texturing. White Light is proving those too. But the whisper-like vocal is very realistic, and c’mon, who hadn’t protruded their lips to produce that kind of sound effect back in school? The organic instrument portrayal is top-notch, and the soundstage to the left and right of the singer is filled with technical aspects of its sound. But truth be told, I would expect a forwarder midrange in a busy song, especially vocally. But the assistance of the Truthear Shio arrived just in time and balanced it all.
Other sources will be used to build up its initial sound impressions
You can capture the loss of details and micro details in different sources, but the extra wide soundstage is persistent, as is the layering of vocals. But the most balanced phone I tried so far with the Rinko is the iPhone 14 Pro Max, where the layering was one notch better despite its rumbling fun power. Even with its OK layering on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the 3D imaging was better than just good; the soundstage width and texturing of the instruments were too. Boy, you can hear the different drumming surfaces too. Even in the poor stock cable, that huge entrance passage in the Final Victory is a memorable moment. Its review will show the difference a 6N Pure Copper cable creates. Despite being colossal with Haggard, Eric Clapton is so brittle with Sweet Home Chicago. The exact opposite is valid for dubstep as well. Be ready for vibrating, even with the iPhone. The powerful basses of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra hardly get in the way of the jazz fusion of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. But that same iphone is filling your entire hearing range with Hotel California (High Fidelity DL of Deezer)
The one of the last source is the AK380. Hearing the blues rock’s bass strings plucking in the texture is priceless. The layering is great beneath the vocal + blues rock..It is one of my favorite subgenres. However, it is helping me see the AK380’s shortcomings, and the MBA 2022 is definitely beating it. The same applies for thumpy and splashy post hardcore too.
After ifi Go bar: The iematch setting is adjusting the result. I set it up to 3.5mm and it reduced its forwardness, poured in plenty of front and background details. Switching it off made me miss the iemmatch setting 🙂 This dongle helped it’s playback on the top of MBA’s results. Overall speaking, the tech and fun boost is clearly observable. And the frantic Slipknot roar is such a sight to see.
Seeaudio Rinko Initial Sound Impressions Conclusions
The combination of planar magnetic drivers and dynamic drivers is unusual in the audio industry, and it can make for a unique listening experience. I am observing planar iems since S12 and I agree with this statement. The dynamic drivers are great at reproducing deep and punchy bass frequencies, while the planar drivers are great at reproducing midrange and treble frequencies. When combined, they can create a sound signature that is bass-heavy but also has a well-defined and detailed midrange and treble. However, this combination can also present some challenges. The bass can be overpowering and mask the other frequencies, leading to an unbalanced sound.
Overall, the planar and DD combination in Seeaudio x Z Reviews Rinko is an interesting one that can offer a unique listening experience. The final verdict will depend on my preferences and expectations, and it will be interesting to read the review this Sunday. Thanks to Hifigo for supplying us the unit.