Aurisonics Harmony IEM Headphone ReviewAurisonics promises to make a splash with its new 'Bravo' series of In-Ears, as they want to 'honor the people that we started this company for, the working musicians'. At the apex lies the Harmony model which packs a dynamic driver and a specially designed 'dual hybrid-dynamic tuned tweeter' into each capsule. We assume the dual-tweeter has been designed specifically for use with a dynamic driver in the Aurisonics Harmony so the two driver types complement each other; as the product name might suggest.
- Tuning is really well thought out
- Soundstage is immersive
- Cable is light but strong
- Few eartips/accessories supplied
- Some may find high-mid frequencies a little sibilant
Design & AppearanceThe Harmony model is fairly typical of an in-ear monitor headphone, with large capsules for enhanced isolation and an 'over the ear' cable. The earhook parts of the cable are bendable to help keep it in place and the braided cable is relatively thin, but seems strong.
Durability & Build QualityThe capsules themselves appear to be made like pebbles in all aspects apart from weight; the cable is light and the Y-splitter on the cable is strong with good strain reliefs. A 90 degree jack sits on one end, whilst the removable cable attaches to the earphones by means of a cylindrical push on/pull off connector which is free to rotate, likely so the earphones and cable are more easily stored in the accompanying semi-rigid zip-up case.
ComfortAurisonics have taken pains to design a capsule which fits 95% of human ears, as they have averaged out measurements taken from thousands of ear scans. These are obviously adult ears and I would guess that most scanned ears belonged to males, as the capsules are fairly large. The trademarked 'Sureseal' tips consist of a grippy type of rubber which is good at isolation but may irritate the ears if the earphones need to be removed and replaced often; as an alternative, Complyfoam tips in '200' size were found to fit well although no official information exists on Complyfoam's site at this time.
Sound isolationThe isolation is good; the rubber eartips do keep a good amount of unwanted noise out once they are in position. The standard eartips were found to lend themselves best to a shallow insertion into the ear.
Sound characteristics:Using a Chord Hugo DAC/Amp as source, the Aurisonics Harmony gives a warm, yet crisp presentation overall. In spite of the hybrid/multi driver configuration, the Harmony's sound melds well and delivers a perfectly whole impression of the audio. The model name 'Harmony' is well chosen.