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DT100

AUDIOSENSE

Rating

Price

7.9

90 €

Review published:

01/2021

Driver

1

per Side

0

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

18 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

8

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

103 dB

7.7

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 22000 Hz

Intro

AUDIOSENSE is maturing more and more into a professional IEM manufacturer from China that is to be taken very seriously. The company has developed steadily and offers IEMs with a wide variety of configurations at an always fair price.
With the T180, the company already has a single-BA driver IEM in its portfolio, which is, however, no longer really up to date technically. The DT100 is supposed to change this now, but at three times the price. Can this be justified?

Handling

AUDIOSENSE never disappoints with the presentation and accessories.
A set of spinfits, as well as another set (S, M, L) of somewhat firmer silicone tips. Plus a good, silver-plated cable (MMCX) and a carrying case with a fur interior, something you're used to from companies like CAMPFIRE AUDIO (e.g. Solaris).

The DT100 is completely molded. This means there is no cavity, but the driver is completely enclosed by the resin inside. In addition, it is very compact and ergonomic, which results in a very good wearing comfort. The faceplate together with the transparent blue of the case/resin is nice to look at. A really successful presentation with good and useful accessories, paired with an appealing design.

The isolation is exceptionally good, especially with the spinfits. Here, the passive isolation is certainly also a selling point.

Sound

By now, I've really taken a liking to BA-only driver configurations and also use them in my own IEM designs. Aside from being a bit easier to maintain, and more durable if the IEMs are used properly, I especially love the midrange reproduction of well-tuned BAs.

Knowles' single BA has no easy task. Usually, BA-only IEMs distribute different frequency ranges (bass, mids, treble) among several shoulders, since a pure BA (depending on its orientation) is often not capable of satisfactorily covering a complete frequency spectrum. Many BA-IEMs are often described as mid-centered or vocal-centered, because the bass is usually too limited and the focus is on the mids.
I am all the more surprised by the bass of the DT100. It has some quantity and can even reproduce lower frequencies sufficiently. However, it is a bit plumped up in the mid-bass, which also continues in the upper bass and affects the mids. Likewise, it is not always 100% stable, but also tends to drone sometimes. Nevertheless, I am quite satisfied with the performance of the Single-BA in the low frequency. For me, however, it is almost a bit too much or not tight enough.

The mids sound a bit warmer than they should, but still they are exactly of the caliber I expect from a good BA driver. Voices sound intimate as well as natural and instruments quite smooth and authentic without becoming garish or shrill. Surely all this could be better and a jump in the cold water would do the mids quite well to cool down, but I like this soft, warm and emotional presentation of the mids.

The highs are equally positive for a single-BA. They are not the most lively and with a second BA driver, which exclusively takes care of the treble, you can certainly get a bit more brilliance and transparency out of it, but you can also cut your own flesh and make the sound artificial and unpleasantly spiky.
The highs have enough energy and keep up with the mids quite well. There are no sibilants or other annoying peaks that could lead to fatigue.
Together with the mids, they demand more than enough detail to come to light while maintaining their relaxed and authentic character. Not for trebleheads and perhaps a bit too dark for some in tandem with the potent bass, but to me everything seems quite harmonious.

The stage has a realistic extension without venturing into unknown worlds. Nevertheless, the 3D image produced is within a very good average, as the BA driver doesn't let its guard down too much in imaging and separation. However, the DT100 certainly doesn't have any groundbreaking technical features.

Outro

The DT100 can bring a smile to the face of anyone who prefers a warm and relaxed BA sound and finds accurate but smooth mids more important than a rich punch or micro-detail fireworks. I've only heard better from QDC Neptune so far, although my single BA-IEM selection to date is also rather modest and this statement should therefore be taken with a grain of salt (TIPSY BLUE AURORA, AUDIOSENSE T180, KBEAR F1, NICEHCK X49).

For my taste, the DT100 is a bit too expensive, but for that you are equipped with an extensive and valuable accessories. You also get a completely molded IEM that fits like a glove. In addition, it is a clear upgrade to the T180 from our own house.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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