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IN-EAR

i8

I-INTO

Rating

Price

7.4

18 €

Review published:

05/2020

Driver

3

per Side

3

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

98 dB

7.3

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 24000 Hz

Intro

So far I didn't really warm up with in-ears that rely on 3 dynamic drivers. Rarely a signature came out with which I really could do something completely. I always have the feeling that these in-ears, always to be found in the budget class, are a decay product, according to the motto we take two DD(x) and pack it together with DD(y) and listen to what comes out, or even better, we don't even hear what comes out, but simply sell the in-ear directly. Now I have some of these lying around and I always shy away from a review, because it is no fun to review negatively.

Well, the i8 from I-INTO is a pleasant exception. It's a bit like a egg-laying wool-milk sow for bassheads. Somehow the i8 is a little myth for me. On the one hand, there's almost nothing about it on the internet and it's only available in Asia (e.g. via niche dealers on AliExpress), on the other hand I'm surprised by the harmonic coexistence of 3 dynamic units, which are arranged in a very unusual way. Sure, high bass impact and a mostly balanced frequency response can be combined, but really in such a design concept and at that price?

Handling


The supplied accessories must certainly be praised. More or less surprisingly, one gets a cloth bag, a pair of foamtips and a selection of silicone attachments.
One has the choice whether to purchase the i8 with or without a remote.I decided to go for the version without, because I wanted to be sure to get an original (brown cable at that time), but that was only due to my paranoia, so you can choose without any restrictions. Only to the function I can't say anything.

The construction is really extraordinary and I have never seen it like this before. Two dynamic drivers on top of each other are known, for example from the KZ ZSE, or VJJB V1, but the fact that another 10mm driver is hanging on the back and turned by 90° is new to me.
The wearing comfort is not quite so successful because the front is quite angular and hits my ear. That provides in the long run for an unpleasant pressure. Because the i8 is quite long in the depth due to the additional protruding driver, it is certainly not suitable for bed or the motorcycle helmet.

For everything else, the i8 can be used without restrictions. Only the cable noises can get a bit annoying.

With the foamtips you get a very good isolation, but also a bass boost.

Sound

The i8 has a classic V-signature with a distinct sub-bass extension and 2 elevations in the lower and mid treble, as well as a smaller one around 12 kHz. The latter turns out to be quite low, so that the i8 can certainly not be described as particularly open or brilliant. All in all, it is a darker and more relaxed representative that focuses on the bass, but doesn't neglect the mid and high frequencies.

The bass is already a small force of nature. It will blow a good pound around your ears, especially when the music also provides a high bass level. It's not a virtuoso, but rather a somewhat over-motivated price boxer, which is however quite precise. He has a hefty punch, which doesn't only cause damage on the surface, but goes deep into the core. It's really fun to get your ears massaged, even if he likes to fire several mediocre punches one after the other instead of really pushing it. That means to me it lacks a little bit here at hardness and with it connected also firmness. So the bass hits more with a rubber dipper, but as hard as it can if it has to. Sometimes the bass tends to boom a bit if there's too much bass already in the music and then it rolls over, but basically the bass response is in a good range and if you like a lot of good bass you'll find it here.

The mids get a good chin thrust from the bass, but don't seem to be too impressed by that. Their head is glowing and swells up quickly, but they still keep calm and don't try to count the stars, but instead try to sidestep at the right moment next time, or use their protective hand correctly. In contrast to the bass, the mids are more the considered fighters, who show really good punching sequences in the ring alone during their warm-up exercises. But they can't do that in a 1 on 1 fight, because they are then much more busy dodging the bass. He is already mixing them up properly and he pushes them back, but they have good taker qualities and don't go down so quickly, but they can't dominate the fight either. Admittedly not a fair fight. Still better than expected, but surely not one that will go down in history.

The highs look at the whole thing from the coaching corner. They are the kind of coaches who motivate their protégés more with mental presence than with many and loud words. They always keep an eye on their fighters to make sure they don't take excessive damage and are always ready to throw in the towel and accept a technical knockout. But this is not necessary, because their calm and forceful manner always finds the right words and also answers to the opponent. In a balanced and natural way, they put their hand on everything and are the secret stars in the ring, even if they don't have a big range themselves.

The ring gives enough space for a little dancing around and quick step sequences, but the opponents do not have to follow each other across a football field. However, as a spectator you can also orientate yourself a bit in the upper ranks without missing much of the action or losing the overview.

Outro

Who actually won? Basically the spectator, because even if the bass has all the cards in his hand on paper and in reality, the clever mids with good coaching can hold their own against it and, although the fight is not balanced in the end, they can bring it at least into the 8th-10th round. At the latest then the bass also starts to knock out, as he becomes a bit overwhelming over time, but always with a mischievous grin on his face and a snappy saying on his lips, but with slight signs of fatigue and the constant will to end the fight early.

Conclusion: Nice, somewhat dark bass-head-in-ear, that doesn't have an audiophile claim, but does a really good job for the niche it serves. Nevertheless, the mids are too warm for me and in the background. The highs liven up the signature, but could bring more energy and provide more transparency. The bass is pleasantly soft and punchy with a good sub-bass, but in the long run it leads to fatigue. Hip-hop, EDM and electro: top - acoustics, partly pop and rock rather so mediocre, if it has to stay tonal correct. Fun factor is always given.

Please keep in mind that a high/low bass rating does not automatically mean to have much/less quantity, or a good score in the high frequency range stands for extremely qualitative highs. It always depends on the overall conext and how everything in the signature harmonizes. My subjective evaluation also plays a role. Even though I like bass a lot, I'm not a basshead and maybe the rating would be higher if it were so. Text and rating should always be put in context.

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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