BUDGET
IN-EAR

DB3

NICEHCK

Rating

Price

7.7

18 €

Review published:

10/2019

Driver

3

per Side

2

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

106 dB

7.5

Handling

8.5

Haptic

Z

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 22000 Hz

Intro

I hadn't had a NICEHCK-In-Ear to test for a long time. With the DB3 I now have a hybrid with two dynamic and one BA driver. This configuration already worked very successfully with the REVONEXT QT2/2s and is also a strong combination with the DB3. In addition 18 € are a clear announcement to the competition, because for less than 20 € only the SENFER DT6 really pulled me from my stool.

Handling

NICEHCK does not go new ways with the design of the DB3, but orients itself at the usual universal in-ears on the market, or also at their own models, like the NX7. That means we get a small, quite light in-ear, which convinces with a good fit, haptics and a secure hold in the ear. The workmanship is very good and the light metal front panel gives the DB3 a valuable appearance with a recognition feature.

As far as accessories are concerned, NICEHCK doesn't particularly go for the tricks, but limits itself to the most necessary. The cable isn't a very lucky choice, though, but it does serve its purpose. Even if the DB3 only costs 18 €, you might want to consider buying an additional cable, like the NICEHCK C16, which is not only an upgrade for the DB3.

The isolation is very good with foam tips, or well fitting silicone tips.

Sound

The DB3 is damn musical and is simply a perfect all-rounder through all genres.

The bass is clearly raised, even if you have the possibility to influence it with the tip selection. But that doesn't make it booming, or too exaggerated, although some might find the midbass a bit too dominant. It simply has a rich sound, with good punch, without becoming overblown. It sounds really natural, even if it gives the signature more warmth than one could speak of neutrality. But that's not the claim of the DB3 either.
I really enjoy the bass, because despite the impact it doesn't lose much in accuracy and detail. Bassheads can be happy here, because it puts a scoop up again with equalizer, without overshadowing the rest.

In a three-driver configuration you often have only one dynamic driver and two BA drivers, which take care of the midrange and treble. With the DB3, however, a dynamic driver takes care of the mid-range, even if the BA driver takes care of the upper mid-range of course, but without perceiving the transition. This makes the DB3 very homogeneous across the frequency response. The mids sound dynamic and natural. There are no peaks or other unpleasant slips. Voices are really well positioned in the room. They are something in the foreground, which is also my preference, but they don't jump in your face. Men and women sound equally natural. Especially in the mids the DB3 sounds so musical that it makes you smile when listening to music and inevitably moves you to bounce along. The mids are somewhat receded in the V-signature, but here you have to clearly distinguish what is shown on the paper in terms of frequency response and what you actually hear. I like it!

I think it's a clever decision to put the treble in the hands of a BA driver, because it is finely tuned. No emphasis on sibilants and still a rich detail and spatial illustration. The DB3 convinces with a basic lightness as it presents the highs and the music in general. It doesn't look too thickly applied, despite bass accentuation and also not strained when it gets more hectic. Of course the DB3 is not an analytical in-ear, but still it has a very good resolution and a convincing dynamic and a balanced, harmonic tuning, which is wonderfully reflected in the highs.

The DB3 is neither too intimate, nor does it have the stage of the Elbphilharmonie. Nevertheless it creates a pleasant feeling of spaciousness and also in the depth it doesn't seem claustrophobic at all. For what it wants to be, the stage and the separation are really well done, even if there is of course still room for improvement.

Outro

18 € for a musical, natural sounding all-rounder with good resolution, fine tuning and above-average expansion in both directions and pleasant bass emphasis? Here comes the DB3!

For me there is not much to criticize here, except maybe the included cable. The bass rarely exaggerates it, but especially for current chart music the DB3 is a very good choice. A little more clarity and definition I would still like to see, but as I said, for 18 € you have to leave the church a little bit in the village!
For me a sure recommendation, if you are not shy of bass, or prefer to listen analytically. In terms of sound maybe even the better alternative to the Revonext QT2!

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​

BRO

BRO

EP35

EP35

DB3

DB3

P3

P3

EB2

EB2

EP10

EP10

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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