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P3

NICEHCK

Rating

Price

7

40 €

Review published:

02/2019

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

12 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7

Bass

6

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

106 dB

6.7

Handling

8

Haptic

C

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

NICEHCK now has a fairly wide product range of its own (OEM). There are also a lot of driver variations. It is remarkable what hit rate NICEHCK achieves with its OEM-IEMs in a positive sense. Unfortunately, the calculation doesn't seem to work out for the P3, because it's not bad and certainly performs quite well, but it's a bit too expensive for its performance and can't convince in all aspects. The P3 is a hybrid consisting of a dynamic driver and two balanced armature drivers.

Handling

The P3s lie very ergonomically in the auricle and are extremely comfortable to wear, where their light weight also contributes. The sound openings are made of metal and bring some value to the case, which is otherwise made of plastic but has a nice color structure.

The feel of the cable is very pleasant and makes a very robust impression. It is simply braided, has reinforced earhooks and is covered with smooth and supple PVC.
The isolation is average and those who like their fellow human beings should not overdo it with the volume.

Sound

The P3 is technically sophisticated with its configuration, but everything sounds a bit dull and boring.

The bass is very soft and rather polite than brash. The sub-bass rolls off quickly, the mid-bass slides into the mid-range and sometimes sounds a bit bloated. This has a lot to do with the speed of the dynamic driver, which is quite sluggish. Nevertheless it is sufficient for many genres and has a solid texture. But sometimes I have the feeling that it's not always accurate and clean. There are certainly in-ears that attack the eardrum harder in the bass range and provide more fun. But that's not everyone's cup of tea either, so there will certainly be some who are very satisfied with the bass of the P3 and appreciate its soft, relaxed manner.

The lower mids are a bit spongy, cloudy and too warm due to the midbass. But the tops are clearer and can spray more energy. However, voices sound more distant and hollow than they should. They are almost never aggressive and provide a relaxed listening experience. Nevertheless, they lack liveliness, resolution, and clarity. They always stay on the safe side, without daring anything and thus becoming more exciting.

The highs don't dare much either but are just like the perfect son-in-law. Too well-behaved at the top and a bit characterless, they go more ahead in the lower trebles and can also be most convincing in this area. No sibilants are emphasized and there are no sharp peaks. The highs surf on the wave of relaxation without ever losing sight of the saving shore. Here the saying "less is more" applies in the opposite sense. More airiness and attention to detail would suit them well.

But what stands out positively is the stage, even if there is a lack of separation. It's wide and depicts a pleasant room that doesn't seem too intimate, but the imaging doesn't really work well.

Outro

The P3 is brave, yes mostly too brave, because it hides a bit behind its potential. Surely the tuning screw could have been put in here again and more clarity in the sound could have been provided. You can certainly do that with an equalizer, but that's a different topic and won't be discussed here. The P3 is a good in-ear both technically and from the manufacturing point of view, and anyone who prefers a relaxed, non-tiring sound and has problems with too energetic mids and highs anyway is right here. The P3 can work with many genres, but for Rock, it simply lacks the punk in the sound. If you have 90% Guns'n Roses, Foo Fighters, Nirvana or The Rolling Stones in your playlist, you should go for something else!

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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