BUDGET
IN-EAR

OM1

OPERAFACTORY

Rating

Price

6.3

30 €

Review published:

10/2018

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

5

Mids

6

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

6.2

Handling

8

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

5 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The OperaFactory OM1 self-confidently poses as a monitor for the stage and promises a "super bass". But it doesn't promise too much. The OM1 is a classic V-signature in-ear, with a rocky design and great wearing comfort.

Handling

When ordering, we receive a round, high carton box with the slogan "On The Road" in graffiti lettering. The box contains a red 4-core cable without remote/microphone and the in-ears. These have an individual design and stand out from the crowd, which I find positive. One notices that the OM1 is really aimed at musicians and therefore also for stage use.

Whether this is also suitable for it in terms of sound is still to be clarified.
But the workmanship and haptics speak for the OM1. In addition the flexible cable, which introduces a new adapter, as we have already seen with the new KZ ZSN (2-pin with protruding plugs on the in-ear and a cover on the cable), which makes it almost impossible to break the pins. The OM1 is very comfortable to wear and the robust reinforcement of the earbuds makes it extremely secure. The isolation is excellent, which is equally important for stage use.

If you like it a bit more fancy/obtrusive, you'll quickly get used to the design of the OM1.

Sound

The OM1 delights us with a warm V-signature, which is nothing special in itself, because it has been heard a thousand times, or something similar, but that doesn't mean that this in-ear is no fun. Even a good V-signature has to be done first.

The bass, however, is a bit too emphasized for my taste. It dominates the whole sound too much. In the mid-bass it tends to become exhausting and attacks the mid-range. Nevertheless it can give a drum kit or bass riffs a real impact and thus give any kind of rock music, or metal draught, liveliness and simply bumps. I would dam the higher bass range a bit to give the midrange more space.

These are taken back signature-typically and are honestly not exactly the hobbyhorse of the OM1, at least with the bass. Guitars sound wonderfully full and dynamic, but unfortunately the voices don't reach the listener when it gets more complex. I would have liked a bit more momentum in the higher mids to get the voices back to the front and to make the guitars crunchier. But this can be easily adjusted with an equalizer. You also have to mention that the OM1 tries to cover the whole frequency spectrum with a dynamic driver. But this can be done better.

The highs are very relaxed and without any significant peaks. They try to oppose the bass in the same way as the mids, which makes them a bit more successful and allows them to shine more.
Details can be seen and the separation also works, but is mediocre at best. The stage is also rather intimate.
Basically the signature can also be called L-shaped.

Outro

Are the OM1 really suitable for the stage?
I would say conditionally and also dependent on what possibilities you have. If you have the possibility to create your own monitor mix and chase it through an equalizer, then that's for sure. Otherwise I would recommend the IEMs bassists and especially drummers, because in this area the OM1s play really well and many embroidery transducers will enjoy playing the bass drum with the OM1. The design is suitable for the stage as well as the feel of the earphones.

Otherwise these in-ears are recommended to all others who like to listen to rock and love bass. In the long run it is too much for me personally, because even bass can be tiring at some point.

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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