HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

SPRING 2

BQEYZ

Rating

Price

8.4

145 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

1

Sound

8

Bass

8

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

8.2

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The SPRING 2 is, who would have thought it, the successor of the SPRING 1 and is supposed to correct some carelessness in the already successful tuning.
The appearance and the driver configuration doesn't change at all and malicious tongues may claim that the SPRING 2 is basically not a worthwhile update, because the sonic changes are not very serious and no new and independent IEM is needed. Maybe the tongues are mine as well.

Handling

SPRING 1 = SPRING 2

BQEYZ has always been a bit minimalist with the scope of delivery and now, at a price of over 100 €, wants to offer the buyer something more.
More is indeed available, but this is by no means enough to match the sumptuous offer of a REECHO SPRING/SUMMER, which is similarly priced.
Included in the attractive folding case: Silicone tips with narrow ("Atmosphere" - S/M/L) and wide opening ("Reference" - S/M/L), foam tips, a cleaning tool and a storage case.
Although this is a manageable assortment of supplements, it is completely sufficient and with the good 4-core cable (2-pin) also quite valuable. In addition, the workmanship is without complaint.

The case is made of metal and impresses with a fresh design, with slightly curved lines and roundings. The fit is very good and the wearing comfort is also positive in the long run.

However, the isolation is not convincing. If you have people around you, they can even sing along to some extent and don't even have to be sure of their text, as enough of it can get out. This "openness" is probably created by the three vents on the inside and can be quite annoying for the environment, but can give the owner a more open stage.

Sound

Since not much changes in the driver configuration for SPRING 1, except that now even a 9-layer priezo driver is used (instead of 7 layers), I was curious what will change tonally and if the slight weaknesses are history. No! There won't be any new ones, but I'm wondering a little bit, what the added value of SPRING 2 really is, since there are only marginal adjustments.

Basically, the bass hasn't really developed any further. It has become a bit more subdued and I would say it has a better stability. However, the sub-bass extension hasn't changed in a positive way and the mid-bass still compresses the mid-range a bit. I would describe the bass of the SPING 2 as a bit more pithy, which also provides a bit more clarity in the low end, but I can't clearly say that a big step forward has been made here, which doesn't change the rating.

It looks similar with the mids. They profit minimally from the slightly attenuated bass, but still they lack a bit of assertiveness, especially when things get hectic, where the bass then clearly has the upper hand. Nevertheless, compared to the SPRING 1 they are slightly clearer, but also only to a rather subjective degree than to really state this as a relevant criterion for evaluation. Male voices still don't have the absolute radiance, but for that both genders sound quite natural.

It's a bit of a mystery to me how it was managed not to soften the sibilants, but even to emphasize them a bit more, which makes me feel a bit more uncomfortable than at SPRING 1. This fact even bothers me so much with some songs, that I can't give away any point improvement despite the slightly improved resolution and better three-dimensional representation. Nevertheless, the trebles have to be emphasized, because they manage to reveal details with ease and radiate liveliness without becoming artificial or making your ears bleed.

As far as the stage is concerned, I find it a bit more stable and open on the SPRING 2. The separation can also prevail due to the better resolution in the mid-range, but we are really only talking about subtle differences/improvements here.

Outro

Did it really need the SPRING 2? Well, that's hard to answer. Since I really appreciate when a company reacts to recommendations and wishes of consumers and tries to implement them, I welcome such new releases. It is a pity, however, if the progress is very limited and some of the same mistakes are made. For me, the SPRING 2 is not an upgrade, but rather a sidegrade, as it has a slightly better resolution and stage and turns out to be more balanced, but also loses some liveliness and sometimes escapes in the high frequencies. In addition the SPRING 2 has the higher output level.
Therefore, I can't send either of them off the court as the clear winner. I would choose the SPRING 2 if the going got tough, but the SPRING 1 owner can easily do without the SPRING 2.

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​

BQ3

KB1

KC2

SPRING 1

SPRING 2

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Contact:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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