HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

TAPE

SHUOER

Rating

Price

8.1

110 €

Review published:

11/2019

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

18 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

1

Sound

8.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

104 dB

8

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 30000 Hz

Intro

Remember your first Walkman? Welcome to the 80s.
The Shuoer Tape hits the notch in reference to the good old days of cassettes. But only on the outside, because under the hood is the latest craze in the in-ear world. An electrostatic driver, paired with a dynamic. Thus, the TAPE is currently the most affordable representative with an electrostatic on board and a fantastic introduction to the "new" technology. This is not really new, because electrostatics have already been installed in over-ears for several years. The most prominent representatives are probably the products from STAX. However, the electrostatic driver in the in-ear miniature format is not yet so widespread, although we will probably expect a veritable flood of corresponding in-ears in the near future. Here, however, the marketing of the TAPE is somewhat misleading, as it is not a pure electrostatic with additional amplification, but only a low-voltage unit in front of the dynamic driver.

To briefly clarify what constitutes an electrostatic driver, here is a brief explanation from the colleagues at bonedo.de:
>> The transducer consists of a conductive, (statically) precharged membrane foil, which is exposed to an electric field by two electrodes, the so-called stators. From a mechanical point of view, this corresponds to the magnetostatic principle, but here the audio signal flows through the stators and not the membrane, which in the electrostat is moved by the changes in the electric field and the electrostatic attraction. The advantage of this drive consists mainly in the reproduction characteristics of the membrane, which can act by the omission of conductors or a coil less sluggish, more impulse-freely and higher resolution and is appreciated by audiophile music lovers.<<

However, this mode of operation is unlikely to be implemented in the TAPE, but if rather a magnetostat-like solution.

Handling

The packaging of the TAPE is a bit playful and does not exactly give the impression of holding a high-quality product in your hands.
However, the cylindrical packaging contains a robust metal case, which contains the solid MMCX cable and a selection of 6 different silicone tips. The small cassettes are wrapped in foam.
The design is independent and nice to look at. But of course this is a matter of taste and not everyone will like the design at first go, because it does not correspond to the usual custom construction and does not look so "professional". The design probably had more priority in the production than the wearing comfort. Comfort is quite good, but not as comfortable as it could be. Nevertheless, the seat is convincing and with the right choice of tips you are prepared for every situation.
The metal housing makes a very robust impression and has no production flaws of any kind.
The isolation is of course always strongly dependent on what you achieve for a seat and on the tips used. I achieve an almost complete isolation, whether in the office or on the street. However, some of the music also penetrates to the outside.

Sound

The TAPE is always mentioned in the same breath as the TIN HIFI P1 in relevant forums. I find that people often compare apples with oranges, because sonically there is little that the two have in common.

Thanks to the dynamic driver, the TAPE has a rich bass, which is always reinventing itself. It can be at the service of the mids or really turn up the volume in electro/hip hop, so that it almost reaches bass head level. Now, is this intentional or simply inconsistency when it comes to bass levels? I opt for the former, since I find it quite appealing that the bass goes along dynamically with the music and does not permanently exaggerate or is too weak on the chest. The bass overpowers the mids a bit, but basically you get a punchy low end with good speed and texture.
It's a bit of a shame, though, that the bass sometimes holds back too much on rock music, but then that's largely due to the recording. Where there isn't much bass, the tape doesn't pack anything to it either, making the kick seem a bit thin in some cases. The rule here is that if the music is well produced and mixed, the TAPE is fun to listen to, otherwise the TAPE is less forgiving, which also means you should always make sure the music is well resolved.

The mids are a double-edged sword for me. On the negative side, they sometimes seem a bit shrill to me, which is noticeable on bright vocals or even electric guitar-heavy tracks. Here, the dB boost was probably exaggerated a bit too much in the pursuit of clarity. The mids could use a bit more body here and there.
On the positive side: Nevertheless, the mids can convince the TAPE to a large extent and with quite good instrument separation and details.
Voices sound natural, if a bit bright, and have a good weighting in the signature. Especially acoustic pieces or country music with strong male voices are convincing.

The trebles fit well into the overall tonality of the TAPE. The resolution and extension is on a high level without seeming artificial. The famous infamous HIFI PEAK beyond 10 kHz provides an appealing spaciousness and also brings out fine details. Sibilants are hardly an issue and you get a nice transparency, even if the roll-off after the 4 kHz is perhaps a bit too drastic and not all information is presented on the silver platter.

Outro

The TAPE is a very interesting in-ear and not only because of its technical nature. It exhibits a classic V-signature, with a dynamic bass that knows where to hit and where not to hit and above-average treble response. The mids lag a bit behind, but still have enough assertiveness to not be swallowed up by the bass and treble.

A successful IEM that also has some weaknesses.

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​

1/4

H27

S10

TAPE

TAPE PRO

Second Opinion:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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