BQEYZ Summer Review: Second Take
BQEYZ Summer lives in a strange place in that it’s neither excellent, inadequate, or average. It’s specific. BQEYZ Summer has a very soothing low end that feels expansive and smooth. The midrange stays behind the bass; that’s either love or hate depends on your taste. The treble is a bit uneven, bright in some areas, lacking in others, and details are average at best for these IEMs, considering the price. While it sounds more negative than positive, these are actually very enjoyable on a suitable music library. Before I get into which genre sounds best on these and if these are the IEMs for you or not, let’s first break down the sound quality.
Starting with the bass, the BQEYZ Summer has a smooth yet wide feeling bass that comes across as very relaxing and forward. Sub-bass is present in small amounts, not the highlight, but it’s enough to be enjoyable. You will feel the sub-bass rumbling sensation, just not an impressive amount of it. The overall texture and detail on these are lacking, which may explain the smoother nature of the bass. It’s not easy to have smooth and detailed bass at this price, so it’s not a deal-breaker here, more of a preference. I enjoy the bass a lot on these IEMs; they are so smooth I’ve found myself falling asleep from how relaxed the bass made me feel. It’s a unique experience and one reason I’d recommend these IEMs to a specific group of listeners. If you enjoy jazz or any music with a relaxing vibe and massaging smooth low-end, these IEMs are the perfect fit to enhance that experience.
Now having said that, the bass is the only aspect of these IEMs that I enjoy. The rest is not to my taste, but please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you feel differently!
The midrange lives behind the bass. If you like that kind of midrange, these will not bother you. For myself, I want my midrange to be slightly more forward with a bit more clarity. I listen to many vocal-centric tracks, and with vocals and instruments feeling too far away on these IEMs, it didn’t fit my personal preference. Clarity is alright; I do wish it was a bit better.
The treble on these IEMs is quite uneven. If you’re sensitive to treble, these do have peaking and sibilance issues, and it’s most prominent in female vocals and electronic high notes. However, although it has that problem, the treble still comes across as lacking in the lower treble area, causing vocals to feel not fully represented. On tracks that are not heavy on treble, this is not a big issue, but if your songs have a lot of treble, these can be a bit fatiguing and potentially distracting.
Details & Separation
Overall detail is average at best. Bass lacks a bit of texture, and midrange clarity leaves some to be desire at this price. Treble may come across as crispy at times. However, I find it to be more because of the forwardness rather than the resolving capability of the IEMs. It’s not precise details to my ears; it’s just louder. Overall a more smooth and relax representation than a technical one.
Imaging & Soundstage
Imaging is quite good on these IEMs, not outstanding, but a touch above expectation. You can see the direction each instrument is coming from and loosely tell the placement of each to the other. It’s only missing some layering and pinpoint placement. The soundstage feels nice and wide, slightly outside the “inside your head” experience.
There are no direct alternatives similar to these IEMs that I’ve tried. However, there are more versatile options for the same price. The TRI Starsea and Fiio FH3 are great versatile options with a strong bass impact and well-done treble. BQEYZ bass sounds the most mesmerizing, but Starsea and FH3 have much better details. Midrange and treble are also a win for the Starsea and FH3.
BQEYZ Summer is a pair of IEMs with apparent issues and improvable qualities, but it still sounds fantastic at the end of the day when put to the right tracks for the right listeners. If you’re not sensitive to treble, not troubled by the recessed midrange, and you listen to more relaxing low-end focus tracks, these can feel mesmerizing and dreamy. If you’re new to buying IEMs, I would suggest the TRI Starsea or Fiio FH3. If you know what you want and this article convinced you on these, these might be for you.
Thank you for reading. Please leave your thoughts down below if you’ve tried these before. I’d love to hear about your experience with them.
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Drivers Configuration – Hybrid (13mm Piezo DD + BA)
Impedance – 32Ω
Sensitivity – 107 dB
Frequency Response Range – 7-40khz
Frequency response range – 20-20000HZ
Pin Type – 0.78mm-2 Pin
Plug Options – 2.5mm/3.5mm/4.4mm
Cable Length – 1.2m