As its name describes HE150 is a 150ohms earbud and really need plenty of juice to unlock its potentials. To give it proper juice I have used my Cmoy Headphone amp, XRK class A pocket headphone amp and source was Phone, Audioquest Dragonfly Black V1.5 with PC and Fiio X1 Mk2. This time I gave it a burn in for almost 100 hours and started serious listening.
Unit diameter: 15.4mm
Cable Material: Handmade twisted wire
Frequency range: 16-23000Hz
What’s inside the box –
3 pairs of foam cushions,
2 pairs of donut foam cushions.
Tracks / Albums used for this review
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Devin Dawson – Dark Horse
B. B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding with the King
Etta James – At Last!
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Sting – Sacred Love
The Beatles – Abbey Road (Remastered)
Nadeem & Shravan – Pardesh ( Indian movie soundtrack )
Buying Link – https://penonaudio.com/he-150ohm.html
Nothing fancy, rather normal for the price. MX500 driver shell is used. The cable is thick and no signs of microphonics .
Lows – Lower End is the strongest part of He150 . The Bass is fast and no compromise is done in mid and sub – bass section. Bass is tight and well controlled. The song ‘Dangerous’ by Michael Jackson, where you can easily notice this predominant presence of sub-bass and mid-bass .
Mids – Out of the box mid section a bit loose but after burn in everything changed , vocals are now clear and a bit forwarded. I enjoyed the entire album ‘At Last!’ by Etta james , specially the song ‘ Trust in me’ . B. B. King lovers just give it a try, I can assure ,you going to love it.
Highs – Again I am saying HE150 really needs burn in to shine . Highs are a bit sharp but not Sibilant. To me the sparkling treble is good when you listening songs like ‘ All On Me ‘ bt Davin Dawson.
Very wide soundstage. No doubt it is superior than all the earbuds I have when comes to soundstage.
VE Monk lite 120 ohms white limited edition –
Why VE monk lite 120 ohms ? Because it is a 120 ohms earbud and price is almost same. I prefer Monk lite edition than Monk plus for its comfort and better tonality. But when comparing with HE150, suddenly a great amount of sub-bass can be noticed in HE150 which is missing in Monk lite 120 ohms . Bass is fast and full of energy in HE150. Mid section of HE150 and Monk lite 120 is quite similar but HE150 brings better clarity and a bit forwarded. Upper end of Monk lite 120 ohms is smooth but He150 is sometime a bit sharp (non fatigue). Overall they are close but HE150 provide better soundstage and fun to listen.
For 15 $ , He150 is a steal. Must have for someone who always in search of great amount of Bass in earbuds. Still being a warm sounding earbud no compromise in Mids. Maybe it doesn’t look fancy but sounds so good. Highly recommended.