Rapt-Go Leaf Review

The Rapt-Go Leaf is a new product from the makers of the Hook-X, a planar/piezo-electric dual driver IEM that I found fascinating and unique in my review of it earlier this year. The Leaf is a single dynamic driver and is priced at $119 on Linsoul.com, who sent me this review unit.

The Leaf sports the same faux-leather zippered case as the HookX and also comes with the same cable, but in a black and white colorway instead of green on the prior product release. The unit also comes with a case with a variety of tips to choose from. For this review, I did use one of the stock smaller tips, which isn't always something I tend to do, as I normally do my listening on one of my own aftermarket tips instead.

The shell is made of a metal alloy and has a horizontally-align tear drop shape that is divided into four quadrants with a engraved channel breaking up three of them, and a ridge making up the fourth line across the face. There's two grilled vents on the outer-face, along with a cut-out that shows the insertion of the barrel of the 2-pin connectors. There is also a small vent hole near the nozzle on the inner-face of the shell.

In general, I found the Leaf to be fairly comfortable, but not the most secure of fits. It felt fine if I really was being honest, but I also felt like it could slip out at any moment and that was partially due to the smooth inner-face and just that the contours did not match my ear shape as well as other IEMs do.

Sound Quality

Rapt-Go doesn't have any unique tricks up its sleeves with the Leaf. It is more of a straight-forward U-shaped IEM, with an elevated bass and upper-mid/low-treble range. There is quite a bit of energy in the treble range, that can be a bight higher than what I consider neutral, but may not really sound shiny or metallic too often.

The bass range has a pleasant warmness to it that is enjoyably tuned, though occasionally a little blunted and muddy. Perhaps the mid-bass range is a little too elevated for my tastes, but I don't think others will mind. It's not the most resolving IEM downlow and lacks a bit of texture development and depth of layers.

The mid-range is fairly balanced until the upper-mids, which I do find to be a bit brighter than I'd like and overly exaggerated at times, making the overall sound a little thin. The extra charge here does make some details sound more clear and crisp, but at the expense of fatigued listening and occasional sharpness to notes.

Treble extends pretty good for an IEM of this price range and class, and helps bring a little bit of air and soundstage width to the presentation. To be fair on my previous statement of the bass end lacking resolution and depth, the upper end actually does create space and has distance to notes with decent dynamic range presented.

In general, I think the Leaf is just alright and just okay. The competition is really strong in this price range, and this one does set itself out with a unique and crafty shell design that looks high quality, and has the accessories to make it look like it comes in at a higher price category. The sound is in-line with what I'd expect in this price range nowadays, and therefore, it's not a bad choice for those who like more treble than me. 

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