Shozy P20 Review

It's been quite some time since I last reviewed a product from Shozy. Of those IEMs I have tried from this brand, there's been a lot of misses, and a few hits -- mainly the Form 1.4 which came out many years back. Today, I'll take a look at their latest IEM, the P20.

The P20 is priced at $139 and features a 14.5mm planar dynamic driver in an all-black housing. This IEM can be purchased directly from Linsoul on their official site or on Amazon and the unit I am reviewing was provided by Linsoul.

The lightweight black shell features a subtle and textured circular pattern below a rough lined surface. At the center of the faceplate are three holes in a triangular layout that must be used for venting the driver. There is also a larger hole at the bottom of the nozzle.

The overall weight is very light and the fit is extremely comfortable. I had no issues wearing these for hours and was without any bit of pain.

The included cable is a ultra-thin silver-colored 2-wire cable with 2-pin connectors and a 3.5mm jack. Not only is it very thin and light, it also retains curling, and becomes a bit springy. Needless to say, this is one of the worst IEM cables I've seen included in an IEM in quite some time.

Shozy also included a generic black zipped case and 5 pairs of tips in the package.

Sound Impressions

Shozy went with a dark and bassy tuning on this set with a heavy focus on the low end, and recessed mids (relative to the bass section) and lower treble, but it does have an elevated upper treble section, which provides clarity and surprisingly good perceived resolution and air.

The bass range is very full and extends deep. It can sometimes be over-powering on some tracks, and the reduced treble makes the bass sound even more engulfing. The interesting thing, however, is that despite being dark, there is just enough upper treble to keep me interested. If this were an IEM with all-bass, I would probably have thrown it in the garbage, but while it's not my favorite thing to listen with, it gives an interesting take to my music playlists.

I spent a lot of time listening to hip hop music on this, since that genre really does well with a bass-focused headphone, and it doesn't disappoint in the quantity range here. I do believe the bass textures do sound a bit smeared and one-noted, but the vocals sound fairly decent, if not muted.

This could be a good thing though, as for tracks that typically have heavy bass in the pop genres, like hip hop, R&B, and EDM, the treble can be quite lifted, and with the reduced treble frequencies here, that makes sure that no sibilance and shear bright artifacts come through.

The midrange is primarily what I care the most about and I will say that the P20 is a bit disappointing here. The mid-bass is too elevated, and with the treble also being reduced, the midrange really does suffer. This does not affect instrumental tracks as much as vocal-led songs, and thankfully a lot of my music listening of late is in the jazz and instrumental rock genres.

Final Thoughts

This was a quick review and impressions of the P20 from Shozy. It's not bad. It's not good. It's just an okay IEM, and one that is probably very niche in its target audience. I wouldn't recommend this IEM as an all-arounder, and I wouldn't recommend it for those looking for a very well-tuned and balanced or neutral sound signature.

Instead, this is heavy bass and upper treble focused, and probably works best with club and dance music or anything where you don't really care about neutral mid-range. 

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