Hello again! I find earbuds really interesting in so many ways, but foremostly I liked them because of the comfort as they just hang on your ears unlike IEMs which we practically shove inside the ears. Even more interesting is that most earbuds have a common form factor, and yet it is amazing that the earbuds can vary in terms of sound quality and tonality without making too much difference on how they look.
While there is a lot in the market, there are just a few I consider to be getting or probably keeping if you already got your hands on them. In my case, it might be a bit different as I really do not have the habit of disposing off my toys as I tend to miss them especially if I haven’t gotten to use them for a while, at least those that I really liked. For other earbuds, I would usually dispose it off by sending it to the second hand market or probably giving it away.
Today though is something that I would probably label as a keeper. Initially before trying it on, I was not a staunch advocate given some feedback I receive about the first version but, as I listened to it, my perception changed immediately. Perhaps this is one of those magic tricks about Indonesian earbuds; that it carries such distinct tonality quite different from your conventional ones.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Bejo V2.
Nothing can be said much about the packaging nor the storage of the Bejo V2; heck it is just the usual hard shell case with a zipper but it still is a welcome fact that this earbud is being sold with a case. Of course I would have asked for a fancier packaging given the Bejo V2’s price, but this is the kind of audio gear which you will appreciate having a case without a fancier packaging rather than having a lustrous packaging but without a case. Perhaps the designer went for a no-nonsense, all aural goodness rather than a fancy-schmancy unboxing experience. It would have been great, but it wasn’t so bad.
However, upon opening the case, what was revealed was a really nice earbuds. Best part of the overall look was the cable, of which was shielded with a snakeskin like sleeve which I think is quite ingenious. Sleeve runs up to the splitter which is made of polished plastic material which I quite dig. After that, you will see a twisted cord shielded with a maroonish cover which to me adds a bit of character to the overall build. What was really nice was the use of the VJC customer cable which I think is a bit underrated considering its quality and performance. I have seen a couple of earbuds using this cable, and I sincerely think more should.
As the earbud seems to be designed for everyday use with any source, the designer terminated the earbud with a 3.5mm TRRS plug which kinda looks nice, what with a carbon fiber design on it. This can be a springboard off something better, I kinda thought that with a rhodium plug and a premium, proprietary earpieces, the Bejo V2 can be some sort of a limited edition earbuds should the designer plans to do so.
Earpieces used H180 shells from Edifier, something that I really liked given its slim design. It hang on my ears quite easier compared to other conventional shells, and now I am starting to think that my affinity to my favorite earbuds might have something to do with the shells used (Edimun V3 just lying around here).
Overall, I find the design very nifty. Not always do you come across earbuds designed like this, and the way it was built feels like it can last for sometime, so in terms of durability, this is an earbud to seriously consider.
The first thing that comes to mind upon hooking the Bejo V2 up is that it is lush and rich. Not saying that it can’t be highly detailed, but this earbud is designed more of a casual listening kind of output. While it does a certain level of details, I would prefer using this while on a ride or perhaps when I want to pass the time off while working on something in the office rather than trying to decipher elements off a track. Listening to my tracks off my phone doesn’t seem so excellent, but I will have to probably blame it on my phone’s onboard DAC.
Hifiman HM-901S seems to make the mid ranges kind of float, while the said frequency seems to be a bit laid back with the Centrance HiFi-M8. Overall, what could perhaps be common is the fact that it is indeed lush and has a hint of warmth in it which should be pretty great in casual listening.
Let me have it slug it out with some tracks:
Rock & Roll All Night (Kiss, Dressed to Kill)
Bass is pretty prominent with the track using Bejo V2. Mid ranges seems decent, not too forward yet doesn’t feel too in-your-face. I liked how the harmony blended across all instruments as it backs up Paul Stanley. Bejo V2 really makes for a great casual listening earbuds especially if you just really don’t bother much on the tiniest details.
Save Me (Aimee Mann, Magnolia Music From The Motion Picture)
Guitars are pretty dramatic at the start of the track, and somehow I think the Bejo V2 gave the track a bit of a different attack. While what sticks to my recall about the track is soft, melodious and dramatic, the Bejo V2 kinda yields some edge that doesn’t seem to hit what I recall from the track. Aimee Mann’s vocals sounded quite ethereal with the buds, and as it blends with the instruments, it gives you a bit of different feel, perhaps taking you into a different plane where sadness and reality hits you hard. Sad.
Dreams (Gabrielle, Magnolia Music From The Motion Picture)
After going through the emotions of the previous track, let’s switch gears to a lighter track. Gabriell’s version of Dreams on the soundtrack album sounded lively, of which is complemented by Bejo V2’s tight bass punches and warmish sound. Strings jived well with the drums and the vocals, making for a really great listening session. Kind of makes you want to look for a vinyl of the said album.
I have to admit, while this earbud is being sold in my shop, I will have to say that it won’t go through the review without gripes. It may be a great earbud, but I still think it has some of its cons.
First has to be the cable. I know I said I find the cable nice, even supple enough but it is a bit thick that it can get in the way especially when you move around too much. So that will then be dependent on how patient you are and your activity.
While I don’t mind the packaging, I was hoping that a small investment was made for the packaging. The box it came with is kinda thin and may be easily squished especially if being shipped. It could also use some labels on the box to make it more proprietary to the brand.
I can also use a bit of some more hint of treble on the Bejo V2. While cymbals can be heard enough, making it a bit more crisp can probably give the earbuds a bit more character.
Bejo V2 is a great earbud, no doubt about it. Considering its price to performance ratio, you don’t always get such personality from an earbud, what with a somewhat unique tonality compared to usual earbuds. And given the current market options, the Bejo V2 should carve a niche for the enthusiasts.