While still hot on my last “back to the future” earbud experience, the “chief” sent me a package containing a black clam-shell case. As I peeked inside the contents of the case and lo behold a Yuin shelled earbud with balanced cable greeted me. While I am not a fan of judging by appearance, the Linsoul BLD 150ohms was quite a stunner as I was prying it out of the case.
Linsoul Audio, an online company founded in 2016 by Crazy HiFi team, Linsoul is designed to provide customers with a well-designed best sound quality of HiFi audio products. Driven by well-designed style and hi-tech sound, Linsoul aims to bring you a new inspiring music experience by innovative and stylish headphones.
From their own labs, the Linsoul BLD 150ohms was born, let’s see if it caters well to our experience in this review.
Packaging and Specifications
The Linsoul BLD 150ohms came in the typical black clam-shell type earbud case without a box type packaging.
The unit they sent to me came with a gold 2.5mm balanced line type plug with a plastic protective cover. The 2.5mm Balanced version retails for $39.99. An option for a 4.4 Balanced plug version is also available for $49.99
Inside the black clam-shell case, you will find the accompanying accessories such as a shirt clip, four (4) full foams (2 x Reddish Orange Foams and 2 x Black Foams).
The Cable is a braided copper colored mix that’s quite sturdy and tangle-free, not that soft but it feels durable. There’s a chin lock that helps those who have fit lock issues.
Specifications: (From Website)
- Earphone type: In-ear
- Impedance: 150Ω
- Earphone sensitivity: 110dB/mW
- Frequency range: 20-20000Hz
- Interface: 2.5mm Gilded
- Plug Type: LINE Type
- Cable Length: 1.2m±3cm
- Color: As pictured
- Whether with mic: No
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Design and Fit
The Linsoul BLD shells are based on the Yuin shells. The black colored Yuin plastic mold fits in the ear nicely. The build is quite sturdy and feels solid.
There is a L and R markers separately painted. Though they could have used engraved it since the paint was starting to fade. Wearing them provides a nice comfy feel that I’ve quite enjoyed after continuous hours of listening without much fatigue. For most of the review, the Linsoul was sitting down on my ears for 4 to 6 hours in the office while going on my daily tasks.
The copper cables are twisted with black marks stretching all over the cable. The cables are quite sturdy to the touch. While not as supple as I thought they might be they offer quite a good resistance and tangling has never been a problem despite the daily grind in the office going up and down floors and the selling floor.
A metal 2.5mm gold balanced cable with carbon fiber design:
The Linsould BLD’s looks are quite descent but I find the cable to be strikingly good for my taste and the comfort of the Yuin shells has made it a favorite.
The Linsoul BLD 150ohms for this review has been burned for a total of 195 hours before we plunged listening to different select tracks. The Linsoul BLD 150ohms was worn with full foams for this review
DAP Fiio X5iii (Fidelizer modded) (2.5mm Balanced)
The Linsould BLD 150ohms have a neutral sound signature. The pleasure of testing different tracks with different genres and getting the same vibe and feel makes this a good all rounder.
Good emphasis on the highs without any spiking. Less sparkle but the presentation seems to lean more on the lower treble region. Kenny G’s sax accompanying Michael Bolton on Missing You has made the mid range articulate and the voice clearer. The highs over all are smoother giving it a fun sounding experience minus the harsh treble.
Clearly the mids here are given emphasis having a slightly forward presentation. Vocals are rather thick, male vocals are presented as quite powerful yet not overwhelming. I like the natural presentation of the vocals as I lean back and enjoy Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman’s Last Night of the World. The Clarity of Lea’s voice complements Simon’s emotional rendition of their parts.
The bass leans towards the sub bass presentation. While not punchy, there is some rumble and the amount of mid and upper bass is bland to some tracks.The thump is ever present yet the volume is better presented with proper amping or a better DAC. You can clearly hear the bass drum being kicked but not as thick or weighty as you would want it on Sam Smith’s i’m Not the only one while his voice echoes in unison.
Adventures by William Ekh feat. Alexa Lusader low end was lacking in weight but nevertheless enjoyable to listen.
It has a wide and spacious sound stage with good depth. Instrument placement can be discerned easily. Hearing Stevie Wonder’s Superstition’s clavinet centerpiece gives you a good idea of the separation of the lead and rhythm while the thick presentation is not over powering the vocals. The layering in this track is quite good as the clavinet’s magic is the star of the song.
The following tracks were auditioned for this review are as follows:
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- State of the Nation – Industry
- Missing You Now – Michael Bolton
- Last Night of the World – Miss Saigon Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman
- Smooth Operator – Sade
- I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
- Adventures – William Ekh feat. Alexa Lusader
The Linsoul BLD 150 ohms is a gentle all-rounder with a slightly forward mid-range presentation that caters to all music genres. This is a great ear bud paired with a descent source with a little “extra juice” to get it to sing better.
A 150ohm earbud that’s comfortable for long hours of listening pleasure with a great fit in your ears. This is geared towards audiophiles with balanced options in either 2.5 or 4.4mm.
While the lack of a descent packaging and accessories, the over all make and balanced plugs clearly gives justice to the price.
If you are in the hunt for a neutral signature ear bud with great emphasis on the mids and vocals, look no further, the Linsoul BLD 150ohms proves to be quite the choice.
- All rounder as it can handle all genres well
- If paired with a descent DAC and a good amp for amping power sings well
- Yuin shell gives great comfort for longer hours of listening pleasure
- Fans of neutral signature with lifted vocal presentation should give this a try
- Lack of accessories (donut foams)
- Could have used a bigger case
- Detachable cables
- Packaging could have been better for this great product
The review unit was provided by Lillian and can be had in her AE Store here.