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BQEYZ Spring 2 Review – Increment by Increment

Pros –

Great build quality and cable, Comfortable and compact design, Balanced yet engaging signature, Outstanding fine detail retrieval in-class

Cons –

Fit stability can still be improved, Mediocre noise isolation, No balanced to single-ended adapter provided in the box

Verdict –

The Spring 2 compounds slightly on an already strong design, allowing it to remain a versatile and competitive buy, even at its elevated price.  


Introduction –

BQEYZ surely sounds like a generic company, something you wouldn’t bat an eye scrolling past on Aliexpress. However, make no mistake, this company makes a serious and considered effort to create quality products. My first experience, alongside many, was with the Spring 1, an earphone that implemented a tri-brid design at a very accessibleb price. Perhaps more impressively, it did so effectively with an appealing tuning and real benefits over a simpler driver setup. Perfect that earphone was not, however, and hot on its heals comes the new Spring 2. It revises the ceramic tweeter of the original to provide a more balanced sound and implements a brand-new BA driver too. The housing has been subtly reworked to provide a more ergonomic fit. This all comes at a slightly higher $169 USD asking price.

You can read more about the Spring 2 and treat yourself to a set on BQEYZ’s Aliexpress store here.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Elle from BQEYZ very much for her quick communication and for providing me with the Spring 2 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

Specifications –

  • Drivers: 13mm coaxial dynamic driver + 9-layer piezo electric, 1x balanced armature
  • Frequency Response: 7 Hz – 40 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB

The Pitch –

Self-developed drivers

BQEYZ have years of experience as an OEM for other companies and the infrastructure to produce their own shells and drivers. This can be observed in their coaxial DD + piezo unit that is custom-made for the company. Ceramic tweeters offer high efficiency and low distortion but also a sharp timbre due to lower-treble resonances inherent to the materials. By increasing from a 7 to 9-layer unit, BQEYZ promise a smoother response and, in turn, improved texture and detail. Furthermore, drivers are precision matched to within 1dB for precise imaging.

Unboxing –

The experience here feels similar to the Spring 1 with a similar compact box with clean, text-based art. Inside are the earpieces protected within a foam inlet with the zippered carrying case located below. The updated model includes the same metal tuning tip organiser that is perfectly sized to slot into the elastic pouch in the lid of the zipper case. There are 3-pairs of atmosphere tips and 3-pairs of reference tips in addition to a pair of memory foam tips. A brush cleaning tool is now included to remove wax debris from the nozzle, a thoughtful addition. The cable is also now offered in balanced, though no single-ended adaptor is provided should you choose one of these options.

Design –

The Spring 2 very much resembles its predecessor with a few key changes as per user and reviewer feedback, good to see. As before, the company use their in-house CNC workshop to create a robust metal shell. The housings are now slightly more sculpted with a small anti-helix protrusion to provide a slightly deeper and more stable fit. It retains a similar 3-piece all-aluminium construction and, much like its predecessor, impresses with even seams and anodized finish. It feels hard-wearing and robust, the accented red chamfers providing a distinctly more aggressive aesthetic than the Spring 1 while the new green model will suit those wanting more vibrance. It’s good to see the metal sound tube and filter return as this is a common point of failure on plastic shells.

The cable too sees an upgrade. BQEYZ retain use of 0.78mm 2-pin connectors but now provide the option of balanced 2.5mm and 4.4mm terminations. The connectors are recessed so take note for compatibility with third-party cables. The cable is a 4-wire design with very high 224-strand count and crystal copper conductors. In use, it’s very supple and ergonomic, and more so than the Spring 1 cable. It’s also less plasticky, with almost zero memory and minimal microphonic noise transmission. The jacket is smooth and the plugs have ample strain-relief. I found the pre-moulded ear guides to be well-shaped to comfortably stabilise the shells, providing a great experience here overall. 

Fit & Isolation –

Despite the revised design and perhaps also due to the size or shape of my particular ears, I found that the Spring 2 feels mostly similar in use. The nozzle design is identical as is the overall silhouette. In turn, they are similarly compact and don’t contact much of the outer ear so no hotspots form over extended listening. Fit stability remains good, slightly better indeed from the Spring 1 but still not providing the locked-in sensation and seal provided by a lot of competitors. Still, the over-ear design and compact housing permits a good fit depth and stability that presented no issues for me during daily use. As they remain vented like the original, noise isolation is just average. Some may enjoy the added spatial awareness this affords, and they are sufficient for public transport and commute, but will struggle in especially loud environments such as the metro or air travel even with foam tips.

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