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- Overview of Open Audio Alkaid
- Features of Open Audio Alkaid
- Build quality
- Sound quality
- Sound quality features
- General comment
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- This review is written based on samples lent by Open Audio to give readers an honest quality review.
- No remuneration or compensation, such as a manuscript fee, has been received for publishing this, and it is an honest evaluation based on measurement data from personal testing and personal opinion.
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- People who like analytical and delicate sound
- People who value resolution
- People who value weight
- People who value sparkle
- High frequency lovers
- People who value appearance
- People who like hall-like sound with a sense of depth
Overview of Open Audio Alkaid
- Total Score: 9.2 / 10.0
- Package: 8.0 / 10.0
- Build quality: 8.5 / 10.0
- Fitment: 9.0 / 10.0
- High range: 9.5 / 10.0
- Mid range: 9.5 / 10.0
- Low range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 7.5 / 10.0
- Cost Performance Bonus: 10.5/10.0
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- Cable connector: 0.78mm 2pin
Features of Open Audio Alkaid
- 8 balanced armature hybrid configuration combining Sonion and Knowles
- Fresh and lively sound tuning
- Innovative new design
- High-quality genuine cables
Sonion & Knowles balanced armature hybrid driver configuration
The OpenAudio Alkaid features an 8-driver hybrid setup with Sonion and Knowles balanced armature drivers on each side. These drivers deliver a more balanced sound, allowing for longer, fatigue-free listening. They deliver more detailed and sensitive sound.
Rich and lively sound tuning
Open Audio's flagship IEM, Alkaid, is professionally tuned and tuned to reproduce natural, lifelike sound. It delivers a highly articulate sound over a wide frequency range, with a tone that makes vocals stand out. A professional 3-way frequency crossover ensures very low distortion of the output signal.
Innovative new design
Open Audio has created a beautiful shell for Alkaid. Each unit undergoes a complex process to achieve a unique texture and elegant finish. The shape of the cavity is also adjusted based on a vast amount of earhole data to provide a comfortable and secure fit for users around the world.
High-quality stock cables
Open Audio Alkaid comes bundled with a brand new, high quality cable. This cable is an 8-conductor high-purity OCC cable. This cable optimizes sound performance and ensures an authentic experience for the user.
Package meets price standard. The attache-style case is stylish.
However, at this price point, it may be a little unsatisfactory that the cable does not have a plug replacement function.
- Open Audio Alkaid
- 3.5mm to 6.35mm conversion adapter
- Cleaning cloth
- Aluminum case
Build quality meets price standard.
The fit is good.
REW Frequency Response
Sound quality description
In this review, I use the standard eartips size L and drive it with the FiiO M15.
Open Audio Alkaid has a V-shaped sound balance with emphasis on high and low frequencies.
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Sound quality general comment
The Open Audio Alkaid generally meets the price point standard and has the ability to be a high-end earphone.
It has a delicate, shimmering high frequency range, a soundstage with depth and analytical sound with high resolution.
However, for the hardcore audiophile, who generally tends to focus on the purity of the sound image in the midrange, its slight lack of midrange may push the Alkaid somewhat lower from being a candidate for best companion. The overall range reproduction is also slightly lacking for a high-end product.
Sound quality features
- Sound field with a sense of depth
- Good texture
- Good original sound fidelity
- Resolution worthy of high-end
- Analytical and high definition
- Insufficient high-frequency extension
- Flat-sounding midrange
- Lacks low-frequency depth
- Insufficient clarity
The Open Audio Alkaid is a high-end earphone with a delicate, analytical sound with high transparency across the entire frequency range. Although it suffers from a relative lack of midrange clarity, the perfection definitely meets the price point, and it delivers vivid, sparkling music with a deep soundstage.