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Recommended for people like this
- People who like bright sound
- People who value resolution
- People who like fresh sound
- People who value a sense of immersion
- People who value wearing comfort
- Total Score: 8.6 / 10.0
- Package: 8.0 / 10.0
- Build quality: 8.5 / 10.0
- Fitment: 8.5 / 10.0
- High range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Mid range: 9.5 / 10.0
- Low range: 6.5 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 8.0 / 10.0
- Cost performance bonus: 10.5 / 10.0
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Overview of Sivga SV023
- Frequency range: 20Hz-40000Hz
- Impedance: 300Ω±15%
- Sensitivity: 105dB
- Classic - SV023 continues the classic style, choosing premium natural solid walnut material as the headphone chamber shell and staying true to traditional craftsmanship. A stainless steel mesh is added in the middle to enhance the layering feel.
- Wearing Design - According to the ergonomically shaped design, the leather headband is malleable and comfortable. Specially shaped ear cups with appropriate rotation angles prevent pressure on the ears and provide a tight seal.
- Drivers - The driver housing is made of aviation aluminum alloy. The periphery of the diaphragm is made of imported LCP composite film and the center of the diaphragm is plated with beryllium. The magnet is a high performance NdFeb material.
- Sound - The bass of the SV023 is well controlled with ample amounts of bass. Mid frequencies are mild with warm vocals. Treble is natural and exquisite. A wide soundstage and excellent separation allow for a great musical scene.
The package is above standard for the price.
- Sivga SV023
- 4.4mm to 3.5mm adapter
- Carrying Case
Build quality meets price standards.
The fit is comfortable.
Sound quality description
The following review was tested with a FiiO M15.
Sivga SV023 has a near flat sound signature.
Please see here for detailed reviews on sound quality.
Lows / Bass
The Sivga SV023 is tuned with an emphasis on mid and low frequencies and not much depth is expected; Sivga has adjusted these headphones to emphasize warmth, and indeed, the measurements indicate that warmth is very important. The overall sound is very high in the waist due to the open type.
The bass drum is not less thick, but lacks weight and depth, and the rumble is weak.
The electric bass lacks a bit of blackness and is not so tight, but it sounds a bit bright and with a warm edge.
Overall, the tightness is poor, so don't expect to satisfy bass lovers, but if you like a warmer sound, it's not bad.
The midrange of the Sivga SV023 sounds very bright with the center area quite forward and the texture sounds quite accurate, but the center is concave and not flat.
The midrange of the SV023 is a bit weaker in terms of crunch and edge, and is generally gentle to the ear, lacking a bit of structure.
Vocals tend to sound a bit forward, and female vocals sound a bit uppity, with an emphasis on coloration, while a slight shoutiness tends to be more noticeable.
On the other hand, the midrange is thick enough so that even if the shoutiness is noticeable, the vocal tone does not lose its fullness, so there is no lack of fullness. It can be said that the midrange is for relatively high-quality listening, where you can enjoy the center of the music relatively naturally in a moderate resonance. Resolution is also good.
However, because it lacks linearity, it is a bit cloudy and lacks something for use as a monitor.
Highs / Treble
The high frequencies of the Sivga SV023 are tuned with definition in mind. The highs extend relatively high and are open, with good extension typical of an open-type system.
Overall, the energy is a little less than in the midrange, but the overall sound is relatively linear and the overtones of violins and woodwinds are extended quite nicely, so the sense of localization is not bad.
However, the mid and high frequencies are relatively lacking in energy and there is a little empty space above the vocals. This softens the sense of density in the midrange and gives a sense of spaciousness, creating a mellowness that improves listening comfort, but it also makes the separation a little worse.
Especially in applications where you want to get a firm grasp of the three-dimensionality of music, the lack of reproduction of the sense of structure in areas such as the contours and framework of the sound may make the overall impression blurred and make it difficult to hear interesting parts of the music.
The immersive experience is good for listening purposes, but for more serious music appreciation, some may find it a bit lacking.
On the other hand, the higher end of the range is not lacking in detail and subtlety, and the height and exhilaration are at a level that many will find satisfying, and will be high enough for a full orchestra.
Sound quality general comment
- Original Sound Fidelity: S-
- Recommendation: A+
- Personal preference: A+
In general, the Sivga SV023 are well-tuned headphones worthy of the brand's flagship, with ultra high-end class resolution, excellent original sound fidelity that can be described as fairly flat overall, and a warm, listening-like, immersive sound that takes care of listening comfort, The price tag, which seems quite high, is well justified.
However, the SV023 lacks a sense of structure and overall linearity, and while the transparency meets price-range standards, it falls far short of monitor headphones in the same price range. In short, it is too unreliable to be used for monitoring purposes and is not the choice of those who prefer the sound of monitor headphones.
It is an excellent listening headphone; Sivga itself claims to have designed it for a full, rich, atmospheric listening sound, and it achieves that goal well.
Because of its price, it does not feel outstandingly cost performance in terms of sound quality, but the overall acoustic performance is more than adequate for the price. It seems to be at least at the upper level of open-type headphones in the same price range.
Sound quality features
- Excellent resolution
- Bright midrange
- Good focus on midrange
- Resonant and immersive
- Sense of envelopment
- Warm and pleasant to listen to
- Open and invigorating
- Relatively accurate texture
- Flat and high fidelity to original sound
- Lacks low-frequency depth
- Lacks a sense of structure
- Lack of contouring
- Poor separation
- Lacks a sense of weight
The Sivga SV023 has an overall flatness and good extension in the high-frequency direction, with a bright, delicate, and refreshing sound that is very typical of open-type headphones. With a warm, listening-like tuned, slightly wide-sounding midrange, it is an excellent headphone for comfortable, immersive listening with high resolution throughout. Of course, it is not without its drawbacks, which are transparency, which meets the price level, but is not excellent, and a lack of sense of construction and linearity, which makes them inaccurate for monitor-like applications.