Shozy Zero In-Ear

REVIEW: Shozy Zero In-Ear



Housing material: Rosewood
Frequency range: 20Hz-18KHz
Sensitivity: 94dB
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Cable length: 1.2 m

Price (MSRP):  U$D 60. Can be purchased directly from Shozy website.



3 pairs of single silicone tips (S/M/L)
Carrying pouch

Build & Design:

Build quality is about average; not bad, but nothing outstanding. The housings are probably the better made part of the whole Zero IEM, half wood and half metal. The main driver chamber is made of wood and fully sealed, while the front and nozzle part is metal; both parts well attached together. The nozzle is quite peculiar; the lip is cut, apparently for better venting purposes, which seems to work pretty well. The cut is a bit sharp, and mounting the eartips is a bit tricky at first. It'd be better if the lip ends where smoother. The strain relief at the housings is a bit short and stiff, but well glued; the R and L markings are a bit difficult to see. The cable is a bit springy and kind of rubbery. The plug and Y-split are also made of wood, a bit small and lack a proper relief, and a chin slider is also missing. The design itself is quite attractive, like its sound, it looks rather smooth and elegant yet discreet.

Fit, Comfort, Isolation:

In short, really good! This is a strong characteristic on the Shozy Zero. The straight and compact housings are very light and easy to fit and can be worn both down and over-ear ways. They stay fixed and are among the most comfortable earphones I've tried. Just for reference, the fit is similar to the Zero Audio Tenore and Hifiman RE400/600, and just as comfortable. Same goes for the isolation, which is quite good being a sealed back IEM. Some driver flex is present, mainly on the right side (at least on my pair). Microphonics are about average.


The Shozy Zero has a warm, sweet and very smooth sound. Like its design, the sound is very comfortable, relaxed and easygoing, with slight punch, good clarity and a rich tonality; which could be expected for a wooden in-ear.

Bass is not large quantity wise but has good body and decent natural decay. When needed the mid-bass is very slightly enhanced giving some fullness to the overall sound. Quality is rather good without a noticeable bloat, very well controlled but not the tightest or quickest at its price range, and rather limited in depth but reasonably well balanced.

The midrange is laid back, well rounded but not too upfront. It's very smooth and rich, and nicely balanced from low to upper mids and almost clean of any hint of bass bleed. Vocals are sweet but don't carry the best texture; mainly upper vocals can sound a bit off due the lack of treble emphasis. On the whole, the mids show a quite good level detail and clarity. They sound very coherent and have the rather natural texture and richness that 'wood' earphones usually present, but definitely not meant for those who seek in crispness and transparency.

The transition from mids to high is very smooth (even more than from lows to mids). The treble is very delicate and laid back in comparison to the midrange. Probably one of smoothest and most forgiving earphones I've got to listen. Clarity is not as impressive as with the midrange, and might sound a bit dull or off next to a Fidue A65 or VSD3s which aren't especially trebly sounding IEMs. As a result they Zero won't be as airy and may sound congested at times. The good thing is there are zero hints of sibilance and harshness even with brighter tracks and very forgiving on poor recordings.

Extension is limited on both ends, giving a closer and more intimate presentation. Soundstage is a bit narrow but less compressed than mid-centered in-ear sets such as the A63. Still, the overall presentation is competent for having a more intimate sound.
There's also a very interesting thing on the Zero. It responds quite well to equalization which can help to achieve a better balance.

Conclusion & Value:

With the Zero as a first IEM Shozy is offering a very good option to the so crowded sub $100 range. The Zero is a very comfortable earphone and has a very unique smooth, rich and laid back sound presentation that is well worth the money.

Price; Fit/Comfort; Smooth, rich and detailed sound; Nice design

Might be too smooth for some people; Limited extension and not very airy; Some driver flex