Today, I am reviewing the HP-32 variant of the TY Hi-Z earphone. This is a very cheap budget earphone that has received a lot of good feedback, but there isn't much info available about this earphone online. So today I am sharing my thoughts on this earphone. Happy reading!
Overview and Design
The TY Hi-Z is a pretty ugly looking earphone. In fact, it looks like the kind of earphone you get for free on an airplane. It is cheap, though, both in price and build quality. It costs around $7 on AliExpress. The earphone is made entirely of plastic; there's no metal in sight. The cable is a cheap rubber cable. However, the Hi-Z feels quite sturdy and nice, it looks cheap but it actually is well made. It's very light due to its all-plastic build.
The Hi-Z looks like an average cheap earphone that you'd get on an airplane or find at a dollar store. But the sound is absolutely astounding. The soundstage is very wide and open, and it sounds airy. Music sounds like it's coming from around your head rather than from inside your head. Sound is very bright, including the highs, which are clear, crisp, and sharp. Vocals are recessed in some songs but they're always audible. The Hi-Z is just a pleasant, bright-sounding earphone, overall. The bass is not deep or pounding, because this isn't an IEM, after all. It's hard to get a deep bass with a regular earphone. Bass is punchy, though, and sounds quite good even in bass-heavy genres such as rap. I can't complain about the sound at all, the Hi-Z can handle any genre you throw at it. With an equalizer, it sounds even better!
The Hi-Z is not a comfortable earphone. It feels too big for my ears and after about half an hour of listening, I have to take them out and massage my ears a bit. It does include some ear foams, which make the listening experience a bit more comfortable, but overall, I would not call these comfortable. But the amazing sound quality makes up for it.
The Hi-Z isn't an open-back earphone, but it's also not an IEM. So noise isolation isn't the best, either. People will hear your music on moderate to high volumes, and you'll certainly hear a bit of outside noise. But again, the sound quality makes up for all these problems.
The TY Hi-Z is a budget earphone which is an absolute steal at $7. You get a bright, open, and airy sound, with sharp, crisp highs and punchy bass. It's amazing how such a cheap earphone can sound so good. The only drawbacks are the ugly, cheap-looking design, the lack of bass (which is to be expected), and the poor noise isolation. But I can ignore all these faults, because the TY Hi-Z is worth absolutely every penny of its $7 price tag. I'd rate the Hi-Z a solid 8.5/10.
Note: TY does make other variants of the Hi-Z which go up to around $70 in cost. I only own the HP-32 variant, but other models could sound even better. Who knows!