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Yuin PK1 Earbuds

Yuin PK1 Earbuds

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These are like 7 bucks from Taobao...
cong314159
maybe those are fakes?
akakuma
I don't think they are fakes. Yuin is this jankie DIY brand from China, I know because I am from China. I have had them, they are impressive for the 7 bucks, but $100... Just look at how they are built.
Have they fixed the cable problem these used to have? I have a pair from around 7 years ago and the rubber of the cable hardened up around the first two inches, down from the earpiece. They still work but I have to be very careful not to bend that portion or I'm sure it will break. This should not happen to +$100 dollar earbuds! I heard they were working on this back in the day but didn't know if it ever got fixed? Have they updated the cable material?
Schu
I had PK2 for about 1 year, they worked fine without any issue. Maybe they've fixed it. Not sure
yea screw these things, for me anyway. more power to all of you though.
Well, I got the PK1, and it sounds about the same or slightly thinner than the PK2. It's less efficient that the PK2. With my equalizer boosting the bass about 7 db at 40 hz to 10 db at 60 and 70 hz, a 30 hz tone is inaudible by either tone or weight. 40 hz is very faint (with the bass boost), and either the PK2 is better there or the increased sensitivity makes it seem so. Running a series of test tones or sweeps (both), the response of the PK1 and PK2 seem extremely similar up to beyond 10 khz. I wonder if anyone is able to test these 'buds' on technical gear?
Edit: Quite a bit brighter than the PK2, along with being less efficient. These are my EQ curves for the PK1 and PK2, to get a sound comparable to the Philips X2, but with little to no output in the lowest octave (~27.5 - 55 hz):
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By all means PM me as link. thanks You would have to define 'pure' but the whole point of quality DACS is how they present audio in the most 'qualified' way possible given all the various parametres. Again with the greatest respect...I use my ears to listen. They whole point [for me] of quality is to enjoy relaxing 'into' the music and for that I find the less interference between the recording and the drivers on my ears the better or me the more prefered TBH though I dont care how or why the signal is not as 'pure' as the source...Otherwise Tube amps would be an issue for me!! I just enjoy the various flavours that different DAC's give to the music. Ive reached a stage of realism and [relative] purity with my headphones / system that blows my mind on a daily basis. That's enough for me. Maybe whats more difficult in general is finding superbly recorded/mastered music these days. Once you've enjoyed some Verve Jazz recordings from 50's-60's its hard to get excited for 'modern' stuff Interesting stuff though :)
lexs
I managed to get an album of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker from '53 in mono - good mono I think. I also got a live reunion album from '74 I think it was - that's a good listen. Got a few tracks by Gigi Gryce, George Kahn, Clark Terry, Bill Evans Trio.... too much to name. The companies who are doing quality remasters of the classic albums need to be commended and supported. We're living in a good time for this music.
We have some news to share with everyone regarding this drop. Our freight forwarder told us today that our shipment is currently being held up at Chinese customs. They are dealing with extremely high volumes right now, and unfortunately, the customs clearance process this time around is taking longer than usual. We have communicated to our freight forwarding partners the urgency of this order, and they will be putting forth their maximum effort to push it though.
Once the shipment arrives at our warehouse, our team will be prioritizing this order and will aim to turn it around the same day. However, when the order does arrive, it will be past the estimated ship date. We are very sorry for the delay and any inconvenience it may cause. If you do not want to wait for your case, please reach out to our support team at https://www.massdrop.com/support, and they will issue you a full refund.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 3/25 or sooner if something comes up.
The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive 3/18.
Sometimes shipments get delayed en route, but we will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process and notify you all if anything causes delay.
Thank you for your patience. Expect an update from us on 3/21 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Our vendor has informed us that inventory will become available to them within the next few days. They will be working hard to prepare this order for shipment and aim to send it from their location by the end of the week. We are currently trending for everything to be shipped out of our warehouse before the estimated ship date of 3/18.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 3/14 or sooner if something comes up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Yuin PK1 Earbuds and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 3/18.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 3/7.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (massdrop.com/helpcenter).
why are these so expensive? they really look like $5 in-ears and that design is so damn uncomfortable (atleast in my tiny ears) and just look cheaply made overall.
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Well, the Shure se215 are not earbuds but IEM's. Completely different ball game. Just put on some foams, preferrably dount foams with a hole in the middle, and you will hardly notice that you have the Yuins in your ears...
Syko
You owe it to yourself to give the 'Ty hi-z HP-32 2.0' a listen before spending $104.99 on the Yuin PK1 Earbuds, I seriously doubt that you would ever look back after your first listening session. Earbuds are not special to me, but the Ty is truly special... so special that I bought a second pair just in case mine is ever lost or ruined and they're no longer available.
Btw, they are also available Balanced too
These look like they come from the dollar store. I wouldn't pay any amount of money for them regardless of sound. At this price point sound quality, which I seriously question on these, is secondary to build quality and materials. These clearly do not have that
Acoutibuds fit these perfectly if you want something of an IEM.
get the VE monk. $5 and the sound is superb.
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it's on aliexpres*. the owner of VE is active on Headfi, so I think you can buy directly from him. There's a thread also at headfi. Is it allowed to share links? I'm going off topic :/
mpohan
Cool, just picked up a pair from aliexpres. Also, I think it is cool to share links, I often see people sharing links and I have in the past as well.
are they comfortable? They look like they'd hurt like hell to wear for more then 10 minutes
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Galilchan
Yuin earbuds are probably the most comfortable ones out there. But of course they become more comfortable if you use foams...
Danneq
Agree - extremely comfortable and great sound.
these look hella uncomfortable
vampier206
Yeah, having worn solid plastic ear buds before they look super uncomfortable. I'd give it a pass because it hurts my ears and can't fit properly. Solid plastic ear buds suck.
pretty sure i saw these for 80 bucks idk how many years ago. Ive never used them before but being someone who is big on audio i would say you should pass on these and find something else cheaper/more durable
jared132
There are a lot of fakes of Yuin PK1. The cheapest genuine ones I've seen were around $133...
So on Aliexpress you can find PK1 5 times cheaper than these. Are these currently worth paying 5 times more for what may or may not be the exact same driver?
kuzmin.ca
pk1's are copied like mad so buying from a reputable source is essential
I had the pk3 and yeah, they broke fairly easily, wouldnt excersize with them on.
I got my PK1 on a drop 18 months ago. Without an amp they sound very dull. However, they sound absolutely fantasic with an inexpensive JDS Labs cMoy portable amp. I have this combo for at work and it's a great stealth combo. I don't worry about someone stealing these unassuming earbuds or a tin of Altoids from my desk.
I greatly enjoy the quality of sound coming from the PK1 earbuds. I currently use an HE-500, K702-AE, and K550 at home, to give some background on my sound signature preferences.
I see they are no longer called "Audiophile Earbuds." That is past due.
My ears hurt looking at them
BestPlayerNK
Well my ears hurt when i try to use those popular in-ear style earbuds. These are "traditional" buds are only ones i can use.
Anyways how well would these compare to my Sunrise SW Dragon II's?
BestPlayerNK
Why? The Yuin housings are the most comfortable ones and the PK1 sound great.
Hey everyone,
We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out!
Thanks again for the support guys. Make sure to share your experience with the Yuin PK1 Audiophile Earbuds on Massdrop.
If there’s anything else we can do to make your Massdrop experience better, feel free to email us at support@massdrop.com.
Hey Guys,
These are scheduled to come into our warehouse in the next day or so. We will update the group as soon as the bulk order arrives, is broken down, and readied for individual shipment.
Thanks for your patience.
Hey everyone,
We’ve submitted our order for Yuin PK1 Audiophile Earbuds shortly after the drop ended.
Now that the order has been placed, our vendor is preparing it for shipment. In the meantime, we will also be getting our warehouse ready to handle the reshipment of the product to everyone as soon as it arrives.
Expect an update from us on 9/30 or sooner if something comes up.
Cheers!
When was it that earbuds of any price or manufacture became an audiophile product?
BiffsBiz
Not sure. I got the PK2 here, and they fit my outer ears perfectly, as do the Edifier P180 earbuds and Apple earbuds. The PK2 treble is a little choppy, but the bass is very, very light. I have a 10 db boost at 65 hz on my equalizer, but that basically adds warmth, not any significant impact. And they fit perfectly in my ears. Maybe for people with small ears (mine are average), the buds sit very close to or against the ear canal, and maybe that helps boost the bass. I suppose the PK1 could be better than the PK2, but I'd expect it to have a light bass compared to a comparably-priced but fairly neutral headphone, like the AKG K553 or Philips X2.
dalethorn
I've been using the Edifier P180 recently as well, and they have replaced my Yuin PK3 and PK2 mostly because it has a mic, and the sound is almost comparable.
Outside of durability; I love these. Wonderful line.
These sound fantastic. I had a pair of PK1s but I keep breaking the cables. I admittedly do that a lot with my earbuds, but these are too easy to break. I've taken to just buying the PK3s over and over again.
Well, that is part of its charm. No one suspects how amazing they sound until they put it on.
utdeep
Pretty sure we're not doubting about how it looks vs the audio quality. That's great. It's just how fragile it looks (ie exactly like all those cheap earbuds that break quickly) and its warranty compared to the price. It's almost like they put some high end stuff in them and then made the build quality cheap so you'll actually shell out more money because they keep breaking.
... Well and not to mention it's not a terribly large amount off of the MSRP to begin with.
For a $140 earbud you would expect something that looks like it can withstand some rough handling.
The 150 Ohm resistance is not bad. Actually, I found it helpful on devices that hiss at low volumes. It will take more power than most normal earbuds and does benefit from amping BUT it still sounds terrific without an amp.
The second we can get a decent answer on the warranty situation, I'll be all over these headphones. I know the Yuin PK2s have been on Massdrop before. Maybe someone who participated on those drops may have an answer for us?
utdeep
Well this is what I found with some cursory Google searches: http://www.headphone.com/products/yuin-pk1
"The YUIN 1-year product warranty is serviced exclusively through the manufacturer's Head-Direct/USA offices [customerservice@head-direct.com] located in New York"
http://www.head-fi.org/t/404117/warranty-for-yuin-pk1 "Actually, I just called them and they said that even if it is out of the warranty period, I can send it to them and they will fix it for a price."
Looking at head-direct.com, looks like they state it as "30 day return, 1 year replacement".
Seems too expensive for a 1 year warranty to me. It seems like earbuds just break too easily for spending this much. I don't know what the "price" that guy has to pay in that topic is, either.
Wait, 150 Ohm resistance on earbuds? Will that even work okay on stuff like the Galaxy S3 or most laptops without an amp? I was considering these and then noticed the resistance and then wondered why I would want these. If I wanted to use something that I would need to carry an amp around for, I would just use my T1's everywhere.