Review: I-Mego Ztone

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I-Mego | In-Ear Monitors | $ 99.99
To be honest, I never saw I-Mego as a company that could appeal to the audiophile masses with neutral, accurate reproduction. That opinion has since changed as the Ztone proved to be able to deliver this type of sound, but also give the bass-heads exactly what they want with the swap of tips. The Ztone were designed to be a nice studio-style IEM that is very stylish. 

Specifications

  • Driver: 10 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB +/- 5 dB

In the Box

  • I-Mego Ztone
  • Silicone Tips (Full-sized: XS/S/M/L, Single-Flange: S/M/L)
  • Metal Carrying Case
  • ¼” Adapter
  • Airplane adapter
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Design

The design of the I-Mego Ztone is a very beautiful one. Like a piece of jewelry, a chromed piece of plastic protrudes out where the faceplate on a custom monitor would be. They are certainly something to look at and look very gorgeous in the light. The design is simple, shiny, and will definitely catch eyes. Three colors are available to listeners: gunmetal, rose gold, and chrome.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

The I-Mego Ztone offers a very consumer friendly sound that is bassy, but with a very luscious midrange that is inviting and enjoyable to listen to. The treble doesn’t roll back and is leveled very well overall. The IEM does have plenty of technical flaws, but its still enjoyable despite them.

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So let’s start with the low end. The focus of the bass lies in the sub and low bass regions allowing for strong, solid, euphoric texturing that allows you to feel the subtle effects of the bass. The lower-bass offers a nice strong boom, but almost entirely covers up the mid-bass punch. The lower-bass can be quite strong at times, a little too strong.

The midrange offers an extremely smooth lushness to it with some beautifully sweetened vocals. The result is a vocal dynamic that is strong. Lower instrumentals, however lack in both detailing and retrieval. Even the upper midrange clarity takes a small step back, but isn’t missing. The midrange offered is very intimate and enjoyable despite its flaws.

The upper end has strong presence overall. In the lower treble, we find that it offers great lower-treble detailing. The snare snaps have strong presence and extend strikingly. The upper treble, however, isn’t as great. They show good presence, but the quick decay takes quite a bit away. They seem to have ample extension and are detailed well in a soft manner. However, the treble tends to smear quite often.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

The Ztones come with a case that is actually quite nice. It’s small and compact, but also has a metal shell. The inside is lined with a nice, velvet-like material that is soft to the touch. The case will protect the Ztones while they aren’t in use.

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The housings of the Ztones are entirely made of plastic. The inside, that faces the ear, is a translucent black to allow you to view the driver within. The external is the chrome, gunmetal, or rose gold. I do wish they had chosen a material to use that was a little more durable than plastic. I see these getting scratched easily. Strain reliefs come out of each housing and they are strong with good flexibility.

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The cable is probably my favorite part of the headphones. It looks absolutely stunning and is braided wonderfully. With all the headphone cables I’ve put my hands on, this is one of my favorites if not my favorite. It’s very flexible, tangle resistant, and durable. It’s an all in one great cable. The fact that it’s silver-plated makes it all the better from both a build standpoint and an audiophile standpoint.

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The cable terminates into a rectangular headphone jack. There’s a medium-sized strain relief attached to it, which is strong and flexible. The jack itself feels nice and firm. I still do wish it was an angled jack though as those tend to last a bit longer than straight ones. Gold plating is used to fight corrosion.

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Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

To make a quick note of it, I spent about 5-10 minutes getting the tips to fit right to do the audio section of this review. Even after a week of fiddling around, I still have trouble obtaining the proper fit. The fit with the full-sized tips is possible for me, but it’s very depth and position dependent. I absolutely love the concept I-Mego came up with here, but it needs a lot of work.

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There are single-flange tips included, but they actually aren’t more comfortable than the full-sized. So it really becomes a sacrifice of sound vs fit. Either way, the tips are included but do sacrifice fidelity a bit.

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Comfort: ★★★½

Value

The sound quality you get from I-Mego is actually pretty up there, assuming you can get the proper seal with the full-sized tips. The fit is what really kills this IEM. Spending a few minutes to put on headphones is overboard, but these took me 5-10 minutes… The build is great, as is the flashy design. Once properly fitted, these are extremely comfortable. The Ztones are great IEMs, but only if you can put them on properly.

Value: ★★★½

Final Thoughts

When I first got the Ztones, I was extremely excited. I absolutely loved the idea of using the full-sized silicone tips that would conform nicely to the ear. They are the first company to release something like this. It’s far from perfect though, something just stops you from getting a proper fit half of the time and I found myself quickly frustrated. Once on properly, the IEMs were very enjoyable to listen to. The Ztone remain the IEM that would be a great value if it didn’t have its Kryptonite.

I’d like to thank I-Mego for the product sample.

Overall Score

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I-Mego Ztone

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks I-Mego for the product sample.
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