AFUL Performer 8 Review

Today, we will be examining the AFUL Performer 8 hybrid universal in-ear monitor, which costs $369 USD.


Disclaimer: The AFUL Performer 8 was provided by HiFiGo, and I covered the customs taxes.


AFUL is a new brand to me and many others. However, upon researching them further, I discovered they already have an established website and Facebook page. Their first product was the Performer 5 hybrid IEM, which I had the opportunity to test. Now, they have released their second product, the Performer 8.

We have always aimed to design quality products that deliver high-end performance while coming at a mid-range price tag.

AFUL was founded in 2018 and after all the effort and establishment of their R&D team, they decided to make their debut with the Performer 5. You can see lots of reviews about this IEM online. One can say that they managed to create a good impression in the market. 

You can get the AFUL Performer 8 from HifiGo here.

Performer 8

The AFUL Performer 8 is a hybrid IEM with a configuration of 1+7. Just like the Performer 5, the new Performer 8 also has a 3D Printed Acoustic Tube structure. For tuning the drivers, AFUL again uses the ”RLC Network Frequency Division Technology”. Let’s see what they claim about this tech:

”It uses a number of resistors and capacitors in a simple combination to adjust the sound of the different drivers at the same time. This helps in achieving clean and precise sound with the Performer8 with lower distortion. It provides the BA drivers with a smooth treble frequency response.”

Here are the rest of the specs:

> 7BA+1DD Hybrid Configuration.

>8mm Dynamic Driver With Biological Diaphragm.

>Ultra-Long Low-Frequency Acoustic Tube

>High-Purity Monocrystalline Copper Silver-Plated Cable.

>Impedance: 30Ω.

>Sensitivity: 115dB@1kHz.

>Frequency Response Range: 5Hz-35kHz.

>Passive Noise Reduction: 26dB.

>Standard 2-pin Connectors.

>Single-Ended 3.5mm Termination Plug.

Overall Experience

Upon opening the box, you will find earpieces, six pairs of silicone tips, and a carrying case. While the case is nothing special, it does get the job done adequately. The build quality of the IEM is above standard for a budget-level product, appearing clean, neat, and premium. The black-painted shell allows you to see the internals with a flashlight, making it nicely packed and clean-cut. The nozzles have a seamless connection to the shells, ensuring there are no worries regarding build quality.

The Performer 8 boasts an almost identical design to the Performer 5, with a striking and energetic faceplate. Though I would have preferred the design to be on the whole of the shell, it still looks great. However, I found the cable of the Performer 5 to be more premium-looking. You can order 3.5mm or 4.4mm depending on your choice.

The IEM fits excellently, with a small and thin footprint. So it doesn’t protrude from your ears and that results in a very comfortable experience. The supplied tips work very well but to improve your experience you can always try some foams, SpinFit tips, or the new and popular Xelastec tips. Tip-rolling is your friend.

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4.2/5 - (76 votes)

A keen audiophile and hobby photographer, Berkhan is after absolute perfection. Whether it is a full-frame camera or a custom in-ear, his standpoint persists. He tries to keep his photography enthusiasm at the same level as audio. Sometimes photography wins, sometimes his love for music takes over and he puts that camera aside. Simplistic expressions of sound in his reviews are the way to go for him. He enjoys a fine single malt along with his favourite Jazz recordings.


  • Reply August 11, 2023


    Interesting…I find mid bass and sub bass hit with equal slam

  • Reply December 3, 2023


    How does it compare to softears rsv and yanyin Canon 2?
    Cheers Jonathan

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