PEARS MC-8 Review

Sound

The PEARS MC-8 is a very natural-sounding monitor with warm and full tuning. It’s seriously good when you consider the fact that you have a single-moving coil driver inside. It has a tonally accurate, smooth, and realistic sound. It’s incredibly coherent and consistent with a nice timbre and musicality.

Once more, PEARS proves its value and expertise in making very impressive simple but effective IEMs. Just like the flagship, everything is in place and under control at all times. However, it’s neither that much colored as the SH-2, nor too flat like the SH-3 as some would like to call that model. I usually like single dynamic driver IEMs myself, so I overall like and appreciate how the MC-8 presents the music in a natural and lifelike fashion.

Bass

The MC-8’s bass can be considered focused, definitive, and impactful. It certainly doesn’t miss any fullness and body. The overall quantity and kick are a bit more than what I’d call neutral. The bass also can go quite deep, which normally is expected from dynamic driver monitors quite often. There’s a satisfying sub-bass rumble for sure, and I think this is partly because of the dense and tight fit, and the acoustic design. Maybe the universal model doesn’t give this kind of response.

Also, the balance between midbass and subbass is just great. They don’t dominate each other. They’re produced together with excellent harmony. So overall the MC-8’s bass response is very impressive.  The overall quality of the lows is also an impressive feat. Midbass is perfectly under control and has sufficient accentuation overall. It’s separated from the lower mids nicely as well. The layering and resolution of bass are very good and you get that kick if the recording has it. Bass also has more impact rumble compared to the SH-3 flagship.

From a reference perspective, the total quantity of the bass could’ve been a bit less, but that’d take away the enjoyment factor. So I think there’s still a good balance and just enough compromise.

Mids

Mids have a good level of transparency and resolution, more so than I expected as the SH-3. They also have nice positioning and tonality, making them sound very realistic and coherent. Tonality wise things are absolutely good, as usual with dynamic driver IEMs. The correctness and reality factor is the magic wand of the MC-8. Everything sounds just so natural. It’s not very straightforward to describe, but the keyword here is, without a doubt; naturality.

I liked listening to guitar-heavy tracks with the MC-8, and I found myself playing Santana or Steve Vai more and more. It has a great tonality advantage over many monitors in its price class. However, I wouldn’t call the mids of the MC-8 in your face. They instead have a certain distance on the stage, although not much.

The detail level is very impressive as well. The IEM is very capable of giving you the tiniest detail, but not in a very apparent fashion. So I can say that the SMC-8 doesn’t show off. You need to track those details to hear them. Is this a bad trait? I don’t think so, but be aware if you like to have those details in your face.

The MC-8 has an excellent timbre, and I may go as far as to say that it’s more satisfying than the SH-3 in that regard. The SH-3 has a transparency advantage though, which helps to give a fresher, airier, and more separated sound. Overall, the MC-8 collectively gives everything, unlike the more separated presentation of the SH-3.

Treble

The MC-8’s treble is on the smooth side a bit. However, the resolution in this part is very good, but it doesn’t have a very apparent or immediate approach here. I like the balance of the treble which contains many positive aspects together. Highs are presented in a polite way but they never lack resolution and detail, and they also have a nice extension. The extension part is not quite like some pricier IEMs where you have EST or Piezo drivers, but considering a single dynamic driver, it’s quite impressive.

If you like your treble a bit hotter and more apparent, this is not quite the IEM. But if you like the warm and smooth signature, the MC-8 delivers a very natural treble that isn’t too smooth or too aggressive. It’s just in the middle. 

Highs also have great transparency. Hearing the soft nature of the MC-8, this is a surprise. The micro-detail level is successful and the treble has good articulation. The extension, on the other hand, is not the best I’ve heard, especially versus the SH-3.

But the MC-8 overall is very transparent, more so than the SH-2 for example, and detailed across the high-frequency region. It’s not too thick or too thin, and it just honestly gives what’s in the recording. It’s just not on the same level as the SH-3. There’s nothing to “wow” you in terms of presence or brightness. It instead impresses you with its consistency and control.

Page 1: About PEARS, MC-8, Ordering, Customization
Page 2: Packaging, Build, Fit, Price
Page 4: Technical Performance, Comparisons, Conclusion
4.8/5 - (42 votes)
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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.

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