The Peacock is a fun and warm-sounding headphone with good dynamics and technicalities. It has good resolution and control across all ranges, maybe except the treble region. It has many strengths with its planar magnetic driver design, but some parts of its sound can be improved. Let me share my thoughts about that below.
Listening setup: Earmen Tradutto DAC – Flux Labs FA-22 Amplifier
The bass response of the Peacock is impactful and quick at the same time. You don’t often find these two terms together but the Peacock manages to do that. The bass is certainly very capable with excellent texture, speed, and rumble. This is one of those headphones that I think the quantity and quality are nicely balanced in an optimal way.
I think the bass presentation is simply the best part about the Peacock since it has great PRaT, decay, and extension. The bass doesn’t dominate the sound, but it still has great presence and definition. However, to have that presentation you need to have a powerful setup. I tried to listen to the Peacock from different setups than I’ve mentioned above, and the end result wasn’t good enough. So even though the headphone looks not so hard to drive on paper, be sure to feed the headphone with plenty of power with good amplification.
So overall, the bass performance is excellent and I didn’t find any weakness in this region of the spectrum. There’s good bass balance, good control, good resolution, and good texture. An ideal bass presentation to say the least. If you’re after an analytical and flat sound though, you can look at different options since this is a warm bass with impact and kick with good quantity.
Again, the mids are quite warm just like the bass, and the tonality is the biggest advantage of the Peacock. Mids are very natural sounding with a fluid and smooth nature. There’s a good definition here, especially with vocals, and the positioning is quite nice. There’s also a great timbre which is very realistic and lively. The instruments are a real joy since they sound very natural and organic with an analogue-like approach. The tonal accuracy and quality of the Peacock are excellent indeed.
So I liked the mid-range performance regarding these factors above, but from a technical standpoint, there are areas that can be improved. I think mids lack resolution, and it needs more clarity and openness in this area. Mids sound a bit veiled at times, and you wonder what would happen if there’s more transparency here. Sure, the Peacock has excellent tonality and definition in mids, but it would’ve been great if it had a more resolving mid-range presentation.
The treble presentation is something I would call “fun” since it reproduces the treble in a splashy and crispy way. Highs have a very good definition and they sound articulated. If you like your treble slightly aggressive and crisp, the Peacock would give you that. However, the performance here could be a bit polarizing. Even so, the treble has great resolution.
On the other hand, it is not fully extended. While that’s fine since not every headphone manages to do that perfectly, the Peacock reproduces the treble in a metallic way. The timbre in the mid-range is excellent as I’ve mentioned, but it’s not that successful when it comes to treble. The fun signature may suit many people nicely depending on the genres they prefer to listen to.
When I look at this from a purist audiophile perspective though, there needs to be more extension and treble should be more relaxed and refined. The “metallic” tone of the treble makes some songs exciting at times but doesn’t work well with others.