Today we’re reviewing the affordable Shozy Ceres IEM. It is selling for $179 USD.
Disclaimer: The Shozy Ceres review sample was arranged directly with Shozy. The review reflects my sincere opinion, as always.
If you have no information about Shozy, then you must have been away from the hobby for a long time. They’re making their names with price/performance products for a considerable amount of time. We have reviewed several Shozy products from different budget levels already. For the premium segment, Lieven reviewed their hybrid electrostatic offering, the Pola39 as below:
A lot of Shozy products have made it to our recommended list such as the Hibiki MK2, V33, Rouge, Pola39, and Form 1.4 Why? It’s simple. They offer great value for money. Shozy is quite sensitive about keeping the prices low. Even their premium Pola39 model is below the market average when you check out similar IEMs.
Also, I reviewed their latest unorthodox, open-back IEM project, the Shozy Black Hole, just below:
Based in Hong Kong, Shozy’s offerings stand out with distinctive design language. They offer very good build quality with their products at the same time. They also want to change and influence the market with very competitive price tags. We again have a budget-friendly earphone here to test.
The Ceres is a universal IEM with a hybrid internal design, consisting of a single 9.2mm dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver. The balanced armature covers the ultra-high frequency region, and it’s a proprietary driver, per Shozy.
The design is highly conventional, except for the faceplate, which has an artistic design. It’s something we’re used to seeing from IEM manufacturers lately.
Shozy provides a grey and small carrying case which is the same as previous offerings, and 7 pairs of tips. That’s basically it when it comes to content. Did I find these accessories enough? For the price, yes. But Shozy also offered the same content for their Black Hole, which wasn’t enough for the asking price of 799$. For 179$ though, it’s OK.
Design & Build Quality
When you take a first look at the Ceres, it offers standard build quality that is nothing special. However, the shells are supremely clean, thanks to the 3D process. The nozzles are all metal, so it provides a good build quality for the price.
For design, the clean and shiny surface impresses, and the face-plate looks awesome that makes you feel like you’re in a green garden. Shozy’s previous models like the Form series and the Rouge looked quite nice and elegant as well, so we can say that Shozy nails the design part.
That is not the case for the cable, however. I found the cable quite elementary or too ordinary, to be honest. It doesn’t give you a “wow” feeling when you compare it to the shell design. I’m not talking about the quality of the wires or anything related to that. I’m sure it was selected for a reason. But at least the 2-pin connectors and the 3.5mm jack could’ve been a bit more stylish.
Fit & Isolation
The Shozy Ceres has a semi-custom like design with a small size which is in totally acceptable dimensions. The footprint is small and the IEM is very compact. The fit is excellent as a result of great comfort. Once you find the correct tips for you, I don’t think you’ll ever have big problems.
The insertion is good enough but not very deep. The fit is still flush and since this is a compact IEM, you don’t face any problems. It easily gets the job done.