Today we’re reviewing the Shozy Form 1.4 for you. See how it performs for a price of $199 USD.
Disclaimer: The Shozy Form 1.4 review sample was arranged directly with Shozy. I covered the customs taxes only. 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 bang for buck 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:
Me? I reviewed a couple of Shozy products. Perhaps one of the most popular IEMs last year was their BG model, and it remains as one of our choices for the Best Universal IEMs. In fact, almost all of their products have made it to our recommended list such as the Hibiki MK2, V33, Pola39, and most recently, the Rouge 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.
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.
About Shozy Form 1.4
The Shozy Form 1.4 is a universal hybrid IEM, consisting of a dynamic driver and 4 Balanced Armature drivers together. Hence, the 1.4 name. The Dynamic driver here is a 9.2mm one with beryllium coating, possibly the same driver used in the Form 1.1. The difference here however is that the Dynamic Driver in Form 1.1 also covers a certain part of the mid-range. This one probably has a different tuning in terms of that, solely responsible for the bass section. The Balanced Armature drivers take care of the rest.
The IEM features a hand-made resin body, a metallic air vent, a fabric coated 2-pin copper cable, and a nice woody face-plate design. Form 1.4 to me is a very rounded and complete product for its asking price, and it ticks a lot of boxes.
Design & Build Quality
When you take a first look at the 1.4, the design reminds you of the Shozy BG IEM just like the Form 1.1. Shozy certainly continues to bring good quality for lower budgets and I hope they keep to do so. The shape is identical to the 1.1 model, but the new face-plate adds a more serious and a bit more premium look. Design-wise I like the Form 1.1, but this one feels just right when you talk about us audiophiles. The stock cable is excellent and completes the design perfectly with the black color.
Build quality is very good as well. The resin shell gives a very nice uni-body impression and seeing those metal nozzles again is a nice bonus. Form 1.4 leaves no open questions for its robustness to me. The metallic air vents, the aluminum nozzles, and the seamless face-plate closing are pleasing and important details.
The cable again is top-notch and it actually is the best feature to me with the 1.4. It’s very flexible and has good tensile strength. It also is very comfortable and ergonomic. To me, this cable is overqualified for the price even, and that tells you a thing or two about Shozy isn’t that?
The Shozy BG had a semi-custom like design with a bigger size. The 1.4 is smaller, but it’s not that much shaped for a semi-custom look. However, the IEM has a very friendly fit and good comfort overall. Once you find the correct tips for you, I don’t think you’ll ever have big problems.
The insertion is deep enough with the right tips to provide a flush fit with good isolation levels. However, the additional vent on the rear means that you’ll not have the best isolation. But that is the case for all hybrids of course. Yet, I found foam tips to complement the 1.4 nicely. So my choice, in this case, is the foam tips, which I think make the fit much better than silicones.
The review continues on PAGE 2 with the package and sound performance.