Aside from its beautiful tonality, the IEM has good resolution, detail retrieval, and transparency. It’s much more cohesive than the 1.1 as well., all thanks to its much better mid-bass control.
The overall control and separation are not the absolute best in its price bracket. However, I wouldn’t say that it doesn’t have good technicalities. But again, the best part about this IEM is its tonality & timbre.
The sound-stage is not very wide but the depth is pretty good. Aside from that, the IEM has great positioning and stereo image which gives you the feeling of a studio atmosphere. That is all thanks to its black background and good transparency. Combine that with its very good resolving ability, the listening becomes a very nice experience.
The Shozy Rouge was my previous review and if you read it, you would know that the Rouge simply sounds different. Its bass has a certain shyness despite having a similar dynamic driver inside. Compared to that, the 1.4 has a much more apparent mid-bass presence. This changes their approaches to the sound from the get-go.
The Rouge’s mid-range is very close to the 1.4. They both have a bit of warmth in the mids while also having a great tonality. However, thanks to the Rouge’s flatter mid-bass, there’s a bit more room in its mid-range.
Treble-wise things are very close. The Rouge sounds a bit brighter with more bite and crispness in the treble. Against that, the 1.4 performs smoother with a more relaxing and controlled approach.
The 1.4 sounds more like the convenient and more all-rounder version of the Rouge. The Rouge has a sound that is closer to neutral whilst the 1.4 is warmer with more body in the mid-range. They’re not too much apart so choose depending on your taste and your source device.
Whilst the BG lacks some bass quantity, the 1.4 gives much more bass, especially in the mid-bass area. The BG performs more neutrally with a flatter signature which suits genres like Classical, Vocal Jazz, Instrumental Music, and Classic Rock. The 1.4 on the other hand performs more impressive when it comes to popular music with its bass.
So there’s an immediately noticeable difference in their own presentations. From a technical standpoint, the BG is very capable except its thin tonality, which is better in Form 1.4. So my advice would be that; choose depending on your favorite music. The BG is not a good choice for Pop for example, so getting it wouldn’t make sense.
In contrast, the 1.4 sounds very good with almost every genre. And if your source is a neutral type, I think you can go for the 1.4 simply because you will have more body and that provides a better foundation for the core of music; the mids.
Once again, Shozy has put up an IEM that performs very well for the price. If you’re looking for an all-rounder with a warm and full-bodied presentation, the Shozy Form 1.4 can definitely be your answer. Don’t miss out that it has a great treble performance as well, despite its warm tuning.
Also, I think it’s hard to find this timbre success in this sub-300$ market and that’s why I think the 1.4 is a great performer. Since its overall performance is very close to the BG as well as being the more all-rounder IEM with less cost, I remove the Shozy BG from our Best Universal IEMs page and put the Form 1.4 instead.