Now it’s iBasso AM05 review time, AM stands for All Music. iBasso came out with its first digital audio player DX50, then brought legendary DX90 but after that iBasso headed towards iem manufacturing. Now they come up with iBasso AM05. This is the entry level to its’ AM family.
Box, Unboxing, Headphone and Cable
Since this is loan IEM we can’t say much about it’s packaging/box but carrying case is circular and hard to open up. Can’t say much about contents. Build is all clear resin, there’s blue paint on plate also there’s AM05 and All Music written on left and right. It’s similarly shaped in CIEM like latest trends and iBasso AM05 isolates really well. It’s easy to see the nozzle stem screwed to the body. There’s no saltshaker-like holes on the filter, it’s like tiny elliptic holes. Cable’s connection unit is MMCX and cable does not look durable like FiiO’s cables.
iBasso AM05 – Sound
Sound is flawlessly balanced. All of the 5 Balanced Armatures resonates same. Overall it sounds balanced, natural, clear and exposing. Layering is fine but not much airy, vocals are close like other side of midrange. With impedance and sensitivity level sound pressure inherently excels. Stage is also wide, like really. I would rate imaging 8,5/10 and instruments sounds realistic.
Bass, Mid, Treble
Bass sounds neutral as i mentioned above, it does not add extra bass while bass frequencies sounds puchy. Church bells at 01:20 of the timeless classic (High Hopes) is as if made of heavy iron and ready to make you suffer when slapped you, thus this expression alone marks its imaging :). In the other tracks bass frequencies reverbs naturally. Mids are neutral as bass. Instruments are really joyful thanks to imaging. It won’t take you off from wide orchestrates. Vocals sounds 1 step close. Treble is just like midrange with much more detail and reveal, does not exhausts also smooth like other frequency ranges.
iBasso AM05 – Conclusion
It’s good to see iBasso manufacturing headphones
, especially this kind of competent IEM. This drew a image of bronze skinned oldie lad to me. With it’s 299$ price tag it may look overpriced but considering what AM05 gives you, it does makes sense. Sincere thanks to Mr. Halil who loaned us this review unit.