Auglamour RT-3 IEM Review
Auglamour is Chinese Company founded in July 2015 in Shenzhen as Shenzen Auglamour Technology Corporation and is specialized in the production, design and development of Portable HiFi Audio equipments like IEM’s, Earbuds, Amplifiers etc.
The Auglamour RT-3 is the new flagship IEM of the company and features a Hybrid Driver Configuration with 2 x Knowles (TWFK-30017) BA Driver + 1 x Dynamic Driver with Titanium Plated PU Diaphragm.
Offical Webpage: www.auglamour.com
I would like to thank Auglamour for providing me this sample via Penon Audio for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Auglamour and Penon Audio beyond this review and these words reflect my true and unaltered opinions about the product.
The actual price for the Auglamour RT-3 is 120,99 USD and can be purchased from Penon Audio under the following link:
Purchase Link: https://penonaudio.com/auglamour-rt-3.html
Package and Accessories:
The Auglamour RT-3 came in a colorful cardboard box which has a high quality feeling.
This box is including the following contents/accessories;
- 1 pair x Auglamour TR-3 In-Ear Monitor
- 1 pcs x Detachable Cable with 0.78mm 2 Pin Connector
- 3 pairs x Vocal Type Silicone Eartips (size S/M/L)
- 3 pairs x Bass Type Silicone Eartips (size S/M/L)
- 3 pairs x Balanced Type Silicone Eartips (size S/M/L)
- 1 pcs x Pelican Case
- 1 pcs x Shirt Clip
The Pelican case of which is coming with the RT-3 is very well made. It is waterproof (IP68 standard) and crash resistance.
Design, Fit and Build Quality:
The Auglamour RT-3 has in my opinion one of the best looking monitor shells on the market in this price range. The Monitor shell is made of CNC (five-axis) machined aluminum magnesium alloy, which has a type 180# zirconium sandblasted/polished surface. The painting process is also very interesting and features an artificial three – color splash-ink process with 3 different color options that are Blue (like my unit), Cherry Red and Blood Red.
The overall build quality is rock solid!
O the front (faceplate) of the monitor shell is the company (Auglamour) logo, a fixing hole and a horizontal grill with 6 miniature vents.
On the back part is the 2 pin (0.78mm) female connector and two vents (one on the top and one on the inner surface).
Here is also the slightly angled sound nozzle (in black color) which has a fine metal mesh (in gold color) on the top to prevent the insertion of dust or ear-wax.
The 2 Pin detachable cable of the Auglamour RT-3 is made from a combination of Oxygen-free copper & Oxygen-free copper silver plated wire cores.
The 2 Pin male connectors have transparent plastic housings with left and right indicators, which are not very visible.
The cable sports on both sides flexible (transparent) ear guides, which offers extra comfort.
This cable of the Auglamour RT-3 features also a stylish metal y-splitter (with Auglamour branding) and metal chin slider.
The 3.5mm unbalanced (TRS) headphone jack has a metal housing which is straight profiled and that features the Auglamour branding.
Fit and Comfort:
The monitor shell has a medium size which is not small or too big and fits perfectly in to my ears. It offers a fairly comfortable fit and fatigue free wearing experience. The Isolation on the other hand is on an average level.
- Model : RT-3
- Driver : 2 x Knowles30017 balanced armature + 1 x Titanium PU diaphragm dynamic
- Diaphragm : high polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm
- Freq. range : 15 Hz – 40 kHz
- Sensitivity : (15Hz) 115dB/mW (1 kHz) 105dB/mW
- Impedance : 19Ω
- Rated power : 10mW
The Auglamour RT-3 is an In-Ear Monitor with a relative low impedance of 19Ω and a sensitivity of 105dB which makes it compatible with relative weak sources like smartphones, tablets and DAP’s with weak amplification.
Equipment’s used for this review:
- IEM’s : Auglamour RT-3, FiiO F9 Pro, TFZ King II
- DAP&DAC’s : QLS QA361, Cayin N5II, Fiio M9
Albums & tracks used for this review:
- Gogo Penguin – Raven (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Otto Liebert& Luna Negra – The River (DSF) – Binaural Recording
- Vivaldi – Le QuarttroStagioni “The Four Season” (Wav 24bit/88kHz)
- Elton John – Your Song (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- David Bowie – Black Star (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Dave Gahan – Kingdom (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Eric Clapton – Unplugged Album (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- B.B. King – Riding With The King (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- London Grammar – Interlude (Live) (Flac 24bit/88kHz)
- Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer (Wav 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Diana Krall – So Wonderful (DSF)
- Laura Pergolizzi – Lost On You “Live at Harvard and Stone” (Wav 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Rush’s – Leave That Thing Alone (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Liquid Tension Experiment 2 – Acid Rain (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Opeth – Damnation (Wav 16bit/44kHz)
- Metallica – Sad but True (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Megadeth – Sweating Bullets (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Slayer – Angel of Death (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Armin Van Buuren – Vini Vici (Spotify)
- Lorde – Royal (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Tom Player – Resonace Theory (16bit/44.1kHz)
- Massive Attack – Angel (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Portishead – The Hidden Camera (MP3 320kHz)
The Auglamour RT-3 has a slightly warmish tonality with a close to natural, pretty smooth and balanced presentation. The midrange and treble is quite detailed, the bass is fast and shows average depth and quantity.
Auglamour RT-3 has a good subbass depth performance and extension, while the tonality is on the soft and warm side. People who prefer a very deep subbass presentation may will not be very satisfied, while it should be quite enough for the majority. The subbass is fairly controlled and clean in its presentation.
The midbass of the RT-3 are showing a strong intensity and impact. The midbass are controlled and fast, while they’re no negative situation like a midbass hump.
Instruments from cross drums, trumpets or bass guitars are represented pretty detailed and fast.
The bass of the Auglamour RT-3 is tight and fairly controlled without to show any muddiness, everything sounds clean and transparent.
The midrange of the Auglamour RT-3 is close to neutral, slightly bright and warm with good clarity and detail retrieval especially for the price. The midrange is not to forward or recessed and is showing a fairly flat presentation.
The Auglamour RT-3 is a successful IEM with both male and female vocals. The RT-3 has a good lower midrange depth, while it is neither too forward nor recessed. The male vocal presentation is pretty clean and detailed without to show any remarkable hollowness or mixings.
Vocals like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Dave Gahan or Elton John are emotional and detailed.
The Auglamour RT-3 has a strong upper midrange which is pretty detailed and transparent. This is the main reason why female vocals showing a good amount of clarity and detail. The general tonality of female vocals is slightly warm and it doesn’t existing any harshness and sibilance. Female vocals are slightly more forward and detailed compared to male vocals. Vocals like Aretha Franklin, Laura Pergolizzi or Diana Krall are musical and showing a sweet tonality. The RT-3 is performing in this area wide above its price range.
The Auglamour RT-3 has an instrument presentation which is close to neutral, slightly bright and quite airy. Instruments are represented in a pretty clear and detailed way, which makes the separation of instruments quite easy. The positioning and distance between each instrument is also pretty successful which makes the overall presentation spacious and airy.
The guitars are slightly warm and bright in tonality, while the pianos are showing a good extension and intensity.
Upper Midrange & Treble:
The upper midrange of the Auglamour RT-3 is strong and controlled in its presentation. The tonality is close to neutral, while the general presentation of this area is transparent and airy. The transitions are pretty controlled without to show any unnecessary sharpness/harshness.
The upper midrange has in general a good level of extension and detail retrieval.
The treble range of the Auglamour RT-3 is pronounced airy and shows good extension. A remarkable plus point for the treble presentation of the RT-3 is that it gets not harsh. The treble presentation of the Auglamour RT-3 is showing good control and speed. For example; the cymbals in genres like trash metal are fast and pronounced and are showing a good level of extension, while the Hi-Hats are controlled and clear to define.
The Auglamour RT-3 has a good treble brightness and airiness, which is an important factor that increases the overall detail. From jazz to acoustic to electronic music to classical music, the treble range is quite enjoyable to listen to.
The Auglamour RT-3 has a suitable soundstage for a fairly precise instrument placement. The soundstage is pretty airy and spacious. The soundstage shows more width than depth, while it shows an above average performance in terms of airiness, separation and precision.
Some Short Comparisons:
Auglamour RT-3 versus TFZ King II:
The TFZ King II is an in-ear monitor with a fun, V-shaped sound signature that features sweet / lush mids, a fairly deep and fast bass, and a fairly controlled treble presentation. The Auglamour RT-3 on the other hand has is a pretty balanced sounding IEM with a slightly warmish and fairly neutral tonality.
The Subbass of the TFZ King II shows more depth and quantity, while the Auglamour RT-3 has the upper hand in terms of bass speed and tightness.
The midrange of the King II is a bit more recessed compared to those of the RT-3. Male vocals are sounding slightly thicker with the TFZ King II, while the Auglamour RT-3 offers more transparency and detail. The RT-3 offers aslo more detail retrieval and clarity.
The upper midrange and treble of the Auglamour RT-3 is more pronounced compared to the TFZ King II IEM and sounds slightly more airy. The King II has a fatigue free presentation that is ideal for long listening periods.
The soundstage of the Auglamour RT-3 is wider, while the TFZ King II offers slightly more depth.
Auglamour RT-3 versus FiiO F9 Pro:
The FiiO F9 Pro has a mildly V shaped sound signature with a fairly linear bass response and good midrange/treble detail and clarity reproduction.
The subbass of the Fiio F9 Pro shows less depth compared to the Auglamour RT-3 which is has aslo the upper hand in terms of subbass extension. The bass of both IEM’s is pretty tight and fast, but the RT-3 is superior in terms of midbass impact and slam. The F9 Pro shows a more linear midbass presentation compared to the RT-3.
Both In-Ear Monitors sharing a balanced and transparent midrange character. The lower midrange of the Auglamour RT-3 shows better depth which makes it more successful with male vocals. Both the RT-3 and the F9 Pro are pretty good in terms of detail retrieval and clarity of female vocals, while the F9 Pro is more prone to sibilance.
Both In-Ear Monitors are sharing a good upper midrange and treble intensity, while the treble tonality of the FiiO F9 Pro is slightly warmer compared to the Auglamour RT-3. The lower treble intensity of both IEM’s is pretty close, while the upper treble range of the RT-3 is more detailed. The treble presentation of the Auglamour RT-3 is in general more controlled.
The soundstage width of the FiiO F9 Pro and Auglamour RT-3 is quite identical, while the RT-3 shows slightly more depth.
I have listened many In-Ear Monitors in this price range and the Auglamour RT-3 is easily one of the best in this category. It offers a balanced tuning with good amount of clarity and resolution. It has a very robust and beautiful looking monitor shell and comes with lots of useful accessories, which makes it to a real bang for the buck.
Pros & Cons:
- + Balanced Sound Signature
- + Clarity and Detail Retrieval
- + Robust and Beautiful Monitor Shell
- + Lots of Accessories
- + Price to Performance Ratio
- – Subbass Depth