The ROSE Masya;
A earbud with an excellent and out of the head sound!
The company Rose Technology is founded by University students in China and is specialized in IEM and Earbuds.
The name Rose:
The company name Rose has actually nothing to do with the rose flower, the name spells in Chinese – ‘弱水‘, which actually means a mythical river (thanks to @ClieOS for this information).
Purchase link for the Rose Masya on PenonAudio;
Tracks and sources that I have use for this review:
- Massive Attack – Angel (Tidal Hifi)
- Celine Dion – The Power of Love (Apple Music)
- Jehan Barbur – Seni Seviyorum (WAV 16bit 44khz)
- Bang La Decks – Aide (Tidal Hifi)
- Dr. Chesky’s – Pamafunck (Flac 24bit 192khz)
- Lorde – Royals (24bit 48khz)
- Mabel Matiz – Gel (320kbps)
- Amber Rubarth – In the Creases (Tidal Hifi)
- Yosi Horikawa – Bubbles
Digital Sources: Chord Hugo, Shanling M2S, Walnut V2s, Ipad Air 2,
Earbuds: Rose Masya, Auglamour RX1
- Driver Type: 1 x 16mm & 1x 10mm = 2 DD (dual dynamic driver)
- Impedance: 12Ω
- Earphone sensitivity: 98db/mW
- Frequency range: 8-22000Hz
- Cable Connection Type: 2-pin 0,75 mm interface
- Interface: 3.5mm TRS jack
- Cable Length: 1.2m±5cm
- Weight: 18g (with cable)
Package and Accessories:
The Masya comes in a relative small and compact card box with a magnetic cover. The box contains a small carrying bag with the ROSE logo, a 2pin – 3,5mm TRS cable, a small plastic box with 3 pairs of soft foam cushions and a gold plated 3.5mm Female to 6.5mm Male adaptor.
BTW, on the front of the box is the motto of the company “Create difference” written.
Design and Build Quality:
As mentioned in previous reviews, the Masya’s outer shell is made of plastic using a complex 3D Printing Technology.
The Masya has a Retro look and is on the bigger side of earbuds. The quality of the shell is good and it looks really sexy.
BTW, it’s not a big deal but you can see some small imperfections on the sides and corners of the outer shell. It’s easily to understand that this earphone is not an industrial mass production unit and is more like a handmade boutique earbud with a special design.
The Masya has an 1.2cm long interchangeable, oxygen-free copper cable with 0,75mm diameter 2-pin connection that is thick, soft and without microphonic effects.
The bad thing about this cable is that the 0,75mm diameter is not a common like the 0,78mm 2-pin connection variant.
Compared to my other favorite erabud, the Auglamour RX1;
The RX1 has a more robust metal finish with a more modern looking design. It’s up to your personal taste but I love both. The RX1 is well made and looks more solid compared to the Masya, but I don’t think that the Masya is made of cheap plastic and it would surely survive a long period of usage.
The Masya has two dynamic drivers, same as the more expensive Mojito. The difference is that the Rose masya has 16mm & 10mm dynamic drivers and the Rose Mojito has 15.4mm & 10mm dynamic driver.
The RX1 has the upper hand when it comes to seal, comfort and insertion.
The earpiece of the Rose Masya is a bit bigger because the front driver has a diameter of 16mm, while the RX1 has only one driver with 15,4mm diameter.
Compared to the RX1 the insertion depth and holding position on your ears could a bit problematic for smaller sized ears.
But I think with the right foam cushions, especially the donuts, can provide a relative good seal.
I have burn-in the Masya for at least 80 Hours.
First of all, I am the sort of people that prefer in ear monitors (IEM’s), but after I listened to the RX1, I changed my mind. The sound of it was so spacious and detailed that I have started to search for Higher End erabuds.
The Rose Masya has a very expansive en effortless sound. It sound so out of my head that I was shocked at the first listening. So, I think the wow factor of this earbud is very high!
The Masya is a relative neutral earbud with a tad of warmth that comes from the midrange. It reminds me a little bit to the well known and one of my favorite open back headphone, the Sennheiser HD650.
The RX1 by the other side is in direct compassion more on the warm side of the sound spectrum.
The Bass is more on the Sub-bass side and without a good seal the Mid-bass region is a bit rolled off.
Track: Massive Attack – Angel
One of the strengths of the Masya vs. the RX1 is the sub-bass range, its reaches deeper has more definition and is also smoother when compared to the RX1. This region gives the Masya an immense body that is always welcome for an earbud.
Tracks: Bang La Decks – Aide, Lorde – Royal, Dr. Chesky’s – Pamafunck
The mid-bass of the Masya have not the quantity of the RX1, it hits very well for an earbud, but the RX1 has the upper hand when it comes to quantity.
But, the game changes when it comes to quality.
The issue with the mid-bass of the RX1 is that it bleeds in to the midrange and the texture of the RX1 is not at the same level of the Masya. When compared next to the Masya, the RX1 sound hollow and muddy.
The Mid and Vocals:
Tracks: Mabel Matiz – Gel, Amber Rubarth – In the Creases,
This is where the Masya really shines. The midrange of the Masya is maybe the strongest and most impressive region and the rally highlight of this earbud.
The resolution and clarity of the mids is very good. It’s so emotional and musical that both, male and female vocals sounding crystal clear and emotional.
Also the instruments like piano, guitar or flutes don’t sound overly bold or thin. It a little colored in nature but it’s not annoying.
The RX1 on the other hand has the big problem with its mid-bass bleed. Vocals and instruments are sounding to warm, muddy and unnatural. I am not saying that the RX1 has a bad midrange, it sound very good for its price, but it can’t keep up with the glory of the Rose Masya.
Tracks: Celine Dion – The Power of Love, Jehan Barbur – Seni Seviyorum
Highs have a nice resolution. There is no sibilance, it’s also non-fatiguing and is ideal for long listening periods.
The highs give the Masya a vivid and smooth presentation. With a good seal you can’t go wrong, because it sounds not harsh or overly aggressive like other earbuds with poor seal.
Tracks: Track – Yosi Horikawa – Bubbles
The soundstage is very wide and has a holographic presentation that gives you the impression that you listen from a full-sized open back headphone. That’s a great wow factor and among the best of many earbud. When it comes to depth think it is also above average.
The Masya is a wonderful sounding earbud that have many thing common with its full-sized brothers.
The only drawback of the Masya is the diameter of the earpiece.
Peoples with small ears should use donut foam cushions for a better seal.
By the end, I think that both Rose Masya and the Auglamour RX1 is one of the best sounding earphones in its price range.
Thank you for reading my review.