Ah yes, the creator of gems such as “Oppoty” and “Letmusicburn” are now back with a new super-budget model (assuming that the BL-03 is only “normal-budget”), the $23 BL-01.
Most of you would already be familiar with the underdog story that is the BL-03, a sub-$50 IEM touted as a market disruptor and giant killer, though I personally wasn’t too impressed with it overall. BLON, tasting blood in the red ocean, then came out with the BL-05, the much anticipated successor to the 03 though unfortunately met with little fanfare and ultimately still overshadowed by the very model it was supposed to overshadow.
Now here we have the BL-01, which I assume is BLON’s capitalisation of their original business model: budget IEMs. Rather than go higher and higher the price ladder as they gain popularity, seems like BLON now seeks to recapture the magic of the BL-03 but at a cheaper price point.
So I guess now the question is simple: did BLON achieve their driams?
Product page: https://www.linsoul.com/products/blon-bl01
Driver configuration: single DD
This BL-01 was kindly provided by Linsoul.
My unboxing posts are pretty much the only times I’ll ever talk about build quality, accessories and the like. I’m not really the person to ask about these things as I don’t really care about them that much.
Accessories: extra tips and a beige cloth bag.
Cable: 4-wire cable in a tight round-braid configuration. Feels pretty cheap and tacky to the touch.
Connection: extruded 2-pin. Per usual, would’ve preferred recessed 2-pin instead, but at least it’s not flush.
Build: two-piece full metal. Joined at the middle with a large seam that may be a weak point down the road, but outside solid and doesn’t seem like it would break easily.
Fit: better than the other BLON models, by virtue of the memory portion of the cable not being as ridiculously curved. Would still prefer that BLON eases up a little more on the curve, but it’s not completely unusable at the very least.
- Probably the bassiest of all the existing BLON IEMs. Not exactly quality bass either; my qualms about the BL-03’s somewhat muddy nature is amplified on the BL-01.
- Still prefer the BL-03’s tuning overall; the BL-01 goes into “generic chifi V-shape” that I’m not particularly fond of. Not unlistenable, but not exactly a shining beacon for tonality.
- Technicalities aren’t too different from the BL-03. Not bad, but not good either.
- Main selling point of the BL-01 would be the price. It’s something that doesn’t sound awful if your absolute upper limit is $25, but don’t expect much else beyond that.