Joyodio SHINE Review

Joyodio Shine review featured

In today’s review, I’m checking out the Joyodio SHINE IEMs. The SHINE features a hybrid triple-driver design, aluminium faceplates and 4 tuning switches. It’s priced at $79.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Linsoul for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are based on my experience with the product.

Joyodio SHINE Review
Verdict
With a variety of sound profiles and generous accessories, the Joyodio SHINE offers a perfect fit for any listener on a budget.
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Pros
Tight bass
Midrange clarity and detail
Included accessories
16 different sound profiles
Secure and comfortable fit
Cons
Some graininess in the treble
Sub-bass extension could be improved
4
Our Score
WHERE TO BUY

Joyodio SHINE

Specifications
  • Impedance: 11-31Ω
  • Sensitivity: 106±3dB
  • Frequency response: 20-4000Hz
  • Connector type: 0.75mm
  • Price: $79
What's in the box
What’s in the Box
  • Joyodio Shine IEMs
  • Detachable 0.75mm cable
  • Carrying case
  • Switch tool
  • 3x pairs of white silicone eartips
  • 3x pairs of whirlwind silicone eartips
Joyodio Shine shells and carrying case

Design

The Joyodio SHINE combines lightweight metal faceplates with 3D-printed resin acoustic housings for a comfortable and stylish fit. The faceplates feature a series of grooves that add some visual flair. The nozzles are short but secure, with a sturdy lip that keeps the eartips in place.

Inside, SHINE boasts a 7mm dynamic driver and two balanced armatures (BAs): a 29689 BA for the mids and highs and a 30019 BA for the ultra-highs. But what makes SHINE stand out is the 4 tuning switches that let you choose from up to 16 different sound signatures.

The earphones come with a braided 8-core SPC (Silver-Plated Copper) cable that handles well and has minimal microphonics. The only thing missing is a chin slider for better adjustment.

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the Shanling M0 Pro, Cayin RU6 and SMSL C200. The SHINE doesn’t require a powerful source and works fine straight out of a phone, dongle or DAP.

Tuning switches instructions
Some Notes on the Tuning Profiles

To avoid confusion, this review will focus on the “Standard” tuning, which was my preferred option among the five profiles listed on the card. Unlike many other in-ear monitors (IEMs) with switches, SHINE’s sound profiles are noticeably distinct. However, I personally found most of them to be too bright for my taste.

Joyodio Shine frequency response graph
Joyodio Shine default sound profile.
Bass

While the bass may not be overly generous in quantity, it boasts good control and speed. The sub-bass extension is decent, but the rumble lacks texture and could benefit from a little more oomph.

In terms of mid-bass, SHINE’s output is punchy enough to keep the rhythm section driving, although it’s not the most authoritative or physical I’ve heard. Overall, the bass response is tight and controlled and doesn’t blanket the mids.

Midrange

The Joyodio SHINE boasts a midrange that is reasonably forward and offers good clarity, making it ideal for listeners who prioritize vocal performance. Male and female vocals are reproduced naturally, albeit a touch dry. The upper midrange lift in the tuning gives female vocals a boost, making them stand out, while the neutral note weight of the midrange ensures that the music’s overall sound remains balanced.

However, it is important to note that the midrange’s lack of obvious smoothing can make some poorly recorded tracks sound slightly grainy. Nonetheless, this does not detract from the overall quality of the Joyodio Shine’s midrange, which is good for something in this price range. Music enthusiasts who appreciate midrange performance will enjoy the Joyodio Shine, especially those who enjoy vocal-centric genres such as pop, R&B, and jazz.

SHINE tuning switches
Treble

In my opinion, the treble is the least refined aspect of its tuning, with a slightly grainy and dry texture. However, the SHINE still manages to provide excellent detail retrieval, making it ideal for discerning listeners who value precision and clarity in their music.

Depending on your switch configuration, the treble response of the SHINE can get pretty sharp, resulting in notes that are sharply etched and somewhat metallic in timbre. Therefore, to achieve the optimal listening experience, you may need to experiment with different configurations to find your ‘sweet spot.’

Soundstage & Technical Performance

The Joyodio SHINE delivers good detail retrieval, regardless of which sound profile you choose. With a contrasted treble response, the SHINE creates a soundstage that is slightly wider than average, and its imaging capabilities are highly adept. However, its instrument separation and resolution are fairly average for an IEM in this price range.

IEMs with carry case

Verdict

As the ChiFi price wars continue, the market is being flooded with an array of quality in-ear monitors (IEMs) in the sub $100 price range, and the Joyaudio SHINE is a welcome addition to this category, delivering exceptional value and decent audio quality.

One standout feature of the Joyaudio SHINE is the generous inclusion of accessories. For those new to the IEM hobby, this is especially beneficial, as the box contains a variety of eartips to ensure a comfortable and personalized fit from the get-go.

Furthermore, the Joyaudio SHINE offers multiple sound profiles, catering to different sonic preferences, which is sure to be a significant draw for many consumers. While it won’t revolutionize the entry-level IEM market, the Joyaudio SHINE undoubtedly earns a place with its quality and versatility.

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