Auglamour R8 Review: Premium Look, Budget Sound

I try my best to not buy too many low-cost IEMs, as they generally aren’t robust enough to be both unique and high-quality. After all, it’s not their faults. High quality sound does cost money, and that does show. However, every once and a while, something does catch my eye. The Auglamour R8 has both a rather unique name and appearance.

You can buy the Auglamour R8 from a bunch of different sites like AliExpress and Amazon. Link here for $30.

Disclaimer: I’ve bought the Auglamour R8 from Easy on AliExpress with my own hard-earned cash. I’m not affiliated with Easy, AliExpress, or Auglamour. I have not been paid or incentivised to write this review.

Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.

My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.

Source: The R8 was powered like so:

PC optical out-> HifiMe SPDIF 9018 DAC 3.5mm out-> earphones

or

HTC One M8 3.5mm out -> earphones

or

Hidizs AP100 3.5mm out -> earphones

All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.

Sound Signature

Initial Impressions:

Bass boosted, with some recessed and slightly colored mids. Treble is slightly elevated past the mids, resulting in a some-what lopsided U-shaped sound signature, with the larger hump being on the bass end. Treble detail resolution is pretty darn good for the price, as is layering.

Treble: Songs used: White Flag, Midnight City, Outlands

Treble is good. Micro-details are almost reliable able to resolve, giving the R8 a more refined treble than its price tag suggests. White Flag demonstrated that the R8 is able to resolve treble without over-blowing it, and without generating sibilance. Outlands was also a decent listen, but lacked the treble-bound transparency and layering effect that it really needs to have a symphonic experience.

Mids: Songs used: Flagpole Sitta, Jacked Up, I Am The Highway, Ramble On

Mids are actually pretty good. While it does take some brain-burn in to adjust to the coloring of the mids. Vocals are forward, and sound like they have a boost at the 1KHz to 2KHz range. Instrumental separation is good in the mids, lending songs like Ramble On a helping hand. The R8 handles guitars very well, resolving even the strumming detail detail during the chorus of Flagpole Sitta. However, the R8 didn’t give Jacked Up’s pianos a hard edge like I usually want. But that’s okay, given the R8’s very low $30 price point.

Bass: Songs used: Lights, Gold Dust, 99 Problems (Hugo Cover), Leave Me

Bass is emphasized, but lacks some definition. This can cause bass guitars to become a little boomy. On the plus side, however, it does lend bass drops, such as those in Gold Dust and Leave Me a rather nice rumble and impact, making this IEM a good choice for a basshead on a budget.

Clarity: Songs used: Throne, Map of The Problimatique, I’m Not Alright

The R8 has a surprisingly competent dynamic driver. What I expected to be a very distorted song turned out to be pretty well resolved rendition of Throne, given the R8’s low price point. I’m pleased to say that mids and treble smudging was present, but only minimal. Distortion is non-existent. This doesn’t carry over into I’m Not Alright, however, as there is a small amount of treble and upper-mids distortion.

Sound Stage

Sound staging isn’t terrible, but isn’t anything to write home about either. It’s narrow, with some decent amount of height. Right/left separation is good.

Packaging / Unboxing

Unfortunately, I do not have the box with me, as I had to leave it behind in my recent move. However , I did take some notes.

  • Professional and minimalist packaging
  • Easy to unbox
  • Nice magnetic flap
  • Protective

Build

Construction Quality

The R8’s driver housings are built from a magnesium alloy, lending them a hard shell, and a light body. Appearance is enhanced by the smooth and polished finish of the R8. The cable detaches from the driver housing via a 2-pin system. I honestly didn’t know if the cable would come off, given how sturdy and secure it is when attached.

The cable itself is braided, and is quite thin. This is great at reducing body and making the cable less temperamental, but does cause it to be quite tangle-prone. However, I don’t mid, as the included carrying case does help mitigate the issue.

The cable terminates via a basic right-angled 3.5mm jack. It has some decent stress-relief, but isn’t spectacular. This isn’t too big of an issue, especially given the budget nature of the R8.

Comfort

Comfort is decent, once you get used to positioning the R8 in your ear. I personally could not get a good fit while using the memory foam, as the bottom of the R8 would press against the inside of my ear. However, using the included silicone eartips completely solved this problem, letting me find both a decent seal, and reasonable comfort. As per usual, your experience will differ based on your ear’s anatomy.

Accessories

Image taken from Aliexpress

The R8 is relatively well stocked, though this is an image of the older version. The new one has an updated set of memory foam eartips, which are yellow.

The case is quite good, and is the same kind that Rose uses. The silicone eartips are also pretty good, and are quite comfortable.

Summary

The R8 is a pretty good value. It’s stylish, relatively detailed, well-built, and bass-head friendly. While it does have it’s shortcomings in the mids during busy songs, it’s still worth your consideration for a mere $30.

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