BQEYZ Summer is the 3rd flagship IEM from the maker. First two were Spring 1 and Spring 2 which were also hybrid IEMs with 1 dynamic driver, 1 balanced armature driver, and 1 piezoelectric driver. BQEYZ makes no changes as drivers but changes the specs of course, like the diaphragm of the dynamic driver or the layers in the piezo driver. (7 for Spring 1, 9 for Spring 2, and 5 for the Summer). I don’t have the Spring 2 but I know it’s the retuned version of Spring 1 according to customer’s opinions and people liked it a lot. I have Spring 1, which I already like very much, so I skipped the 2nd Spring and waited for the Summer.
BQEYZ Spring models have metal shells. In the first contact with the Summer, it naturally feels cheaper in hand. They say it’s made from resin but again it feels like a cheaper plastic. But also is lighter, apart from cheap feel, feels better when you put them in your ears. The shells of Summer are slightly bigger than the Spring’s, but its weight makes it more comfortable while listening. I think BQEYZ made Summer this way on purpose to make some cut from the price (Spring 1 came with 149$ and Spring 2 came with 169$ price tags If don’t remember wrong), for 129$ Summer seems very attractive on paper as an hybrid IEM. As the price goes higher the competition gets tougher for sure.
BQEYZ Summer comes with two types and 6 pairs of ear tips. I find the stock tips very satisfying and used the white tips for the review. The cable that came with is also very nice, 8-core braided, crystal copper silver plated. Which is soft enough for comfortable wear and no tangle issues or whatsoever. The connector type of the cable can be selected from 3.5mm single-ended to 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced while ordering the Summer, which I find very useful. The leather-like carrying case looks good and sturdy.
Yes I color modded my Spring 1’s, in case you wanna read about it,
Imaging and soundstage
Imaging is actually quite nice, you can pinpoint certain instruments. The soundstage is definitely wide and spacious. This might be the result of being a hybrid IEM, different kinds of drivers are serving for lows, mids and treble, which are well-separated in tuning (like the other Spring models).
I think this combo for hybrid IEMs has very good potential, dynamic drivers for lows, balanced armature for mids, and Piezoelectric for trebles. In the end, it all matters how these are tuned. BQEYZ Spring 1 was my first hybrid IEM and I liked it a lot but was not perfect, Summer gave me the clarity that I want which was lacking in Spring 1. Maybe I like a darker sound signature, so let’s wait for the Winter to come 🙂
Joke aside BQEYZ Summer is a very successful IEM and definitely worth the asking price of 129$.
I would like to thank Elle Zhou for the review unit, it’s been an honest and joyful journey.