Introduction

Aëdle is a French company founded in 2011 and they specialize in producing in-ear monitors (IEMs), headphones and leather products. I would like to thank Aëdle for the review unit of ODS-1 Classic Essential. At the moment, the product can be purchased on https://www.aedle.net .

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Specifications

  • Driver Configuration: 1 Balanced Armature + 1 10mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • DCR: 32 ohms
  • Sound Pressure Level: 109 dB / 1 mW
  • THD: <0.5%

Unboxing & Accessories

The ODS-1 Classic Essential comes in a black package with a white protective cover that sports the brand logo, brand name and model name. The black package contains the ODS-1 Classic Essential, foam tips (S, M & L), silicone tips (S, M & L), airplane adapter, travel pouch and Aëdle ID card.

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IEM Build & Design

The ODS-1 Classic Essential shell is made of aluminium and apart from the inside of the iem, it is silver throughout. On both the left and right faceplate, there is no logo but a plain surface. The ODS-1 Classic Essential has a circular shape. The inside of the iem is made of acrylic with a brown colored surface. The left and right metal mesh is blue and red. The nozzle is slightly angled. The housing is light weight and the iem sits in my ears comfortably. The ODS-1 Classic Essential has a good construction with a clean and simplistic design.

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Cable Build & Design

The cable is a detachable 2 core cable with MMCX connectors. On the connectors, there is L & R marking on the left and right side respectively so users can differentiate. The connectors have a silver housing. The cable has a memory wire section that is enclosed in a transparent heat shrink tube. It is flexible. There is no chin slider and the y-splitter has a silver housing that sports the brand logo with strain relief. The jack is 3.5mm gold plated straight with strain relief. It has a silver housing with the brand name.

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Sound Analysis

Lows

The ODS-1 Classic Essential has a good amount of sub-bass and it is able to provide a full-bodied sub-bass reproduction. It is able to extend well. The bass decay has a moderate speed and bass texture is rendered smoothly. Each bass note is articulated with a moderately clean hit. The mid-bass has great quantity and delivers its slam with a weighted feeling. The rumble is presented naturally which helps to increase the musicality. There is a tight and controlled bass performance.

Mids

The midrange is rendered in a smooth manner with a moderate level of transparency and cleanliness. It carries a tinge of warmth. The lower mids has sufficient quantity to tackle male vocals well without any signs of dryness/hollowness. The upper mids is not very forward and female vocals are not presented in a very intimate manner. The musicality aspect of the midrange has a high standard with slight compromise on the technicality aspect. Emotions are conveyed effectively.

Highs

The treble is extended well and presents itself with good control. There is no sibilance and harshness. It is able to command a moderate level of details retrieval. The crisp is apparent without sparkle. The amount of air rendered is sufficient to provide space at the top end. The treble presentation is controlled and takes on a relaxing approach without sounding aggressive. Treble articulation has a nice definition. It does not take on a bright approach but displays good clarity. There is a fatigue-free listening.

Soundstage

The soundstage expands very naturally with a good width magnitude. The depth is slightly closed in. The layering and separation has a moderate standard. Positioning of vocals and instruments is rather accurate.

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Comparisons

Aëdle ODS-1 Classic Essential vs Earsonics ES3

The ODS-1 Classic Essential has more sub-bass quantity than the ES3 and they share similar extension. The bass texture on the ODS-1 Classic Essential is rendered with additional smoothness while the ES3 excels with a quicker bass decay and it helps to enhance the pace. The mid-bass of the ES3 has less body and the slam is expressed with a moderate impact. Each bass note on the ES3 is articulated with good accuracy. Rumble on the ODS-1 Classic Essential is expressed naturally. The midrange on the ES3 is presented in a more velvety manner. The lower mids on the ODS-1 Classic Essential has extra body and tackle male vocals better. The upper mids on the ES3 is slightly more forward with extra details. Female vocals benefit from it. In the treble section, the ODS-1 Classic Essential demonstrates a higher level of finesse and the control allows a smooth presentation. There is no sibilance and harshness. The amount of air rendered on the ES3 is slightly more and the crisp is apparent. There is better details retrieval from the ES3. Lastly, in terms of soundstage, the ODS-1 Classic Essential expands with more naturalness. The width magnitude on the ES3 is slightly greater. The depth on both is quite similar.

Aëdle ODS-1 Classic Essential vs Fidue Virgo A85

The sub-bass on the ODS-1 Classic Essential takes on a more full-bodied reproduction than the Virgo A85. The extension on the Virgo A85 is slightly better as it is able to stretch to a greater depth. The bass texture on the ODS-1 Classic Essential has more smoothness than the Virgo A85 while the bass decay is slower and the slight lack of agility hinders the pace. The mid-bass on the ODS-1 Classic Essential has more body and the slam is delivered with a nice weighted feeling. The impact by the ODS-1 Classic Essential is greater. The lower mids on the ODS-1 Classic Essential is thicker with additional body and results in male vocals to be portrayed better. The upper mids on the Virgo A85 is more forward and female vocals has extra sweetness. The midrange on the Virgo A85 presents itself cleanly. Next, for the treble section, there is no sibilance and harshness on both. The Virgo A85 is able to extend greater and both displays it in a smooth manner. The amount of air rendered on the A85 is greater with an added crisp. There is a lack of sparkle for both. Lastly, the ODS-1 Classic Essential expands more naturally while the width magnitude on both is similar. The depth on the ODS-1 Classic Essential is slightly more closed in.

Aëdle ODS-1 Classic Essential vs iBasso IT03

The ODS-1 Classic Essential has similar sub-bass quantity than the IT03 with less extension. The IT03 can extend greater and the bass decay is quicker than the ODS-1 Classic Essential which helps to increase the engagement level. There is a more agile bass presentation from the IT03. The bass texture on the ODS-1 Classic Essential has additional smoothness which helps to create a soothing bass performance. The mid-bass on the IT03 is less in terms of quantity but it is able to deliver the slam with more agility. The lower mids on the ODS-1 Classic Essential has more body than the IT03 and male vocals are presented in a thicker manner. The upper mids on the IT03 has extra forwardness and there is intimacy of female vocals . The ODS-1 Classic Essential takes on a more matured approach with emotions conveyed effectively. Moving on to the treble section, the IT03 is significantly brighter and there is a greater amount of air rendered. Crisp and sparkle are displayed better on the IT03. On the other hand, the ODS-1 Classic Essential showcases finesse in its treble expression with a good level of details retrieval. Lastly, in terms of soundstage, the ODS-1 Classic Essential is able to create a natural expansion while the IT03 excels in the width magnitude. The ODS-1 Classic Essential has a more closed in depth.

Conclusion

The ODS-1 Classic Essential is a warm sounding iem that has great musicality. It is able to provide full-bodied bass reproduction, conservative midrange and smooth treble. The sweetness and control ensures a relaxing listen. In addition, it has good build quality and comes with an exquisite soft carrying pouch. The ODS-1 Classic Essential is an excellent iem by Aëdle.

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