I would like to thank Penon Audio for providing me the Penon Neo for review. The cable material is made of silver. It has a 4 core braided design.The Penon Neo I received comes with 2 pins 0.78mm connectors and 2.5mm balanced jack. At the moment, you can buy this cable from Penon .
Unboxing & Accessories
The Neo comes in a red and blue package with Penon printed on the front cover in gold colour. After opening the package, there is a wooden circular case that contains the Neo. Beneath the case is a soft carrying pouch that contains cable wrap and shirt clip.
Cable Design & Build
The 2 pins connectors on the cable have a black housing with black carbon fibre design. There is indication of left and right through the white and red stripe on the surface of the housing respectively. There is strain relief. There is no memory wire section. Moving down to the chin slider, it is black and round in shape. The y-splitter has black carbon fibre design. Lastly, the jack is 2.5mm balanced and has a black housing with black carbon fibre design. There is strain relief. The cable is soft. The carbon fibre design is quite different from the usual carbon fibre design as there is no outer layer.
Sound Analysis (Compared to Stock Cable)
The sub-bass quantity is maintained and it is able to command a greater extension. The tightness increases which helps to create an authoritative performance. The bass texture is rendered with similar smoothness. The bass decay has an increase in speed and the extra agility helps to liven up the overall reproduction slightly. Each bass note is articulated with more precision and it hits in a clinical manner. The bass performance displays great definition and accuracy.
The midrange becomes brighter and it is rendered in a cleaner manner. The transparency level improves which contributes to the expression of vocals. The clarity is bettter and it helps to make the midrange more refined. It helps to present the vocals clearly. The lower mids has a slight decrease in the body and it is able to express male vocals in a leaner approach. The upper mids has additional forwardness and the boost creates a higher intimacy level for female vocals. The details retrieval has a higher standard.
The treble is able to extend well with more magnitude and the body is maintained. There is no sibilance and harshness. The crisp is accentuated with an injection of sparkle. The sparkle helps to add excitement. The amount of air rendered is more and gives an airy feeling to complement the vocals. Treble articulation is more precise and there is a brighter presentation.
The soundstage has a natural expansion and the width magnitude experiences an elevation. The depth remains the same. The positioning of vocals and instruments is more accurate. There is sufficient space rendered for an open feeling.
The Neo is an impressive silver cable that helps to improve the overall sonic performance by boosting clarity and presenting a higher level of definition. The bass is tight and articulate. The midrange takes on a leaner approach and is expressed in a livelier manner. The treble exhibits a good amount of sparkle. In addition, the cable is very soft and possesses a sleek look. The Penon Neo is a brilliant complement to warm sounding IEMs as it adds a touch of brightness.