Today we’re reviewing the affordable Shozy Ava TWS IEM. It is selling for $169 USD.
Disclaimer: The Shozy Ava review sample was arranged directly with Shozy. The review reflects my sincere opinion, as always.
If you have no information about Shozy, then you must have been away from the hobby for some time. They’re making their names with price/performance products for a considerable amount of time. We have reviewed several Shozy products from different budget levels already. For the premium segment, Lieven reviewed their hybrid electrostatic offering, the Pola39 as below:
A lot of Shozy products have been reviewed on HFN, such as the Hibiki MK2, V33, Rouge, Magma and Form 1.4. All of them offer good value for money. Shozy is quite sensitive about keeping the prices low. Even their premium Pola39 model is below the market average when you check out similar IEMs.
Also, I reviewed their custom IEM offering, the Shozy Elsa, just below:
Based in Hong Kong, Shozy’s offerings stand out with distinctive design language. They offer very good build quality with their products at the same time. They also want to change and influence the market with very competitive price tags. We again have a budget-friendly earphone (wireless) here to test.
The new Shozy Ava is a TWS IEM with a single dynamic driver design. It’s Shozy’s first attempt in the TWS field. It supports the aptX connection with Bluetooth 5.0. It features touch control, 6 hours of playback time (55 with a fully charged case), and aluminium-alloy nozzles.
It comes in a gloss white charging cradle, and the earpieces are jet black. These are hand-finished so it doesn’t have the industrial design which some other companies like to offer.
Shozy provides the same box that it offers with its various IEMs already. It’s a dark grey and small package, and inside you find the white charging unit with the IEMs inside. You get some eartips as well, and that’s about it.
Shozy doesn’t give much care to its packaging or unboxing experience, so it’s basically the same with every iteration. They even offered the same package and unboxing experience content for their Black Hole IEM, which is actually a premium unit. So it’s not a surprise overall.
Design & Build Quality
When you take a first look at the Ava, it offers standard build quality and design features that are nothing special. Most TWS IEMs are similar in this regard, but Shozy is a bit different when it comes to the earpieces themselves.
The shells are supremely clean, thanks to the hand-polishing process. The nozzles are all metal, so it provides a good build quality for the price. For design, the clean and shiny surface impresses, and the faceplate looks awesome which is quite premium. Shozy’s previous models like the Form series and the Rouge looked quite nice and elegant as well, so we can say that Shozy nails the design part.
That is not the case for the cradle, however. I found the cradle quite elementary or too ordinary, to be honest. It doesn’t give you a “wow” feeling when you compare it to the shell design. I’m not talking about the quality of the case or anything related to that. It’s quite good and I actually liked the lid design which is a bit unorthodox. Nevertheless, I think a black colour could’ve been better for the case, as I really don’t understand why it is all white.
Fit & Isolation
The Shozy Ava has a semi-custom like design with a compact footprint which is in totally acceptable dimensions. The earpieces are small for TWS IEMs. The fit is excellent as a result and there’s great comfort. Once you find the correct tips for you, I don’t think you’ll ever have big problems.
The insertion is good enough but not very deep. The fit is still flush and since this is a compact IEM, you don’t face any problems. It easily gets the job done.