Yet another amazing sounding product from Aiwa. For those who are new to Aiwa, Aiwa is a brand that has had a long history. Long story short, they got bought out by Sony to be killed off. Fast forward to 2015, a guy by the name of Joe Born had brought back as a blast from the past (no pun intended). Aiwa once again makes the best sounding products for the audiophile on a budget (Take that Sony!). The Aiwa Prodigy 1s are a perfect example of their work.
Basic Packaging, No Marketing budget = Maximum Quality Budget.
Let me start off with the packaging. Aiwa had stated that the Prodigy 1s ship in very basic packaging. They’ve stated that this basic packaging aids in keeping the price down ensuring that there is more of a budget left over for sound quality. Not only this, Aiwa has also stated that they do not have an advertising budget on any of their products including the Prodigy 1s. Most manufacturers spend their budget on advertising their products than on the actual quality of them. Aiwa is not one of those manufacturers. Therefore, the Aiwa Prodigy 1s have the sound of a set of in-ear headphones the cost more than twice as much.
What’s In The Package:
The Prodigy 1s come with set of 4 extra silicon ear tips in a variety of sizes to ensure a proper fit. If you find the silicon ear tips don’t fit, shoot Aiwa an email. They will send you a set of foam tips in a variety of sizes completely on them. The Prodigy 1s also come with a very nice premium leather carrying case. The lid on the carrying case snaps shut with a reasonably strong magnet. On the case, there is the iconic Aiwa logo on the front in red. You also get a quick-start guide for the Prodigy 1s. This is a lot of extras for a set of in-ear headphones that cost only $40.
The Aiwa Labs 1 year refund policy:
Not only does the packaging of the Prodigy 1s basic, it also serves as a return envelope. All Aiwa Labs products come standard with a 1-year full refund policy, no questions asked. You could literally buy a set and listen to them 363 days and return them for a full refund. Not only this, Aiwa encourages you to send in a broken pair up to 3 years after purchase in their pursuit to create the most durably set of in-ear headphones. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a company that stands behind their audio products like Aiwa.
The Design and Build Quality:
Aiwa basically started with an 8.6mm dynamic driver to handle the low end and mid range. Aiwa then added a balanced armature driver into the mix to help aid in the production of the upper mid range and treble frequencies. Aiwa stated that this balanced armature can move “as fast as the piston in a F1 engine”. All of this tech is housed in a well-built set of in-ear headphones. Starting with the cord, it is a flat-styled cord that does not get tangled as easily as a rounded cord. The plug is gold-plated and feels relatively sturdy. Overall, the Prodigy 1s feel very well-built. Again, the Prodigy 1s are built like they would cost way more than $40. I’ve owned my set for almost a year and have had no issues with them.
How do they sound?
The Prodigy 1s have a very warm sound to them. I was very surprised to hear such warm sound out of a set of in-ear headphones. The low end is very present without being muddy at all. Instead, the low end is very punchy and well-balanced. I found the lower mid-range to be a little forward while around 1kHz sounds a little laid back. The upper mid-range is where the Prodigy 1s shocked me at. It sounds very transient and clear. This transient sound continues into the high end. The Prodigy 1s have a lot of treble. This treble did sound a bit harsh fresh out of the package. A little break in tamed the treble quite a bit. Now the Prodigy 1s have some of the smoothest treble I’ve heard out of a set of headphones. Aiwa did so good with the sound signature that the Prodigy 1s will sound really good with no EQ or headphone amplifier. Just be sure however to listen them with a lossless source as they well bring out the flaws in compressed music. In the end, the Prodigy 1s will not disappoint even an audiophile like me with their sound. Not even if they sold for twice their price tag.
High fidelity sound on a budget:
In the end, the Aiwa Prodigy 1s are living proof that you do not have to spend a lot of money to get a taste of good sound. As an audiophile, I give the Prodigy 1s a 10/10 star rating. For $40, you get to experience high fidelity sound. That’s not much more than a terrible sounding pair of Apple EarPods. Just be warned, once you listen to the Aiwa Prodigy 1s, your standard for sound quality is going to rise whether you’re an audiophile or not. As always, please feel free to comment down below. I will answer any questions regarding the Prodigy 1s.