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#11 (permalink)      11/20/2021 1:15:03 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Brainwavs Delta iems are good value imo

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#12 (permalink)      11/21/2021 7:26:09 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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vape8ion wrote:

I checked the dude out. Cringy? Yup, but seems to know his shit. His ratings of devices are way above my appreciation. I have no knowledge of the most of the terms he uses, and if I did, it would probably spoil my appreciation for what I have. Ignorance is bliss.


Pretty much the take away about his reviews on IEMs and headphone gear, it's the UNNECESSARY CRINGY HUMOR X USEFUL ADVICE/FEEDBACK.

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90 day update on the BASN Bmasters. Lost one side a few days ago...not common in the reviews, but there it is. I was 4 days from warranty cut-off, but managed to get a replacement. While I waited for the replacement I used my wired Bose in ear set. So I am burning in the replacement set and the difference in fidelity is vast. I still would recommend these BASN IEM's. I just hope if they fail again, it is under warranty.
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#14 (permalink)      2/3/2022 11:45:23 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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I use Revonext QT2 IEMs. They're amazing if you like V-shaped sound with low sibilance... excellent bass too. They're a few years old now so there's certainly new and improved IEM's in the chi-fi world. The quality of my $40 QT2's is far better than anything you'd get for $150-$200 from a genuine audiophile type company.

My only complaint is the drivers slowly stop working in temps below around -25c until they warm up again. There's three drivers in these things so if you spend a lot of time in the cold I'd recommend IEM's or buds with less drivers or multiple drivers that are in a stacked monolithic design.

edit: something to keep in mind... most of the included cables with chi-fi iem's are garbage. plan on buying a better quality third party cable if u go the chi-fi route. but even these can be a gamble as lots of the chinese companies seem to be hit or miss with their soldering skills.

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vape8ion wrote:

Anyone out there able to point me in the direction of a reliable set that does not break the bank? No Bluetooth thank-you.


I know my audio but this is absolutely a market I do not know well... So I'm just here to offer you advice from my perspective, as someone who has been a tester with audio manufacturers and spends a disproportionate amount of money on my own personal audio collections;

Chi-fi is more orientated to the boutique brands of China rather than Chinese manufacturers in general and while it is an interesting rabbit hole to explore, it is going to be difficult for you to get genuine advice as to what to buy given that the majority of people who will suggest a low cost earphone have likely just bought other cheap earphones until they've found one which sounds less shitty than what they have tried before. You're going to get better advice posting this sort of question on head-fi or Superbestaudiofriends.
As it isn't my market, the only genuine chi-fi sellers I would suggest you look into are HCK Audio on Ali and also browse Linsoul for some of the boutique offerings there.

I would therefore suggest Chi-fi is a more attractive proposition to people who like the idea of buying many cheap earphones in order to find one which MAY suit them, or experiment with and thus reading the pages of the giant Chi-fi thread on head-fi is useful if you want impressions and recommendations as a starter;
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That said, what I am saying to you is don't just blinker yourself to chi-fi because you think it will be good value for money when there are a plethora of good value propositions all over the audio market and a plethora of reasons why most chi-fi IEMs are a flash in the pan. If within the next 2 years you purchase 4 earphones for $50 which end up failing every 6 months or sounding crap, you'll have done better to save and spend $200 on something better which will last longer.

Additionally, you haven't mentioned what genre of music you listen to, presentation preferences (simblance an issue? Are you a basshead? Do you require a large soundstage/layering for orchestral work? Do you require mid focus for vocals?) or the source you are using and thus asking for an IEM recommendation without that information is a little like asking what the best food is without mentioning a fish allergy and a dislike of takeaways and a fetish for wagyu beef...

You mentioned KZ (Knowledge Zennith) and they are OK bang for their buck. My personal opinion is that the company's insistence on using their in house treble BA driver is their biggest achiles heel and it leaves most of their lower priced offerings being very shouty and fatiguing. Their build quality is about right for their price range which is average at best.
They can be vastly improved by adding dampening material to their nozzles and drilling out the vent ports but then I refer back to the comment I made about chi-fi being a better proposition for experimenting.

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The sub $2000 headphone/IEM market is not my market so I don't have a massive amount of experience there however I do buy earphones from Tin Hifi as stocking fillers. Any of the T# series are excellent value in their price ranges. They are easy to drive, have replaceable cables, are tuned well with a house sound which errs towards a warm presentation, good layering & intimate soundstage.

A manufacturer I did beta testing for is Flare Audio, who specialise in single driver IEMs. That was a while ago and their earphones were in the £400+ price bracket. They are a British company but I note their new line up is starting from around £20 upwards now. They have dynamic drivers not Balanced Armatures (which is mostly what you've been discussing in this thread) and dynamic drivers have the ability to punch mid bass in a way that BAs can't if you like that.

If you are happy to explore a higher price bracket, Moondrop Audio offer some extremely high performance earphones. My personal benchmark in the below $200 bracket is the Moondrop Starfield (sometimes on sale for sub $100), which is an IEM I buy as gifts for friends. I have gifted 10 or so over the past 2 years and even friends who are into audio themselves enjoy them. The only issue you will have with them is they are metal cased and so, may be heavy for your liking. They are very comfortable though. They are extremely detailed but balanced across the whole audio spectrum and have a larger than average soundstage and layering with extremely fast transient response. They are also built like tanks, way beyond their price range.

Another manufacturer worth checking out is the American Brand; Periodic Audio Audio who specialise in different driver materials in single dynamic driver configurations. They have several IEMs priced differently depending on the material their driver is made from. Again, each offering punches well above its price bracket. Slightly above average soundstage but good layering. Their house sound is slightly V-shaped but without recessed mids (good for vocal music) however the higher up their price bracket you go, the higher their detail retrieval, frequency balance and overall fidelity gets. They are also very light earphones.

I would also recommend perusing the offerings from the new gen budget earphones from long established manufactures like Fiio, Ibasso, Hidizs and Shanling, which are all very high value propositions and consistently highly rated. I have done beta audio testing for these companies and their earphones are extremely good value for money.

The absolute best sub $100 earphone I have heard is the In-time Sora Ti3... However it can only be purchased within Japan. If you have market contacts there, I'd recommend checking that earphone out. It has an unusual internal housing design which discourages destructive interference... Which is an issue with poor housing designs. Unfortunately they don't have replaceable cables, but their cables are kevlar reinforced. Very wide soundstage, even frequency response with excellent treble extension, good upper and lower mids but a very unusual bass performance with an even mid bass but then an elevation in the very lowest subbass frequencies which makes for a very visceral presentation I've not heard in any other earphone at any price.

Like I mentioned, I don't have a lot of experience in this market, so take this as a neophytes view given how many offerings are out there... but in my limited experience in the budget arena, the above are the manufacturers I have experience with and respect for a few different types of musical presentation.

If you want an idea of what my rigs/setups are, check out the 'about' section of my namesake on head-fi. I have been a headphone and audio equipment collector for about 25 years, though I stopped updating what I own about 5 years ago;
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Wow! I have to re-read and digest that. Thanks!
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