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Many Chinese audio companies produce excellent quality headphones, and most of us in the US and in other places of the world know little about them. I'm hoping this thread becomes one easy place to come to for questions about these brands, as it is difficult to find info. Much of this info is scattered all over the place.

 

I constantly try and collect new headphones/IEMs from China, so I will update as much as I can. Any user experiences/reviews/insight should be posted here as well.

 

Many of these headphones can only be ordered via Taobao. If you are not in China, you will need to use a Taobao forwarding service such as mistertao.com, ugomark.com, or any others that will buy from Taobao and ship to you. They charge for shipping, and an 8-10% commission.

 

Current favorites

 

Havi B3 Professional 1 Version (It's back!):

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1.w4004-4437187920.16.Y27YNB&id=36052562138

 

Xiaomi Piston 2.0: $25

http://www.xiaomiworld.com/original-xiaomi-piston-earphone-updated-version-brown.html

http://www.ibuygou.com/p-original_xiaomi_piston_earphone_updated_version_brown-5708-usd.html

http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=p565576343.1.w5003-5314662845.14.HjoamK&id=26522664670&scene=taobao_shop

 

$25 Beryllium monster of an IEM, supposedly produced by DUNU. Another IEM that punches around the $100 price point in SQ.

 

Ostry KC06/KC06A: $60-80

KC06: Mids are stellar. Vocal champions. Nice treble, clear, great quality and a bargain. 

KC06A: Mids are slightly less stellar, but bass is nicely improved.

 

DUNU DN-2000: $310

Reference quality hybrid. Slightly bright. Very tip dependant. 

 

Chinese Brands

 

Company

Somic

www.somic.cc

EFI82-MT 50mm Over Ear ~$40 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/647289/somic-efi-82-mt-believe-the-hype)
  MM163 50mm Over Ear ~$50  (http://www.head-fi.org/t/689053/somic-mm163-a-50-ath-m50-alternative)
  MH463 50mm Over Ear ~$50 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/637699/50mm-driver-open-air-full-size-cans-pop-out-of-nowhere-sound-amazing)
  MH489 50mm Over Ear ~$65 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/646218/somic-mh489-sony-xb700-ripoffs)
  Milano M3 40mm On Ear ~$40  
  G927v2012 40mm Over Ear (simulated 7.1) ~$25  
  G930      
  G945v2012  50mm 7.1 Simulated Headset   (Upgraded bass over the G927)
  E95v2012  Physical 5.1 Headset ~$90 (Good, but lacks some bass despite having vibration units)
  G989-HD Physical 7.1 Headset ~$160+ (The ultimate true 7.1 headset. I absolutely love this thing for music, movies, and games. It comes in a 007 type briefcase, no joke.)
  MH401     http://www.head-fi.org/t/682120/somic-mh4xx-in-ear-headphones-reviews
  MH403      
  MH405      
  MH406      
  MH407 Single Balanced Armature ~$60  
  MH410      
  MH417      
  MH415 Detachable Micro driver ~$30 Excellent SQ and value
  MM185 50mm Over Ear ~$50  
 

Takstar

Takstar

http://www.takstar.com

Pro 80 (Gemini HSR-1000 OEM) 50mm Over Ear ~$50 (Outstanding. A -10db dip near 4k and slightly boosted highs keep it from being a true reference studio monitor unless EQ'ed).
  HI 2050 50mm Over Ear ~$50 (Open back version of the Pro 80 drivers)
  HD6000 50mm Over Ear ~$70  (Very good. Boosted bass, recessed mids, boosted highs) 
  HD5500 50mm Over Ear ~$65 (Outstanding EDM basshead clarity headphone)
  TS-2251 IEM $11  
        http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/the-takstar-technical-pro-gemini-greathon-thread

 

 

VSonic http://www.vsonic.com.cn/en-index.htm

IEM: GR02, GR04, GR07, VC1000, VSD1, VSD1S,

VSD1LE (80% of the GR07, at a much lower price. Exceptional)

 

Dunu http://www.dunu-topsound.com/

IEM: DN-1000 (newest), Tai Chi, I3C-S, Detonator, Landmine, Hephaes, Ares, Trident, Crius, Aegis, Crater, Hawkeye

 

Visang http://www.visang.com.cn/?lng=en

IEM: VS-R01, VS-R02, VS-R03, VS-R04, VS-EX7+

 

Hisoundaudio http://www.hisoundaudio.com/en/index.asp

IEM: Crystal, Golden Crystal, Wooduo2, BA-100

 

Hifiman (US/China)    (http://hifiman.com)    (http://www.head-direct.com/)

Headphones:

HE-400

HE-500: (Easily the best headphone I own. Paired with a good DAC and speaker amp, it truly shines)

HE-6

IEM: RE-400 (if it had a little more bass and highs, it would be a $99 monster. Not much touches it at this price.)

RE-600

 

Astrotec     (http://www.astrotec.cn/)

Headphones: AS100, AS200

IEM: AX35, AX30, AX60AM90, AX7, AM800, DX60, DX50, AM900, AS100-Pro, AM70

 

Soundmagic  (http://www.soundmagic.com.cn/en/home/Default.html)

Headphones: HP100

IEM: E10, PL11, PL21, ES18, PL10, PL12, PL20, PL13, PL18, E30, PL30, PL50 

 

Uldum   (http://uniternal.com/)

IEM:

U-121102 (Lantern shape. Bassy, not crisp, meh)  U-130101 (Neutral. Advertised as bass heavy, but isn't.)

 

Bluedio   (http://bluedio.com)  (Monoprice Premium Bluetooth Headphone OEM)

Headphones: Bluetooth 4.0 APT-X (R+, R2)   http://www.head-fi.org/t/674551/bluedio-r-bluetooth-4-0-headphones-with-nfc-and-apt-x

 

Rambotech

Headphones: BTH-033 (The best aptX 4.0 headphone I've heard, and its only ~$50. Same model as the $150 VOXOA HD, minus NFC.

IEM:

 

Miatone

Headphones: Superior (Very good bluetooth 4.0 headset , no aptX, a little warmer than many might like) for $38

 

Yuin   http://www.yuin-acoustic.com

 

ECCI (http://www.audioecci.com/)

 

Corecool (http://corecool.tmall.com/)

IEMs: V2 (Great bassy sound, but a huge midbass hump at ~125hz. Could use some highs extension)

 

Moe Audio (http://www.moe-audio.com/)

IEMs: Moe-SS01  (http://www.head-fi.org/t/689069/mini-review-moe-audio-ss01-warning-tongue-in-cheek-and-tacky)

 

Havi

IEMB3

 

Edifier

Headphones: H850 (Very detailed, crisp highs, neutral to light bass. Practically unknown, and shouldn't be. This company now owns Stax. Yep)

IEMs: H290 (lots of bass, midbass hump, still very good and detailed)

 

Syllable  (http://www.syllable-syllable.com)  Now selling on Amazon

Headphones: Bluetooth 4.0 Active Noise Cancelling: G18(flagship), G08,: G04, G15

IEM: G02 (newest, beats type signature, but with actual clarity), G03, T28 (Bluetooth 4.0)

 

Bidenuo

IEM: G380, G360, G350,

G780 (too hollow)

 

AWEI  en.awei.hk

IEM: s vi-90 (very good sound for the price), Q35 (big bass yet clear), Q9 (wood! very good neutral sound with deep bass extension),

ES800m (clear, big controlled bass, love them. $7 gems: (http://www.head-fi.org/t/630536/small-comparison-of-awei-es800m-best-bang-for-buck)

ES710i (there's a pattern here. another winner)

 

JBM www.360doudou.com/mj720.html

IEM: MJ710, MJ800, MJ900, A8

 

Wallytech

IEM: WEA-085 (poor), 106 (great), 99 (hollow sounding), WHF-110 (some sibilance, very good, but would have been awesome without the boosted highs)

 

Yaoge

IEM: 60, 63 (excellent value, need to bump highs a bit)

 

Langston

IEM: (They all have the same sound, and it is not good. Very hollow and poor)

Headphones:

 

Kanen  www.kanen.net.cn/EN/channel.php?channel_ID=1

Headphones: IP-850 (meh, bass too bloated)

IEM: iP-808 (WOW these are powerful. Holy freakin bass. These are very, very good for ~$10)

 

Songqu

IEM: (You get what you pay for here. Haven't found any of them worthwhile)

 

Senmai  www.senmai.com.cn

Headphones:

HD-900

HD-800 (Lacks bass impact. Needs lots of burn in, otherwise a surprisingly clear can)

SM-HP8 (They remind me of a Superlux in value. These are bass enhanced, warm monitors. Big sound, good mids, no mud, highs take a backseat to the rest of the sound.)

IEMs:

 

Lear

Tomoon (They make a TE-100, single BA IEM with a Knowles ED driver... http://www.tomoon.cn/)

AudioSense (http://erjihome.taobao.com/)

 

Ivery (http://www.iverygood.com/index.html)

IEM: IS-1,2,3,4, IV-1,2,3,4 (all surprisingly good for ~$10, yet slightly bright aside from the IV-3)

 

Fidue (http://www.fidue.com/index_en.asp)

IEM:

A81 (Titanium Flagship, $299)

A63

 

Lisound (http://www.lisoundearphone.com/)

 

Gorsunwww.gorsun.com/En_index.asp (Gorsun GS-A340 is a goodlooking, well built and extremely light IEM's that has surprisingly good detail for 4.5$)

 

Keenion  www.keenion.ccwww.keenion.com.cn

 

Fokoos

IEM:

X5 (10mm, V shaped signature, good for $15, but nothing special)

 

Gediao  szgediao.com

IEM:

GD-1 ($22 earphone, 8.8mm mylar driver, sounds and looks more expensive than it is. Has quality packaging and a nice case. Clear sound, nice bass. U shaped sig. The clarity is the biggest surprise. Much clearer than most $20 earphones.)

 

Maya

IEM:

E18 (bright, but good clarity, overpriced)

E10 (decent, nothing special)

E12 (hey now, these things aren't bad for $15. Good clarity, but needs your own tips. Not enough bass.)

 

Genipu

Beevo

Ovlengwww.ovleng.com/products.asp?bigid=9

Phrodi

IEM:

Pod-100: $12, 14.3mm driver. Mid focused. Not enough bass for such a big driver

Pod-007

m201

 

XKDUNwww.xkdun.com (CK-660, CK-700, CK-800, CK-W1000 IEM's all sound great clear with punchy bass. Stay away from CK-900)

 

KZ (Knowledge Zenith) (DIY)  (http://taoctt.taobao.com/index.htm?spm=2013.1.w5002-218015938.2.xIC2vr) (http://shugong.taobao.com/?spm=2013.1.0.0.W8WxBm)

IEM: KZ-A1 (jaw droppingly good if you like bass. HUGE subwoofer bass. One of my favorite low cost IEMs, and they're only $15)

 

 

Cogoo!!  www.cogooll.com/new2009/english-w

IEM: T-02 ($8 gem. Nice bass, well rounded, highs could be a bit more crisp)

 

Kalaideng

IEM: KE-400 Royce (Freakin mid-bass hump. Once tamed it sounds pretty nice though and looks great)

 

Roe

IEM: A7i (another no-name, no info brand that sounds great after some slight midbass taming)

 

Moxpad

IEM: X3 (An exceptionally well balanced MeE M6 killer for ~$25. One of my new favorites)

 

Xiaomi

IEM: Pistons

 

Jiayu

IEM: Ebony Wood G4

 

Clave Productshttp://clavechina.com/

Cobalt Industrial: http://www1.cobalt.com.hk/index.do (made the old DBA-02/B2, RockitSounds, etc.)

Fujikonhttp://www.fujikon.com/ (made some Fischer Audio, MEElec)

Innovation Technologyhttp://www.innacoustic.com

Tralucent Audiohttp://www.tralucentaudio.com         Known for: 1plus2 Hybrid Universal IEM & T1 Portable 

Unique Melody: http://www.unique-melody.com/              Known for: UM Miracle, 3DD etc

TCGhttp://www.tcgcn.com/ ) AMP/DAC

Shonyunhttp://www.shonyun.com/ ) AMP/DAC

BEAT AUDIOhttp://beatheadphone.taobao.com/ ) CIEM, Cables

Blink (http://withablink.com/) speakers

 

Hong Kong:

VMVhttp://www.vmv-audio.com/ ) AMP/DAC

Labkablehttp://labkable.com/ ) cables

 

Sunrise Audio:

IEMs: 

 

Audio-GD:

DAC/AMP: NFB 11.32 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/624517/audio-gd-nfb-11-32-delivery-impression-thread)

 

Yulong:

 

Aune:

DAC/AMP: T1

 

S.M.S.L.:

Headphone Amp:

sAP II (1W @32ohm. Excellent value, great sound)

DAC:

Sanskrit

 

YS Audio

 

Questylehttp://www.questyleaudio.com/en/list/?5_1.html ) DAC/AMP, wireless audio system

HIFI E.Thttp://en.hifi-et.com/ ) DAP , and they have 2 models MA9 and MA8

IHIFI (http://www.i-hifi.com/ ) DAP such as ihifi960, ihifi760, and  ihifi812

QLS-HiFihttp://www.qlshifi.com/ ) DAP and DAC

Colorflyhttp://www.colorfly.net/ ) DAP such as C4, CK4, C3

 

 

Taiwan Brands

 

Superlux    (http://superlux.com.tw) (Legendary value/performance headphones. Well reviewed)

Headphones: HD681EVO (nice bass), HD681, HD669, HD668B, HD662EVO, HD662, HD661, HD660, HD651,

IEMs: HD386 (bright), HD385, HD381,

 

Perfect Sound (http://www.perfect-sound.com.tw/)

Hoomia (http://hoomia.com/)

Jetvox (http://www.jvox.com.tw/en/)

BenQ (yes, they're a monitor company, but they also make earbuds, and in the Chinese market, they sell a single BA IEM called the DQ-1:http://style.benq.com.cn/diy/dq1/ --- at the same time, this is probably solely an effort of their China branch and won't leave the China market, probably won't even be sold in Taiwan)

Widing (http://www.widing-hifi.com/http://www.head-fi.org/products/widing-me10ex

Chord & Major (http://tw.chord-m.com/)

JTS (http://www.jts.com.tw/_en/01_professional/00_list.php?cccid=86)

Spider (http://www.spiderproduct.com/)

TaiwanEars (http://www.taiwanears.com/)

Alteamhttp://www.alteam.com.tw (Looks like possibly a Denon OEM...)

Divas Audiohttp://www.divasaudio.com.tw/index.htm

Yoga Electronicshttp://www.yoga.com.tw/ (OEM for Fischer Audio, California Headphone Company, Sony, etc.)

Forgrandhttp://www.forgrand.com/index.aspx (made Fischer Audio stuff)

Oblanc: http://www.oblanc.com/

Tiinlab: http://tiinlab.com

 

Raxconnwww.raxconn.com.tw (RX-H076 IEM's sound good)

 

DA-Thttp://www.da-t.com/index.html

 

South Korea

Samsin Innohttp://www.ssinno.com/new/index.html (makes EXS products)

Cresynhttp://www.cresyn.com/main.php

T-PEOShttp://www.t-peos.co.kr/

Dynamic Motionhttp://www.dynamicmotion.co.kr/

 

LG:

IEMsQuadbeat, Quadbeat 2 (Outstanding $30 in ear. Mid bass hump and slight peaks that are easily tamed. Exceptionally clear with a nice soundstage.) 

 

Movon:

Bluetooth IEM: Swing 2 (This is probably my new favorite aptX 4.0 in ear. Slightly sibilant, but overall clear and balanced with decent bass. Best range of the aptX in ears too. Needs your own replacement tips for the best sound.)

 

Vietnam

 

 

Singapore:

Creative (www.creative.com)

Null Audiohttp://www.null-audio.com          Known for: Rooth Custom IEMs, Lune Cables etc

 

Malaysia:

Stoner Acoustic:

Mini dac UD100/UD110


Edited by bhazard - 6/18/14 at 6:16pm
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Vsonic is Chinese

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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post
 

Vsonic is Chinese

 

Yep. VSonic, Visang, etc etc.... Lots of brands known by head-fi members, but the general public has little knowledge of.

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Subscribed, hope this thread won't become a "rant" thread for Chinese brands head-fi products...

 

BTW, there is a brand called Lear, coming from HK. I haven't own/tried their products, but I remember I read them somewhere here in this forum before.

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Don't forget about Astrotec. Of the AM-90 and AX-60 fame...

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Don't forget about Astrotec. Of the AM-90 and AX-60 fame...

 

Yup, totally forgot.

 

I'm going to start adding website URLs too, as some are hard to find. Hoping people chime in to help others decide on purchases. As much as I would love to buy every single model from every company to compare, my wallet and free time disagrees.

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Yuin (only the one company with all perfect products:))

Sunrise Audio (Vietnam) edited
Ecci

Corecool
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CORECOOL-V2-Dual-Dynamic-High-Fidelity-Professional-IEMs-Inner-Ear-Earphones-/290904065240?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item43bb3bc4d8


Edited by Berkovajazz - 10/4/13 at 4:36am
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Nice list; I'd try to format it into a table format, though, to make things better organized.

 

Also for some errata:

  • I don't think Sunrise Audio is Taiwanese? AFAIK, it's from Vietnam.
  • You may also want to make the distinction between companies from Hong Kong and the mainland, though these days, because of the HK/Shenzhen/Guangzhou axis, these lines are quite blurred.

 

Other brands to add for Taiwan:

  • Perfect Sound (http://www.perfect-sound.com.tw/)
  • Hoomia (http://hoomia.com/)
  • Jetvox (not sure if you want to include them, as they're purely an ODM/OEM entity and have no products of their own, but people will immediately recognize what comes from their outfit... http://www.jvox.com.tw/en/)
  • BenQ (yes, they're a monitor company, but they also make earbuds, and in the Chinese market, they sell a single BA IEM called the DQ-1: http://style.benq.com.cn/diy/dq1/ --- at the same time, this is probably solely an effort of their China branch and won't leave the China market, probably won't even be sold in Taiwan)

 

Other brands to add for China:

 

I'll try to contribute as much as possible when more come to mind.


Edited by tomscy2000 - 10/3/13 at 7:40pm
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Originally Posted by Berkovajazz View Post
 

Yuin (only the one company with all perfect products:))

Sunrise Audio (Taiwan)
Ecci

Corecool
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CORECOOL-V2-Dual-Dynamic-High-Fidelity-Professional-IEMs-Inner-Ear-Earphones-/290904065240?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item43bb3bc4d8

 

 

Sunrise Audio is from Vietnam actually

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Sorry, Vietnam, my bad, i was writing late night:)

Oh, Widing. I remember when i've found some super model on eBay for about 300$, which were hand-made, with super changable cord and super sound. My Google-translator is not a perfect friend with chinese language.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/widing-me10ex

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post
 

Nice list; I'd try to format it into a table format, though, to make things better organized.

 

Also for some errata:

  • I don't think Sunrise Audio is Taiwanese? AFAIK, it's from Vietnam.
  • You may also want to make the distinction between companies from Hong Kong and the mainland, though these days, because of the HK/Shenzhen/Guangzhou axis, these lines are quite blurred.

 

Other brands to add for Taiwan:

  • Perfect Sound (http://www.perfect-sound.com.tw/)
  • Hoomia (http://hoomia.com/)
  • Jetvox (not sure if you want to include them, as they're purely an ODM/OEM entity and have no products of their own, but people will immediately recognize what comes from their outfit... http://www.jvox.com.tw/en/)
  • BenQ (yes, they're a monitor company, but they also make earbuds, and in the Chinese market, they sell a single BA IEM called the DQ-1: http://style.benq.com.cn/diy/dq1/ --- at the same time, this is probably solely an effort of their China branch and won't leave the China market, probably won't even be sold in Taiwan)

 

Other brands to add for China:

 

I'll try to contribute as much as possible when more come to mind.

 

This is perfect, thank you. I didn't know of any of these brands. I'll try to break it down into a table when I get some free time.

 

Finding out OEM's is also what I'm looking to add here too, because for instance, a company called Soniq in the US sells the Somic EFI82MT for ~$99 here. It can be had for $35 shipped from Aliexpress. Big price difference, same product. Gemini sells the Takstar Pro-80 as the HSR-1000 for $50 here, where it can be $80+ from China.

 

The Somic Gaming headphones absolutely blow away the Turtle Beach models I've tried in SQ, for a lot less money as well. Raising awareness to these brands can help people find absolute gems they may not have known existed, because they just aren't marketed here. Beats is the only brand most people know of, and that's just sad.


Edited by bhazard - 10/4/13 at 7:23am
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post  I'll try to break it down into a table when I get some free time.

 

It might be easier to do a Google spreadsheet, like what I did with the BA chart project...

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by bhazard View Post  Finding out OEM's is also what I'm looking to add here tooI'll try to break it down into a table when I get some free time.

 

That might be a little too ambitious... way too many OEMs...

 


More...

 

China:

Ivery (http://www.iverygood.com/index.html)

Fidue (http://e.weibo.com/fidue)

Lisound (http://www.lisoundearphone.com/)

Yuin (http://www.yuin-acoustic.com/product/?id=2)

ECCI (http://www.audioecci.com/)

See if any brands in here were missed: http://cymbacavum.com/2013/08/12/the-biz-ciem-companies-in-china-hong-kong/

 

Taiwan:

Chord & Major (http://tw.chord-m.com/)

JTS (http://www.jts.com.tw/_en/01_professional/00_list.php?cccid=86)

Spider (http://www.spiderproduct.com/)

TaiwanEars (http://www.taiwanears.com/)

 

Singapore:

Creative (www.creative.com)

 

 

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ODM/OEM Companies (** denotes existence of self-contained retail arm, eponymous or otherwise)

 

Clave Products (HK/China): http://clavechina.com/

Cobalt Industrial (HK/China): http://www1.cobalt.com.hk/index.do (made the old DBA-02/B2, RockitSounds, etc.)

Fujikon (HK/China): http://www.fujikon.com/ (made some Fischer Audio, MEElec)

Innovation Technology (HK/China): http://www.innacoustic.com

 

Forgrand (Taiwan): http://www.forgrand.com/index.aspx (made Fischer Audio stuff)

Oblanc** (Taiwan): http://www.oblanc.com/

 

Samsin Inno** (South Korea): http://www.ssinno.com/new/index.html (makes EXS products)

Cresyn** (South Korea): http://www.cresyn.com/main.php

T-PEOS** (South Korea): http://www.t-peos.co.kr/

Dynamic Motion (South Korea): http://www.dynamicmotion.co.kr/

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