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Headphone Inventory

HYBRIDS/BA Armature (from favorite to least):

1. SENFER 4in1 (Beryllium drivers & Knowles 30042 BA hybrid) (coherency, transparency, airy, depth, etc...these are practically a step above the rest with precise instrument separation and excellent soundstage to go with it. These would be the perfect universal IEM's if it had tunable nozzles, but they're actually well tuned, so no need! Bass/sub-bass is by far the best I've heard, vocals are clean and very transparent, and hi-end details and micro-details are explicit! The quality of the housing and wires down to the sound quality these produce are of exceptional value! They are my top-tier!)
2. HLSX-BK50 (Titanium driver & AFX BA hybrid) (wide and lively soundstage and presentation with excellent vocals that sends chills down your spine using the aftermarket small AUVIO silicone tips with the RED inner bore. Details are warm, smooth, with a sense of openness and clarity. They present a snug and comfortable fit when you go "one size smaller" and in return gives you some of the best hi-end audio experiences unmatched by more expensive models!)
3. HLSX-808 (Titanium driver & AFX BA hybrid) (deep sounding bass with great impact, and clean and clear vocals joined with crisp hi-end details. Soundstage is big and spacious, which brings out the best out of most songs effortlessly, even out-staging my favorite K3003's on most genre's)
4. K3003 (3-way hybrid) (DIY version of AKG K3003 by Senfer) (great wide-stereo imaging and sonic impact with airy and extended details on top)
5. GranVela URBANFUN (2-way hybrid) (excellent soundstage with deep broad bass, great mids and detailed treble with aftermarket wide-bore "Auvio medium silicone tips")
6. Kinera BD05 (2-way hybrid) (sport-type) (great wide soundstage with realistic sounding vocals -great bang for a hybrid at its price point!)
7. Remax RM-600M (single unit 2-way balanced armature on each side) (excellent soundstage and placement of instruments. Vocals are very lively and the whole spectrum is beautifully balanced with explicit details. Bass is clear and deep with a great realistic feel, punch, and slam to them)
8. SIDY DGS100 (2-way hybrid) (great live soundstage with aftermarket medium wide-bore foam tips)
9. SoundMAGIC PL50 (single balanced armature) (sport-type) (excellent midrange and wide soundstage with aftermarket medium silicone tips)


NOTE: As of 2016, I rearranged my Dynamic IEM's from a "NEW favorite to LEAST favorite" according to the changes on the "aftermarket silicone tips" provided!

DYNAMIC Metal/Wood/Plastic housing (from favorite to least):

1. Sound Phil K5 (DIY by SENFER) (excellent soundstage and sonic impact.....same housing as the K3003! With the aftermarket "Auvio silicone tips with light blue center bore" it creates an awesome soundstage and resolution with good instrument separation, imaging, depth, and great extension on both ends -best in its class, hands down!)
2. Sendiy M2 (NOTE: These are not the Easy M2, which are replaced with "cheaper drivers") (Actually, the Sendiy M2 are coming directly from the "Sendiy Audio company", which carry superb workmanship down to the wire with two differently tuned nozzles that are completely accurate as described by the company having a natural and life-like soundstage, depth and rich bass with the ability to articulate all details, instruments and vocals realistically!)
3. SoundMAGIC E10 (with medium aftermarket wide-bore "Auvio silicone tips" for a better sounding life-like soundstage and solid imaging!)
4. Xiaomi Pistons 2.0, 2.1, IF Edition (with "Xiaomi Quantie medium silicone tips" for better balance and accuracy of the bass, soundstage and crisp high-end!)
5. VIVO XE800 (superb soundstage with life-like vocals and excellent details from end to end without ever sounding harsh or sibilant with mirror-like similarities in SQ when compared to the GR07, but has a more comfortable fit and feel to them)
6. Pioneer SEC-CL100 (universal/sport-type) (These are superb in everyway demonstrating excellent details throughout the whole spectrum without ever sounding harsh or sibilant. Bass is smooth, fast, and punctual with deep and excellent sub-bass tone.)
7. JOYROOM JR-E107 (6mm micro-drivers) (Incredible bass and sub-bass with great open soundstage and performance and excellent micro-details done so well that the vocals naturally make their way for an overall great presentation. They provide precision and accuracy that can only be described as epic!)
8. Rock Zircon (solid nano zircon cavity and housing material, which contributes to the excellent and incredibly wide and open soundstage and depth with bass that slams extremely low while the mids and highs maintains its' proper place sounding natural and lifelike)
9. KZ-ED11 (very solid with an excellent wide and open soundstage that outperforms most of my KZ series and IEM collection) (deep broad bass, luscious mids, and cleaner more vivid treble than the KZ-ED10)
10. TINGO FL800 (DIY version of Sennheiser IE800) (wide soundstage and great balance with excellent transparency) (The texture and resolution are second to none)
11. KZ-S3 (nicely balanced) (excellent soundstage with great texture providing crisp highs, luscious mids and a quick, clean, and accurate bass response that is very hard to beat)
12. KZ-ED9 (superb workmanship and excellent soundstage with tunable nozzles) (medium aftermarket wide-bore tips)
13. KZ-ED10 (excellent wide and open soundstage and solid performer) (deep broad bass, luscious mids, and decent treble)
14. KZ ATE (sport-type) (wide soundstage with excellent transparent-like midrange and details with incredibily smooth response when used with default medium spong tips)
15. SoundSOUL S-018 (Incredible natural sound signature for its asking price)
16. GranVela/Mrice/Baldoor E300 (excellent "live" soundstage covering the bass, mids, and high's almost in perfect harmony!)
17. Astrotec AM800 (very attractive looking with aftermarket medium tips from VSONIC selected tips)
18. Philips SHE9620/28 (Rose Gold Edition) (with medium aftermarket wide-bore tips for great clarity and imaging)
19. KinDen (with 3 Tuned Metal Nozzles)
20. KZ-EDSE (same as KZ-EDR1, but with enhanced upper-midrange)
21. KZ-EDR1 (same as KZ-EDSE, but with enhanced lower-bass)
22. KZ-ES
23. SONY MDR-EX60LP
24. Meelectronics SP51 (with 3 Tuned Metal Nozzles)
25. IVERY IS-1/LIBERTY (vivid/clear version with sub-bass impact)
26. CKY CK-38 (mimics single balanced armatures.....incredible value in sound alone)
27. Pioneer CE-SL31 (similar sound signature to Grado SR80)
28. VSONIC GR02 BE
29. SoundMAGIC E30 (sport-type) (with small silicone tips from Ivery IS-1)
30. Philips SHE3580 (with medium sky-blue/black tips from vsonic)
31. Monoprice 8320 (sport-type)


DYNAMIC A to Z (no longer own):

1. HLSX-8
2. Holy Serpent V9
3. iRiver ICP-AT500
4. IVERY IS-1/HIPUT (retired in my drawer)
5. IVERY IS-16
6. IVERY IV-3
7. KZ-ED3 "Youth Version"
8. KZ-S4
9. Philips SHE3590
10. Razor PAX09
11. Rock Mula
12. SADES SA608
13. Soundmagic ES18
14. Soundmagic ES20
15. Soundmagic PL11
16. Soundmagic PL21
17. Soundmagic PL30
18. VSONIC GR99
19. Xiaomi Pistons 1.0
20. Xiaomi Quantie


E-BUDS (from favorite to least):

1. TY HI-Z (by Tamrac) (The best earbuds I've ever heard coming from a budget level that can hang with the "big boys" -soundstage, crisp details, vocals, and sub-bass are epic!)
2. VE MONK (These are right upthere with the HI-Z's with great clarity and micro details from end to end)
3. GranVela/Mrice/Baldoor E100 (excellent "live" soundstage covering the bass, mids, and high's almost in perfect harmony!)
4. Edifier H185 (basically competes and matches the Yuin earbuds in sound alone)
5. EarPods (by Apple)


OVER-EAR (my personal budget champs!):

Takstar HD2000 (closed back) (Note: Must purchase a pair of separate "velour ear pads with mesh screen" to get the best sound ever!) (Just change the vinyl ear pads to velour ear pads and also remove the foam cushion covering both speakers, but make sure the velour pads has a mesh screen on them when you purchase them for dust protection. You must measure the ear cup size as well for the right size fit. So, what do you get after modding them? Excellent transparency with the mids and treble, incredibly wide soundstage, and clean and quick bass and sub-bass. They are very transparent after modding them and can easily be enjoyable for hundreds of dollars less than expected!)


OVER-EAR (from favorite to least):

1. ISK HP2011 (closed back) (soundstage is wide and clear with great extention on both ends for a "closed back" headphone. Has a natural airy life-like sound signature to them with excellent placement and transitioning of instruments and a feel of clarity and transparency to them, which makes them best for monitoring purposes)
2. ISK MDH9000 (closed back) (soundstage is wide, big, and extremely clear from end to end with a broad bass response, excellent vocals and precise hi-end details that makes for the best DJ headphones I've ever experienced)
3. ISK HD9999 (closed back) (soundstage is wide with a sense of openess, clarity and brightness with a crisp high-end. Has great acoustics and vocals just behind the ISK HP2011. They come with extra-thick vinyl pads for enhanced bass and regular pads for a flat sounding signature tended for monitoring purposes)
4. ISK HF2010 (open back) (soundstage is big and clear with a nice deep bass presence with excellent life-like vocals and crystal clear highs, which makes for some of the best "budget priced" open cans on the market)
5. BETOP BT-A50 (closed back) (best "SQ" sounding noise cancelling headphones I've heard by far)


ON-EAR (from favorite to least):

1. KO-STAR KHM-681 (closed) (DIY myself to sound like Momentums)
2. AKG K412P (open back) (with slight modification for better SQ)
3. Koss Porta Pro (open back)

Headphone Amp Inventory

XUAN-Zu Xz-u808 Hi-fi (Double Vacuum Tube) Headphone Amplifier

LUXPRO DS-11 Headphone Amplifier with Sub-bass/Mid-bass Tone Control

Source Inventory

Tsinghua Tongfang TF-R12 High Resolution Digital Audio Player/Voice Recorder with solid metal housing (160 hours of playtime capability on one charge)

Tsinghua Tongfang T&F-99 HD High Grade Digital Audio Player/Voice Recorder (200 hours of playtime capability on one charge)

Tsinghua Tongfang T&F-18 Hi-Fi Digital Audio Player/Voice Recorder (100 hours of playtime capability on one charge)

Ruizu X02 Digital Player (updated version with custom EQ setting)

Realtek HD Audio Manager (for Windows PC)

Other Audio Equipment

Yamaha P95 Digital Piano with Yamaha's unique rare metal keyboard stand and chair

Music Preferences

Any type of music that interest me.....too many to categorize.

Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)

Xiaomi Redmi 2A (smart phone)

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