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    Headphone Inventory:
    RATING CHART Highest Rating Possible: 10

    PSR = PRO SOUND RATING
    SS = SOUND SIGNATURE
    BQ = BUILD QUALITY
    OP = OVERALL PACKAGE
    OV = OVERALL VALUE

    NOTE: Top position will go towards PRO SOUND RATING (PSR)

    HYBRIDS Planar + BA Armature(s):
    One orthodynamic diaphragm drive unit plus one BA armature each side
    PSR: 10
    SS: Rich and detailed bass with good texture and excellent sub-bass, while the midrange expresses breath-taking natural accuracy, and treble has a touch of transparency, air, and crispiness with good precision!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: The best neutral sounding IEM I've heard!...I highly recommend it! But, vented back has slight sound leak for those critical of noise reduction.


    HYBRIDS DD + BA Armature(s):

    CCA A10
    5 fine-tuned BA armatures per side (10 total) with CCA exclusive crossover network circuitry
    PSR: 10
    SS: They have a balanced, but bright and vividly sounding signature throughout the midrange and treble with plenty of details and a surprisingly low punchy bass coming from a BA “bass” armature. They have some of the best frontal and depth soundstage I’ve heard in a long time. Resolution is also epic, grand and immersive!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: It is a MUST to burn the A10's for at least 100 hours to rid of all harshness and sibilance. The outcome is astonishing and will amaze even the most critique reviewers of earphones. For best overall results, aftermarket Auvio silicone earphones are highly recommended, IMHO!...They're that good!

    CCA C16
    8 fine-tuned BA armatures per side (16 total) with CCA exclusive crossover network circuitry
    PSR: 10
    SS: Superior sound quality! Lively interpretation of vocals, instruments, and musicality with excellent details! Holographic soundstage and outstanding resolution!...Simply irresistible!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: The C16 can reveal most all details from any given genre's played through them and can clearly hang tough and compete with top-tier brands giving them a perfect 10 in PSR! Note: It is possible they can expose bad recordings, so take this into consideration before buying them. ...aftermarket Auvio Silicone ear tips does them justice!

    CCA C10
    HD Driver + 4 BA Drive Units per side with CCA exclusive crossover network circuitry
    PSR: 10
    SS: Premium sound quality! -deep punchy sub-bass, excellent clean vocals, silky pristine hi-end details with solid and superior soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Give them at least 20 hours of playtime and they'll blossom to grant you supremacy at such a low price over more expensive models!...These are definitely a perfect 10 in PSR! ...aftermarket Mixed Copper/Silver cables by KZ brings out the best in the C10!

    KZ ZSN PRO
    10mm Titanium Double Magnet DD's + KZ's exclusive 30095 BA Armatures with PRO tuning crossover network
    PSR: 10
    SS: Sonic and energetic sound with plenty of hi-end details, life-like MID's, and fast effortless deep and low sub-bass with excellent soundstage and resolution!
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: The ZSN PRO's are definitely a top-tier sounding IEM! The bass goes deeper with better control, while maintaining clearer vocals and hi-end details without sounding harsh or sibilant when compared to the original ZSN. At such a low price, they are a NO BRAINER!

    KZ ZS7
    Extended Bass Driver + 4 BA Drive Units per side with KZ exclusive crossover network circuitry
    PSR: 9.9
    SS: Superb sound quality! -deep extended sub-bass, excellent clean vocals, silky pristine hi-end details with solid and superior soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: The ZS7 are great top sounding IEM's! The sub-bass extends really deep with excellent control, while maintaining clean vocals and hi-end details without sounding harsh or sibilant. They are a "MUST HAVE" for some serious and genuine fun!

    CCA CA4
    HD Bass Driver + 1 BA HD Unit per side
    PSR: 9.9
    SS: Excellent transparency and hi-end details/micro-details, life-like MID's, and fast textured bass with excellent frontal and wide soundstage, and imaging!
    BQ: 10
    OV: 7
    OP: 10
    COMMENTS: The CA4 are very linear sounding with great accuracy and are capable of sounding more than 90% like its BA brother, C16!

    ACZ KR06-6
    HD Driver + Bellsing Dual BA Armatures each side
    PSR: 9.9
    SS: Excellent hi-end details/micro-details, crystal clear MID's, and fast punchy bass with excellent soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 7
    OP: 6
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Lame packaging with few accessories, but replace the default ear tips with a purchase of SONY standard ear tips and all is forgiven!

    KZ ZSN
    10mm Titanium Film Drivers + KZ's exclusive 30095 BA Armatures
    PSR: 9.8
    SS: Sonic and energetic sound with plenty of hi-end details, life-like MID's, and fast effortless bass with excellent soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: These are a good step up from your average V-shape sounding IEM's providing plenty of raw energy with a nice contoured fit and good looks to go with it. No doubt about it!...Simply irresistible!

    KZ ZSA
    8mm Bass Drivers + KZ's exclusive BA Armatures
    PSR: 9.8
    SS: Nice deep and rich bass, clear vivid MIDs and highs, wide soundstage and depth with excellent resolution!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: With its smaller size and light weight metal housing, you better believe that they can keep up with much costlier brands! They not only sound superb, but they also punch above their weight!

    ACZ KR06-4
    HD Driver + Bellsing BA Armature each side
    PSR: 9.8
    SS: Incredible clarity and details with excellent imaging and soundstage!
    BQ: 7
    OP: 6
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Lame packaging with few accessories, but replace the default ear tips with a purchase of SONY standard ear tips and all is forgiven!

    KZ ED16
    HD Driver + Dual MID/HI BA Armatures each side
    PSR: 9.8
    SS: Excellent balanced sound signature with an organic and luscious hi-resolution field!
    BQ: 7
    OP: 6
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Lame cables, but can easily be upgraded! The value of their sound alone makes it all worth while!

    SENDIY M1221
    Beryllium Driver + BA Armature with true tri-band performance
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Bright & transparently clear with 3 tuning nozzles -Balanced, Neutral, and Flat
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: A little pricey, but well worth its value in TOP TOTAL PACKAGE!

    RevoNext QT2
    Dual Sub-bass & bass drivers + BA armature each side
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Nicely balanced with deep rich bass, clear vivid highs, wide soundstage and depth with excellent resolution!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: One of the best natural sub-bass I've heard coming from any IEM!

    Magaosi MGS-401
    4 High Definition BA Drive Units per side
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Energetic and crystal clear with awesome resolution, imaging and 3D-like soundstage!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Awesome resolution and solid bass for a balanced armature set-up! They sound and look much more professional for the asking price!

    Magaosi HiLisening K5
    5 High Definition BA Drive Units per side
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Bright, energetic, powerful, and vividly clear!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Rare overall BQ at such a low price! A "must have" for hi-end listeners!

    MEMT R11 "DUKE"
    1 bass + 1 full-range BA balanced armatures each side
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Energetic and clear with a lively midrange and awesome resolution, with excellent imaging and large soundstage!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Very comfortable with an ergonomically designed and smooth fit, thick detachable wires, and a very fashionable storage box to go with it!

    MEMT R9 "CRYSTAL"
    1 bass + 1 full-range BA balanced armatures each side
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Bright, energetic, with clean vocals and crystal clear highs!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Very comfortable with a crystal-like looking acrylic based housing, thick detachable wires, and a very fashionable storage box that can't be beat!

    MEMT R7
    Dynamic Driver + High Definition BA Armature
    PSR: 9.6
    SS: Nicely balanced with "extended bass", high definition and details
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: Incredible BQ and OP!...Excellent deep bass!

    MaGaosi K3 PRO / K3 HD
    Comes with 2-tuning nozzles, Graphene drivers & Knowles 30017 BA(s)
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Balanced -warm or bright with 2-tuning nozzles
    BQ: 8
    OP: 8
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: Very good package deal and price!

    KZ-ZS5
    2 DD + 2 BA Armatures each side
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Bright, balanced with enhanced vocal, clarity, and resolution
    BQ: 7
    OP: 8
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Great overall SS, but suffers a bit of distorted bass at high volumes

    MaGaosi Y3
    7mm + 9mm separately tuned drivers with BA armature tweeter each side
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Nicely balanced with natural and transparent clarity, soundstage, and resolution!
    BQ: 7
    OP: 8
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Best double DD and BA set up I've heard so far!

    PODOOR J20 (China) / EMI-CI880 (Overseas)
    Quad-core drivers with exceptional BA Armatures
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Balanced, bright with great clarity and details
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 9
    Comments: Other than lame cables, these are exceptionally great!

    SENFER 4in1
    Beryllium driver + Knowles 30042 BA Armature
    PSR: 9.2
    SS: Bright and sparkling clear
    BQ: 8
    OP: 8
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Bright and fun, but can get heavy in the ears after long sessions

    HLSX-BK50
    Titanium driver & AFX BA Armature
    PSR: 9.2
    SS: Warm, clear, and smooth with nice details
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: With the right ear tips, these can be smooth and addictive!

    SENFER DT2 Plus
    Hi-end drivers & dual BA Armatures
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Very bright and detailed with plenty of low sub-bass
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Treble can get a little hot -not for everyone

    MaGaosi M3
    Titanium driver & AFX BA Armature
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Nice overall balance and openess and good looks!
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: These perform very well and are underrated

    HLSX-808
    Titanium driver & AFX BA Armature
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Bright and crisp
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Plays very well with guitar and string instruments

    GranVela URBANFUN
    2-way hybrid
    PSR: 9.0
    SS: Warm/balanced with good details and a rich bass response
    BQ: 9
    OP: 8
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: The perfect entry level earphone to the hybrid world

    Remax RM-600M
    Single unit 2-way BA armature on each side
    PSR: 8.8
    SS: Balanced with good midrange and details
    BQ: 8
    OP: 9
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: With a good package and a well-balanced SS, how can anyone go wrong


    HYBRIDS DD + Piezo Tweeter(s) (+ BA Armature(s)):

    SENFER DT6
    HD large drivers + BA armature + Piezo Ceramic Drivers per side
    PSR: 10
    SS: Luscious with excellent transparency and hi-end details/micro-details, life-like MID's, and fast textured sub-bass/bass with excellent soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 8
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Interestingly, it's "neutral" when used with its default and packaged ear tips, but easily can be converted to "balanced" when used with aftermarket silicone ear tips! Though, they actually get my top rating of 10 PSR for its neutral + natural sound signature!

    ARTISTE DC1
    High Definition Drivers + Piezo (Ceramic) Tweeters
    PSR: 9.8
    SS: Incredibly balanced, with plenty of details throughout the whole range! Excellent resolution, soundstage, and imaging!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 8
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Other than noticeable microphonic cables (which a shirt-clip can easily fix), they have excellent stage presence and hi-resolution!

    Intime SORA (Japan)
    Dynamic Drivers + Piezo Tweeters
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Slight U-shape sound signature with good resolution and clarity.
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Needs spacers on the nozzles to stop the ear tips from sliding back and forth. Pure metal housing can be a -CON because of its weight distribution when placed in the ears.


    DYNAMIC DRIVERS Metal/Wood/Plastic housing:

    HiFi BCD
    High Definition Micro-Drivers
    PSR: 10
    SS: Nicely balanced, natural sounding atmosphere with enhanced bass and hi-end treble and micro details. 3D-like holographic environment, good width, depth, and frontal stage. Excellent Imaging with good spatial separation.
    BQ: 9
    OP: 6
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: They have a continuous mixture of sounding bright and warm, the best of both worlds! They are a steal for such a low price!

    QCY QM05
    High definition dynamic drivers
    PSR: 9.7
    SS: Crystal clear with awesome resolution, imaging and 3D-like soundstage plus solid bass!
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Outstanding resolution, imaging and 3D-like soundstage makes these almost flawless for the money! They sound much more professional for the asking price, plus they're comfortable to wear!

    TINAUDIO T2
    Dynamic sub/mid driver plus dynamic tweeter
    PSR: 9.6
    SS: Bright, but with warm vocals with a neutral-balanced exceptionally clean SS!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 9
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: Dual dynamics done right with the bonus of detachable cables!

    LIBERATOR AK-47 (Bullet Style IEM)
    Dynamic Driver with Double Body Patented Technology
    PSR: 9.6
    SS: Choice of 2 tuning nozzles -balanced or neutral sound signature
    BQ: 10
    OP: 8
    OV: 10
    COMMENTS: One of the best balance and neutral SS I've ever heard coming from dynamic drivers!

    MEMT X5s
    6mm micro-drivers
    PSR: 9.5
    SS: Bright with plenty of midrange and improved hi-end details and sub-bass
    BQ: 8
    OP: 8
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: MEMT X5s version has improved their game with better quality cables and SS!

    KZ ZSE
    Sub-driver plus mid-treble transducer
    PSR: 9.4
    SS: Bright with warm vocals and nicely balanced with plenty of clarity and sizzle
    BQ: 7
    OP: 6
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: Other than cheap housing and cables, SS is totally great sounding for such a low price!

    UiiSii HM7
    Dynamic Drivers
    PSR: 9.3
    SS: Bright and clear with nice sparkle
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Very surprising SS for its price

    SENDIY M2
    Dynamic Drivers with 2-tuning nozzles
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Bright and warm depending which tuning nozzle used -tuned for serious fun!
    BQ: 9
    OP: 10
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: Well-made wooden housing and a great package deal

    SoundMAGIC E10
    Dynamic Drivers
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Great midrange, solid soundstage
    BQ: 9
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Best if used with "medium Auvio silicone tips"...nice vocals!

    Xiaomi Pistons (2.0, 2.1, IF Edition)
    Beryllium Drivers
    PSR: 9.1
    SS: Nice bass and crisp SS!
    BQ: 8
    OP: 8
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Still competitive after fueling the Chinese market trend

    VIVO XE800
    Dynamic Drivers
    PSR: 9.0
    SS: Bright and detailed with very nice midrange
    BQ: 7
    OP: 6
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: A keeper for good comfort and sound!

    Pioneer SEC-CL100
    Dynamic Drivers
    PSR: 8.9
    SS: Balanced with nice vocals and details
    BQ: 9
    OP: 9
    OV: 9
    COMMENTS: Mainly cheaper than the VSONIC brand, great package deal!

    REMAX RM-580
    Dual 6mm micro-drivers
    PSR: 8.9
    SS: Balanced, clear, and fun
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Surprisingly fun and nice looking

    KZ-ED9
    Dynamic Drivers with 2-tuning nozzles
    PSR: 8.7
    SS: Nice balance and details with both tuning nozzles
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: Cables are a little lame, but the housing is nice and good looking

    KZ-ED11
    Dynamic Drivers
    PSR: 8.7
    SS: Plenty of fun and details
    BQ: 8
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: I consider these to be a step up from the ED10 with a bit more hi-end details

    KZ HD9 (V2) (improved version)
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 8.6
    SS: Excellent MID to hi-end clarity and details with impressive bass punch!
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: These are a "no brainer" for such a low price

    KZ ATR
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 8.6
    SS: Warm, smooth, nicely balanced with good to excellent details
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: These are another "no brainer" for such a low price

    KZ ATE
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 8.6
    SS: Slightly brighter than the ATR with good bass and excellent upper-range
    BQ: 7
    OP: 7
    OV: 8
    COMMENTS: These are slightly brighter, but fun to listen to

    JOYROOM JR-E107
    6mm micro-drivers
    PSR: 8.5
    COMMENTS: Nicely balanced with plenty of details

    KZ-ED10
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 8.5
    COMMENTS: Great midrange listening experience

    NOTE: Other IEM's no longer listed above are either retired, gifted, or sold.


    E-BUDS (from favorite to least):

    MEMT T5
    HD Titanium Drivers
    PSR: 9.6

    MEMT T3
    HD Hi-end Drivers
    PSR: 9.5

    PINTE P-11
    Titanium Drivers
    PSR: 9.5

    TY HI-Z (by Tamrac)
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 9.4

    VE MONK
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 9.4

    GranVela/Mrice/Baldoor E100
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 9.3

    Edifier H185
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 9.1

    EarPods (by Apple)
    Dynamic Driver
    PSR: 9.0


    OVER-EAR BUDGET PROJECT:

    Takstar HD2000 (closed back) Note: You must purchase a pair of separate "velour ear pads with mesh screen" to do this simple MOD. 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. Also, 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 head stage, as well as clean and quick bass and sub-bass. They sound very open and natural after modding them and cost hundreds less versus the competition!


    OVER-EAR (from favorite to least):

    1. ISK HP980 (closed back) The resolution on these just simply makes them my personal best with end to end liquid-like immersive clarity!
    2. ISK HP2011 (closed back) Has a natural-neutral airy life-like sound to them with clarity and transparency.
    3. ISK MDH9000 (closed back) Soundstage is big and extremely clear with a broad bass response, excellent vocals and precise hi-end details for the best DJ headphones I've ever experienced.
    4. ISK HD9999 (closed back) Soundstage is wide with a sense of openess, clarity and a crisp high-end with great acoustics and vocals.
    5. ISK HF2010 (open back) Soundstage is big and clear with a nice deep bass presence with excellent life-like vocals and excellent highs.
    6. BETOP BT-A50 (closed back) Best "SQ" sounding noise cancelling headphones I've heard on a budget price by far.


    ON-EAR (from favorite to least):

    1. KO-STAR KHM-681 (closed) DIY myself to sound like Momentums.
    2. ZORO Noontec (closed)
    3. AKG K412P (open back) With slight modification for better SQ.
    4. Koss Porta Pro (open)
    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:
    Dodocool DA106 true "hi-res" certified lossless audio player with solid metal/alloy casing

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

    Tsinghua Tongfang T&F-99 HD High Grade Digital Audio Player/Voice Recorder (200 hours of playtime per 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:
    ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pegasus 4A Smart Phone with SONY camera and "hi-res" audio player built in!
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