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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    A friend of mine is searching for a new pair of cans. What she's looking for is something: -cable down (since she has long hair and wears glasses) -small footprint, no etymotic ear dildo -good vocals/mids but with a bit of grit and punch to play metal and rock the right way -around 20-30€...
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    Yes, they surely are on the safe side, so for those who are less sensitive than me they can sound boring, BUT I don't agree with you on the bass department, mine reaches pretty deep and hits with a fair amount of punchiness
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    Shipping Discussions

    I purchased the starfield from Shenzhenaudio Store on Ali during the march anniversary sale. Everything went pretty smoothly until the package hit Singapore, then the tracking had been stuck to "processing at the international sorting center" for more than two months. Fortunately, all's well...
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Agreed. The more I listen to them, the more I like them. I'm starting to think they will be my IEM's endgame, just like the HD650 is my endgame for full sized headphones.
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    So, after waiting almost three months, I finally received my Starfield. My (unneeded) first impressions: -wow, they look even nicer IRL -can be described as subtle: like the HD650, they don't try to wow you, they don't steal the show, but they simply let you focus on the music. I'm sure I will...
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    MOONDROP's new website & lending library survey

    I'd prefer to have UK's and EU's requests together too (I live in Italy)
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    URBANFUN YBF-ISS014 Impressions thread

    Actually you can see that the Be has an emphasis in the lower treble (around 6 kHz), putting it in the "traditional v-shape" category, while the Urbanfun has an emphasis in the upper midrange (2-5 kHz), which is more a Chi-Fi tuning thing
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    URBANFUN YBF-ISS014 Impressions thread

    About Crinacle's review, I think there are some points to get across: -C+ isn't a bad ranking: in the entry level segment, only the GR07, T4, MH755, Starfield and ER2SE/XR scored higher -reading the review, we can see that Crinacle's deemed the Urbanfan competent under a technical point of view...
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    Since the NineTail was out of stock, I've ordered the Starfield for 79€, as it seems to be one of the $100 benchmarks right now
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    With 47 ohm of OI, the Loxjie isn't very suited for IEMs and sensitive headphones though
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    Earbuds Round-Up

    @Lex11180 I have the Svara-L, which I enjoy a lot with artists like Carpenter Brut, Gesaffelstein, Perturbator, Danger etc. I've read somewhere in this topic that the Smabat is an improved Svara L with the same FR but better technicalities. So the Smabat gets my vote too
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Thanks for the reply! I was avoiding BA iems because I always heard that the bass always lacks impact compared to a DD, since the latter moves air. Moreover, both the diamond and the 9tail are described as being smooth and forgiving of poorly mastered tracks, and metal more often than not is...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Ok, I think I'll buy the 9tail, either with the current sale or the anniversary one. Thanks to you and @Slater for the help!
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    So, I have been out of the Chi-Fi loop for more than a year now, because after purchasing the HD650 I stopped myself from buying audio gear for a while. The HD650 does a lot of things right for me, with a well known weakness (bass estension and slam), but sometimes I miss the commodity of a pair...
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    Earbuds Round-Up

    Strange, I usually drive them with my Xiaomi Mi A1 and to me they never sounded harsh (I use thin foams with them). I am pretty sensitive to brightness and treble spikes too (I haven't used my ATH-M40x in a while because of that).
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    Earbuds Round-Up

    My Svara-L's arrived today. First impressions (with stock foams) without break-in: sounds like a baby HD58x, similar SS, but with slightly less extension and less slam in the bass, which is not a fair comparison since the latter is an over-ear headphone.
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    Earbuds Round-Up

    Ordered the Svara-L and the Fukubukuro for ~47€. Now we wait.
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    Earbuds Round-Up

    So far the only impression about the to600 I've come across is this user review on AE: "I feel TO600 is one of the masterpiece that countinued from TO400S. Its sound is very detail with warmth. I feel TO600's tone valume Balance is Melody and Base sound oriented with in the limits of Good...
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    So, I've got the $5 discount coupon for $25+ orders on Aliexpress. Now should I buy a single ~$30 iem like the T2 or should I buy two sub $10 earphones (I was thinking about ED9+emx500) plus some foams and tips?
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    Music player under 200$ vs. Smartphone under 700$

    Well, if you're listening to music only via bluetooth headphones, the most important thing is the support of the LDAC audio codec, on the smartphone and on the headphones. With BT, the quality of the dac and the amp on the smartphone/dap doesn't matter, because the conversion of the digital data...
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    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

    @J The Killer to reduce clamp, slide out the metal part completely and bend it locally, keeping both hands on the slider: this way you'll avoid cracking or snapping the headband (this is an advice by Solderdude of DIYAudioHeaven)
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    So, basically what I said here https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chinese-asian-brand-info-thread-portable-headphones-and-iems.820747/page-826#post-13792315
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Are you seriously suggesting a 400 usd music player when all of his choices are in the 60-70 usd price range?
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Rule of thumb with chi-fi: always wait at least one month after the first impressions.
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    That IEM is banned on HF. Some shady stuff happened in the past with the retailer. Check @Slater signature for more info.
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