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How important is timbre to you? The TRN BA5 sounds like what you're looking for, but their timbre is a bit mechanic.. Tonality wise they're neutral and dry, with bass that's probably too tight and fast. It's an all-BA unit.
I just ordered the TRN BA5. I was looking for a more neutrally tuned IEM and it was between this or the Moondrop SSR. Decided to go with the all-BA unit as I’ve never tried one before. Hope it doesn’t disappoint!
 
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Looks good but a gamble. Wonder why one is a pound more than the others?

£15 looks cheap enough for a gamble.

EDIT: Ordered and arriving Monday.
Impressions ASAP please!
 
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I really don't want to spend hours modding. I was hoping for a recommendation on a similar sounding IEM with detachable cable.

I've tried Vsonic GR07s, Shure SE215's, Hifiman RE 400s, Etymotic HF3, KZ ZS10 Pro, Sennheiser CX 300 and a handful of others i can't remember off the top of my head.

I mainly listen to metal/rock and they sound so musical and fun without being fatiguing while still having a little spark in the treble to keep me interested for long listening sessions. Also, I like bass but I can't stand bass bloating. The Duozas are punchy, tight and fast in bass. My KZ ZS10 Pros have an insane amount of sub bass compared to them which I don't find enjoyable for the music I listen to. It feels like "droning" in my ears after a while. I don't know how else to describe them.

They just sound very balanced to me, nothing overpowers anything else but they are not overly analytical or boring.
KZ BA10 should suit you. Great timbre for an all BA set and nicely balanced.
 
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I just ordered the TRN BA5. I was looking for a more neutrally tuned IEM and it was between this or the Moondrop SSR. Decided to go with the all-BA unit as I’ve never tried one before. Hope it doesn’t disappoint!
If the timbre doesn't work for you and you prefer DD, then the original Tin T2 is pretty neutral and still very likeable. The T2 Plus is a bit bassier, it's great but I personally prefer the BLON BL05S which has a hefty, weighty presentation but doesn't have stupid levels of sub bass.
 
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I wish I had time to dig through all 1800 pages here, but I don't. I learned a long time ago that the knowledge base hear is amazing. I hope you all can help me find something decent out of the box, unmodded that has a mic (gasp) Working remotely has my using my computer for music, calls, and meetings. I am tired of having to switch between customs for music and cheapies with a mic for calls. I just need something that I won't hate. Neutral to warm sound with true, tight bass (not overdone or boomy)forward vocals, and highs that are not fatiguing. Yes, I want a unicorn, for under $100! I know nothing is perfect, but I am hopeful you all can steer me in the right direction. Amazon reviews are useless :) THANKS!
 
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I wish I had time to dig through all 1800 pages here, but I don't. I learned a long time ago that the knowledge base hear is amazing. I hope you all can help me find something decent out of the box, unmodded that has a mic (gasp) Working remotely has my using my computer for music, calls, and meetings. I am tired of having to switch between customs for music and cheapies with a mic for calls. I just need something that I won't hate. Neutral to warm sound with true, tight bass (not overdone or boomy)forward vocals, and highs that are not fatiguing. Yes, I want a unicorn, for under $100! I know nothing is perfect, but I am hopeful you all can steer me in the right direction. Amazon reviews are useless :) THANKS!
Which cheapies with a mic are you currently using?
 
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I wish I had time to dig through all 1800 pages here, but I don't. I learned a long time ago that the knowledge base hear is amazing. I hope you all can help me find something decent out of the box, unmodded that has a mic (gasp) Working remotely has my using my computer for music, calls, and meetings. I am tired of having to switch between customs for music and cheapies with a mic for calls. I just need something that I won't hate. Neutral to warm sound with true, tight bass (not overdone or boomy)forward vocals, and highs that are not fatiguing. Yes, I want a unicorn, for under $100! I know nothing is perfect, but I am hopeful you all can steer me in the right direction. Amazon reviews are useless :) THANKS!
Ibasso IT00 with an aftermarket cable with mic will fit into your budget and requirements perfectly. I have demoed them and totally agree with the community's general consensus. You'd still have a good $10-15 to spare that. Hope that helps.
 
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I wish I had time to dig through all 1800 pages here, but I don't. I learned a long time ago that the knowledge base hear is amazing. I hope you all can help me find something decent out of the box, unmodded that has a mic (gasp) Working remotely has my using my computer for music, calls, and meetings. I am tired of having to switch between customs for music and cheapies with a mic for calls. I just need something that I won't hate. Neutral to warm sound with true, tight bass (not overdone or boomy)forward vocals, and highs that are not fatiguing. Yes, I want a unicorn, for under $100! I know nothing is perfect, but I am hopeful you all can steer me in the right direction. Amazon reviews are useless :) THANKS!
Does your computer have the traditional, separate 3.5mm Stereo Earphone and Mic Jacks?
If so, you'll need a "Y-type" adapter cable, to connect (Mic/Audio Control*) earphone cables that are made to plug into a phone (*and the Audio Controls may not work with the PC).
Another option is to get a USB type of adapter (like this SoundBlaster - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-70SB173000000-Sound-Blaster/dp/B06XBZ38ZJ/ )

Using a LunaShops LN004900 - 4-ft cable w/Mic & Remote Volume (3.5mm TRRS Plug -to- MMCX), would allow you to pick any earphones or earbuds that have MMCX connectors.
 
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I just ordered the TRN BA5. I was looking for a more neutrally tuned IEM and it was between this or the Moondrop SSR. Decided to go with the all-BA unit as I’ve never tried one before. Hope it doesn’t disappoint!
The BA5 has a "safer" tonality IMO. I love the SSR but I wouldn't be comfortable recommending it to someone without knowing their tastes. A lot of people complain they're shouty, though I don't get that myself.

I wish I had time to dig through all 1800 pages here, but I don't. I learned a long time ago that the knowledge base hear is amazing. I hope you all can help me find something decent out of the box, unmodded that has a mic (gasp) Working remotely has my using my computer for music, calls, and meetings. I am tired of having to switch between customs for music and cheapies with a mic for calls. I just need something that I won't hate. Neutral to warm sound with true, tight bass (not overdone or boomy)forward vocals, and highs that are not fatiguing. Yes, I want a unicorn, for under $100! I know nothing is perfect, but I am hopeful you all can steer me in the right direction. Amazon reviews are useless :) THANKS!
Why not just change the cable to one that has a mic? If you're using customs the cable should be interchangeable I reckon?
 
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Does your computer have the traditional, separate 3.5mm Stereo Earphone and Mic Jacks?
If so, you'll need a "Y-type" adapter cable, to connect (Mic/Audio Control*) earphone cables that are made to plug into a phone (*and the Audio Controls may not work with the PC).
Another option is to get a USB type of adapter (like this SoundBlaster - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-70SB173000000-Sound-Blaster/dp/B06XBZ38ZJ/ )

Using a LunaShops LN004900 - 4-ft cable w/Mic & Remote Volume (3.5mm TRRS Plug -to- MMCX), would allow you to pick any earphones or earbuds that have MMCX connectors.
Using a laptop so that is not an issue, it has the combo jack.
 
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Why not just change the cable to one that has a mic? If you're using customs the cable should be interchangeable I reckon?
My customs are 10+ year old Freq's that do not have removable cables. Additionally, I have to pop them in and out a lot while working and that is just not as easy with the custom fits.
 
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Impressions ASAP please!
Looks like it will never happen.

They should have been delivered on Monday but they were "running late" so they got sent out today and then "lost by the courier"
Looks like a refund as I won't both ordering them again.
 
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Well, I tried a pair of cx300's. They were awful, I returned them. Vocals were reassessed and muddy, no sound stage, and the bass was overdone.
Just got some mh750's and I am blown away. for $15 theses things are killer. Vocals are present and not too forward, highs are crisp and clean, bass is good and natural. Only complaint would be the mid bass is a little muddy and mixes with the low vocals. Hopping some burn in wil help this. But damn, for $15 I feel ripped off with what I have paid for others!
 
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