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

  1. gourab1995
    Good bassy iems with piercing highs thats the qt2. Bass can be messy at times. But overall a great v shape iem.
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  2. Almazbek
    How is the zs7 vs qt2?
  3. Zerohour88
  4. Nimweth
    ZS7 for me is far better. Superb bass, present mids with lots of detail and a smoother treble than QT2. Soundstage is as good as QT2. Very entertaining sound.
  5. BadReligionPunk
    Looks a bit KZ to me. ZSN body multi BA iems are all the rage now.
  6. gourab1995
    Zs7 have a more forward midrange, better bass control, more impactful, but highs are much less sparkly, they go for a smoother tone in the high registers, good energy but less quantity. If you are treble sensetive, you would go for zs7. If you love v shape bassy sparkly, qt2 is the way. I do think the qt2 treble is likeable, at the same time more piercing.

    I personally found the qt2 bass messy, some may like it. Overall, the qt2 has an easy to like kind of balanced between high and low v-shape tuning given the peak at 10k. The zs7 is a warm sound rather than a dark sound. It does not lack treble, it just has more bass relatively and it's good quality bass. if you love your bass, your money goes here.

    For me zs7 win vs qt2. But then i also hear zs10 pro is better balanced than zs7. Bright to some. I dont own them... Yet.

    Ps: qt2 will hurt your ears physically and sonically at times, quite the opposite in case of zs7 surprisingly.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
  7. Zerohour88
    wouldn't be surprised if NiceHCK commissioned the same factory to make it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. NiceHCK do have several outfits making stuff for them, not to mention tuners, so its a mixed bag.

    Hopefully not the same dudes as the F3, was it? or H3? I forgot which was the kinda-maligned IEM model they released recently.
  8. HungryPanda
    I rather like the NiceHCK F3
  9. silverfishla
    NiceHCK gets no money from me for their own branded IEMs. I was one of those who bought the F3 planar hybrid. It sucked hard. Don’t believe their marketing, they can’t tune worth ***, or allow subpar tunings out the door. Crapshoot at best.
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  10. B9Scrambler
    Shell is similar but not as thick resulting in a lower profile fit which is always nice.
    Toastybob likes this.
  11. silverfishla
    I couldn’t get it to work for me, no matter what source. It always came up short.
    It’s funny, because I just got the CCA A10 and that one sounds like I hoped the F3 would’ve sounded like. Big space, great detail and very nice full bass.
    The F3 needed to stay in the oven longer.
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  13. archdawg
    For me the ZS7 (and the ZS6) beat the QT2 in almost any regard.
    Just two things that killed my fun with the QT2:
    1. Bass
    ZS7: fast, dry, precise, structured, no bleed worth mentioning
    QT2: slow, over board, lack of structure, mushy, boomy, too much bleeding into the lower mids (for my taste).
    2. Imaging
    ZS7: not quite as good as the 10 Pro (very good) but close
    QT2: diffuse - I initially thought that the cable, connector or one of the drivers might have been connected or soldered incorrectly (inverted phase) and checked everything but nope. Above that imaging gets really messy with busy tracks.

    I really love my QT5 (personal sub-20€ favorite), but the 2s just don't cut it for me and I gave them to a friend.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
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  14. Zerohour88
    funny you both say this, since I'd say its polarizing at best? wasn't even thinking of the F3 tri-hybrid, I think there was some other IEM (maybe it was the N3) they released that people didn't really like? Its normal with chi-fi like this, the bad/mediocre gets forgotten quick.

    While their earbud guys are quite good (loving the EBX, quite like the EB2 and ME80), that is still one kind of tuning being refined (and should be a different team).

    they have the upper-tier models like the 10BA and 12BA stuff, hopefully the team that did those are the ones who tuned this NX7 (unlikely, but one can hope).
  15. silverfishla
    I rather like the NiceHCK N3. :).
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