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

  1. maxdurak
    So tempted to buy ZS10 Pro and NX7, but so afraid after ZSN with same crappy connectors 20190728_121025-01.jpeg
    LaughMoreDaily and halcyon like this.
  2. HungryPanda
    wow how did that happen?
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  3. harry501501
    They're just out... my finger is on and off the Add To Basket button on Amazon lol. 100 bucks ain't cheap... I've a feeling they'll either really surprise me and sound great or sound average and over priced. BIG step up from their budget friendly range... the QT5 offering superb value for money. I'd expect a big leap in sound.

    I've an 1h 45m left to buy to get tomo.

    What to do?!?!

    EDIT : Bugger it, good bit cheaper from Alie but i'm too impatient so bought thru Am UK. They come tomorrow, time will tell if they've upped their game further! They look awesome, interested if the vents are just for aesthetics?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
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  4. harry501501
    WOW, that's some comparison... are they that good? As per usual i'm late to the party on these lol. Not by any means a good looking earphone though... but I've got plenty other ugly ducklings that sound good.
  5. lucasbrea
    which one do you like more, becouse they both have the same driver, im very interested if you can giveme a feedback. Thanks
  6. paulindss
    Who said that they use the same drivers?

    That's a serious statement.
    SuperLuigi likes this.
  7. pstickne
    My Hyla TE5B with a piezoelectric were driven fine by iPhone 6 SE (half volume). They are driven at least as well by the FiiO Q5 (half volume, low gain); however, a good piezoelectric can shine without much help - and I make no claim that the Q5 makes the piezoelectric / treble sound better as I would quite probably fail a DBT.

    In the NX7 case, I’d imagine it’s the 2 “nano tube” DDs driving up the resistance - not the piezoelectric.

    I think pretty much all mainstream IEMs are drivable by phones and other ‘lower power’ AMPs - even if NiceHCK may claim otherwise. YMMV per listening levels.

    (NX7 is rated at 55ohms and 108dB sensitivity, which is not that ‘challenging’; TE5B is 12ohms and 97dB.)
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
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  8. baskingshark
    Great advise.
    I always used to look at sensitivity and resistance when deciding if an amp was needed, but I realized for the DT6, which has piezo drivers for the treble, it took more juice to make the treble sound good. I had to boost my volume to almost 70% on a samsung smart phone (without Amping), compared to like 30 - 40% for other BA driver IEMs. (I'm no physics expert, but DT6 specifications are apparently 32Ω with a sensitivity of 110dB/mw, so I was wondering why there was a discrepancy between the specs and drivability and attributed it to the piezo drivers).
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  9. toddy0191
    Semkarch for me as you get 2 tuning filters and case. They are also more resolving and have a heftier low end which I prefer. Add to that the fit issues of the BLON which are practically non existent with the Semkarch and it's a clear win IMO.

    Keep in mind that they also retailed at a much higher price initially. I know that doesn't automatically denote a better quality product, but it "usually" does.

    I would snap up a pair before they're all gone because at £25 / $30 they are an absolute steal!

    I would like to know this too.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
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  10. halcyon
    All three pairs of my KZ IEMs have broken down with 3 months of being taken in to use, one pair broke within a week. All from the cable connection point at the point of the IEM (not the cable).

    I will never buy another KZ IEM until they make them sturdy and reliable (as a comparison, my Westones lasted 3 years until lost and my Shure SE series only broke after I repeatedly stepped on them by accident).
  11. baskingshark
    Haha I had the opposite experience for myself personally.

    My 2 Westone products I bought (Westone 3 and Westone W30) both had problems with the cable within 1 year of purchase. And I was quite peeved cause the Westone 3 cable was non detachable and hence there was no sound from one earpiece, while at least the W30 had a possibility to use another cable as it was detachable. It seemed the cable part that connected into the IEM was frayed for both. I only used them once a week for stage monitoring and otherwise kept them in a pelican case, so I'm not sure how come they had such wear and tear within a short period of time. But yeah the IEM shells and drivers themselves were fine, so it was more of a cable problem.

    On the other hand I used my KZ ZS6 and ZS10 (non pro) daily for 2 and 1.5 years (respectively) and they were still going strong until I gave them away to some relatives last week.

    Maybe i had good luck with getting a pair that had no QC issues. But it is very possible some of the budget CHIFI companies may not have consistent QC across their products, as evident from some of the feedback in the forums. Stuff like channel imbalance, phase issues, fake wirings in cables etc, so getting a lemon is always a possibility, and it really may be down to good or bad luck.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
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  12. martiniCZ
    I wish it was possible for me! Yesterday I discovered the cause of my dissatisfaction with DT6. I don't have a calibrated mic, but I can still see where the error is when I compare it to T2. The peak around 4 kHz does not allow me to add more juice and causing a strange fake soundstage :frowning2: FR graph is the same for left and right, so it looks like some bad batch of used DD and poor QC. And yes, if I adjust the peak with EQ, I need to add volume, but I'm still not much happy with the sound.
    baskingshark likes this.
  13. HAMS
    Speaking of graph, I wish someone would graph the audiosense t180.
    gourab1995 and steviewonderbread like this.
  14. maxdurak
    Few months of usage. Thats all it took.
    The only problems i had was my 2 pairs of ZS10. Both had dynamic driver death in right ear after few weeks.
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  15. Chappa

    Could someone help me?

    I am looking for a good pair of earphones that are nice for listening music and I guess doing some phonecalls?

    I havn't checked out the headphones for a long time. Usually I would look at the reviews that Vidal had on his website, but I see it is down...

    Can someone reccomend me a good bang for buck headphones?

    The ones I've been using have been the Kinera's KINERA Bd005E


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