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

  1. westsenkovec
    I've heard that the bass is decent but not overwhelming and I also heard that the bass is non-existent and that everyone was doing the bass mod. So which is it? Lol. The sound of the T2s was described as balanced with a wide soundstage and that sounded good to me.
    I don't know what sound I'm after, to be honest. I have the Fidelio X2 because I liked the idea of a wide soundstage, airy sound with bass but on some songs the bass can be tiresome. I also don't like if the sound is too bright. I listen to everything except heavy metal.
    I usually use foam tips, Dragonfly Red and FLAC but sometimes Ialso like to listen to something on youtube.

    The problem is that I didn't try them so I don't know if it has zero bass or it's weak so it doesn't shake your head lol.

    Thank's for the input. I wanted to buy the T2 long time ago but you know how ChiFi works, there's always something newer and better. The T2 Pro, the T3 and now people are saying I should wait for the T4. BTW, the T2 was sub $30 on ali and now the cheapest one I can find is $39. What happened?

    Thanks! I'm aware of the short nozzles and those keyboard spacer mod or whatever it is. I don't know if I want to mess with it.
    I actually wanted to buy the Tin P1 when the were hot because everyone was saying how good they are I'm glad that I didn't because that's a lot of money for something I could damage or lose. Also, suddenly people don't like the P1 as much as they used to.
    I kinda want the Shuoer Tape. :blush:
  2. Tonymac136
    Yeah, that's the effect of the hype train. Always something new and better just around the corner.
    If you're not a basshead you will probably find the T2 quite OK. Sure, bass is its weakest point but what's there is fast and punchy. I use amplifiers and foam tips. Plugged into a phone it's tinny rubbish. Certainly I've never felt the need to do a bass mod. But then I've enough pairs of phones to find something bassier if the mood takes me. To me it's a "better" headphone than the Blon BL03, but the Blon is just very very likeable in the way it presents music. It doesn't bombard you with detail, it doesn't force you to hear all the instruments as separate entities, the music washes over you as a whole.
  3. Slater
    Based on what you’re saying, I would highly recommend the Toneking NineTail to you. It has 9 different filter combinations, and the sound can be tweaked to your liking. It fits great and is super comfortable.

    It goes on sale as cheap as the $70-$80 range, and is worth every penny.

    I think you’d like it.
  4. baskingshark
    Would love to hear your comparison of the Hibiscus with the BLON and Ninetails.
    BTW do u know what is the tuning of the Hibiscus?

    The Aliexpress sellers jack up the price of some their stuff before a big sale (in this case 11/11), that's what I observed from the past few big sales. Dunno if it's to give a psychological impact when they suddenly discount their stuff during 11/11. But if u can wait till 11/11, I've seen the T2 at 23 bucks before.

    I would second the Toneking Ninetails as a great DD with 9 tuning configurations - from neutralish to V shaped to basshead tuning. But if I recall, u are looking for a set for on the go use and the isolation on the Ninetails is below average. In addition, some headfiers report that their tuning filters dropped out when walking outside, but there are some mods that the others do to secure the filters.

    I don't have the Tin P1, but it seems it needs an amp to drive it from the headfi reviews. And if u wanna use it on the go, u might have to get a decent amp in such a case.

    If u are asking about the "step above", is it referring to BLON BL-03?
    Ninetails costs about 3 times more than the BLON BL-03 but the benefit of the Ninetails is in it's customizability (see above point), and it is more refined in most areas compared to the BLON BL-03.
    But IMHO the Ninetails does lose out to the BLON BL-03 in the area of timbre and tonality and isolation. I did compare the Ninetails and BLON BL-03 briefly here, at the 2nd last section of an amateur review on the BLON BL-03: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/blon-bl-03.23894/reviews#review-22744
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
  5. chinmie
    from what i conclude, people perceived the T2 lack of bass(all of the Tinhifi also) usually contributed from the fitting not too secure. doing the bass vent mod would make the bass bloated a bit, so i personally would prefer to not do that, but instead do the eartip mod to reduce the treble instead

    you might want to wait for the next sale on 11.11.it might go down a bit
    Toastybob likes this.
  6. Infoseeker
    If you don't have a Dap like the Kann or the HibY R6 Pro, then the Blon-03 is the easier pick.

    Tin HiFi P1 is too much an investment for you.

    Tin HiFi P1 is good for speed. But you need to EQ the bass and the Blon-03 already got its bass down.

    But overall the P1 is still the better iem if you EQ up the bass. They respond very good to EQ. Speed and seperation won't get congested no matter what genre you throw at them.

    Alternative is use the E1da Powerdac 2 to drive the Tin Hifi P1 cheaply.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
  7. Toastybob
    Wow, which cable is that?
  8. mbwilson111
    That is one of the stock cables for the DT8 and MT100. I do not know if the company would sell it separately.
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  9. katatonicone1
    Love Blon BL-03 three days in.
    The only thing I miss from KZ ZS10 Pro is that they shine when much is going on in the song, do not lose detail of individual instruments. Thanks to multiple drivers I suppose. Is it called separation in audio language?

    Blon is tuned so well, though. I suppose I am waiting for KZ to step up and make such well tuned IEMs. Probably it is more difficult with multiple drivers vs one DD. Will it ever happen.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
  10. Slater
    Sure, I can compare all 3 of those.

    As far as the tuning, your guess is as good as mine. I haven’t seen from the Faaeal marketing material any graphs or description of the sound. I’ll just have to wait until it arrives to see what type of tuning it has.
    baskingshark likes this.
  11. Infoseeker
    There is a graph in the Aliexpress Preorder page.

    Screenshot_20191024-174710997.jpg Screenshot_20191024-174635208.jpg


    US $64.90 | Pre-sale FAAEAL Hibiscus Diamond Like Carbon Diaphragm Dynamic HIFI In Ear Earphone Monitor Stage IEM Earbud Plating Metal
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
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  12. Slater
  13. FastAndClean
    that other hybrid earphone have the better graph
  14. Slater
    I put very little faith in those marketing graphs. Who knows what equipment they used, what tips and settings they used, smoothing, raw, compensation, etc. It’s ok for a super rough general idea, but it is no substitute for hearing the gear in person.
  15. durwood
    LOL, I was thinking the same thing, I would like to know what the "other hybrid" was. 7db rise in upper mid/lower treble vs near 15db rise. I am finding <10db rise is my preferred signature these days.

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