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crinacle's IEM Ranking List

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  1. gazzington
    What’s the best iem for under £400 for a fan of metal, classical, jazz and hip hop? Needs to be comfy as will be using it in work all day.
     
  2. DatDudeNic
    I see that you dropped the zeus from the s bracket and id like to know why. You see during the recent audio meet, there were alot of totl iems and got to try them (ve8, qdc lx, flamenco, erlkonig, etc.) but nothing really stood out that much when i pinned them down with my zeus xiv, they were okay at best tbh... Nothing really sprung at me that made me say wow! Quite disappointing really... I was hoping so much but in the end it was just another day for me
     
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  3. crinacle
    Hi all,

    I am currently updating the list so there will be edits made to the first post over the next few days. However, there is a lot to do so I'm breaking it up into chunks, though once I'm done I'll make a consolidated changelog of all the changes and additions. I'll catch up with your questions later and if you require any further clarification or questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    Early reminder of my disclaimers, this is the opinion of one person on the internet. Please do not get too offended if your favourite IEM isn't graded as highly as you'd like. (vice versa applies)
     
  4. cfc7
    Will you include also the IE800s in these updates?
     
  5. toughnut
    Crin’s verdict is out! Table updated with latest IEM.
     
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  6. duaned
    Nice work Crinacle!
     
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  7. shotgunshane Contributor
    FYI- CA Atlas is on there twice. A- and B category.
     
  8. crinacle
    Updating in chunks. Will post a changelog once I'm done.
     
  9. 329161
    Any chance of the Fiio FA7 being on the list soon? I was REALLY impressed. Performed way above it's price as usual for a Fiio product.
     
  10. duaned
    100%. I think these will be the IEM of the year under $1000 AUD
     
  11. gazzington
    I was thinking of getting the fa7 to be my daily work set. Are they comfortable?
     
  12. rockaphile21
    any official opinion on the Soranik SP3 now, Crin?
     
  13. PMAismycity
    I've read some impressions of this set and the fit seems to be one of its strongest points
     
  14. TYATYA
    I hope to see HEM series of Nuforce as HEM8 and 10 to come in the list.
    But Hem4 and 6 is listed and remarks is very precision.
     
  15. crinacle
    The first update of 2019 is finally done. Changelog below.

    Additional disclaimers to be added:
    • Ranks will be determined based on the best unit tried. Because of this, I am not accounting for unit variation. I cannot guarantee that what I'm hearing is what you will be hearing.
      • This will revert to the most recent unit tried if there is a significant time gap between the last and most recent times I tried a particular model.
    • Unreleased products will not be included in the ranking list until they are officially out of preorder stages or have production units sent to distributors. I will still be talking about them in my subreddit if I ever get the opportunity to try such units.
    ModelOld rankNew rank
    1Custom SA02C
    64 Audio A10ARemoval
    64 Audio A12ARemoval
    64 Audio A12tS-S
    64 Audio A18tSS-
    AAW M40ED-
    AAW Nebula OneFRemoval
    AAW QFRemoval
    AAW W300D+D
    AAW W500AA-
    Acoustune HS1650A-
    Acoustune HS1670B
    Advanced EliseC-
    Advanced GT3 SuperbassC-
    Alpha&Delta D6C+C
    Ambient Acoustics AM7D+
    Ambient Acoustics AM16D
    Ambient Acoustics AM24D
    Astrotec Delphinus 5D
    Audeze iSine 20 (Cipher)A+A
    Audiofly AF160ED
    BGVP DMGB-C+
    BGVP DM6B-
    Campfire CometC+C
    Campfire AtlasBA-
    Campfire VegaAB
    Campfire SolarisA+
    Cozoy TrioD+
    Custom Art Music OneCRemoval
    Custom Art Music TwoC+Removal
    Custom Art FIBAE BlackB
    Custom Art Harmony 8.2BA-
    Creative Aurvana TrioC
    Dita FidelityAB+
    Dita FealtyB+B
    Delta Air complimentary earphonesF
    Earsonics S-EM6FRemoval
    Elysian ErosC
    Elysian ArtemisB-
    Elysian MinervaC-
    Elysian TerminatorA
    Empire Ears VantageAA-
    Empire Ears NemesisAB+
    Empire Ears Zeus XRASA+
    Fender Thirteen 6E
    Fidue A71D
    FiiO FH5B
    Final Audio E1000C+
    Final Audio E2000C+
    Final Audio E3000C+
    Final Audio E4000B-
    Final Audio E5000B-
    Fischer Omega SparkE
    FitEar Air 2/TitanC
    FitEar ESTB
    FitEar MH334SRA+
    Geek Wold GK3D-
    Hidition NT8A
    Hidition WaltzA-
    Hidition Viento-ReferenceS-Removal
    Hyla CE-5S-A+
    Hyla TE-5BA+
    Hyla TE-5TA-
    Ice Lab Zen 12ARemoval
    iBasso IT01SC+
    ikko OH1B-
    IMR R1C+
    Intime SoraC
    JH JH13v2AB
    Jomo 6RARemoval
    Jomo Flamenco 2018S-
    Jomo Trinity BrassA+
    Jomo Trinity SSS-
    Kinera SEEDD+
    Kinera IdunC
    Kinera OdinC+
    Kumitate KL-LakhARemoval
    Lear NS-U1 V2D
    NuForce HEM1C
    NuForce Primo 8D
    Noble K10 EncoreA+A
    NocturnaL GorhamB
    NocturnaL AvalonB-
    NocturnaL EdenB-
    Oriolus FinschiC+
    Oriolus ForsteniBB-
    qdc 4SSA
    qdc 5SHA
    qdc 8SL/Anole VXS
    Rhapsodio EarthBRemoval
    Rhapsodio SolarAB+
    Rhapsodio GalaxyAB+
    Rhapsodio ZombieBB-
    Rhines Stage 7ARemoval
    Rose BR5 Mk2B-C+
    Shozy x AAW PolaE
    Shozy & Neo BGB
    Shozy & Neo CPC+
    Sendiy M1221E
    Sennheiser Momentum In-EarC-
    Sensaphonics 2X-SFE
    SIA complimentary earphonesF
    Sony IER-M7A-
    Sony IER-M9A+
    Sony XBA-A3B
    Sony XBA-N3APB+
    Sony XBA-Z5B
    Soranik SK3A-Removal
    Sound Linear Fitz 10 FlatD
    Spiral Ears SE5UA+
    Super Audio "Supermeme" 2BA+2DDCC-
    Symphonium Audio AuroraC+C
    TFZ Secret GardenC+
    Ultimate Ears UE4 ProC+Removal
    Ultimate Ears UE6 ProB+B-
    Unique Melody 3DD-TiE
    VE Monk IE SmallsE
    VE Monk IE BiggieF
    Vision Ears ErlkonigS-
    Warbler PreludeB-B
    Westone 4RC-

    Models that I haven't heard in a while have been removed to prevent inaccuracy.

    RE: Zeus changes, I've tried a new unit and it just sounds tonally wrong to me. Yes, it's detailed and resolving, however that doesn't really matter if it doesn't sound correct to begin with. Hopefully, I'll be getting a Massdrop Zeus to confirm my last impressions.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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