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Hi i would rec the NiceHCK EB2 for balanced sound (more balanced than Monks for sure), though it doesnt have a warmish tint.
But for source, would not rec the R3. IMO go for iBasso DX120 instead. From my brief interaction with the DX120 it has better SQ than the R3 I own
Just bought the NiceHCK EB2 after checking a few reviews here on Head-Fi, Will get back with some impressions after they get here. Thanks!
 
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You absolutely need the EMX500. Believe me. It' the budget king.
Yup I agree. The original EMX500 is still king. Especially with slight mods and foam tuning. It's got the most dynamic and refined tuning of all budget earbuds imo. Ry4s is pretty nice but a bit rougher around the edges and doesn't have as effortless soundstage expansion. I do love the potential of both though. I will mod them both :)

If emx500 had a touch more bumped up low-mid mid range it would be a perfect tuning. But as it is it's still pretty damn great.
 
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Just bought the NiceHCK EB2 after checking a few reviews here on Head-Fi, Will get back with some impressions after they get here. Thanks!
I appreciated it's wide soundstage, even if I didn't keep it (hard to compete with the mojito in width) it was the widest in all my budget earbuds with very clean mids.
 
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Heads up to people thinking of ordering from " beteran HiFi" store on AliExpress, it's a bad seller, I paid for DHL shipping, they said they shipped, they didn't, then after 2 weeks they said they couldn't, so we agreed on EMS shipping, after 3 more days they sent a tracking number it turns out they will use regular local shipping ( long story short local shipping is known to steal a lot ) I specifically paid and asked for DHL, they charged me for it, then said it would be EMS, now it turns out it will be regular post and they pocket the difference, in this case about $30, and I will have a very long wait, then it's 50/50 shot it might get "lost" in local post because that's corruption here, stay away from beteran HiFi, ****ty service horrible shipping and the seller straight lies
100% agree. I placed 2 orders with them and received neither. To be fair, they were quite prompt in issuing the refund the first time which was why I gave them a second chance. Thank f*** for Ali's refund policy. I haven't got my money back for the second order yet but it's being processed.
 
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I agree. I have some that almost convince me that I am wearing full sized headphones. I felt that way when I was listening to my BGVP DX3 (discontinued now) last night. I still love my headphones but during the hotter than normal summer that we had I was unable to use them.
There is a supposedly upgraded 3rd gen DX3s on BF sale at Penon. Recommended?? Not sure how it fits. Know the face diameter measurement?? We know the driver is 15mm but not the whole edge to edge measure minus any foams and such.
 
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Neutral sounding best earbuds? Anyone?
 
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There is a supposedly upgraded 3rd gen DX3s on BF sale at Penon. Recommended?? Not sure how it fits. Know the face diameter measurement?? We know the driver is 15mm but not the whole edge to edge measure minus any foams and such.
I just measured my BGVP DX3s and it is 16.18mm across the face at it's thickest point

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I am actually looking at TOTL category.
My Miracle Diamond is kinda neutral tone, though this model is already sold-out and discontinued. If you are going to TOTL tier, I advise you discussing with Mr. Spp Sutipong about his next upcoming model in the first quarter of next year. He also can tune based on customer preference.
 
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I am actually looking at TOTL category.
It's difficult to find perfectly neutral earbuds even in the TOTL category. Something neutralish might be Cypherus ZoomFred. It has got a slight focus on bass with very deep sub bass for an earbud. I would also say that Simphonio SWD2+ is tilting toward a neutral sound but with a slight focus on upper mids and highs. So even if Zoomfred and SWD2+ in some ways are neutralish they still sound different from each other.

Two of the most neutral TOTL earbuds I've heard are both diiscontinued: Sennheiser MX980/985 and Cypherus CAX Black edition. But those to ALSO had some differences where MX980/985 has got a bit more sparkle in the treble and not too deep sub bass while CAX Black has got that sort of "analogue" that Cypherus earbuds share - a warm and musical sound that still does not sacrifice detail.
 

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