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Are there buds out there with a different driver than a DD?

Or are there some reasons as to why the majority of them use DD?
There are a very few that aren't DD. @ClieOS made a planar one iirc.

The main reason is with earbuds, DD is the easiest to use and the most efficient. Plus many are easy to drive and match well with portable use, which is what a majority of ear bud users probably want.

No chance to make a decent BA earbud, they just don't work properly without a seal.
 
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KubePlus sounds better and different than original Kube v1. Original Kube good, slightly bright and nice bass, but KubePlus its Willsound mod have big bass and sound like fullsize headphones

Where does one buy a kube plus?
 
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Are there buds out there with a different driver than a DD?

Or are there some reasons as to why the majority of them use DD?
Dunu made one. alpha i think? it has a BA and DD i believe
 
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Are there buds out there with a different driver than a DD?

Or are there some reasons as to why the majority of them use DD?
There's the pislo earbuds from a Chinese based company mainly selling in mainland China that use a piezo but cost about 7-800usd. I've tried them before, huge stage but resolution wise they're just ok. Unique sound, great looks but the asking price is too tough too tough to swallow.
 
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There's the pislo earbuds from a Chinese based company mainly selling in mainland China that use a piezo but cost about 7-800usd. I've tried them before, huge stage but resolution wise they're just ok. Unique sound, great looks but the asking price is too tough too tough to swallow.
Wow, that's very unique indeed. How was the timbre on that piezo earbud? So far for the budget piezo IEMs that I've tried, most of them were airy and had good transients/technicalities but they had a weird timbre for acoustic instruments, sounded "brittle" to me. Like for example, they had a very quick decay for drums that sounded a bit too unnatural. But for electronic/synthetic music, they were very good. The piezos were also rather power hungry in general, and scaled better with amping.

Are there buds out there with a different driver than a DD?

Or are there some reasons as to why the majority of them use DD?
DD is probably easier to tune and cheaper than BAs, no crossovers etc I suppose. Earbuds look to me to be relatively cheaper than IEMs, so adding BAs will hike up the price? Like for a couple of bucks you can get musical bliss already with stuff like the Vidos, Monks etc.

BAs used to be very pricey in the past, and were mainly used in hearing aids and military hardware. It is only the past 3 - 4 years or so that CHIFI brought down the prices of BAs, so that we can enjoy some small taste of audiophiledom without needing to sell a kidney. Knowles used to have a stranglehold on the BAs, a single BA western IEM used to go for at least $100 USD and multi BA sets would have been $200 - 300 USD minimum. Now $30 can get u a not to bad sounding multi BA set eg KZ, CCA, TRN, and we gotta thank Bellsing for that. Though the ethics is another issue, there's a big lawsuit now going on in US, with Knowles alledging that Bellsing copied their BAs: https://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/comments/cxqlje/knowles_files_claim_with_us_trade_commission_to/

But I do like the timbre, tonality and natural bass decay/movement of air that come with these DD earbuds, so that's definitely a good point about using DD.
 
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Dunu made one. alpha i think? it has a BA and DD i believe
Damn, 16mm dd + BA. But that fit looks horrible.

I wonder how good the vocals would sound in a planar bud though...
 
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Damn, 16mm dd + BA. But that fit looks horrible.

I wonder how good the vocals would sound in a planar bud though...
I really liked the sound of the Alpha 1, not the best I've heard, but it sounded unique. The DD was for lower frequencies and the BA for upper mids and highs. I think the two drivers went together pretty well.

But I could not get a good fit at all. I think it sounded the best with just donut foams on it, but the buds kept popping out from my ears. Didn't like the rings or hooks. Sold them but was tempted to buy a new pair about 1 year later when a seller on Ebay.uk sold them new for £50. But I soon remembered the poor fit and didn't buy it...
 
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