Earbuds Round-Up
Mar 2, 2023 at 12:14 AM Post #68,598 of 74,020
Wow, so you're a fan of the M4s then, huh? 😉

Seriously though, which are your favorites and what foam setups and sources/signal chains are you using them with?

How is the M4?

After seeing the Smabat Super One driver mentioned here various times - I decided to try the M4, with the Super One driver, and an actual 150-Ω ST-10s driver (my ST-10s are 300-Ω).
On my M4 earbud drivers, I use Hiegi donut foams.
I've listened to the M4 connected to my HiBy RS6 DAP; my work PC using my Cayin RS6 and S.M.S.L. sAp-9 Amp; and at home with my Topping D70 DAP and KAEI TAP-1S Amp.
Out of the four drivers that I've got so far (ST-10s, Super One, Balanced Armature, Stock), I prefer the overall sound of the ST-10s.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 12:17 AM Post #68,599 of 74,020
After seeing the Smabat Super One driver mentioned here various times - I decided to try the M4, with the Super One driver, and an actual 150-Ω ST-10s driver (my ST-10s are 300-Ω).
On my M4 earbud drivers, I use Hiegi donut foams.
I've listened to the M4 connected to my HiBy RS6 DAP; my work PC using my Cayin RS6 and S.M.S.L. sAp-9 Amp; and at home with my Topping D70 DAP and KAEI TAP-1S Amp.
Out of the four drivers that I've got so far (ST-10s, Super One, Balanced Armature, Stock), I prefer the overall sound of the ST-10s.

Thanks for the thorough, succinct rundown. While I had them, the M4s Super One driver was a highlight, but in the end Injust couldn't find my sweet spot with them so they moved on to a friend of mine who loves them more than I ever would have which makes me happy.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 3:24 AM Post #68,600 of 74,020
I was looking to buy a pair of cheap MMCX earbuds. I've already bought the cabled Yincrow X6 and Fengru Tingo TC200.

I'm having difficulty choosing an MMCX model. Specifically these caught my interest:
- Fengru TC200 PRO
- RY4S mmcx
- RY4S Plus mmcx

Anyone got any suggestions? Are there better options for the price?
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 3:38 AM Post #68,601 of 74,020
I was looking to buy a pair of cheap MMCX earbuds. I've already bought the cabled Yincrow X6 and Fengru Tingo TC200.

I'm having difficulty choosing an MMCX model. Specifically these caught my interest:
- Fengru TC200 PRO
- RY4S mmcx
- RY4S Plus mmcx

Anyone got any suggestions? Are there better options for the price?

The RY4S Plus MMCX is probably the best of the 3 you listed, but I think they are probably sidegrades to what you already have. It is V shaped, fun sounding.

Maybe look into saving your money for a more substantial upgrade.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 4:52 AM Post #68,602 of 74,020
The RY4S Plus MMCX is probably the best of the 3 you listed, but I think they are probably sidegrades to what you already have. It is V shaped, fun sounding.

Maybe look into saving your money for a more substantial upgrade.
I've only known about the cheapest of earbuds. I wasn't sure about more expensive ones, because I don't know which ones are a good value.

Where could I find some information about the more expensive models? They're are so many, it gets confusing at times
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 8:23 AM Post #68,603 of 74,020
I've only known about the cheapest of earbuds. I wasn't sure about more expensive ones, because I don't know which ones are a good value.

Where could I find some information about the more expensive models? They're are so many, it gets confusing at times
These are my recommendations for the best of the best you can get regardless of money. Some are going to be a lot cheaper than others, but I put them all in the same TOTL class and they are all worth their price in some way or another (for my ears, and YMMV). Also note, there are bound to be as good or better out there, but I just haven't heard them yet:

  • FiiO FF3 (least expensive)
  • FiiO FF5
  • Yincrow RW2000
  • Yincrow RW3000
  • Yinman 2.0 600
  • Moondrop Chaconne (most expensive)
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 8:26 AM Post #68,604 of 74,020
Anyone got any suggestions? Are there better options for the price?

Ever since @JAnonymous5150 praised them, I will never not shill these 80Ohm DIY LCP earbuds. Just a good set of well-balanced, natural sounding buds that are my current go-to pair (although they do face some competition from some DIY 130Ohm bery I made a couple of weeks ago).
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 8:54 AM Post #68,605 of 74,020
Ever since @JAnonymous5150 praised them, I will never not shill these 80Ohm DIY LCP earbuds. Just a good set of well-balanced, natural sounding buds that are my current go-to pair (although they do face some competition from some DIY 130Ohm bery I made a couple of weeks ago).
Yup, 80 Ohm LCPs are on the recommend list.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:05 AM Post #68,606 of 74,020
Ever since @JAnonymous5150 praised them, I will never not shill these 80Ohm DIY LCP earbuds. Just a good set of well-balanced, natural sounding buds that are my current go-to pair (although they do face some competition from some DIY 130Ohm bery I made a couple of weeks ago).
oh those looks nice!
I'm a bit puzzled at the different options and why some are pricier, as there are little to no explanations on the page.
To me it looks like the two options on the left are just the earbuds and the two options on the right are the earbuds + cables ?
The default pictures for the two options on the right seems to show cables without the mic, too, so that's a bit confusing :D
Edit: my bad, zooming on the pictures does indeed shows that it's the cable with the mic, so my guess is that it's with and without the cable ?
 
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Mar 2, 2023 at 9:23 AM Post #68,608 of 74,020
oh those looks nice!
I'm a bit puzzled at the different options and why some are pricier, as there are little to no explanations on the page.
To me it looks like the two options on the left are just the earbuds and the two options on the right are the earbuds + cables ?
The default pictures for the two options on the right seems to show cables without the mic, too, so that's a bit confusing :D
Edit: my bad, zooming on the pictures does indeed shows that it's the cable with the mic, so my guess is that it's with and without the cable ?
If you are going to get a set, go for the 80 Ohm LCP versions (cabled or without cable if you have spare mmcx cables), not the 32 Ohm Titanium versions.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 9:24 AM Post #68,609 of 74,020
If you are going to get a set, go for the 80 Ohm LCP versions (cabled or without cable if you have spare mmcx cables), not the 32 Ohm Titanium versions.
ok so the options are basically if you want the cable with it or not, thanks for the clarification.
Well it's on the wishlist, I might get those in a few weeks.
 
Mar 2, 2023 at 1:53 PM Post #68,610 of 74,020
ok so the options are basically if you want the cable with it or not, thanks for the clarification.
Well it's on the wishlist, I might get those in a few weeks.

The options are for the titanium driver earbuds with and without cable and the LCO driver buds with and without cable. The 80ohm LCPs were buds that I originally threw in my cart basically at random because the metal shell caught my eye and I was trying a lot of random cheapies at the time. They gave me just enough added to the balance to use some coupon, but they have since turned out to be solid earbuds that I have been rec'ing as a solid pair of affordable allrounders.

BTW, @BCool and @mt877 , it's cool to see these getting some love from others. I still use mine on the regular 🤘😎
 

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