Help choosing iems under 200
Feb 16, 2020 at 8:34 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4


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Feb 15, 2020
Hello there! This is my first post in here, hope you can help me!
Ok, so I've been looking for iems for some time now and wanted to get something to commute while getting some good music and to be able to relax and get into deeper more critical music sessions.
The budget I currently have is under 200€ and even though they're a bit above, I've been looking at the ikko oh10.
Before this I scavenged the chi-fi market and found some interesting stuff, but tbh the market is very big and I couldn't get a gripe of the best value. I must say I also looked into the KZ, specially their top model As16 and I found them an interesting pair, but I'm not sure it's a good value.
However another problem is that with the coronavirus I'm not totally sure about buying from China and Hong Kong, their shipping is probably frozen rn.
As such, I would like to know your recommendations under 200 and if really worth it a bit above. I'd also like to know your thoughts on the two iems I previously mentioned.
Feb 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM Post #3 of 4
Bom dia e bemvindo!
You can get amazing sound for €200 but it‘s also challenging to make recommendations because there are so many good options.

It's really not that easy to make a recommendation without knowing your preferences.
The IKKO OH1 you mentioned is an upper mid / sub bass focused IEM, the KZ AS16 has even more energy in the mid, although a little lower. I value Crinacle's opinon and he's rating the AS16 very low, the OH1 quite high.

Cycling through my selection of IEMs that I have built over the last years, I feel like Dire Straits, Supertramp and Pink Floyd really benefit from clarity, good, tight bass and a bit of (controlled) sparkle up top.
I have not heard it but the FIIO FH5 would be such a candidate, then the Audiosense AQ3 is getting some good reviews (check portafi's YT channel), and from my selection I'd choose the JVC FD02 but that needs a simple mod and a cable upgrade to sound best.
It's been a while since I have had the Moondrop Kanas Pro, but that one was also very good and the newer Starfield is cheaper and supposed to be better. Good driver, tuning and price. The JVC FD02 is clearly better than the Kanas Pro IMO all around but harder to get (you have to buy on and requires the mod.

PS: been listening to Supertramp on the FD02 while typing... Yeah! :ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile:
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