yeah i feel like at this point you can't go wrong with the pioneers since almost everyone is really highly praising them. i hope its not one of those where its overrated. at 100 dollar price tag there is definitely strong competition but are there any that even sound better. I feel like there are some Sony pairs I know are better but forgot. yeah the comparison doesn't make sense it would make sense to compare them with 100 dollar close to their price tag. Idk about the elear but i know the utopias are the best or one of the best. Have you seen sony's z1r headphones? at this point it seems its very subjective. I trust people who have lots of experience with equipment and music production the most. With that said, i resort to whathifi, headfi, and other youtubers. IF tehre is a product thats highly praised throughout all 3 i know it must be pretty damn good. Right now Rha m750, Sony ex650ap or the 750ap, Senheiser in ear momentum, Focal Sphear, Pioneer CH9 are definitely high on my list. IF anyone knows anything thats around 100 dollars or less thats really good let me know im looking for the perfect pair for 100 dollars. There is also 1more driver but i don't trust chinese brands.