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Rank the IEM's you've heard

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  1. FangJoker
    The EX1000 really hurts my ears. The treble on them is brutally way too hot and had to eq it down and decided to sell them as they also didn't fit very well either.
     
  2. Colors
    I’ll be a nice compliment to your Andromedas!
     
  3. toranku
    Update. Reshuffling everything up. From my favourites to (not-so) favourites.

    Kumitate KL-REF: While not the cream of the crop in terms of technicalities, it does have great bass and an energetic uppermidrange well suited for electric guitars and female vocals.
    QDC Gemini
    Sony EX1000: Hate to say it but it has fantastic resolution. Vocals can/are nasal-ly though.
    Canal Works L07QD+: Great imaging and positional cues. The added bass driver lends it some warmth and more bass presence while reducing the treble peak from the L05QD2.
    Vision Ears VE8
    Hidition Viento Ref
    QDC 8SS? Or another 8 driver. Cant remember.
    64 Audio N8: Thick, heavy, slow and textured. A memorable listen. If the midrange was a little more forward...
    Jomo Samba
    InEar Prophile 8
    Sony EX800ST: Warmer and bassier version of the EX1K. Thicker and more pleasant to listen to.
    PEARS SH-3: Still has one of the best timbres in my book. Lack of bass quantity holds it back.
    Kumitate KL-Sirius
    Hidition NT6: Airy and overall a nice listen.
    Campfire Andromeda
    Flipears Axis: Very thick and heavy. Bordering on mud. I like the tuning a lot though.
    InEar StageDiver 5: Feels like a complete package. Good basslines, sweet mids and warm highs.
    Fitear Monet 17: Fantastic BA basslines.
    Empire Ears Legend X
    Ultimate Ears Reference Remastered (UERR)
    Fitear MH/TG334
    Kumitate KL-Lakh: Great tonality and texture. Treble is a little too forward for my tastes.
    Hyla CE5: One of the best bass response out there. Mids and highs have an odd tonality
    Beyerdynamic Xelento: Relaxing yet a fun listen
    Hidition NT6 Pro
    Onkyo IEC3: Extremely thick and heavy. Most will say its mud. I like it. I don't know.
    Empire Ears Phantom: IMO, the tonality of the highs are disjointed from the rest of the FR. Not very coherent in my book.
    Etymotics ER4SR: Benchmark

    It's a mix of technicalities and of personal preference.
     
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  4. Bosk
    Disclaimer: I prefer a detailed & analytical reference signature which is why I rank the Dream & ESR highly.

    Dita Dream
    Sony IER-Z1R
    Dita Twins
    Empire Ears ESR
    Campfire Andromeda
    Noble Katana
    Hifiman RE2000
    Empire Ears Spartan IV
    Sony IER-M9
    Campfire Atlas
    64 Audio U8
    Massdrop Plus
    Vsonic GR07
    Shure SE535
     
  5. theveterans
    You have to hear the KSE1500 IMO since it’s the holy grail of detailed and analytical signature
     
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  6. BananaOoyoo
    Disclaimer: I have zero confidence I could re-create this list from scratch, and many of these I've only heard very briefly. This list is in many ways a "would I rather have X or Y" list, based on a random mix of perceived technical ability, personal preference, etc., and it's not a comprehensive list of IEMs I've tried.

    Jomo Flamenco (BSK 2018)
    Vision Ears VE8 (Store Demo)
    Empire Ears Zeus XR/Effect Audio Arthur (Store Demo)
    Shure KSE1500 (Store Demo)
    64Audio U18t (Store Demo)
    Jomo Samba (Uni: BSK 2018, CIEM: Mine!)
    64Audio U12t (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Andromeda (Mine!)
    Hidition Viento-Reference (CIEM: Mine!)
    Justear XJE-MH2 CS (Store Demo)
    64Audio N8 (BSK 2018)
    QDC Gemini (Store Demo)
    Sony MDR-EX1000 (Mine!)
    Hyla CE-5 (Store Demo)
    64Audio Tia Trio (Store Demo)
    Lime Ears Aether (Store Demo)
    Sony IER-M9 (Store Demo)
    InEar Prophile 8 (Store Demo)
    64Audio Tia Fourte (Store Demo)
    Audeze LCD-i4 (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Vega (Store Demo)
    Empire Ears Legend X (Store Demo)
    Acoustune HS1650 (BSK 2018)
    Empire Ears Spartan IV/Effect Audio Merlin (Store Demo)
    CTM Da Vinci X (BSK 2018)
    Beyerdynamic Xelento (Store Demo)
    AAW W900 (Store Demo)
    Rhapsodio Solar (Store Demo)
    Justear XJE-MH2 LS/MS (Store Demo)
    Custom Art Harmony 8.2 (Store Demo)
    Ultimate Ears UE18+ Pro (BSK 2018)
    Jomo Quatre (BSK 2018)
    Empire Ears Phantom (Store Demo)
    Lark Studio LSX (Store Demo)
    AAW W500 (Store Demo)
    Lime Ears Model X (Store Demo)
    Dita Fidelity (BSK 2018)
    CTM Da Vinci IX (BSK 2018)
    Campfire Jupiter (Store Demo)
    Campfire Polaris (Sold)
    Noble Audio K10 Encore (Store Demo)
    Custom Art FIBAE3 (Store Demo)
    Aroma Audio Witch Girl S (Store Demo)
    Westone W80 (Store Demo)
    Moondrop Blessing (BSK 2018)
    Etymotic ER4XR (Store Demo)
    Etymotic ER4SR (Store Demo)
    Custom Art FIBAE2 (Store Demo)
    Periodic Audio Be (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Dorado (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Atlas (Store Demo)
    Empire Ears Bravado (Store Demo)
    Rhapsodio Zombie (Store Demo)
    Aroma Audio Early (Store Demo)
    Audeze iSine 20 (Store Demo)
    Audeze iSine 10 (Store Demo)
    Ultimate Ears Live (BSK 2018)
    HUM Pristine (Store Demo)
    Shure SE846 (Store Demo)
    AAW AXH (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Orion (Sold)
    Oriolus Finschi (Store Demo)
    Custom Art FIBAE1 (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Comet (Store Demo)
    Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Lyra II (Store Demo)
    Campfire Audio Nova (Store Demo)
    Periodic Audio Mg (Store Demo)
    Simgot EN700 Pro (Store Demo)
    Mee Audio Pinnacle P1 (Store Demo)
    Ultimate Ears UE11 Pro (Store Demo)
    1More Triple Driver (Store Demo)
    1More Quad Driver (Store Demo)
    AAW A1D (Store Demo)
    AAW A2H (Store Demo)
     
  7. 4Fan
    Ranking based on mixture of preference, technicality and value. These are IEMs that I actually enjoy, IEMs that I dislike will not be on my list.
    1 qdc Gemini- Neutral with a magical midrange and very good resolution, on top not only on preference but on technicality as well, only con is the average soundstage.
    2 qdc 8SH- Similar to the Gemini with a bit less warmth.
    3 Campfire Andromeda- This high up due to its technicality and value, lacks a little sub bass and tightness in mid bass. Treble can be too sparkly and piercing for me (treble sensitive here) at some point.
    4 qdc 3SH- Probably one of the more underrated IEM under $500. Basically a mini Gemini.
    5 Oriolus MK2- Good value, pleasant hybrid sound with good a chunk of warmth.
    6 UERR- Relatively balanced with slight treble roll off.
    7 Etymotic ER4S- Balanced, good value.
    8 Sony XBA A3- V Shaped with excellent treble extension and bass. Higher than the dita truth only due to value.
    9 Dita The Truth- V shaped, similar to A3 but with better midrange than the A3. A3 Has better bass.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
  8. kirthik
    Hi, are you using isine 10 with cipher cable. It's good to see that you've rated isine 10 well above se846. I am planning to buy isine 10 or flc8s but I don't wanna use it with àpple devices and ciper cable. I like neutral and natural sound but not too dry and cold. Which one is better in terms of accurate and natural sound reproduction throughout frequencies . Also recommend if anything is better than these under 400 dollars.
     
  9. koven Contributor
    That is quite a list. We must have similar taste because Flamenco > VE8 > Zeus > U18t > Andro is exactly how I would rank the top as well!
     
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  10. seamon
    Tell us your full list :p
     
  11. BananaOoyoo
    Perks of living in a country with a lot of audio stores! Biggest downside is that unlike in Japan, each specific store is usually limited in the brands it carries (making AB testing difficult).
     
  12. Chessblitzer2017
    1.Xelento
    2.R1
    3.EE Athena
    4.MusicMaker Ting earbuds
    5. Periodic Audio Be
    6. Apple earbuds
     
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  13. koven Contributor
    Ah it is so hard to rank them all.. but at the end of the day, nothing has dethroned Flamenco for me. Solaris puts up a good fight though. :)

    Singapore? Please go demo the Jomo Trinity and report back!
     
  14. BananaOoyoo
    Nah, Korea. I’m very interested in trying Solaris & Trinity though. (Is that just the third estat IEM out there after Stax and Shure?)
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  15. koven Contributor
    I think so. But first ever hybrid estat perhaps. Could be pretty awesome.
     
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