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Rank the IEM's you've heard

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  1. Rockwell75
    1) QDC Anole VX
    2) Campfire Solaris
    3) Sony IER Z1R
    4) Legend X
    5) Campfire Atlas
    6)Campfire Andro Gold
    7) 64 Audio U12t
    8) Campfire Andromeda
    9) Empire Ears Phantom
    10) 64 Audio Tia Trio
    11) Noble Kahn

    Had a brief meetup with @SBranson today and was finally able to demo a Legend X. Some of the best bass I've heard and not as overwhelming as I'd expected. I still prefer the more balanced sound of the VX and Solaris overall.
     
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  2. SBranson
    As mentioned above, @Rockwell75 and I had a brief meet up and he graciously let me try out the Anole VX and N6ii.
    I was really taken by the VX with it's tuneable switch configurations. At first I was a little taken aback with such a flat response in comparison to the LX but the bass was truly amazing for a BA only iem.
    After a few tracks with that very nice midrange I switched it into "V-shaped" mode with 1 and 3 in the up position and it put a nice grin on my face.
    It's not so much that I'm a real aficionado of the "V" but it was more like the LX and was easier to compare that way and boy they sound great.

    I would need a bit more time to adjust to a new sound so it's not going to supplant the LX/WM1A pairing for the no.1 spot on my list but I can safely put it at no.2 as it is more versatile than the Phantom.

    So.. my revised top ten list is:

    1. Empire Ears Legend X
    2. QDC Anole VX
    3. Empire Ears Phantom
    4. Noble Encore
    5. Noble Katana
    6. Campfire Andromeda
    7. EE Bravado
    8. Noble Audio Savant - I prefer the soundstage to S8F
    9. Fearless Audio S8F
    10. Empire Ears ESR
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
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  3. funnyjoke
    Thoughts on the IT04?
     
  4. cr3ativ3
    1. Empire Ears Legend x
    2. Jomo Audio Trinity Brass
    3. Campfire Audio Andromeda Gold
    4. Campfire Audio Solaris
    5. Fearless Audio ACME8
    6. Rha Cl2
    7. Sony Ex1000
    8. Beyerdynamic Xelento
    9. Noble Kaiser 10
    10.Shure SE846
    11. Bgvp DM6
    12. JH Rosie’s
    13. Campfire Comet
    14. Imr R1 zenith
     
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  5. Gédéon Molle
    Firstable, I never owned the IT04, just had them on loan for a limited time. I could test them only with my player that I had at this time, a Cowon Plenue R. I really liked the dynamics of IT04, a very lively side with bass and treble accurate and fun. I remember that on the title "Heaven And Hell" of Black Sabbath, it was nirvana.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019
  6. Rockwell75
    I've been thinking a lot about that wonderful bass...I'm tempted to place it above the Z1R on my list but my top 3 are all IEMs I've owned from a few weeks to a few months and I feel like I'd need a longer demo rank anything above them...one day maybe I'll get another chance. Thanks again!

    I liked AG but imho it lacked a certain something to place it in the top tier of my ranking. Would love to hear your impressions of the Trinity Brass.
     
  7. cr3ativ3
    I need some more listening time with them :) these are awesome iems for sure :)

    same for AG .. they grow on you with more listening time . I part with my Solaris cause of these :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019
  8. twiceboss
    1/2. IER M9 (Scarily balance with top notch timbre, imaging king)
    1/2. KSE1200 (Scarily details with outstanding imaging, thin ish vocals)
    3. EX1000 (Biggest soundstage for imaging but can be hazy in a crowded track)
    4. ER2SE (Cheapest, most coherent, most details at this price range)
    5. Rai Penta (Controlled bass with top notch vocal presentation-lack highs and imaging)
    6. Anole VX (Outstanding details but sounds artificial, imaging is average - boosted bass is a con - jack of all trades, master of none)
    7. CL2/ iSINE20/ EX800st (CL2 vocals is like an old speaker setup, 20&800 are open but with low res)
    8. Empire Ears EVR (outstanding vocals separation but lacks of highs and imaging)
    9. Andromeda V3 (good all rounder but with lacking vocals)
    10. CA Comet (Best all rounder for relax warm listening at this price)

    edit: will be regularly updated with description
    I'm a neutral head and prioritize on vocals tonality, my rank is strictly based on that.

    honorable mention;
    ER4SR - clinical with BAs tonality
    ZS5 - cheapest IEM that took me into the game
    ZSR - more intimate of ZS5
    Galaxy Buds - the best wireless ive ever had hands down

    Ramble about anole VX; VX tried to beat the crowd with its reso performance but forgot that they boosted up the BAs bass. There is missing in mids warmth resulting it to be somewhat fake-ish sound together with boosted highs and the dip at 6-8khz to add more salt. Number 6 is given for the respect of its resolution but I'll pick 7,8,9,10 to enjoy music in everyday life. Again, this is strictly my opinion.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019
  9. twiceboss
    tell me about your new jomo :wink:
     
  10. twiceboss
    I honestly feels like M9 imaging outclass ex1000. Just ex1000 has that infinite imaging when things are on left/right, they do super far left/right. - soundstage on ex1000 in width is ridiculous
     
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  11. Mal Waldron
    I've been thinking about buying the M9 for a few weeks. I currently intersperse between the EX1000 and JVC HA-FD02, and although I'm quite satisfied with both, this hobby always leads you to keep looking for something that improves what you have. With what musical genres do you think the M9 performs better? Thank you very much for your impressions. I'm looking forward to reading your comparison with the Z1R!
     
  12. twiceboss
    Hi, M9 is balance. If u are a neutral bias, pretty much u will like the M9 presentation. My most fav genre lately is toward vocal centric. I do mostly kpop vocals like IU, Heize, Taeyeon, Dean, etc. You can look up for them in spotify to know the ideas what im listening for. Regarding z1r, im planning to get a demo/own for awhile just to compare between these two. Just to know what Sony tries to separate these two model and make z1r as the totl instead of the neutral M9. As far as i know, z1r mids is a bit dipped and overall signature is mildly U which subbass and highs extension focus.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019
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  13. Tawek
    i love my ex1000 for me its a KING :) coming from obravo ra-c-cu , eamt 2c , shure se535 ,xelento , piano forte-xg ...
     
  14. twiceboss
    Tbh, i was a fan of ex1000 until M9 came into my collection. Ex1000 can be a bit hazy for crowded track.
     
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  15. Tawek
    my preference for the music ; electronic - Astronaut Ape , Koan , Jare, Schiller, Biliński .... other Faithless , Enya, Enigma , Madonna, Pink Floyd, The Midnight, , 80'S
    for this Ex1000 is perfect :)
     
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