Reputable, consistent quality Chi Fi IEM brands?
Feb 16, 2021 at 2:15 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 18

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I understand that there are a number of Chi-Fi brands that seem to have pretty inconsistent quality control. One set might sound great and another might not.

Can I get a list of some tried and true Chi Fi brands to focus on?

Oh, and a list of brands to *avoid* would be really helpful too, maybe even moreso. I remember BGGAR doing a rant on brands with QC problems but I can't seem to find it.
 
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Feb 16, 2021 at 1:50 PM Post #2 of 18

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Haven't read anything negative about Tanchjim regarding quality control, and speaking from personal experience the Oxygen is built like a tank... But I think they only have 3 or 4 models available, so nothing like, say, Linsoul.
 
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ThieAudio and TinHifi are worth checking out. Linsoul seems to be the parent company for many of the Chinese Audio Manufacturers. The build quality of the models I have in my signature are of excellent quality.
 
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ThieAudio and TinHifi are worth checking out. Linsoul seems to be the parent company for many of the Chinese Audio Manufacturers. The build quality of the models I have in my signature are of excellent quality.

I've seen many reports of quality control issues with the Legacy series - at least one person here regularly suggests buying the Legacy 3 and 4 custom to reduce chances of quality control issues.
 
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I don't think I've seen any complaints about Moondrop and iBasso. KBEAR/Tri seem to be fine, too.
 
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I've seen many reports of quality control issues with the Legacy series - at least one person here regularly suggests buying the Legacy 3 and 4 custom to reduce chances of quality control issues.
I have the UIEM and no issues at all. I have seen 2 instances of qc issues reported. I haven't experienced them myself. I also don't know how those individuals handle their gear. The material ThieAudio used are as comfortable as shure and Westone IEMs. Sometimes I forget I'm wearing them.
 
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I'm sure if there were massive QC issues Apos, Headphones. Com, and others wouldn't carry them.
 
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FiiO had some quality issues in the FH3. The dynamic driver was dying on people. But I don't remember anything similar being said about any other of their products.
I haven't heard anything about any problems with Dunu products.
 
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Mine failed on the very next day after I got it, but I was also experiencing driver flex with it.
Hopefully yours will be from a newer batch that may not have this issue.
 
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Haven't read anything negative about Tanchjim regarding quality control, and speaking from personal experience the Oxygen is built like a tank... But I think they only have 3 or 4 models available, so nothing like, say, Linsoul.
I thought Linsoul was purely a distributor? I guess down the pipeline, it seems all these ChiFi companies are all under one roof...
 
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