The Bullet/Cable-Down IEM Database (140+ Update!)
Jul 7, 2022 at 5:23 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 43

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Introduction​

While the cable-around-the-ear form factor is superior in most respects, some still prefer to wear their cables down (glasses, long hair, or ear issues caused by around-ear cables). Unfortunately this form factor is becoming less and less common among IEMs (barring generic, dollar store sets) and most lists and databases don't indicate whether an IEM is cable-up or cable-down.

Disclaimers:
  • This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather serve as a reference for anyone looking to make a purchase, and is a work in progress. As such, this list will mainly focus on sets that are still in production and easily available to purchase. Sets that might be of specific interest may be included in the Honourable Mentions section at the bottom.
  • The cost of each entry is only approximate as pricing and availability varies wildly between global regions.
  • Sound signature is also approximate. This list has been compiled from a wide variety of sources, sometimes containing conflicting or vague information. I have also do not have the vast majority of these sets so cannot verify with my own ears.
The most up-to-date version of the list can be found on this spreadsheet.

Sub $30

AstrotecVesnaNeutralFixedDD
BlonFat GirlV-ShapedFixedDD
CCACSTU-ShapedFixedDD
DQSMHermitV-ShapedFixedDD
FaaealPoppyV-ShapedFixedDD
FaaealCrescentV-ShapedFixedDD
FiioJD3V-ShapedFixedDD
Final AudioE500NeutralFixedDD
Final AudioSTUDY 1WarmFixedDD
Final AudioE1000NeutralFixedDD
HifimanRE400NeutralFixedDD
KBEARLittle QV-ShapedFixedDD
KZLing LongV-ShapedFixedDD
KineraTyrV-ShapedFixedDD
MoondropQuarksNeutral, WarmFixedDD
NiceHCK
X39
V-Shaped
FixedDD
NiceHCKX49Neutral, BrightFixedBA
OKCSCA800V-ShapedMMCXDD
RockSpace ObsidianDarkFixedDD
Rose TechnicsAura EvoV-ShapedFixedDD
SonyMDR-EX15V-ShapedFixedDD
SonyMDR-EX110-FixedDD
TanchjimZeroNeutralFixedDD
Tanchjim
OneNeutral, Warm
2-Pin: 0.78mm
DD
TanchjimTanyaHarmanFixedDD
TangzuPrincess Chang Le
Neutral, Bright
FixedDD
TRNCS3V-ShapedFixedDD
TRNM10V-Shaped2-Pin: 0.75mm CDD + BA
Venture ElectronicsBIEV-ShapedFixedDD
WhizzerBS-1V-ShapedFixedDD
ZhulinniaoShangHua Z2
V-Shaped
FixedDD


Sub $60

AstrotecVesna EvoNeutral2-Pin: 0.78mmDD
AzlaAzelV-ShapedFixedDD
DunuTitan 1esMid-CentricFixedDD
Final AudioE2000V-ShapedFixedDD
Final AudioE3000WarmFixedDD
Flare AudioJet-FixedDD
GGMMH300U-ShapedFixedDD + BA x2
HibyBeansV-Shaped2-Pin: 0.78mmDD
HibyThorV-Shaped2-Pin: 0.78mmDD + BA
HifimanRE600S V2NeutralFixedDD
HZSOUNDWaist DrumU-Shaped2-Pin: 0.78mmDD
KBEARF1Mid-CentricMMXCBA
KBEARNeonMid-Centric2-Pin: QDCBA
PioneerCH3U-ShapedFixedDD
SmabatNC02V-Shaped, Bass-BoostedMMCXDD
SoundmagicE11U-ShapedFixedDD
TFZBalance 1NeutralFixedDD
Tin HiFiT2NeutralMMCXDD x2
Tin HiFiT2 ProNeutral, BrightMMCXDD x2
Zero AudioCarbo iBrightFixedDD
Zero AudioCarbo TenoreV-ShapedFixedDD
ZhiYinZ5000DarkMMCXDD


Sub $100

1MoreTriple DriverV-ShapedFixedDD + BA x2
Alpha & DeltaD6Neutral, BrightFixedDD
AuneE1-FixedDD
Cat EarMiaU-Shaped, WarmMMCXDD
EtymoticER2SENeutralMMCX,ProprietaryDD
EtymoticER2XRNeutral, Bass-BoostedMMCX,ProprietaryDD
GradoiGe3BrightFixedDD
HifimanRE800 SilverNeutral,BrightFixedDD
IntimeSora 2U-ShapedFixedDD + Piezo
IntimeSora LightV-ShapedFixedDD + Piezo
KBEAROrmosiaV-ShapedMMCXDD + BA x2
Little DotCu RadV-ShapedFixedDD
LypertekBevi 2U-ShapedMMCXBA
MashallMode EQV-Shaped, Bass-Boosted, VariableFixedDD
OurartTiniNeutralMMCXBA
ShuoerSingerV-Shaped2-Pin: 0.75mmDD + EST
Tin HiFiT3Neutral, BrightMMCXDD + BA
Tin HiFiT2000BrightMMCX, TWSDD x2
Venture ElectronicsBIE ProV-ShapedMMCXDD
Yu9 (Fish9) AudioER4NeutralFixedBA
Yu9 (Fish9) AudioER4Neutral2-Pin: QDCBA


Sub $200

1MoreQuad DriverV-ShapedFixedDD + BA x3
AcoustuneHS1004V-ShapedFixedDD
AkoustyxR-210NeutralMMCXBA
AkoustyxR-220NeutralMMCXBA x2
CoplinnAlula (Bastogne Walnut)-MMCXDD
CoplinnAlula (Mahogany)-MMCXDD
CoplinnAlula (Cherry)-MMCXDD
ddHiFiJanus E2020BV-ShapedMMCX, 2-Pin: 0.78mmDD
DunuDN-900WarmFixedDD + BA
EtymoticER3SENeutralMMCX,ProprietaryBA
EtymoticER3XRNeutral, Bass-BoostedMMCX,ProprietaryBA
Final AudioF3100NeutralFixedBA
Final AudioE4000V-ShapedMMCXDD
Final AudioF4100BrightMMCXBA
Final AudioHeaven II-FixedBA
Final AudioHeaven IV-FixedBA
Helm AudioF2U-ShapedFixedDD + Planar
IntimeMiyabiMid-CentricMMCXDD + Piezo
IntimeGoL-ShapedMMCXDD + Piezo
IntimeKira-MMCXDD + Piezo
OEAudioBA-1TiNeutral, VariableMMCXBA
OurartWineV-ShapedMMCXDD
Periodic AudioMagnesiumV-ShapedCustom 2.5mmDD
Rose TechnicsMini3ProNeutralMMCXBA x3
Rose TechnicsMini2 MKII-MMCXBA x2
Rose TechnicsMini4-MMCXBA x4
TonekingTK12Warm, Bass-BoostedMMCXDD + BA x2
V-ModaZnV-ShapedFixedDD
YamahaEPH-200V-ShapedMMCXDD


Sub $500

Acoustic EffectYSM-01-FixedBA
Acoustic EffectYSM-03-2-Pin, ProprietaryBA
Acoustic EffectYSM-02-FixedBA
Acoustic EffectYSM-04-2-Pin, ProprietaryBA
AkoustyxS-6NeutralMMCXPlanar
CoplinnAlula (Olive)-MMCXDD
CoplinnAlula (Peruvian Walnut-MMCXDD
DunuDN-2002WarmMMCXDD x2 + BA x2
EtymoticER4SRNeutralMMCX,ProprietaryBA
EtymoticER4XRNeutral, Bass-BoostedMMCX,ProprietaryBA
Final AudioE5000WarmMMCXDD
Final AudioF7200NeutralMMCXBA
Final AudioHeaven V-FixedBA
Final AudioHeaven V aging-FixedBA
Final AudioHeaven VI-FixedBA
Flare AudioE-Prototype-FixedDD
GradoGR10eBrightFixedBA
IntimeSora Ti3-FixedDD + Piezo
IntimeSho DD-MMCXDD + Piezo
JVCHA-FDX1NeutralMMCXDD
JVCHA-FD01V-Shaped, BrightMMCXDD
JVCHA-FD02V-Shaped, BrightMMCXDD
JVCHA-FW01DarkMMCXDD
JVCHA-FWX1WarmMMCXDD
JVCHA-FW1500V-Shaped, WarmMMCXDD
MASX-5iV-Shaped, Bass-BoostedMMCXDD + BA x4
Periodic AudioTitaniumV-Shaped, WarmCustom 2.5mmDD
Periodic AudioBerylliumV-ShapedCustom 2.5mmDD
Periodic AudioCarbonV-ShapedCustom 2.5mmDD
RadiusHP-W100-FixedDD + Piezo
Rose TechnicsMini6-MMCXBA x6
SonyXBA-N1V-ShapedMMCXDD + BA
SonyXBA-N3Neutral, Bass-BoostedMMCXDD + BA
TanchjimDarlingNeutral, WarmMMCXDD + BA x2
TonekingShockwave IIIV-ShapedFixedDD + BA x4
TonekingShockwave IIIV-ShapedMMCXDD + BA x4


Sub $1000

AudezeLCDi3WarmProprietaryPlanar
Audio-TechnicaATH-CK2000TiV-ShapedA2DCDD x2
CoplinnAlula+ (Mahogany)-MMCXDD + EST
Final AudioHeaven VII-FixedBA
Final AudioHeaven VIII-FixedBA
IntimeSho-MMCXDD + Piezo
JVCHA-FW1800V-Shaped, WarmMMCXDD
RadiusHP-W200-MMCXDD + Piezo
RadiusHP-W300-MMCXDD + Piezo
SennheiserIE800sNeutralFixedDD


Kilobuck+

AudezeLCDi4Mid-Centric2500ProprietaryPlanar
CampfireAtlasWarm1300MMCXDD
Final AudioFI-BA-SSBright1100FixedBA
Final AudioFI-BA-SSTBright1100FixedBA
Final AudioLab I-1500FixedBA x2
Final AudioLab II-7000MMCXDD
Final AudioPiano Forte X-2200FixedDD
Final AudioPiano Forte X-T-2200FixedDD
Spirit TorinoTwin Pulse BerylliumNeutral, Variable11002-Pin: 0.78mmDD x2
TechnicsEAH-TZ700Flat1400MMCXDD


Honourable Mentions

SonyMH755Harman-NeutralFixed CableDD
Can only reliably be obtained by purchasing SBH24 bluetooth adaptor that bundles the IEMs with them. ~$30
Tin HiFiT2NeutralMMCX2 DD
Tin HiFiT2 ProBright-NeutralMMCX2 DD
Tin HiFiT3Bright-NeutralMMCX2 DD
Designed to be worn over-ear, but can be worn cable-down if you switch left and right with suitable a cable ~$50-70

Discontinued

AurisonicsRocketsNeutralFixed CableDD
AAWQU-Shaped
Fixed Cable
DD
CowonEH2V-ShapedFixed CableDD + BA
Dita AudioProject 71WarmMMCXDD
JVCHA-FX750
V-Shaped
Fixed Cable
DD
JVCHA-FX850
V-Shaped
MMCX
DD
JVCHA-FX10000Neutral, Diffuse-Field
MMCX
DD
MoondropCrescentHarmanFixed CableDD
MoondropSpaceshipHarmanFixed CableDD
ShozyV33WarmFixed CableDD


A spreadsheet containing the above data can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZHLeW8ZnYslIR8DZeJwjWpIMPZLS0lWgtWj0JzVFGos/edit?usp=sharing

I am always open to suggestions for entries or ideas for the list. If you have one, please comment with information about cost and especially sound signature!
 
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Jul 7, 2022 at 6:04 PM Post #2 of 43
Buuut, one of the draws of bullet style is being able to be worn both ways. Most of them anyhow. Why list them as cable down only??
 
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Jul 8, 2022 at 2:47 AM Post #5 of 43
Buuut, one of the draws of bullet style is being able to be worn both ways. Most of them anyhow. Why list them as cable down only??
I think you misunderstand. This is just a list of IEMs that can be worn cable down. Most IEMs are cable-up only.

And what about Sony MH-1/MH1c, Hifiman RE-400 / RE-600 / RE-800, NICEHCK X49 and most beautiful of them all, Meze Audio 12 Classics V2? :)
If you have information about them, I'd be happy to add them to the list. :relaxed:

So many missing
I would be happy to take suggestions, this list is intended to be a work in progress.
 
Jul 8, 2022 at 7:07 AM Post #6 of 43
Sets added:
  • NICEHCK X49
  • TRN CS3
  • Whizzer BS-1
  • Meze Audio 12 Classics V2
 
Jul 8, 2022 at 10:43 AM Post #8 of 43
All the final audio, e series , f series.
Flare audio iems including flare gold
Hiby thor
Etymotic er series.
Aurisonics rockets
Aaw q
Audiosense t15
Still more .

The Final Audio E series and the Ety ER series were already on the list, the rest mostly seem to be discontinued. Do you have any information on them? Specifically sound signature and driver type.
 
Jul 8, 2022 at 11:23 AM Post #9 of 43
For sure ,
Etymotic had series gen 1 with different ba and gen ii which are xr and sr with different ba as well. Gen one is Er4 ER4S ER4P ER4B.
For gen ii ER2XR and ER2 SR both DD and , ER3XR, ER3SR , ER4XR, and ER4SR are ba . XR series are bass boosted by a few DB and SR is flat.

Final e series from E500 to E5000 uses same 6.4mm DD but different tuning and from e2000 to e5000 uses metal body and from E4000 and E5000 detachable cable.
 
Jul 9, 2022 at 9:19 AM Post #10 of 43
Added:
  • Final F3100, F4100, F7200
  • Hifiman RE400, RE600, RE800
  • Aurisonics Rockets
  • AAW Q
 
Jul 9, 2022 at 11:23 AM Post #12 of 43
More to consider: Moondrop Crescent and Moondrop Spaceship, Kinera Tyr, Shozy V33, all of Periodic Audio (Beryllium, Magnesium, Carbon, Titanium), Cowon EH2 and legendary Cambridge Audio SE1 ...
Hmm, it looks like Periodic have revised all of their lineup so I'm struggling to find reliable third-party information on them. If you can tell me their sound signatures I'll add them to the list.
 
Jul 9, 2022 at 11:38 AM Post #13 of 43
Radius W series....
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W100/W200/W300 :)
 
Jul 9, 2022 at 12:30 PM Post #15 of 43
Radius W series....
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W100/W200/W300 :)
I can't find anything about these on google
Too many to name in jap-fi. Pretty much everything from Intime, Ocharaku, Zero Audio…
Unfortunately it's hard to find much information on Japanese IEMs online, otherwise I'd love to add them to the list!
 

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