The Head-Fi Members' Poll for In Ear Monitors 2020 [Please Read The Rules]

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Jan 6, 2021 at 8:34 PM Post #76 of 237

ranfan

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Best single-DD IEM 
>$1000 DUNU LUNA

Best all-BA IEM
$110-$350 Sennheiser IE40
$350-$1000 Campfire Audio C/2019 Q4
>$1000 Warbler Prelude

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
<$50 intime SORA 2019
$50-$110 intime SORA 2
>$1000 Vision Ears Meister

Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
>$1000 Noble Sultan
 
Jan 6, 2021 at 9:43 PM Post #77 of 237

Gesugao

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Best single-DD IEM
<$50: BLON BL-03
$50-$110: TinHifi T4

Best Tribrid IEM
$110-$350: SFR MT300
 
Jan 6, 2021 at 9:51 PM Post #78 of 237

slex

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It's interesting to see 2 IEM Manufacturer pop-corning☺️
 
Jan 6, 2021 at 10:14 PM Post #79 of 237

Ocelitgol

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Best single-DD IEM
<$50 - Sony MH755
$50-$110 - Etymotic ER2XR
$110-$350 - JVC FDX1
$350-$1000 - Xelento
>$1000

Best all-BA IEM
<$50
$50-$110
$110-$350
$350-$1000 - IER-M9
>$1000

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
<$50
$50-$110
$110-$350
$350-$1000
>$1000 - IER-Z1R

[what a limited list...]
 
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Jan 6, 2021 at 10:59 PM Post #81 of 237

requal

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4 me:

Best single-DD IEM

<$50 - BLON BL03
$50-$110 - ?
$110-$350 - NS Audio NS5MKII EXTRA BASS
$350-$1000 - Dita The Answer
>$1000 - ?

Best all-BA IEM
<$50 - KBear F1
$50-$110 - KZ BA10
$110-$350 - AudioSense T800
$350-$1000 - FIIO FA9
>$1000 - 64Audio U12t

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
<$50 - GuideRay GR-I
$50-$110 - ? (20$ less and it would be FIIO FH3)
$110-$350 - ISN H40
$350-$1000 - IBASSO IT04
>$1000 - EE LEGEND X

Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
$50-$110 - SFR MT300
$110-$350 - ?
$350-$1000 - ?
>$1000 - EE Valkyrie

No place for Shure KSE1200?
 
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Jan 6, 2021 at 11:25 PM Post #82 of 237

riverground

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*For my nominations, I just wanted to vote IEMs that I've actually heard so here's mine!

Best single-DD IEM

$50-$110
- Shure SE215 (Oh the IEM that started everything for me. I still have it even after almost 10 years of owning it. But I'm sure there are way better IEMs out there that are cheaper, but hey, I haven't heard them so I can't vote for them.)
$350-$1000 - Sennheiser IE800 (The IEM that always scares me whenever I put them inside my ears. They're so small that I feel like my ears will just swallow them whole. This was the IEM that made me realize that an enormous soundstage can be achievable in such a small package.)
>$1000 - DUNU Luna (I really wanted to give this to the Final A8000, but that Luna vocals were just so ethereal to my ears.)

Best all-BA IEM

$350-$1000
- Shure SE846 (I still have this since I bought them back in early 2015 and they now share my daily driver spot with the XBA-H3. Still, one of the most comfortable IEMs in my collection and I dare say, one of the best BA Bass out there to this day especially for the used prices nowadays.)
>$1000 - Empire Ears Zeus XR-Adel (This might be due to my honeymoon phase not being over. But the way the Zeus renders such spacious yet encapsulating vocals is just something else.)

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)

$110-$350 - Sony XBA-H3 (This has been with me since early 2014 and has been my beater/daily driver since then. It's still such a fun IEM to listen to until this day.)
$350-$1000 - Sony XBA-Z5 (The successor flagship from the H3, and definitely fixed the "bloated" bass of the H3 while raising the technical details and became a true all-rounder.)
>$1000 - Sony IER-Z1R (Ah, the Bae... what do I say, if this Hybrid section doesn't convince you that I am a Sony Fanboy, then IDK what will lol jokes aside, with every Hybrid flagship Sony releases, the tech giant seems to reach higher and higher into the TOTL "Summit-Fi" realm. It's hit after hit for me. Even their Full BA setups are highly regarded. I can't wait to see what they come up with in a few year's time. But I must say, my wallet would not like it lol)

Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)

>$1000 - Empire Ears Odin (The All-Father! I still have yet to hear another Tribrid that comes close to what the almighty Odin is capable of. But then again, I still have yet to hear some of the other uber pricey IEMs like the Thummim for example. Sultan was good, but not for its price range, unfortunately. But hey, If given the chance to hear the Sultan properly again and not after a 2+ hour listening session with the Odin. My thoughts might change. But for now, the Odin is GOD in this category.
 
Jan 7, 2021 at 1:07 AM Post #83 of 237

Kundi

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Best single-DD IEM <$50 - Cheapfi /Blon BL-03 $50-$110 - Tinhifi T2+ $110-$350 - NF Audio NM2+ & KB BElieve & Tanchjim Oxygen $350-$1000 - DUNU ZEN >$1000/ Final A8000 Best all-BA IEM <$50 - Final Audio E3000 $50-$110-Etiymotic ER2XR $110-$350 - Etiymotic ER3SE $350-$1000-Moondrop Blessing S8>$1000 - UM Mentor V3+ Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.) <$50-KB Lark $50-$110 -NiceNCK NX7 MK3$110-$350-TRI Starsea/Mangird Tea$350-$1000 - UM 3D Terminator >$1000 -SONY ZBA-Z5 Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types) $50-$110-**** MT300? $110-$350 - LZ A7 $350-$1000-The Twins >$1000 - Dunno🤣Choose your spoils.

Ok just guesstimation only! Your mileage may differ!😊Not final in view.

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Should have used bullets points for this
 
Jan 7, 2021 at 1:58 AM Post #84 of 237

The3DCie

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Best single-DD IEM
<$50 - KZ EDX
 
Jan 7, 2021 at 4:31 AM Post #87 of 237

The3DCie

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Jan 7, 2021 at 5:16 AM Post #88 of 237

RCracer777

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Best single-DD IEM
<$50 Moondrop SSP

Best Hybrid IEM
<$50 KBEAR Lark
$50-$110 KZ ZAX
I've just got to add one more to my list, this thing has just kept blowing my mind over the pas few days.

Best Hybrid IEM
$110-$350 TRI Starsea
 
Jan 7, 2021 at 6:36 AM Post #90 of 237

The3DCie

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Best all-BA IEM
$110-$350 Sennheiser IE40
To my knowledge Sennheiser IE40 Pro is a single DD, no? :thinking:
At least it was when I tried them, a great set of monitors, really really good! :thumbsup:
 

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