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Nov 18, 2023 at 10:40 AM Post #70,786 of 86,679
Guys,

I am thinking of a Tier List video…well, four to be precise…one for IEMs, one for headphones, another for amps and a last one for DACs. For the sake of research:

What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?

Just trying to cast a wide net so I don’t miss anything good. 😊🙏🏻
Sure. The iems rank changes on my tastes, so don’t take the order as literal.
  1. CFA Trifecta
  2. UM Amber Pearl
  3. Elysian X
  4. Aroma Audio Jewel
  5. Aroma Audio Feiwan
  6. FIR XE6
  7. VE Aura
  8. UM Indigo
  9. CFA Bonneville
  10. Elysian DIVA
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 10:41 AM Post #70,787 of 86,679
For iPhone 15 users that wants to get aptX Adaptive High Quality, I've done a test with the USB-C Creative BT-W5 dongle and my B&O H95 headphone supporting aptX HQ and it works perfectly! :thumbsup:
The led is solid purple which means that I'm connected with aptX Adaptive High Quality mode selected. Max bit depth is 24 bits and max sample rate is 96 kHz. Listening to Qobuz.
Dongle can't be used with Apple case, you need to remove it to connect into the iPhone USB-C connector.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I’m going to buy this for my iPhone so I can use it with the upcoming Creative Aurvana Ace2
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 10:41 AM Post #70,788 of 86,679
To all the Singularity owners, if you can, please try these iems with Earmen Angel. That's a match made in heaven. I had never imagined the Singularity to pair so well with this dac/amp. It has better synergy with the Angel than the LPGT and even the A&K SP3K. Please try to demo this pairing if possible. The Angel has a bright profile and is quite powerful, both of which are added advantages for the IEMs. And there is some other magic happening that I am really unaware of, and the pairing sounds like an end-game setup.


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What cable is that on your Singularity?
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 10:52 AM Post #70,789 of 86,679
What cable is that on your Singularity?
That's a cable from D's Audio (HongKong).

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.s_audio/

The cable is called Black Wind Plus. It comes with a Furutech 4.4 jack. It's a shielded copper cable. Very much comparable to the 1960s and 1950s shielded with a price much lower than the both.
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 10:56 AM Post #70,790 of 86,679
Guys,

I am thinking of a Tier List video…well, four to be precise…one for IEMs, one for headphones, another for amps and a last one for DACs. For the sake of research:

What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?

Just trying to cast a wide net so I don’t miss anything good. 😊🙏🏻

I have a number of IEMs on their way to me right now (Fei Wan, a couple of Canpurs, the new Custom Art, Perpetua, Cascara, Electron 12) so this list is likely premature for me (and I'll be doing something similar in a year end poll down the road)...but for the time being here goes (no particular order):

Fibae 5
Annihilator
Rn6
Bonneville
Trifecta
Amber Pearl
Viking Damascus
Electron 12
Monachaa
Traillii

Runners up, notes, and honorable mentions:

Singularity (would be on this list, save the fit)
VEX (if this was a little closer to the proto I heard in NYC it could have been number 1)
Storm (top tier IEM but outside of the range of my preferences)
Perpetua (I suspect this will make this list once I hear it)
Fei Wan (found this too bright in SoCal but I'm curious to hear it again)
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 11:17 AM Post #70,791 of 86,679
I have a number of IEMs on their way to me right now (Fei Wan, a couple of Canpurs, the new Custom Art, Perpetua, Cascara, Electron 12) so this list is likely premature for me (and I'll be doing something similar in a year end poll down the road)...but for the time being here goes (no particular order):

Fibae 5
Annihilator
Rn6
Bonneville
Trifecta
Amber Pearl
Viking Damascus
Electron 12
Monachaa
Traillii

Runners up, notes, and honorable mentions:

Singularity (would be on this list, save the fit)
VEX (if this was a little closer to the proto I heard in NYC it could have been number 1)
Storm (top tier IEM but outside of the range of my preferences)
Perpetua (I suspect this will make this list once I hear it)
Fei Wan (found this too bright in SoCal but I'm curious to hear it again)
My top 10, also, in no particular order:

Trailli
Jewel
Fei Wan
Trifecta
Perpetua
Radon 6
Xenon 6
Subtonic Storm
Elysian Annihilator
VEX
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 12:24 PM Post #70,795 of 86,679
Guys,

I am thinking of a Tier List video…well, four to be precise…one for IEMs, one for headphones, another for amps and a last one for DACs. For the sake of research:

What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?

Just trying to cast a wide net so I don’t miss anything good. 😊🙏🏻
1. Storm
2. Annihilator 23
3. Amber Pearl
4. Crimson
5. Fei Wan
6. Monarch MK3
7. Helios OG/SE
8. Singularity
9. Truthear Nova

I don’t know if these are all strictly 2023 releases but I tried to keep my list to more recent releases.
 
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Nov 18, 2023 at 12:28 PM Post #70,796 of 86,679
What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?
In no particular order and only listing what I’ve heard

1) Trifecta
2) Perpetua
3) Xe6
4) Traillii
5) Phonix Le
6) Ronin
7) Odin
8) Bonneville
9) Jewel
10) Rn6
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 12:41 PM Post #70,798 of 86,679
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I embrace you into my arms o crimson bird
Carry me tonight among the moon and stars
To the island of musical paradise 🦜🌛🌌🏞️
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 12:44 PM Post #70,799 of 86,679
Guys,

I am thinking of a Tier List video…well, four to be precise…one for IEMs, one for headphones, another for amps and a last one for DACs. For the sake of research:

What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?

Just trying to cast a wide net so I don’t miss anything good. 😊🙏🏻
The ones I own, in no particular order,
Amber Pearl
Grand Maestro
Traillii
Rn6
Annihilator 23
Camelot
IER Z1R
Elysium
 
Nov 18, 2023 at 12:44 PM Post #70,800 of 86,679
Guys,

I am thinking of a Tier List video…well, four to be precise…one for IEMs, one for headphones, another for amps and a last one for DACs. For the sake of research:

What are your top 10 IEMs and headphones for 2023?

Just trying to cast a wide net so I don’t miss anything good. 😊🙏🏻
In no particular order except for the first 3:

VE Phonix LE
Fitear DC Ti
Elysian Annihilator 2023

Fir XE6
Fir RN6
VE EXT
VE Erlkonig LE
Noble Ronin
64 Volur
Aroma Fei Wan
 

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