Thanks! What if I asked the same question for the classic genre which I know isn't yours but you might have an idea anyway?I dont rank primarily because I do think ranking is a very difficult metric to grade since there are just too much factors to take in consideration such as timbre, tone, coherency, technical capability, transient response etc. So many iems just either end up sounding generic or similar to like 80% of stuff out there too. Aural memory also tends to be poor (factoring along with hearing inconsistency), I find it tough to slot in which categories/tiers which iems belong in. Always easier to sit down and compare A to B and say which one's better in different aspects.
But if you're asking me what my personal top few (that I still can remember) in no order:
1. Sony M9 (very technical)
2. VE8 (can be a bit too warm)
3. qdc 8SL/Gemini
4. 64 A12t (forcefitted a friend's)
5. Hidition Violet
6. pears sh3/qdc 4ss (I feel like these can be even better in custom form..maybe we'll see in the future...)
honorable mentions: noble khan (odd midrange but technical) & z1r (too intense and frankly overhyped)
I appreciate your style of reviewing. You and @crinacle are the only people I know reviewing (C)IEM on a regular basis who attempt to paint a picture of what is good and what is bad. There is also this https://www.head-fi.org/threads/iem-score-list-last-update-01-04-2019.815852/ and this https://www.head-fi.org/threads/rank-the-iems-youve-heard.454855/
Does anyone know more reviewers of this sort?