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(Chi-fi IEM Review) UniqueMelody 3D Terminator (3DT): Excellent edge and sharp sound

UniqueMelody 3D Terminator has a high-frequency neutral sound, which makes it a great choice if you want to focus on sharpness and edge in your music.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Moondrop CHU: The entry class IEMs of uncompromising brands is a bit different

Moondrop CHU is an entry-level Chinese earphone that could be called a "KATO the Younger," created with the knowledge gained from KATO. While the quality is kept in line with the price, the development results obtained from the latest mode…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ EDA Green: High resolution and high definition. Excellent monitor earphones

The KZ EDA (green) is an excellent neutral studio monitor, capable of rendering the entire musical picture clearly and crisply. It is not for those who are sensitive to high frequencies, those who want thickness in the midrange, or those w…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Moondrop Aria Elven Maiden: Neutral listening earphones with a sound that is both extended and refreshing

The Moondrop Aria is a very good neutral listening model and an excellent IEMs that can be recommended without question if you prefer a spacious and refreshing sound.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TFZ LIVE 3: Has a deep groove-filled low frequency range and provides a mild, comfortable listening sound with a good sense of depth

The TFZ LIVE 3 has the deep lows typical of TFZ, with gentle, mild highs and near-neutral mids that are comfortable to listen to. It is a fairly well-balanced listening earphone in its price range and a relatively easy variant to recommend.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) iBasso IT01X: V-shaped listening model with neutrality in mind. Drawback is that the low midrange tends to be strong.

The iBasso IT01X has a V-shaped sound signature with a slightly concave midrange. One point of concern is that the low midrange is quite overemphasized, so the sound image in the midrange is easily affected and tends to be fuzzy.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense AQ0: Enjoy powerful, dynamic and energetic sound with high resolution

The Audiosense AQ0 is a very strong choice if you are looking for a well-balanced warm neutral sound for under $100. It offers sufficiently high resolution, low distortion, and a deep soundstage, resulting in an energetic and powerful soun…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ ZES: This model improves on the KZ ZEX's sound balance in the low and midrange. However, the high frequency range and resolution are degraded.

The KZ ZES is a model that addresses the biggest problem of the KZ ZEX, which was to improve the sound balance between the low and mid frequencies. The low frequency range of the ZES is particularly well tuned with good quality, and the co…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Fidue Gem 4: The resolution is very high, but the overall balance is aggressive, with a lot of distortion and a dry sound characteristic of balanced armatures.

The Fidue Gem4 is a very high-resolution sounding earphone that can impress those who like a clear sound. However, the sound is a bit too aggressive and has a lot of balanced-armature-like distortion, which makes it hard to say that it is …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) DUNU FALCON PRO: These earphones have very good build quality, and you can enjoy changing the sound quality with the tuning nozzle. However, the sound is warm and not for everyone.

The DUNU FALCON PRO is quite an attractive option if you want a beautiful earphone with a high-end texture in the 20,000 yen range. The overall sound performance is also up to the standard of the price, and is quite good by any standard. H…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) NF Audio NM2+: Excellent studio monitor earphones

The NF Audio NM2+ is the first choice for users who are looking for a practical studio monitor for DTMs at a low price. It reproduces the sound of monitor speakers quite faithfully. The audio specs are excellent and far beyond the value of…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ ZEX: Lacks a sense of construction, but has high resolution. Unique dynamic warm sound that is rich and full.

The technical performance of the KZ ZEX is excellent, offering a sound comparable to the high end for an earphone that costs just under $30. However, the tuning is not to everyone's taste, pursuing the usual KZ hobby, and basically it is v…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) BGVP DM8: A beautiful earphone that provides a mellow midrange with high resolution

The BGVP DM8 is a Chinese earphone that can be recommended to those who want to enjoy the midrange harmoniously and mellowly. The resolution is very close to outstanding considering the price, the vocal expression is very beautiful, and cl…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Tripowin x HBB Olina: Very good texture representation, high resolution and speaker-like forward localization. Very good earphones that completely transcend the price.

The Tripowin x HBB Olina is one of the great earphones that offers very high quality, high resolution neutral sound for a low price in the $100 range. It unquestionably fits at the top of my recommendation list.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCA CA10: A psychedelic sound created by a true genius. The junk feeling all over again!

If you want to taste a weird, sort of psychedelic, freaky, junk food sound, CCA CA10 is not to be missed. A brand with true talent doesn't think outside the box. From these earphones, I can hear the "sound field? Localization? Coherency? T…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Tripowin × HBB MELE: Perfect midrange for superb texture expression. Mild and suitable for those who are sensitive to high frequencies, but lacks dynamism in expression, which is a clear drawback.

The Tripowin x HBB MELE is a gospel for audiophiles who love accurate textural representation. In a slightly narrow sound field with a slightly forward localization, the Tripowin x HBB MELE is able to capture the entire musical image in a …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) BQEYZ Autumn: High resolution and well-balanced sound. Mild high frequency range, suitable for those who are concerned about stinging; low frequency range can be adjusted with three different tuning filters.

When I think of BQEYZ, I can't help but think of the brand as being strong in piezo-multi hybrids, so the perfection of the single dynamic driver was unknown to me, and I personally doubted the quality of the BQEYZ Autumn. However, the wel…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TRN TA2: Not bad if you like a dense, warm sound, but it's a non-mainstream sound in TRN.

The TRN TA2 has a narrow V-shaped sound that is focused in the midrange. The sound image is slightly condensed in the front, making it easy to understand the overall picture of the music, but also making it sound cramped. The mid-range is …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KZ × HBB DQ6S: Warm neutral sound like Mele. The Mele has a better sound balance, but if you like a cleaner sound, this one is for you.

The sound signature of the KZ DQ6S is a warm neutral sound with a full midrange, and since Tripowin x HBB Mele had a similar warm neutral sound, I guess this is the sound that HBB likes.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) TINHiFi T3 Plus: Accurate texture expression with perfect midrange. Front localization that perfectly reproduces the speaker sound. High resolution, ultra low distortion. Excellent build quality. Everything is beyond the price.

TinHiFi T3 Plus is one of the best earphones for audiophiles who love accurate texture representation. With its natural textures, the TinHiFi T3 Plus makes the whole music sound like a monitor speaker with forward localization and especial…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) CCA CRA: This model is an improved version of the ZEX Pro. Equal resolution, heavier and more powerful bass, improved high frequency extension and peaks.

The CCA CRA is a model that inherits the basic concept of the ZEX Pro, but with a different driver configuration to provide a nearly upward compatible sound at a lower price. The overall impression is much improved, and I would personally …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Tripowin Lea: Singing earphones with beautiful textural expression, high-resolution and transparent midrange.

Tripowin Lea is a new star in the low price range. Along with the CCA CRA in the same price range, it will be the first budget hero of 2022. It has outstanding specs for its price. In contrast to the dynamic, V-shaped CRA, the Lea excels a…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense AQ4: Although it is labeled as the successor and evolution of the famous AQ3, it sounds completely different from it.

If you are aware of the fame of the AudioSense AQ3 and intend to buy it hoping that the AudioSense AQ4 will produce such a sound, you should reconsider now. In that case, you will have to buy the DT200. And if you want to know the true app…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Cayin Fantasy (YD01): A sound that emphasizes micro-detail. Beautiful grainy cymbal crashes and delicate acoustic guitar tones.

The Cayin Fantasy has a relatively flat sound with an emphasis on detail in the middle and high frequencies, which will delight listeners who prefer grainy cymbal crashes and delicate acoustic guitars like goldwork.The price is a bit stron…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) KBEAR NEON: Warm sound with diffuse sound field. Sweet and transparent midrange is carefully played without feeling tired.

If you are looking for comfort in listening to music and not getting tired of listening, I can highly recommend the KBEAR NEON. Its cylindrical shape makes it easy to adjust the insertion depth, and if you feel any sharpness in the sound, …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) iBasso IT07: Tesla drivers for clear and crisp low frequencies; three types of tuning nozzles for a variety of sounds. An interesting iBasso flagship IEM.

The iBasso IT07 has a musical, midrange-oriented sound with excellent fullness and a soft, thick sound. The best feature of the iBasso IT07 is the clear and high quality low frequency range provided by the Tesla driver. Although the separa…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Shuoer Conductor: Quite faithful and well-balanced to the Harman target curve, and has the sound image rendering power typical of electrostatic types, but it is a regrettable work that is a bit lacking in micro-detail and atmosphere.

The Shuoer Conductor is characterized by good tuning, almost faithful to the Herman target curve, and extremely high quality high frequencies characteristic of the electrostatic type. And the sense of balance is also quite excellent.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Shuoer EJ09: Informative, fine-grained, high-detail and high-definition monitor sound. It will be the highest level companion for those who want to enjoy music analytically

To be honest, I've never really seen much value in high-end earphones. My music listening was good enough with cheaper earphones, and they even had better monitoring capabilities than high-end earphones, so I had no need to pay more than $…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Shuoer EJ07: Fairly faithful to the free-field flat and highly transparent midrange. Wide localization and sound field with depth and low listening fatigue.

The Shuoer EJ07 has a sound that is almost faithful to the flats, with a high level of overall original sound fullness and a natural texture in the midrange. The sound field is slightly localized in the back, which gives a sense of spaciou…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) SeeAudio Yume: Well-balanced sound quality with Harman target in mind. Deep low frequencies give music a solid sense of reality.

The SeeAudio Yume is an attractive model with well-balanced sound quality, high clarity yet harmonic and somewhat human sound. With its deep lows and expansive highs, it has a unique sound that is sweet and rich with lustrous vocals, and y…