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IEM Review

(Chi-fi IEM Review) LetShuoer S12: The gold standard for planar drive IEMs

The LETSHUOER S12 is a milestone in which a hidden brand that has already delivered a variety of earphones as an excellent audio brand has shown its outstanding ability in the planar drive type. What is surprising is that they have also re…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Open Audio Mercury: Excellent analog-type listening earphones that nostalgically portray music with rich harmonics

Open Audio Mercury is a signature with a near-neutral sound balance and an emphasis on heavy bass.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Open Audio Witch: Heavy V-shaped sound. Low distortion

Open Audio Witch has a V-shaped sound signature with an emphasis on low and mid-high frequencies.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Open Audio Alkaid: Superior monitor earphones that convey clarity, subtlety, and detail without spilling anything.

The Open Audio Alkaid is a high-end earphone with a delicate, analytical sound with high transparency across the entire frequency range.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) FloAudio CALLA: Excellent listening earphones with mellow and deep sound

FloAudio touted the CALLA's sound as being on the same level of performance as high-priced earphones, and in fact, that claim is almost true. They sound very low distortion and more rewarding to listen to than most models with a price tag …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Hidizs Mermaid MM2: Audio specs are above price. Equipped with proprietary duct tuning. Overall balance is low frequency leaning for all nozzles.

The Hidizs Mermaid MM2 has a V-shaped sound with a slightly more midrange neutrality with the standard gold nozzle. The silver nozzle, which is supposed to adjust more toward the highs, actually emphasizes the upper midrange to mid-highs. …

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Unique Melody Maverick Ti: A model that is finished safely like Uniqie Melody.

If you are looking for a choice in the $1000 neighborhood, the Unique Melody Marverick Ti is generally easy to recommend because its exterior build quality and sound meet the price level.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Tingker TK160: Excellent listening earphones with deep bass and very clear, bright, cheerful, and ear-friendly midrange

The Tingker TK160 has a neutral sound, leaning toward the low frequencies. The midrange sounds bright and clear, but the highs have a mild monitor-like listening sound. It is attractive because of its excellent midrange transparency, but i…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) 7Hz x Crinacle Salnotes Dioko: Excellent sound balance and low distortion, but low resolution

The 7Hz x Crinacle Salnotes Dioko earphones have excellent sound balance, low distortion, and clean sound, giving a refreshing and delicate sound.

(Chi-fi IEM Review) LETSHUOER D13: DLC IEMs from leading brands

The LETSHUOER D13 is the rookie earphone created by LETSHUOER using the DLC driver, which has produced many great models with excellent sound quality. the excellent characteristics of the DLC driver not only proved its acoustic performance…

(IEM Review) Campfire Audio DORADO 2020: Hot, live, dry sound

The Campfire Audio DORADO 2020 have a distinctive, hot, powerful sound. The low saturation, dry sound, and lack of midrange transparency are not really audiophile-friendly, but if you like a gray, classy-sounding ambience, it's not bad.

(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…

(IEM Review) JH Audio JH13v2 Pro Universal: Resolution worthy of a high-end model, deep low frequency range

The JH Audio JH13v2 Pro Universal shows JH Audio's commitment to low frequencies, but the sound is not worth $100,000. Many people would not buy these earphones for even 10,000 yen. And low frequency lovers can get better quality low frequ…

(Chi-fi IEM Review) Audiosense T180: High-definition monitor sound hidden behind well-balanced sound

The Audiosnse T180 is a warm-neutral IEMs that is not bad in its price range. They are not bad to use as standard, but their real appeal is their high-definition sound when used with a high output impedance headphone amplifier and attenuat…

(IEM Review) MEZE RAI SOLO: Stylish, bright, sharp-edged sound

MEZE RAI SOLO is an IEMs that delivers sharp, high-resolution sound. This product will be quite attractive to those who seek a sharpness to their guitar edge.

(IEM Review) Shure AONIC 3: Only localization and resolution are good, but that's all. A rare lo-fi sound nowadays, created by a marked lack of extension and transparency.

SHURE is known for great monitor headphones, but the earphone department is really not good. If you have the money to buy the SHURE AONIC 3, there is a good chance you would be better off buying the next earphones in the same price range w…

(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) 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…

(IEM Review) Westone Pro X30: Stage monitor with emphasis on midrange. Not for everyday music appreciation. Good for listening to explanatory videos or practicing your instrument.

Westone Pro X30 Disclaimer Recommended for people like this Overview of Westone Pro X30 audio-sound Score Basic Specifications package Package contents Build quality Fit Sound quality REW Frequency Response Sound quality description Sound …

(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…