Welcome to The Headphone List, where you will find one of the most comprehensive resources for information on universal-fit earphones and custom in-ear monitors, with products ranging from entry-level through top of the line. The site currently consists of two lists with filtering capability to help narrow your search, one for (mostly) universal in-ear earphones by ljokerl and the other for (mostly) custom in-ear monitors by average_joe. If you are just getting started in your search for the perfect in-ear earphones, the concise Earphone Buyers Guide can help you decide which ones will suit you best. Please use the comment sections on the articles to let us know if you have any questions!
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While higher-end in-ears can point out where the audio quality of the Xiaomi Piston 2 falls slightly short, the dearth of choices among full-featured Android headsets makes the Piston 2 a bargain, and a must-have for any Android user.
As far as reasonably-priced earphones go, the T-Peos D200R has a lot going for it – sturdy build, headset functionality, and a sonic signature that makes all the right concessions.
The OPPO PM-1 is a full-size, open-back planar magnetic headphone with fantastic craftsmanship, and is superbly comfortable in both fit and sound.
Well known Compact Monitors of Germany split into 2 companies. The founder of Compact started Rhines Custom Monitors and continues the Stage series legend. Read the in-depth review of the Stage 3 and see what they are all about.
The NarMoo R1M is an excellent first effort, offering pretty much everything one could want from a budget earphone – a solid construction, built-in mic and remote, and the ability to select between three levels of bass ranging from “basshead” to “mild enhancement”.
The Astrotec AX-35 is a dynamic + single BA hybrid earphone that utilizes a Knowles ED armature driver and competes with the likes of the T-Peos H-100 and Dunu DN-900, albeit at a significantly more attractive price point.
The Custom Art Music One is a silicone shelled custom in-ear monitor that recreates the emotion within music rarely recreated in headphones in the price range. While it isn’t going to be everything for everyone, it offers a glimpse into the world of higher-end music recreation.
With sound that is reminiscent of well-regarded high-end earphones from the likes of HiFiMan and Shure, an ergonomic form factor, and good noise isolation, the TDK BA200 is a solid all-rounder with plenty of mass appeal.
The ProGuard P2+1 was designed for the gigging musician, and the sound signature is perfect for that use. With good detail levels and a 3D presentation, the P2+1 should suite many audiophiles as well.
The Fiio X3 portable audio player is a 24 bit, 192 KHz sample rate standalone media play with asynchronous DAC functionality with one of the best interfaces for an upscale media player. While the recent focus has been on Pono, the X3 can playback high-rez files now and is worth a look.
This Musician’s In-Ear Monitors Buyer’s Guide is designed to help musicians and engineers make more informed decisions about in-ear monitors and find the monitoring solution that will help them perform better.
Hybrids are becoming ever more popular, and Perfect Seal has released the world’s first silicone hybrid custom in-ear monitor, the Fusion 11.
Introducing the Hidition Viento-R: a quad-driver custom in-ear monitor with timbre control switches that is added to the New Tears lineup.
Noble Audio is celebrating the birthday of one of its founders, The Wizard (aka Dr. John Moulton), with a 20% off sitewide sale, which includes both custom-fit in-ear monitors and universals.
Sony’s classic MDR-V6 studio headphones are available for $54.99 from Amazon.com today. Typically these run $75-80. While a little treble-deficient to qualify for true “reference” sound, at $55 these are a perfect 10 for value and make for an especially great “first headphone” – an all-purpose set that will last years.
EarSonics is at it again, adding variations to their existing lineup. This time, the SM64 gets a makeover with a white inner shell, clear outer shell, and silver cable. Same sound signature as the SM64 Only 15 units will be available Available on the EarSonics website Read the EarSonics SM64 reviews by average_joe and joker.
Null-Audio is at it again, this time partnering with Advanced AcousticWerkes of Singapore to bring low-cost hybrid custom in-ear monitors (CIEMs) to the market with fast turn-around times. There are two product lines, the entry level Musiker line and the Meister lines. A focus of the new line is better coherence between the dynamic and …
Japanese Hi-Fi boutique Musica Acoustics is offering 10% off site-wide this weekend plus a free pair of Fischer Audio earphones with orders of $100 or more
Brief Impressions: Noble FR & PR, Perfect Seal SportBud Silver, Minerva Mi-Performer Pro & Mi-Artist Pro
A brief look at the Noble FR & PR, Perfect Seal SportBud Silver, Minerva Mi-Performer Pro & Mi-Artist Pro In-Ear Earphones.