The Smokin’ is better-built, better-isolating, and less microphonic than the Ink’d buds, with more colored but similarly capable sound
The BMW-designed Sennheiser CX980 accomplishes a rare feat for an in-ear monitor – its metal accents look stylish, but not ostentatious.
The Section 8 Earbuds are a competent bargain-bin product with a generic form factor and surprisingly clear sound.
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Though not without competition as they once were, the Marshmallows are still a contender in their price category.
The Yamaha EPH-20 is another sub-$20 IEM that is quite passable in terms of sound, easy to use, reasonably well-built, and extremely light and comfortable
The Skullcandy FMJ is undoubtedly one of the least enjoyable listening experiences I’ve had
The pricing of earphones such as the Lenntek Sonix Micro and the “younger sibling” CX250 render the CX300 somewhat mediocre in today’s crowded marketplace.
The Q:Electronics IEMs are a competitive entry in the low-budget IEM category thanks to good isolation and tolerable sound