The Yamaha EPH-100 is easily one of the best-sounding earphones – and one of the best overall packages – in its price class.
The Final Audio Design FI-BA-SA is a slightly more conservative version of the FI-BA-SB, both in sound and appearance.
The SE535 is, on the whole, a better earphone than the outgoing SE530 model, but sets such as the Westone 4 are quick to point out its remaining deficiencies
The ACS T15 is an extremely capable universal monitor in a remarkably tiny package.
A much more reasonably priced alternative to the flagship MDR-EX1000, the Sony MDR-EX600 is a perfect look into the law of diminishing returns.
The second revision of Fischer Audio’s renowned DBA-02 finally matches the premium sound of the earphone with a premium feel, making a series of gains over the old version as a result of a new housing design, more durable cable construction, and improved accessory pack.
Blisteringly expensive when first announced, the Sony MDR-EX1000 has since dropped enough in price to compete with other top-tier universal dynamics.
Though the VSonic GR01 strays little from the dual-armature monitor formula, it is one of the more competent such earphones I’ve heard
Rock-It Sounds’ flagship capitalizes on some of the best traits of a dual balanced armature setup – tiny size, high efficiency, good detail and clarity, and an extended, well-balanced response.
Launched at a time when “high end IEM” was synonymous with “balanced armature”, the Sennheiser IE8 re-introduced dynamic drivers into the world of ultraportable hi-fi and firmly established Sennheiser, a late entrant in the IEM game, in the realm of top-tier earphones.