Early last year I found myself impressed with the entry-level RHA MA350 and hoped to see more great things from the Scottish manufacturer. This year starts off with another excellent RHA offering – the flagship MA750.
The first in-ear model from speaker manufacturer RBH, the EP1 delivers good sound quality and a solid construction.
Turning up the bass on the less expensive StageDiver 2 model, the InEar StageDiver 3 makes a compelling case for itself as one of the few balanced-armature earphones well-suited for fans of hard-hitting lows.
One of the most well-rounded earphones I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying, the InEar StageDiver 2 amazes with its all-round accuracy, exhibiting tight bass control, level mids, and a good balance between treble presence and smoothness.
The MOE-SS01 is a dual dynamic earphone with a slightly cool tonal tilt and great clarity.
The Clear Tune Monitors WLS-5 is a uniquely-voiced custom monitor oriented towards the pro audio market and doesn’t share many similarities with the lower-end CT-200 model I’ve reviewed previously.
The Noble 4S is a neutral-sounding monitor that is, on the whole, more balanced than the other “reference” customs I have here. It is one of the very few earphones I can’t find much to complain about with, and that alone makes it worth recommending.
The mid-level 1964EARS customs I’ve tried have offered solid value for money, and the new 1964EARS V6-Stage is doing the same for the flagship segment of the still-developing custom in-ear market.
From the first listen it was clear that the Custom Art Music One, which utilizes a vented balanced armature driver, is one of the best earphones in its class, pursuing a very coherent, natural sound that impresses with its weight and smoothness.
The IEM market has changed a lot in the past several years, becoming saturated at an increasing rate. Still, of all of the earphones I’ve tried recently, the JH Audio JH13 Pro has been the biggest eye-opener, delivering clarity and resolution unlike anything else I’ve heard.