It’s easy to see the common trends with these affordable Chi-Fi iems, many are immensely impressive with a few outliers providing truly price beating performances. However, many are still lacking the refinement of the earphones in the next price class up, some may rival earphones like the 1More Quad Driver and Pinnacle P1 in certain aspects but overall, they aren’t as linear and coherent. The Exclusive series so far has come the closest to these earphones in technical ability, but their tuning is a bit raw. Similarly, more tonally correct earphones around this price simply lack the engagement and technical foundation to compete.
The Kinera H3 and King still possess the most pleasing balance of tuning and technicality to me but that’s not to discount the Exclusive 5 as a very realistic and logical choice for buyers looking for some more clarity, resolution and sub-bass impact. The Exclusive 5 also has a class leading build and a super ergonomic if heavy design that easily outclasses earphones at and far above their price. While they do give up some speed in pursuing this more weighted sound, the Exclusive 5 is nowhere near as heavy handed in its execution as a lot of budget earphones.
Verdict – 8.75/10, TFZ have produced yet another impressive fully-featured sub $100 earphone that provides a more dynamic alternative to the King and H3 whilst retaining much of the quality of both. Their bass response and build quality, in particular, are truly outstanding. Buyer’s looking for an affordable, featured and vibrant earphone should look no further than the Exclusive 5.