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.
The 2013 version of the Nuforce NE-700X stays true to its predecessor, delivering a rich, full-bodied sound underpinned by tactile, powerful bass. The low end extends well and provides enough impact to satisfy all listeners, even serious bass fanatics.
Tuned in collaboration with professional mastering engineers, the Sensaphonics 3MAX follows a different sound signature than other musicians’ monitors I’ve tried. Despite the dual woofer design, its sound is focused more on the midrange, especially the upper midrange.
A dynamic-driver in-ear monitor from Danish manufacturer of gaming peripherals SteelSeries, the Flux In-Ear took me by surprise with audio quality that easily puts it among the very best earphones in its class.
SteelSeries’ flagship in-ear headphone delivers balanced and capable sound courtesy of a single balanced armature driver, along with a comfortable form factor and headset functionality for both PCs and smartphones.
VSonic’s second dual balanced armature earphone is a lower-priced – but not less capable – alternative to the more expensive GR01 and a very solid earphone for those who tend to prefer a balanced sound signature.
A look at the debut model from the first India-based IEM manufacturer – the deliciously bassy Signature Acoustics Elements C-12.
The ETY-Kids earphones, which promote hearing safety with a combination of immense noise isolation and volume-limiting impedance, turn out to be a great entry-level audiophile IEM.
Two flagships from Poland-based Lime Ears go head to head against each other a handful of other custom in-ear monitors.