Like the ER-line before it, the EVO is intimate, hyper-responsive and oh so clean from bottom to top. Years later, the Etymotic sound remains hard come by and has plenty of life.
If you enjoy a bright sound, then you’ll find the Starshine to be a technically outstanding EST implementation. For all else, proceed with caution.
The Vision Ears VE7 delivers neutrality in one of its easiest, most listenable forms yet; soulful, big and with a tiny hint of swing.
The RSV is one of the most well-rounded and instantly likeable earphones I’ve tested, representing an excellent value proposition even at its elevated price tag.
Whether in 4-wire or 8-wire form, Satin Audio’s Athena brings a distinct shade of meatiness, vividness and speed, with upticks in control and finesse the more wires you add into the mix.
Custom Art’s FIBAE 7 is their house sound at its purest and cleanest yet: An intimate, organic, yet refined flagship without the sky-high price tag.
Vision Ears’ EVE20 subverts the dynamic, boom-bap sound with heaps of texture, a robust midrange and an image capable of delivering drive with finesse.
Moondrop’s latest earphone appends complaints with their former design whilst retaining benchmark level tonal refinement at a substantial price cut.
64 Audio’s A18s is about as natural as reference gets; a warmer, mellower, more engineer-tailored take on their custom flagship that’s discerning all the same.
Naturalistic, organic, neutral… dog whistles to perk up any audiophile’s ears.