Pros – Great sub-bass impact, Nice vocal clarity, Crisp Cons – Build quality and QC…
The Asura 2.0S discards all notion of seal in favour of crystal clarity and a grand soundstage presentation. This is an incredibly refined take on a neutrally-orientated earbud sound.
The Pro has a truly delicious tonality that ticks all the boxes; it’s instantly gratifying, natural, and balanced without sacrificing character or engagement.
For a reasonable price, Fiio provide buyers with an excellent housing, balanced capability and a resolving V-shaped sound.
The dual dynamic driver Masya impresses with its delicate midrange, smooth high-end and innovative if not perfectly refined form factor.
Newcomer Ourart shoot for the stars with their Ti7, an innovative earbud that sounds almost as good as it looks. Their laid-back tones won’t be to everyone’s liking, but beyond their thickness lies some convincing technicality.
The Polaris is a beast of coherence and tonal fineness. They are exceptionally well integrated for a hybrid and will be sure to put a smile on your face whether driven from a $1000 DAP or streaming Spotify from a smartphone.
Oriveti may not be known for cables but their new Affinity is one of the most ergonomic and sonically pleasing cables I’ve heard around their asking price.
The Mini 2 may not be the most vibrant earphone but there are plenty of models that already satisfy that craving. Rather, the Mini 2 occupies a vacancy around this price, offering some real neutrality with a taste of additional musicality.
The A8 is an excellent earphone at a competitive price point. While their polite treble won’t be for everyone, their brass build never fails to impress nor does their subterranean bass response and cavernous soundstage.