Earbuds Roundup [LITE]

This is merely a list of ranking based on my own opinion - doesn’t make it more or less valid than your own opinion. You need not follow it - but if you do, you do it at your own risk :)

Last Update: October 21st, 2016.

[Notice] This list will no longer be updated. It is currently only served as an archive.

Bold = latest update

Gray = Discontinued models

*Note that 'discontinued' doesn't mean you can't find new old stock. Even current models might limit to certain markets only. Some earbuds are available in either balanced or single ended termination. The description ‘balanced’ in the model name only means the earbuds is terminated with balanced plug. It doesn’t mean it is driven solely with balanced amp during evaluation, unless otherwise noted.

Category 1: THE CHAMPIONS

 

  1. Sennheiser MX985
  2. Blox TM7
  3. Shozy BK (Stardust) Balanced
  4. VE Zen 1
  5. Rose Technology Mojito (Red/Blue Limited Edition)
  6. K's Earphone 500ohm (轮回之天道) Balanced
  7. Rose Technology Masya

Category 2: THE CONTENDER

 

  1. MrZ (MusicMaker / Toneking) TY2
  2. AuGlamour RX-1
  3. Moondrop (水月雨) VX Pro
  4. Shozy Cygnus
  5. VE Zen 2 (balanced)
  6. bengkelMACRO Edimun V3
  7. Blox ANV3
  8. MrZ (MusicMaker / Toneking) Ting Full-Metal
  9. MrZ (MusicMaker / Toneking) Tomahawk
  10. PureSound (醇声) PS100-500Ω Extreme Edition (balanced)
  11. HY耳机 (HY Headphone) HY-1

Category 3: THE GREAT

  1. Atomic Floyd AirJax Sport
  2. 湖西小筑 DIY Dual Driver
  3. HiSound Audio Living
  4. Yuin PK1.
  5. Ucotech ES1103
  6. TY (Hi-Z) HP-650
  7. DaiK DK-Song (宋)
  8. VE Asura 1
  9. VE Asura (beta) 
  10. Astrotec Lyra 6
  11. Celsus Sound Gramo One
  12. M1N (水月雨) VX
  13. 舜仕01B (Extraordinary Sound ESP-01B)
  14. Ostry KC08 (original tuning)
  15. TY (Hi-Z) HP-400s
  16. T&Y Audio (腾阳) 300ohm
  17. 耳机公会 (Headphone Association) 400 ohm (original)
  18. TY (Hi-Z) 400 ohm (original)
  19. 1MORE Piston Earphone Upgraded (EO320)
  20. VE Asura 2.
  21. 调音师 三频女王 (Sound Tuner's 'Queen')
  22. Ucotech ES1003
  23. Baldoor E100
  24. Tingo TC-200
  25. JiuShao E600
  26. JiuShao E300
  27. DUNU Alpha 1
  28. Creative Aurvana Air
  29. Ubiquo ES903
  30. Blox M2c
  31. Tingo TC-100
  32. Yuin OK1
  33. Pioneer SE-CE521
  34. Panasonic HJ329 
  35. Audio Technica CM707
  36. Edifier H185
  37. 潜韵电声 潜69
  38. VE Monk Plus
  39. TY (Hi-Z) 32ohm
  40. Fareal 64 ohm v2 (雪莲 2.0)
  41. Fareal 64 ohm v1 (雪莲 1.0)
  42. Dasetn MC5
  43. NineWave NW-Studio Pro
  44. CrossRoads HR1
  45. Sennheiser MX375
  46. M1N (水月雨) V5
  47. Sunrise AS-Charm
  48. Sennheiser MX90vc
  49. AKG K319
  50. Fareal 300 ohm v1 (水仙 1.0)
  51. Edifier H186P
  52. Sennheiser MX760
  53. Fareal original earbuds
  54. 潜韵电声 潜39
  55. T&Y Audio (腾阳) 16ohm
  56. Sennheiser LX90

 

Category 4: THE GOOD

 

  1. B&O A8 (Earphone / Earset 3I)
  2. 潜韵电声 潜25
  3. VE Monk
  4. Pai Sound 3.14 (PR1)
  5. Sony Ericsson HPM-62 (recabled)
  6. FiiO EM3 (M3 version)
  7. Edifier H190
  8. Tingo TG-38S
  9. VSONIC VSP-3P
  10. VSONIC UU2
  11. Sanyo EAH-Z3E
  12. Hifiman ES100
  13. Edifier H180
  14. FiiO EM3 (retail version)
  15. HiSound Audio PAA-1 Pro
  16. CrossRoads HR2
  17. Yuin PK3
  18. Hifikiwi (M&G) 'Lyrebird' (琴鸟) H2
  19. Blue Ever Blue 328R
  20. Sunrise AS-Feeling
  21. Boarseman MX98S
  22. Suvov MX500
  23. Sidy (BGVP) KT100 
  24. Apple Earpods
  25. Xiaomi 1MORE Piston Earphone (EO303)
  26. SoundMAGIC EP30
  27. Beyerdynamics DP100
  28. MrZ (MusicMaker / Toneking) TO300
  29. Sennheiser MX581
  30. Sennheiser MX580
  31. HiSound Audio PAA-1
  32. Musa SP2
  33. Marshall Minor
  34. Final Audio Design Piano Forte II
  35. Panasonic RP-HV600
  36. Sony MDR-E888

 

Category 5: THE DECENT

 

  1. Sony STH30
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-CHX7
  3. AKG Y15
  4. SoundMAGIC PH-10 Very well controlled.
  5. Edifier H101
  6. Hifikiwi (M&G) 'Lyrebird' (琴鸟) H1
  7. Panasonic RP-HZE70
  8. Sony MDR-E805
  9. Panasonic RP-HV337
  10. Sony MDR-A34.
  11. Sennheiser MX500
  12. Hifikiwi (M&G) 'Honey Buzzard' (蜂鹰) H1
  13. Apple iBud (2nd gen.)
  14. Sunrise AS-Miss
  15. AKG K311
  16. Audio-Technica ATH-C999
  17. JVC HA-F130
  18. Sony MDR-PQ5
  19. Sony Ericsson HPM-64 Bass Flex
  20. Sidy DX1
  21. Sennheiser MX50

 

Category 6: THE BAD

 

  1. Panasonic stock earbud (L0BAB0000188)
  2. Creative EP380

 

Always take this list with a grain of salt.

Remember, you are neither obligated to believe my opinion will be similar to yours, nor am I obligated to justify my opinion to you.

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