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IEM ranking list
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Tier 1Best I've heard, outstanding level of performance, no incoherencies or inconsistencies
The tiers are still being adjusted as I hear more IEMs, but at most it's a Tier up/down
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Tier 2Similar performance as tier 1, but a specific issue is keeping it in Tier 2, or is slightly behind Tier 1
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Tier 3Good performance, but is lacking in comparison to Tier 1/2
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Tier 4Mediocre
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Tier 5Beyond terrible
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This list includes everything that I have heard and felt ready to make an assessment of. Some IEMs aren't on here because I wanted to listen to them further before assigning a grade
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Tier 1NotesTier 2NotesTier 3NotesTier 4NotesTier 5Notes
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VE Elysium
Best midrange out there
Katana by Itsfit
Amazing treble, great midrange
Sony Z1RBoring and generic V shapeCampfire IOSounds too distant EE BravadoBass only
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64 A18tUltimate reference IEMFiR M5*Very intense; see notes
Noble Savant II
Really good all rounder - a bit dark
Campfire Polaris
A better BravadoNoble SageHeavily congested
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VE ErlkonigC L E A N
Audeze LCD I4
Use cases too specificEE ValkyrieV done well - excellent clarity FiiO FA7Boring but alright
Noble Django
Not sure why it exists
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Acoustune 1695TI
Extreme balance/coherency
64 U18tT1 if A18t didn't existEE EVRAmazing vocalsFiiO FH7Boring but alrightNoble M3No midrange, worst IEM I've heard
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64 Tia Fourte
A bit too smoothEE ESRPretty good reference-y IEMEE WraithSizzling
Earsonics ES5
Weird and unnatural
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Andromeda S
Amazing treble sparkle and mids
CA SolarisAndromeda S + bassObravo cupidA better rai penta
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JH LaylaGreat all rounder
QDC Anole VX
Natural and easy to listen to iSine10/20
Same use case issue as LCDi4
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VE8Thick and warm. A bit darkNoble Khan
Mediocre build quality, dry treble
Acoustune 1670SS
Too much, too sharp treble
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EE Legend X
Dark for T1. Single best EDM IEM
ProPhile8
Generic tuning, good technicality
JH Billie Jean
Pleasant vocals, build feels cheap
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64 Fourte Noir
Smooth and technical. hot treble
64 Trio
Somewhat generic, but sounds great
VE3.2
Upper mids sound off, great otherwise
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Plunge Unity 5ES*
See notesAndromeda
Upper treble lift makes it a bit shouty
VE6XC
Oddly thin sounding, somewhat disjointed
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64 U12t
Technical, good bass, thin highs
ItsFit Fusion
Midrange feels like a compromise
Meze Rai Penta
Very thin mids and no treble extension
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Noble Katana
Too safe to be in T2 + fit issues
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Noble Encore
Katana + bass + treble
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VE4.2
Great overall, treble needs some more detail/control
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Log and notesReasoning
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+ Andromeda
I like the S much better than the green and the two needs to be separated - the S has a more forward midrange
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- Trinity
The concensus is that it was either an issue with the unit or insufficient driving power from the DAP - removed until further listen
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+/-Savant II
Still undecided whether it is T2 or T3. Personal feelings for it make me lean towards 2, but it is objectively a 3 - for now it will stay there
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Noble M3
This guy deserves a special mention for being extra fucking terrible. Non-existent midrange, comfortably the worst thing I have ever heard or will hear. Ever.
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Katana by Itsfit
Probably as a result of the better fit following re-shell, but it is far superior to the stock universal Katana. Didn't feel good about Katana being T2 with the likes of the M5 and the Layla anyhow, sent it a Tier back along with the Encore.
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VE8
Adding some more treble would make it a serious contender to the Elysium. The midrange is ever so slightly behind, but it has better midbass, and a significantly wider soundstage
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Plunge Unity 5 ES
The frequency response has been tailored to a specific request of mine, so can't comment on that. Insane level of technicality however - one of the widest soundstages I've ever experience, world class separation. T2 because it is quite genre-specific
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FiR M5
Proper T1 IEM, but the LID on steroids and proprietary connectors piss me off. Also sounds very intense, which can get overwhelming at times (often). Fits a very specific taste, can't put in T1 for that reason
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Acoustune 1695TI
One of the most remarkable IEMs I've heard, with coherency that nothing other than a single DD can pull off. Cannot recommend this enough for just about any genre or preference unless you're highly treble sensitive
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Meze Rai Penta
Moved to Tier 4 as I feel like my personal dissatisfaction with teh IEM was getting in the way of my evaluation.
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U12t
It's an objectively great IEM, impressive level of technicality, detail and DD-like bass achieved from BAs. Great work by 64, but the treble does sound rather thin, which I can't deal with personally. Moved up to T2 though
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