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    For the audiophiles. Anyone tried it? It's not even a very new phenomenon apparently.

    I met up with a mate who had got a small player and some headphones from AliBaba and was very satisfied with the extra high quality for such cheap prices - he said that there's a sweet spot around $50 where you're getting kit that is as good as fancy overpriced stuff that costs 10x as much (so it exists, it's not just an internet hype! though it seems to play out on forums like a meme)

    This pretty much tells it like he told it https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/7/2...iman-tin-audio

    I kind of like the egalitarian, undermining brandism and western trade models aspect to it, though there are other stereotypings and bullshit involved instead to some extent...

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    https://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/...t_to_go_chifi/
    https://www.forbes.com/global/2007/0...l#3530b69c32d5
    https://www.wired.com/2017/01/review...-fi-earphones/

    and some amazing and weird looking stuff here https://www.lifewire.com/best-chi-fi-products-3134940

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    They're the only earbuds I buy.

    Gone through multiple sets down through the years. OurArt TI7, Musicmaker Tomahawk, Auglamour FF3, Yuin PK1, VE Monk, PAA-1 PRO. Currently running a set of NiceHCK EB2s, and saving up for a pair of Rose Masya Pros.

    Read the reviews on Head Fi and remember that anything higher than 32 Ohm Impedance will sound very low on a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    They're the only earbuds I buy.

    Gone through multiple sets down through the years. OurArt TI7, Musicmaker Tomahawk, Auglamour FF3, Yuin PK1, VE Monk, PAA-1 PRO. Currently running a set of NiceHCK EB2s, and saving up for a pair of Rose Masya Pros.

    Read the reviews on Head Fi and remember that anything higher than 32 Ohm Impedance will sound very low on a phone.
    I'd love to try a pair of in-ear monitor (IEM) earbuds, any particular recommendations? where do you buy them? any available eon amazon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    I'd love to try a pair of in-ear monitor (IEM) earbuds, any particular recommendations? where do you buy them? any available eon amazon?
    Im not an IEM guy - try here for recs: https://www.head-fi.org/articles/hea...dphones.17592/

    Find one you like the sound of that fits your budget then check ali baba or penon.

    Otherwise go here: https://penonaudio.com/iems?__cf_chl...J_nq7vSj9ZmvhA

    And find some that suit your budget and check reviews on head fi. Remember to watch for impedance. The best ones tend to have higher impedance and will need amplification for normal use.

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    thanks, droid.

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    I use the Tin Audio T2s and I'm pretty happy. The build qualilty is amazing for the price, going to try some different tips as I managed to loose the blue ones it came with.

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    Best new rec are the Toneking Unicorns. Not as transparent or toppy as some other phones, but cheap, with fantastic bass.

    https://penonaudio.com/toneking-unicorn.html

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