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Offline DavidPuddy

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Inexpensive IEMs "Chi-Fi"
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:39:14 PM »
I've been following a few subreddits that discuss budget audiophile systems and headphones lately and am considering grabbing a pair of inexpensive IEMS.

These seem to be recommended for a starter pair:

Tin Audio T2
Linsoul BLON BL03
KZ ZS10

I'm currently using these, which sound good (Especially for the price) but I want to upgrade, just because: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CBU0IV8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Anyone have experience with any of these? Removable cable is preferred.
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Re: Inexpensive IEMs "Chi-Fi"
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2020, 01:29:01 AM »
Go to Drop.com. and buy there or use it for research.

Tons of IEM options.

$8?  Come on man, buy once/cry once.

I have these and they're fine.

(Note, if you read the comments on the above EDC, you may be put off by comments of failures. I don't use mine every day but only use them at recording sessions at shows. They live in my gear bag and will prolly last years in this service type. YMMV)
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Re: Inexpensive IEMs "Chi-Fi"
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 08:33:33 AM »
Second the recommendation on Drop.com.  You can score top quality headphones / IEMs for a good discount.  Don't buy the ultra-cheap stuff.

I always liked Etymotics for IEMs, but I prefer my Sennheiser 6XX when listening at home in a quiet setting.
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Re: Inexpensive IEMs "Chi-Fi"
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 10:18:50 AM »
Go to Drop.com. and buy there or use it for research.

Tons of IEM options.

$8?  Come on man, buy once/cry once.

I have these and they're fine.

(Note, if you read the comments on the above EDC, you may be put off by comments of failures. I don't use mine every day but only use them at recording sessions at shows. They live in my gear bag and will prolly last years in this service type. YMMV)

The $8 pair are for doing yard work, etc. I have Grado and A/T cans for processing - these are for fun and mostly experimentation. Thanks for the rec. I'll check it out.
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Re: Inexpensive IEMs "Chi-Fi"
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 03:26:21 AM »
Apologies if I misunderstood the basis of your OP. Easy for an old fart to lurch to conclusions, especially during these troubling times... cough, cough... (Perfect health!). If nothing more, Drop may expose some product lines that can still be found on ebay.

I believe one of Drop's early products that launched their marketing concept was a pair of under $10 buds that got good reviews... years ago.  :shrug:  Good luck.

Perhaps you've visited Drop and found their Tin offering. It's been sold through and is not available now but could be handy for commentary.
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 08:00:50 AM by Ben Turnbull »
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