At a glance – IEM shoot out


Read this before you proceed.

     First off, I don’t really like portraying IEM performances by ranking them in charts, as any impressions or reviews wrote by anyone are always influenced by their personal taste – means that it could never, ever be 100% accurate. Despite of that, the ranking charts I’ve seen before still felt to be quite subjective and wanted to present a ranking chart that I’d be happy with. Again, nobody could create a truly objective chart, including mine as well.

     This chart would be more about reflecting my satisfaction level after considering the price, performance, and worthiness for the cost – means that just because a cheaper model is placed higher than a pricey one doesn’t necessarily mean it’s technically superior. I’ve also tried to rule out my personal preferences as much as possible. Everyone has different thoughts on any products and same applies to the below charts, so take it with a grain of salt. 

p.s. I’m looking to adjust scores for some items as this is the earliest version. Will possibly add short impressions or comments for each items later on.


Total 245 items

HYLA Nerva-X [9.6]

Oriolus Mellianus [9.6]

Rhapsodio Infinity [9.6]

Audeze LCDi4 [9.5]

Rhapsodio Eden [9.5]

Dita Audio The Dream [9.5]

64 Audio Tia Fourté [9.5]

Aroma Audio Yao [9.5]

Jomo Audio Trinity [9.5]

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Empire Ears Legend X [9.4]

Aroma Audio Twins [9.4]

Dita Audio Twins (Fidelity / Fealty) [9.4]

Sony IER-Z1R [9.4]

Rhapsodio Zombie [9.4]

Light Harmonic Stella [9.4]

Lime Ears Aether [9.4]

Campfire Audio Atlas [9.4]

Oriolus LTD [9.4]

Sony XJE-MH1/MH2 [9.4]

AAW W900 [9.4]

Campfire Audio Andromeda [9.3]

Campfire Audio Andromeda S [9.3]

Earsonics S-EM9 [9.3]

Beyerdynamic Xelento [9.3]

Noble Audio Kaiser 10 (K10U) [9.3]

Final Audio Design Piano Fourte VIII [9.3]

Oriolus Reborn / Oriolus 2 [9.3]

EM Audio EM8 [9.3]

Rhapsodio Solar [9.3]

Lark Studio LSX [9.3]

CTM Da Vinci X [9.3]

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CTM Da Vinci IX [9.2]

Audeze iSine 20 [9.2]

Sennheiser IE800s [9.2]

Hifiman RE2000 [9.2]

Shure SE846 [9.2]

Campfire Audio Vega [9.2]

Shozy Pola [9.2]

Sony IER-M9 [9.2]

Moondrop A8 [9.2]

Kinera Odin [9.2]

Westone W80 [9.2]

Fidue Artemis [9.2]

HYLA CE-5 [9.2]

HYLA TE-5T [9.2]

HYLA TE-5B [9.2]

Custom Arts Harmony 8.2 [9.2]

HUM Pristine [9.2]

IMR Acoustics R1 Zenith [9.2]

Acoustune HS1670-SS [9.2]

Acoustunce HS1650-CU [9.2]

Sony IER-M7 [9.2]

Rhapsodio Galaxy V2 [9.2]

EM Audio EM6W [9.2]

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Fidue A91 Sirius [9.1]

LZ Hifi Audio LZ-A6 [9.1]

IMR Acoustics R1 [9]

Final Audio Design FI-BA-SS [9.1]

EM Audio EM5 [9.1]

Dita Audio Dita Truth [9.1]

AAW W500 [9.1]

Aroma Audio Early [9]

Simgot Roselle EM5 [9]

Acoustune HS1551-CU [9]

Acoustune HS1501-AL [9]

Acoustune HS1503-AL [9]

Moondrop Blessing [9]

Dita Audio Answer [9]

FLC Technology FLC8C [9]

RHA Audio CL1 [9]

Ocharaku Flat 4 [9]

Final Audio Design Heaven VIII [9]

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Dunu DK-3001 [8.9]

Advanced M5-5D [8.9]

Final Audio Design Heaven VII [8.8]

Audiofly AF1120 [8.8]

Sennheiser IE800 [8.8]

Hifiman RE800 [8.8]

Rose BR5 MKII [8.8]

JH Audio Tri-Fi [8.8]

Astell & Kern Diana [8.8]

Shure SE535 [8.8]

Campfire Audio Jupiter [8.8]

Audeze iSine 10 [8.8]

Monoprice M300 [8.8]

Astrotec Delphinus 5 [8.8]

Rhapsodio RDB 2nd [8.8]

FLC Technology FLC8S [8.8]

Radius Wn4 [8.8]

Radius Wn3 [8.8]

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EM Audio EM2 [8.7]

Oriolus Finschi [8.7]

Advanced M5-1D [8.7]

Fidue A85 Virgo [8.7]

Cardas Audio A8 [8.7]

AZLA 01R [8.7]

AZLA 01R MKII [8.7]

Rose BR5 MKII [8.7]

Magaosi K6 [8.7]

Radius Wn0 [8.7]

Dunu DN-2002 [8.7]

Oriveti Primacy / New Primacy [8.7]

Astell & Kern Michelle [8.7]

Plenue X40 [8.7]

RHA T20i [8.7]

Final Audio Design Heaven VI [8.7]

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Final Audio Design Heaven V [8.6]

Final Audio Design Heaven V Aging [8.6]

Whizzer A-HE03 Kylin [8.6]

Aya Audio Nightingale YK-1 [8.6]

TFZ Secret Garden 1 [8.6]

Trinity Audio Icarus III [8.6]

Trinity Audio Master [8.6]

Sennheiser IE80S [8.6]

Acoustune HS1004 [8.6]

Periodic Audio Be [8.6]

iBasso IT01S [8.6]

Anew U1 [8.6]

Ikko OH1 [8.6]

Kinera Idun Deluxe Limited [8.6]

Moondrop Kanas Pro [8.6]

TFZ King III [8.6]

Campfire Audio Nova [8.6]

Plenue X30 [8.6]

LZ Audio LZ-A5 [8.6]

Rock it Sounds R-50 [8.6]

Magaosi K5 Bass [8.6]

Dynamic Motion DM200H [8.6]

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AZLA Horizon [8.5]

Astell & Kern Billie Jean [8.5]

Final Audio Design Heaven IV [8.4]

Sennheiser IE80 [8.5]

Sennheiser IE8 [8.5]

1More E1010 Quad Driver [8.5]

Mee Audio Pinnacle P1 [8.5]

Echobox Nomad N1 [8.5]

Simgot EN700 Pro [8.5]

TFZ King Pro LTD [8.5]

iBasso IT03 [8.5]

TFZ No.3 [8.5]

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Fidue A81 [8.4]

Advanced GT3 [8.4]

TFZ King Pro [8.4]

TFZ Tequila A1 [8.4]

Dunu Falcon-C [8.4]

Ultimate Ears UE900s [8.4]

Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi [8.4]

Intime Kira [8.4]

Intime Go [8.4]

1More E1008 [8.4]

iBasso IT01 [8.4]

Brainwavz B400 [8.4]

LZ Audio LZ-A4 [8.4]

LZ Audio LZ-A3 [8.4]

Tennmak Orca [8.4]

Massdrop x Mee Audio Planamic IEM [8.4]

Moondrop Kanas [8.4]

Astrotec AM850 [8.4]

Meze 12 Classics [8.4]

Oriolus Fosteni [8.4]

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Hifi Boy OSV3 [8.3]

Echobox Finder X1 [8.3]

Radius NX100 [8.3]

Campfire Audio Orion [8.3]

Rockjaw Resonate [8.3]

Magaosi X3 [8.3]

Kinera Idun [8.3]

Periodic Audio Ti [8.3]

Periodic Audio Mg [8.3]

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Campfire Audio Comet [8.2]

Tenhz P4 Pro [8.2]

Fiio F9 Pro [8.2]

Moondrop Aria [8.2]

Ostry KC06A [8.2]

TFZ Series 7 [8.2] – Hard to recommend; muddy, unorganized, lacks upper frequencies.

TFZ Secret Garden 3 [8.2] – Hard to recommend; far off tonality, spiky upper frequencies. 

Alpha & Delta AD01 [8.2]

Shozy Hibiki SE [8.2]

Rose Margaret [8.2]

LZ Audio LZ-A2 [8.2]

LZ Audio LZ-A2S [8.2]

Pai Audio MR3 [8.2]

Final Audio Design Heaven II [8.2]

Ostry KC09 [8.2]

Earnine EN2 [8.2]

Earnine EN210 [8.2]

Dolphinear JDR-100 [8.2]

Magaosi K3 HD [8.2]

Magaosi K3 Pro [8.1]

AAW Q [8.1]

Monoprice Triple XXX [8.1]

Fiio F5 [8.1]

Shure SE215 [8.1]

TFZ Queen [8.1]

TFZ Exclusive 5 [8.1]

TFZ My Love III [8.1]

TFZ T2 [8.1]

Trinity Audio Vyrus V2 [8.1]

Trinity Audio Sabre [8.1]

Trinity Audio Phantom Master 4 [8.1]

Intime Sora [8.1]

Brainwavz Koel [8.1]

Ucotech IL500 [8.1]

Havi B3 Pro 1 [8.1]

Havi B3 Pro 2 [8.1]

Ocharaku Co-Donguri [8.1]

Rockjaw Alfa Genus V2 [8.1]

Rockjaw Clarito [8.1]

Earnine EN120 [8.1]

Tennmak Cello [8.1]

Shozy Zero [8.1]

Shozy Hibiki [8.1]

Meze 11 Neo [8.1]

Moondrop Cresent [8.1]

Sonicast DIRAC MK2 [8.1]

Sonicast DIRAC Plus MK2 [8.1]

Earnine EN120 [8.1]

Muix IX5000 [8.1]

Fiio F9 [8.1]

Fiio FH1 [8.1]

Mee Audio Pinnacle P2 [8.1]

Macaw GT100s [8.1]

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Advanced Elise [8]

Advanced S2000 [8]

Trinity Audio Hyperion [8]

Mee Audio M6 Pro [8]

Advanced Model 3 [8]

Alpha & Delta D2 [8]

Kinera BD005 [8]

Vsonic New VSD3S [8]

Vsonic New VSD3 [8]

NFJ N300 Pro [8]

BGVP YSP04 [8]

Advanced M4 [7.9]

Mee Audio M7 Pro [7.9]

Earnine EN1 [7.6]

Whizzer A15 / A15 Pro [7.6]

Kinera H3 [7.6]

Xiaomi Piston 2.0 [7.5]

Auglamour R8 [7.4]

Auglamour R1s [7.2]

Vsonic New VSD2S [7]

Oriveti Basic [6.7]

Xduoo EP1 [6.5]

Geekwold GK3 [3.5] – Hard to recommend; far off imaging, muddy, unorganized, lacks basics


Considering to purchase list (or re-purchase)

– An extra section just for fun. Listed from most to least attempting.

Campfire Audio Solaris

Unique Melody Maven

Meze Audio Rai Penta

Moondrop Solis

Advanced Model X

Noble Audio Katana

64 Audio Tia Fourté

JVC Victor HA-FW10000

Jomo Audio Trinity

AAW Nightingale

Dunu DK-4001

Noble Audio Khan

Sony IER-Z1R

Advanced GT2

AAW Canary

Rhapsodio Infinity

Fidue Artemis

RHA Audio CL2

HUM Dolores

FLC Technology Celeste

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