The O800 provides one of the most refined takes on a smooth and coherent sound signature I’ve experienced at far from prohibitive pricing.
The BTR5 is an exemplary device that gets impressively close to similarly priced wired sources whilst maintaining a compact and convenient wireless form factor.
The LCD-X is an invaluable tool for those prioritising balance and authenticity – a headphone that doesn’t draw attention but rather places a spotlight on the style and colouration of elements surrounding it.
The GT220 is easily one of the most tasteful and refined TWS earphones on the market for both critical and portable listening, making it hard to beat for those wanting a non-frills experience and excellent sound quality.
If you can stomach Final’s sound colouration alongside the substantial price tag, the A8000 provides extraordinary range and an effortless portrayal of music with agility that belies belief.
The TWS800 is Hifiman’s flagship true-wireless in-ear based on the Topology Diaphragm driver design. It features a high-impedance driver and custom discrete amplifier.
Paired with matching DAC, SMSL treat the user to a delightfully modern and natural sounding stack that doesn’t disappoint.
Shozy’s open-back flagship IEM is essentially uncontested for vocal lovers wanting a huge, expansive soundstage.
Little Dot provide another unique and highly competitive addition to the sub $1k price class. Don’t let the naming scheme or company’s lack of IEMs heritage concern you, the CK is surely a model with great appeal!
The A50s remains an easy recommendation for its well-rounded design, ultra clean and linear sound and very reasonable price.
The Gae Bolg is a master craft for those wanting a highly coherent and immersive presentation, bulletproof build quality and visually striking design.
The Dorado fills an interesting niche but does so with excellent execution. Very few fun-themed earphones strike with such poise and delicacy as the Dorado 2020.
Ares Audio’s latest flagship cable offers a faithful augmentation of the attached IEM, retaining natural timbre and coherence whilst serving to clean up tone and enhance technical performance.
I applaud HEDD for perfectly balancing long-term listenability and huge resolving power in their modern masterpiece.
Lime Ears new flagship provides a thoroughly engaging, insightful yet versatile listen with gorgeous artisan design and custom PWAudio cable on top.
The SU-9 is for those wanting a balanced DAC with a pure sound, excellent staging and strong resolving power without spending a small fortune to get it.