The Dual DAC Cable ultimately showcases greater refinement in both feel and listening than even its premium competitors, however, its higher output impedance especially makes it a far more situational buy.
The technical performance of its sound and the refinement of its all around feature set feel akin to industry leaders from Apple and Sennheiser while its luxury elevates the package intro truly prestigious territory.
With streamlined usability, a lightweight aluminium build and clean audio section, the FC3 is hard to fault for portable use and offers a well-rounded package for a reasonable asking price.
Even at its elevated price tag, the Tone 2 Pro remains an excellent DAC paired with a simply good integrated amplifier that does well for IEMs and suffices for headphones.
Though its unique combination of qualities and thoughtful execution, the Phoenix is able to carve out a reasonably uncontested niche in the audio market for bass lovers who still value clear vocals and a spacious soundstage.
The D70s’ strength lies in its ability to effortlessly resolve the minutiae and do so without any fatigue, all the while upholding an almost perfectly even-handed presentation.
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 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.