If you enjoy a warm and punchy sound but don’t want to sacrifice balance, the EVE 20 sits within an essentially uncontested niche.
The TC35i is one of the most compact and economical options that nails the fundamentals of a good portable source.
So long as you take into account the narrower soundstage and notable sub-bass bias, the FH3 is an excellent in-ear that represents very strong value.
The LCD-1 provides a balance of qualities and conveniences unmatched by immediate competitors.
Though the L30 absolutely nails the fundamentals making the it an easy and versatile recommendation from me.
If you’re looking for a detailed copper cable with top-notch ergonomics and build quality, you’d have a hard time topping the Fortitude around its asking price
If you’re interested in a soothing sound for longer listening sessions, the Volans is a great example with a premium form factor and class-leading bass quality
The TUK is a highly versatile speaker that flatters essentially any application whether that be Wireless, TV, PC or a combination of both.
The Aether R will appeal most to those wanting great musical enjoyment and technical performance without sacrificing overall balance or long-term listen-ability.
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If you’re looking for powerful vocals complemented by a light and atmospheric presentation, the Freya is a beautiful and nicely refined example.
The FA9 offers an appealing tunable sound alongside almost kilo-buck performance at enough of a discount not to compete with these models directly.