The SE180 comes across as a beautifully formed transportable source with plenty of gusto for home use, decent portability and no shortage of convenient smart features.
Astrotec has created a great earphone to live with day to day but also one that is not especially enjoyable to listen to.
Combining hugely impressive timbral accuracy with top-level resolution, the RS10 provides a sound that has surely secured itself as a benchmark for years to come.
The S9 Pro is versatile, nicely resolving and a strong overall package that I can highly recommend.
If you enjoy a gorgeous, organic tonality and don’t mind a slightly laid-back midrange, the U6t is an auditory delight and a fully formed high-end IEM experience.
If you have the luxury of purchasing this cable, expect unmatched opulence and a listening experience accomplished in equal measure.
The Skuld is an intersection between IEM design and art, a combination of great tuning and good technical ability that delivers one of the most coherent and layered presentations I’ve heard.
If you enjoy a bright sound, then you’ll find the Starshine to be a technically outstanding EST implementation. For all else, proceed with caution.
xi’s ESP/95X earpads are a very smart upgrade for current users and something to consider for buyers on the fence about dipping their toes in electrostatic headphones on a budget.
If you don’t mind a drier vocal presentation, the NOVA is a well-considered, versatile and technically impressive performer. It has no glaring weaknesses, but some idiosyncrasies that will limit mass appeal.
The TWS04K nails the fundamentals of a non-frills wireless experience, remaining a strong value proposition despite the price jump.
The Variations is a brilliant update to the venerable Blessing 2 that retains a strong sense of value even at its elevated price point through a combination of tonal refinement and technical accomplishment.
Topping’s latest DAC/AMP combo is attractive, space-efficient and a pleasure to use.
The M4 is one of the best in-ear monitors on the market for those that enjoy a clean, tactile sound and want enormous detail retrieval presented in a holographic manner.
Lypertek has created one of the best and most well-rounded TWS models on the market whilst retaining a sensible price on top.
The Lyra Nature LE is the new go-to option for earbud enthusiasts wanting the most accurate midrange reproduction and layered soundstage.