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IEM (In-Ear Monitor) Discussion Thread

themonyo

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I want to start a thread regarding this category of audio devices and have a discussion with other members here
There has been a recent boom in this industry that started a few years ago which has been popularized by the brand KZ 🥰

I'll start with my recent purchases and include my previous items as reference.
Note: I'm no expert and not claiming that I'm a professional sound engineer or something related. These are just my preferences and personal opinion on the said products:

KZ ZSN Pro
-my first chi-fi, really impressed on the quality of this. this has been widely recommended by most reviewers sa youtube and it delivers lalo na sa price: performance. sounds really good. made me realize na yung m50 ko ay overpriced :lol: . my gripes with this, i don't like the "highs" nafa-fatigue yung tenga ko during long listening sessions.
-pinamigay sa kapatid. nagpalit. bought mine for around php675 with mic and including delivery.. nasira na nya.
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Blon BL-03
-this one is just better in every way sa ZSN pro for my preference lalo sa bass. still using this and is connected to my PC. i use this for voice chats.
-costed me around php1100 including mic and delivery.
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KZ ZST
-this is maybe the most highly recommended iem and started the revolution of chifi globally. sounds good. i even prefer this against the ZSN pro... the mids and highs are good. bass is ok.
-binigay sa kapatid. costs me around php550.

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Moondrop Aria
-my current daily driver and bought it on sale for around +2600 including delivery. nothing to complain about. this sounds excellent :love:
-buong buo mga tunog at ang linis pakinggan
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my previous non-IEM audio gears that are worth mentioning:
Audiotechnica M50s/LE
Klipsch S4

note: might attach pics in the future. i'm also not a bass-head but appreciates it. i prefer detailed mids and highs. back to work muna :ROFLMAO:
 
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another difference to take note between an IEM and an earbuds:
you'll have to insert the tips of the IEM inside your ear canal hence "In-Ear Monitor". it is quite intrusive so if you are uncomfortable with that, stick to earbuds or headphones.
earbuds generally just sits on top of your ear canals.

@chrow01 :thumbsup: highly recommended mga yan pagdating sa tuning
bago sakin yang kz eda. di pa ako nakapanood ng reviews nyan. parang may bagong entry na lumalaban sa aria eh... hanapin ko muna
 
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Yes bro mejo bago sa lineup ng kz *laugh*, good thing is set na yan (3 pairs) for 1k , also check na rin yung Dunu Titan S kung bright neutral (not for basshead) soundsig ang hanap, ka pricepoint niya si aria.
 
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Share ko lang gamit ko, TFZ T2 Galaxy. Wala pang pandemic gamit ko na sya at hanggang ngayon maganda pa rin ang tunog. Since wala nang headphone jack phone ko ngayon, pinartneran ko ng tempotec sonata na DAC. Sulit pag nakikinig ng FLAC sa phone 😀
 
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KZ DQ6 ang gamit ko ngayon which serves me well, pero for some reason natanggal nang bahagya ang plate sa right ear.

Plano kong bumili ng Moondrop Aria, kapag nakaraos-aras na ako sa home office/gamestation setup ko. Though, medyo kumakaway ang Moondrop Chu.
 
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KZ DQ6 ang gamit ko ngayon which serves me well, pero for some reason natanggal nang bahagya ang plate sa right ear.

Plano kong bumili ng Moondrop Aria, kapag nakaraos-aras na ako sa home office/gamestation setup ko. Though, medyo kumakaway ang Moondrop Chu.

napansin ko nga yan... yung sa mga utol ko, napuputol yung sa bandang tip. duda ko di kaya ng body build ng KZ yung vacuum ng ear canals.
moondrop aria user here :thumbsup:
base sa reviews, malapit-lapit na ang tuning ng Chu sa Aria. di lang replaceable yung cables ng Chu
 
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Yung KZ 3.5 mm jack pa rin gusto ko sana gamitan ng converter, may effect ba yun sa quality ng sound?
 
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Yung KZ 3.5 mm jack pa rin gusto ko sana gamitan ng converter, may effect ba yun sa quality ng sound?
pwede mo palitan ng 3rd party replacement cables yan. make sure lang na compatible yung 2pin connector sa end.
medyo mixed ang response sa replacement cables... sabi ng iba malaki improvement sa sound quality, yung iba naman sabi placebo lang and there's no change at all at pareho lang silang wire.
any adaptor and such won't change the sound quality naman :yes:
 

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I have KZ DQ6 IEM and Tone King TP16 & Vido Earbuds, may ganito palang thread sa symbianized now ko lng naexplore. hehehe. good to be here again.
 
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MoonDrop Chu
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1st Impressions:
This is really good 👌 sound profile is very similar to Moondrop Aria... considering na 1/3 lang yung price ng chu vs aria. I just find the treble details from chu a little thinner. sound stage is not as wide as the blon bl03 and i find the blon's bass better.

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My thoughts: It's kinda small though... depende sa tenga ng user, sound isolation might be a concern. also, non-replaceable cables. high quality eartips (moondrop springtips) are an excellent addition to this package.
so, after comparing against the other 2 (maybe an hour of listening), i find the chu's details are decent, no bass bleed and separation of bass to mid-bass and treble are good. i find the bass lacking though. :noidea: not punchy enough and quite weak in my opinion. linis ng treble :wub: instruments come out clean.. but weaker compared to aria...
between the blon03 and chu, if you like a clean and wide-area bass, go for blon03. for details, tuning, good treble, go for chu :thumbsup:
 
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Post ko dito pag dumating na yung KZ ZS10 Pro, gagamitin ko for FPS PC games (valorant,csgo,apex) change to iem muna ako.
 
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mga sir pasuggest nmn ng iem n pwdeng gmtn pang gaming like for FPS GAMES SALAMAT PO
Fps :think:
I think mas advisable na open-back headphones gamitin mo para sa sound-stage kesa iem.
Magkano po budget?
 
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anong magandang replacement wires sa mga KZ iem? yung hindi nagbubuhol buhol katagalan? parang ganito:

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meron ako bluetooth na KZ AZ09, gusto ko lang ulit bumalik sa pagiging old school na walang inaalala sa pag cha-charge :lol:
 
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4-6k sir meron nmn ako hd560s kaso kc maiint lng tlga pag summer kaya gusto ko magIEM meron nmn ako kz zex pro kaso na arbor ni gf kaya na GG na
Moondrop Aria or KZ ZS10 Pro :yes:

anong magandang replacement wires sa mga KZ iem? yung hindi nagbubuhol buhol katagalan? parang ganito:

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meron ako bluetooth na KZ AZ09, gusto ko lang ulit bumalik sa pagiging old school na walang inaalala sa pag cha-charge :lol:
kung makakahanap ka nung UA Darkhorse premium cable with mic, panalo yun... medyo mahal nga lang (1400 ata)
pero kung wala na (di ko na makita sa lazada at shopee), maraming option si yinyoo (8 or 16 cores), jcally at faaeal
meron pang iba pero medyo mahal na kaya di ko pinapansin :lol:
just make sure to chat with the seller to make sure na compatible yung connector ng iem mo sa oorderin mo
 
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Moondrop Aria or KZ ZS10 Pro :yes:


kung makakahanap ka nung UA Darkhorse premium cable with mic, panalo yun... medyo mahal nga lang (1400 ata)
pero kung wala na (di ko na makita sa lazada at shopee), maraming option si yinyoo (8 or 16 cores), jcally at faaeal
meron pang iba pero medyo mahal na kaya di ko pinapansin :lol:
just make sure to chat with the seller to make sure na compatible yung connector ng iem mo sa oorderin mo
sir ung Moondrop Aria ano magandang wire na maganda ipalit my nabasa kc ako na madali dw masira ung wire nya tama po ba? tska naka gsx1000 dn po kc ako
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sir meron dn palang Moondrop Aria snow ano pipiliin ko sa dlwa thnks
 
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sir ung Moondrop Aria ano magandang wire na maganda ipalit my nabasa kc ako na madali dw masira ung wire nya tama po ba? tska naka gsx1000 dn po kc ako
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sir meron dn palang Moondrop Aria snow ano pipiliin ko sa dlwa thnks
i barely used the stock :lol: may kapalit na akong wire na gamit sa blon03 kaya di ko alam kung madali nga masira yung stock cable.
about cable recommendation, see my reply to giokun above. parang pag masakit na cable replacement pag lumagpas na ng 600 presyo in my opinion :noidea:
siguro kung yung iem ko costs more than 10k, i might consider buying those fancier cables more than 1k in price :unsure:

about sa snow vs classic aria
yung og aria may tendency na matuklap yung paint in the long run. sound wise, almost similar. may slight differences pero lamang daw ang classic.
 
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