The Orb is up there with the best in the segment namely ISN H40 and Dunu DK-2001 which is no small feat. If you're looking for an IEM with of the very best bass, a full yet clear articulate midrange and refined treble then it's hard not to recommend the Orb as one of the very best value for money on the market. A no brainer in my opinion!
If you're looking for a highly coherent reference IEM with superb transparency, resolution and imaging all with a smooth delivery and a level of refinement rarely found at its price point then you will enjoy the LZ A7 with its default black filter but the silver filter in monitor mode will go even further reaching performance levels beyond what you'd expect at this price point. If you like a warmer tone and slightly more relaxed variant the Gold filter will definitely do, without compromising the baseline qualities. If you're into brighter signature, the blue filter will be an interesting option and conversely the red filter will provide a darker and warmer tuning.
If you're looking for a superbly built IEM with a reference baseline beautifully spiced with a subtle touch of organic that you can adjust with the flick of a switch, then the SA6 holds fantastic value for the price and will be tough to beat! It packs impressive resolution and a remarkable tonal accuracy across the range. A very engaging reference IEM, that follows in the footstep of hallmark IEMs such as the InEar Prophile 8 at a fraction of the price.
If you're looking for an engaging entry level reference IEM with solid technical foundations and an emphasis on vocals, along with good sub bass extension and rumble then the SA3 should definitely be on your list! If you want a more organic take and can afford mid tier pricing then check out the SA6.
If you're looking for a budget IEM that packs excellent and punchy bass, smooth mids and energetic treble with good sparkle and shimmer the TFZ No3 19th is quite the engaging listen and impressive performer at the price granted you feed it appropriate power which out of DAPs will mean reaching for a balanced cable.
If you're looking for a relaxing yet fun IEM with very good bass slam, full bodied mids with good upper mids bite then the TFZ My Love III deserves your consideration. If you have a decently powerful source like the DX160 or Lotoo PAW S1, running the My Love III balanced shows that its graphene driver will scale up nicely to take it several notches up.
If you're looking for an IEM that is highly engaging and smooth with a strong bassline, full mids with superb vocals and very refined and elegant treble then the C9 Pro is definitely among the top options especially at its price point!
If you're looking for a fast IEM that can provide superb detail retrieval without sounding analytical thanks to tight bass and balanced mids, then you should consider the AF180 mk2 especially given the price to performance ratio!
If you're looking for a highly engaging IEM featuring a balanced and smooth signature with a great deal of fun in all the right places and a very rare level of refinement at this price point then look no further, the DK-2001 is in my opinion a gem and a steal at its price! It clearly shows the mastery of a manufacturer that has gained superb insight from developing a hybrid lineup for quite some time now.
If you're looking for a smooth and engaging hybrid that feature powerful bass, a full bodied midrange and well extended exciting yet smooth treble then Earsonics Blade is a strong option in a crowded market. If you're a Earsonics fan then this one should be a no brainer if you want the house sound with extra power in the bass and a clear step up in build quality. If you're looking for a snappier, punchier hybrid from Earsonics then check my Stark review.
If you're looking for an IEM that can satisfy the basshead in you with a physical, powerful well extended controlled and fast bass, smooth mids with clear vocals as well as exciting but never harsh treble then you're in for a treat with Earsonics Stark especially on Rock and Metal! If your music genre preferences lies elsewhere then why not look at its all rounder little brother Blade?
If you're looking for an IEM with class leading dynamics, spot on accurate timbre, fantastic speed and beautiful textures then look no further, the Luna will take you to the moon and beyond! Dynamics alone sets the Luna apart and it sounds different from anything you've heard. It's in a different league altogether and the reference yet organic tuning translate into a unique listening experience with a fantastic sense of realism.
If you’re looking for a smooth and transparent IEM with superb soundstage and imaging that packs good punch down low, open transparent mids with good bite and refined upper treble then the Zodiac deserves your consideration! Tansio Mirai is not here to play and they built a seriously impressive IEM. The Zodiac definitely has the chops to compete in the upper segment : resolution, extension both ways, transparency and clarity are all in line with flagship performance.
If you're looking for a smooth all rounder with a strong bass presence, a contrasting treble energy which makes it a fun listen especially on Pop and Rock then you should look into the Gravitas as it's a very serious proposition in the segment. The Gravitas stands out by it's treble extension granting it excellent resolution and a touch of refinement that is distinctive