My name is David Hahn and I work for an event company that specialises in the technical planning and implementation of a wide range of events.
Since music is a constant companion in my everyday life, be it by listening to my favourite music on a daily basis or producing my own music, I am always looking for the perfect in-ear headphones, whose sound is convincing and at the same time is easy on the budget.
This is how I became aware of China at the beginning of last year (2017), where, according to various internet forums, headphones are produced that are not established on the German market, let alone can be bought in stores, but can supposedly offer the same quality as well-known and far more expensive brands. Thus a real addiction arose, which led me to order some headphones every month as long as my budget allows it, from online shops like Aliexpress or GearBest, hoping to discover a new insider tip for little money.
Meanwhile I have taken some money by my curiosity in the hand, because small cattle makes also crap and am far away from my actual goal to get a new, qualitative and at the same time cheap pair of in-ears, but now have a whole ass full of it.
Since I don't want to take my experiences and hearing experiences with me into my grave, this page is intended to give you an overview of the in-ears I tested.
They are sorted by manufacturer and for each pair there is also a short test report.
Clear purchase recommendations are also once again clearly listed in the highscore list. In the general overview all headphones can be sorted as desired, so that everyone can search for what it depends on him personally (brand, sound characteristics, rating).
Since my rating is of course subjective and doesn't match everyone, you are invited to discuss about the headphones directly in the test area.
For each in-ear you will also find a link where you can purchase them directly. What you have to pay attention to, you can find here.
Each according to his own style
First of all I would like to say that I am not doing this on a professional level and therefore there will be no reviews with empirical measurements, which are characterized by technical vocabulary and analysed down to the last detail. It is much more a simple personal assessment.
I always refer to the currently highest rated in-ears as a reference, which means that the rating can change dynamically over time.
Furthermore, I don't attach much importance to the contents of the packaging, apart from the in-ears, so that this is not included in my rating. What do I want with a leather case, 10 silicone tips and a cleaning kit if the headphones suck? Everything else is a nice and welcome addition.
What matters most to me is the sound, workmanship, suitability for everyday use and wearing comfort, which I incorporate into a point system in detail. This results in an overall rating, which is also visually illustrated by stars. If comma numbers should arise, then up, or rounded off, i.e. a rating of 8.2 gets 4 stars, 8.6 however 4.5. Since the sound stands for me in the foreground, this flows to 3/4 into the total rating, the other to 1/4.
Please also keep in mind that the sound can vary greatly depending on your playback device and music content. So headphones rated here may sound better or worse for you. I test both with and without a DAC Amp (ZuperDAC) via my mobile phone (SAMSUNG - S9 Plus), as well as via my laptop with external sound card (M-Audio - Fast Track Pro), without any equalizer settings. I get the audio files (Flac) from the Lossless stream provider TIDAL, as well as various test files from audiocheck.