Best IEMS

8 Best IEMS For Everyone – What Will Be Your Choice??

Presenting you 8 Best In-Ear Monitors. I have addressed 8 Best IEMS which is bifurcated into 3 categories –

1] The first category is for individuals who can spend a generous amount of money 

2] The second category is for individuals who have a ‘money limit’ 

3] Lastly, the third category is ‘The’ Overall Best IEMS for everyone

This will be the layout of this post. So, no need to bug if you have a money limit or if you have a generous amount of money but puzzled which one to buy or none of these but you need “The” Best IEMS.

Without further ado let us proceed on to the categories

Following Categories –

Best High-End IEMS {+ $400}

  • Audeze iSine 20  
  • Shure SE 535  

Best Budget IEMS {- $100}

  •  Shure SE215-CL
  • 1 More Triple  

‘The’ Best IEMS {Overall}

  • Etymotic HF3
  • 1 More Quad  
  • MEE Audio M7 PRO
  • Etymotic ER4P-T

 

BrandModelCheck Out the Price Right Now
AudezeiSIne 20Amazon logo
ShureSE 535Amazon logo
ShureSE215-CLAmazon logo
1 MoreTriple DriverAmazon logo
EtymoticHF3Amazon logo
1 MoreQuad DriverAmazon logo
MEE AudioM7 PROAmazon logo
EtymoticER4P-TAmazon logo

Let’s carry on with the first category –

Best High-End IEMS

Audeze iSine 20

 

 

Positive Traits – Good Aesthetics, EQ is simple, Good sound experience

Negative Traits Greatly dependent on EQ

The iSine 20 is an upper model than the iSine 10 by Audeze. According to Audeze, there are many changes and improvements in the 20 than the 10. Therefore, it provides more clear vocals, better bass. Moreover, the distortion is also less.

Highlighted Features

  • Advance technology
  • Lightning Cable
  • Comfort, Design and Build Quality

Advanced Technologies

  • There are many great technologies used in the manufacture of the Audeze iSine 20. Audeze has a patent for the Fluxor™ Magnets which magnify the diaphragm performance. It almost multiplies the magnetic driving force on the diaphragm. And Audeze didn’t stay here.
  • They have also brought into using their Uniforce™ voice-coil technology. What this does is that it boosts the accuracy of the audio that it passes.
  • Audeze states that ‘It delivers the most accurate in-ear headphones experience ever’. Integrating all this tech and keeping the weight to minimal is very tough. But they have done it. The iSine 20 weighs not more than 20 g.

Lightning cable??

  • Yes, you are right, I could have included this above. But this deserves to have its own section. The Audeze are the first to use the 24-bit lightning cable. What does this do? It is responsible for the enhanced and hi-fi sound that you enjoy listening to.
  • Moreover, this is also known as the CIPHER™ Lightning cable which is an award winner. This tech is again optimised specially for the iSine series.
  • Audeze lightning cable has a high-quality amplifier, DAC [Digital-to-Analog converter] and DSP hid under its hood. These three work in sync to accouche a vivid and perfect audio experience.

Comfort, Design and Built-Quality

As we read earlier, these weigh only 20 g. So, these are super portable. More like, it feels like carrying nothing with you. At the same time, it is crafted to have a nice beastly look. But at the same time, Audeze have taken care to keep them as small as possible. When it comes to built-quality, the iSine 20s are remarkable. They have high-quality earbuds.

So, it won’t bother you much during long hours for music experience. The overall built-quality seems to be very strong to last years.  

Note – Only compatible with iOS
Specs Are Waiting...
  • Type of earphone – In-ear, semi-open
  • Transducer type – Planar magnetic
  • Magnetic structure – magnetic array
  • Phase management – FAZOR
  • Type of Magnet – Neodymium N50
  • Diaphragm type – Ultra-thin
  • Driver diameter – 30 mm
  • Maximum power capacity – 3W
  • Maximum Sensitivity > 130dB
  • Frequency response – 10Hz – 50kHz
  • THD < 0.1% [At 100dB]
  • Impedance – 24 ohms
  • Sensitivity – 112 dB/1mW (Differs based on the instruments being played)
  • Technology – Uniforce™, Fluxor™
  • Minimum Power Requirement – 50mW 

 

Shure SE 535 

 

Positive TraitsDetachable cables, Triple High-definition Micro drivers, sufficient for long listening, the sound characteristic is excellent
Negative TraitsA bit into the high-end side

Shure SE attributes Sound Isolating Earphones triple high-definition drivers which supports for spacious sound supplemented with rich bass.

Highlighted Features

  • Three Hi-Def Drivers
  • Detachable Cable
  • Sound Isolation

Three Hi-Def Drivers

  • Because of 3 Hi-Def Drivers, it renders spacious sound and rich bass in a very effective way.

Detachable Cable

  • This is a very convenient feature – Detachable cable. Because of this, it permits multiple connectivity alternatives which in turn helps for long-term updates, compatibility issues can occur and maintenance.

Sound Isolation

Presents you comfortable and pure sound quality that cuts out the ambient noise by 37dB. With the assist of sound isolation technology, it limits the external noise so that it can’t bother you and your listening activity.

Wherever you are now or will go, shure helps you with the cooperation of sound isolating earphones to hear to your music with ease.

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Design Type – In-Ear (Intra-Aural)
  • Frequency Response – [18 Hz – 19 kHz]
  • Included Drivers – 3
  • Active Noise Cancellation [ANC] – No
  • Noise Attenuation – 37 dBA
  • Impedance – 36 Ohms
  • Sensitivity – 119 dB at 1 mW
  • Detachable – Yes
  • Remote/Mic – No
  • Cable Length – 64″ / 162.56 cm (Unbalanced)
  • Audio Connector – 1/8″ (3.5 mm)
  • Adapter – 1/4″ (6.3 mm)
  • Connector Coating – Gold

Best Budget IEMS

Shure SE215-CL

 

 

Positive Traits – Superb Design, Value for money, Excellent Performance

Negative Traits –  Lacks inline Control

The SE215-CL by Shure is an IEM which according to me one should have if he/she is a music lover. It is not the best or great but it is good overall. Right from the design, build quality to the audio performance they are superb. They are available in both wired and wireless versions. So, overall they are flexible.

Highlighted Features

  • Dynamic Driver
  • Detachable Cables
  • Battery Life & Design

Dynamic Driver

  • Many other IEMs have more than 1 driver and they perform great. This doesn’t mean that one driver can’t do anything. The Shure SE215-CL proves this. It has one single driver. But this driver produces Hi-Definition sound. Moreover, the Special Editions of the SE215-CL, the Blue and White versions, have precisely tuned the frequency response.
  • Most importantly, efforts are also taken for keeping the driver secure. This is done by their Driver Support Frame. This frame saves the MicroDriver from any potential damage and holds it perfectly and safely inside.

Detachable Cable

  • Having a detachable cable is always better. Even if the cable gets damaged you can easily get a replacement for it. So, you don’t need to buy another earphone. Most importantly, the cables are made up of very good quality and will last years easily. Also, you can swap the cable as it also comes with a lightning cable.
  • So, you can leverage fast charging and listen while charging benefits. If you are tired of the wires, you can convert it to wireless one just by removing the cables.

Battery Life & Design

The SE215-CL has a good battery life of 8 to 10 Hrs. And the charge gets over you can charge it very fast by the grace of the lightning cable. So, you can take it with you leaving the cables and enjoy for straight 8 to 10 Hrs.

Now let’s talk about its design. Shure is like at another level when it comes to design. I personally am very impressed by its design. You are actually able to view the inside of the earphone. Very appealing and innovative design. Moreover, it feels premium and secure to carry these with you.

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Weight – 30 g
  • Sensitivity – 107 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance – 17 Ω
  • Frequency Range – 22 Hz – 17 kHz
  • Cable length – 162 cm
  • Sound Isolation (up to) – 37 dB
  • MicroDriver – Single Dynamic
  • Cable type – Detachable
  • Colors – Black, Clear, White, Blue

 

1 More Triple Driver

 

 

Positive TraitsTriple Driver, THX Certified, Great Performance, Appealing Design
Negative TraitsPlastic Remote, Rubber Cable

The 1 More Triple Driver as its name implies has Triple Driver trait which we will talk about it next in the post

Highlighted Features 

  • 3 Button Remote and Mic
  • THX Certified
  • Hi-Res
  • Triple Driver
  I have designed a dedicated article for this. If you’re keen to know more then check that out.  

 

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Design Type: In-Ear
  • Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Plug: 3.5 mm
  • Length: 125 cm
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Weight: 18 g

‘The’ Best IEMS

 Etymotic HF3

 

 

Positive Traits –  Great Audio experience, Preferred for iOS users

Negative Traits –  Controls only work with iOS, Poor inline Mic

These are one of the best IEMs Etymotic has ever made. Right from its performance to its design it clearly stands out to be a tough competitor for other premium and performance IEMs.

With high-performance driver and appreciable Noise Isolation, the earphone gives a response accuracy of more than 85%.

Highlighted Features

  • High-Performance Drivers
  • Robustness
  • Noise isolation
  You can follow up this column for knowing more on these. Check out the article and catch up fast as there are many interesting IEM coming ahead. 

 

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Frequency Response – 20 Hz – 15 kHz
  • Accuracy – 85%
  • Transducers – High-performance balanced armature driver
  • Noise Isolation – 35-42 dB
  • Impedance – 16 Ohms
  • Sensitivity – 105 dB SPL
  • Maximum Output (SPL) – 120 dB
  • Cable length – 4 ft.
  • Replaceable ACCU-Filters – Yes
  • Custom-Fit – Yes

 

1 More Quad Driver

 

 

Positive Traits –  Balanced Sound, Premium Built, Lightweight/ Portable

Negative Traits –  Noise isolation could have been better, Less comfortable earcups

Don’t get it wrong, it doesn’t have 4 drivers at all. Instead, they have 3 drivers same has the 1 More Triple driver but with some enhancement. We will discuss that in the coming section. And those for whom who love presentation these are presented very beautifully. The packaging and cover itself are at a different level and deserves appreciation. In a nutshell, it is an exceptional performance IEM which you can buy.

Highlighted Features

  • 3 well-balanced driver
  • Design & Comfort
  • Remarkable Performance

3 Well-Balanced Driver

  • This too has the triple driver same as the 1 More Triple Driver. These drivers are well-balanced. They use a signal to vibrate small reed which is balanced between the magnets. Further, this motion of the reed is transferred into the stiff diaphragm. Because of such a path, the audio is free of any resonance. Which produces very good clarity. Then why it is called the Quad?
  • According to 1 More, their engineers have clustered all the three of their patented armature drivers into a Quad.
  • This Quad Driver is calibrated in such a way to reproduce precise, sharp and clear audio. Most importantly, it is THX certified too, same as the 1 More Triple Driver. And these are the only THX certified.

Design and Comfort

Same as the 1More Triple Driver, this too has a premium look. The sound chamber is made up of aluminium which are streamlined in design along with a tungsten texture. Also, the earbuds are placed at an angle this fits the ear perfectly which enhances comfort. Moreover, the overall earbuds have an ergonomic design. Solid design, great look and soft earcups increase the overall comfort and appeal of the earphone.    

Remarkable Performance

The performance is very good. You will get very good bass, highs mids etc. The best part is that when you compare the 1 More Quad driver with other IEMs you will notice a great improvement in its performance. The sound is well-balanced with very detailed and precise vocals. The highs are good and have a stable extension.

Even more, the bass has excellent strength. Moreover, if you are a mids lover then this is the best for you for the price. The mids of 1 More Quad Driver is its speciality. Overall, the performance is excellent and very much natural.

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Type – In-Ear
  • Weight – 18.5 g
  • Cable Length – 1.25 m
  • Cable Type – Oxygen Free Copper Wire
  • In-line Remote Control and Microphone – Yes
  • Connector – 3.5 mm Gold Plated
  • Frequency Range – 20-40,000 Hz
  • Impedance – 32 Ω
  • Sensitivity – 99 dB
  • Rated Power – 5 mW

 

MEE Audio M7 PRO

 

 

Positive Traits –  Great MMCX connectors, Clean & Pure clarity, Appears properly built

Negative Traits –  Worth, A fairly wide v-curve impression

It is also termed as the next-generation universal-fit musician’s monitors from MEE that presents you excellent on and off stage sound experience

HIghlighted Feature

  • Hybrid Dual Driver Technology
  • Sound Isolating Design
  • Built To Last

Hybrid Dual Driver Technology

  • The Hybrid dual driver technology acts like –
  • A moving coil subwoofer combined with a balanced armature tweeter after this the M7 Pro produces very deep bass, fabulous quality and clear detailing.

Now, what’s the role of the moving coil subwoofer?

  • 10mm moving coil (dynamic) driver functions as a subwoofer which gives air movement for realistic bass depth. Likewise, the balanced armature driver is perfect for precise reproduction of midrange and treble rhythms.

Sound Isolating Design

Tackles out the outside sound and then allows the low volume listening because of this, it guards your hearing and also enhances the sound experience. With the support of memory foam ear tips that deliver supreme ease which also raises noise isolation.

Built To Last

Provides real-world reliability. Also features replaceable, cables detachable including MMCX connectors.

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Ear Type – Intraaural (in-ear)
  • Frequency Response – 10 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Driver Type – dynamic + armature hybrid
  • Bass Driver – 10 mm moving coil (dynamic)
  • Cable Connector – 3.5mm, right angle plug
  • Cable Length – 51 inches (1.3m), MMCX detachable
  • Midrange/Treble Driver – balanced armature
  • Impedance – 16 Ohms at 1K
  • sensitivity – 96±3 dB (1mW at 1KHZ)
  • Maximum Power Input [MPI] – 30mW
  • Accessories – stereo audio cable, silicone eartips (4 pairs), shirt clips (2), comply memory foam eartips (2 pairs), user manual, stereo headset cable, ¼” adapter, protective carrying case

 

Etymotic ER4P-T

 

 

Positive TraitsGreat isolation, sleek, flimsy, solidly developed
Negative Traits Bass is not that great

The Etymotic is produced for auditory research and hearing testing. The word ‘Etymotic‘ signifies “true to the ear“.

Highlighted Features

  • ER4P-T Portable Travel

ER4P-T Portable Travel

This In-Ear is dedicated especially for sound engineers and audiophiles. You don’t require an auxiliary amplifier for this. Plus, the ERPT has 13dB higher output at low frequencies and 10dB greater output at high frequencies.

Specs Are Waiting...
  • Brand – Etymotic
  • Model – ER-4PT
  • Connectivity Technology – Wired
  • Frequency Response – 20 Hz
  • Headphones Form Factor – In-ear
  • Headphones Technology – balanced armature
  • Additional Features – Noise isolation technology, ACCU Driver technology, 3.5 mm stereo plug
  • Impedance – 100 Ohm
  • Sensitivity – 90 dB
  • Sound Output Mode – stereo
  • Type – 2 years warranty

Conclusion 

So, the complete post was separated essentially into three sections as presented below –

  • High-End IEMS
  • Budget IEMS
  • Overall IEMS

All the suggested IEMS are excellent for their price. Each will have some +ves and -ves but they get nullified. Besides, you don’t need any external amp for any of these IEMS. Your smartphone or PC will do the task flawlessly.

So, share with your loved ones and have a great musical life ahead.

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