While people are buying dacs and amps to pair with 500 to 1000$ headphones…
I just got Panasonic HJE-120s in-ears. For 10$. They’re impressive. No, you won’t hear much detail with these. They’re 10$. But they come with 3 rubber tips (or whatever they’re called), and for 10$, you have a lot of choice!
Big one = bass cannons, beats replacements. All the mids and highs are still there… suffocating.
Stock one (medium) = Bass boost, but all the frequencies are there!
Small one = Neutral! (…well, neutral-ish, obviously). And above all, the graph is correct. All the frequencies are there. Yeah, I said it 3 times. It’s either rare or unique, for this price, to hear everything. They don’t sound like a telephone. They don’t even sound like KSC75s, which have impressive clarity, but no bass at all . Here’s the graph:
I also bought Koss KSC75s a while ago (yes, after Zeos reviewed them). For 15$, maybe? But did not like them. Sound is clear, really clear, without being overly bright or sibilance (…like my Grado SR60s…), but there’s no bass, and they’re, well, weird, with their over-ear clips. Still, they’re really, really enjoyable at low volume + excellent clarity.
And since they lack bass, and I don’t appreciate in-ears much (so the HJE 120s won’t be my endgame – lol), I’ll buy Koss PortaPros soon.
So, what gems have you found for cheap? I guess everything here should be under 50$ USD, preferably under 25$USD. Enjoy!