Shamelessly lifted from lol’s headphone progression thread, I thought it would be fun to discuss here because, as much as I love headphones, I’m on the move far more often than I’m at home, so IEMs are much more within my wheelhouse.
So here’s my progression. I’m ignoring things like apple earbuds and stuff like that, and going solely for proper in-ear monitors. However, my very first two entries will break this rule, but I’m adding them because it got my brain thinking about the design of earbuds/earphones and led me to the IEM world.
So without further ado…
Past and no longer owned:
Sony EX71 - these first two were different from earbuds. The ED21 had a little ported section aimed down the canal, while the EX71 sealed the canal and was an “IEM” in design, if not technical prowess. But it led me to…
Campfire Audio Solaris
Bose QC Triport
B&O Play H3
64 Audio U18Tzar (with custom tips)
Empire Ears Legend X (custom)
ItsFit Fusion (custom)
Noble Katana (custom)
CustomArt FIBAE 7 (custom)
So that’s far too many for any human to ever need.
What about you, what ridiculously large list have you owned and do you lie to yourself that this is the last one you’ll buy, just like me?