What's your price range, sound preference, and use case (commute, work, home, travel)?
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I'm looking for IEM's in the $350 max range. If I can find better cheaper. Same for sealed over the ear cans for work.
I'm also going to look for heapdhone amps, but mainly to listen. I want to see if I can recreate the magic I heard from Woo amps ages ago, and also get a listen to the Ayre Codex and anything else.
For $300 I really like my Massdrop Plus with a balanced cable. Pretty good isolation and comfort too. https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-plus-universal-iemsFor similar money some people like the Fiio FH5 or FA7 but I wasn't impressed by their sound although I like and have their Q5 dac/amp. BGVP DM6, Moondrop Kanas Pro, Tanchjim Oxygen always come up in sub $300 IEM discussions. If you can find a used Ibasso IT04 I've heard good things.
The MD Plus is considered a more "fun" and bassier version of the ER4XR. Haven't heard much about the PA Be on Head-Fi, SBAF, etc. and lower ranked on crinacle's IEM ranking list FWIWhttps://crinacle.com/ranking-list/
I’m no expert whenit comes to headphones but I do have a pair of periodic audio be iem’s. I also have a drogonfly red dac and jitterbug... the dac/jitterbug/attachment is a pita though as far as how big and unruly the combo is.
I listened to a bunch of different headphones at can jam rmaf 3 years ago and felt like the periodic audio be’s were the best for the $. Dan, the owner, is an awesome guy and has great customer service. If you have any warranty issues he’s great to work with.
Zreviews on you tube is probably a good source for iem info.
if I were you, I’d probably just find out whats the best iem’s at or below $100, plug them into your phone, stream tidal and be done with it. I’ve tried to get into listening to a nice headphone setup at work and it never worked out for me; work was always too distracting!