Product advice & product search

How does your shop work? Can you filter the search?

In the right column of the shop overview below the category overview you can filter the hits according to numerous criteria. To do this, simply activate the respective filter (eg "Brand" or "Color") by marking / clicking the desired features.

You can narrow down the search in great detail by combining many different filters - or you can focus on one or a few essential filters.

The results of the respective search can then be sorted according to price - or according to our ratings (star marks ... more on this below!).

Incidentally, not all filters are always activated for all products, because sometimes we simply lack the data. In other words, if a product does not appear in a "filtered" search result, we may simply be missing the data. The same applies to the rating (stars). No star rating just means that we have not yet tested the product!

How can I quickly find the right product? Can you advise me personally?
  1. Choose category (if possible subcategory)
  2. Set price range (from ... to)
  3. Activate the most important criteria as a filter (e.g. "pluggable cable")
  4. Sort by star ratings - or use the filters "Sound quality" and "Price / performance"

... or ideally ask us specifically for a recommendation.

    What are your favorites?

    If tested by us, our ratings for each product are under "Our opinion". The stars of each product can also be found in the hit overview in the shop. So if a product doesn't have a rating, it doesn't mean we don't think it's good, but that we haven't tested it.

    By the way, “we” are a pool of authorized testers. Incidentally, we have deliberately decided against the fact that every visitor can leave their reviews, because we want to ensure that the reviews can be compared.

    Do I also find test reports with you?

    We regularly collect tests and reviews from the media, blogs and forums on the products. Occasionally we also write short “1-minute reviews” ourselves. The overview is there here.

    Can you also test the products personally?

    We try to offer all products for testing (provided a test sample is in stock). So you can deal with the devices at home and in peace, with your own music. If you are interested, we will send you one Loan agreement to, and then you only have to pay a deposit of 50% of the product values ​​(PayPal or bank transfer).

    In order to ensure that your basic requirements for the products are also met, we recommend a consultation before the test (06221-889211 or contact form see below).

    If possible, visit our shop in the middle of Heidelberg's old town (Please make an appointment in advance: 06221-889211 or contact form see below). In a stylish ambience you can test to your heart's content, compare and philosophize with us on headphones and other beautiful things in life.

      I have not found my desired product. Can you get me that?

      We try it … ;.)

        How (good) do in-ears sound compared to normal headphones?

        The days when in-ears were synonymous with junk "earbuds" from cell phone companies are long gone. There are now in-ears that play on the same level as the best over-ear headphones.

        Generally speaking, in-ears sound more focused and direct, but less airy / spatial than large (especially open) headphones. When it comes to precision and speed, the best in-ears are in fact unbeatable. But if you prefer the very wide "open" stage, you will have more fun with a first-class open over-ear receiver.

        In general, one can also say that almost all in-ears get along relatively well with cell phones, and with hi-res players anyway, whereas many over-ear listeners need a lot more “juice”. That doesn't mean that many in-ears don't benefit from a good headphone amplifier, but that many large over-ears simply require a lot more power.

        What are the sound migration principles at In-Ears? How do they differ?

        There are three common converter set-ups at In-Ears:

        Dynamic converter (Principle is identical to large headphones), almost always 1-way

        • Sound: tends to be warmer and "analogue", at best with wonderful melting in the mids, often powerful bass (sometimes too powerful and with too little contour ... a lot is not necessarily good), in the highs at best fine and "crispy", but sometimes a bit too soft and too little fine resolution.
        • Advantages: does not need a crossover, therefore no phase shifts, cheaper to produce, tends to be a good choice for "bass heads"
        • Disadvantages: tend to distort at high volumes, sometimes too soft at high frequencies and low resolution

        Balanced armature converter (Principle from the hearing aid acoustics), everything from 1-way to 12-way (where more doesn't have to be better).

        • Sound: tends to be colder and more precise, sometimes with slimmer (but often more precise) bass (although multi-way BA's can also have an abysmal pitch-black bass), in the highs mostly a little clearer and more precise than dynamic converters, but less "analog".
        • Advantages: Phase shifts are definitely a challenge for manufacturers, often suitable for fans of fine heights and high resolution, very level-stable.
        • Disadvantages: Basses are quite slim on some BA's (but not on all!), Can sound quite cold, and are quite expensive to manufacture.

        Hybrid converter (often - but not always - combine a dynamic driver for the bass with one or more BA's for the mids / highs).

        It is impossible to make a judgment here, because there are countless attempts to combine the best of both worlds, and it is not always going well! In theory, you have a deep and present bass and fine high-resolution treble. The requirements for switches / phase shifts are enormous. Some have mastered this discipline perfectly and offer in-ears that are among the best in the world.

        For me, normal (universal) in-ears don't fit. Is that normal?

        Yes. Every ear canal is different, so fit is a difficult issue with in-ears. While a sub-optimal fit does not necessarily mean a loss of sound with over-ears, it is completely different with in-ears. The slightest leak between the ear tip and the auditory canal can collapse the entire sound image. The basses “booze” and there is only clinking and rattling.

        Remedy: Try different ear tips, also from other manufacturers. Sometimes the accessory plugs from "Spin-Fit" or the foam versions from "Comply" help. Or just have in-ears adjusted (see below). They sit perfectly!

        What influence do Eartips have on sound? Do foam tips sound different?

        Similar to the tires in the car. If they don't sit perfectly, they won't seal and it doesn't sound good! Foam tips often sound a bit warmer with fatter basses and softer highs. So be careful with the exchange of ear tips. Not only is the fit different, so is the sound!

        Are plug-in cables recommended for in-ears? Which plug connections are good?

        In any case! Broken cables are a total loss and this is annoying with expensive in-ears! That is why we mostly rely on pluggable cables.

        2 pin plug are simple and reliable in design, there are many accessory cables (upgrade), but they do not always fit (e.g. for sockets that are embedded in the housing!). However, caution is advised, because if pins break off, you may have total damage!

        JH Audio used 4 pin plug with union nut. They are much more stable.

        MMCX connector are becoming more and more popular. They are practically foolproof, you can't break anything, and if they don't have a "wobbler" they are perfect. There are also more and more upgrade cables.

        Are there any digital cables, for example for my iPhone? What about Bluetooth cables?

        Since the iPhone 7 there have been more and more digital cables. The Capri cable from AAW is a pioneer. Capri has a built-in DAC and a headphone amplifier. So you can significantly improve the sound of the smartphone.

        The first plug-in Bluetooth cables are slowly coming onto the market. So you have the option to operate the in-ear via cable or via Bluetooth.

        What are the benefits of symmetrical cables (e.g. 2,5mm cables from Astell & Kern)?

        These cables are used in the studio and on stage because they enable interference-free signal transmission over longer distances. One can philosophize for a long time whether symmetrical cables are noticeable in a cable path of 1-2 meters. The fact is that it certainly doesn't hurt ... and sometimes it is the balanced headphone output stages on the players that are better ...

        Do custom in-ears have advantages over normal (universal) in-ears?

        Yes, they sit perfectly in the ear (if done well), even over long periods of time. In addition, the shielding of outside noise is excellent, which sometimes significantly improves the sound transmission (especially with the bass) - and you also have a noise-canceling earpiece.

        But you also have the feeling that you have “something in your ear” because custom in-ears protrude a little into the ear canal (without silicone plugs). Almost all users get used to it quickly and don't want to give it up anymore, but the feeling bothers some users. The fact that custom in-ears do not protrude from the auricle is also ingenious, ie you can lay your head on the side of a pillow and listen to music.

        A lot of technology has to be accommodated in the housing, particularly with multi-way balanced armature in-ears, and here custom in-ears have a clear advantage, because the housing is held in the ear cup and does not fall out. Universal in-ears stand out further and sometimes tend to tip out slowly with large cases (with a lot of technology inside).

        Can I test (custom) in-ears before buying? How does it work?

        Yes, and you should too. Therefore, we also offer the test option for most products that can be bought directly in the shop.

        At Universal In-Ear you get a demonstration model (with clean Ear tips) and tests sound, fit etc.

        At Custom In-Ear you get a pattern with conventional silicone plugs and therefore do not test the fit, but only the sound.

        Testing is free and without obligation. It is best to contact us:

          What is the process for custom in-ears? How long is the wait?
          1. Rummage in the shop, read our opinions / tests, set the budget and get advice from us (narrow down the selection)
          2. Possibly. Order a test receiver, listen to a sample and send it back.
          3. Final offer and order to us
          4. Make silicone impressions at the hearing care professional (takes 5 minutes, does not hurt, and usually costs 15 EUR), send them to us, we take care of the shipping to the manufacturer (customs papers etc.)
          5. In the meantime: configure the design
          6. As soon as the in-ears are ready, we take care of the return shipping including customs, import sales tax etc.

          The whole thing takes about 3 weeks including shipping / customs clearance etc.

          Why should I buy custom in-ears from you?
          • Because we advise beyond manufacturers / brands,
          • Because we provide test listeners
          • Because we can help out very quickly with cable defects etc.
          • Because we take care of everything (shipping, customs, FedEx etc.).
          Can I return in-ears within the 14-day period (hygiene articles)?

          No, because hygiene articles are excluded. It is therefore better to request test samples in advance!

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          Headphone Company

          Shop: Ingrimstrasse 34, 69117 Heidelberg, 06221-889211

          Office: Neue Stücker 13, 69118 Heidelberg, 06221-889211