In-ears are our specialty, and for good reason: the best in-ears can now keep up with the crème de la crème of large headphones (even if they are different). In addition, they are much more mobile and can be played with portable hi-res players and cell phones. Discover with us what is probably the best selection of high-quality in-ears in Europe. Have fun!
In-ear brands in our shop
Questions and answers about in-ears
This is a matter of taste, therefore here only our own opinion and also a current inventory.
- Universal fit: Campfire Solaris 2020, Ara and Andromeda 2020, Noble Khan, Astell & Kern JH Audio Layla AION, Empire Legend X and Shozy Pola39.
- Custom Fit: Campfire Solstice and Equinox and JH Audio Layla / Roxanne.
Empire Legend X and Campfire Equinox, Campfire Solaris 2020 and Ara are more present in the bass (but not clumsy or fat), Solstice and Shozy Pola39 are a bit more balanced, Meze Rai Penta and Noble Khan are a bit leaner and more analytical (but by no means thin). The in-ears from JH Audio (Layla, Roxanne etc.) have a variable bass.
All of them are outstanding to us and all of them are in no way inferior to the best over-ears - they are just different!
The best in-ears can compete with the elite of over-ears. In the best case, they even sound a little faster and often have even more bass & punch (but they have to fit perfectly). In the best case scenario, open over-ears sound a bit more airy, spacious and light-footed. But these are only trends. So it's a matter of taste. It is clear that in-ears have slowly but surely overtaken the on-ears and even the closed over-ears in the high-end segment, because they sound great, are extremely compact and require very little power and therefore no separate / stationary Headphone amplifier.
Quite simply: we allow ourselves the luxury of only offering what we think is great, and for that we also fly halfway around the world and look for the needle in a haystack. The true gems don't know many. 95% of the market is junk, and others are supposed to sell it.
But. With us ;.)
The answer is: because many retailers themselves have not yet understood how good in-ears are now ... In Asia, they are light years ahead of us.
With Universal-fits you are more flexible (they basically fit everyone), and if they fit and seal really well (especially important for bass and mids), Custom-fits are definitely on par. With Custom-fits you first take silicone impressions at the hearing aid acoustician's (this takes 5 minutes and costs approx. 20 EUR). The in-ears then fit like a glove. Nothing wobbles and nothing falls out. In addition, the seal to the outside is excellent. However, Custom-fits (as the name suggests) only fit one, which makes reselling almost impossible. In addition, the auricles can change slightly after a few (usually very many) years.
It depends on the fit, and in particular whether the in-ear of your choice (sound signature / price) is offered as universal and / or custom fit.
We can no longer hear these tiresome and sometimes militant discussions. In principle it doesn't matter. What matters is the result! Check out our favorite in-ears ... including BAs, dynamic, electrostatic, and hybrid in-ears. Even the general prejudices (a lot / little bass, cold / warm etc.) are not always correct, because it always depends on HOW the technology is implemented ... It is best to ask us what we recommend for YOUR personal taste.
Here too: a matter of taste. Foam tips sometimes hold better when silicone tips slip out, but you have to knead them first and then stick them into the ear canal! But sometimes you can “soften” the highs a bit. Each manufacturer has their own preferences here. It's best to try both. But there are also many different silicone tips that you should try.
And two more tips: small ears do not necessarily mean that the small ear tips fit best. Try the bigger ones. Also try different sizes of ear tips in both ears. Especially with the Final Type E (our favorite tips) it's worth it (they come in 5 sizes!).
With Bluetooth there are two principles: With “True Wireless” everything is in the in-ears (BT, battery, chip, converter, control elements, etc.). But ... the in-ears are bulky, and you can throw them away if the electronics are crazy or the bluetooth is out of date. In addition, you wear radio receivers directly in your ear.
We recommend a classic in-ear and a separate Bluetooth module, which can be worn invisibly in the neck or on the shirt with a short cable. The listeners are worlds better (depending on the listener), far less susceptible (electronics, battery, etc.) and future-proof. Top solutions are the upcoming module from Campfire and the XB10 from Astell & Kern.