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 us are outstanding and everyone is 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 sound a bit faster and often have even more bass & punch (but they have to fit perfectly). At best, open over-ears sound a bit airier, more spacious and more light-footed. But these are just trends. So it's a matter of taste. It is clear that in-ears have slowly but surely outstripped the on-ears and even the closed over-ears in the high-end segment, because they sound brilliant, 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 have not yet understood how good in-ears are now ... In Asia, we are light years ahead.
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), they are quite a match for custom fits. In the case of custom fits, you first take a silicone impression at the hearing care professional on site (this takes 5 minutes & costs around 20 EUR). The in-ears fit like a glove. Nothing wobbles and nothing falls out. The external seal is also excellent. However, custom fits (as the name suggests) only fit one, which makes resale almost impossible. In addition, the ear cups can also 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 you implement the technology ... 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 put them into the ear canal with a high noise! But sometimes you can “soften” the heights a bit. Each manufacturer has their own preferences here. It's best to try both. But there are also a lot of different silicone tips that you should also 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, controls, etc.). But ... the in-ears are bulky and you can throw them away if the electronics spin or the Bluetooth is out of date. You also wear a radio receiver in your ear.
We recommend a classic in-ear and a separate Bluetooth module, which can be worn invisibly on the neck or 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.