In-Ears are our specialty, and for a good reason: the best In-Ears can keep up with the crème de la crème of over-ear headphones (though they are different). In addition, they are much more mobile and match perfectly with portable Hi-Res players and mobile phones. Discover probably the best selection of high-end in-ears in Europe. Enjoy!
In-Ear brands in our store
FAQs about In-Ears
This is a matter of taste, therefore here only our own opinion and also a current status.
First the Champions League:
- Universal fit: Empire Legend X, Campfire Solaris, Noble Khan, Campfire Andromeda (all), Meze Rai Penta, Dita Fealty and Shozy Pola39.
- Custom Fit: Campfire Solstice and Equinox and JH Audio Layla/Roxanne.
Empire Legend X and Campfire Equinox are more present in the bass, Campfire Solaris and Andromeda S/Gold, Solstice and Shozy Pola39 are a bit more balanced, Meze Rai Penta, Campfire Andromeda, Noble Khan and especially Dita Fealty are a bit slimmer and more analytical (but by no means boring). The in-ears of JH Audio (Layla, Roxanne etc.) have a variable bass. All of them are outstanding for us and all of them stand for the best over-ears in bass.
- Our favorites in the mid to upper price segment: Campfire Polaris and Empire Bravado (both with present bass)
- In the lower to middle price segment: Campfire IO and Shozy BG (both rather analytical) - and as an entry-in-ear clearly Shozy Hibiki.
The best in-ears can compete with the elite in over-ears. In the best case they sound even faster and often have even more bass & punch (if they fit perfectly). Open-back over-ears sound airier, more spacious and light-footed at best. But these are only tendencies. So it's a matter of taste. It is clear that in-ears have slowly but surely outstripped on-ears and even closed-back over-ears in the high-end segment, because they sound ingenious, are extremely compact and require very little power and therefore no separate headphone amplifier.
Quite simply: we allow ourselves the luxury of offering only what we find great ourselves, and for that we fly constantly around the globe and look for the needle in the haystack. Not many people know the hidden pearls. 95% of the market is scrap, and leave it up to others to sell it.
It is. Here ;-)
The answer is simple. Many dealers haven't understood themselves, how good IEMs are. The market in Asia is light-years ahead.
With universal-fits you are more flexible (they fit everybody in principle), and if they fit & seal really well (important especially for bass and mids), they are just as good as custom-fits. With custom-fits, you first have to get ilicone impressions made by an audiologist of your choice (this takes 5 minutes & costs approx. 20 EUR). The in-ears then fit like a glove. Nothing wobbles and nothing falls out. In addition, the sealing to the outside is excellent. However custom-fits (as the name already says) fit only you, which makes the resale almost impossible. In addition, the auricles can also change slightly after a few (usually many) years.
So it depends on the fit, and in particular whether the in-ear of choice (sound signature/price) is offered as universal and/or custom fit.
We are really fed-up of this tiresome and sometimes militant discussion. It does not matter in principle. What counts is the result! Take a look at our favourite in-ears ... these include BAs, dynamic drivers, electrostats and hybrid in-ears. Also the general prejudices (much/little bass, cold/warm etc.) are not always correct, because it always depends on how the makers implement the technology ... Ask us what we recommend for YOUR personal taste.
Again: this is a matter of taste. Foam tips sometimes hold better when silicone tips slip out, but you have to squeeze them first and then stick them into the ear canal! But sometimes they can "soften" the heights a bit. Every manufacturer has his own preferences. Best try both. But there are also many 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 too. Also try different sizes of Ear-Tips in both ears. Especially with the Final Type E (our favourite tips) it's worth it (they come in 5 sizes!).
Bluetooth has two principles: "True Wireless" IEMs contain everything in the in-ears (BT, battery, chip, converter, controls etc.). But ... the in-ears are bulky, and you can throw them away if any electronic part breaks or the Bluetooth is outdated. Also, be aware that you wear a radio receiver directly in your ear.
We recommend a classic in-ear and a separate Bluetooth module, which you can wear with a short cable, virtually invisible in the neck or on your shirt. The IEMs are another league (depending on the model), far less susceptible (electronics, battery etc.) and future-proof. Great BT-modules are the upcoming model from Campfire and the XB10 of Astell & Kern.