Thursday, 4 September 2014

Favourite Things: Earphones (September 2014 Update!)

I've just updated my list of favourite earphones, expanding the list to 6 products!

After much deliberation I slotted the VSonic VSD 3 / 3S in under the Shure SE215, replacing the HiFiMan RE-400. I took the RE-400 off the list because recently when I was doing listening tests, I realised that the strain relief had detached from one of the earpieces. I did note that people have experienced problems with the build quality on the RE-400, but now that I had some personal experience I decided to send it to the chopping block. These kinds of problems I'm sure are random chance, but hey, this is my favourites list, not my "I guess I am just a victim of statistical probability" list.

I also decided to add the Sony XBA-H3 in at number #5 position, bumping down the 7550 to #6. Don't get me wrong: I think the 7550 is more practical and probably suits more people than the H3. But it's also a lot less exciting for the price.

As always, I look forward to your comments!