created: 2021-07-21 updated: 2022-08-13



I am not an audiophile, I don't know what people talk about when they describe the sound as bright or dark. I usually rely on reviews and Reddit to figure out what devices have good value and make my purchasing decisions based on them.


As most modern phones no longer has a headphone jack, I got FiiO-BTR3, a Bluetooth DAC, so I could use my wired headphone. It's a great portable device, it is small, and I can clip it on shirt.

My BRT3 died after 3 years, so I'm buying Qudelix-5K to replace it.


For 5-6 years, I used a pair of Sennheiser HD25. I replaced the cables multiple times over the years, which is cheaper than getting a new pair.

I absolutely loved it, the sound was just so clear to my ears. However, before I bought these, I only used cheap earbuds, so I don't have a great point of reference.

In 2022, after using Aria for almost a year, I've finally decided to retire HD25.


My ears got extremely hot wearing HD25, I sweated a lot after 30 minutes wearing them. That's why I decided to get IEM.

I got Moondrop Quarks as it's cheap, and I want to test out how IEM fits. The sound was ok, but the default earbuds didn't fit my ears.

After trying the Quark and reading a bunch of favorable reviews of Moondrop Aria, I purchased it. Even though it's bigger than Quark, it fits a lot better on my ears. I also got Linsoul cable and SpinFit CP100+ to replace the stock cable and earbuds, respectively. Overall, for the price, I really like Aria.