Amplification Power Comparison

Objective: Provide a measurable subjective comparison of the maximum amplification power that each earphone can handle before distorting or get completely damaged.

Consider that the maximum amplification power handling capability does not translate into higher bass performance, bass impact or basshead rumbling. If you read each corresponding review you might find out that an earphone handling less power can deliver a stronger bass response or vice-versa. Having said so, we highly recommend that you read our full reviews to better understand how each earphone performed while handling their corresponding amplification power.

How-to read and understand the table below:

  • “Maximum Amplification Power”: Specifies how much power each earphone was capable of handling, coming from a Fiio E12 portable amplifier.
  • “Basshead Impact and/or Rumble”: Denotes if after our extreme bass tests the earphone was able to generate at least a medium level of bass rumble and/or impact (we set the KZ ATE basshead level as the reference to the least acceptable level, anything equal or above it is classified as “Yes” in this table category) Note: A “Yes” with an * next to it means that the earphone requires extra special conditions, modifications or treatments to provide rumble and/or impact (you will need to read the corresponding review to understand which specific treatment is needed for each earphone).
  • Amplifier model and Configuration: Fiio E12 Mont Blanc, set to high gain and bass boost switched ON.
  • Equalization: Custom Basshead type.

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Clicking on any model name will open its corresponding review.

We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen.

With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

ModelMaximum Amplification PowerBasshead Impact and/or Rumble


ModelMaximum Amplification PowerBasshead Impact and/or Rumble


1MORE Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones69%No
Aima AM-88949%No
ASUS ZenFone 245%No
Aukey EP-C350%Yes
Awei S980Hi40%No
BASEUS Lark EL-0147%Yes
Beats Powerbeats 250%Yes
BlitzWolf BW-ES167%Yes
BYZ SE37870%No
Doboly Q1851%Yes
Doboly S1647%No
DZAT DF-1047%Yes
DZAT DT-0540%No
Elecom EHP-CA358055%Yes
Elephone E140%No
Feitun BT-00345%No
Fidue A31s50%Yes
FISCHER AUDIO Dream Catcher30%No
GeekRover iEPW020/iEPW02145%Yes
GeekRover iEPW06057%Yes
GeekRover iEPW09047%Yes
Hoco M348%No
House of Marley Little Bird47%No
House of Marley Smile Jamaica51%No
Inpher FUQING B-237%No
ipipoo iP-B30i46%No
IVERY IS-3249%No
Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review0%No
JBL C100SI50%Yes
JBL T11045%Yes
JBMMJ MJ00748%No
JBMMJ MJ850048%No
JBMMJ MJ860048%Yes
Joyroom JR-E10237%No
Joyroom JR-E10348%No
JVC Gumy Plus HA-FX549%No
JVC HA-FX102/FR20250%No
KANEN iP-80845%No
Kubite T-003M50%No
KZ ATE45%Yes
KZ ED446%No
KZ ED740%No
KZ ED943%No
KZ ED1250%Yes
KZ EDR246%No
KZ ES337%No
KZ HD945%Yes
KZ HDS340%No
KZ ZS148%Yes
KZ ZS248%Yes
KZ ZS345%No
KZ ZS540%No
KZ ZSE42%Yes
KZ ZST50%Yes
KZ ZST PRO / KZ ZST Colorful42%Yes
Langsdom JM2148%Yes
Lapas RX40037%No
Letv Reverse55%Yes*
MACAW RT-1050%No
MEMT X545%Yes
Monoprice 832065%Yes
Panasonic ErgoFit Plus RP-HJE19039%No
Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM12547%No
Panasonic RP-HJE120 ErgoFit40%No
Philips SHE3580 / SHE358137%No
Pioneer SE-CX855%Yes
Pioneer SE-CX955%Yes
Plextone X34M46%No
Plextone X41M73%Yes
Plextone X46M37%No
Plextone X50M72%Yes
Puma Bulldogs60%Yes
Puro IPHF240%No
QCY QY80%Yes*
QKZ W1 Pro / Fonge W1 Pro51%No
Remax RM-565i45%No
Rock Zircon42%Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IEM50%No
Samsung S4 Mini IEM70%Yes
Seahf EG00941%Yes
Senfer 4in152%Yes
Senfer UE40%Yes
Sennheiser CX20051%No
Skullcandy INK'D 2.040%Yes
Somic MH40350%No
Somic V435%No
Songful F25%No
Songful F6 / Mosunx F6C28%No
Songful T342%No
Songful S150%No
Sony MDR-EX15LP / EX15AP50%No
Sony MDR-EX7550 / EX800ST55%Yes*
Sony MDR-XB50AP65%Yes
Sony MH1 LiveSound45%`No
Sound Intone E645%Yes
Sunlux SU-02862%No
Superlux HD38152%No
Takstar INGPING H6043%No
Tennmak Porcelain47%No
Tiger Mini52%No
Tiger Zipper37%No
UiiSii C20048%No
UiiSii GT80051%Yes
UiiSii Hi-70542%No
UiiSii HM751%Yes
URBANEARS Kransen49%No
VE Monk+50%No
VIVO XE80040%No
VJJB K1s47%Yes
Vots DQ10030%No
Vots J153%No
Vots QT10068%Yes
Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition55%No
Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition50%Yes
Xiaomi Mi Pro HD / Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD47%No
Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid / Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro65%Yes
Xiaomi Mi Sports Bluetooth Headphones0%No
XKDUN CK-66051%Yes

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