Pioneer CH3T quick impressions: Only a few days into the New Year and here's a first nice surprise. I ordered these because I've been pretty impressed by their CH9 model some time ago. So I was curious what Pioneer had to offer for a mere $30. Turns out, pretty much... These are very small IEMs and should fit most ears. I can even lie on the side with these without discomfort. Stock tips are great, so you don't need 3rd party tips to improve sound / fit. Cable is ok, moderately microphonic when worn downwards, so better wear it over-ears. (In any case, far less springy than the Hifi Walker cable). Like many budget IEMs, they lack a chin slider, so just use the included twist tie to make your own. On to sound: at first listen the signature reminded me a bit of the UERM, so I put them up against those on my measurement rig (green = UERM, blue = CH3): As you can see, bass and most of the mids are pretty close. The huge 12kHz spike is (partly) due to coupler resonance, as I don't hear such a pronounced emphasis with a sine sweep and my own ears. Anyway, no big deal, since you can easily damp the highs with a strip of micropore tape across the nozzle. Here's the FR with a strip that covers about 80% of the nozzle: And here's with a strip that covers about 90%. As you can see, it's easy to lower the high range to your preferred level: Personally, I settled for 80% and like that signature quite a bit. It's on the warm side of neutral and rather non-fatiguing / forgiving (helped by the dip in the sibilance range), but still retains enough detail to not sound sound veiled in my book. Imaging is surprisingly decent, they do sound much larger than they look and offer a nice coherent soundstage with classical orchestral music. Channel matching is damn good too, on my (modded) pair: Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised by these and, dare I say it, like them even better than the Pioneer CH9. First budget IEM recommendation of 2019!