Picture Sunday: iBasso IT04

iBasso IT04

Disclaimer: The iBasso IT04 was sent us directly from iBasso. This is a Picture Sunday post where we take a quick preview of various gear before their full review. You can take a look at our other Picture Sunday posts HERE.

Not too long ago, iBasso started to work on the IEM market. Yet, it’s been a swift and influential campaign. Their first model, the IT03 was great and impressive for a “first effort”. Unfortunately we couldn’t review that one before (thank you FedEx!!) but we managed to get the IT04 directly from Paul.

Before the IT04, I would like to remind you again how good their budget model is. I reviewed that entry level IT01 here. Obviously I was impressed from that little IEM, and we put it into our recommended list right after. We were already making the arrangements with iBasso around the time of that review, so here we are with the latest model. There’s more to come from other writers about iBasso, presumably a digital audio player review on the horizon.

iBasso IT04

iBasso IT04

With the IT04 iBasso wants to elevate things up . It’s more stylish now, looking more impressive and gives a feeling similar to some other high quality IEMs regarding build quality and design. The carbon fiber looking like face plates are the biggest factor for the looks, and again it fits perfectly to the ear. I think iBasso found the perfect shape for most ears out there. The isolation is very good in any case, once you find your tips, which iBasso supplies several of. I tried the IT03 before, and although it’s not fair to make a comparison from memory, I think this one fits a little better. If I can find the previous model for testing of course I’ll be able to make a direct comparison.

Sound wise the iBasso IT04 reminds me of the predecessor, with a very well balanced and coherent approach to the sound. Nothing is aggressive or edgy, yet it can give nice amount of resolution and transparency. Everything is under control and it’s an “easy to like” kind of sound with a relaxed nature. Bass has a good amount and emphasis, but from what I remember, the IT03 had more bass, particularly at the sub-bass area. I also found the mid-bass of the IT03 lacking, someting the IT04 isn’t. Still, the sub-bass area is strong when needed, so you can enjoy your party-house tunes very much. There are some negative points, like the air and transparency of mids, but of course it depends on your reference point. If I compare it with TOTL IEMs in the market, it’s easy to criticize. But this one costs 500$, so for this money it’s quite impressive.

iBasso IT04

iBasso IT04

So overall the fit, the design, the bass and the perceived sound stage has been improved together with very good timbre. It’s comfortable to listen to, just like its comfortable fit, and it has everything under control at all times. This is a good effort from iBasso. We don’t see many great monitors around this price range to be honest. Usually there are very impressive IEMs around 1000$ and 100$ range, yet the mid range is not full of impressive monitors. Nonetheless, iBasso’s answer to mid range market with the iBasso IT04 is attracting. Full review will be up soon.

4.1/5 - (20 votes)

A keen audiophile and hobby photographer, Berkhan is after absolute perfection. Whether it is a full-frame camera or a custom in-ear, his standpoint persists. He tries to keep his photography enthusiasm at the same level as audio. Sometimes photography wins, sometimes his love for music takes over and he puts that camera aside. Simplistic expressions of sound in his reviews are the way to go for him. He enjoys a fine single malt along with his favourite Jazz recordings.


  • Reply August 6, 2018


    How does it compare to LZ-A4? Does it really a significant improvements in term of technicalities? I mean, $500 for an iem nowadays has to really impress the audiences. Thanks.

    • Reply August 6, 2018


      Yes. Even the IT03 was better in that regard, compared to A4.

  • Reply August 6, 2018


    paring with phone with no amp not dac, hows the sound would be?

  • Reply August 7, 2018


    when fiio fh5 will be reviewd? there been hype for this giant killer as well.

    • Reply August 9, 2018


      I’m trying to solve the issue with customs offices.

  • Reply August 7, 2018


    We had some issues with customs. I hope we’ll get to it soon

  • Reply August 8, 2018


    Comparing these with the acoustune hs1551 cu, which one would be better to you?

  • Reply August 10, 2018


    Would be interested to hear how this stacks up vs the universal fit Noble Savanna

    • Reply August 16, 2018


      You can check out my IEM List on Head Fi, I will add the IT04 soon.

  • Reply September 3, 2018


    Waiting for the full review and comparison with fh5

  • Reply October 5, 2018


    Which one is more valuable when you compare IT04 with FH5 ??

    • Reply October 8, 2018


      Be patient and wait for the review 🙂

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