I'm lost for words about what $99 can get you nowadays. The accessories it came with were very nice, with plenty of ear-tips, a nice cable, and an awesome case. Went through my test playlist on all my equipment, and I could see why people would like this, then I decided to try it balanced (4.4) and like night into day it went up a notch in overall tuning. To the point, that I can't stop listening to this set.
Bass hits with perfect control, it's not as hard as the S12 but it's nicely controlled for my taste. It retains the detail that the Timeless has but has a better overall tone, and the spacing & imaging is just so spectacular. Instruments just come all out at you and with the spacing, simply wow! Cymbals have a wonderful tonality to them as do all the sounds to my ears. Vocals are slightly forward, intimate but never shouty or harsh. Treble has wonderful extension, I will say with the 3.5mm termination plug it had a touch more brightness to it, with the new 4.4mm cable it toned it down and smoothed everything out like a milky dream. I haven't tried another cable to see if it was that or if the fact of having just a little more juice made it better, but I have no intention at the moment as I'm really enjoying the music this brings to my ears. This is without a doubt my favorite planar driver IEM and the price is unbelievable for the tuning they accomplished. The only thing I can see being a problem is fit, I personally have no problems when I'm sitting or just moving from room to room, but going for a long walk/jog, it can wiggle out from the seal, but I have medium to small ears. As for comfort, I have no complaints, very comfortable and creates no soreness. Some songs I listen to, "Le Chat Noir" by Philippe Chretien, "I Would" by Kan Waken, "Crash" by Charly Antolini, "Evening Star" by Cannons, "Days Without You Remix" by Satori, "Icarus" by Synthetic Epiphany, "Momma Sed" by Puscifer, "Moving Mountains" by Anima!, "If You're On the Water" by The Saxaphones, "Why This, Why That and Why" by Jean-Michel Jarre, Yello, "Bungee Jump" by Captain Hook, Astrix, "bad guy" Billie Eilish, "Charlotte's Thong" by Connan Mockasin and lots and lots of MMD/Nightcore as well.
Equipment I really enjoyed listening with: Monolith Monoprice, SMSL SU-9(Crystal 2 setting) x iFi Zen Can (bass on) and on the Shanling M3X. I did try it on a host of others, including the FiiO K9 pro(AK) and it sounded good on everything.
Timeless plays one spectrum of my music library greatly, (EDM/MMD)
S12 plays the other spectrum of music I like awesomely, (Pop/Acoustic/Vocals/R&B/Jazz)
The Dioko plays both spectrums at almost the equivalent level, with good vocals.
Making them a very versatile IEM with a good, almost neutral tuning, and a slight bass bump.
Still evaluating the Hook, at first it was alright, but turning up the volume and listening to it, I’m beginning to open up to it, but still need more time with it to compare.
Re: Hook, Hook is superior, but it is also 2x as much.