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Headfonics 2020

Top Reader Voted Earphones

The following Top Reader Voted IEM & Earphone scores are assigned by the readers, (Score) and apply only to all reviews were a slider voting system exists. This list includes both the top 30 custom and universal type monitors.

Please note the list will change dynamically as readers continue to vote. Higher scoring IEMs will automatically replace lower-scoring IEMs. They will also continue to change as we progressively work our way through historical reviews and add a voting system.

These lists are not to be confused with our forthcoming Editorial scoring lists which are the top gear as reviewed and scored by our review team. Those lists will form the basis of our Awards at the end of the year. Once the year is completed the Editorial scores will be deleted and the ‘annual top lists’ will start over again.

Top 30 earphones as voted on by our readers

64 Audio A12
Do you want something with fantastic bass extension, detail, and weight with super smooth treble and a balanced midrange with beautifully controlled vocals? That's the A12. Want a deep, 3-dimensional soundstage? That's the A12. Want something that just exudes a natural flowing tonality with no unnerving peaks? That's the A12.
9
Score
$1999.00
Vision Ears Elysium
Granted I have personal preferences and I love a good mids tuning but still, the Elysium is a masterpiece and one of the best electrostatic custom monitors I have heard to date.
9
Score
Empire Ears Odin
The Odin is a technical beast bar none with masterful levels of control from the dual subwoofer configuration right up to that nuanced treble tuning. Nothing is overdone, even those forward upper mids are beautifully tempered by a coherent treble tuning.
9
Score
Noble Audio Sultan
I honestly cannot pick any holes in the Sultan's performance, at least from a personal perspective. It is a vivid and exciting blend of different driver timbres that tease out some excellent power, clarity, and above-average headroom. If you are sitting on the Savant II wondering where to go to next then this is it.
9
Score
Campfire Audio Solaris SE
The sound is smoother, more coherent with a better mids presence. The timbre is more natural to my ear and sweeter sounding for vocals and instrumental notes. This is a clever tuning with less of an apparent traditional hybrid driver separation from the lows to the highs.
9
Score
Unique Melody Mentor V3+
The Mentor V3+ is an excellent V-shaped sounding monitor. Though not reference class it is well above the regular V-shaped stuff out there with impressive midrange imaging and a nice vocal presence to go along with that punchy low-end and finely balanced treble.
8.9
Score
Audeze LCDi4
Despite the fact this will be filed under earphones/IEMs the LCDi4 is anything but that. Its unique design, presentation, and in-depth DSP pulls it above into some sort of super-tiny headphone category but with a sound quality that is anything but super tiny.
8.9
Score
$2495
Unique Melody Mason V3+
The Mason V3+ is a very natural sounding and expansive sounding flagship monitor. Especially so with the silver side of the dual-tone cable which still manages to retain that weighted full-bodied sound of the copper but with superior separation and treble articulation.
8.9
Score
Unique Melody Mason V3
The Mason V3 is more resolving than the VE8 and more musical sounding than the A18. It is perhaps the perfect hybrid of both sounds. A musical and resolving sound with a coherent and balanced presentation, open mids, strong vocals and a non-fatiguing top-end. What is not to like about that?
8.9
Score
Jomo Audio Trinity
I have heard three or four of these hybrids to date and by far the Trinity Brass is the most musical sounding of the flagship hybrid 'stats' IEMs. This is the one I think the vast majority will find the smoothest and most forgiving for a very wide range of genres.
8.9
Score
Vision Ears VE8
The VE8 is about as musical and engaging as you can get from a CIEM and it does a masterful job of injecting some serious PRaT into rock and metal.
8.9
Score
Campfire Audio Solaris
The Solaris is Campfire Audio's most mature and refined sounding universal monitor to date. The hybrid tuning is very coherent sounding and definitely a qualitative upgrade on the now discontinued Dorado.
8.8
Score
InEar ProMission X
The InEar ProMission X is lightly colored with some nice quality bass for a BA, a slightly forward midrange, and almost the perfect treble for my tastes. It also looks bloody nice out of the box with that two-one hybrid wood and aggressive contouring design.
8.8
Score
€2089
Campfire Audio Equinox
The Equinox is like the richer 'juicier' cousin of the Atlas. Going from a 'V' to a 'W', the Equinox trades in a lot of that "contrast excitement' of the universal monitor for something a little more balanced with much more midrange and vocal presence.
8.8
Score
Vision Ears EVE20
The EVE20 is a faithful and beautiful interpretation of the classic Vision Ears house sound. This time they have gone for a clever mix of low-end body and a more ethereal treble with excellent headroom to combine for a sweet-sounding midrange with just the right balance between instrumental and vocal positioning.
8.8
Score
Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020
The better midrange tuning, combined with a more vibrant low-end, stronger and smoother mids tuning, and just simply more coherence throughout should win over plenty of followers both old and new
8.8
Score
gemini
8.8
Score
From $1715
Campfire Audio Ara
The Ara is Campfire Audio's most refined and studied creation to date. It is unique in its seamless crossover tuning creating what I would call a controlled hi-fidelity experience.
8.7
Score
Vision Ears VE5
The Vision Ears VE5 is totally unique and for now one of a kind. It is not for everyone though and if you have to have one CIEM only and you are not bothered with vocal performance then this is not the CIEM for you.
8.7
Score
€1413.15
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