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

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.
9.3
Score
Unique Melody MEST Mini
Overall, I think Unique Melody proves they are prepared to take a risk with new ideas, and with the MEST it really works incredibly well. If you want the flavor of that bone conduction on a budget then the MEST Mini is very sensibly priced also.
9.2
Score
64 Audio Nio
The 64 Audio Nio a very enjoyable listening experience with some excellent technical capability and a high degree of flexibility when it comes to synergy with the inclusion of the apex modules. 
9.1
Score
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.
9.1
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.
9.1
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.
9.1
Score
€1413.15
Itsfitlab Fusion
I love discovering new brands and their perceived take on how to deliver a certain sound signature. Seriously, the Fusion looks stunning, it really does. I do not mind one bit if you go out and buy this exact same design if you like it. Let's all revel in the joy of 3D carp!
9
Score
From $950
Noble Audio Zephyr
The Zephyr sounds incredibly balanced and engaging, with just the right amount of low-end weight and a good vocal presence to give itself plenty of flexibility for a wide range of genres.
8.9
Score
From $1450
Lime Ears Pneuma
8.9
Score
€1800
gemini
8.9
Score
From $1715
AAW Nightingale
8.8
Score
SG$1399
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7 Responses

  1. Rock

    Very respectable ranking. The Elysium is near the top of the list of IEMs I’d love to demo. The Solaris SE is currently my favorite…looking forward to your review of that.

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  2. Anmol Patel

    Reaching out about a suggestion,

    Which do you think could pair better with the Sony IER-Z1R.
    Sony WM-1A or the A&Ultima SP1000M?

    I know that the WM-1A is not compatible for Streaming music as it lacks Wi-fi and Bluetooth service.
    Whereas the A&Ultima SP1000M has both those options and also EQ settings.

    Hope you can help me choose the best DAP. Eagerly awaiting for your reply.

    Thanks.

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    • Marcus

      There is only a 1Z here in the office and no 1A. The Z1R went back to Sony after the loan period, (a first for Sony SEA with us for any such loan) over 2 years ago. The 1Z and I believe the 1A does have Bluetooth but as you say it does not have any apps service so that means streaming from your phone to your DAP and that’s not terribly useful. If that is your basis then the SP1000M is the more practical choice.

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