The following Top Reader Voted headphones scores are assigned by the readers, (Score) and apply only to all reviews where a slider voting system exists. This list includes all types of drivers including dynamic, planar and electrostatic headphones.

Please note the list will change dynamically as readers continue to vote. Higher scoring headphones will automatically replace lower-scoring headphones. 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 headphones as voted on by our readers

Abyss Headphones Diana V2
The lower price will also tempt those thinking about the competition, the Empyreans, and RAD-0 or the Final D8000's of this world which have a similar price. It belongs there but it also brings its unique qualities to the table. Qualities such as a blazing level of articulation, outstanding staging complexity, and very smooth yet clear tuning. A very addictive performer indeed. 
9.1
Score
HEDD Audio HEDDphone
"The HEDD Audio HEDDphone is a new path, a new direction, and a unique sound. It is not a planar headphone sound, neither dynamic nor electrostatic but it successfully mixes some of the best traits of each to paint a massive presentation, huge depth, and wonderful clarity."
9
Score
Auteur
9
Score
$1599 Teak, $1899 Blackwood
Dan Clark Ether 2 System
Dan Clark Audio always has a trick up their sleeve with affordable modifications such as these. The Ether 2 responds dramatically with the switching of the pads, painting very different aural pictures that should cater to a much broader set of preferences than the stock pads alone.
8.9
Score
MrSpeakers Ether
8.9
Score
$999 (refurbished)
Ultrasone Edition 15 Veritas
The Ultrasone Edition 15 Veritas surprised me and in a very good way. I usually have a few reservations with regards to flagship-level headphones with closed-back builds but the Veritas smartly plays to the strengths of that design and avoids trying to shape and bend in such a way to poorly mimic open-back qualities. 
8.8
Score
Dan Clark Audio Hel Yeah!
The Hel Yeah! bundle is quite literally the most absurd audiophile “Gaming Rig” that is officially intended to be a gamer's rig. I am impressed by how well they work together.
8.7
Score
Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Closed
The AEON 2 Closed fits in with that same philosophy, which is to keep it natural, planted, and relatively easy to listen to without a loss in detail or dynamic range. Mods are just the icing on the cake in terms of useful tweaks.
8.6
Score
Austrian Audio Hi-X55
Despite being a relatively new company, the Austrian Audio Hi-X55 is a very mature product that shouldn’t just be confined to the studio. Plenty of regular audiophiles will enjoy this also.
8.5
Score
Audeze LCD-1
I can see how this would be an attractive reference listening experience. Not dead neutral by the way, never confuse those terms as being the same. Rather, the LCD-1 invites you to listen to the bigger picture rather than tease you with dominant bass candy, treacly vocal forwardness, or a frosted treble on top. It is the whole cake this time and at $399 it tastes rather good.
8.5
Score
$399

 

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11 Responses

  1. Calvin

    also, concerning the wavz headphones it has so many drivers, I was wondering if using the new hiby r8 dac, will I need a portable amp to push the headphones. It has 12 drivers.

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    • Marcus

      We only give ratings to headphones that we have reviewed as per our introduction to the list at the top of the post. The number of drivers does not necessarily lead to higher impedance or lower SPL, it is rated at 112dB SPL so I suspect the R8’s Turbo mode high gain will easily handle it. Also, since it has BT it will have its own internal amplifier for wireless use.

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  2. matus

    I was looking for a review on Focal elegia but not found one. Will you be reviewing it in future ? Thanks in advance

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    • Marcus

      Hi Matus, it is unlikely right now. Focal are difficult for samples and the world is on lockdown so nothing is moving.

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    • Marcus

      Its readers voted, not selected by us or scored by us. If you want anything to show get voting :)

      Oh and we did not review them either, you can only see what we reviewed so you know…

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  3. Neville K.

    Hi Marcus,

    I am in the market for a pair of cans! And this people’s choice is a great way to guide users who want to purchase a pair!
    What would really help, is if you could even place the amount of voters that gave scores for each of these headphones.
    That way we know if it was only 5 people that gave a $5K headphone the score and not 50.
    Would that be possible?
    Many thanks
    Neville

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    • Marcus

      Sadly, we don’t develop the automated software that pulls the scores through so we cant insert the vote count. We will, however, be slowly adding more to the voting machine for you guys over the year plus a pros and cons section so you get a brief overview of why it is voted so highly.

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