Reader voted Best Gear – Update!

In this article we update you on the status of our ongoing polls. The Reader Voted Best Gear.

We’re June already and that means that it’s more than time to update you on the polls that we have been running for along time now. Let’s get started and see if there are any surprises!

The first poll we did was about the best headphone, or at least what our readers feel is the very best headphone on the market.




Best Headphone:

The number one position for the moment no longer is for the Sennheiser HD 800 (S). The new first place is for the Focal Utopia headphone, which is surprising to me as it’s one of the only headphones I ever sold. But it’s nicely in first place with 28,83%!

The Sennheiser HD 800 (S) has now dropped to the second place and the Meze Empyrean completes the podium. that’s quite the change from last time!

The top 3 best Headphones according to you guys are:


The second poll we launched is about the Best IEMS on the market.

Best IEM:

The new leader in the race is the Campfire Audio Solaris 2020, with 13.27% of the votes. The Vision Ears Elysium now goes to the second spot with the Sony IER-Z1R taking the bronze! As we don’t cover CA, you can find out all about the 2nd place Elysium here:

The top 3 answers:

  • Campfire Audio Solaris 2020: 13.27%
  • Vision Ears Elysium: 13.05%
  • Sony ier-z1r: 11.33%

The third poll we published was about the best portable source.

Best Portable Source / DAP:

For now the number 1 is the Astell&Kern SP2000 with 16,73% of the votes. The SP2000 indeed is an incredible DAP. That being said the Luxury & Precision P6 Pro imo is a very close contender. You can find out all about the SP2000 here:


In second place we still see the Sony NW-WM1Z, and that’s really no surprise as a lot of people like it, and rightfully so. What surprises me more it so see the iBasso DX160 on the third step, I did not see that coming..

The top 3:

  • Astell&Kern SP2000: 16.73%
  • Sony nw-wm1z: 10.43%
  • iBasso DX160: 7.37%


The fourth poll we did was about the best TWS IEM.


For now the gold medal is still going to the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 with 25.06% of the votes. That’s huge but then again, it indeed is very good and it’s actually strengthening its n° 1 position. You can find out all about the Sennheiser here.

In second place we find the Sony WF-1000XM3 and the Lypertek TEVI is taking home the bronze medal for now.

The top 3 answers are:

  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: 25.06%
  • Sony WF-1000XM3: 14.45%
  • Lypertek TEVI: 8.35%


The fifth poll we did was about the best DAC/AMP combo.

Best DAC/AMP combo:

For now the 1st spot is held by the Chord Electronics Hugo2. Their Mojo however dropped to the third place now, as the second spot has been taken over by the Focal Arche. Surprise! That means the RME ADI-2 now is out of the top 3. You can find out all about the HUGO 2 here:

The top 3 answers are:

  • Chord Hugo 2: 14.07%
  • Focal Arche: 10.13%
  • Chord Mojo: 9.97%


The sixth poll we did was about the best CIEM.

Best Custom IEM:

No changes here and the first place in this list is for the Craft Ears Craft Four with 20,47%. It’s a CIEM which has quickly gathered several awards, including one of ours. You can find out all about the Craft Four here:

In second place we still find the 64 Audio A18t and the Unique Melody MEST is taking home the bronze medal for now.

The top 3 answers are:

  • Craft Ears Craft Four: 20.47%
  • 64 Audio A18t: 19.30%
  • Unique Melody MEST: 16.96%


The last poll we did was about the best phone.

Best Phone:

Huge victory for the LG V60 ThinQ, with 53.05% of the votes, that’s enormous.

In second place we find the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the Sony Xperia 1 II is taking home the bronze medal for now.

The top 3 answers are:

  • LG V60 ThinQ: 52.05%
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 16.10%
  • Sony Xperia 1 II: 9.93%


That’s it for this update. Keep voting!

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

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