What is the best Custom IEM?

In this article we update you on the status of our ongoing polls and we find out: “What is the best Custom IEM?”.


We’ve been running our polls for several months now, so before going to the new poll, let’s quickly discuss the status of the previous polls.

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 is the Sennheiser HD 800 (S) with 15.72% of the votes ! You can find out all about the HD800 S in the article below. The HD 800 (S)’ lead is getting smaller actually

The Meze Empyrean is a TOTL headphone that is very easy to like, and it’s completely different from the HD800 (S). For now it’s still in second place. In third place we have our readers who feel there is no best headphone. I do understand what they mean, but that of course wasn’t really what we were trying to find out with this poll. On place 4 we find the Sennheiser HD820. Senn is on a roll!! Why are they selling their headphone business again?

The top 3 best Headphones according to you guys are:

  • Sennheiser HD800 (S): 15.72%
  • Meze Audio Empyrean: 7.48%
  • There is no best headphone: 7.30%

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

Best IEM:

For now the leader in the race is the Vision Ears Elysium with 15.56% of the votes! You can find out all about the Elysium here:

The number two and three in the vote are for the Sony IER-Z1R and the InEar Pro Mission X. There isn’t much change in the classification as many new models are being added to the list each day.

The top 3 answers:

  • Vision Ears Elysium: 15.56%
  • Sony IER-Z1R: 12.62%
  • InEar Pro Mission X: 9.07%


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 16.85% of the votes. The SP2000 indeed is an incredible DAP. That being said the Luxury & Precision P6 Pro 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: 16.85%
  • Sony NW-WM1Z: 9.81%
  • iBasso DX160: 7.59%


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


For now the gold medal is going to the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 with 26.04% 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: 26,04%
  • Sony WF-1000XM3: 13,51%
  • Lypertek Tevi: 9.09%


The last 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. It gets even better for Chord as they’re also holding the second place with the Mojo. The bronze for now goes to the wonderful RME ADI-2   You can find out all about the HUGO 2 here:

The top 3 answers are:

  • Chord Hugo 2: 16.12%
  • Chord Mojo: 11.66%
  • RME ADI-2: 9.01%



This week’s new poll is all about the best custom IEM, no matter the price. Make sure to first check the list, to see if your (new) choice isn’t there already. There’s no need to add the same unit multiple times.


4.4/5 - (47 votes)

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.


  • Reply February 27, 2021


    very good sound quality and it looks beautiful. super quality

  • Reply March 6, 2021


    How many votes in total?

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