The Head-Fi Members' Poll for IEMs 2021
Jan 7, 2022 at 12:00 PM Post #16 of 58

InvisibleInk

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 Tanchjim Tanya
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99 Etymotic ER2SE
$100-$199.99 Etymotic ER2XR
$200-$349.99 7Hz Timeless
$350-$499.99 Tin HiFi P2
$500-$999.99 Dunu Zen
$1000 and above Sennheiser IE 900


Best all-BA or all-DD IEM

Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 KBear Neon
$50-$99.99 KZ AS10
$100-$199.99 Etymotic ER3XR
$200-$349.99 Etymotic ER4SR
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Etymotic EVO
$1000 and above Campfire Audio Andromeda (2020)


Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)

Less than $10
$10-24.99 CCA CSN
$25-$49.99 KZ ZEX
$50-$99.99 Shozy Form 1.1
$100-$199.99 Shozy Form 1.4
$200-$349.99 Moondrop Blessing 2
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 KZ ZEX Pro
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above
 
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Jan 7, 2022 at 12:35 PM Post #17 of 58

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Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Moondrop Blessing 2 Dusk
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 TRI Starlight
$1000 and above
 
Jan 7, 2022 at 3:14 PM Post #18 of 58

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 Tanchjim Tanya
$25-$49.99 Blon Bl03
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 7Hz Timeless
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Zen pro
$1000 and above IE900

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Penon Orb
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above Tia Fourté


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 IMR Opus Mia
$1000 and above VE Elysium
 
Jan 7, 2022 at 5:28 PM Post #19 of 58

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The Categories and price brackets are:

Best single-DD or single Planar IEM

Less than $10
$10-24.99 Tanchjim Tanya
$25-$49.99 Reecho SG-01
$50-$99.99 Moondrop Aria
$100-$199.99 Tanchjim HANA 2021
$200-$349.99 FiiO FD5
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Oriolus Isabellae
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Penon Serial
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Softears RSV
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99 CCZ Emerald
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 ThieAudio Legacy 4
$200-$349.99 Penon Globe
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 GeekWold GK10
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 BQEYZ Summer
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Penon Volt
$1000 and above
 
Jan 8, 2022 at 2:16 AM Post #20 of 58

rayliam80

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 Final Audio E500
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Campfire Audio Honeydew
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 KZ DQ6 (triple dynamic)
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Etymotic ER4SR (can be found at lower price)
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above
 
Jan 8, 2022 at 3:04 AM Post #21 of 58

Cyberthingy

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 CCA CRA
$25-$49.99 Tripowin HBB Mele
$50-$99.99 TFZ Live 3
$100-$199.99 KBear Believe
$200-$349.99 7hz Timeless
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 KZ DQ6
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 UM 3DT
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 Tripowin TC01
$50-$99.99 KZ ZAS
$100-$199.99 Ikko OH10, Shuoer Tape
$200-$349.99 Audiosense T800
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 GeekWold GK10
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 Tri I3 Pro
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99 ISN EST50
$500-$999.99 Mofasest Trio, Moondrop Variations
$1000 and above
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 3:11 AM Post #22 of 58

Damz87

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 - Sony MH755
$25-$49.99 - BLON BL-03
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 - Sony EX800ST
$200-$349.99 - FiiO FD5
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 - Sony EX1000
$1000 and above - Sennheiser IE900

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above - Vision Ears PHöNIX

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99 - KZ ZAX
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 - Moondrop Blessing 2: Dusk
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above - Oriolus Traillii


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above - Elysian Acoustic Labs X
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 3:41 AM Post #23 of 58

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Beyerdynamics Xelento
$1000 and above Sennheiser IE900

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM

Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above Sony IER-Z1R


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)

Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Is a Vision Ears EXT considered as tribrid or not ? with 2 types of DD + EST
If not .. Unfortunately, it's far too early to be sure to replace the IER-Z1R in my list.. but playing with the Vision Ears EXT for less than 10 hours, I already feel it should probably become the most impressive IEM I have ever owned
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 3:44 AM Post #24 of 58

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Is a Vision Ears EXT considered as tribrid or not ? with 2 types of DD + EST
If not .. Unfortunately, it's far too early to be sure to replace the IER-Z1R in my list.. but playing with the Vision Ears EXT for less than 10 hours, I already feel it should probably become the most impressive IEM I have ever owned
I would say EXT is considered a hybrid (two driver types) so the same category as IER-Z1R
 
Jan 8, 2022 at 3:52 AM Post #25 of 58

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I would say EXT is considered a hybrid (two driver types) so the same category as IER-Z1R
Ok, then I take off my list the Vision Ears EXT ...
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 6:36 AM Post #26 of 58

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 CCA CRA
$25-$49.99 Tripowin HBB Mele
$50-$99.99 TFZ Live 3
$100-$199.99 KBear Believe
$200-$349.99 7hz Timeless
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 KZ DQ6
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 UM 3DT
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 Tripowin TC01
$50-$99.99 KZ ZAS
$100-$199.99 Ikko OH10, Shuoer Tape
$200-$349.99 Audiosense T800
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 GeekWold GK10
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 Tri I3 Pro
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99 ISN EST50
$500-$999.99 Mofasest Trio, Moondrop Variations
$1000 and above
I just want to know your opinion ,
Mofasest trio is better than EST50 ???
 
Jan 8, 2022 at 7:15 AM Post #27 of 58

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 Moondrop Kato
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Moondrop S8
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

I've heard more expensive single driver that are VG but haven't actually found them better than the Kato so left those blank. Enhanced bass but not to where it's masking things or making instruments sound off.

S8 needs the right tips and cable to be all that if you like accurate and are sensitive to phase/group delay. Comply and silver which makes them more linear sounding (drops bass and pina gain a bit while keeping the highs). Complys, while often changing the perceived response too much on the wrong IEM, always sound open. More cohesive than most more expensive models and plenty informative. Like almost all here, I haven't heard everything so no absolutes.
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 7:48 AM Post #28 of 58

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Thanks for setting up and hosting the poll this year. :)

Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99 Final E500
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99 Audiosense AQ0
$100-$199.99 Tanchjim 2021 Hana
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Penon Serial
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 SeeAudio Yume
$200-$349.99 Penon Globe
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above
 
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Jan 8, 2022 at 9:35 AM Post #29 of 58

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Best single-DD or single Planar IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 Moondrop Kato
$200-$349.99 7hz Timeless
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

Best all-BA or all-DD IEM
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99 Penon Orb
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99 Dunu Zen Pro
$1000 and above VE V8

Best Hybrid IEM (2 driver types only, including DD+BA, DD+magnetostat, BA+EST, etc.)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above The "Bird"


Best Tribrid or more IEM (any combination of 3 or more driver types)
Less than $10
$10-24.99
$25-$49.99 Geek Wold GK10
$50-$99.99
$100-$199.99 See Audio Yume
$200-$349.99
$350-$499.99
$500-$999.99
$1000 and above

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Jan 8, 2022 at 8:54 PM Post #30 of 58

Cyberthingy

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I just want to know your opinion ,
Mofasest trio is better than EST50 ???
I have a fondness for the Mofasest Trio even though I choose to EQ it just a little to lift the bass. When applied I do think it is quite special. The mids and treble are perfect for my tastes. The EST50 is more potent in the bass region and sometimes feels a bit too much on bass heavy tracks. It is phenomenal in most scenarios though. It's really hard for me to say which is superior as it really depends on which source I am using, what music I'm listening to and my mood. I also have so many IEMs that I rotate through with regularity that I have not done a formal one to one comparison between them.
 

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