07 March, 2021 – People have been asking me for what is the best earphone or headphone for them, so I’m going to start what I call zpolt’s Earphone Top Charts ( ETC ), which will be my Top Recommended Earphones per price range and type. I will grow this list as I review a lot more gear! Top 1 will be my favorite of course, and take note these are my personal preferences so it may differ for you as well but hopefully these choices will help you on buying what you need. Updated with 2019 earphones! ( Edited : Updated with new earphones for Sept 2019 )


Best for Clarity – Tin T3 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-t3
Best for Vocals – Blon 03 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-blon03
Best for Bass – TFZ T2 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-t2
Best for Extra Bass – Opera OM1➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_A2dOgs
Best for Neutrality – SSR ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ssr
Best for Fun – TC01 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-tc01
Best for Fun – Blon 01 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-bl01
Best for Critical Listening – TRN BA5 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ba5
Best for Critical Listening – CCA C12 ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9iyKe8
Best for Relaxed Listening – Guideray ➡️https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9jFPRK
Best for Mixing – SSR ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ssr
Best for Monitoring – BA5 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ba5
Best for Gaming – Spaceship ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-spaceship
Best for Soundstage – Artio CRV1 ➡️ https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/feature/artio_cr_v1_headphones
Best for Seperation – Tri Starsea ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-starsea-ali
Best for Detail – CCA CA16 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ca16
Best for Value – KZ EDX ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-edx
Best for Value – Blon 03 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-blon03
Best Built – Faaeal Hibiscus ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_A7jWko
Best in Looks – Kinera Freya ➡️ https://hifigo.com/products/kinera-freya-quad-hybrid-iem-1dd-3ba-drivers-in-ear-earphone

Z Favorites List
1. Blon 03 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-blon03
2. CCA C10 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ccac10
3. Moondrop Starfields ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AfPPiI
4. TRN BA5 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ba5
5. QKZ VK4 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-vk4
6. Moondrop Spaceship ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-spaceship
7. TRI Starsea ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-starsea-ali
8. Dunu DK2001 ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d9c84dN
9. Tripowin TC01 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-tc01
10. Moondrop SSR ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ssr

Top $100-$200
Moondrop Starfield ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AfPPiI
TRI Starsea ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-starsea-ali
Tin T4 ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9RqYRy
TFZ No 3 ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_Aaqqv2
WG T-One ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9A6MUm

Top 7 $50
Tripowin TC01 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-tc01
TRN BA5 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ba5
Moondrop SSR ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ssr
CCA CA16 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ca16
TFZ T2 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-t2
Tinaudio T3 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-t3
HZSound Heart Mirror ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-heartmirror

Top 5 $30
Blon 03 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-blon03
Blon 01 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-bl01
KBEAR KS2 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ks2
CCA C10 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-ccac10
KZ DQ6 ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9RiUAo

Top 5 $20
NiceHCK DB3 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-db3
Moondrop Spaceship ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-spaceship
TRN IM2 ➡️ N/A
ZSN Pro X ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-zsnx
VE Bonus IE ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-bonus

Top 5 $10
QKZ VK4 ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-vk4
Sony MH755 ➡️ N/A
KZ EDX ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-edx
Xiaomi Piston Fits ➡️ http://bit.ly/ztc-aliexpress-piston
KZ ZS3 ➡️ https://bit.ly/3rm1t4u

Sub $20 / 1000php Earphones

1/ NiceHCK DB3 – fairly neutral sig, slight u shape, crazy sig for under $20 iem, nice detail across the range – 950 php, $19

NiceHCK DB3 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/DGAvVG7W

2/ Moondrop Spaceship – One of the Fairly Neutral Pairs under $20, very Moondrop Sound

Spaceship ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-spaceship-ali

3/ ZSN Pro X – Lively Sound, Clarity, Detailed, Bright

BUY ZSN PRO X ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUGSVLq

4/ KBear KS1 – One of the Best Tuned under $20, Musical but not Overly Aggressive

BUY from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_A3NkmK
BUY from LAZADA ➡️ https://c.lazada.com.ph/t/c.0JSIi3?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lazada.com.ph%2Fproducts%2Fkbear-ks1-dual-magnectic-circuit-dynamic-hifi-in-ear-earphone-dj-monitor-running-sport-headset-metal-earbud-with-mic-iem-stellar-i1759752453-s7530104690.html&sub_aff_id=zpolt+PH&sub_id1=s1&sub_id2=YouTube&sub_id3=Video

5/ TRN IM2 – Smooth and Fluid, One of the Most Relaxed Soothing Listens under – $20

BUY TRN IM2 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cbp1REXI

Sub $30 / 1500php IEM Style Earphones

1/ Blon 03 – Crazy Value, Maybe one of the Best Value in Chi-Fi right now – $30 / 1500 php

Buy BLON 03 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/KSxtXL1m

2/ KZ DQ6 – One of the Best Tonality for a KZ, Triple Dynamic

BUY from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9RiUAo
BUY from LAZADA ➡️ https://c.lazada.com.ph/t/c.0JSkD1?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lazada.com.ph%2Fproducts%2Fkz-dq6-3dd-dynamic-driver-hifi-in-ear-earphone-high-resolution-headphone-noise-cancelling-headset-kz-asx-zax-edx-zsx-cca-cs16-i1791262744-s7609166946.html&sub_aff_id=zpolt+PH&sub_id1=dq6&sub_id2=YouTube&sub_id3=Video

3/ KBear KS2 – Impactful Bass, Fun V Sound

Buy from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-ks2-ali
Buy from LAZADA ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-ks2-laz

4/ Blon 01 – Fun Lively Dynamic, Nicely Tuned for the Price

BUY from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-blon-01-aliexpress
BUY from LAZADA ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-blon01-lazada

5/ KZ ZS10 Pro – Well rounded IEM, good detail across the range, good bass – $30 / 1500 php ( Cheaper now so its in $30 )

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/b35JCSIG

6/ CCA C10 – Detail at the price range, good mids, nice signature, daily driver material – $30 / 1500 php

BUY CCA C10 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/chJahOSk

7/ Senfer DT6 – Fairly Neutral, Great Value – $26 / 1100php

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/b3IWS9lW

Sub $50 / 3000php IEM Style Earphones

1/ Tripowin TC01 – Best V Under $50, Fun and Bassy, Lively

BUY from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-trip01-ali
BUY from LAZADA ➡️http://bit.ly/zp-trip01-laz

2/ TRN BA5 – Tight Sound, Nice Separation, Detailed

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/mQtxQiSc
BUY from LAZADA ➡️ http://bit.ly/zpolt-trn-ba5

3/ Moondrop SSR – One of More Neutral Pairs in the Price Range

BUY from ALIEXPRESS ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AqryRK

4/ CCA C16 – Impactful Bass, Nice Details

Buy from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dYla2aw

5/ Heart Mirror – Nice Clarity on Top, Clean Sound, Nice Vocal Positioning

BUY Heart Mirror Aliexpress ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-heart-ali
BUY Heart Mirror Lazada ➡️ http://bit.ly/zp-heart-laz
BUY SSR Aliexpress ➡️ http://bit.ly/3peJHiw
BUY SSR Lazada ➡️ https://bit.ly/zp-ssr-2

6/ TFZ T2 – Sounds above its price range, better than the S2, well bodied across the range and awesome build – 3,000php, $50

Well controlled across the range and well bodied as well. Good resolution across the range. The build is really good as well. Soundstage is big and the sound is just meaty across the range. This is now our top 1 contender and a TFZ S2 killer.

BUY TFZ T2 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/E9M4Ncc

7/ Tinaudio T3 – Precision King

BUY Tinaudio T3 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cGI3CMKk

8/ Blon 03 – One of the best value in budget-fi right now 

Buy BLON 03 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/KSxtXL1m

9/ CCA C12 – One of the more Versatile CCA so far

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/MBDp5WdE

7/ Guideray GRi-18 – Mature Sounding for the Price Range – 2,300php

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bSnosJk4

Sub $20 Earbuds

> Faaeal Snow Lotus 1.0 – The All Rounder Good Clarity and Energy – 600php

Good sounding across the range, nice and big soundstage, not overdone treble and not strident, good build, overall good value.

BUY Snow Lotus ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cfPSxr2o

> Vido – Best Value Earbud Ever – 150php

The best value earphone I’ve reviewed yet. Good sound across the range, nice treble extension, enough bass, mids substantial, big soundstage and did I mention its super duper hyper cheap?!

BUY Vidos ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/b6hQsqTO

> EMX500 – Clarity focused earphone, nice extension, good build – 800php

If you like clarity, this is for you. Nice energy in the sound, best built in the price range, hyper extended highs, sometimes near strident.

BUY EMX 500 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bzrrNWxW

> VE Monk Plus – Warm, well bodied sound for cheap – 250php

Before I reviewed the Vido, this is my recommendation for $5 earphones. Good sounding for the price, well bodied, and nice bass as well. Still a good buy imho!

BUY Monk Plus ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/c4CBetNe

> VE Monk Lite – Easy to use form factor and Good Value Sound – 800php

Easy to use form factor, sound great for the price across the spectrum, quite balanced in approach and quite musical as well. Nice pick for someone who is into this form factor. Full review here :

BUY Monk Lite ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/RUO183m

Sub-$5 Earphones

1/ Sony MH755 Review – 150php / $3 – Natural Sounding and Cheap!

BUY from ALIEXPRESS➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/43jYt2Ok

2/ KZ EDX – 250php / $5

One of the cheapest with removable cable and custom iem design. Dynamic driver and KZ Sound on the ear. Cool for the price.

BUY KZ EDX ➡️ https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dX6B0Wz

3/ Xiaomi Piston Fits – 250php / $5

Xiaomi is now taking the crown back under $5 with the new Piston Fits! Balanced sound, good detail and incredible value.

BUY Piston Fits ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/tiKdlXE

3/ QKZ CK5 – 200php / $5

Cheapest IEM under $5, definitely a looker, and a likeable sound as well. Overall a great package, something to really consider at this price range.

BUY QKZ CK5 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/SdVgMiG

4/ Xiaomi Piston In Ears – 200php / $5

Good sound across the range, and acceptable build, and did I say its cheap? Check out my full review here.

5/ QKZ CK8 – 200php / $5

Dual driver at this price is outstanding, it has good clarity but the rest of the spectrum needs some work. Still notable though for the price. Check out my full review.

BUY QKZ CK8 ➡️ http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/4vYg8v2


I won’t put earphones that I haven’t fully reviewed here in this list, so definitely if you have some suggestions on earphones / headphones that will be the ones in these list, let me know down in the comments, and I’ll be sure to look at them in my channel and do a full review. Also, as I mentioned, these list are based on my preference, so your choice may differ, but hopefully with this list, I can help you choose the right earphone for you.

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Audio and tech reviewer, focuses mostly IEMs, headphones and mics especially value oriented ones. More than a reviewer, I am an enthusiast first, and I find it fun looking for the unique selling points of all the gadgets.


  1. Tin Audio T2 pls. 🙂 Then compare like this: TRN V80vs. Tin Audio T2 vs. KZ AS10 vs. Co-Donguri. Or maybe like this KZ AS10 vs. Co-Donguri then Tin Audio T2 vs. TRN V80. 😀

  2. I wonder how you feel about the mipro hd, I’d love to see a review on that , I know it’s a leap in price from the psitons but does have a ba. Honestly I just want want to hear your opinion and review on it

  3. is it possible to do one of these charts for headphones? Youre my number 1 go to when it comes to audio.

  4. Does CCA C10 has almost the same level of sound quality of TFZ T2? And would you recommend that for a dubstep / EDM type of music?

  5. What can be good upgarde for ES4. Mostly I listen to pianos and cellos. I also like bass. $20 below is my budget…

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