15 Most Popular Reviews in 2021

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We compiled the top 15 most read reviews from 2021.

In 2021, a total of 130 reviews were written on Headphonesty, with 19 reviewers contributing.

That equates to nearly one review published every three days.

I’m very proud of what the Review team has accomplished and how the Review Lead (Trav) has assisted in shaping the reviews.

Here are the 15 most popular audio gear reviews of the year:

1. MoonDrop Blessing2:Dusk IEMs / Earbuds

The Blessing2:Dusk glows with the Christmas spirit.
The Blessing2:Dusk glows with the Christmas spirit.
Crinacle’s Cohesive CollaborationA holiday miracle. Polishing a Blessing for depth, clarity, and an oh-so-smooth shine.

2. Comparison Review: MoonDrop Super Spaceship Reference (SSR) vs Super Spaceship Pulse (SSP) IEMs / Earbuds

The faceplate of SSR (left) and SSP (right)
The faceplate of SSR (left) and SSP (right)
After the success achieved with Harman Target tuned models, MoonDrop scores another home run with the release of the new, Diffused Field Target tuned, Super Spaceship series.

3. SMSL SU-9 DAC DAC / AMP

The SMSL SU-9 DAC.
The SMSL SU-9 DAC.
Cleanliness Is Next to GodlinessA midrange-priced DAC sporting essentially every possible option.

4. Thieaudio Monarch IEMs / Earbuds

The Monarch are beautiful.
The Monarch are beautiful.
The Beautiful OnesAre the Monarch the true king of the IEMs, or are they only beautiful butterflies?

5. EarFun Air Pro 2 IEMs / Earbuds

The latest release from EarFun, the Air Pro 2, is the successor for first generation of Air Pro.
The latest release from EarFun, the Air Pro 2, is the successor for first generation of Air Pro.
FutureproofWith a new anti-wind noise algorithm in the EarFun Air Pro 2, this is truly one of the best noise-canceling true wireless earphones on the market.

6. Hidizs S9 PRO DAC / AMP

The Hidizs S9 PRO.
The Hidizs S9 PRO.
Powerful Portable Audio Comes With a PriceThe S9 PRO has a crisp sound and lots of juice but you pay for it with a high battery drain.

7. Helm Audio BOLT DAC / AMP

The Helm Audio BOLT portable DAC/amp.
The Helm Audio BOLT portable DAC/amp.
MQA + THX = DAC / AMP. IMO, FTW!I feel shot right through with a BOLT of blue.

8. HiliDAC Audirect Beam 2SE Headphone Amplifier DAC / AMP

HiliDAC on a box
The HiliDAC Audirect Beam 2SEDAC on a box
A Miniature MarvelNo headphone jack? No problem. This awesome little DAC/amp has you covered.

9. Koss KPH30i Headphones

Listening to the Koss KPH30i.
Listening to the Koss KPH30i.
You Should Meet the New GuyHas Koss finally surpassed the mighty Porta Pro?

10. Moondrop Aria IEMs / Earbuds

The Arias are classy, beautiful IEMs.
The Arias are classy, beautiful IEMs.
Sweet Sounding, With a Touch of ClassBeautifully designed mid-level IEMs with an easy-going nature.

11. Tripowin TC-01 IEMs / Earbuds

Tripowin TC-01 IEM in its shining glory
Tripowin TC-01 IEM in its shining glory
Mirrors, Mystery, Music, and More…and I almost missed it… the Magic!

12. SMSL SP200 THX AAA 888 Amplifier DAC / AMP

The diminutive powerhouse SMSL SP200.
The diminutive powerhouse SMSL SP200.
A Slightly Canted Approach to Affordable AmplificationDo perfect measurements equate with perfect sound?

13. Moondrop Quarks IEMs / Earbuds

Moondrop Quark
Moondrop Quark
The FundamentalsAn ultra-budget Moondrop offering that’s a no-brainer option for audio newcomers.

14. CCA CS16 IEMs / Earbuds

CCA CS16 IEMs, logo and aluminum alloy faceplate on display
CCA CS16 IEMs, logo and aluminum alloy faceplate on display
More Is Better, Isn’t It?!CCA’s flagship borders on being spoiled by excess.

15. iFi NEO iDSD Desktop DAC/Amp DAC / AMP

What is that fine looking thing?
What is that fine looking thing?
Not iFi’s Typical Look or SoundMore DAC than amp, is the NEO better on paper than in person?

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