Gear Of The Year: Vote for the best monitors and headphones of 2020

The most fundamental part of any studio setup is monitoring – tell us which nominated monitors/headphones you rate above all others.

Over the last few years, we have witnessed a vast improvement in the quality of low-cost monitors. The build, accuracy and balance of affordable speakers, alongside the prevalence of noise-cancelling, finely-tuned headphones has resulted in a high bar for listening quality. And, in 2020, many products have further exceeded our expectations.

There’s a hard choice here, between the rich, clear tone of Kali Audio’s IN-8 monitors, the comfort and sonic depth of Austrian Audio’s Hi-X55 headphones, and, on the more premium end, Dynaudio’s mighty two-way Core 7’s. But decide you must! Vote below for your top listening pick.


Refresh your memory of the nominated products by reading our reviews here:

Voting closes on Thursday 19 November. Winners will be announced in this and every other category in the Gear Of The Year Awards in Issue 214, on sale Thursday 17 December.

To vote for other GOTY categories, click here.