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Soft Ears RSV Review – Mastering Versatility

Pros –

Flawless gloss finish, Comfortable and well-isolating design, Quality stock cable, Highly refined and versatile tuning, Excellent dynamics for a BA design, Jack of all trades master of many, Easy to drive

Cons –

Treble extension and sub-bass definition could be improved, Soundstage depth just above average in-class

Verdict –

The RSV is one of the most well-rounded and instantly likeable earphones I’ve tested, representing an excellent value proposition even at its elevated price tag.

Introduction –

Soft Ears are the luxury division of the now widely renowned Moondrop, seeking to offer a more refined experience at more premium price tiers. Their product portfolio is more focused and mostly high-end focused. This starts at their all-out co-flagships, the 10x BA driver RS10 reference monitor and their Tribrid Cerberus. Alternatively, the Turii offers a high-end single-DD configuration that has become more popularised in recent years. The RSV is their cheapest model if not a cheap earphone in isolation. The team spent 1 year honing it to perfection, aiming to offer a scaled back version of the RS10 experience with the same technologies and engineering on a simplified and easier to drive 5-BA platform. Compared to the flat out reference RS10, the RSV has been slightly reworked to provide a heavier emphasis on dynamics. Its engaging yet immaculately clean sound, ease of driving and more accessible price point makes it a great choice for audio enthusiasts.

The RSV comes in at $729.99 USD. You can read all about it and treat yourself to a unit here.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank the team at Soft Ears very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the RSV, RS10 and Cerberus for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. I paid a slightly reduced cost for the earphones in return for honest evaluation and will attempt to be as objective as possible.

Contents –

Specifications –

  • Drivers: 5x BA
  • Crossover: 6-Component, 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 125dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 40kHz
  • Socket: 0.78mm, 2-pin

Behind the Design –

Tuned Acoustics & Crossovers

The combination of electronic crossover and passive filters has enabled Soft Ears to achieve their desired note presentation in addition to their ideal frequency response. Using a 3rd order LRC filter for bass, impedance + low-pass for the midrange and film capacitors for the high-end, the company was able to achieve both whilst maintaining almost linear phase. This is aided by the 3D-printed shell and internal acoustics, leading to maximised extension, resolution and sharper imaging.

VDSF Tuning

Moondrop pioneered the VDSF tuning curve which is a combination of the diffuse field neutral and Harman Curves which have become industry standards as of late. Every model lies on a spectrum between both. The Moondrop sound has become hugely popular with users and critics alike due to its combination of timbral accuracy, balance and improved listenability over time compared to the vanilla Harman and DF Neutral curves. The RSV represents one of the most refined takes on it yet.

Unboxing –

The RSV has the most exclusive unboxing of the Soft Ears line-up with a large magnetic box that folds open to reveal the leather carrying case and accessories within a separate box. The case contains the earphones and cable. Each earpiece comes protected within a fabric pouch that prevent scratches during shipping. The accessories include 3 pairs of silicone tips in addition to 3 pairs of memory foam tips that offer a warmer, softer sound. In addition, a cleaning tool is provided alongside a metal Soft Ears card. Of note, the tips have an especially large bore size which can limit aftermarket pairings. The stock tips also have a seat promoting a more homogenous fit depth, likely in order to provide a more consistent sound between listeners. As there was such a heavy emphasis on tonality on this earphone, I decided to stick with the stock ear tips, of course, experiment for your preference if this is not to your liking.

Design –

As a huge car fanatic, the RSV invoked some primal instinct in me. From the sleek, smooth yet symmetrical styling to the gold foil inlay atop carbon fibre faceplates, the RSV advertises its sporty, high-performance nature. I am a huge fan of the combination of texture and simple yet flawlessly finished 3D printed piano black that oozes quality even in the absence of metal and its associated density in the hand. With its solid 3D-printed design, the RSV feels far more substantial than your average acrylic monitor. If I had one complaint, perhaps the nozzle could have a small ridge to help tips stay attached as those with wet wax may find themselves having to clean them frequently.   

Up top are 2-pin 0.78mm recessed connectors compatible with a wide range of aftermarket options. The stock cable leaves little to be desired, with a smooth matte jacket and very sturdy yet minimally cumbersome construction. The wires are a little springy though it is supple enough to coil without issue and microphonic noise isn’t exacerbated either. The pre-moulded ear guides are comfortable and the connectors complete the aesthetic with their clean matte black finish. Altogether a well-considered package, perhaps a modular or balanced termination could have been employed. Arguably, their use of the widely adopted 3.5mm standard is in line with the company’s intentions that this monitor should be enjoyed from almost any source.

Fit & Isolation –

This is a medium-sized earphone and its fit will be reminiscent to anyone familiar with faux-custom style monitors. It sits comfortably in the outer ear and its rounded design is devoid of features that may cause hotspot formation over time. It protrudes slightly, meaning they won’t be suitable for sleeping on, but the RSV isn’t especially bulky either. For my ears, they were comfortable for hours on end and I achieved a strong, consistent seal. Due to its fully sealed design and well-shaped body, the RSV is very stable and forms a great seal with its slightly deeper fit. Those sensitive to wearing pressure will have a similar experience here to other sealed in-ears that said. In addition, wind noise isn’t an issue and isolation is strong, great for commute and even travel, especially with foam tips installed. This also means the earphones don’t require huge bass emphasis to sound great in louder listening environments.

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Product Launch: Moondrop Variations 2EST + 2BA + DD IEM!

Moondrop is a name on everyone’s mind, producing winner after winner. The Blessing 2 was perhaps one of their most famous models, that offered an excellent mix between refined, Harman-inspired tonality and a resolving 5-driver hybrid setup. The new variations seek to build atop this foundation. From the outset, we see a Blessing inspired shell design, now with smoke acrylic shell as opposed to transparent. In addition, the faceplate design has been revised with a new geometric pattern and sand-blasted finish.

But it’s what’s inside that’s really exciting, the Variations uses a Sonion’s high-performance EST tweeter system complemented by two custom Soft Ears BA drivers for the midrange and a 10mm LCP dynamic driver woofer. These drivers have been tuned according to the company’s popular VDSF tuning curve and 3D-printed acoustics promise near full frequency phase coherence. A 6N high-purity crystal copper cable completes the experience.

Perhaps most surprising is the price point, at $520 USD, the Variations undercuts the vast majority of earphones with such a comprehensive driver setup. This is shaping up to be another strong entry into the Moondrop lineup! You can read more about the Variations and treat yourself to a unit on Apos Audio (affiliate) and HiFiGO!

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Final Audio A3000 & A4000 Review – Aberrant

Pros –

Class-leading soundstage space and separation, Agile transient response, Fast and defined bass, Strong definition, Comfortable design, Very easy to drive

Cons –

Brightness is something to consider (especially A4000), Below average isolation, Cable may be prone to splitting

Verdict –

Final Audio’s latest earphones offer unique qualities you won’t find recreated by competitors but also tonalities that differ from the majority. So long as this is to your preference, there is much to like about their detail retrieval and ability to play with space and clarity like few around this price point and well beyond.

Introduction –

Final Audio are a rather profound audio company in that their focus lies not only on audio but also how it is perceived by listeners. In turn, their designs can be highly experimental, and all carry a purpose that works towards the company’s end goals. Each product generation signifies the pursuit of a certain quality and these learnings are then passed down to future, often more affordable models. In turn, the company exists in a state of flux and you can never tell where they’ll take things next. Enter the A3000 and A4000, that bear striking resemblance to the stunning A8000 and B-series that came before. These models undertake an intriguing shift, with a design based upon the differences in listening conditions between audio experts and regular consumers during daily use. Final have invested in offshore manufacturing for a new custom 6mm dynamic driver to slash the price whilst retaining the same quality we’ve come to love from the company.

The A3000 and A4000 come in at $140 and $160 respectively. You can read more about them and treat yourself to a set on hifiheapdhones.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Final Audio and hifiheadphones very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the A3000 and A4000 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

Contents –

Behind the Design –

f-Core DU Driver

Image credits: Final Audio

Final designed custom 6mm dynamic drivers from the ground up for the new A-series earphones. Tuning was conducted according to the parameters found most impactful on sound quality established from designing the flagship A8000. This includes material selection, with a brass enclosure that increases rigidity and mass for reduced resonances in addition to offering better electromagnetic shielding. To tune the time-response, Final have implemented an ultra-thin 30-micron CCAW diaphragm on both units and have even reduced the amount of adhesive used to further enhance transient response. They have also introduced a new diaphragm production technique that permits tighter tolerances between each unit. The A3000 was designed to deliver a natural sound with a more robust low-end while the A4000 targets an immersive soundstage with sharp imaging.

Unboxing –

Final Audio always provide a great unboxing experience and a well curated accessory set, a mantra that is also embodied with the new A-series earphones. Both come within a clean white box with the case and ear tips inside within a protective foam inlet. The earphones are protected within the included carrying case, it is identical to those included with the E-series earphones, with a matte silicone construction. I love how thoughtful the case design it, the earphones coil neatly inside which prevents kinking of the cable and the flexible lid secures the earphones, so they don’t jostle and scratch each other during transit. As before, Final include 5 pairs of their renowned E-tips with flexible sound tube that aid a strong seal in addition to ear hooks as the cable has no pre-moulded ear guides nor memory wire. The tips have a nice plastic case which keeps them organised. As the earphones now use a 2-pin cable, the MMCX assist tool is not included.

Design –

Both earphones have identical designs, varying only in colour scheme – black for the A3000 and a dark navy for the A4000. The shell design is very reminiscent of the B-series and A8000 with a trapezoidal shape that is visually distinct yet also designed to be congruent with the natural folds of the outer ear. However, here, Final have employed an ABS over metal construction leading to a substantially lighter housing. Alongside the price drop, tolerances are noticeably worse than the A8000 though not in a way that would substantially impact longevity nor with sharp edges that would affect comfort. A soft-touch finish with aggressive texture gives a pleasing, tactile in-hand feel.

The cables on both earphones are identical to that included on the E4000 though with 0.78mm 2-pin connectors. As the connectors are both recessed and keyed, aftermarket support will be limited. It isn’t the most robust design, but the OFC cable is of good quality overall. It has essentially zero memory and microphonic noise transmission alongside boasting a very smooth and supple feel. This means the cable stays put well once routed over the ear despite the lack of ear guides and it is highly comfortable during daily wear. The right-angle plug is case-friendly and well-relieved though the cable below the y-split may be prone to splitting due to its design.

Fit & Isolation –

The A3000 and A4000 both provides a very comfortable fit. In fact, I found it slightly more so than the A8000 due to the lighter weight which puts less pressure on the features of the outer ear. Don’t let the angular design fool you, the inner face is rounded and elegantly shaped. In turn, I was able to wear these earphones for hours on end without hotspot formation. They also have a very open feel and minimal wearing pressure due to the obvious venting of the housing. Similarly, there is no driver flex and the fit depth is medium to shallow depending on your choice of ear tip size. Given that both earphones have a brighter top-end, I found a deeper fit to yield the most natural and balanced sound. That said, the design is accommodating of different fit depths should you want to size up tips and go for a brighter presentation. Isolation does suffer due to the vented design, being below average. They are just sufficient for daily use and commute but are not a strong choice for travel and frequent use in loud environments.

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Moondrop Aria Review – Reimagined

Pros –

Strong balance and linearity, Outstanding midrange timbre, Impressive metal build, Wide soundstage, Well-detailed

Cons –

Bass could still be tighter, Average noise isolation

Verdict –

Moondrop’s latest earphone appends complaints with their former design whilst retaining benchmark level tonal refinement at a substantial price cut.

Introduction –

Like many, my first introduction to Moondrop was the Starfield, an earphone that combined their Harman-based VDSF target tuning with a CNT dynamic driver at an affordable price. While I found the earphone to impress in both its build quality and the refinement of its tonality, I did find myself wanting when it came to technical performance. The Aria is the latest offering in Moondrop’s single-DD arsenal, promising to build upon the same foundation of the Starfield. It implements a smart all-black colour scheme and revised driver and surrounding acoustics in order to realise this. Furthermore, the Aria comes at a substantial discount. Of note, some sources refer to this model as the Aria 2 as Moondrop have previously released a single-DD Aria. For the sake of consistency, I will refer to this model simply as the Aria during this review.

You can read more about the Aria and treat yourself to a set on HiFiGO and Apos Audio.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Nappoler from HiFiGO very much for his quick communication and for providing me with the Aria for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

Contents –

Specifications –

  • Driver: LCP 10mm Dynamic Driver
  • Socket: 0.78mm 2-pin
  • Sensitivity: 122dB
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 36kHz

Behind the Design –

Revised Driver and Acoustics

The Aria takes the brass inner cavity and CCAW voice coil of the Starfield and adds stronger N52 Neodymium magnets in addition to a revised LCP (liquid crystal polymer) diaphragm. A newly designed phase waveguide aids treble response and minimises distortion. Moondrop achieve their desired frequency response via implementation of a composite sound cavity, multiple acoustic dampers and numerous tuning ports.

HRTF Frequency Response

The Aria’s frequency response is compliant with Head-related transfer function and room response function. This enables the earphone to provide accurate imaging and localisation. Moondrop’s target curve is a derivative of the diffuse-field neutral and Harman curves – more specifically, compared to Harman-target earphones, Moondrop have toned down the upper-midrange and slightly bumped up the lower-treble. As with the Starfield, I find this to create a very pleasant tonality with a natural-timbre that is increasingly common but not nearly a given in this price range.

Unboxing –

Leveraging their huge success, the cheaper Aria provides a far more prestigious unboxing experience than the pricier starfield before it. An outer sleeve slides off to reveal a magnetic rubberised hard box with foil print. Inside are the earphones within a foam inlet with the zipper carrying case identical to that included with the Starfield just below. The case contains a 2-pin fabric-sheathed braided cable in addition to a whopping 6 pairs of silicone ear tips. What we do miss relative to the Starfield are the tweezers and replacement mesh nozzle covers. Overall, while the accessory set is almost identical to the Starfield, the experience has been elevated by a large degree.

Design –

The Aria is almost identical to the Starfield with a very similar two-piece metal chassis and identical inner half retaining the same in-ear feel between the two. As before, the housings have a nice heft and density alongside impressive tolerances and finish with a palpable seem but rounded edges and corners. The Aria actually appears to have stepped up tolerances slightly from the Starfield, and employs a new flat faceplate design in addition to introducing a more tactile matte finish. In addition, where the Starfield’s painted finish garnered complaints of chipping, the new matte complexion is promised to be harder wearing. Overall, the Aria looks smart with its subtle gold accents and the metal construction rewards with excellent in-hand feel.

The cable has also been revised relative to the Starfield though retains the same 0.78mm 2-pin interface with wide aftermarket support. As opposed to the Litz braided cable that came before, the Aria has a fabric sheathed cable that is only braided below the y-split. It feels a little light and flimsy above the y-split compared to the prior design but is soft and flexible with minimal microphonic noise transmission. The y-split is low-profile and the right-angle plug is both case-friendly and well-relieved. While the cable has some memory, and I do personally prefer the more supple Litz wire, it isn’t too prone to tangling, has a great aesthetic and is easy to live with day to day.

Fit & Isolation –

Given that the portion of the housing that contacts the ear is identical, the fit experience very much mirrors that of the Starfield and models that came before such as the KXXS. This is not a bad thing, for these earphones are all shapely and comfortable to wear. The nozzles are tapered with a nice angle that positions the housing neutrally in the ear to minimise hotspots. The housings are thin so the fit is reasonably low-profile. They’re not ideal to sleep on but are certainly sleek and unassuming in addition to being relatively resistant to wind noise when worn outdoors. There is no driver flex due to their more open-feel with minimal wearing pressure and a shallower fit depth. This is also likely due to the obvious venting which means isolation is below average and not ideal for listening in noisy areas. They do suffice for general commute but I would investigate fully-sealed options for frequent travellers.

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Apos Giveaway: Moondrop Aria!

Moondrop’s brand new Aria is one of the most talked about IEMs, a sub $100 killer with tuned dynamic driver, metal chassis and refined Harman-based tuning. Apos Audio are proud to announce their latest collaboration with Moondrop, where they will be giving away an Aria to not one, but two lucky winners!

You can enter the giveaway here and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a review of the Aria coming soon to THL!

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Product Launch: Welcome the Moondrop Aria!

I’m sure most of us are familiar with Moondrop by now, the company has hit it out of the park at almost every price point with their VDSF target response offering a refined and balanced experience regardless of asking price. The Starfield was one of their most coveted models, an entry-level single DD model that built atop the success of their KXXS but at a lower price point. We reviewed the Starfield on THL where we found it to offer uncanny balance and timbral accuracy at its meagre price point but fairly middle-pack technical ability.

To address this, Moondrop have introduced the new Aria, the latest continuation of this line-up. It sports the same robust metal shell with ergonomic design lavished with a new matte-black paint coat that looks properly dapper. The Aria takes the brass inner cavity and CCAW voice coil of the Starfield and adds stronger N52 Neodymium magnets in addition to a revised LCP diaphragm. A newly designed phase waveguide also aids treble response and minimises distortion. Perhaps most impressive is the substantial cut to cost, now coming in at $80 USD. This will be especially appealing to international buyers due to exchange conversion, making Moondrop’s single-DD crowdpleaser more accessible than ever!

You can read more about the Aria and treat yourself to a set on Apos Audio or HiFiGO and keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon to THL!

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Moondrop Blessing 2 Review – All The Boxes

Pros –

Very linear tuning, Outstanding detail retrieval, Excellent imaging and separation, Impressively source agnostic, Great design and cable

Cons –

Larger housings, Slightly strained upper-midrange, Slightly thin lower-treble

Verdict –

Few competitors create as well-rounded a package as the Blessing 2, this is a balanced and refined earphone that punches well above its asking price.

Introduction –

If you frequent any kind of audio for a, you will be well acquainted by now with Chinese cult-hit Moondrop. For the company has achieved huge renown in a very short time, no small feat, with their excellent VDSF tuning based on the coveted diffuse field neutral curve. The Starfield assumed such a tuning, that permit surprising refinement at a reasonable price. However, though tonality impressed, the quality of the driver did leave me wanting. The Blessing 2 looks like a fine solution, assuming a very similar tuning realised through an elaborate 5-driver hybrid setup. The Blessing 2 implements 3D printing for physical band and low-pass filtering used in conjunction with electronic RC filtering to deliver a phase-coherent 3-way setup and very specific control over the frequency response. That’s a load of engineering for a midrange IEM.

The Blessing 2 retails for $319 USD. You can read more about it and purchase one for yourself on HiFiGO and Apos Audio.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Nappoler from HiFiGO very much for his quick communication and for providing me with the Blessing 2 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. I paid a slightly reduced cost for the earphones in return for honest evaluation and will attempt to be as objective as possible.

Specifications –

  • Impedance: 22 ohms @ 1 kHz (+/- 15%)
  • Drivers: 1 Dynamic Driver & 4 Balanced Armatures on each side
  • Frequency Response: 9 Hz – 37 kHz
  • Effective Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Treble Driver: Knowles SWFK
  • Midrange Driver: Softears D-MID-A
  • Bass Driver: 10mm Paper Cone Diaphragm Coil
  • Quality Control Range: +/- 1 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 117 dB/Vrms @ 1 kHz
  • THD: <1% @ 1 kHz
  • Interface: 0.78 mm – 2 pin

The Pitch –

Hybrid Acoustic and Electronic Filters

The Blessing 2 implement physical band-pass filtering that isolates one pair of the BA drivers to exclusively cover the midrange frequencies. The BA drivers are a custom 2 in one unit from Soft Ears Japan tuned to their specifications. Similarly, Moondrop use a physical low-pass filter to limit the DD to bass under 400Hz in addition to controlling pressurization. An electronic RC filter is also utilised to reinforce this. SFWK tweeters provide extended high-frequencies and special attention was given to unite the sensitivities of all drivers acoustically rather than electronically for a phase-coherent design.

VDSF Tuning

Neutral has become a more subjective term over the years as more minds contribute to different curves simulating different acoustic environments. Most famous are the Diffuse and newer Harman curve, both have their share of fans and critics. Moondrop’s first IEMs traced the Harman Curve incredibly well, a selling point for the company and sound foundation for developing their own curve called virtual diffuse sound field (VDSF). Similar to its name, this is Moondrop’s appropriation of the diffuse-field neutral curve, not the Harman Curve. Comparatively, they’ve toned down the highs and upped the bass which is, to my ear, a combination between the two aforementioned curves. Though both diffuse-field and Harman are considered by most critics not to showcase great balance, the VDSF curve is a refined and mostly natural-sounding tuning that is a very effective mashup.

Unboxing –

Moondrop always package their products professionally and the Blessing 2 is no exception. The outer sleeve houses specifications and Moondrop’s famous anime splash art. Inside is a clean grey box adorned with Moondrop’s logo. Opening the box reveals the carrying case and separate card box with additional accessories. The earphones are protected within a foam inlet inside the zippered case, it has a nice textured vinyl exterior in svelte grey and ample interior space for the earphones and a small DAP too.

The box contains the rest of the accessories, a 6n OFC Litz cable, airline adapter, papers and 6 pairs of silicone ear tips. The tips have an interesting design, the bore fits exactly onto the Blessing 2’s nozzles but the size of the sound output has been reduced likely to slightly attenuate high frequencies and create a more balanced sound.

Design –

The Blessing 2 is a very attractive earphone to my eye, an impression enhanced by a certain amount of customisability on the user’s end. The 3D printed shells are as you’d expect; perfectly smooth, seamless and unibody, they’re also resin-filled for a nice quality heft in the hand. Meanwhile, the transparent design showcases the acoustics inside and driver setup, you can study them for hours. This is topped with CNC machined faceplates with a brushed finish. Buyers are able to order wooden variants and custom artwork for an additional $30, or choose from 8 set options provided by Moondrop.

The cable too inspires confidence, I’ve personally had a great experience here. Up top, they utilise a standard 0.78mm 2-pin connector with wide aftermarket support. It’s a 4-core braided unit with soft, smooth jacket and very supple feel, the cable is slightly thin but feels well anchored at all terminations. There’s also zero memory so the cable isn’t too tangle-prone, and it conducts minimal microphonic noise. The well-relieved right angle plug and metal Moondrop y-split cover add a premium feel while the pre-moulded ear guides provide a comfortable and stable fit. I personally enjoy the contrast created between the copper cable and silver housings.

Fit & Isolation –

If there’s one thing that may polarise about the Blessing 2’s design, it’s likely the fit. They are ergonomic in their design for sure, but definitely also on the larger side. They aren’t ridiculously proportioned nor do any design decisions come at the cost of ergonomics. This is a rounded, smooth and generally comfortable design with well-angled nozzles that promote a deeper, more stable fit and strong seal. I didn’t experience any hotspot formation, albeit due to the size, they don’t disappear in the ear. Those with smaller than average ears may experience difficulties due to the height of the earphone as the tops lock-in somewhat to the anti-helix area.

With the right tips, they achieve a deep and comfortable fit. In turn, though reasonably large and quite wide, the fit is lower-profile, hugging the contours of the ear. You can’t sleep on them due to the width but wind noise is not too bad despite the presence of a faceplate vent. Similarly, isolation is well above average and easily suitable for commute and public transport. You would benefit from a fully-sealed design in especially noisy areas such as the metro or air travel, but the Blessing 2 is passable here too, especially with foam tips.

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Deal Alert: Biggest Sale Of The Year at HiFiGO Celebrating 11.11

In celebration of 11.11 HiFiGO are hosting their largest sale to date with huge discounts for 24 hours! Recieve savings of up to 35% on leading brands such as Fiio, Moondrop, Topping, iBasso, Kinera, SMSL, Audiosense and more. See discounted products below and more on HiFiGO:


Everyone has been eyeing some or the other product from FiiO to grab from the past few months. Well, who to blame they have genuinely released some awesome products this past year including their flagship M15 Digital audio player, BTR5 Bluetooth DAC Dongle, FH3/FD1 IEMs, and many more. Now is your offer to buy these at awesome prices from our store during the 11.11 sale. Here are the deals available during the sale:-

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Moondrop is the leading manufacturers of high-quality in-ear monitors in the market. We know you have been waiting for discounts on the highly acclaimed Blessing 2, their flagships Solis, S8, A8, and other IEMs. We assure you won’t get disappointed in the crazy deals on these amazing IEMs.

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Topping D50s: RP:249.99$ DP: 219.49$.

Topping DX7 Pro: RP: 599.99$ DP: 521.99$.

Topping A50s: RP: 199.99$ DP: 177.99$.

Topping L30: RP: 139.99$ DP: 120.99$.

Topping E30: RP: 129.99$ DP: 117.49$.


When we look for DAC/AMPs in a desktop chain, SMSL offers some amazing products at very attractive prices. Their products like the SMSL SP200 is one of the best amplifiers in its price segment with a transparent, clean amplification. The SMSL M200/M500/M400 offers quality audio signal decoding with their premium class leading chipset configurations.

SMSL SP200: RP: 265.99$ DP: 234.69$.

SMSL M200: RP: 279.99$ DP: 255.99$.

SMSL M500: RP: 399.99$ DP: 349.99$.

SMSL M400: RP: 809.99$ DP: 737.99$.

SMSL DP5: RP: 599.99$ DP: 521.99$.


Shozy has been releasing some amazing pairs of in-ear monitors lately. Their last pair, the Shozy Rouge grabbed a lot of praise from the community for its different looks and smooth sound output. We are offering discounts on their highly acclaimed Form 1.4, Form 1.1 IEMs too!! Check out the deals below.

Shozy Rouge: RP: 179$ DP: 149$.

Shozy Form 1.4: RP: 199$ DP: 166.66$.

Shozy Form 1.1: RP: 74.99$ DP: 67.99$.


xDuoo has a wide range of products across various portable and desktop categories. They are leading manufacturers of portable DAC/AMPs with well-known products like the XD-05, Link, and more. Their xDuoo XD-05 is a super powerful portable DAC/AMP solution that holds humongous power to drive the demanding cans with ease. The latest xDuoo XP-2 Pro Bluetooth & USB DAC is also coming at an attractive deal during this sale. So keep your eyes glued and wallets ready!!!

xDuoo XD-05 Plus: RP: 260$ DP: 221.20$.

xDuoo TA-20: RP: 366.90$ DP: 315.53$.

xDuoo XP-2 Pro: RP: 140$ DP: 119$.

xDuoo Link 2: RP: 99$ DP: 85.08$.


Shanling is a leading brand when it comes to high-fidelity audio equipment. They have a wide range of products including digital audio players, Bluetooth DAC dongles, in-ear monitors, and more. Their M6 is a feature-rich Hi-res player with a natural, detailed sound quality output. It is actually one of the best android digital players in the market under its price segment. We are offering attractive deals on Shanling products, check out the entire product list below:-

Shanling UP2: RP: 79.99$ DP: 67.15$.

Shanling MW200: RP:119$ DP: 101.10$.

Shanling UP4: RP: 99$ DP: 89.10$.

Shanling Q1: RP: 139$ DP: 101.10$.

Shanling M6: RP: 499$ DP: 449.10$.

Shanling M0: RP: 109$ DP: 89.38$.

Shanling M2X: RP: 219$ DP: 186.15$.


We all know Audiosense makes some amazing pairs of in-ear monitors with elegant looks and immersive and lively sound output. They have a huge range of in-ear monitors across various price segments. Famous products include the Audiosense T800, a perfectly crafted pair with eight Knowles BA units on each side. You can grab these at never before prices during the 11.11 sale.

Audiosense T800: RP: 298$ DP: 268.20$.

Audiosense DT200: RP: 149$ DP: 134.10$.

Audiosense AQ3: RP: 179$ DP: 146.78$.

Audiosense AQ7: RP: 498$ DP: 448.20$.


Hidizs AP80 Pro is one of the best Hi-res players under the 200$ price segment. It offers a high-quality audio experience with a professional dual DAC setup and a balanced 2.5mm headphone out port. Not only Hi-res players, but they also manufacture very good sounding IEMs including the Mermaid MS1 and more. Check out the deals on Hidizs products below.

Hidizs AP80: RP: 139$ DP: 109.81$.

Hidizs AP80 Pro: RP: 169$ DP: 152.99$.

Hidizs Mermaid MS1: RP: 98.69$ DP: 79.23$.

Hidizs MS1 Rainbow: RP: 65$ DP: 49.40$.


Hifiman manufactures some amazing pair of headphones. They have the flagship model Hifiman Arya, mid-level monster Hifiman Ananda, and the latest Hifiman Deva that can also be used wirelessly. Check out the crazy deals on Hifiman Headphones below.

Hifiman Ananda: RP: 799$ DP: 699.99$.

Hifiman Deva: RP: 299.99$ DP: 269.99$.

Hifiman Arya: RP: 1599$ DP:  1399$.

Original Resource is The Headphone List

Product Launch: Moondrop Illumination DD Flagship!

I think most readers will be familiar with Moondrop, the company has made some hit products such as the Starfield and Blessing 2. What underpins them is a winning combination of reasonable pricing and a very balanced tuning based off Moondrop VDSF curve – a take on the renowned Harman curve. The company is back at it again with a new flagship IEM, the Illumination. This earphone sports a titanium alloy housing, 11mm high-performance driver and SPC cable out of the box.

The housings receive special mention as they have been constructed using a 5-axis CNC process from titanium alloy. In response to complaints about their painted designs in the past, Moondrop has added a tin plating that the company promises is nigh scratch-proof. The driver as well has been the subject of much development, implementing Japanese Daikoku CCAW voice coil and high-flux N52 neodymium magnets; the strongest currently available. Moondrop promises a reference-grade sound and super-wide extension at the bottom and top.

The acoustic chamber design is another focal point, the front is designed to suppress treble resonances with pressure-relieving structures to control transient response and bass. The earphone also features constant phase across the entire frequency range.

The Moondrop Illumination is available for preorder on HiFiGO for $799 USD. First units will ship out on the 26th of this month.

Original Resource is The Headphone List