Count your Blessings!
PROS: Very well-tuned for the price, value for money, reference quality, tuned to Moondrop’s target curve (VDSF), tight bass, bass dynamics, natural lower mids tonality, forward natural sounding upper mids, good instrument definition and tonality, rich treble, good open and airy soundstage, depth layering, imaging and instrument separation, build quality, deeper fit, nice case.
CONS: Not much for the price because it has very good tonality and technicalities. Nitpicking – Even though I find Blessing2 hitting my preferences very well, some might miss a bit of sub-bass rumble. The forward upper mids tuning sounds very reference like good flat response studio monitors but people new to DF/HTC tuning might need an adaptation period to appreciate it. Moondrop could’ve used better quality 2-pin connectors and jack.
I would like to thank Moondrop for sending me the Blessing2 to test and review. I am not affiliated with the company or any of its sellers and write this review with an unbiased opinion regardless of how the review turns out.
I majorly listen to rock, acoustic, pop, metal, and sometimes popular EDM songs doing the rounds on the charts.
Moondrop is one of the most popular brands to emerge out of China in the recent years. They’re based out of Chengdu, Sichuan and quickly became fan favourites with products like Kanas, Kanas Pro, KXXS, Blessing1, A8/S8, and good value for money products like Crescent, Spaceship, etc. Most of their entry level products are made out of metals like brass but their upper range are majorly resin based IEMs with semi-custom shells like Blessing2, S8 and Solis, which are also offered as CIEMs. They even make earbuds named ShiroYuki, Namesless, VX, Liebesleid and Chaconne. They like to dabble with popular target curves and have received critical acclaim and appreciation for the same. I previously reviewed Moondrop’s S8 and KXXS here and still enjoy them in my daily rotation of IEMs to this day.
Links – Moondrop Blessing2 (Shenzhen Audio) | Moondrop Official Store
Moondrop were kind enough to send Blessing2 before launch but sadly I’m late to the party because the package was stuck at the DHL delivery office for months because of the Coronavirus lockdown and then I got thrown into general work chaos. If you still don’t know about it or would like to know my take on it, I hope this review will shed some good light for you. Happy reading!
- Unit configuration: 1DD + 4 BA
- Drivers – 10mm paper cone diaphragm coil (Bass), Softears D-MID-A (Midrange) & Knowles SWFK (Treble)
- Impedance – 22Ω @ 1kHz (± 15%)
- Sensitivity – 117dB / Vrms @ 1kHz
- Frequency response range: 9-37KHz
- THD: <1% @ 1KHz
- Channel Matching – ± 1dB @ 1kHz
- Connectors – 2-pin (0.78mm)
- 3D printed shells made of imported medical resin
Included in the box.
Moondrop Blessing2 comes in nice Anime style packaging. It comes with the necessary accessories which are simple and all you really need. Though I think they should’ve offered more variety in ear tips and a better cable to perfect the premium-ness quotient of the overall package.
Here is a list of what is included in the package:
- Moondrop Blessing2
- 6N OFC Litz cable
- Silicone Eartips – 6 Pairs of different sizes
- Carry Case
- Airline adapter
Blessing2 has clear shells, brushed metal faceplates and Blessing2 printed on the right faceplate. The shells and some internals like sound tubes are 3D printed in partnership with Heygears, which is a company specialising in OEM 3D printing. As a result, there are no imperfections and the build quality looks pretty good. Even though looks are subjective, I do like the all resin design of A8 and S8 more. If you’re in the same boat, Moondrop recently released wooden faceplate versions of Blessing2 and they do look nice. Check ‘em out!
Cable – The cable is the same cable that comes with Moondrop S8. It is made of good quality wire which is 6N OFC Litz, but the jack and connectors are plastic like the Campfire Audio stock cables. If they would’ve added a chin slider and better jack and connectors, this cable would’ve actually looked much more expensive. For Blessing2’s price of $320, this is a very nice cable and I like it since Blessing2 sounds good with it and it is light with the right thickness and never interferes or obstructs movement even if you’re wearing it on your runs.
Fit and Comfort.
Though Blessing2’s nozzle width is substantial, it has a nice comfortable fit for me owing to a very ergonomic semi-custom shell design and long bore stock ear tips. Shell depth is more than S8 and as a result the faceplates protrude outside my ear slightly but the fit is very snug and comfortable. The nozzles are a bit longer than shells that BGVP and Fearless make and so provide a slightly deeper insertion which makes them feel almost like how CIEM shells do. The faceplate has vents for the dynamic driver and so the isolation without music playing isn’t as great but I don’t hear any outside noise with music playing because of the snug fit. So, I guess it’ll work perfectly for commutes and public places.
Page 2 – Sound analysis, Comparison, and Conclusion.
20 thoughts on “Moondrop Blessing 2”
Hey thanks for the review. It gives me an impression that B2 is tuned for a wide variety of music.
I prefer energetic/lively/ kinda agressive sound over smooth/warmer sound. Between the fiio FH7 and B2 which one is more fun/detailed and handle busy fast metal tracks generally better?
Hey! Yes, Blessing2 being a fun reference style IEM, is versatile with a wide variety of music. For metal, I would definitely recommend Blessing2 over FH7 because IMO, FH7’s tonality is more energetic than accurate and natural; upper mids lack adequate gain for accurate tonality and definition of distorted guitars, plus the treble is a little peaky which highlights cymbals more than required and adds a sizzly thinner character to the sound. I mostly use FH7 with the Red filter (least treble boost) and foam ear tips but treble is still a bit peaky with that. The sound signature does sound interesting and has good detail retrieval on its own but starts showing its weaknesses when you start comparing it to IEMs with more accurate tonality like Blessing2, S8, etc. Blessing2 on the other hand sounds very natural with good tonality, timbre, instrument definition and detail retrieval. I dig it with metal, listening to bands like Periphery, Skyharbor, AAL, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Opeth, etc. Hope this helps!
Hey thanks for the detailed reply. Your reply is making me think maybe B2 could be a boring for me? I am not sure. Coming from coloured budget iem’s I prefer more of that sound because most metal records I listen to sucks with production. All the bands you mentioned Opeth, Tool, Porcupine Tree excels in production quality. I listen to mostly death metal/black metal/ doom/sludge/stoner stuff, sadly 60-70% sucks in production quality so getting something very accurate might kill it for me. I have Audiosense AQ3 which is apparently neutral tuning, it spends most of it’s time in the box cuz I don’t enjoy my music on them. I mostly prefer listening on my Shuoer H27 and TRN BA5. So being too accurate I fear won’t work for me hence included Fh7 as an option( also found them on a deal for the exact same price as B2). But not sure if FH7 is too bassy. I can tolerate bright sound, could call myself a treble head even but can’t tolerate boomy overpowering bass. Especially when they bleed to mids. From what I read, really impressed with B2′ s bass with fast attack n quick decay but not sure about FH7. Can it handle blast beats without being muddy let’s say on a track like Masters Apprentice by Opeth? As much as am impressed by B2 I fear they might be too neutral for me.
Different people like different things but an IEM having accurate tonality and representation of sound doesn’t mean that it’s going to be boring. Instead, it portrays tracks honestly like how the band/artist/producer/mixer wanted you to hear it, which I as a musician/producer go for. Now that may or may not be your thing and that’s completely alright. Depends on what you like and wanna go for. To be honest, FH7 doesn’t sound tonally right to me, sound and balance wise. It focuses too much on treble, mids sound off and it makes the mix sound extra coloured which works in some songs and really doesn’t in others. With Masters Apprentice (not the re-mixed version), FH7 has a metallic tinge and hollowness to it, kick drum sounds more clicky without as much body fullness, snare sounds thinner with a bright metallic tinge plus ride cymbal and crash cymbals are highlighted more than what sounds natural in comparison to Blessing2. FH7 gives you the illusion of the band performing it in a live concert than what the track actually is. This does sound intriguing and exciting but also sounds a bit artificial to me personally. Imagine how FH7 would colour the sound if the track is actually a live recording of the song. Blessing2 sounds more like the band is performing the song in a studio, like they actually did with all those instruments having better tonality, body and balance.
If you have a gut feeling about getting the FH7, want a more coloured IEM and don’t care as much for tonal correctness, go for it! But I personally can’t recommend it as there are better contenders in the price range. Btw, Audiosense AQ3 doesn’t have neutral tuning. It has a big bass boost like 64 Audio’s N8 and EE Legend X, and all of them are far from neutral. After checking out graphs of H27 and BA5, Blessing2 feels like a more refined version of those. Just by comparing off graphs, B2 has more neutral sub-bass, fuller lower mids and not as peaky upper mids as H27 and has better sub-bass, lesser mid-bass, fuller mids and similar quantity of upper mids but peaks at the right places with better upper treble extension compared to TRN BA5. 🙂
At the end, try to audition them before buying or get what your gut says if you don’t have that option to avoid buyer’s remorse. Haha. If you don’t like it, return it (if that’s an option) or sell it quickly for a minor loss and get something else. 🙂
Also which one of these can handle really busy tracks very well without sounding muddy? Thanks
You know what I am gonna bite the bullet and get my self a B2. You are quiet convincing bud. If I don’t like I’ll return em. Before I dive in, let me clear something, I did read at multiple forums that B2 mids are thin, you haven’t mentioned anything in your reviews. I sure expect this upgrade to have good presence of guitars and vocals so what’s your take on that? Also these can handle really busy tracks very well without sounding muddy? My usual music is more heavier then opeth. I don’t listen to much progressive death, I’m more into technical/brutal death metal with really fast stuff. Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, Immolation, Death and such are my kinda bands. I am hoping B2 can handle some really really fast stuff. Thanks for taking the time for detailed reply. Appreciate it.
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Great review again!
Can you compare to VG 4 for me please, as I just bought it and l like it better than my dm7 and S6rui.
Hey Gordon! Which switch combination in VG4 do you like most? I’ll let you know accordingly.
Thank you for reply,
I like the 100 mode the most, sometime I use 000 for reference.
Alright so, VG4 in 100 has a bit more bass and lower mids sound slightly fuller and forward. Blessing2 is more V-shaped relatively owing to Harman Target style tuning but has more neutral bass and mids character. Blessing2’s primary upper mids peak is typical Harman around 3kHz, whereas VG4 has a small peak around 3kHz but has the primary upper mids peak at 4.5kHz. As a result, instruments sound forward and slightly more natural in Blessing2. They are forward-ish in VG4 too but have more attack because of the 4.5kHz peak and that can be slightly reduced by switching off switch 1 or flipping switch 2 up. Switch 2 fills up the lower mids and makes the signature warmer. Both have similar lower treble but Blessing2 has better upper treble extension. Both have very good soundstages where Blessing2 sounds deeper and VG4 is probably a tad wider. Both have good details and resolution but I think Blessing2 does it more naturally and slightly better.
Hope this helps. 🙂
Sure, head-fi it is!
First of all, thank you for the review!
Last year I read your view about KXXS and than bought them. And nowadays KXXS are my favourite IEM.
Could you compare these two models by Moondrop? And, if you could, Blessing 2 vs S8.
I’ve already decided to buy Blessing 2, but, if difference between S8 and B2 is huge, maybe i will raise additional money for more expensive Moondrop’s IEM for stop-game over several years and will enjoy music without hesitating to buy another IEM).
Hey Aliaksandr! Thank you! I’ve added comparisons with both KXXS and S8 in the Blessing2 review on popular demand. Check it out! Cheers! 😀
Thanks for the really detail comparisison.
You are always one of my top three reviewer for IEM.
Haha, thank you. 🙂