Summary – If you’ve been following my reviews, you know by now that I quite like Moondrop as I like their tuning ideology based on theoretical target curves and general ability in nailing certain aspects of sound and build quality. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, Moondrop likes to tune their IEMs to their own target FR curve called VDSF (Virtual Diffuse Sound Field) which takes inspiration from Etymotic Diffuse Field and Harman Target curve. Blessing2 is no different in this regard as it too is tuned to Moondrop’s VDSF target though with a lesser bass boost and slightly more treble extension compared to its older sibling, S8. It has a 3-4dB bass low shelf compared to its neutral lower mids and the characteristic Harman Target 3KHz peak with a well extended treble response that makes for a very interesting, detailed and enjoyable listen.
Let’s dig in deeper…
Bass – Blessing2 has a 10mm dynamic driver for bass duties. Now you probably would imagine big, fun dynamic driver bass, at least more than what S8 has (because that has BAs handling bass), but that’s not the case here. The DD is actually quite tastefully tuned above ‘flat response’ with a linear bass shelf of 3-4dBs starting around 250Hz. The bass notes have good definition with the right amount of quantity to balance out the upper mids and treble tuning while staying true to its more reference style tuning. It has very good extension down low and can play the deepest notes with good accuracy and rumble staying true to the mix and not adding more from its own side. It has good attack, texture and details, which is evident in songs like Muse’s ‘Panic Station’ and Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’, though I do miss some slam and sub-bass rumble coming from the S8. But well, if you like your bass to sound more reference-ish while still having a nice boost to be fun and enjoyable, Blessing2 is not going to disappoint.
Mids – Lower mids are tuned very accurately, neutrally and linearly. Upper mids have the classic Harman Target style 3kHz pinna boost which brings the presentation more forward and as a result most instruments have very good definition and presence. Snares have good slam and crack. Acoustic guitars, distorted guitars and orchestral instruments like strings and horns are very well presented with good clarity, details, tonality and timbre. Vocals sound very natural, very accurate and close to how they sound on good flat studio monitors. Dave Matthews in ‘Samurai Cop’, Hayley Williams in ‘Fast in My Car’, Chris Martin in ‘Yes’ and John Mayer in ‘Why Georgia’ all sound very realistic and the vocals are placed very well along with the instruments, each having their own space without any of the two overpowering the other. This Harman/DF style of upper mids tuning doesn’t sound shouty to me but I can imagine someone feeling so who is particular sensitive to this range or is coming from something like an Andromeda, UERR/UERM and similar IEMs which don’t have proper pinna gain boost. But if you’ve heard an IEM like S8, Fibae7, BGVP EST12 or the U12t, this is going to feel like home. Of course, these are much more expensive products but I’m mentioning them as reference because people get to audition these at audiophile exhibitions like CanJam, and so know them better as references. With that said, Blessing2 does hit strong in this area and can compete if not parallel some of those mentioned IEMs.
Treble – Blessing2 has very good, rich and balanced treble presence and extension, and hits my preferences really well, probably better than S8 in this area. It is great for people who like good treble clarity and airiness while generally staying smooth and inoffensive. It doesn’t have any sibilance or any intrusive erratic peaks which add artificial shimmer or sizzle. It also makes sure excellent hi-hat and cymbal work in songs like Dave Matthews’ ‘Samurai Cop’ and rock and metal bands like Karnivool, Periphery and Alter Bridge comes through well and doesn’t go unnoticed. Yet it keeps cymbals sounding very natural and never too splashy or sizzly. The treble character of Blessing2 helps present an open sense of space which helps pick micro details in the mix very well. Yet, people who like warmer treble, Blessing2 might come off on the brighter side but to be honest, I personally think this is the right amount. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a bit more of upper treble here.
Soundstage, Imaging and Separation.
Blessing2’s soundstage is impressive and very enjoyable. Width is wider than average in its segment and depth layering is very well done. The forward and accurate upper mids presentation allows for good imaging precision and pinpointing the space of every instrument in the mix is quite easy. Detail retrieval is very good! I don’t want to say this loosely but it hits much above its price point. Of course, it’s not TOTL levels but man does it perform well, price, driver count and all things considered.
Added! – Here’s a comparison of Blessing2 with its siblings KXXS and S8 on popular demand.
Moondrop KXXS – KXXS has a single dynamic driver. Even though both of these are tuned to Moondrop’s in house target curve VDSF, they sound a little different and have different strengths. KXXS has more sub-bass and a bit more mid-bass presence. Both have DDs for bass but KXXS has smoother, more DD like impact whereas Blessing2’s bass has quicker transients and is tighter in presentation. They have similar lower-midrange and upper-midrange presentation but KXXS has slightly more presence around 5kHz which highlights cymbals and stick attack of drum shells slightly more than Blessing2. Blessing2 has better lower treble in comparison and that helps push in more clarity whereas KXXS is slightly warmer of the two. Blessing2 has better upper treble extension and sounds airier in comparison. Both have good soundstages but Blessing2 sounds more open and airy owing to better upper treble extension. Blessing2 also has better detail retrieval which adds on to its edge over KXXS.
Moondrop S8 – S8 has a full resin shell and 8 drivers. I personally prefer the look and feel of S8 shell more. Also, S8 shell fits me even more snugly, almost like a CIEM and has very good isolation for a universal shell. Sound wise, S8 has more sub-bass presence and ever so slightly more mid-bass. Even though S8 has BAs for bass, it has slightly better impact because of more bass quantity along with good quick transients but then I quite like and enjoy Blessing2’s more linear bass presentation too. Both have a similar lower mids and upper mids presentation but S8 has slightly better resolution and depth layering here. Blessing2 has ever so slightly more treble presence and both have equally good upper treble extension. Both have nice soundstages which are wide and deep but Blessing2 sounds slight more open and airy and S8 sounds more organically realistic.
Now S8 is twice the price and is definitely more refined of the two with better fit, isolation, bass and resolution. But then Blessing2 at half the price does very well and nails the value for money proposition to the T. If you can easily afford the S8, get it by all means. Otherwise, Blessing2 is no slouch in comparison and I personally love both, ‘almost’ equally. Haha! 😉
Tansio Mirai TSMR-4 Pro / 3 Pro – Since 4Pro and 3Pro have a similar sound signature in the larger scheme of things, this comparison holds true for both. 4Pro has slightly more sub-bass and mid-bass quantity and fuller lower mids with quicker transients whereas Blessing2 has more dynamic bass which is more reference and natural in tonality. Both have forward upper midrange presentation but 4Pro has a peak at around 5kHz which increases the attack of instruments and that’s where Blessing2 sounds more natural. Both have good lower treble tuning but Blessing2 has better upper treble extension. Both have very good detail retrieval but 4Pro has a slightly taller and narrower soundstage whereas Blessing has a wider and more open soundstage.
DUNU DK-2001 – This is another very well-tuned 1 DD+ 3BA hybrid for the price. DK-2001 has a 13mm Beryllium coated dynamic driver and has more quantity, slam and weight than Blessing2, though Blessing2’s bass has better attack, tonality and is more neutral and reference style accurate there. DK-2001 has a slightly fuller lower midrange and a slightly more forward upper midrange compared to Blessing2 whereas Blessing2 is more accurate with its lower mids and upper mids tuning and sounds a bit more natural in my opinion. DK-2001 lower treble is very well tuned for its signature but Blessing2 is more naturally accurate with its tuning and tonality here. Blessing2 has better upper treble extension and as a result sounds more open and airier than DK-2001, whereas DK-2001 kind of rolls-off post 10kHz. Both have good soundstages where Blessing2 sounds more open and airier and DK-2001 sounds warmer and fuller. Blessing2 has better detail retrieval owing to better extended treble.
Fearless S6Rui – S6Rui too has 6 balanced armatures. It has much more sub-bass and mid-bass presence and punch but Blessing2 has better bass dynamics, attack and precision. S6Rui is slightly fuller than Blessing2 in lower mids but then is more v-shaped around 1kHz. S6Rui too has forward upper midrange presentation but has its primary peak around 4kHz whereas Blessing2 has it around 3kHz. Blessing2 has much better and airier treble presentation with better extension too. Blessing2’s soundstage too sounds more open and spacious in comparison. Detail retrieval is better in Blessing2.
BGVP DM7 – DM7 has 6 balanced armatures. DM7 has more mid bass and fuller lower mids whereas Blessing2 has a more linear and neutral presentation in comparison. DM7 too has a slightly forwards upper mids presentation but Blessing2 sounds slightly more accurate in timbre and tonality. DM7 has slightly more sparkle in lower treble and Blessing2 has better upper treble extension. Blessing2’s soundstage is more open and airier whereas DM7’s is warmer with a narrower soundstage.
BGVP VG4 – 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 minor peak around 3kHz but has the primary upper mids peak at 4.5kHz. As a result, instruments sound forward and 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.
Well, it might not come as a surprise to our readers but as I stated earlier, I really like how Moondrop tunes their IEMs with strong audio engineering theoretical knowledge. They know what they are doing and the critical acclaim and popularity of their products are a statement of that. Blessing2 does most things well and not much wrong. It might not have the big bass slam we casually expect from a dynamic driver, but this is one exceptionally well-tuned IEM for its price and the bass quantity is generally more than sufficient for me in most songs. Actually, with Blessing2 performing so well for its asking price, it has me questioning the pricing of other much more expensive IEMs that don’t perform as nicely. If you were to hold a gun to my head and ask me for one of the most accurate IEMs in this segment, Blessing2 is probably the first that will pop in my head. With that said, this is not a boring IEM at all! It is very interesting, enjoyable with gobs of resolution and detail and upper range tuning that makes most instruments very interesting and a lot of fun to listen to. So, if you have $320 to spend, I highly recommend checking Blessing2 out! You will not be disappointed!
Gear used for testing and review.
- DAPs – iBasso DX160 and Hiby R6 Pro
- Laptop – Apple Macbook Pro 15″
- Phone – OnePlus 7 Pro
Reference Songs list.
- Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow album
- Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia album
- Dave Matthews – Shake Me Like a Monkey
- Foo Fighters – The Pretender, Best of you & Everlong
- Coldplay – Paradise, Up in flames & Everglow + Everyday Life Album
- Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud, Bloodstream & Galway Girl
- Chainsmokers – Somebody, Sickboy, This Feeling & Closer
- John Mayer – Slow dancing in a burning room, Stop this Train & Say
- Gavin James – Always & Hearts on fire
- Switchfoot – Meant to live & Dare you to move
- Porcupine Tree – Sound of Muzak, Blackest Eyes & .3
- Our Lady Peace – Do You Like It & Innocent
- Linkin Park – Papercut, Somewhere I belong & Talking to myself
- Maroon 5 – She will be loved, Payphone & Lost stars
- Lifehouse – All in all & Come back down
- Breaking Benjamin – Diary of Jane
- Karnivool – Simple boy & Goliath
- Dead Letter Circus – Real you
- I Am Giant – Purple heart, City limits & Transmission
- Muse – Panic station
- James Bay – Hold back the river