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ZERO

BGVP

Rating

Price

7.7

65 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

1

per Side

0

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

12 Ohm

Piezo

1

Sound

7.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

100 dB

7.5

Handling

9

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 40000 Hz

Intro

I'm not sure if BGVP has already produced a single driver IEM, apart from their ear buds, so with all the mostly very successful multi-drivers and hybrids of the company, this is a welcome change, which at the same time raises expectations. This is not "simply" a dynamic driver, but even an electrostatic one.

I have to admit that sometimes I can do more, sometimes less with the ZERO. What is certain is that it has a very unique signature, which makes it recommendable to a limited extent, depending on the music you want to be sprinkled with.

Handling

I have reviewed a few BGVP IEMs so far and have never been disappointed with the scope of delivery, even if this is the least I care about.
I have also never seen an IEM which I could not attest a good seat and ergonomics.

the ZERO is no exception. Good 4-core cable with MMCX, 3 kinds of silicone and a pair of foamtips, which are some of my favourites. In addition an attractive packaging, which can be opened like a book.

The ZERO is made of metal, compact and very well processed with a noble, but simple and timeless design. It has an air grid on the faceplate, which makes it more open in sound, compared to a completely closed design, but reduces the isolation a bit, similar to the BGVP DMS. However, this is more disturbing to the outside world than to yourself.

Sound

The ZERO sometimes leaves me a bit perplexed. Warm, soft, quite dark compared to other BGVP models and yet detailed and transparent when the music and source are right. Sometimes intimate and oppressive, sometimes clearer and separated. An IEM with two sides. Brighter players are definitely welcome!

The ZERO is surprisingly bass-heavy, which I wouldn't have expected from the driver choice. Sometimes I find it a bit overwhelming, especially with rock music, as the mid and high frequencies rarely manage to provide clarity. The bass tends to booming a bit and is not the fastest on the market. Spongy is the wrong word, but the bass of the ZERO definitely likes it softer and more organic than hard and punchy. That might work better in genres like jazz, or partly classical music, but I would like to see more facts here than to flush everything soft.

From the bass on it goes up, also concerning the rating. If the bass is not too much in demand, the mids can unfold and convince me with their voluminous and smooth nature. However, for me they are anything but natural, as the bass gives them too much warmth. Here, I feel a bit reminded of the BGVP EST12's "sugary" mids, but they are much clearer and more transparent. You get used to the signature of the ZERO, but still I always have the wish for more clarity and brightness. Voices are quite intimate and fade into the background. With acoustic music, this creates a cosy atmosphere, but can also cause narrowness and loss of naturalness. Basically the mids are quite unique and certainly not bad, but I don't like this presentation much.

With the highs I experience a similar play as with the mids. Partly I'm really taken with it because of the good resolution and the details, on the other hand I'm sometimes afraid to fall into a dark hole when listening. Again, the ZERO clearly benefits from brighter sources and although the driver is easy to drive, it also benefits from more powerful DACs. What the ZERO has to be credited with is its absolute freedom from sibilants and peaks. On the other hand, there is a fast roll-off in the high frequency range and you usually have to concentrate on the musical content if you don't want to miss anything. Certainly suitable for relaxed listening, but nothing for analytical purposes.

The ZERO is a rather intimate IEM, due to its warm and darker tuning. This is of course also reflected in the stage. However, the stage is surprisingly three-dimensional and also offers enough space to separate instruments well from each other. A clear strength of the ZERO within its possibilities. Still a bit unusual and not consistent.

Outro

Even though the ZERO sounds sometimes make me sweat, I don't really get warm with it. It certainly has quite good technical characteristics, but the sound is a bit too warm and dark for me.I have to admit that I've rarely heard this kind of presentation and that certainly makes the ZERO unique, but that doesn't mean that I like it. Maybe I'm a bit biased by my listening habits, even though I always try to approach an IEM with an open mind and get something out of many signatures, but that's what makes a personal opinion.
If you are looking for a warm and relaxed IEM with basically detailed, full and soft mids, relaxed highs and a spatial stage, you might find your luck here.

Thanks to OARDIO for the review unit.
https://www.oardio.com/bgvp-zero-electrostatic-iem-earphones.html

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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DM7

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DMG

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EST12

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V12

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Second Opinion

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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