BUDGET
IN-EAR

SSR

MOONDROP

Rating

Price

8

35 €

Review published:

10/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

115 dB

8

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

Super Spaceship Reference. The SSR thus alludes to the MOONDROP SPACESHIP and is intended to be the direct successor. I can't judge the SPACESCIP, but the SSR has a neutral sound, but the balance between bass, midrange and treble is lost.
Surely it can be used as a reference for music evaluation, because it also has the technical features, but for me it passes the long-term test and the suitability for everyday use only to a limited extent. You should also get the mid-boost under control in order to really speak of neutrality.

Handling

The SSR is made of metal, which, together with its minimalist design, makes it appear noble yet robust. The comfort is excellent, especially the protruding nozzles are very successful, which for me guarantees a comfortable fit in the ear and good isolation.

When it comes to optical flaws, the transition from the faceplate to the body is a bit too rough for me, but that's no different with the STARLIGHT or KPE.
Otherwise I find the design well done and especially the compactness is very good for an IEM worn over the ear.

The cable (2-pin) is both optically and haptically passable and for me better than the fiddly and thin one of the STARLIGHT. However I would have preferred a copper cable for the SSR. The included silicone tips are usable, even if I prefer to use foamtips for the SSR. A small transport bag is also supplied.

Sound

The SSR is cheeky, but I would have expected worse from some reports. For me it has a somewhat shouty basic character, but this becomes a problem at higher volumes.

I must say I'm impressed with the tightness and speed of the bass. Although it has no great impact, bass notes have a firm punch and a considerable degree of accuracy. In addition, it plays linearly from sub to upper bass, even if it is missing a few grains in the absolute low range. Neutral with punch fits here really well. It also gives the signature enough warmth to preserve it from lifeless sterility.

Some reviewers use the pun "SSR = Super Shouty Reference". Yup, the upper mids / lower highs have a hell of a lot of energy, which in fact can be unpleasant, especially if you turn up the volume. But surprisingly I still find the peak tolerable, even if it sometimes gets on my nerves. But I enjoy the absolutely clear voice presentation and also the crisp in electric guitars. In general, I find acoustic music in particular a benefit for the SSR. The mids have a lot of details and a good separation between the instruments. Nevertheless, they are certainly the most controversial part of the SSR, which requires not only tolerance but also the will to listen to its music with a more aggressive character. For me, the SSR in this context is very song/genre dependent and not everything works for me over a longer period of time.

The highs are airy and drop off slowly after 3 kHz. They seem almost well-behaved compared to the upper mids and that's good, because an additional treble peak would be hard to handle for the inclined buyer and so the SSR is bright enough. They don't have the absolute extension, but for a single dynamic driver a remarkable one. The resolution is on a high level and above all you don't get the feeling that they are artificially inflating. Sometimes I almost wish there was a bit more energy in cymbals, but I can live with them very well, also in terms of music analysis.

Because of the accentuated mids, the SSR is more "In Your Face" than relaxed and homogeneous on several layers like a Sennheiser 6XX/600/650 (I know the comparison is misleading). In-Ears have a much more direct and top-heavy presentation of the music anyway, but some still manage to create a more spatial expanse and a more differentiated 3-D image than the SSR. It has a good panoramic view and also in height, but doesn't really use the depth. With voice-heavy music it sounds quite brisk and rather intimate, but still with a good imaging.

Outro

It is clear that the SSR is more of a niche product for me and will not appeal to the masses due to its neutral signature and mid-peak. For a relaxed consumption of music in everyday life, it is not my favorite, but to deal with your music in a more analytical way or to approach it from a more neutral point of view, definitely. Since the SSR is technically very competent and the price is attractive in this context, you might want to consider using a mesh filter to control the mid-peak, which you can get for a few bucks on the internet. Also an additional Nozzlefilter from Tanchjim (Hana, Oxygen), or directly from Moondrop (Starlight, KXXS etc.) would be an idea. In case of need the good old micropore-tape will also do the job. The deduction in the midrange evaluation refers besides strongly to their somewhat exaggerated emphasis and associated fast fatigue symptoms. Technically, but also sonically, they have far more to offer.

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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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Second Opinion

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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