HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

DH3

BGVP

Rating

Price

8.6

135 €

Review published:

06/2020

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

15 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

9

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

8.5

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

13 – 40000 Hz

Intro

I'm coming out: I'm a fan of BGVP. I think the company has found out (similar to AUDIOSENSE) how to produce high quality products with good quality control and above all sound characteristics, always keeping the needs of their buyers in mind regarding price, scope of delivery and handling. In doing so, they stay with their products in the mid-class/high-class range, but also dare to take the step into the high-end range. Their current Art Magic line-up includes a wide range of products, starting with the DH3 (135 € - 1*DD & 2*BA) and ending with the ES12 (1300 € - 4*EST & 8*BA), both in terms of price and technology. This review deals with the DH3, which is a hybrid of a dynamic and two BA drivers. In addition, there are 2 dip-switches with which the sound can be adjusted to your own preferences.

Handling

In contrast to the DM7, or DM6, the DH3 appears more compact and filigree. The case is no longer so bulbous, but flatter and more comfortable.

As far as the scope of delivery is concerned, BGVP is not so easy to beat and that already for years. We get a premium cable (8 cores), foam tips, transport case, cleaning tool and 3 kinds of silicone tips in different sizes (vocal, bass, standard). No wishes remain open!

The case has the proven custom-built look, is extremely durable and above all safe. In addition, there are almost countless colors and faceplate designs to choose from

As with all its products, BGVP uses a MMCX connection, which is the current standard in addition to the 2-pin connection.
Two dip-switches have been integrated into the housing, which allow a sonic modification of the basic signature.

With the foam tips, the isolation of the DH3 is really very good, also with the silicone tips. It should also be mentioned that the blue vocal tips are basically spin-fits, at least a replica.

Sound

In the meantime I have understood that the aim of dip switches (no matter which manufacturer) is not necessarily to create a completely different signature, but rather to fine-tune it according to personal preferences. This is quite possible with the DH3, although I would limit it here more to two basic changes concerning the bass and treble. The mids can only be changed very tentatively, which is audible but rather subtle. The review is based on the on/on setting (bass and slight midrange emphasis), but I'll also refer to the other combinations at the end.

The bass of the DH3 is, besides the mids, its main feature. Not necessarily because it's particularly authoritarian or even because it could inspire bassheads. No, it's simply wonderfully homogeneous, with a pleasant, dry punch, very good dynamics and texture. More something for detail lovers who don't want to have their eardrums massaged, but still appreciate the dynamics and pressure from below. With that I don't mean to say that the DH3 in the bass is weak on the chest. It simply delivers what is asked for depending on the genre, without overdoing it. On the other hand, I also love hybrid configurations as long as the dynamic driver is well integrated, which is something that the DH3 has undoubtedly achieved. In the sub-bass, as well as a little bit in the mid-bass it might be a bit more to make the sound fatter/fuller, but this way the bass integrates very well into the very balanced, rather neutral signature. Depending on the switch settings, the bass performance can be compared well with that of the THIEAUDIO LEGACY 3.

The mids are a bit the heart of the DH3. They're almost a bit too cool and flat for me, but they're wonderfully detailed and above all transparent. They are absolutely not influenced by the bass and are very linear from the lower to the upper mids. With the dip-switches you can give them a bias more musicality (off/on, on/on), but they never lose their clean and high resolution basic character. The BA driver does a very good job here, even if I would like a bit more warmth and body. However, the grumbling is at a high level and I'm sure that not many will find anything wrong with the mids. Vocals are very realistic and slightly in the foreground, as well as always in focus, until the on/off setting.

The highs are now the little sticking point on the DH3. Not because there would be a complete sonic collapse, on the contrary. The trebles have a very good extension and give the signature a lot of clarity. Unfortunately the sibilant emphasis is a topic here, which can vary slightly with the dip switches, but is always present. The annoying thing is that I can't really name songs or genres where this occurs more often. There are songs where I don't expect strong sibilants, but these do occur, but also vice versa sibilant songs work quite well with the DH3. So you have to be more or less prepared for the fact that the sibilants will be more or less always a side effect of the DH3. Of course, the sensitivity for this also plays a role here. Apart from that, the high tone of the DH3 is very convincing!

Separation and stage also have a very good expression, even if they are at a disadvantage compared to the DM7, which is technically simply more competent, but also twice as expensive.

A brief description of the individual configurations:

1/0 - neutral with treble boost - the bass loses influence and the sound becomes a bit thinner and sterilized. In terms of frequency response, the most linear/flatest setting and rather something for purists. The mids are slightly lacking in body, but the high frequencies are more present and sibilants come more to the fore. Vocals are more integrated into the mix. This goes more in the direction of "reference sound".

0/0 - Signature becomes a bit more vivid as the upper mid/lower trebles get more gain. Voices get more focus and the mids get more clarity and radiance. Sibilant accentuation and high frequency presence as with 1/0

0/1 - The bass is now allowed to mix in more and the signature gets a little warmer, making the DH3 sound more musical and natural. The focus here is also on vocal presence, but the mids get more volume, which is very good for them and basically makes the DH3 what it is. The treble loses some volume in the upper range, which is good for the sibilants, but doesn't exclude them.

1/1 - This is the review configuration and for my taste the most relaxed and balanced setting. As with all settings, the sound is, due to the basic signature, rather direction neutral, but the DH3 is most musical and lively here. As with 0/1, the bass is raised without losing quality. The lower and upper trebles are softened, which also makes this setting the most homogeneous and audible in the long run.

Outro

The DH3 is a very good IEM in its price range and a very good entry if you're looking for a balanced, mid & voice focused, more neutral, brighter signature, with an appealing low end that has its strengths in detail reproduction and brings a solid and dry punch, very well separated, transparent and crisp mids, as well as a distinct, high resolution high frequency that can be a bit exhausting at times and likes the sibilants quite a bit, you'll surely find your luck with the DH3. In addition, there are the tuning options, which makes sense and also has a noticeable effect, if you compare this with the THIEAUDIO Legacy 3, for example. For me the DH3 is to be classified before the DM6, but the DM7 has even more to offer and is the more mature IEM.

If you compare it to the THIEAUDIO Legacy 3, which is similar in price, the DH3 is more present and clearer in the midrange, which is also reflected in the high frequencies. The L3 has a bit more bass impact and a more relaxed signature, which however turns more into V. Therefore the two IEMs address different preferences.

Thanks to OARDIO for the review unit.
https://www.oardio.com/earphones/bgvp/bgvp-dh3-iem.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​

1/3

SGZ-DN1

ZERO

DH3

DMS

DM6

VG4

DM7

DMG

EST12

EST12

EST8

EST8

V12

V12

Second Opinion:

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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