HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

BLESSING 2

MOONDROP

Rating

Price

8.8

280 €

Review published:

09/2020

Driver

5

per Side

1

Dynamic

4

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

9

Bass

8.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

117 dB

8.7

Handling

9.5

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

9 – 37000 Hz

Intro

The MOONDROP BLESSING 2 is more or less a benchmark if you are looking for neutral sound under 300€, as well as a compromise between analytical and natural sound.

Technically, the B2 is really not to be blamed for anything, as it doesn't allow itself any real weaknesses and can outdo far more expensive models.
Soundwise you definitely have to be aware of what you are getting into, otherwise this could lead to disappointment.
The BLESSING 2 does have studio monitor qualities, but for the street it might not always be the first choice.

Handling

The scope of delivery is surprisingly spartan in the price range.
There is a selection of silicone tips, a 4-core copper cable and an aircraft adapter.
The cable is valuable, but also a bit fragile. But the transport case is a nice accessory and quite roomy. In addition it is haptically attractive because of its leather imitation and structure. But that was it.

The design of the case is very appealing, both visually and in the choice of materials. It may look a bit clumsy, but it is extremely ergonomic and fits perfectly. However, I can well imagine that owners of smaller ears could get problems, or that the IEMs protrude a bit too much out of the ear. It is also a bit heavier than IEMs that are not molded or made of heavy metal, but this does not change the very good wearing comfort.
The metal faceplate provides a noble finish and the workmanship is not open to criticism.

The BLESSING 2 seems to be made of one piece. The drivers are completely enclosed by the resin and you can follow the "path of the sound" to the end of the sound tube very well, in it you can also see the used filter (BA-driver).

In contrast to the S8, the B2 is somewhat larger due to the dynamic driver, but has an air vent due to the necessary pressure compensation of the DD, which avoids negative pressure in the ear. Therefore the isolation is not quite as good as with the S8, but still external noise is passively minimized very well.

Sound

For its almost 280 € the MOONDROP BLESSING 2 is praised above all for its neutrality and represents something like a reference in the price segment. This is certainly not for everyone, but nevertheless this tuning is sparse in the confusing IEM jungle and especially the technical characteristics of the B2 are admirable.

With its unconditionally linear tuning the bass is a rare phenomenon in IEM circles when it comes to a DD bass. It certainly doesn't have the usual impact you might be used to from a dynamic driver, on the other hand it offers more pressure in the low range and more presence if you are more used to BA basses. Compared to the S8 the B2 suits me more in the bass, because it sounds fuller and rounder, with the same quality standards.
But if you love your bass in quantity, the B2 will certainly not satisfy you. This is more about precision, detail reproduction and balance, especially when it comes to the transition to the mids.


The mids of the B2 are not only very neutrally tuned, they are also damned accurate.They have a very slight tendency to "shout", but in a quite bearable range. I also feel them sometimes a bit thin and would like more body. Nevertheless the mids are one thing above all, tonally correct. Together with the first-class separation on different layers, they can inspire and definitely serve as a reference. A drop of bitterness here is the somewhat lost musicality.
Voices have just the right presence without jumping in your face or getting lost in the mix. Both genders are convincing, which is rarely the case, since one gender usually stands out. There is nothing to be ashamed of in the mids, except slight exaggerations in the upper range. If you are keen on exploring the mids as neutrally (with a little brightness) as possible, you will be happy here. The clarity and accuracy is already remarkable.

The amount of detail in the high frequencies is enormous, but I'm a bit disturbed by the light metallic BA timbre and the sometimes more, sometimes less subtle sibilant emphasis. I know it's damn hard to strive for a reference tuning and still achieve a safe tuning in the high frequencies. To make sure that you don't miss any subtleties there must be enough level in the high frequency range to be able to represent them. Since we are quite sensitive between 6 - 8 kHz, especially with regard to sibilants, or some instruments can have a somewhat unpleasant presence here, this frequency range is usually tried to be attenuated, which we see in many frequency measurements in the form of a valley in this range. I am aware of the fact that my measurements do not faithfully represent exactly this range and that no exact representation is given here. Nevertheless, I can usually already deduce from the weighting of the measurement whether I will receive the IEM as sibilant or unpleasant in the high frequency range or not. Sometimes I am disabused, but not in the case of the B2. Nevertheless I can handle it and accept it, because of the superb resolution and the richness of detail. Apart from that the high frequency is absolutely tolerable, if you are not over-sensitive and Foamtips can also help here. However, I still lack a bit of presence/transparency in the very upper range to really speak of a TOTL (Top of the League) IEM. The MOONDROP S8 has that a bit better!

The stage and the imaging are really fantastic. At no time do you feel constricted or need to focus on anything in particular. Everything is presented very coherent and differentiated and it's fun to dive into the music without being overwhelmed. The technical features can easily keep up with much more expensive IEMs and the 5 drivers harmonize perfectly.

Outro

One word describes BLESSING 2 quite well and that is neutrality. In fact it reminds me of reference oriented IEMs like the ULTIMATE EARS RR. But the question is when this sound will be an added value for the inclined audiophile. I would like to go out on a limb and say that the average audiophile is not necessarily interested in neutrality and studio reference, but rather in a well-balanced, musical tuning with slight warmth, natural timbre, details on mass and a safe tuning to enjoy music as long as possible without signs of fatigue. Such an IEM is not so easy to find, but even here I like to mention the 64 AUDIO TIA TRIO when it comes to my preference.
The BLESSING 2 actually does absolutely nothing wrong, especially when it comes to correct and precise sound reproduction, even with analytical demands. It also retains a certain musicality, but doesn't know how to build up emotions very well.
Sometimes it even sounds a bit boring and you have to get used to the B2 to enjoy it to the fullest, even though sets retain a slightly brisk aftertaste.

Many thanks to OARDIO for the demo-in-ear!

https://www.oardio.com/moondrop-blessing-2-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. 

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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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Contact:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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