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V12

BGVP

Rating

Price

8.6

1100 €

Review published:

09/2020

Driver

12

per Side

0

Dynamic

12

Balanced

Impedance

24 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

8.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

114 dB

8.5

Handling

9.5

Haptic

D

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 40000 Hz

Intro

12 Points for BGVP. Okay, I don't know if there is an Asian pendant to the Eurovision Song Contest and the entry is also a bit misleading, because the V12 can't get the full score. It only refers to the number of drivers used, which the V12 shares with the second flagship in the ArtMagic series (EST12). However, the V12 is a pure BA configuration and tries to get the best out of the respective drivers from Knowles and Sonion by using a crossover.

For me, the V12 is more of a tool than an audiophile companion when it comes to all-round qualities, but tastes vary and the V12 has a lot to offer, not only technically.

Handling

Like the EST12, the V12, unlike its smaller siblings, comes with a 2-pin connector, which is a welcome change within BGVP.

The scope of delivery is almost the same for all models in the ArtMagic series. Only the cable varies and also the included transport case. Otherwise, there is a pair of foam tips, standard, vocal and bass silicone tips, and a cleaning tool. In this case the cable is taken from the DM7/VG4, which is one of my favorites from BGVP.

Interesting is the sound routing inside the housing. The sound of the BA drivers for the tweeter has to travel more than twice as long to reach the ear. The question here is surely whether this is an additional tuning trick or less intended, according to the motto "design by driver position". In theory, however, it should be possible to influence the stage, even though these are certainly subtle impressions and if applied incorrectly, there may be cancellations or doubling in the frequency range.

The EST12 is huge, the V12 as well. 12 drivers plus dip-switches also take up quite a bit of space and I don't see much room inside the V12 to make it a bit more compact. Nevertheless the wearing comfort is superb (just think of my elephant ears).

The isolation is excellent in both directions. This advantage is not only due to the ergonomics but also to the completely closed construction.

Sound

BGVP gives the V12 a basically quite relaxed tuning (depending on the dip switch settings) with a slight boost of bass and treble. I limit myself in the review to two settings (00 & 11) as I prefer these. The point rating refers to "11" (on/on).

Meanwhile the manufacturers, above all BGVP, are getting a BA bass very well tuned, so that it has a DD driver similar dynamics, but can act faster and partly more detailed. The bass of the V12 is no exception and forms a warm and punchy foundation. However, there is a little hitch in the sub-extension, which is typical for BA. A dynamic driver usually develops a more natural pressure, whereas the BA bass usually sounds a bit duller, which can also be said of the V12. The mid-bass is slightly bloated, but all in all a very good bass with a lot of details. In the 00 configuration the bass is a bit too prominent for me, which can be corrected very well with 11.

The mids can be influenced by 2-3 dB with the help of the switches. In the standard configuration (00) we have very relaxed, somewhat reduced mids that are slightly influenced by the bass and act a bit too restrained. When both switches are set to "On", the mids get the presence I want, but without becoming shrill or too dominant in the upper range. They keep their relaxed gait and might scare away some of the people who are used to and appreciate the direct way of the VG4 or the "harmanboost". Likewise, they are not particularly full, but rather a little thinner, but rather balanced and neutral. Voices lack a little bit of emotionality, but nevertheless they stand well in the mix and can hold their own.

I'm not a treblehead and appreciate rather relaxed and smooth highs, which are a bit more subtle but of higher quality than drilling holes in my ear. The V12 finds a middle way here and I especially like the switch position 11. This is the most linear setting for me, as it raises the mids, which gives them more weight in the signature, raises them to a level with the bass and also reduces the highs a bit without robbing them of their presence or losing details. They are simply toned down and you can concentrate better on their subtleties. Nevertheless, it can get tricky here and there. I can't blame them for much as long as you don't just activate the first switch and with their precision they are certainly suitable for more analytical music lessons.

I can't judge whether the different length of the sound tube within the V12 mentioned at the beginning contributes to better separation and stage extension, but these are definitely disciplines where the V12 delivers excellent performance. Different layers can be localized and instruments rarely overlap (e.g. some rock tracks), but this is more due to the fact that they were not separated more clearly in the mix.

Let's talk briefly about the other two settings:
01: The bass is too much in the foreground and the mids and highs lack some clarity and assertiveness. Might make sense for electro.

10: The highs are too much raised, which results in amplified sibilants and a somewhat unpleasant peak. Here you have to love the high frequencies and be tolerant, at least in the long run.

Outro

The V12 is a very good IEM because of its technical features, which offers monitoring qualities and with the tuning possibilities also individualization.
However, the tuning is somewhat uninspired and certainly does not meet everyone's taste. This is something that all flagships of the ArtMagic series from BGVP have in common. Apart from the fact that they all sound a bit similar in the bass and midrange, they all can't fully convince me and I wouldn't be willing to pay the extra charge of DM7 or VG4. Most likely I can still get used to the pricing of the EST8, but even here the MOONDROOP S8 seems more coherent and natural in the price range. The S8 also gives the V12 an easy hand, even if I have to do without the tuning options here.

Don't get me wrong, if somebody would press the V12 into my hand, I would certainly not say no and would be happy to install it in my IEM rotation! If I had to take the money into my own hands, I would have to pursue a different goal with the V12 than "just" consuming music with it. I would have to be able to use it as a professional tool in my everyday life, whether as a stage monitor or as a tool for the FOH sound engineer to justify the price. The V12 certainly has the potential for that. For audiophile listening, however, it is not musical and relaxed enough for me in the long run, but technically outstanding and very well balanced.

Thanks to OARDIO for the review unit.

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)

Frequenzgang

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​

SGZ-DN1

SGZ-DN1

ZERO

ZERO

DH3

DH3

DMS

DMS

DM6

DM6

VG4

VG4

DM7

DM7

DMG

DMG

EST12

EST12

EST8

EST8

V12

V12

...

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

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