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S8

MOONDROP

Rating

Price

9.1

600 €

Review published:

09/2020

Driver

8

per Side

0

Dynamic

8

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

9.5

Mids

9

Trebles

Sensitivity

122 dB

9

Handling

9.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The MOONDROP S8 is the successor to the A8 and with its accurate, natural sound reproduction has long since ceased to be an insider tip. You don't often come across IEMs that manage to make a neutral tuning sound musical and authentic without slipping into sterility. The S8 is a very mature IEM, which has a lot in common with the BLESSING 2, but does not sound quite as technical, but is more full-bodied and natural.
An audiophile IEM through and through with stage qualities, also due to its high efficiency.

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 case is very successful in design, optically, as well as in the choice of material. 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 cast or made of heavy metal, but this does not change the very good wearing comfort.

The S8 seems to be made of one piece. The drivers are completely surrounded by resin and you can easily follow the "path of the sound" to the end of the sound tube, where you can also see the used filters.

In contrast to the BLESSING 2, the S8 is a bit more compact despite the higher number of drivers, because the dynamic driver in the B2 requires more space. There is also no ventilation opening in the housing, which might cause negative pressure in some cases and thus be a bit uncomfortable. However, this allows to achieve almost complete isolation.

Sound

Those who have already had the opportunity to listen to the BLESSING 2 may be a bit disappointed, as the S8 does not reveal any new sonic dimensions, but those who find the B2 too technical and analytical and long for more warmth and relaxation without wanting to sacrifice the technical and sonic quality of the B2 may have found their audiophile companion for the next decade in the S8, which more than justifies the price then.

Compared to the BLESSING 2, the bass of the S8 subjectively sounds somewhat muted. This is not untypical for BA basses, but in comparison the S8 is neither anemic nor sterile. The pressure of the B2 is missing in the subrange, but in return we have a slightly more accentuated mid-bass range, which gives the signature a bit more warmth, gives the notes more weight and makes the S8 in total a bit smoother, softer and more emotional.
This makes the bass not quite as clear and precise as on the B2, which acts more dynamically, but is in no way inferior to it in terms of detail and texture.

In the midrange the S8 presents itself very mature. Here the neutrality of the B2 adds a spark of naturalness. This gives voices and instruments an authentic timbre without coloration and you can indulge in music without restriction. I have to admit, however, that I like the separation and transparency of the B2 a My better, but in comparison this does not make me forget the B2's slight tendency to "shout".
The mids are not exactly bursting with liveliness, but (I repeat myself) they are absolutely correct and authentic. In addition, they manage to transmit emotions and don't overdo it in the upper midrange. I'm convinced that it will be difficult to find errors in the sound reproduction, as well as in the technical components. If you look for the hair in the soup here, you can accuse them at most of a somewhat boring presentation, or lack of positive hardness.

The high frequency brings everything to warm the audiophile heart. Not quite as sparkling as the BLESSING 2 and also rolling a bit too early to rapture trebleheads completely, but instead with an enormous depth of detail and transparency. The sibilants are a bit better in grip than on the B2, but still slightly present. But I find the high tone of the S8 more natural and mature, since the BA timbre doesn't stand out as much either. The S8 is not about showing off, but about reproducing musical content in a natural way. It does this excellently, even if some people might long for a little more ectase and excitement. But it's not quite enough for the absolutely unsparing high frequency with convincing micromanagement of the UE RR, as well as for the level stability of a CAMPFIRE SOLARIS, or TIA TRIO. Still great cinema!

As with the B2, the stage and the imaging are truly remarkable. But you feel a little more comfortable with the S8 than with the B2, because it manages to create intimacy despite the fantastic resolution, airy expanse and the above-average three-dimensional presentation.

Outro

The S8 costs well over twice as much as the BLESSING 2, but do we now also get the quality of the B2 to the power of 2? No! The B2 already has an outstanding price/performance ratio and sets something like a benchmark in the segment if you are looking for a neutral and tonal correct signature.
We get all this with the S8 in the same way, but the S8 is a bit more mature for my taste and passes my long-term hearing test better, with rare exceptions.
In addition I attest the S8 a slightly better resolution in the high frequencies and a more relaxed, but tonally and technically almost flawless midrange.
But these are all just small nuances and personal preferences. Basically, the B2 already has everything that the S8 has to offer, except that the S8 has more depth in personality.
For me, the S8 is a technical, relaxed and self-confident IEM, with which I like to explore music a bit more closely, but which also allows me to let go and simply enjoy it.
But you definitely have to know what you are getting into with the S8, otherwise you might be disappointed. Compared to the B2, I would classify the S8 as more audiophile and definitely a suitable tool for the stage, but the B2 more technical, a bit brighter and more in the direction of studio reference.

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

https://www.oardio.com/moondrop-s8-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)

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​

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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