Moondrop Aria High Performance LCP Diaphragm Dynamic Driver IEMs in-Ear Earphone

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Moondrop Aria High Performance LCP Diaphragm Dynamic Driver IEMs in-Ear Earphone

Moondrop Aria High Performance LCP Diaphragm Dynamic Driver IEMs in-Ear Earphone

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When it comes to bass, the Aria and OH10 has quite extensive competition - the OH10 seemed to have more depth in the Thump & slams and seemed more Bassy while the Aria seemed more balanced. I'm not in favor of overwhelming bass and therefore I would give the edge to the Aria for being more balanced with the Bass. Thank you to Audiotiers, Apos Audio and Moondrop for the chance to review these game changers. These are gonna shake up the competition.

With how Moondrop advertises their product, I think a lot of Audio enthusiasts who happen to be Anime fans will know them. Though that wasn't the only reason why they have been gaining traction nowadays. Along the way, their product if anything has been gaining the reputation of being solid or above with IEMs like Moondrop Blessing 2 being hugely discussed in a lot of circles from my observation. The midrange is the star of the show, with the less pronounced bass and dampened upper treble giving the midrange a lot of room to breathe. This showcases vocals and instruments (eg, guitars) in this frequency band. Conclusion:​I will admit, I have a bit of trouble writing this review in my normal format, mainly due to how similar the Aria to its sibling. A lot of comparisons, reference to be made with the past model if anything, would have similar results with the Aria also.

How does the Moondrop Aria sound?

There are no left/right markings on the housings. While IEM addicts will be able to identify the respective sides with their eyes closed, those new to over-ear IEMs might have difficulty. As mentioned previously, there is a red band over the right cable terminal so that one can use this as a marker for the right shell housing. Isolation on the Snow Edition is average, they have 2 vents on each housing after all. The Snow Edition are usable outdoors, though don’t be expecting top-notch isolation on the level of unvented BA sets or customs. Comfort Beyond using the same external housing, both the venerable Aria 2021 and the Snow Edition use the same internal acoustic structure. The former, however, use a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) dynamic driver, whereas the Snow Edition feature a first-generation 10mm diamond-like carbon (DLC) diaphragm. Overall, the Aria is an unabashed winner of a product. You get Starfield levels of performance at a lower price. This is to my ears the best single dynamic product in this price range thanks to it's technical competence, tuning versatility, and non-fatiguing nature. It has got clarity, a good sound stage, tight bass, and no glaring flaws. The Starfield is a bit smoother and somehow even less fatiguing, but it's hard to argue that such minor differences are worth an extra 30 USD. To my dismay, because I adore it, the Aria makes the Starfield kinda obsolete. A wide soundstage presentation is provided by Moondrop Aria, which also has outstanding instrument separation and layering. The duo presents them in an open, broad manner, with a strong feeling of depth on the stage. Comparing the pair to comparable IEMs in their price range, they perform very well in terms of layering, imaging, and other dynamics.

I do apologize if I wasn’t very clear on what I wanted since my initial comment does have the impression that I’m just looking for an OLA with more bass while over-emphasizing the technical performance. It’s only after this discussion that I realize what I actually wanted. The OLA are tuned to the unique head-related transfer function (HRTF) frequency curve. The OLA have slightly better clarity, imaging, and instrument separation but are weaker in soundstage. However it has some flaws: even on the bassiest switch, this is not a basshead set, the bass is just a tinge north of neutral. And it may have driver flex (or pressure build up sensation in the ears) for some users. The FD1 excels at the soundstage which is more open and extended with better layering and increased positional accuracy.The Aria was supplied to me for Review by Audiotiers via Apos Audio and Moondrop. I was not paid nor given any incentive for my review*

In consideration of OLA, Tanya, Olina, Dunu Titan S (let’s just abbreviate it as DTS lol) and the Starsea (assuming neutral setting), from least to most :Whereas, the Aria is much smaller & lighter. Hence, in terms of comfort it is much more preferable. I would give the edge to the Aria here. Compare to my relatively more objective Head-fi star ranking, this ranking will be more subjective based on my personal preference and it doesn’t take price into my consideration. The first comparison involves sibling rivalry, pitting the Snow Edition against their older sister, the Aria 2021. Graph of the Snow Edition versus Aria 2021 via IEC711 compliant coupler. This is the place where Aria shines the most but that said , the eartips used affects the treble performance to a good amount , so one should be cautious about it . Using a wide bore tip with dense silicone can increase the Treble to an extent , the treble in Aria has a good energy to it , but it doesn't have any sibilance or doesn't hurt your ears in anyway , it may not be the most sparkling treble out there but its the best for its price point. The most important thing in an iem is to sit and listen to it for long time without any fatigue , the high frequencies in some iems cause quite a fatigue and that isn't the case in Aria. You can increase the volume and you will only want to increase it more and more with the Aria as it never hurts to do so . The treble has airiness, doesn't fatigue you at all provided you have a good eartip and fit to experience it Both Male and female vocals come with ample texture. I felt there might've been slight sacrifices made in terms of details retrieval and clarity but that is expected given the price range.

I'm a person who doesn't have the patience to burn in headphones for hours , I like to use them as soon as I buy them, but in case of Aria , Moondrop specifically gave instructions in the manual to burn them for 100 hours. So I patiently did that and also listened to them in between in the process and noticed that the imaging started to improve after crossing 50 hours burn in and soundstage opened up a little or it maybe my perception because of the improved imaging but the point is it did improve quite well after burn in. This product was sent for review from for my honest opinion and I've not been paid or influenced in any way. My opinions are just that, I do this out of a love for the hobby. In terms of tone, the Starfield provides just enough more detail to place it over the Aria. While both IEMs succeed in providing a sense of naturalness to their midrange timbre, the Starfeild is slightly more tonally rich than the Aria. It’s really a matter of coloration. As the Aria’s low-mid emphasis help complete a warmer timbre, the Starfield showcases more clarity and evenness. You could say it is less of a fun sound compared to the Aria, but it retains more noticeable detail across more frequency bands. It can be intense yet balanced, striking a good level of spatial integrity with instrumentals and effects. However, both IEMs are still tunned to feature a striking vocal response that places performances forward in a commanding fashion. Highs Mids: Are neutral and sound organic and have a good timbre but are a little on the lean side. Vocals are placed well and have good body and emotion. There’s even reference to tinnitus: permanent damage to your hearing that I hope you never experience! I’m impressed that they chose to include this reminder. It’s a danger for anyone who listens for too long at too high a volume. Moondrop put effort into a great unboxing experience. DesignTreble is very much to my liking. It's rounded and soothing as opposed to being sharp/ spiky and doesn’t sound dark/dull which I’ve occasionally faced in Final e3000. Not much extension, sparkle and air up top but I’ll rather go for good tonality than aggressive treble details. Build quality is quite high and very much in line with expectations (if not above!) for earphones in this price range. There is a visible seam between the shell and the faceplate, but it doesn’t detract from the overall looks or from the feeling of solidity given by the metal. SOUND:​The overall sound signature of the Aria is towards balanced sound. It has tuned to attain the Harman Curve and actually i’m not a big fan of Harman Curve since it has emphasized upper mids. But thankfully the Aria doesn’t have that upper mid emphasis. They have a nice balanced sound with non fatiguing sound overall with smooth treble. Even then this is not my preferred choice in this price range. Let’s discuss in detail about that in this review by going in depth discussing each frequency performance.

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