Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors Review: Elevated Excellence in Audio

Introduction:

The Moondrop brand and its Aria series of in-ear monitors require no special introduction, with the original Aria IEM having been launched in 2021. Aria quickly became a favorite among in-ear earphones under the Rs.10K price point. In this review, we delve into the upgraded Aria 2 IEM to determine if it maintains the original Aria's hype.

 Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors Review

Design and Build Quality:

The Aria 2, while maintaining a similar IEM shell design to the original, introduces a refined faceplate with a silver-colored inner shell, showcasing a dot pattern design and a gold circle plate with three-hole detailing. The design is a notable improvement over its predecessor. The major upgrade lies in the provided cable — a litz-structured silver-plated core with a modular audio jack. This enhances both the aesthetics and durability. Moondrop has also stepped up the quality of the included ear tips, contributing to improved comfort and seal. The addition of a circular, brown, zippered case further elevates the overall design and build quality, setting new standards for stock cables and cases.

Comfort and Fit:

Comfort and fit remain consistent with the previous version, making it suitable for extended listening sessions. Whether you're an audiophile, casual listener, or gamer, the Aria 2 delivers a comfortable experience.

Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors Review

Sound Quality:

Utilizing both 3.5mm and 4.4mm stock cables and ear tips, the Aria 2 maintains the "V"-shaped tuning with natural tonality characteristic of its predecessor. The bass is deep and warm, the midrange transparent and smooth, and the treble detailed, smooth, and musical. The soundstage is wide, presenting a holographic auditory experience. Compared to the previous Aria, the Aria 2 offers enhanced smoothness and effortless sound delivery.

Bass: The bass is meticulously tuned, maintaining control and warmth in the sub-bass section. Its balanced quantity ensures a fatigue-free experience, though those desiring powerful bass may find it lacking. The Aria 2's bass is immersive and satisfying, with balanced speed.

Midrange: The midrange is transparent and smooth, avoiding bleed into the bass or treble. It strikes a balance between thin and thick, providing good separation in busy music tracks without introducing harshness or sharpness to vocals.

Treble: The treble in Aria 2 surpasses its predecessor, offering detailed, smooth, and musical tones. Unlike the previous version, there is no excess brightness, providing a more enjoyable listening experience.

Soundstage & Imaging: The soundstage retains its width from the previous version, now featuring a more holographic presentation. Imaging is improved, contributing to a grander and wider stage experience.

Moondrop Aria (2021) VS Moondrop Aria 2 (2023)

Value and Competition:

Priced at ₹7,990, the Moondrop Aria 2 faces competition from the Moondrop Aria (2021), Sennheiser IE 200, Simgot EA500, and TangZu x DIVINUS FUDU Verse 1. Let's analyze how the Aria 2 distinguishes itself from these competitors.

Moondrop Aria (2021) vs. Moondrop Aria 2:

While both products sound quite similar, the Aria 2 stands out with enhanced treble energy, providing a more pleasant and fatigue-free listening experience. With superior modular cable, carry case, and eartips, and a marginal price difference, opting for the Aria 2 (2023) over the Aria (2021) seems like a clear choice.

Moondrop Aria 2 vs. Sennheiser IE 200:

In a market where the IE 200 is now available at a lower price point of around Rs. 9000 INR, both IEMs boast a similar driver count. The bass in both is comparable, but the IE 200 allows customization through eartip adjustments. The IE 200 excels in the midrange with full-bodied vocals, warmth, and texture, and its treble is slightly smoother. While both offer a wide soundstage, the Aria 2 shines with a better stock cable and carry case. Although the Aria 2 is a value-for-money product, the choice depends on priorities; if sound quality is paramount, the IE 200 may be preferred.

Moondrop Aria 2 vs. Simgot EA500:

Distinguishing these two IEMs lies in their sound characteristics. The EA500 excels in detail and technicalities but falls short in musicality when compared to the Aria 2. EA500 offers an airy and open sound, making it suitable for those desiring a mid-forward and technically strong treble. On the other hand, the Aria 2 emerges as a well-rounded, safe-tuned option. If you prioritize detailed technicalities, the EA500 may be your choice; otherwise, the Aria 2 offers a more balanced and versatile listening experience.

Moondrop Aria 2 vs. TangZu x DIVINUS FUDU Verse 1:

Comparing these two IEMs reveals differences in build quality, cables, and sound. The Aria 2 excels in shell build quality and cable, while the FuDu Verse 1 offers superior eartips. In terms of sound, both are excellent, but the FuDu Verse 1 delivers more powerful bass and detailed treble. The Aria 2, with its energetic sound, contrasts with the warmer sound of the FuDu Verse 1. Choosing between them depends on individual preferences, with the Aria 2 being the go-to for an energetic sound and the FuDu Verse 1 for those preferring a warmer tone.

In conclusion, the Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) proves to be a competitive and value-for-money option, showcasing its strengths against each competitor in various aspects, from sound quality to build and accessory quality.

Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors Review

Pros and Cons:

Pros Cons
Value for Money IEM Previous Aria users might find it lacks a "wow" factor in sound.
Safe V-Shaped Tuning
Excellent Stock Cable and Carry Case
Wider Soundstage
Sounds Comparable to Moondrop Kato IEM

 

Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors Review

Conclusion:

Moondrop Aria 2 (2023) In-Ear Monitors stand as a replacement for the previous Aria version and compete with higher-end IEMs like the Kato. With its safely tuned, V-shaped sound and exceptional modular cable and carry case, the Aria 2 is a compelling option for those seeking value for money. It is well worth the selling price, offering an elevated audio experience.

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