After the highly acclaimed Blessing, Moondrop Audio decided to up the ante to create something even more impressive with the Blessing 2. With 4 balanced armatures and 1 dynamic driver, this hybrid IEM is a delight to listen to. The medical-grade UV resin housings also pack a hybrid crossover while the customisable faceplate lets you leave your mark on your IEM.A Blessing Disguised as an IEM
Enjoy crisp, clear treble, accurate mids and deep bass with the Moondrop Blessing 2. This hybrid driver IEM uses 2 Knowles SWFK balanced armatures for the high frequencies, 2 proprietary Moondrop balanced armatures for the mids and a 10mm dynamic driver with a paper diaphragm for the bass. The drivers are designed to comply with the VDSF target range of 500-8,000Hz and offer a spectacular musical performance.
Everything Under Control
Unlike other IEMs that simply boast multiple drivers, the Blessing 2 houses an intricate circuit architecture and high-class tuning that precisely controls the drivers while retaining their ideal performance. 3D printed bandpass and low pass filter tubes alter the range of the bass and mids response. The Q value of the high-frequency drivers is limited thanks to the low pass filter. This and the resistor-capacitor crossover, together form an effective hybrid triple crossover that does away with phasing issues throughout the audio spectrum.
Leaving No Stone Unturned
A lot of trial & error and experimentation was required before creating the Moondrop Blessing 2. The complex structure required precise 3D printing. This resulted in a joint venture with HeyGears, a famous supplier known for its DLP-3D printing with medical-grade UV resin. This is what gives this in-ear monitor its superb accuracy, transparency and durability.
Your IEMs, Your Rules
The medical-grade faceplate is crafted from CNC-machined stainless steel that's brushed for a textured finish. The Blessing 2 logo is engraved on one end while the other is kept clear to showcase your creativity. Add your own artwork or a designer sticker, the sky's the limit!
When you talk about audio, I feel like you always have to define your baseline because the experience is so subjective. In that sense, before I bought these IEMs, my daily listening device was Sennheiser HD 598S, so thats what I'm going to largely compare it to. Also I've now been using the earphones for more than a year, so this will be like a long term review.
My main reason for purchasing IEMs was that good headphones are simply not portable. I wanted something that I could take anywhere, and would sound good on mobile hardware as well. It was bit of a weird thing to go for a portable device that would be more than twice as expensive as my daily driver, but after doing a lot of research on audiophile websites, I realised that this thing here was in somewhat of a unique space in what it offered for the price range.
The first thing I noticed after getting these IEMs, even before the burning in period, was the sheer clarity of sound, specifically till the high mids. The vocals sounded crystal clear compared to my 598S, and although Sennheisers are generally considered strong in their mid range, and that is true when it comes to the power, they didn't hold a candle to the Blessing 2s when it comes to precision. It shouldn't have been that much of a surprise really, considering the Blessing 2s are couple of price brackets above, but having never had a proper IEM before, I was truly surprised something with such a small form factor could sound so good. Needless to say that my old daily driver was summarily drawered (binned is too harsh), and has been sat there collecting dust.
Even though this has a dedicated dynamic driver for bass frequencies, bass is not that powerful on this device. I'm not a basshead by any margin, but I would have like just a bit more punch. That said though, the clarity here also is very good compared to my old sennheisers, and I've grown to enjoy the subtle bass now. Its a bit like when you move from putting sachets of sugar in your tea to just one. Feels not enough in the beginning, but soon enough your taste buds get used to it. Our ear's sensitivity is not static, so don't worry too much about this.
What can definitely be seen as bit of a con though is that the highs are not that great. There is a shrillness and edginess to them that could use more work. If you listen to stuff that has a lot of high frequencies, this might not be for you.
That's it about the tonal quality. Since this is a long term review, I'll talk a bit about more practical things also, like the build and ergonomics.
First off, the modules themselves are quite large. I don't have small ears, but they do stick out a little and look like hearing aid devices which people with hearing deficiencies use. And all that largeness is not just for show, they are also slightly weighty compared to a lot of other IEMs I've held.
The cord that these things come with is gorgeous. It looks good, feels good, and holds good. I think even in 5 years time, the cord will still be pristine.
The earbuds that come with this are of three different sizes, and you get 2 pairs of each size. Unfortunately, there is no notch or lip on the tapered end of the module to hold the earbuds in place. Fairly soon, you'll find the earbuds slipping out and falling down, or remaining stuck in your ear while you pull the earphone out, which can be a bit annoying. To fix this I purchased some buds of one size smaller, so that they'd fit tightly and hopefully hold, but that also did not work for long. Finally, I've simply resorted to gluing the earbuds with fevikwick. Not the best experience here.
Another thing that I wish I'd known earlier is that the resin body, which is transparent and looks lovely, is extremely brittle, although it feels very smooth and you'd think that it might have some pliability. Resting your IEMs on a hard surface like a desk, will produce a sharp "clack" sound and after a while you may start noticing that the resin is cracking. I'd suggest to always place them in the case they come with, or on some soft padded object. Even when you've plugged them in, rest the actual modules in the case when not using.
Thats it for the review. Props to you if you read all that.
TL;DR knowing how they are now, would I make the same purchase again if I could go back in time? Abso-damn-lutely.
This is very clean mids and highs sounding IEM and may suit some who like boosted bass but its not my cup of tea. I like its mids, highs and dynamics but bass is boosted for me and doesn't sound very clean. It could become excellent IEM with proper EQ but I would rather opt for some other better IEMs available out of the box.
To me it seems it DD driver is being used for mids and highs whereas one (or more) of the BA driver is being used for lows (bass). I could be wrong here but the bass sounds like BA bass .. not quite punchy and clean that DDs provide.
Hence one star off due to bass not being of my liking.. but then I found similar issue with some of quite high end and highly rated IEMs as well. Its just me, my likings and my ratings. :)
I am a hobbyist musician and in my quest for good-sounding all-round earphones and headphones have tried many over the years. The list includes Shure SE 530 triple driver, sony 1000xm3, apple airpod pro, Sennheiser momentum free, Sennheiser hd598, bose qc35, bose in-ear, B&O P3. , Audio Technica Atx50
My range of songs includes Hindi classics by pancham, Kishore, Rafi, Lata, and Asha. Ghazals by Jagjit Singh, Indian independent artists like Prateek kuhad, coke studio projects, Kailash Kher, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton , Bryan Adams, Arijit Singh , Shreya Ghoshal
With apple music launching HD music in India I was looking for a good Portable DAC and amp. After a bit of research Purchased Ifi go bar. Tried all the earphones/headphones I have with ifi. They obliviously sounded better than but still something was missing
I started looking for a good quality IEM and headphones. I could not audition them in my city so mostly was relying on reviews. it was hard to get a review of the genre of songs I listen to. I tried a popular headphone company but found that the experts there had a different taste. I was not confident to spend a good amount based on their feedback.
Then I connected with Pritam from the audio store and had a nice discussion with him. Based on my music taste He recommended moondrop blessings 2 . I was already inclined to those as These had excellent reviews everywhere on the web. However, I was reluctant to buy Chinese IEM. Post the discussion I took the shot and ordered.
I received them ( and the delivery was quick) and connected Wow!! My first impression was that These were very musical. Separation is excellent and the vocals are sweet. I do not like any of the parts of the song or instrument overpowering others and prefer a balanced mix . They sounded pleasant to my ears
I ordered spin fit tips and upgraded the cable to kinera by leyding. Using the balanced 4.4 connectors with my iFi go bar now. There are still some more hours of burn-in left and I can’t wait. Moondrop blessings 2 are a treat to ears and I am enjoying them. They outshine all other products I have and they will be kept packed now, except Airpod pro for the convenience they offer.
Thank you Pritam Ji and Think audio store. I think this journey has again started now. :)
I have primarily been a headphone listener all my life. My daily drivers being the Hifiman Sundara. I had until this moment always considered IEMs to be two dimensional "a portable compromise" if I may.
But upon a lot of recommendation by literally everyone I decided to give these a try as I was looking for something portable for my commutes to the office. And I could not have been more wrong. The presentation is fantastic! The texture on instruments, voices, percussive hits, drums is just so good. It's not perfect but is 90 percent there. The detail retrieval is great too, mid range is filled with great details both Macro and Micro contrast between layers is very well done. However, I could use a little more bass extension but again it's 90 percent there. Coming to sound stage and imaging, the imaging is just lovely and super precise and the sound stage isn't 2 dimensional at all it's not as wide as the open backs headphones but is really wide definitely outside of the head. Again not perfect but 90 percent there. You see the trend?
This IEM does everything very well and some things exceptionally well. Honestly speaking, the mid range is the highlight here easily in the same ball park as the HD 600s and the Sundara. If mid range is your priority then just get these and that's your endgame. In this price range there are your IE 300 which does bass pretty well but lacks in upper mid range. There is Fiio FD5 which is just off tuning wise. For a little less you could possibly compare it with 7Hz timeless which is also great but doesn't have this wide a sound stage and lacks such forward precise presentation.
So, there is basically nothing that checks more boxes than this and hence I can openly recommend this to anyone and everyone looking to buy something in this price range.
We'll guy's I had recently purchased these new pair of IEM and would like to really appreciate the guy's at Audio store for their help in quick delivery and also special thanks to Pritam for helping me out in my purchase decision!
Well to tell you about the build quality of these IEMs is just Super Amazing and one of the highest quality I have ever seen in any IEMs!!!
Well done Moondrop Guy's for making such impeccable build quality of IEMs!!
Now regarding the Sound Quality of these IEMs..Man o Man ..it is total Bliss!!
I have had it compared against even over the ear headphones like Boss 700, Sony XM4, Sennheiser HD 598 and these IEMs just blow the out of the water!!! The amount of detail retrieval and the tonality is these IEMs is unbelievable at this price point!!
I had also got the opportunity to compare these to wat higher priced IEMs like the Meze Rai Penta which is almost 2 time's the price of these and these IEMs beat them in almost all aspect except the Highs!! It was unreal for me that an IEM at this price point can even beat such high audiophile level IEMs!
The best of the these IEMs are their Mids. The moment you listen to the song's you have heard 1000 time's you will instantly notice the difference and details which you never heard before. I had my own pair of Sennheiser momentum true wireless and I would certainly say these were a perfect upgrade over them in every way possible!!
The bass is tight and deep, not earth shattering but great which helps them not to overshadow the Highs and Mids!!
If one listens to songs like just a lil bit from 50 cents man that drop in bass u can literally feel inside your head!!
There would be many Hindi songs listening guys, to tell them tracks like Tanaha Dil from Shan, Oh Saman from Lucky Ali gosh it sound and details it was able to present was equivalent to 60k priced headphones!!
The tracks like pehla nasha of Amir Khan and could even hear the sound of Bongo being played in that song!! Till date I have never heard it even after listening this song for over 20 years!!
These IEMs are tuned to perfection at this price point!! I can with 100% guarantee tell one is not going to get disappointed with these purchase.
A Total Blissful experience of Music especially for people who are into Trance!!
Blessing 2 is a competent performer with superb sonic capabilities. It has 1.Better soundstage - better wider soundstage with great depth 2.Better sound separation: each instrument easily identifiable
3. Better imaging: overall imaging & clarity is better
Along with this iem ,I highly recommend to use Spinfit CP 145 Silicon tips Which is comfortable for long listening and overall improvement in Sound.
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I write this review after almost 6 months of purchase. During this period I bought several other IEMs and was listening to a variety of sounds. The Moondrop Kato is a unique iem in its own way. Perfect balanced sound for all genres of music. All frequencies shine on this iem. My only problem is with the fit. It's a bit heavy, being solid CNC machined metal. I haven't tried the more evolved tips to resolve the fit issue. The sub bass and mid bass are quite surprisingly more prominent than some of the planar IEMs I listened to. The vocals and high frequencies were so much clear and bright with no distortion or sibilance even at higher volumes. The Kato is easy to drive and expose nuances in music that remain subdued on other IEMs. Its a whole new experience listening to hi definition music on Kato. Slowly building on you as it gradually burns in. The Kato is a must for aspiring audiophiles. It also is a reference monitor for comparisons with other Hybrid, Planar and BA iems. I am sure, you won't be disappointed with its performance.
Great Purchase, totally recommended.
Price to performance ratio is awesome.
These are pretty great modular cables, which has a good price to performance ratio. Build quality relatively sturdy.
Wow..these are still V Shape tuning king...edm or rock...electronic music is excellent in this. The recent zeros are too hot in treble for me.
Excellent bullet earphones...if you give it some power....this will blow your mind for sure...not good for phone output..you need a very good dongle like tempotec hd pro or ibasso dc03 pro...excellent pairing.
First time ordering from this store, ordered on the 18th morning and got it on 19th afternoon (Chennai). At first I was disappointed but as I listen I can hear more details, I don't know if it's a good thing as some of the songs I listen to have some anoying background noises and the vocals seems enjoyable. Fit is comfortable and easy to put on. Overall I think it's worth the money.
Gives required boost from Mobile audio out to My IEM and DT 770 pro 250 OHMS Headset
Great power output and sounds sweet. Few a very minor cons, but overcome by the pros. Its a good buy overall.
Other options for portable players available now with almost double the price is shanling m0 pro or hiby R2
The DAC was purchased with lot of apprehensions on the sound quality. But it came out a winner. Beautiful sound, punch bass, solid mids and very airy and clear highs. A superb combo for your iPhone to listen to hi-res music!
An iem I like a lot, it delivers good bass and fairly good mid and treble too, i use it with a lotion paw s1 and spinfit 100 eartips.Worth every penny. Excellent value.
These IEMs live up to the name. The music sounds lively and precisely the way you want to hear it—a very close or almost Harman-curved sound signature. The only con is the plastic feeling of the shell and the cable and sticks a little out of the ear. Although, the most powerful in my collections to likes of Ikko Oh01, BQEYZ Summer, TruthEar Zero, and KZ EDX pro.
These IEMs kind of felt dull in the beginning but boy, they do not fail to amaze at all. Such a balanced sound signature, although not a wide soundstage but very enjoyable. These are available for 129$ on Linsoul and it is blessing we're getting it only for 49$ here in India.
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