BGVP ArtMagic VG4 - Reviews
BGVP Artmagic Vg4 - Art in your ear
Pros: Strong at in all frequencies, Not hard to drive, Tweaks on sound is possible, Sturdy (very) cable, Comfortable
Cons: Tweak pins are hard to reach and nimble, Mid is a little loose on many sound sets
BGVP VG4 Review just arrived! BGVP ArtMagic VG4 comes with 9 sound presets, MMCX connectors and close to CIEM grade isolation experience. Thanks to BGVP for sending this review unit.

Box, Unboxing, Headphone, Cable

Box and contents are just like other latest BGVP IEMs: Headphone illustration on the white surface, on top left corner there's model name and on bottom right there's driver logos. Hi-Res logo on down left. On the back there's specs and address of the company. After take this white cardboard off, actual box appears. Inside the black box, canvas-like carrying case, IEMs and paperwork&earphone tips inside beige colored envelope. Cable is in the canvas case.


VG4 have 4BA and those are Knowles and Sonion armatures. Sonion armatures are rare and exclusive armatures that have very high quality and price. With pignose nozzle stem the sound is very close to you, in the other hand with solid one piece finish the structure completes itself to Custom Universal In-Ear Monitor. MMCX connectors color coded blue for left and red for right on cable, also there's L and R indicators on ear side.


Cable Quality is outstanding. VG4's cable is better than Faaeal Hibiscus and Bqeyz Spring 1's cables. Braided on 4x4 structure while keeping its flexibility. There's only one strain relief and it's on jack plug, there's ~1cm margin for mobile device cases. Y split shaped like grain rice and chin strap is circular, have BGVP logo on it.


  • Drivers – 4 balanced armatures (2 Sonion + 2 Knowles)
  • 3 tuning switches.
  • Impedance – 12 Ω
  • Sensitivity – 110 dB dB/mW.
  • Frequency response – 12Hz-40kHz.
  • Channel difference – ≤1dB.
  • Distortion rate – ≤0.5% (1kHz)
  • Rated power – 6mW.

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  • BGVP ArtMagic VG4 cable
  • BGVP ArtMagic VG4
  • BGVP ArtMagic VG4  case
BGVP ArtMagic VG4- Sound

Sound is partially dark while background is whole dark. Tuning sounds mellow, clarity is high. Even in this heavy metal track everything is on surface. There's no spikes and flows coherently. Strong, wide staged and airy, instrument separation is really good and instruments sounds 9/10 holographic. Everything's in front of you. Even in the electronic music you can hear those effects organic, full and tight just like real. I've heard this on Final Audio E1000 and Sennheiser Amperior before. VG4 got really good layering too, and have decent details.
In the Hans Zimmer Orchestra -which i oftenly use- while the bass instruments heats up; sitar, piano, strings... every one of them hearable and all of the splendid in the stage comes to your ear like an open-back headphone. We owe this to organic depth and vertical height of the stage. In ~5th minute i've heard choir sings on higher and further just like the live performance! I've experienced this on few headphones.


Due to its holographic presentation, every instrument on the stage have their own body and lastly if I must add, the sounstage is placed near the listener with all the reflection capacity it has.


(Sound characteristics may vary with switches on the VG4. I've used 1-1-1 preset on this review.)

Bass, Mid, Treble

Bass performance little bit depends on presets. They are not much in quantity but quality is good, fading in beats are naturally hearable. In the meantime you won't hear midbass thump in Metallica songs. Bass does not goes down much but you can experience comfortable listening with VG4's not bright and mellow sound.



I've mentioned naturality in midrange. Since the sound signature is like wide U, mids are recessed just a little bit but even in the complex songs you can track them one by one. In a trio band, Le Trio Joubran as i hear there's decent space in every percussive & strings therefore instruments can reflect their naturality. While we listen to a modern hip-hop song with 5-6 channel (Monitored with Cubase) the sound difference is audible with VG4.


Treble never does disturbs. If you listen carefully Metallica's intro you can hear Lars Ulrich's soft touches on cymballs with drumsticks on. This kind of detail might be annoying but since VG4 does not focuses on microdetails and sounds little bit dark and controlled you can eliminate this.

BGVP ArtMagic VG4 - Conclusion

In this review BGVP VG4 performed really good and passed in every field therefore it does respectfully claim its "Artmagic" name. Quality of the sound, sealed fit in the ear and joy on orchestral tracks makes it worth its price. I would recommend BGVP ArtMagic VG4 if you are looking for an upgrade.
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Great review.
Love my VG4 as well :)
Pros: Overall tuning
Warm neutral tonality
Natural timbre
Detail and clarity
Layering and imaging
Soundstage
Build
Fit and Comfort
Tuning switches
Cons: May cause fatiguing (ON-OFF-OFF combination) but can be fix by dip switches
Not for treble sensitivity people
Introduction
BGVP is the Chinese company, they launched the really famous DM6 back in 2018 and the follow up by DM7 in 2019, hopefully the DM8 will come out soon, BGVP has been well known as the IEM brand that has relatively affordable for it’s price. In this review I am checking out the VG4 in their Artmagic lined up, the Artmagic lined up are familiar with the tuning dip switches that it offer.
The price of VG4 is $229USD, the driver configuration is 4BA.

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Disclaimer
I purchased it from their Amazon Australia myself for retail price, and the review will be based on my honest opinion through the music I listen to.


Package & Accessories
The package is simple and well presented, it come with the moderate white box, with the brand logo, model name and other information at the front, the brand name at the side, whereas the specifications at the back. Open the cover, their is the black cardboard box inside indicatethe brand name at middle, the IEM and other accessories are clearly presented in order.

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Accessories list:
1 pair x BGVP ArtMagic VG4
1 piece x Detachable Cable with MMCX Connector
3 pairs x Vocal Eartips (S/M/L)
3 pairs x Bass Eartips (S/M/L)
3 pairs x Standard Silicone Eartips (S/M/L)
1 pair x Foam Eartip
1 piece x Cleaning Tool/Sound Switching Tool
1 piece x Zipper Case
1 piece x User Manual/warranty card/Quick Start Guide

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The accessories it come with are pretty well for its price range, it come with the small zipper case which can store one pair of IEM.

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It provide different ear tips for users to get the right fit and sound, it come with three pair of ear tips for each of vocal, bass and standard, and one additional foam tips.

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It offer the 8 core braided cable with 6N high purity copper and silver strands cable, it has 3.5mm straight connector in metal shell, it feature the MMCX connector with the red and blue indicator to show left and right, the Y-splitter is in the metal shell as well as the MMCX male connector, whereas the cable slider are in the rubber-ish material. The cable is overall decent, soft and feel durable.

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Design & Build & Comfort
The VG4 has semi-custom style design, the shell are transparent and really clear, it also offer variety of shell and faceplate options to be chose from. The shell are printed by the EnvisionTEC 3D printer, shell are made with skin friendly PMMA acrylic fiber. There are the BGVP silver logo on both of faceplate, and laser engraving model name in inner shell of the shell, while the three dips switches tuning panel are on the rear side of both IEM. There are no vent on VG4.

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The build quality on VG4 are really solid and feel durable, the shell are finished in high standard, it is well rounded, without any gap and sharp edges. The VG4 only has the resin filled in at the sound bore part of IEM for holding the component. The BA driver are perfectly placed at the place, the wire inside are really neatly organized. It has two sound bore and holes for each two driver, the nozzle are perfectly drilled into two holes. The MMCX female connectors are tight, and do not have sign of wear and tear after I swapped few times of cable. The dips switch are as functional as I received it after I switch it for a least hundred times.

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The fits of VG4 are really good, thanks to the semi-custom design. The nozzle are on the short side, but it doesn’t affect the fit in anyway, I actually find out the short nozzle can fit into my ear without coming out much from my ear, which is good idea for listen to music while sleeping. The VG4 also offer the custom fit option for provide the better fit. The isolation is above the average, without a lot of pressure build up.

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Technical specifications:
Driver : 4 balanced armature (Knowles ED-26989 + Knowles RAF-33518 + 2 SONION 33AJ007).
Distortion rate: ≤0.5% (1kHz)
Sensitivity: 115dB SPL/MW
Input impedance: 16 Ω
Frequency response: 10Hz-40kHz


Sound
Tuning switch systems summary:
The VG4 offer the three tuning switches, the switches indicate in number 1, 2 and 3 (from left to right). Push the switch up is on, while push it down is off.

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OFF-OFF-OFF
This is reference mode on VG4, it has close to neutral and well balanced tonality.

ON-OFF-OFF
It boost the upper midrange and also on treble, the female vocal sound slightly thinner and lively compare to reference mode, the instrument sound more attacked as well, the soundstage are wider and more detail in comparison to reference mode. But it may cause fatiguing for someone.

OFF-ON-OF
It filled up the lower midrange, the male vocal sound more fuller and emotional compare to reference mode. The female vocal sound less thinner and fatiguing compare to reference mode.

OFF-OFF-ON
It boost the bass and also slightly on the sub bass, even with bass boost it still do not reach the bass head level. It bring the overall tonality slightly warmer in comparison to reference mode.

ON-ON-OFF
As I mentioned, If turn on the switch 1, the female vocal sound thin and instrument sound attacked and slightly sharp, and it cause fatiguing for me.
But by also turn on the switch 2, it can reduce the sharpness and attacked on the instrument, whereas the female vocal can sound more natural, it also bring tonality more warmer compare to only switch 1 on. This is my favorite mode.


Overall tonality (The review will be based on my favorite ON-ON-OFF)
The VG4 has neutral and slightly bright tonality, it present well balanced and clean notes in the dark background.

Paring
The VG4 come with three different types of ear tips, I find out the blue(vocal) ear tips has similar design to the Spinfit, and it provide the best fit in this three type of ear tips, but it can cause fatiguing in the upper midrange. The white(bass), It has more harder inner core compare to blue ear tips, I find out it has more warmer and less fatiguing sound in comparison to blue ear tips.
The black ear tips are has slightly softer inner core compare to white ear tips, it has slightly warmer sound compare to blue ear tips, and it is still some where fatiguing in upper midrange. In this review I will be using the white ear tips as it is my favorite.

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Bass
The Bass is linear and close to neutral, with moderate amount of sub bass, and moderate extension and decay. The Bass has average impact, rumble and punch. It has above the average detail and clarity. The Bass has good level of speed and control. It is overall tight and well and well controlled bass.

Turn on the switch 3, the bass feel slightly more body and and depth, with slightly more rumble, but does not effect the punch and decay. It still has same level of detail and clarity compare to OFF position, it does not affect the speed and control as well, so if you feel bass is not enough weight and rumble on OFF position, you can turn on the switch 3.

Mids
The mids is close to neutral and well balanced with slightly warm tuned. The low mids has moderate of bodies with good amount of depth presented in clean manner, the upper mids has above average transparency and level, presented in natural and lively manner. The mid range show really good levels of detail, clarity and transparency with out sound too thin or fatiguing.

Turn the switch 2 to OFF position, but leave the switch 1 on ON position, the mids sound more thinner, and it present the notes with more clarity. The lower mids sound slight less bodies compare to ON position, while the upper mids sound more lively but less natural. It also change the tonality to slightly less warmer.

Turn the switch 1 to OFF position, but leave the switch 2 on ON position,the mids has slightly less clarity compare to switch 1 on the ON position, because of the slightly warmer tuned. The lower mids sound more bodies and more emotional, while the upper mids sound fuller but slightly less lively compare to switch 1 on ON position. The only reason I like switch 1 to ON position is because of the treble, which I will mention in next section.

Treble
The treble is bright compare to other IEM I owned, but it is still presented in smooth and natural manner. The treble has good amount of extended and energy. It has above the average detail and clarity. It also has good amount of airy and sparkle.

Turn the switch 1 to OFF position, the treble sound slightly less brightness and less attack on instrument compare to ON position. While the switch on ON position increase the overall clarity, and adding the additional sparkle and energy on the top end. If you enjoy treble and like some rock or jazz music I suggest you to try it. But it may cause fatiguing, that is why I like to turn both of 1 and 2 switches on.

Soundstage and imaging
It has above average depth and wide.
The imaging are really good.


Comparison (ON-ON-OFF)

IKKO OH10 ($189USD)

Bass
The sub bass has more amount on OH10, and also provide better extension and decay. The VG4 has less bass quantity compare to OH10, the OH10 has better weight, rumble and impact, while the VG4 provide better speed, control and clarity. Turn on the switches 3, the VG4 has same amount of rumble that OH10 provide without become muddy. Both has fairly good levels of detail.

Mids
The OH10 has more recessed midrange compare to VG4, VG4 has slightly fuller midrange presentation compare to OH10. Both of them have same amount of bodies in lower midrange, while the VG4 sound clearer. The upper midrange sound more forward and thinner on OH10, while VG4 sound more natural and fuller. The VG4 did better jobs in term of midrange clarity, transparency and detail.

Treble
The treble on both are toward the bright side, but VG4 are even brighter. The VG4 has better lower treble transitions and better treble extension compare to OH10, the OH10 has slightly thin timbre on treble and sound noticeably crisper, while the VG4 are fuller but more attacked. The VG4 also done better in term of detail. Both have pretty good level of clarity and airiness.

Soundstage and imaging
Both have similar size of sound stage.
The VG4 did better job on imaging.


Akoustyx R-220 ($199USD)

Bass
The sub bass and bass are pretty linear and flat on R220, while the VG4 has slightly more bodies in comparison. The sub bass has better extension and decay on the VG4. The bass on VG4 are slightly fuller, while the R-220 are fully dead. The bass has more rumble and impact on the VG4, while the both of them has good punch and speed. The clarity and detail are slightly better on VG4.

Mids
The midrange has again with fuller presentation on VG4, where the R-220 are more clean but thinner. The lower midrange has more bodies on the VG4. The upper midrange has thinner timbre and more emphasis on R-220, whereas the VG4 has lively yet natural presentation. The detail are better on VG4, both have good clarity and transparency levels.

Treble
The treble are more brighter and extended further on VG4. Both have fairly open and airy treble presentation, but R-220 has more peaky upper treble, while the VG4 has more natural presentation. They both has good clarity and detail, but VG4 are tad better.

Soundstage and imaging
The soundstage are wider on VG4, with same depth.
The imaging are better on VG4 as well.


Oriveti OH300 ($299USD)

Bass
The bass on both are clean and linear, the bass on the VG4 are not far to the neutral, while the bass OH300 has more fuller presentation. The OH300 has more sub bass quantity than the VG4, the sub bass extension and decay are slightly better on OH300. The bass has slightly more punch and rumble on OH300, turn on the switches 3 on VG4, there are same amount of impact on bass as OH300. The bass on VG4 has slightly better speed and details, both have good level of clarity and control.

Midrange
The Mid range on O300 are slightly fuller, they both have really natural timbre and not far to the neutral. The lower mids on OH300 has more Slightly more bodies compare to VG4, both have clean and slightly warm presentation. The upper midrange on VG4 are lively and natural, while the OH300 are even more natural in timbre and sound more without sharpness. The VG4 has slightly more transparency in mids, while both have good levels of detail and clarity.

Treble
The treble on both of them are well tuned and both toward the natural side. The VG4 sound more airy and open, with slightly more attacked, whereas the OH300 sound more relax and natural, bring to overall fatiguing-free listening. Both of them has good amount of detail and sparkle.

Soundstage and imaging
The soundstage are wider on VG4, but slightly more deeper on OH300
Both of them did really good jobs on imaging.


Final audio E5000 ($269USD)

Bass
Both of sub bass and bass has more quantity on the E5000, while the VG4 are not far to neutral in this section, the sub bass has better extension and decay on the E5000. The bass has more dynamic and slow presentation on the E5000, where as the VG4 has quicker and less dynamic bass. The bass has more weight, punch and rumble on E5000, while the VG4 has better speed and pretty similar amount of impact but faster. The clarity and overall control better on the VG4.

Mids
The midrange on VG4 are not far to neutral, while E5000 are slightly U shape, sound noticeably thicker and lusher. The lower midrange has more bodies on E5000 and fuller in comparison, while the VG4 did better job in term of clarity. The upper midrange are fuller and more soothing on E5000, while the VG4 sound more lively and vividly with less bodies. The VG4 has better transparency and detail in the midrange.

Treble
The treble has better extensions on the VG4, and sound more brighter, while the E5000 sound laid back with slightly dark tonality. The VG4 has crisper and more open presentation, while the E5000 are more relax and take fuller presentation manner. The VG4 has better detail retrieval and sparkle amount.

Soundstage and imaging
The soundstage are wider on VG4, the imaging are also better on VG4 as well.



Obravo Cupid ( $250-350USD)

Bass
The sub bass and bass has more quantity on Cupid. The Cupid provide better sub bass extension and decay. The bass are slightly more cleaner and linear on the VG4, while the Cupid is clean but fuller. The bass has better speed and control on the VG4, while the bass on Cupid has more weight, and owning more punch and rumble. Both of them has good impact, but VG4 did it faster. The detail and clarity are better on VG4.

Mids
The midrange has slightly fuller expression on VG4, while the Cupid are thinner in timbre. The lower midrange on both have good bodies, but VG4 are slightly fuller in timbre. The upper midrange has more emphasis on Cupid, it is more aggressive than the VG4, while the VG4 sound lively and smooth. The clarity and detail are both pretty good. The transparency level are better on VG4.

Treble
The treble has smoother presentation compare to the peaky treble on the Cupid. The treble has extended further on the VG4. The treble on VG4 has smooth yet crisp presentation on the top end, while the Cupid has peaky and more airiness presentation on top end, both of them are fairly open expression, and provide good amount of detail and clarity.

Soundstage and imaging
The soundstage are both fairly open, while the imaging are both pretty good as well.




Conclusion
The VG4 is tuned really well, it is neutral and well balanced presented in slightly bright but smooth manner. It has natural timbre, especially the instrument and female vocal sound really realistic in ON-ON-OFF combination. It also offer the strong technical for its price range, the tuning switch also give you the significant change to the tuning. The VG4 will be my top-tier for $200 price range, until I found other to replace it. Thank you for reading, HAPPY LISTENING!

BGVP offical website: http://en.bgvp-hifi.com/
BGVP Artmagic VG4 product page: http://en.bgvp-hifi.com/product/info/11
BGVP AliExpress offical store: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/5256156?spm=2114.12010617.pcShopHead_383438230.0

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Great review
Audio Fun
Audio Fun
Thank you for reading!
Pros: They have one of the best bass in a Full BA, in this price range.
- The use of the switches allows the profile to be modified without having to change IEMS.
- Construction.
- Cable.
- Accessories, box.
Cons: Mouthpieces a little short.
Introduction

I have the pleasure of analyzing another great product, the BGVP brand. As I mentioned before, BGVP is originally from China (Dongguan) and has a good catalogue of IEMS and Earbuds. The present model is the ArtMagic VG4: some IEMS Full BA, with 4 drivers per capsule. For this occasion, BGVP has chosen to use a combination of two drivers Sonion and two drivers Knowles. All of them have been integrated in a translucent capsule, made of acrylic fiber resin. Also, a 4-way crossover system has been used to gently mix all the sound generated. As in other models, we have chosen to integrate a mechanism of 3 micro-switches, which allow us to adjust the sound in up to 8 different configurations, capable of satisfying our listening needs. The set comes with a 6N cable, hybrid, with copper and silver strands. The set is completed with the classic packaging, very similar to the one used for the DH3 model. Finally, these IEMS have a high level of customization, being able to choose from more than 12 types of capsules, or make combinations between multiple housings and external plates.

All this will be analyzed in depth, in the following review.

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Specifications

  • Drivers type: 4 BA drivers, 1 double BA Sonion 33AJ007 (bass), 1 BA Knowles ED-29689 (midrange) and 1 BA Knowles RAF-33518 (treble).
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 40kHz
  • Sensitivity: ≥ 110dB SPL/MW
  • Impedance: 12Ω
  • Channel Difference: ≤ 1dB
  • THD: 0.5% (1kHz)
  • Nominal power 8mW
  • Connector Jack: 3.5mm
  • Cable length: 1.2m ± 5%.
  • Capsule Connection Type: MMCX
  • Weight: about 4.2g each capsule.

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Packaging

The VG4 comes in a moderately large box, the dimensions of which are 182x130x53mm. It comes sealed in cellophane, which has two seals of guarantee. The external part of the box, consists of a decorated cardboard cover. The front and back sides are white and the sides are black. On the main face, there is the model name, on the top, together with the brand logo. In the center there are two drawings of the capsules, composed only by the edges of them. On the lower left is the Hi-Res logo and on the right is the Knowles and Sonion logos.

On the back side, there are the specifications, information about the brand and address, the web address, a QR code and the consequent quality certifications. On the sides are the logos of the brand and the information of the model of the capsule. This time, it is a totally transparent capsule.

Once the cardboard is removed, a black, textured box with the letters BGVP in the centre is revealed. After removing the lid, a foam mould can be seen, in which the silicone and foam tips, the capsules and the carrying case are inserted. There is also a white envelope, which contains the guarantee, manuals and quality certificate. Inside the case, there is the cable, whose jack connector is protected by a plastic cover, two pairs of black silicone tips and a cleaning brush. In summary, the contents are as follows:

  • The capsules.
  • 3 pairs of blue tips, size SxMxL, Vocal ear tips.
  • 3 pairs of white tips, sizes SxMxL, Bass ear tips.
  • 3 pairs of black tips, sizes SxMxL.
  • 1 pair of foam tips, size medium
  • 1 hybrid cable, 8 strands of 6N, with MMCX connectors
  • A cleaning brush.
  • A carrying case.
  • Manual, certificate of guarantee, quality control and recommendations for use.

The content is practically the same, as the DH3 model, appropriate to its price and quality. The case is large and rigid, totally distinctive and the accessories are adequate. Some bi or tri-flange types may be missed, although the morphology of the capsules may not be suitable for this type of tip.

In general and despite being a classic content within the brand, in this section BGVP are maintained at an excellent level and according to their price.

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Construction and Design

As usual, the ArtMagic VG4, has been built on German Envision TEC's 3D printing equipment, manufactured using PMMA acrylic fiber. This material is fully skin-friendly, resistant and offers a high degree of impact protection.

The capsules have an ergonomic shape, which is somewhat larger than the DH3 model, though their shapes are similar. The connection is MMCX, gold-plated. The revised model is fully transparent. It has a plate with 3 micro-switches. On the inner side there is an inscription in white letters, which reads "ArtMagic VG4 M236R", on the right capsule and "ArtMagic VG4 M236L", on the left. The external face has the logo, in silver, on the inside. The nozzles are one piece, custom type, with two holes in each one and without grids or filters.

The internal configuration is very similar to the DH3, since it uses the same Knowles BA drivers. On the other hand, for low frequencies, a double Sonion BA driver has been chosen. In summary, the drivers used are: 1 Sonion double BA 33AJ007 (bass), 1 Knowles BA ED-29689 (midrange) and 1 Knowles BA RAF-33518 (treble).

To smooth and mix the curve, the classic 4-way electronic crossover has been integrated.

This time, the number of micro-switches has been increased: there are 3 in each capsule, allowing up to 8 different types of tuning.

The cable is composed of 8 hybrid strands, of copper and silver of 6N. It is thick, rubbery to the touch, but very soft and flexible. It is slightly rough to the touch. The different strands, of copper and silver, are easily distinguishable. The Jack cover is black, metallic and smooth, with a good size. The connector is gold-plated and its diameter is 3.5mm. The dividing piece is a black and metallic barrel. There is a round, black rubber pin with the brand logo inscribed on it. The shape over the ear is given by a slightly rigid, transparent plastic case, which is very pleasant and not very annoying. Finally, the sleeves of the MMCX connectors are black metallic cylinders, with a blue or red ring, to distinguish the channel. The MMCX connectors are gold-plated.

The capsules are perfectly constructed. As they are transparent, you can see the whole interior, how all the drivers are assembled, in a perfect way, almost handmade. The capsules have no defects and are of high quality construction. The cable is very soft and comfortable. Its hybrid aspect is original and only, its more rubbery touch, presents some strange sensation... but this is a personal appreciation, which does not limit its quality, since it is very docile, flexible and not microphonic at all. Very good cable, besides being comfortable and not very heavy.

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Adjustment and Ergonomics

The shape is very similar to its brother DH3, but its volume is larger. This does not imply any change in the comfort of the current capsules. Its semi custom shape, fits very well to my morphology, fixing it with great security. With some hybrid tips, filled with foam, I get a high degree of comfort and insulation. Its nozzles are short, approximately 6mm, the same size as its diameter. The insertion is shallow, which is grateful for the use of wider tips. Tri-flange tips could be used, but in this case, the angle could represent some problem, depending on the morphology of our particular ear canal.

The softness and gumminess of the cable, added to the lightness of the cable and the subtle coating on the ear, provides a high degree of comfort. In addition, the microphone is non-existent.

Both elements, capsules and cable, form a great set, whose size, does not penalize neither the comfort, nor the adjustment.

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Sound

Profile


The profile of the VG4 can be modified with the switches. Although the greatest enhancement is obtained in the lower zone, its profile is not far from balance, varying towards the warm side. Regardless of the position of the switches, their midrange, the softness and control of the treble, as well as their extension, does not fall.

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Switch Positions

1 OFF - 2 OFF - 3 OFF. In short 000: Reference sound, where balance and equilibrium are combined, with a very adequate presence of bass, very juicy mid-range and controlled treble.

1 ON - 2 OFF - 3 OFF. In short mode 100: Slight enhancement of first highs. The sound acquires a little more brilliance and presence, improving in nuances and definition.

1 OFF - 2 ON - 3 OFF. In short 010: Enhancement of the central area. The sound gains in presence, roundness, body and density.

1 OFF - 2 OFF - 1 ON. In short 001: Sensitive enhancement of the lower and middle areas. The sound becomes full and warm. The presence of the bass is evident and is gained in depth and body, acquiring greater density and weight.

The rest of the combinations become more or less adequate mixes, sometimes more diffuse, to which everyone can find the taste or preference.

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Bass

Starting from the 000 position, the lower zone remains very linear, with good depth and a neutral and balanced presence. Its control and colour stand out, a priori, in spite of coming from a double BA, its texture is very achieved. The amount of air that moves, is not very large, although its characteristics are very well achieved and exposed. So much so, that when the 001 mode is activated, the bass is widened and enlarged, without losing naturalness, body and sweetness. It is indisputable the quality of this double BA of Sonion, since it is not easy, to determine that the low zone, comes from a full BA. The bass has authority and a strong hit, but dry and tight. Its recovery is high and in the decay, it is possible to distinguish its BA feel, as well as in the texture of the lower part of the sub-bass, which, on the other hand, is the weakest part of the range. The lower part of the sub-bass, suffers from the BA sound and does not manage to reproduce, with all the naturalness and fidelity, the lower end . But, otherwise, the agility, the flatness and the descriptive power of the VG4 makes it one of the best Full BA bass I have ever tested in this price range. It is clear, then, that the level of fun, which is acquired in position 001, makes the rest of the modes a little forgotten. I think I've become a Full BA Bass lover...

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Mids

For the middle zone, the switches have many positions. The sound, body and density can vary, depending on how they are activated. Although I prefer the 000, 001 or 010 positions, as they provide a warmth and softness, which helps to generate a more realistic and natural sound, always, in my opinion.

The mids can move from a pleasant neutrality, to rise in a greater exuberance, to end in a full body, a larger, zenithal presence and a fairly full density. All of them enjoy a clarity, already characteristic, that shows the ornamental richness they possess, without losing the naturalness and without presenting any artificiality, sibilance or lack of detail.

Again, the light and the separation, stand out in the central area of this new model of BGVP. Its luminosity brings the voices closer to our ears and the recreation of the characters acquires three-dimensionality, occupying a privileged area within the scene. The integration of all the drivers is very harmonious, since there are no gaps or integration failures between the instruments and voices of that range.

The sonority is natural, it has a warmth, but it is not totally creamy or eminently soft, because its BA profile, comes out, in its capacity of definition and in the recreation of the final details. In this way, its profile finds a balance between neutrality and a light analytical leave, fed by its good level of resolution, definition and perfectionist refinement.

These characteristics make the middle zone highly enjoyable and make it perhaps the best range of the VG4, since it has a great amount of descriptive capacity, a rich, multiple and very adaptable recreation to all genres.

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Treble

In this new model, the treble can be modified, by using the switches. In this way, it is possible to gain in presence, without this implying an imbalance, nor any significant alteration within the harmony and naturalness of the whole. The VG4 is characterized by a good extension of treble, with a good amount of air. Their presence is not trimmed, but they have a very detailed profile, with elegant and gentle trebles, without being sharp, nor protruding too much, in the general sound.

By activating the 100 mode, a lively and sparkling sound is achieved, but maintaining a natural and precise color. The detail is maximized in this position and the treble is narrowed, but not sharp. The result is an advantage that allows to offer many more profiles, within the same IEM, ranging from a remarkable presence in the low area, reaching a more explicit profile in the high area.

Even so, in this position, the treble does not bite, despite its clear enhancement, as it is reproduced with great precision and speed. The sound becomes very dynamic and open, at this point, but maintaining a soft and natural feeling in the mids, giving them more clarity, detail, a more concise reproduction, but somewhat less body. On the other hand, it gains in resolution and separation, as they are freed from the higher density offered by other switch positions. The scene, at this point, feels modified, as spatiality is raised, taking the listener away from the stage, providing a relatively different point of view.

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Soundstage, Separation

As it could not be otherwise, the switches also affect the scene, being able to modify, almost, to the taste. Although there is no doubt that the VG4 has a remarkable scene, it can even be tuned to the outstanding. In the bass boost mode, the stage looks deep, almost round. The greater body and density bring both the instrumentation and the voices closer to the listener. In the midrange mode, the stage is widened and the area is perceived as more liberated, with more air, expanding the music in width and height. In the mode of greater presence of treble, the greater clarity and better definition, gives the scene more technical planes, gaining in three-dimensionality and increasing the separation.

Overall, the scene continues to be reconstructed from the central range. However, on this occasion, the focus is not so much on the vocalists, but rather the technical improvements imply that there is a greater instrumental role, improving this aspect. On this basis, the stage is drawn from this starting point. Meanwhile, the side bands help the scene to expand in different directions: the bass generates depth and the treble helps to separate the music, to draw a more spherical image. Meanwhile, the midrange stays in that delicious limbo, which the listener doesn't want to leave.

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Comparisons

BGVP ArtMagic DH3

One of the obligatory comparisons is with his younger brother, the DH3, who has brought me so much joy. There are many similarities between the two, as both models use the same Knowles BA drivers, for mid and high. The shape of the capsules is similar, being slightly thicker those of the VG4. Both have microswitches, two the DH3, three the VG4. The cable is very similar, but in the VG4 it is thicker, more comfortable and flexible, an improvement. Both the packaging and the accessories are practically the same.

As for the sound differences, it is assumed that the DH3 has a dynamic driver for the low zone and the VG4 has a double Sonion BA. This configuration gives a better performance to the new model, being more sensitive and easy to move.

The first sensation that can be appreciated, between both models, is clearly the impression produced by the low zone. In the DH3, the dynamic driver has more influence on the rest of the ranges, while in the VG4, the sound flows cleaner, freer and more precise, gaining in clarity and resolution, something that the mids, highs and details appreciate. The DH3's bass is darker and heavier, and also slower. It is true that the sub-bass appreciates the dynamic driver, but the execution weighs down the dynamism of the area, being less agile and recovering more slowly, leaving a darker and warmer pose, with a heavier and dustier texture. Meanwhile, the VG4, feel vivid, elastic, graceful and dynamic. Their recovery is faster, there is more light and separation between the lower notes, a more cheerful colour, greater descriptive power and resolution. It is clear that the VG4's hitting is not as noticeable as that produced by the DH3's, nor are the sub-bass notes reproduced as real and pleasant, but their quality improves overall to the sound.

In the middle zone, changes are also observed, more than could be expected a priori. Starting with the voices, in the VG4, their projection is even clearer, more vivid and isolated. They have more definition and feel less mixed. In addition, they have more nuances and details, offering even more emotion and enthusiasm. In DH3, voices sound warmer and softer, with less ornamentation, wider and less resolution. Something similar happens with the instruments, where the VG4 are able to provide a greater weight to each note, while the DH3 are more limp, less decisive and with less definition and micro details. But, the clear difference between both models, in this range, is in the texture and timbre. The former proves to be more refined, accurate and realistic, with better detail, descriptiveness and fidelity. The second, the timbre, is sweeter, clearer, natural and faithful.

In the upper zone, the VG4 demonstrates its quality, not only because it has a dedicated and exclusive position, but also because its presence and extension is superior. It seems unbelievable, as BGVP, they have improved the treble, using the same drivers. In the 100 mode, the extension, presence, amount of detail and definition, overwhelms by comparison. The DH3 has a softer character in this range, while the VG4, even in its 000 mode, draws a more natural and less clipped area, showing off its better reproduction and extension.

At scene level, the VG4's greater separation and amount of air expands the image in various directions. The switches are able to control this expansion. While in the DH3, something similar happens, but with a more limited effect. The better and greater presence of treble, the more contained low zone, the greater definition and resolution of the mids, generates an expanded and large scene in the VG4, with that extra clarity, separation and a darker background, which offers a qualitative leap.

In short, the VG4 improves in almost every aspect to the DH3, except for the sub-bass, which sounds more faithful and natural, in the little brother.



Conclusion

BGVP has achieved it again, they have surpassed my beloved DH3, making a new model that, starting from the same base, has known how to squeeze the potential of the used drivers, adding a new one, to the lower zone. For this they have chosen a full BA configuration and they have not made a mistake. They have expanded the tuning possibilities, adding a micro switch, offering a greater sound versatility, extending the high zone and even improving the middle zone, starting from a double Sonion BA, for bass, which provides a lot of quality to the low zone. The new VG4 is a great buy for its price. They are very adaptable, comfortable, its cable is better and its sound has improved, both in dynamism, tuning, extension, scene, clarity, presence, resolution, timbre, naturalness, detail and resolution. Excellent!



Sources Used During the Analysis

  • Burson Audio Playmate
  • HiBy R3 Pro.
  • JWD JWM-115 Review



Ratings

  • Construction and Design: 92
  • Adjustment/Ergonomics: 80
  • Accessories: 91
  • Bass: 86
  • Mids: 93
  • Treble: 90
  • Separation: 92
  • Soundstage: 92
  • Quality/Price: 93

Purchase link

https://es.aliexpress.com/item/4000166039379.html

You can read the full review in Spanish here:

https://hiendportable.com/2020/07/04/bgvp-artmagic-vg4-review/
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cqtek
cqtek
I haven't tried the Tsmr 3 pro, only the Tansio Mirai TSMR-2, so I can't say for sure.
Organ-Man
Organ-Man
An Amazon review says that the pins are non-standard.
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