BGVP DM5

Rating:
3.83333/5,
  1. Selenium
    BGVP DM5 - Hits like a two-by-four(get it!?)
    Written by Selenium
    Published Jan 10, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Value, ergonomics, sleepable, clarity, air, rumble, accessories
    Cons - Build
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    TLDR; Excellent, comfortable v-shaped earphone for the price, only let down by a couple(possibly isolated) build quality issues.

    BGVP SIDY DM5 2BA+ 2 Dynamic Drivers Hybrid Hi-Fi MMCX Detachable IEM

    Comes with 2 Cables , 1 without mic (2 kinds optional , choose by yourself ) , 1 with mic .

    Description

    • BGVP DM5 adopts Physical Capacitance Three - frequency Tuning Technology: BGVP original patented technology with open cavity design, make the sound field to the best
    • Dual Knowels 30042 BA + Dual Graphene coaxial composite dynamic driver
    • MMCX pluggable interface: Effectively solve the headset cannot be used because of the problem, the shell using precision CNC machining and environment-friendly plating process, low-key is not mediocre.
    • Ergonomic design: Fit the ear, avoid prolonged wearing discomfort, distract the ear pressure, let you enjoy the fun of music
    • Using durable headset wire: Equipped with durable and enhanced headphone cable, while easy to replace the same time, but also take into account the durability of headphones
    Wire control & Mic cable

    • It use 72-core single-share oxygen-free copper to build, double-encircling process shielding, Kelaf fiber, tensile and durable. Excellent oxygen-free copper can make the signal transmission more stable, so that the overall sound more balanced and hearable.
    • Cable length:1.2M
    Silver-plated without Mic Cable

    • using a single share 18-core 0.05 oxygen-free copper silver-plated to make, 72 silver-plated wires winding, silver-plated can reduce the loss of current signal, provide a better sound source, restore the authenticity of music in a bigger limitation.
    • Comfortable to wear, reduce the wind noise and stethoscope effect, the passive noise reduction to do the best
    • Cable length:1.2M

    8 Shares Silver-plated without Mic Cable

    • Plug: American standard 3.5mm interface CTIA
    • Inductance: 120PF
    • Capacitance: 3.8UF
    • Impedance: 0.86 ohm (2.6 meters)
    • Skin material: PU
    • Wire: single share 12 core 0.05mm * 8 shares, a total of 96
    • Wire-based material: 5N OCC silver-plated handmade
    • Cable length: 128CM
    Specification

    • Model :BGVP DM5
    • Driver: 2 Balanced Armature + 2 Graphene Composite Dynamic Driver
    • Sensitivity: 120Db/mW
    • Impendence: 32ohm
    • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 40000 Hz
    Package

    • BGVP DM5 In-ear Earphone
    • 1 cables with mic
    • 3 pairs of Silicone eartips(S/M/L)
    • 2 pairs of Foam eartips
    • 2 pairs of transparent silicone eartips (S/L)

    Get them at PenonAudio

    Build, Comfort, Isolation

    Let me get the bad stuff out of the way. I've had some build quality issues with my DM5. First off all, the nozzle of the right earphone came out one day.
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    It was like it had never been glued-in, in the first place. I toyed with the idea of sending it back, but the nozzle didn't have any sort of threading on it nor could I see any way of holding it in place other than glue. So, I figured they'd just glue it. So that's what I did. I glued it in. All good.

    The other issue I've had is severe driver flex in the left earpiece(not the piece I applied glue to so don't even go there). Foam tips make this a non-issue, otherwise once I insert the earphones I have to wiggle them around a bit. Pretty annoying at times.

    The DM5 comes with two cables. The stock cable is a basic b*tch cable with a mic and remote. It's a decent cable, but it's a little springy.

    I sprung for the secondary upgrade cable. It's a silver-plated copper cable with very nice aesthetics. It's also pretty supple and seems to be moderately tangle-resistant. It's available separately with or without the mic/remote, the latter being pictured below. One thing worth noting is I've experienced a bit of "greening" with mine. Which can negatively impact the aesthetics.
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    The comfort is actually really good despite the weight of the DM5. They fit really well and sit flush in my ear. I've got no problem sleeping in these, and I can wear them basically indefinitely without discomfort. So, big points there. They don't quite "disappear", but still. 9/10

    You'd assume isolation would be garbage due to all the vents in them, but that hasn't been the case in my experience. They're passable. Good enough that I can use them at the gym. And that's about all I need.

    Sound

    Overall, these are a v-shaped earphone. I personally like v-shaped, but this might be too much for some. Despite this, they sound pretty clear, being that the bass emphasis is further down in the nether-regions rather than in the mid-bass. That sub-bass though, make no mistake about it, is pretty darn strong. There have been times when I'm listening to a song with heavy, accentuated sub-bass already in the mix and with the DM5, by the end of the song I'm starting to feel slightly nauseous. Well, admittedly, it might take listening to such a song a few times in a row for that to occur, but still. The bass is also nicely textured and pretty nimble.

    These DM5s are pretty punchy as well - helps add a little soul to percussion and makes bands like Katatonia that much more of a joy to listen to.

    The midrange is very clear. Recessed, yeah. But clear, and with good timbre. I say "good"...well, take that with a grain of salt as it has a slight metallic tonality to it not dissimilar to that of the Dunu Titan 1. There's also a nice airy quality to it I really enjoy. Aaand occasionally some stridency in the upper mids/lower treble which for the most part never pops in.

    Treble is bright and crisp. Too bright for some perhaps, but if you have no problem using something like the Shockwave 3 you won't have any problems here either as it's a bit more laid back.

    The soundstage is the only area sonically in my opinion where the DM5 falls a little short. It isn't bad by any means, but it's a bit more in line with what you'd expect for the price. Average/below average width, with decent-to-good height, depth, and separation. Now, some people have criticized the DM5 for poor imaging abilities - that doesn't really matter a whole lot to me, but I figured I'd mention it in case someone wants these to pull double-duty as gaming IEMs.

    Comparisons

    DM5 vs. KZ ZS6
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    Two sub-$100 quad-driver IEMs!? Oh, what a time to be alive!
    Both are two BA/two DD hybrids!
    The DM5 and the ZS6 actually share a similar signature, although the latter is more balanced due to the mids being more forward in the mix. The ZS6 has a wider soundstage and as such sounds more spacious(despite the more forward mids). The ZS6 also has an elevated sub-bass response but less so than the DM5. Both have great, almost tactile rumble in songs like this.

    DM5 vs. Shozy Hibiki
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    The Hibiki is a single dynamic driver earphone with a slight mid-forward tuning. It doesn't have the punishing sub-bass response of the DM5 but it isn't lacking either. The Hibiki has a bigger and better soundstage in pretty much every regard, but loses out to the DM5 when it comes to clarity. The Hibiki is also warmer. The DM5 is the more complete package for the price but the Shozy has the better build(no issues so far). Both are very comfortable but you can sleep with the DM5!

    Summary

    I'm a pretty big fan on the DM5. It has a hell of a lot going for it. It's clear with visceral sub-bass, airy upper mids and treble, and is very very comfortable. If you like a v-shaped signature good luck getting a better overall package for $65. The only thing stopping it from being worthy of five stars is the build. But my issues seem to be unique to me so I won't knock it too much.
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  2. B9Scrambler
    BGVP DM5: Wub Wub
    Written by B9Scrambler
    Published Oct 26, 2017
    3.5/5,
    Pros - Lots of features and accessories for the price - Amazing low end
    Cons - Wonky imaging qualities - Quite bright
    Greetings Head-fi!

    Today we're checking out a very interesting 2+2 hybrid from BVGP, the DM5.

    The last earphone from BGVP I got my hands on was the SGZ-DN1, a 29 USD 1+1 hybrid with MMCX detachable cables and a low profile, ergonomic design. They sounded decent but lacked some energy with too much mid-bass focus, and also fell short in terms of material quality. Hearing them after the admittedly disappointing sounding but wonderfully built YPS04 and BKYT MRY6 single dynamics, I felt BGVP was moving in the right direction but not quite there yet.

    With their newest hybrid, the DM5, BGVP put on their game face and pulled up their big boy pants. Going the route of a 2+2 hybrid, the DM5 uses two Knowles 30042 balanced armatures (BA) and two graphene composite dynamic drivers (DD), per side. Instead of the somewhat chintzy feeling shell which went into the DN1, they went with an all-metal, CNC machined shell that will probably be familiar to Magaosi/Audbos fans, adding an open-back. The MMCX removable interface returns of course. If feature checklists are important to you, the DM5 is probably ticking all the right boxes and we haven't even looked at the fairly extensive accessory kit, nor the price which is very low considering everything the DM5 has to offer.

    So far it's off to an impressive start, but what does any of that matter if they don't sound the part too? It doesn't so keep reading to find out if the DM5 is any good at being an earphone, or if it's just a master of checklists.

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    Disclaimer:

    The BGVP DM5 was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The thoughts within are my own and are not representative of BGVP, Penon Audio or any other entity. There is no financial incentive for writing this.

    At the time of writing the DM5 could be picked up for 65.00 USD: https://penonaudio.com/BGVP-DM5

    Source:

    For at home use the DM5 was powered by a TEAC HA-501 desktop amp or straight out of my Asus FX53V laptop. For portable use it was paired with an LG G5, HiFi E.T. MA8, Walnut V2s or Shanling M1, all of which brought it up to listening volume without any effort. I tried running it through the Walnut F1 in balanced mode using Brainwavz's Candy Cane 2.5mm cable, but it was unbearably bright.

    Personal Preferences:

    I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. While I enjoy a variety of signatures in my headphones I generally lean towards slightly warm with elevated treble and sub-bass, an even and natural mid-range response, with reduced mid-bass. The HiFiMan RE800, Brainwavz B400, TinAudio T2, and thinksound On2 offer examples of signatures I enjoy.

    Specifications:
    • Drivers: 2 Knowles 30042 Balanced Armature + 2 Graphene Composite Dynamic Drivers
    • Sensitivity: 120Db
    • Impedance: 32ohm
    • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 40000 Hz
    Packaging and Accessories:

    Like the DN1, the DM5's packaging is basic but effective. The exterior sleeve follows the same glassy black design motif with odd little pill-shaped icons that give it a snake-skin like feel and appearance. On the front is the BGVP logo and slogan, “The Best Experience”, while the sides contain only the log. The rear is blank minus a silver sticker housing the specifications.

    Sliding off the sleeve reveals a black cardboard box, once again adorned with the BGVP logo. Under the lid the DM5's earpieces are on display nestled in some foam cutouts. The silver-coated cable is attached and loops down and underneath where is is neatly coiled and secured with a twist tie. Beneath the foam cutout is a smaller box containing the accessories and manual. All-in you get;
    • DM5 earphone
    • 18-core 0.05 OFC silver-plated cable
    • copper cable with mic
    • 3 pairs of small bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
    • 3 pairs of wide bore silicone tips (s/m/l)
    • 1 pair foam tips
    • a set of grey medium side wide bore tips were pre-installed
    Considering how barren the accessory kits from other similarly priced products can be, this is quite extensive. The included tips are of decent quality, though the wide bore set is decidedly flimsy and it can be hard to get a seal sometimes. The rest of the unboxing experience is unremarkable, but pleasant enough.

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    Build, Comfort, and Isolation:

    The DM5's CNC machined metal housings look glorious. The gaps between to two main pieces of the housings are a little more vast than I would prefer, but that's the only negative I can levy against their build. The chrome gunmetal look is sleek and the five large vents on the back are functional and cleanly cut with a fine mesh protecting the drivers behind. They add a bit of visual spice to this housing, not present with other earphones using a variant of it.

    There is also plenty of notification on which channel is which with left and right indicators printed on the cable plugs, and on the inside of each earpiece. On the left you also find printed “Four Drivers” while on the right you've got the brand and model; “BGVP DM5”. While I haven't run into this issue with mine, I have seen one report of a nozzle falling off while changing ear tips. They're just glued in place which is not an uncommon practice and easy to fix should it happen to you.

    The two included cables are excellent. The pre-installed, silver-plated mic-free cable with the clear sheath is ever so slightly sticky, certainly not to the extent of KZ's cables, is memory resistant, and is quite flexible. The y-split and chin sliders are nice hunks of plastic and metal and feel quite durable. While the slender 90 degree angled jack in nicely relieved against tugs and pull, the rest of cable is not. That's about the only improvement I could ask for at this price. The second cable, a mobile option quite similar to that found on the pricier LZ A2S is much the same, though with a straight jack and no chin slider. The inline mic and control module is the same as that on the OutART Ti7 and BGVP SGZ-DN1, so it's sturdy and works just fine for phone calls.

    Once you've picked the right set of tips and have the DM5 in place, you'll find it's tubby little shell pretty darn comfortable. Smooth edges combined with a short nozzle sticking out at a 45 degree angle lead to ergonomics that are quite good. It lets the earphone rest naturally in your outer ear. They are heavy though, and never quite disappear the way some lighter earphones do. Despite their cable up design, I was pleasantly surprised to find they were just as easy to wear cable down, though they protrude at a weird angle and it's clear that they were not intended to be worn that way. Still, comfort remains excellent and they are perfectly stable, you just have to deal with some microphonics (cable noise) not present when wearing them cable up.

    Given the five large vents, isolation is predictably poor, though not as bad as one would expect. They're below average in this regard, similar in quality to the TinAudio T2. Outside noise is muffled slightly but still present. Not ideal for travel in noisy areas.

    Over the DM5 is put together well with nice materials and decent fit and finish. Comfort is also a positive due to the smooth, well-shaped housings, though weight means you'll always know they're there. Isolation is predictably poor due to the ample ventilation, but not so bad they can't be used outdoors. They're just not ideal for use in really noisy places.

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    Upgraded Cable:

    Since the upgraded cable from the OurART-Ti7 is virtually identical, much of this section was pulled and edited from my review of that earbud.

    Upgraded cables for me are more about improving usability and enjoyment of the product, and not about changing the sound. I'm not going to definitively say the DM5's cable does or does not change the audio quality because I have no way of supporting such a statement with visible evidence. That said, after spending a fair bit of time listening with both cables stock cables, mixing and matching with the upgraded cable, and analyzing in various unscientific ways, it seemed like the upgraded cable made the sub-bass even more rumble-filled and addictive.

    Now, that said I really like the DM5's upgraded cable and feel it is well worth the extra 10 bucks. Why? The 12 cores are extra thick, especially above the y-split. This gives me confidence in this cable having improved longevity and durability over the stock cables, and it doesn't give up the excellent behaviour of the stock cable to offer this. It is also less springy, and as a result comfort is improved. It also has a very beefy 90 degree angled jack that is user-serviceable should something go wrong. I prefer the straight jack used on the Ti7's version of this cable simply because strain is reduced when my player is in my pocket, but, to each their own right?

    So yeah, I like the upgraded cable and have no issues recommending it as an add-on to the DM5. You don't necessarily need it, but it's an inexpensive way to make them look and feel more premium, it's more durable than the stock cables, and it's also more comfortable. Win, win, win.

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    Sound:

    The DM5 has a distinctly v-shaped signature with massive sub-bass and prominent treble. It has a lean presentation through the treble and mid-range regions gaining some body and weight heading into the low end. The low end is clearly weighted towards sub-bass regions with a notable dip in the mid-bass, yet it retains some serious punch and agility. The DM5's bass presentation is it's ace in the hole in my opinion, and the primary reason why they should be up for consideration.

    Treble is definitely on the bright and sharp side, so be warned. If you enjoyed the warm, relaxed presentation of the DN1, the DM5 might not be up your alley. The thin presentation combined with good extension and some notable peaks makes this an energetic and fatiguing earphone, one that I could really only enjoy at the low volumes I tend to listen. Even with foam tips in place to soak up some of the high end, they were still quite aggressive.

    The mid-range, while quite recessed, is naturally toned and very detailed with great clarity. It is well separated and there is little interference from the upper or lower ranges. Texturing on vocals and instruments is impressive and I never had any issues with making out finer nuances or details. I was somewhat expecting the DM5's lack of warmth to hinder their reproduction of female vocalists, but that has shown not to be the case. They handle all vocal ranges adequately. If only they were more forward, this would be a great pick for vocal lovers.

    Heading into the low end we are in for a treat. The DM5's sub-bass is punishing, but in a good way. Bass lines thunder along and rumble your eardrums giving you a very visceral experience. It's also quick and nimble and doesn't trip up on congested and busy tracks. The texturing is impressive too, further adding to the raw and primal bass experience. If you enjoy using iems for movies, or EDM genres like dubstep or drumstep, the DM5 will be right up your alley.

    The DM5 also has a pretty good sound stage, above average for the price. Effects are tossed out a good distance past your head with a good sense of depth. Instruments layer well and are clearly separated. Where the DM5 really stumbles however is with it's wonky imaging. For whatever reason, just off centre on either side there is a clear dead zone preventing sounds from transitioning smoothly between channels. They whip side to side instead. This makes the DM5 worthless for gaming which is too bad. The awesome end-to-end extension and detail this earphone this can pull would have made them great otherwise.

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    Select Comparisons:

    BGVP DN1: The DM5 has a brighter, more sparkly presentation with less mid-bass and much more sub-bass. The DN1's mid-range is thicker and more forward and it has a more concentrated sound stage. The DN1 pull details nicely, not not to the extent of the DM5. Where the DN1 has a clear advantage is in it's imaging which works as intended.

    Kinera H3: The DM5 and H3 both offer up a bassy and bright v-shaped signature. I find them both exceptionally bright with the H3 offering up greater shimmer and sparkle. The H3 has a slightly thicker presentation, but neither are particularly beefy, especially in the mids and treble. The DM5's mid-range is more natural and better balanced without the low mid-dip of the H3 and has a major advantage in this regarding. Heading into the low end, the H3 has more mid-bass kick without the crazy extension of the DM5. The H3 is slightly more detailed and much more accurate in terms of imaging, but has a smaller soundstage and less depth.

    Audbos K3: Prior to this review it had been a while since I last sat down and really listened to the K3. While I think the DM5 has a smoother, cleaner sound that outputs more detail and has better end to end extension, the K3 sounds more cohesive. This is particularly due to a slightly thicker presentation and better mid-/sub-bass balance. Even though the K3's low end is more balanced, it's far from as engaging as the DM5's. It's too soft and lacks authority and texture generally coming across somewhat one-note.

    Final Thoughts:

    The DM5 is a good value when you look at the complete package. You get a quad driver hybrid with a well-constructed metal shell, two nice cables, lots of tips, some of the best bass I've heard in a budget hybrid, and it all comes in at well under a 100 bucks. That said, I do recommend opting for the upgraded cable. At 10 USD extra it's worth it for the improved durability and comfort.

    Pending you are find with the peaky treble and can overlook some wonky imaging, the DM5 makes for a very entertaining listen. It's got a great soundstage, outputs lots of detail, and despite being recessed, a very pleasing and satisfying mid-range. Those that like to tip roll and cable swap should be satisfied too. The nozzle has a well-defined lip that can accommodate a variety of tips, and BGVP went with a standard MMCX connector leaving countless cable options available to you.

    Thanks for reading!

    - B9Scrambler

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    Some Test Tunes:

    Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Album)

    Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Going to Eat That? (Album)

    King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic (Album)

    King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black (Track)

    Supertramp – Crime of the Century (Album)

    Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma (Album)

    Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Album)

    Massive Attack – Mezzanine (Album)

    Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (Album)

    Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels (Album)

    The Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy (Album)

    Tobacco – F****d Up Friends (Album)

    Felt – Felt 2 (A Tribute to Lisa Bonet) (Album)

    Michael Jackson – Thriller (Album)

    The Crystal Method – Grace (feat. LeAnn Rimes) (Track)

    Jidenna – Long Live the Chief (Track)

    Skrillex – Ragga Bomb (Track)

    Big Grams – Run for Your Life (Track)

    Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Track)

    Aesop Rock – Fishtales (Track)
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  3. audio123
    BGVP DM5 - Quadruple Delight
    Written by audio123
    Published Aug 21, 2017
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Smooth Midrange, Controlled Treble, Cable with Microphone
    Cons - Sub-Bass Extension, Carrying Case
    Introduction
    BGVP is a Chinese brand that produces in-ear monitors (iems). They are known for their Sidy iems and have produced other iems such as YSP04 and DGS100. Recently, they have released 2 new iems – SGZ DN1 and DM5. I would like to thank Penon Audio and BGVP for this review unit. As of now, you can buy the DM5 from https://penonaudio.com/BGVP-DM5 . In this review, I will provide my impressions on it.

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    Specifications
    • Model: BGVP DM5
    • Driver: 2 Balanced Armature + 2 Graphene Composite Dynamic Driver
    • Sensitivity: 120Db/mW
    • Impedance: 16 ohms
    • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 40000 Hz
    • Cable Length: 1.2m

    Unboxing & Accessories
    The BGVP DM5 comes in a package with a black protective cover that sports the BGVP logo and name. At the bottom of the cover front, there are words – “THE BEST EXPERIENCE”. At the bottom of the cover back, there is a sticker showing the specifications of the iem. Finally, the cover side is similar to the cover front except that the logo, name and slogan are all packed closely together.

    Front of Cover
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    Back of Cover
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    Side of Cover
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    After removing the cover, you get a black gift box with both the brand name and logo on the front. Next, the box lid is taken out and you will see the iem and a small paper box containing the accessories.

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    Accessories

    The accessories are quite sufficient. You get 2 packs of silicone tips, 1 pair of foam tips, 1 microphone cable and 1 shirt clip. I feel it could be better with a soft carrying case.
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    Black Silicone Tips (S, M, L from Left to Right)
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    White Silicone Tips (S, M, L from Left to Right)
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    Foam Tips
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    Shirt Clip
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    Instruction Manual
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    Cable With Microphone

    The material being used to make this cable is oxygen-free copper. The cable has mmcx connectors with Left and Right markings on the matte black housing to indicate the respective side. The y-splitter is silver in colour. Lastly, the 3.5mm gold plated jack has a silver housing with strain relief.

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    Connectors
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    Microphone
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    Y-Splitter
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    Jack
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    IEM Build & Design

    The iem has a metal shell in gunmetal colour. The left side of the iem has a L marking near the socket and words - “ Four Drivers” below the marking. Similarly, on the right side of the iem, there is a R marking near the socket with the model name, “BGVP DM5” below the marking too. The nozzle is slightly angled in a jet black colour. There is metal mesh on it for earwax prevention. On the faceplate of the iem, there are 5 vents. I believe this open design helps to enhance the sound. Overall, I find the build on the iem solid and there is a premium feel to it.

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    Cable Build & Design
    The material being used to make this cable is silver-plated oxygen-free copper. The cable is quite flexible and soft. It has a shiny look. The mmcx connectors are the same as the cable with microphone. There are markings on both sides to indicate left and right. The chin slider and y-splitter are matte black in colour and rectangular in shape. The jack is right angled with strain relief. It is 3.5mm gold plated with a matte black housing.

    Connectors
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    Chin Slider & Y-Splitter
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    Jack
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    Sound Analysis
    Lows

    The DM5 sub-bass is extended decently. Although it does not go rather deep, there is a fast rumble. The mid-bass is laid back and it is not authoritative at all. The bass operates in a clinical manner as the decay is quick and the bass note presents itself cleanly. In addition, I feel the bass adds some body for the transition to the midrange to prevent the lower mids from being too lean. The bass quantity is just right for me but the texture could be better rendered. The bass is clean and tight but could be better with more extension.

    Mids

    The DM5 midrange is the highlight. The lower mids has a good amount of body to it. The upper mids are quite forward. The midrange operates in a warm and smooth manner and the details retrieval is above average. The resolution is average with a good layering. It is a midrange that is not offensive and you can enjoy the music. I have experienced some iems with shouty mids and I find them quite hard to listen to. Luckily, for the DM5, the midrange is not shouty. The midrange is soothing and great for vocals.

    Highs

    The treble is extended to a decent extent. I find the treble is very smooth and there is not much energy to it although there is a slight sparkle. There is no sibilance and harshness. The amount of air is above average and it helps to give vocals a light presentation. I would not say that it is very clinical but there are details. The treble is quite clean and there is definition to it. There is a slight crisp to it and I feel you can put SpinFit tips to enhance it. To sum up, I find the treble rather conservative with good clarity.


    Soundstage
    The DM5 has average width and depth for the soundstage. The expansion is decent and it helps in the imaging. Positioning of instruments and vocals are quite accurate and layering is average. The sound is not congested.

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    Comparisons

    BGVP DM5 vs BGVP SGZ DN1
    The sub-bass quantity is more on the DN1 but the extension is better on the DM5. DM5 is better in the bass quality as it is being articulated with more precision. The mid-bass of the DN1 has more quantity but lacks the quality in the DM5. Bass quantity is better on the DN1 but for quality, the DM5 is more superior. The bass texture on the DM5 is more defined and each bass note is more clear with faster decay. The lower mids on the DN1 is much thicker than the DM5 and it makes the sound more dense. This slows the overall nature of the sound. The upper mids of DM5 is more forward and organic. The details retrieval of DM5 is better than the DN1. For the treble section, DM5 has more air and presents it in a clinical manner. In addition, there is a higher level of details retrieval in the DM5. The DM5 excels in both the width and depth of soundstage. Instrument positioning on the DM5 is more precise along with its resolution.

    BGVP DM5 vs Fidue A65
    The DM5 has less sub-bass quantity and extension than the A65. The A65 is more superior as the bass digs deeper. The mid-bass of A65 has more punch to it and it helps in the presentation being more dynamic. The bass texture of DM5 is being rendered more smoothly. Bass note on the A65 is presented with more authority and the decay is faster. The lower mids on the DM5 has more body than the A65 and sounds thicker. It is more smooth too. For the upper mids, the DM5 and A65 are around the same but A65 has the edge as it is more forward. In the treble section, DM5 And A65 has similar extension and clarity. DM5 has slightly more air and details A65 has more sparkle. DM5 and A65 has similar soundstage in terms of width and depth. Instrument positioning on both is decent. The resolution is similar too.

    BGVP DM5 vs Final Audio E3000
    The DM5 has more sub-bass quantity and extension than the E3000. The DM5 bass is more smooth and E3000 has the edge in bass precision. Each bass note on the E3000 is articulated with more definition. I find the mid-bass slam on both approximately the same but DM5 has more quantity to it. The lower mids on the DM5 is thicker than the E3000. The upper mids on the E3000 is much more forward making it more organic. For the treble, the E3000 has the advantage as it is more airy and it renders more details. E3000 has the better width in soundstage while DM5 has the better depth. I find the instrument positioning on the E3000 to be slightly better. The resolution of E3000 is better than the DM5.

    BGVP DM5 vs Hifiman RE400
    The RE400 has slightly more sub-bass quantity and extension than the DM5. RE400 bass is more robust and warm while DM5 bass is more clinical. The bass articulation on the DM5 is more defined. The mid-bass of DM5 is expressed with more authority and slam while on the RE400, the mid-bass quantity helps to add more body. RE400 is warmer than the DM5. The bass note on the DM5 is more precise due to the faster bass decay. The lower mids on the RE400 is thicker. The upper mids on the DM5 is more forward and female vocals is better presented. In the treble section, the DM5 is better extended and there is more clarity. The amount of air on both is very close but RE400 has a slight edge. RE400 operates in a smooth approach while DM5 on a clinical approach. DM5 has a wider soundstage while RE400 has a better depth. Instrument positioning on the DM5 is slightly better. The resolution on both is approximately the same.

    BGVP DM5 vs TFZ Exclusive 3
    The DM5 has similar sub-bass quantity and extension as the Exclusive 3. Exclusive 3 has more body to it and it is warmer. The DM5 bass is tighter with a quicker decay. There is a slow rumble on the Exclusive 3. The way DM5 tackles the bass section is more clinical and each bass note is presented very clearly. The mid-bass on the Exclusive 3 has more weight and it adds more dynamics to the presentation. The lower mids on the Exclusive 3 has more body and the male vocals excel better. The upper mids on both are equally forward but DM5 has a better control and vocals sound more clean. In the treble department, DM5 has a better extension and there is details. The Exclusive 3 has more air to it and helps to lighten the its warmth. The treble on the DM5 is more precise with better articulation. DM5 has a wider soundstage while Exclusive 3 has more depth. The width helps to enhance the instruments and vocals positioning. Layering and separation is slightly better on the DM5. The resolution of DM5 is better as the sound has more definition to it.

    Conclusion
    The BGVP DM5 is a sweet sounding iem that does not overdo any frequency range. Although it can do with more sub-bass extension, the details retrieval is excellent at this price point. It has warm bass, smooth midrange and clinical treble. In addition, the DM5 scales with source, With the extra microphone cable, you can use the DM5 to pick up calls too. This provides very good value.

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    1. drbluenewmexico
      Good review, matches my extensive experience with the DM5. Like Donuts has been sayin they have an amazing ability to change sound with changes in cables, tips, position in ear canal, etc. sometimes they shine like an audio star, and sometimes they don't. but a great audio tool for whats possible in this configuration at a reasonable cost. and when they shine, ( for me thats with balanced cable, more amplification out of DAP or great amp (B1, Mojo, etc)
      drbluenewmexico, Jan 12, 2018