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BGVP DM6

Rating:
4.1875/5,
  • Specifcations
    • Driver Configuration: 5 Balanced Armature
    • Sensitivity: 122dB/mW
    • Frequency Response: 10-400000Hz
    • Impedance: 20Ω
    • Distortion: <0.5%

Recent Reviews

  1. Johnny Mac
    BGVP DM6 Realview.
    Written by Johnny Mac
    Published Aug 12, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Smooth midrange, full-bodied low-end, no build issues.
    Cons - Presence of sibilance, picky with sources.

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    BGVP stands for Brilliant, Grand and Vivacious Products. And yes that wasn’t BGVP actually stands for yet it would seem appropriate given that their roots stemmed from their desire to create great sounding low-cost options to compete with the bigger audiophile IEM names. What started out as SIDY in China now became BGVP and has now started to break the low-cost tier mold with the launch of their $200 IEM.

    This $200 IEM came in the form of the BGVP DM6, a 5 Balanced Armature IEM with drivers from Knowles, the trusted single BA 22955 and the dual BA 30017. The other dual BA drivers are custom-tuned by BGVP themselves and with the DM6 being made of acrylic, it allows for a pseudo-CIEM feel with numerous faceplate and shell design options as well as a fully customizable setup. The sample unit to be realviewed that was sent to me came in the Ocean/Marine Blue clear shell, you can get the different design options from Linsoul Direct off Amazon, Linsoul Audio’s official site and from DD Audio off AliExpress. The DM6 is spec’d out with a 10Hz to 40kHz Frequency Response, 122 dB Sensitivity and a 20 Ohm Impedance.

    BGVP started with a vision to provide low-cost economical audiophile options to counter the extravagant prices charged by other household IEM brands and when they themselves release a $200 DM6 IEM, we start to ask ourselves, is it time to go back and put your faith on brands with greater market presence or the DM6 just another great price: performance IEM ready to slug it out with other notable 5 BA IEMs. Audio Realviews is here to take that question on.

    Packaging and Build Quality
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    No one ever said that low-cost means your brand would look like **** right off the bat and in BGVP’s case, while it doesn’t really show low-cost packaging, it also doesn’t look premium. The white cardboard sleeve shows the necessary BGVP brand and DM6 information, it would have been great to see a DM6 photo upfront to easily identify it but yeah, low-cost. Underneath the sleeve is a brown cardboard box with black foam cutouts where the DM6 sits and a black box with all the included ear tips stored inside. The eartips that were included featured a set of black wide bore silicon eartips (S, M, L), a set of black narrow bore silicon eartips (S, M, L) and 1 black narrow bore foam tips with its own plastic case, not low-cost. The DM6 has 2 cable options although either one would be shipped randomly unless you specifically request for a specific type.
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    The DM6 shell is made of acrylic resin and 3D printed using Germany’s Envision TEC apparatus, a fully customized option can be done to suit your own personalized shell, faceplate and faceplate design choice and would take 10-30 days lead time. The build quality from my unit is great and doesn’t show any imperfections or dents, it is well casted and molded. It utilizes a gold-plated MMCX connection with an angled nozzle and a minor nozzle lip which didn’t give the best tip-rolling experience. Comfort was great for me and isolation was also above average, the pseudo-CIEM feel is working like it’s supposed to.
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    BGVP offers the DM6 with 2 different stock cables and if not specifically requested, will be shipped with either the 6N 8core SPC cable or a Copper/SPC round braided cable. My realview unit came with the Copper/SPC round braided one and it exhibits some force of tension unlike the cable from the Tin HIFI T3 which has almost the same feel to it yet more fold friendly. Both cables comes with a metal housing gold-plated 3.5mm L-plug with a plastic-injected metal Y-split and a clear plastic chin slider. A clear plastic memory wire is also present to aid over-ear usage and finishing it up with a metal barrel MMCX connection with white L-R markings. The cable isn’t microphonic at all and storage was great despite the aforementioned tension.

    Tonality
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    I’ve actually noticed that the BGVP DM6 got a lot of attention and was rather hyped up at some extent resulting to issues of completing successfully placed orders and meeting delivery dates. BGVP even addressed this issue which was unexpected, I’m used to seeing logistics issues and the mother company just sits idle waiting for the whines to die down. My realview unit was supposed to arrive sometime around end of 2018 but instead arrived early February which by that time, hype for the DM6 was dying down.

    The BGVP sounded balanced overall from my almost 2-month use of it. The stock eartips that was included in the packaged wasn’t the best experience yet I was glad that the JVC Spiral Dots got the job done. Remember that 122 dB Sensitivity earlier? Damn, it reared its head here and there on my sources which opted me to use the xDuoo x3ii with the Zorloo ZuperDAC-S via USB-C out to totally eliminate hissing although hissing wasn’t observed on my OnePlus 3T device yet was completely annoying off my Sony CAS-1 desktop system, Zishan DSD Pro and direct from the xDuoo x3ii, shout out to Zorloo for the solution.

    Lows
    Bulk of the BGVP products that I have tried showed that they cater towards the warmer sound spectrum and the DM6 retains a part of that signature. DeadMau5’s “Glish” in 16/44 FLAC shows that the sub-bass hits and depth provides ample power and has great weight to it resulting in an enjoyable sub-bass drop that resonates well. Bass hits are full-bodied and pans out in a subtle lingering manner. The DM6 performs well on the lower end frequency with no sacrificial loss of clarity.

    Midrange
    With BGVP’s vision of providing low-cost options, a well implemented sound signature that can be consistently recreated across their lineup is paramount and in this aspect, their midrange performance is starting to take form. The DM6 showcases a smooth sounding midrange performance. Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” in 16/44 FLAC highlights a clear lower midrange delivery with his vocals being rendered lean and defined and the accompanying lower midrange tones creates a solid approach. There is no upper midrange boost present on the DM6 yet still gives out an impressive female vocal range especially Susan Wong’s “Killing Me Softly” in 16/44 FLAC rendition, a great de-stressing and calming interpretation.

    Highs
    The DM6 boasts Knowles BA drivers to tackle the high frequencies and I’m expecting another solid performance in this aspect. With my inherent preference for the bright sound signature and always on the lookout for that craved treble bite, kick and sparkle. The DM6 did just enough to satisfy my craving at this end although it didn’t stop there, the DM6 at times exhibited sudden high frequency bleed which is unwelcome. Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply” in 16/44 FLAC with its fundamental upper frequency rendering showed that the DM6 can give out some snap but still devoid of shrill and peaky highs although at times sibilance is observed.

    Soundstage and Imaging
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    Intimate and depth centric, the DM6 shows that it performs great on imaging with instrumental tones easily distinguishable with no noticeable overlapping. Left to right and right to left panning is great in IEM parameters. The DM6’s sudden high frequency bleeds and the occasional sibilant tones brings its great imaging clarity a step back.

    Conclusion
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    The BGVP DM6 is BGVP’s attempt to breach the low-tier market and at $200, it is no longer to be considered a low-cost option yet an alternative for audiophiles looking to also breach towards the mid-tier IEM game. Aesthetically and comfort-wise, the DM6 is a no-brainer recommendation although the lack of a case at a supposed mid-tiered IEM is weird.

    The hype surrounding the DM6 was in a way warranted giving how it performed overall with an easy to love relaxing midrange and a stellar lower frequency performance. The downsides and flaws of the DM6 were highlighted when the upper frequencies comes into play. The sudden high frequency bleeds and the presence of sibilance surely turns off some, not to mention that the DM6 is very sensitive and picky with its sources with its inherent hiss-prone nature. I personally still enjoy the BGVP DM6 especially with the JVC Spiral Dots on it, only trebleheads like me who aren’t sensitive enough to the aggressive upper frequency the DM6 exhibits would best suit BGVP’s 5BA baby.
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  2. yukitq
    Nearly the whole package
    Written by yukitq
    Published May 29, 2019
    3.5/5,
    Pros - Good detailing and bass.
    Bright treble without harshness.
    Good looks, build quality.
    Well-priced.
    Comfortable fit and seal for mid-larger sized ears.
    Cons - Recessed midrange which makes vocals sound strained.
    Cable heavy and can be microphonic occasionally.
    Full Review here at my site: https://audiorambles.com/bgvp-dm6-2/

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    The BGVP DM6 sports a warm sounding V-shaped signature, with an emphasis on bass and treble frequencies. They are however, in my opinion, severely lacking in the midrange compared to similarly priced offerings on the market.

    Bass (7.5/10): The bass of the DM6 is very presented very convincingly for a balanced armature based IEM. It’s definitely well above average, especially in the midbass region. The BGVP DM6 has a midbass emphasis, and has very good impact and slam, reminiscent to that of a dynamic driver, though it doesn’t quite move as much air.

    Texture and detail of the bass is also very good, accompanied by very natural decay given the weight of the bass as showcased by tracks like The Script’s “Man Who Can’t Be Moved”. Subbass depth is nothing much to write home about, though still better than most sets in this price range. In Lorde’s “Royals”, the opening bassline can be heard in detail but not quite felt, not quite having the power and impact I’d like.

    Mids (5.5/10): To me, the midrange is the heart and soul of the music. Light bass or muted treble wouldn’t bother me as much as a recessed midrange, and a recessed midrange is exactly what we get on the DM6. Male vocals especially suffer, with voices like Andrea Bocelli’s not having the weight and power I’m used to. There is however, no midbass bleed, just some slight warmth carried over from the midbass. Female vocals are more prominent, but will never really sound particularly sweet, just prominent. At times even, vocals can sound strained, and positioned a little too far back in the mix for my liking.

    Highs (7/10): The DM6 does well to avoid any harsh peaks, especially in the lower treble which I am rather sensitive too. High hats and cymbals have quite a natural decay to them, though they still lack air and detail. It’s overall on the bright side of the spectrum, but really does well to avoid harshness while maintaining decent extension and smoothness, though a real lack of sparkle in the upper most register means they’re not the airiest of IEMs.

    Soundstage, Imaging, Seperation and Timbre (6/10): Soundstage width is good. Perceived depth is a fair bit above average, likely a result of the mids being pushed further back into the mix. Seperation and Imaging also held up well in live recordings such as Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Series. Timbre is also decent, with most instruments sounding as they should, but perhaps just a little muffled due to the recessed midrange.

    The BGVP DM6 definitely stray far from my preferred sound signature, but for those who listen to less vocal heavy tracks, such as EDM or perhaps Rock, the DM6 remains a valuable consideration given it’s almost the complete package for an IEM in this price range, regarding sound, build, comfort and so on, if you can deal with the recessed midrange.
  3. antdroid
    DM6 Review vs Moondrop Kanas Pro and TenHz T5
    Written by antdroid
    Published Apr 26, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Good detail
    Generally coherent
    Good bass response
    Nice looking IEM
    Good package
    Cons - Congested mids
    Treble harshness occasionally
    Fit was "tight" on my smaller ears
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    This review shoot-out will take a look at three IEMs I have been listening to lately that are all in the same price range: $179-199. They are new, but very hyped-up Chinese brands that have seen a lot of discussion in the headphone world lately.

    The first IEM is the BGVP DM6, which has been in limited supply for months now due to their overwhelming amount of orders and inability to keep up with demand, since they are all individually hand-made. This headphone was provided to me by Linsoul for the purpose of review. You can find this headphone for $199 through Linsoul.com or LSR-Direct on Amazon.com.

    The second IEM is the Tenhz T5, which was also provided by Linsoul for review. This headphone is also priced at $199, and is the successor the next step up in price from the P4 Pro I reviewed previously.

    Finally, I will compare both to the Moondrop Kanas Pro, which I recently did a full review on and gave high marks to. As a reminder, this one was purchased by me and was not given to me for reviewing purposes.

    Build & Accessories

    All three of these IEMs come with premium braided cables and a selection of tips. The Moondrop Kanas Pro only came with 1 style of silicone tips in a variety of sizes, while the other two came with foam and different silicone tips and sizes. None of these came with a proper carrying case. The Tenhz package actually came as a surprise since the lower cost P4 Pro came with a very nice carrying case, so not seeing it in the more premium T5 model was a surprise.

    The T5 and DM6 have nearly identical shells, with the DM6 just slightly larger. The Kanas Pro is quite a bit different with a smaller metal alloy shell. Of the three, I think the Kanas Pro and the T5 are most comfortable with the slightly larger DM6 trailing behind. All three are comfortable for long periods of time though, with the DM6 sealing off significantly better than the other two.

    The T5 and DM6 both use MMCX connectors while the Kanas Pro uses 2-pin connection. This is really preference, but I prefer the 2-Pin connection more since they are easier to handle and more secure. They also don’t freely rotate after being inserted.

    Sound
    These three IEMs share some similarities in sound but primarily have distinct sound signatures. The most neutral of the three is the Kanas Pro, which strictly follows the Harman Target curve except with upper end emphasis. The T5 is a warm, rich and laid-back sounding IEM which does roll-off in treble significantly, while the DM6 is a U-shaped IEM with emphasis in bass and treble.

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    Bass
    The bass response of the DM6 is the greatest, and surprisingly not muddy. It’s generally very clean however elevated. The T5 and Kanas Pro have similar bass responses in terms of punch and impact, but the T5 does have a richer and more filling sound compared to the Kanas Pro. The DM6 is easily the punchiest of the three and also extends well down more than the other two. I like the Kanas Pro signature the best as it’s just north of neutral for me and it’s easily the cleanest and most detailed of the three bass responses. The DM6 is the most fun though.

    Mids
    The mids is where these three start to divert even more. The DM6 mids are recessed compared to the rest of its sound profile. It’s not completely missing though, and is generally coherent. Some female vocals tend to be a little harsh as the sound response starts to elevate again in the upper mid region. The T5 has excellent male vocals with rich and full sounding low mids and coherency through out this region. The Kanas Pro is similarly very coherent, but with a more leaner sound. The T5 does start to sound a little compressed in the upper mids due to some drop off in this region and completely rolled off treble.

    Treble
    Like I mentioned, the T5 treble is rolled off and generally very tamed down. This keeps the signature very warm and laid-back and lacking clarity and distinct details. The Kanas Pro finds a good balance in the upper mids and treble hovering around neutral generally until the upper treble where it does spike up. Some people may be sensitive to it, however I am not one that is. The DM6, on the other hand, does have elevated treble and unevenness in this region which can be harsh on many tracks. It has a pretty large peak around 6-7KHz which can sound piercing in some songs. I never found music to be sibilant though, as it does drop off in the sibilance range. Generally, I found the DM6 to be a slightly harsh, especially on bad recordings or treble-focused songs.


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    Overall
    The Kanas Pro has already been heavily reviewed by me and was given high marks. When comparing it side-by-side in detail with these other similarly priced contenders, I find no reason not to continue to recommend it as a great all-around IEM for many listeners. It strikes a great balance in sound and should work across many genres, giving users a very clean, detailed, and balanced sound signature.

    The Tenhz T5 is definitely on the warmer side, and it’s roll-off on treble even more defines its target. While it seems to be lacking detail and sparkle, it does provide a very comfortable listening experience that can easily be used for hours and hours at a time. The soundstage is also a bit forward and really accentuates vocals, particularly male vocals. I generally am not a fan of this type of sound signature, but I can see users of mid-tier Sennheiser over-ears and Audeze LCDs to like this sound profile.

    The DM6 is the fun one of the group. I don’t believe this deserves as much hype as it has gotten, but it is a step up from the DMG and the Whizzer Kylin which are a tier below in cost with a V-Shaped sound signature. The DM6 does provide coherent mids, despite being recessed, but the treble is a little harsh and disjointed sometimes. There also seemed to be a little shoutiness going on in the upper mids, which led to music just sounding LOUD. I don’t know if I would recommend this IEM when compared to the other two, and especially with the highest price tag and longest wait time. It's still a good IEM, but I personally like the other two more.
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    1. harry501501
      Thanks for this, was toying between the DM6 and KPE. Made my mind up now. Great review
      harry501501, Apr 29, 2019
    2. vkpilla
      Excellent review. I have the DM6 and couldn’t agree more with the reviewer.
      vkpilla, May 30, 2019
  4. B9Scrambler
    BGVP DM6: Step Up Your Game
    Written by B9Scrambler
    Published Apr 15, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Beautifully built; looks and feels like a quality item - Well-rounded tune - Great isolation
    Cons - Heavy, sticky cable - Male vocals can get lost in the mix
    Greetings,

    Today we're checking out the much adored DM6, a quintuple armature earphone from BGVP.

    BGVP and I have had a checkered past. Most of their earlier products were wonderful to look at and feel, but fell flat on their face when it came to how they sounded. Uninspired, generic, dull, etc. just to toss out some unflattering terms. All this changed with the DMG, a beast of an earphone with beautiful aluminum shells, a top tier cable, and a mind blowing signature provided via a complicated six driver setup; two dynamic driver and four balanced armatures per side.

    The DM6 arrived on the market around the same time and showed a further maturing of the BGVP brand. With five armatures per side and a handmade, custom-like resin shell, it was certainly an eye-catching product. It sounded like it would be too thanks to some extremely positive feedback. This great feedback and some overenthusiastic AliExpress retailers who applied some intense discounts without proper consent led to the eventual sale of so many units, BGVP couldn't keep up with the demand. Showing their class, BGVP honoured those unwittingly discounted orders (which they didn't have to do), though it took a few months for everything to be fulfilled. Knowing this history, I'm quite honoured and humbled to have been sent one for review, especially given how in demand they still are.

    Does the DM6 warrant the unabashed love and fervour it received starting in November of 2018, continuing through the ensuing months? It absolutely does so let's take a closer look.

    Disclaimer:

    A big thanks to Lillian at Linsoul Audio for arranging and providing a sample of the DM6 for the purposes of review. The thoughts here are my subjective opinions based on my time listening to the DM6 over the course of over a month. They do not represent BGVP, Linsoul, or any other entity. At the time of writing the DM6 retailed for 199.00 USD. You can check it out here: https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/BGVP-DM6-Earphone

    Sources:

    For home use the DM6 was powered by my TEAC HA-501 with a ZiShan DSD or Shanling M0 providing source duty. For mobile use, the DM6 was powered by a Shanling M0 or ZiShan DSD. Sometimes with the Periodic Audio Nickel amp tossed into the mix however that would generate some background hiss. The HA-501 on a higher damping setting would too. The DM6 is extremely easy to drive and doesn't need an amp.

    Personal Preferences:

    I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. My preferences for earphone tuning are quite relaxed and as such their is no one signature I look for. The HiFiMAN RE800, Brainwavz B400, and Massdrop x MeeAudio Planamic are examples of earphones with wildly varied signatures that are enjoyable for different reasons. I generally listen at very low volumes, so keep this in mind when perusing my thoughts on how an earphone sounds.

    Specifications:
    • Drivers: 5 balanced armatures including Knowles 22955 and 30017
    • Impedance: 20ohms
    • Sensitivity: 122dB/mW
    • Frequency Response: 10-40,000Hz
    • Distortion: < 0.5%
    • Rated Power: 5mW
    • Channel Difference: < 1dB
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    Packaging and Accessories:

    The DM6 arrives in some fairly unassuming packaging. The exterior sheath is quite generic with the BGVP logo and slogan “The Best Experience” sharing space with a Hi-Res AUDIO logo on the front. The sides contain more BGVP branding while the back displays a large sticker containing the specifications and model information. Sliding off the sheath reveals a naturally coloured cardboard box with the BGVP logo printed on the lid.

    Inside you find the DM6's earpieces nestled within a foam insert coated in a classy black felt-like material. Underneath this foam insert we find the cable tucked inside a separate Ziplock bag, along with a QC pass card, instruction manual, and an instruction card for attaching and detaching the cable. A second smaller cardboard box adorned with the BGVP logo contains the rest of the accessories. In all you get:
    • DM6 earphones
    • Silver plated MMCX cable
    • Black single flange wide bore tips (s/m/l)
    • Blue small bore single flange tips (s/m/l)
    • Foam tips in a tip case (m)
    • Cleaning tool
    Overall a nice accessory kit that is missing only one thing; a carrying case for the earphones. Balanced armatures are fairly delicate and a case is a necessity in my opinion. While cases are exceptionally inexpensive and can be picked up from a third party for less than a dollar, including one would have added to the overall value on offer here. The included tips are pretty solid, though nothing particularly unique or special. The wide bore set, of which the medium size comes preinstalled, was my preferred set for listening as it offered a more balanced experience. The small bore tips boosted mid-bass more than I'd like.

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    Build, Comfort, and Isolation:

    The BGVP DM6 has 3D printed resin housings made using German Envision TEC 3D printing equipment. This means they look and feel absolutely phenomenal, rivalling the uber impressive FiiO FA1 in terms of raw quality. The face of my particular sample is a little more simple than some of the more extravagant customization offerings available, but it still looks stellar with the BGVP logo floating above the drivers and MMCX port. The resin wraps flush with the MMCX port with no gaps or misalignment. The nozzle is well defined with a lip for retaining tips, and a number of sound ports are visible inside. About the only thing missing is a nozzle screen to protect the drives from debris.

    The DM6 can come with either a 6N 8 core silver-plated cable intended for vocals, or a copper and silver-plated mixed braided cable for enhancing bass. Unfortunately, at least according to the product description, the cable is randomly assigned. I personally fall into the 'cables don't make a difference save for impedance' camp, so I don't really care about the materials within. Based on the descriptions, I'm pretty sure we have the copper and silver-plated mixed cable here. First impressions of the cable were great. It looks fantastic, feels durable, has high quality metal hardware and handy preformed ear guides. The chin cinch is a useful addition too. After spending some time using it, this cable has some downfalls. First, it is pretty heavy and has a habit of tugging the earphones out of position making constant re-adjustments necessary. Unusual for a low profile earphone of this design, in my experience. Second, the sheath is somewhat stiff and sticky. While it thankfully doesn't tangle often, if doesn't slide smoothly across cloth or other surfaces, further adding to the tugging. Without those faults it would be an amazing cable. The MMCX plugs have a firm fit. The knurling is helpful when unplugging the cable. The 90 degree angled jack is bulky, but it has an extension to compensate for DAP and cellphone cases. It's a nice cable as is, but the aforementioned faults found me replacing it with something similar from FiiO.

    BGVP dipped into Siemen's image database when designing the DM6. As such the shape comes from averaging tens of millions (I question that number...I thought it was 10s of thousands, but okay) of ears to come up with a shape that should be as universal as possible. A couple other companies have done this recently, such as Kinera with the H3 and IDUN, and in my experience it results in a very comfortable product. Few earphones using a different design philosophy conform to the outer ear quite like it. While this certainly has it's benefits, it also results in a earphone that is larger than average so smaller eared folk won't be able to wear them. It also means those with an unusually shaped outer ear, or an outer ear than has been damaged in some way or another, will either not be able to wear the DM6 at all, or can with great difficulty. If you've got a “normal” outer ear, you're very likely to find the DM6 extremely comfortable.

    This ear filling design also results in a product that is highly isolating since there isn't any place for sound to bleed in. The shells are completely sealed forcing sound to bleed through the resin itself. As such, the DM6 makes for a great traveling companion on the bus and to other noisy areas. Don't worry about pressure either. Despite being sealed, like the Fearless S6 Rui there is no feeling of pressure upon inserting them. I don't know how these companies managed it, but I'm thankful.

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    Sound:

    The DM6 has a light v- or u-shaped signature is quite engaging and technically impressive. Treble extends fairly well with a fairly even emphasis between upper and lower regions. The DM6 isn't overly shimmery and 'usually' lacks the brashness and harshness resulting from an overextended presence region. As such the DM6 find itself having a spacious but not airy presentation, and is quite detailed but not quite analytic. This sort of balance is quite pleasing to my ears for long term listening since it's not fatiguing and yet it doesn't smooth over or omit fine details. Going back to that 'usually', I find the DM6 can get harsh at the sort of unsafe volumes I refuse to test at...I value my hearing for reasons that should be obvious...and with some tracks, such as Aesop rock's “Shere Khan”. I suspect this is due to the lack of any filters on the midrange and treble drivers.

    The midrange is slightly recessed and at times male vocals fail to stand out like they should, instead blending into the instruments around them. I fist noticed this on “Cause a Riot” by Skindred. Female vocals seem unaffected and retail quite a strong presence with required. Instruments sound quite fantastic through the DM6 without the somewhat dry tonality that can be prominent with some armature, not that it is always a bad thing. EarNiNE series of armature-only earphones in particular does a great job of turning it into a distinctive quality of their in-house developed armatures, working it seamlessly into the presentation so it sounds natural. Anyway, the DM6 sounds quite natural and accurate in it's timbre too, with an element of artificial reproduction creeping in at times.

    The DM6 uses Knowles' 22955 low-range armature for the bass, a driver I haven't been the greatest fan of in other products, such as the Tenhz P4 Pro and Shozy & Neo CP. In those earphones bass was a little too tame and it rolled off too early (less so with the CP's alternate filter set in place). That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it just fell short of expectations, especially when the low range armature in KZ's armature-only earphones easily outperforms it in terms of extension and texture. In the DM6 it is a much more prominent aspect of the presentation and fares better. Extension is plenty deep and gives an almost dynamic driver level of visceral feedback. Add to that a punchy mid-bass and good transient behaviour and you've got yourself a fun presentation. Texture is still a bit smoother than I prefer, but it's still within reason and fits in well with the overall tune.

    Sound stage isn't massive but it's not quite in-the-head either. Instruments play just outside the ear with the ability to toss effects into the distance. This helps show off the DM6's imaging which is quite good, smoothly moving sounds from channel to channel without any vague areas or dead zones. Layering to very good too, with a clear depth of space between planes. No congestion here to my ears, even when tracks start to get messy.

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    Select Comparisons (volumes matched using Dayton iMM-6):

    Tenhz P4 Pro: The P4 Pro and DM6 are both all-armature models using Knowles 22955 low-range armatures, though the P4 Pro contains one less driver. The DM6 does a better job with the 22955 offering up more presence, extension, and impact, though with less texture than what the P4 outputs. The P4's midrange is more forward and similarly detailed, but there is some grain present that is lacking in the DM6. The same goes for the treble, though in addition to displaying grain it's also slightly brighter. Sound stage goes to the P4 Pro which feels more open and spacious, but also kind of distant. The DM6 simply sounds more complete and refined in it's tune. While the P4 Pro does a great job bringing up the mids and providing a fair bit of detail and clarity, it does so at the expense of it's low end and with some grain not present in the DM6.

    In terms of build, their plastics feel of similar quality. Looking inside the drivers are neatly laid out in both with cleanly soldered crossovers. Both have smooth sound tubes directing sound. In the P4 Pro's favour, it includes a nozzle filter to protect the drivers from dirt and grime. Neither has an amazing cable. The DM6's is clearly of a higher calibre, but it is stickier and stiffer, lacking the usability of the P4 Pro's simpler cable. If you want to upgrade from the P4 Pro, the DM6 is not a bad choice.

    BGVP DMG: I'll just get it out of the way now; I find the DMG and it's 4BA/2DD hybrid setup superior. A/B'ing the two, the first thing I noticed was the extra clarity afforded by the DMG. It has a slightly leaner midrange presentation that really shoves forward details the DM6 presents, but without the same level of sharpness. Bass on the DM6 doesn't dig quite as deep, but it has more punch and slightly more texture. Treble on the DMG offers more sparkle and is a touch smoother. Sound stage on the DMG is larger and more spacious, though not quite as accurate in terms of imaging quality. Layering and separation are similar, though the DMG's larger presentation makes it feel more natural. You can also tailor the DMG's capabilities as well thanks to the implementation of a filter system.

    Build is excellent on both but I find the DMG slightly more comfortable thanks to their smaller size. It should be more durable too since we're talking aluminum vs. plastic resin. DM6 looks a heck of a lot nicer though given the translucent shells and visible inner workings. The DMG's cable is my preference as well. It's more flexible and not as heavy and simply feels better around the ears.

    Fearless S6 Rui: The S6 does for the DM6 what the DM6 does for the P4 Pro. In this case, the signatures are more alike with the S6 Rui being more balanced, less bassy, and with a more even midrange. The S6 Rui sounds more detailed, more refined, and simply better all around. That said, the DM6 still sounds excellent after A/Bing the two, it just comes across less clean and smooth and without quite the same level of detail. It also has a smaller sound stage with more limited depth to work with for layering and separation.

    Build is much the same story. The S6 Rui's plastics feel nicer with a softness to them you only get with the highest quality plastics. Inside it's a bit more distinct thanks to the company name printed on the midrange and treble drivers, and the model name printed on the low range drivers. The DM6 makes due with the standard Knowles markings on the low range, with the BGVP triple slash logo printed on the treble and midrange offerings. The S6 rui's cable is very similar but is lighter, more flexible, and not sticky. The DM6's cable has a chin cinch though, something Fearless' cable would benefit from. If you're looking to upgrade from the DM6, the S6 Rui is what you need.

    Final Thoughts:

    The DM6 lived up to my lofty expectations. It's quintuple driver setup is well-tuned and capable of providing a full-bodied listening experience. They don't lack bass, the mids are fairly lush, and the treble is detailed and well-extended. The sound stage is reasonably compact but the DM6 moves sound well enough to make it a non-issue. Male vocals can sometimes be drown out by the rest of the performance, but this wasn't a common experience during my testing. The heavy, sticky cable is also a mild detriment to achieving ultimate comfort, but the DM6 is equipped with MMCX ports so replacing it is easy enough if you find it troublesome.

    I have to hand it to BGVP. With the DMG and DM6, they have won me over. Not only do their current products retain the good looks and amazing build of their previous offerings, but now the sound is a standout too. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.

    Thanks for reading!

    - B9Scrambler

    ***** ***** ***** ***** *****​

    Some Test Tunes:

    Aesop Rock - Skelethon (Album)
    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Album)
    Elton John - Yellow Golden Brick Road (Album)
    King Crimson - Lark's Tongues in Aspic (Album)
    King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black (Track)
    Supertramp - Crime of the Century (Album)
    Infected Mushroom - Converting Vegetarians (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 Bone) (Album)
    1. capnjack
      Great review, I have to agree with you on almost all of it. I bought my dm6 from Penon Audio and when you order you choose which cable you want instead of that awful thing that you got. It makes a big difference with tip rolling too on the dm6 imho. Brings the mids forward a bit more and the male vocals benefits from as well.
      capnjack, Apr 16, 2019
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    2. B9Scrambler
      @capnjack Thanks man! I noticed the cable choices when perusing other sites but since I was sent them by Linsoul, that's the experience the review reflects. The one that I got is a nice cable, just not right for this particular iem. Kinda like the Penon BS1. Great cable but attached to the wrong product. I tip rolled but stuck with the stock medium wide bores. They were the most balanced of the stock sets and sounded most similar to the other wide bore sets that I tried from JVC, UE, etc.
      B9Scrambler, Apr 16, 2019
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  5. Redcarmoose
    Satisfaction For A Value
    Written by Redcarmoose
    Published Apr 14, 2019
    5.0/5,
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    Did you ever hear the story about the guy who switched the wine on his friends at a dinner party? Quite simple really as his snootiest of acquaintances came over and he finds an old bottle of expensive red wine. He pours out the wine and replaced it with cheap supermarket wine. During the dinner his friends could not stop complementing his choice of wine. Smiling sheepishly he let the dinner take it’s course. Near the end he explained his story to the dumbfound-amusement of his guests. Everyone was laughing as our perception is anchored not by facts but by bias. With that said much of the Head-Fi community will hardly take the BGVP DM6 seriously. Most will maybe not even read this review as quality is of course determined by price? Right?


    Not!


    The BGVP DM6
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    This review is an easy one to write. The hype-train has left the station, many do know what the DM6 is about. Yet, I noted that the IEM has only three Head-Fi reviews? And while the reviews do a great job at explaining what the DM6 is.........it seemed to me there was still room for words. Maybe no reviews are needed being the DM6 thread is alive and well with daily activity?
    Still.......

    Let’s......go back in time shall we!

    A really crazy thing happened to me in November of 2018 in Bangkok Thailand. I’m hanging out in an IEM shop and listening to a whole bunch of Chi-Fi IEMs. I’m sure you kind of know how these experiences go, right? I wanted to buy a couple as I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to hear so many models again at one place. But.......I was saving up for a big audio purchase later in the coming year, so I was still trying to budget money. Still these Chi-Fi offerings where so darn good at being exciting yet still value purchases. Part of this hobby is you have your own opinions and you read stuff. But in the end it can still be so wonderfully confusing. It’s confusing because it’s complicated; not only that but perception can be fickle. Luckily the hotel was directly across the street from the shop; almost as if it was planned. :)

    Ok.. back to IEM testing!
    As consumers were not even sure if we like an IEM even after owning it for months? How many purchases can be like this in life? Using an IEM is like looking at a painting of life, some days the trees look real, and other days we feel like changing stuff. It’s all art really.


    The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso used to be found making small adjustments on his paintings while they were hanging in museums. He had finished the paintings yet his work was never quite done........Picasso still felt the need to add a detail here and there, always room for improvements, always room for changes.


    “Who is that man painting on the framed museum painting on the wall?” “Oh.. that’s the artist, he has come in to simply do some last minute adjustments; he’s a perfectionist!”

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    If we are interested in Chi-Fi it’s because they offer a new take on a signature we already know and love. They have a way of getting better and better every year, plus they are now gaining on the technical-ability. Surprisingly in special circumstances the Chi-Fi purchase is so good it becomes our favorite IEM bypassing our indigenous and pricy ear monitors.

    So to cut this story short, I made a single Chi-Fi IEM purchase and my Wife and I walked across the street to our hotel room. When I arrived in the room I went to Head-Fi to research the brands I had heard at the shop, that’s when I found Hawaiibadboy’s You-Tube video on the BGVP DM6. In just a few words he described it was one of the best IEMs you could get at any price. What? I had a chance to get a great IEM for $199? Maybe I didn’t give it enough of a listen?







    You know how this goes, right? The curiosity, the manic chase of the crazy audiophile. Amazingly my non-audiophile but understanding Wife was all up for another romp across the street for an IEM purchase! So somehow my viewpoint was altered? It was simply suggested that the DM6 was maybe better than I thought it was on a short listen? Was I right the first time I tried it? Did I just board the “hype-train” unknowingly? Let’s find out!

    Yep...........the DM6 was great, just like he said it was. Truly it is as an amazing journey in my audiophile life. Listening to the original DM6 out of an iPod gave me clues as to it’s possible potential back home on my main gear. Fast forward 6 months and the DM6 is a legendary IEM, and rightly so. The DM6 did and does most everything right; so as the graph here shows the BGVP DM6 is probably at the level “C” of diminishing returns per audio-dollar spent for many readers.


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    Form-factor:
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get more comfortable! Being the Chinese figured out that everyone has exactly the same shaped outside ear, new shape designs in 2018 were created from a composite database which enables our new semi-custom or universal-custom form factor. What these new level of IEMs do is seat farther into your ear. It’s almost as if you personally had ear impressions made, still you have the freedom to incorporate your favorite tips. For many of us we found this route to be superior to the complications of CIEM fit with the possibility of our ears slightly changing, resulting in the hassle of having a new CIEM made every couple of years. Also the custom-universal design or semi-custom-design has less chance of random wax buildup internally in the IEM as the actual nozzle is farther from the inside of the ear. Also take into account there can be ears which have an ear canal bend which will never support a CIEM; no matter how accurate the IEM shape is formed.

    Strangely the rest of the outside of the human ear shape is 99.6% accurate at identifying the individual it belongs to. But this important inner area, where the IEM rests, is our main concern here. Add our low weight and thin form-factor and we have an IEM you can wear all day. 3D printed with a special German made imported resin, our shells remain accurate from Right to Left IEM module to a single dB between units. My only issue is the nozzle end ring, which at times does not hold tips on when the IEM is removed. Still as far as size and shape, BGVP has hit the nail on the proverbial head. There is absolutely no reason these will not fit you, they fit everyone; though at times folks need to play with tip-rolling.


    5 Balanced Armature Drivers:
    The number of drivers has some kind of aphrodisiac effect on this audiophile community. If three is good, five must be better and ten or twenty best! If this was true horsepower would be a determining factor; and it kinda is. But just like horsepower in cars it’s a combination of application and design. Still you can’t help but notice detail and with that over-all presence of DM6 detail; you wonder where it’s coming from........yes? Typically though there can be a nice coherent blend when studying the natural response of other single driver balanced armature IEMs. It’s just at times the single driver idea does not have the technical ability to add bass and add treble in places.

    Five Balanced Armatures:
    And........this may be the definition of more drivers; adding more excitement? If anything there is an intensity here which is very hard not to notice! So maybe for some this bright big-screen TV replay personality may be too much, like a loud boisterous drinking visitor; enthusiastic and loud? But for others this replay ends up involving and interactive? So let’s just say we’re visiting the other side of laid-back and leave it at that.


    Specifications:
    • BGVP
    • Housing: 3D-printed resin
    • Driver unit: 5 balanced armatures
    • Frequency response: 10 Hz–30 kHz
    • Sensitivity: 122 dB
    • Impedance: 20 ohms
    • Cable: 3.9 ft (1.2 m), detachable, braided
    • Connector: ⅛ in (3.5 mm)
    Included:
    • 4 pairs of ear tips
    • Cleaning brush
    • User manual

    Features:
    • 5 Balanced Armatures Drivers. The Knowles (22955+30017) drivers and BGVP custom composite balanced armature delivers DM6 five driver balanced armature flagship earphones
    • High Quality MMCX Connector. The earphone adopts the same material for MMCX connector part as Shure earphones which is more durable and steady even after more than 5000 times plug and pull test. There is no inconsistent situation happening, a trustworthy earphones for sure
    • Data-based Customized Wearing Design. With the Siemens eardrum database, tens of millions of eardrum data are researched and compared for a precise outcome of customized cavity to highly fit the human ear
    • 3D Printing Resin Cavity. The shell is made of integral moulding of resin from Germany Envision TEC 3D printing equipment, which ensures a greater accuracy of each headset. The left and right channel error is within 1dB, creating a cost-effective class of custom headphones
    • NOTE: The two kinds of cable will be sent randomly, either the white cable or the black silver cable, both are of high quality.
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    In Ending My Story:

    Surprised and even more surprised by the DM6 I walked across the street to get a back-up pair before leaving town. Strangely though the second pair came with a straight cable and my first pair an L shaped affair. I studied both box exteriors as only someone with ADHD could do, still the cable style was not delineated. The boxes have a hand written description showing the color choice but you get what you get as far as plug angle goes. Typically they come with a nice silver coated OFC cable somehow covered in Teflon. If your just starting out on this journey the included cable is fine, but looking for improvements later can inspire a cable upgrade. I don’t want to suggest a cable upgrade as I have not tried more than 5 or 6. Also take note the BGVP can be ordered in a multitude of configurations. Send in your ear impressions and get a CIEM. Choose your faceplate material or color, or even add engraved art. I’m pretty sure you could send them a photograph of your dog and get it put on the faceplates. Detail like this is rare in 2019.


    Value:
    In my humble opinion there is nothing like the BGVP DM6 for the money. They beat-out every Chi-Fi product I have heard; still it’s a fast changing race with up and comers attempting to gain status every month. Probably the big question would be how much would a person gain from spending another $200? From what I can discern at least a IEM price of $600 is needed to find any improvement above these, still I have not heard everything in the $199 zone?


    These value concepts still stand true and it’s around 7 months (or more) down the road from introduction; a lifetime in ChiFi time. Lol



    Long live the IEM value king:
    The DM6 value will stay there until something comes and knocks it off it’s place in history. And.......we all know what throwing 2X the money does; it gets you a fraction of improvement. For the folks who choose to take that risk it’s a value in a small area. As % goes, it’s a very difficult thing to quantify. It’s actually impossible to correctly quantify; as we can focus on just a fragment of improvement and that small section can add greater value.


    One of the biggest mysteries is just how transparent the DM6 ends up being. Instead of EQ, a switch of source results in a complementary way to change it’s mood.............did you favor bright or dark today? Additionally this ability to change character seems almost magical if not whimsical and surprisingly entertaining! Part of the DM6 ability to escape classification has been it’s ability to become non-existent in-front of a DAP. One IEM for one DAP, one different IEM for another. Folks get an idea of the sound signature and think it’s the IEM in the end. Lol


    Soundstage:
    Maybe part of their magic is what they don’t do? They don’t seem to add or subtract what the soundstage is in recordings? This ends up a dramatic phenomena after listening to some home recorded music done on a budget, then switching to a wonderfully grand professionally done production. Our middle size soundstage consists of a fair amount of airy treble with a mesmerizing outside-placed hi-hat rendition you’ll never get tired of; I never do!

    BA bass tends to be faster than DD also missing slight decay attributes which can actually add to the overall detail effect going on. Still when it all comes together for the listener it can climax as an epiphany in correct imaging. And..........while there is more detail and firmer imaging at a higher price, there is nothing even close to what this provides at this price point. IMO. More soundstage...............it can also be obtained for more money, still the DM6 is doing pretty much everything right and very little wrong. Considering the financial investment and stuff is looking surreal!



    The BGVP DM6 Sound Signature:
    What if I told you there is many sound characteristics and it’s different for everyone? Such a bewildering jaunt down the metaphoric rabbit hole; I will try and make some sense of it all if I may.

    Even here in the review section we find a rewritten review with higher marks; it’s just a reality that some need to adjust stuff a little to dial in the sound. Also note in a completely separate review; an author states of using different tips and cables to “fine-tune” the character to his liking.


    And.... it’s all good!

    We’re enthusiastic here right, and we all want $800 sound for 1/4 of the price......right?



    So it takes a little adjustment here and there. For some not so much and for others a little more. At this point your probably expecting me to give you some clues? All I can say is experiment with OFC copper cables, experiment with aftermarket tips and try listening to the BGVP DM6 with a balanced cable and source. Some folks like wide-bore tips others like narrow bore-tips. In the end it turns out the DM6 is quite the chameleon; changing colors with each new circumstance. Some have even suggested to burn-in the IEMs for 40 hours.


    Why:
    Why are these IEMs like this? I like to think they are fairly transparent of what is upstream as well as offering a brand of neutrality which is easily swayed by external adjustments. For enthusiasts who are into tweaking the sound, this all comes off as a fun “active” part of the hobby.



    Getting There:
    In my own experience I found using the Sony Hybrid Tips to be best, even though they are not wide-bore.


    I also found both the Walkman 1A and Walkman 1Z to be perfect DAPs for the DM6.


    Also Getting More There:
    So interestingly in my personal experience cable change-outs made a huge difference. In my experience different cables made the IEMs sound different. Six different cables equaled six different sound signatures. Go figure?? Still to go on......somehow OFC cables tend to smooth out the top end and still leave bass detail alone. My silver coated OFC tends to boost the treble energy just a tad; and while for some this could be a benefit; word on the street is pure OFC. So there!

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    Typically Audiophile:
    And while this is typical audiophile behavior, it was only after I had experimented with tips, cables and DAPs that I felt charmed to the point of describing the tone and DM6 gifts. It wasn’t that the stock 3.5mm single-ended cable from a 6th Generation IPod Touch was wrong or lackluster. In fact my first clues as to the epic-greatness of this IEM was just that, single-ended from an IPod! Right off the tone is both fun and engaging to say the least. So even with the included tips and cable, plug these gifts into a phone and the party is underway! They don’t need much power and offer a lively and detailed experience any way you choose to go.




    Later:
    Later............months and months later......after the dust settled; I took out a box of old favorite IEMs, and tried to listen to why the DM6 was the phenomenon it is.


    Detail:
    So let me break it down for you in simple terms:
    Detail......more detail than ever in history at this price point.


    For a value offering there is a truck-load of detail here. In fact there is no way around it. In comparison to IEMs both priced higher and IEMs priced lower it’s mostly all about detail. On the world stage and in comparison to everything that’s out there at any price, the only drawback would be a slight amount of grain. But to fall in love here it’s about accepting the whole deal, basically understanding your not going to get an $800 IEM for $199, but close, so close it’s not even funny!


    First off, there is no better detail for this style of money out there. As shown above most folks figure a way to slowly dial-in the tone characteristics, but when all is said and done there is a small amount of grain which separates the BGVP DM6 from the upper echelon of mega-buck Head-Fi IEMs. With that said I can deal with it, in fact I dearly love the DM6 IEMs. They do it all in so many ways. The grain is not first a really noticeable thing either, it’s just after you start listening to a bunch of other IEMs this character starts to emerge. And.......it’s subtle; it’s like the grain in high-speed photographic film or a high ISO setting on a digital camera. The detail is there but there is a slight lack of smoothness easer found in more expensive IEMs.


    Grain:
    The main reason the slight grain gets overlooked is due to the intensity this IEM provides in spades. It’s an in your face exciting experience to listen to music on. And we read about the medium soundstage and so on...........But it’s with-in this soundstage and how the DM6 gets detail placement where the magic starts to happen. Just layers and layers of detail and definitions in tone. All this provided at fast clear response rates. Just the coolest and most delightful way to have high frequency forgiving treble elements stretched out. Meaning the soundstage is medium, but the imaging with-in is cohesive-coherent and on point. And for the cost you almost have to laugh! Truly there has never been anything out of Chi-Fi to even come close............ ever!


    The Midrange:
    Amazingly the DM6 graphs out really well, and pretty much how they sound. At times at first I really thought there was something small left out in the midrange, but after time I became enamored with the DM6 mids. They are maybe not the most lush, but fairly utilitarian for a subtle V signature. They don’t do anything wrong but at the same time are probably not the most mid-technical. It could in-fact be the mid-personality which leaves room for our fascinating treble and bass?


    Also a little history here:
    Strangely there has been a slow group consensus as to possible issues with the DM6. In November till December 2018; a few members thought the midrange was thin with hi-hats and snare-drums sounding artificial? Myself included? Later from January on there has been a small sub-group who felt the IEM displayed slightly bright highs? Honestly there was even questionable ideas about the IEMs having an inconsistency in build dynamics. Most all of this group paranormal phenomenon can be explained both in cable and tips and simple suggested psychological biases. Some folks seem to think they hear something going on and birds of a feather flock together. And while I have to agree the DM6 has it’s own sound signature and personality, there is nothing truly lacking or out of place. IMO


    For me it was the exciting detail and sonic elements in the midrange and treble that combined with the low and super-fast bass response which helped separate and delineate the DM6 from other more expensive and less expensive IEMs in my collection! Basically the DM6 is detailed and fun to listen to.


    The Bass:
    The Knowles 22955 BA unit is saving the day. Being used in the FiiO FA7 4 driver and used in the Magaosi K5 5 driver IEM, this giant balanced armature means business! Here we are met with precision bass. For many there was a fear of somehow not being able to compete with DD technology; but you can put your fears to rest as the DM6 does it all in the bass department. Fast textured and complete bass responses getting the needed goods in today’s modern music. It’s also the bass personality in the soundstage which may be part of the delight here, in that it’s not like it’s everywhere but placed in it’s own special location where it stays-put going just as low as needed.

    The Treble:

    Maybe a polarizing subject with the DM6, and you have to wonder about the validity of claims? Though my common sense is telling me this IEM is simply responsible for displaying what’s up-stream. Get it bright and it does bright! With everyone having a different threshold on treble, it maybe can be an issue, though I find it comical that it took more than three months till it was noticed by the masses, or even talked about? Why is that? If anything much of this stuff simply depends on what your used to, as it’s not the ability of your new IEM, more so the ability of your last IEM.


    I personally don’t have an issue with the treble being too bright, though I do on occasion notice faults in the file mastering which the DM6 brings into focus. I own more forgiving IEMs but view this ability as just an attribute of relaying detail. As gone over to nausea here; a change of cable or tips can seem to affect the tone bringing it all to a desired location where it stays in the end.

    Conclusion in Sound:
    Years ago; like 2013, there was always something left out in Chi-Fi performance, though it was acceptable due to the price. Now it seems the DM6 stands as a statement ushering in a new age of value and performance from a value priced IEM. At this crossroads and at this place in time we can truly expect to obtain even better values in the future as the bang-for-the-buck paradigm has been shattered. Or of course maybe the DM6 is some strange one-of-a-kind-value?



    Many of us have wondered if the DM6 is a one-of-a-kind lucky-find? That’s probably just love.



    Most of us are still wondering if this IEM was a stoke-of-luck or some technical break-through, or both? And.......most of the time you will be reading about personal subjectivity being a factor? I don’t know here? As we find the DM6 so middle of road, and carrying the ability to pretty much do it all for everyone, at the price of admission here everyone should at least try it?


    Disclaimer:
    Probably my biggest suggestion is try them for two weeks or even two months. Even though they are basically well-rounded performers, something can happen with prolonged use enabling the user to become later enamored with the IEMs. I have no idea of how or why this phenomenon occurs but it has been seen time and time again with the DM6; and more-so with the DM6 than other new IEMs. Also changing tips and cables has had effects reported from people who were in no way expecting change. I write all this as even after three weeks of ownership, I was “the expert” not knowing about the DM6 midrange, but now it seems fine? At times I simply have no answers to give?



    What if?

    What if I told you I was reviewing the Fearless S6 Rui; what if I told you I was reviewing the new BGVP DM7 here? When do we choose to get off the carnival ride? One thing I can promise you is the DM6 is special. There is a deep-seated guarantee that more BAs are not always better; and if better only better by a smidge.


    And.....the overall issue is companies know about audiophile curiosity. These companies know we stay awake at night wondering if a single extra BA in the right place will make all the difference in the world. They know if they add a set of switches with cross-overs that we will wonder if we can fine-tune the sound to a better place. My question is where can the line be drawn between marketing and satisfaction for a value?


    The reason for the DM6 popularity has been simple satisfaction for a value. The prior written sentence could be the entire review here; end of story.


    If anything that satisfaction/value line has been uniquely drawn here with the DM6. The DM6 stays across the line and everything else stays on that other side. Remember we’re taking about an entry IEM. It’s an insane value reality where $399 is double that reality and $599 is triple that reality. If you haven’t noticed; IEM technology is now surpassing DAP technology at an alarming rate of sophistication. Some companies haven’t even had an improvement in their DAP offerings in three years. And just like we talked about earlier, at times stuff is simply marketing and gimmick. When the rubber hits the road it’s all about basic sound quality. This stuff isn’t a question of opinion, as it’s beyond subjectivity.


    In the vary near future IEMs will surpass the DAP and source/amp ability to resolve. And to think this is all starting to occur at prices far less than some have paid for a single cable? It’s an amazing time to be alive, especially if you enjoy what the DM6 has to normally offer.


    Some would say that they don’t feel they should have to play with IEM tips or cables to get the best sound. They feel for the money it should magically flow out when you open the box! For those few who dismissed the DM6 sound with-out “some” experimentation, I wonder? I wonder if they actually were just a small cable change away from heaven?


    Combination Studies:
    This section focuses on a specific equipment grouping and perceived results. Listed is the DM6 with a couple various cables and DAPs along with a DAC/amp combo, to try and describe sound personalities in response to various music chosen.


    Disclaimer:
    These small completely subjective explanations may provide a vehicle to simply describe sound character in a specific situation. Your results may vary.



    Tips:

    In these tests I’m specifically using Sony Hybrid Tips. After spending an ample amount of time trying to get the included tips to provide the needed tonal balance, the Sony Tips were arrived at as being the answer wholeheartedly. It turns out, as always, getting the best air-tight fit increases soundstage and the complete lower midrange and bass. Due to this balance, volume is actually attenuated realizing a decrease in treble energy. Meaning............if you think your treble is too hot, try getting better lower midrange and bass with the best fit/tips and reduce the volume.


    Cables Used:
    https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MUC-M12SB1-SONY-Headphone-cable/dp/B01M3TK66F
    https://www.amazon.com/Headphone-Connection-Supported-MUC-M12NB1【Japan-products】/dp/B071WWFG1K

    Both of these Sony cables are two of the best I tried, I’m not recommending them as I have not used more than 5 or 6 cables with the DM6 IEMs. I will confirm in my personal uses they perform better than the included cables, and better than any others I own. Note the Sony cables are balanced and the included cables single-ended.

    The Kimber/Sony is my favorite offering a smoother treble and great detailed focused bass. Secondly the black Sony 4.4mm-MMCX offers a difference in construction, maybe more durable and incorporates silver coated OFC. The Kimber utilizes just OFC with no silver added. Note too, they offer different construction philosophy with the Sony/Kimber braided. In contrast there is really nothing wrong with the slightly lower priced silver-coated OFC. If anything it’s a nice change of pace adding slightly more treble and upper-midrange energy with the DM6. While as a whole silver-coated OFC may lack some of the smoothness naturally found with pure OFC though this trade-off can come as an advantage in some cases.

    I seldom use EQ but found combinations of cables and DAP, DAC/amps to afford an easy means to alter the sound bypassing perceived EQ artifacts or distortions. And while any one of these combinations would be more than adequate, none are actually bad in any way, shape or form. What occurs is a subtle and pure way of altering the playback to enhance various aspects of the music. A large extent of these changes deal with soundstage and imaging placement, which in and of itself is beyond the ramifications of simple EQ. In these cases the combinations offer subtle tone enhancement choices as well as delineation of various aspects of the music. But keep in mind none of this behavior is mandatory, as any combination ends up more than adequate, what we have is a subtle way to explore various modifications making the hobby simply more interactive.


    In the end this study if anything simply helps the listener become more focused on possible details and small benefits. As a side benefit this process can also help a listener to gain appreciation of various tone subtleties which are arrived at by different equipment in use.

    Combination One:
    1. Boston (self-titled) 1976 (2006 Remaster) 16/44.1
    2. Sony MUC-M12NB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn-MMCX
    3. Sony NW-WM1A Digital Audio Player (Japanese Tourist Edition) FW 3.01
    4. BGVP DM6
    5. Sony Hybrid Tips



    If there was ever proof that all the mid-range is provided with the BGVP DM6, this is the album. Unknowingly guitarist/producer Tom Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp created the mid-range masterpiece to judge all IEMs and headphones with. After doing two complete listens of the album in full I am once again fully convinced it’s all here with this IEM. Many from the day remember how this sounded on the Epic records first pressing as it was everywhere. And while the vinyl master definitely has a thickness normally not reached with digital; this combination brings all the energy and excitement to life! At times thinner IEM replay can take the music apart yet will loose the soul this album intrinsically contains. Here it’s a gift for all to enjoy. Now I must admit that in this grouping we are reaching the pinnacle of midrange personality due to the Sony 1A being midcentric as well as the MUC-M12NB1 being the brightest cable in our testing today. Contrary to what may be expected though this playback walks a special line of detail and warmth basically leaving nothing out and all desires fulfilled! This would also be the combination of music and gear I would pull out in an attempt to convince folks this IEM deserves to stay in place next to anyone’s collection of expensive flagships.



    Combination Two:


    1. Antony Waldhorn & Eva James “Medication” (Original Mix)
    1. Synthesia “Ocean” (Original Mix) 2012 White Soho Label 16/44.1
    2. Sony MUC-M12NB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn- MMCX
    3. Sony NW-WM1A Digital Audio Player (Japanese Tourist Edition)
    4. BGVP DM6
    5. Sony Hybrid Tips






    And while in some ways the old Boston album has an easy synergy which enables the BGVP DM6 to effortlessly perform, it’s time to use the same equipment combination with some different and demanding music.


    On the surface it seems this style of music is unremarkable, frigid and boring. Though with the correct IEM replay it can really be something transporting and fun. These tracks were chosen as they can be a great example of an extended use of reverb and with better IEMs than the DM6, gain a passionate level of physicality. It was most definitely the slight lack of basic-physicality which I noted on the first listen of the DM6 in the shop. And while this IEM still presents a complete and emotional playback here, the full existence of decay and reverberations are not noted. This of course could rely on the technical ability of balanced armatures to convincingly produce great bass but leave out the delay? Folks into this style of sound tune into the detail and speed. Noted here too is that slight element of grain. So to sum up the test, the above songs are great and listenable, but more expensive and competent IEMs (Dynamic Drivers or Hybrids) are going to come closer to a perfect rendition.


    Interestingly the DM6 reverb warmth ends up being a nice touch in the 1976 Boston album, where modern digital reverbs used in excess on the White Soho Label tracks push the reverb reproduction abilities of the BGVP DM6 well past it’s limits of reproduction. :)



    Combination Three:
    1. CeeOnic “Dynamic” MP3 320 kbps
    2. Sony MUC-M12SB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn-MMCX
    3. Sony NW-WM1Z Digital Audio Player (Japanese Tourist Edition) FW 3.01
    4. BGVP DM6
    5. Sony Hybrid Tips



    Jumping over to the 1Z and Sony Kimber gets us a slightly smoother rendition still the 1Z is in reality more of a traditional Hi/Fi sound with a V signature in comparison to the hyper-flat response of the 1A. Here our replay comes off more robust but the differences are slight, and nothing like you would think the differences in price would produce. Lol.

    The song is just as the title says it is..........“Dynamic” with multiple synth textures and a heavy beat. It’s the bass in the beat that the Z1 brings to the table here asking the DM6 to do all it can. And even with the prior listed distractions it’s the wonderful BGVP DM6 soundstage in the treble department making this poetic and enjoyable. Electronic hi-hats and claps come in from extreme right and left positions while still leaving room for what has been dialed into the center-stage. Way-way up top at the very apex of treble we find a slight rhythm of synthetic notes, but as expected they get imaged and projected to a fully endearing place in the soundstage! Priceless! And if your wondering how this sonic-allure could win-out over other both higher and lesser priced IEMs, here is the place and time.



    Combination Four:

    1. Mick Gordon “At Doom’s Gate” 16/44.1 Doom Game OST 2016
    2. Sony MUC-M12SB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn-MMCX
    3. Sony NW-WM1Z Digital Audio Player (Japanese Tourist Edition) FW 3.01
    4. BGVP DM6
    5. Sony Hybrid Tips



    Here is a piece of music the BGVP DM6 is excellent at. So we find a slightly underground balanced armature tour-de-force, a supreme example of what balanced armatures can do better than anything; fast micro-second changes. Also this song ends as a testimonial of the treble going on as smooth-detailed but not harsh. If anything was going to be harsh it would be right here and now! :)

    Rolled-off at the prefect place and somehow still warm and “there”. It’s not like we can listen to music like this all day long, and in some ways this tune encapsulates the intensity of the DM6 for better or worse. Solid proof............there is no denying the IEM can extract this one, no denying it’s all there........all of it.


    Combination Five:
    1. The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer OST 2012) 192kHz/24bit
    2. Sony MUC-M12SB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn-MMCX
    3. Sony Sony TA-ZH1ES DAC/AMP (DSEE HX Mode Standard)
    4. BGVP DM6 IEM
    5. Sony Hybrid Tips



    Now we are crossing the railroad tracks and heading towards the desktop part of town. It may go without saying that this is the part of town to live. The conclusive warmth given-off by the Sony TA sound signature ends up the perfect way to go with the DM6 and it’s hard to believe the BGVP is going up and up in scale-ability? This $199 IEM being fed properly starts to show it’s best character. As mentioned earlier it’s really staging and imaging here being the biggest noticeable thing, along with an overall warmer character which complements the DM6 just fine.

    In the end the DM6 is probably best with a laid-back but still detailed source helping to tame any intensity which seems to be part of the overall process at hand here. Does the 192kHz/24bit file quality become noticeable? Maybe? But the same file out of the 4.4mm headphone port of the WM 1Z was of a slightly different character. There are small aspects of this OST which become more listenable from the desktop in the end. And while this could simply end up subjective preference, I can’t help but think this could be as good as $199 ever gets.



    Comparisons To Other IEMs:

    I’ve actually heard a fairly large amount of IEMs but don’t feel it’s fair to compare the BGVP to stuff I’ve only causally tested in shops. So for our battle here the BGVP is going up against IEMs I own and love regardless of retail price. Normally such a test would be an exercise in futility, though due to the amazing value the DM6 offers I felt these comparisons were applicable.


    DM6 VS Sony XBA-100 (Single balanced armature IEM) Price $60.00
    This ends as a perfect example of more BAs being better. And while the XBA-100 offers better coherency it’s simply not as exciting and fun. It’s sound is not as big........offering less detail and extension in both highs and lows.


    DM6 VS Sony XBA N3 (Hybrid IEM) Price $299.00
    These two in battle have two different styles. The N3 wins out with cohesive romance, though ends up short in excitement. The N3 comes off as that sophisticated and reserved girl you knew in school, who was smart, cultured and polite. The BGVP DM6 ends up as the wild beer drinking dancer; more intense and bright, though maybe, just maybe tiresome in the long run? Still no matter what, I’m reaching for the BGVP in the end.



    BGVP DM6 VS Sony XBA-Z5 (Hybrid IEM) Price $551.00

    The DM6 fits better hands down. But after that it’s a toss-up at times. Let’s just say the Z5 is smoother, has better coherence and ends up just as incredible as the DM6. It’s like the Z5 is your old girlfriend but the DM6 offers some fun new excitement.

    You could even summarize the two as complementary as they really are both in their own different leagues? Though more bass with the Z5 and a fluent and refined treble area.


    BGVP DM6 VS Magaosi K5 (5 balanced armature IEM) Price $200
    These two are priced the same and came out simultaneously. Still in many ways polar opposite from one another. They share the same bass driver with the Knowles 22955, but you would never know it. To my ears the DM6 is noticeably better in every way, though some folks may like a more mid-centric and articulate tone? What may be fascinating is if added BA inclusions boost newer Chi-Fi models into a blend of these two? In rustic and dated audiophile terminology the Magaosi K5 comes off audiophile flat where out DM6......a subtle V shape.


    BGVP DM6 VS qdc Anole V3 (Three balanced armature IEM) Price $500-$600
    Just did a full review showing comparison between these two. To break it down, both have excellent fit with the 3BA Anole V3 being even smaller. Though the V3 offers a slightly smoother response with less grain, the DM6 is more fun in the midrange and treble area. It’s that hi-hat replay in the outer soundstage that’s endlessly delightful here. Though fighting back the V3 goes lower in dB and offers slightly better physicality down there. It’s really a question of what mood your in here?


    BGVP DM6 VS Sony IER-Z1R (DD/BA/DD Hybrid IEM) Price $2300
    Stop laughing!
    We all have heard stories of folks selling off their flagship IEMs after getting the DM6. Still if anything our comparison simply shows what happens when we put a middle weight fighter against Mike Tyson in his prime. And for comparisons it does show what happens when we try to delineate the differences against a no-holds-barred flagship.

    This is fun too, if not simply for amusement?
    1. Physicality DM6 score 5 VS IER-Z1R score 10
    2. Smoothness DM6 score 5 VS IER-Z1R score 10
    3. Frequency Extension DM6 score 6 VS IER-Z1R score 10
    4. Intrinsic Naturalness DM6 score 7 VS IER-Z1R score 10
    5. Price to value received DM6 score 10 VS IER-Z1R score 3
    6. Imaging DM6 score 7-8 VS IER-Z1R score 10
    7. Comfort (completely subjective) though DM6 is low-weight
    8. Sound-stage...........let’s not even go there
    BGVP DM6 VS BGVP DM7 (Six balanced armature IEM) (Price Estimated $399)
    4 Sonion 2 Knowles
    4 Sound-bore design
    Crossover 4 way
    (Upcoming)

    Fearless S6 Rui (Six Balanced armature IEM) Price $389.00
    https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/fearless-audio-s6rui-IEM
    (Upcoming)


    BGVP DM6 VS Noble K10 Encore (10 balanced armature IEM) Price $1850.00
    This is the part that gets tricky. I actually have a love/hate relationship with the Encore signature. This points out a decisive truth of our hobby; tone is everything. And while the Encore does so many things amazingly well, the DM6 gets more use at times. Where the bass in the 10 BA Encore comes out when least expected; it’s low, it’s maybe in the lower midrange where it’s thin. The Encore is more detailed over-all and does offer more smoothness though in the end both IEMs have some noticeable grain at times. Still the Encore parlays that grain into a both cold and warm character. It’s the lower bass in the DM6 that has me surprised by the final outcome here? Obviously if I had to only keep one you know which one it would be. The DM6 again ends up a complementary value; if not the definitive interdependent value in a collection.


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    2. capnjack
      I hated the standard cable - too stiff and sounded recessed in the mids to me. A change to spc or occ cable improved things along with symbio w.
      capnjack, Apr 17, 2019
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    3. hieple193
      DM6 has high sensitive, i wonder if it cause hiss background on my Walkman A55?
      hieple193, May 8, 2019
    4. Redcarmoose
      Never heard the Walkman A55, though it would also depend on a persons hearing abilities. IMO
      Redcarmoose, May 8, 2019
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  6. Palash
    Giant Killer?
    Written by Palash
    Published Mar 9, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Good build quality,
    Stylish,
    Expensive tuning,
    High comfort level,
    Clarity and details,
    Price.
    Cons - Left & Right Marking hard to find,
    Supplied cable is junk,
    Soundstage not that wide,
    Recessed midrange,
    No carry case,
    Supplied tips are not that great.
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    Disclaimer
    – This DM6 is a loaner unit from my fellow audiophile. For this review I have not received any kind of compensation from BGVP or any seller and doing it only out of curiosity. More than 100 hours of burn-in is given before starting any critical listening.

    Introduction
    ABCD or BGVP who cares, but good sound for an affordable price is my first concern. May be this concern is in trend and DM6 is out of stock for most of the time. The other reason behind it’s in out of stock mode is its manufacturing process. DM6 is not a conventional IEM like manufactured using injection molding or CNC milled, it’s made out of 3D printed resin and then hand tuned. Personalization of DM6 is pro level. Universal, Custom fit, custom color, Custom face plate, custom tuning anything you want can be done after paying some extra cash. One thing I don't understand why this model named as ‘DM6’? no 'D' doesn't not stands for dynamic drivers and each side has 5 B.A drivers instead of 6.

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    Specifications
    Brand: BGVP,
    Model: DM6,
    Headphone sound principle: 5 Balanced Armature, Knowles (22955+30017),
    Sensitivity: 122dB/mW,
    Frequency Response Range: 10-40000Hz,
    Impedance: 20Ω,
    Distortion :< 0.5%,
    Plug diameter: 3.5mm,
    Cable length: 125cm,
    Plug Type: straight plug,
    Waterproof performance: IPX3
    Dustproof performance: IP3X.

    Buying Link - https://penonaudio.com/bgvp-dm6.html

    Packaging
    My audiophile friend didn’t send me the outer box so no pictures are attached of the box in this review. Still after seeing other reviews and YouTube unboxing videos I can say box is ordinary and BGVP saved couple of bucks to maintain low selling price.

    What's in the Box?
    BGVP DM6 IEMs (Clear/Transparent) in this case,
    3 Pairs of silicone eartips (S, M, L) wide bore,
    3 Pairs of silicone eartips (S, M, L) narrow bore,
    1 Pairs of Memory foam eartips,
    Cleaning brush,
    Cable (As per your selection)
    Paper works.

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    Tips – BGVP provided lots of tips; still none of them suitable for me. I have used one pair of white super soft after market silicone Eartip. One thing keep in mind wide bore tips are must for DM6 otherwise you are missing lot of things throughout the whole frequency spectrum (different tips behaved differently with DM6 and I described it in sound analysis part later in this review). Isolation is important to get better sound too so use tips according to your ear canal and comfort. But those white soft silicone tips gave me best results so far.

    Cable – The cable failed to impress me too. Yes it looks good but sonically a trash. Just stay away from it. I have used ISN Audio S8 and Penon Audio CS 819 for this review. DM6 is not efficient in this sense, it changes according your cable, tip and source selection. DM6 sounded best with ISN Audio S8 and Penon Audio CS819 so far. But I have chosen S8 for its lower price. (How different cables behaved with DM6 descried in sound analysis part).
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    ISN Audio S8 buying Link - https://penonaudio.com/isn-audio-s8.html

    Design / BuildFirst thing first, it may seem from pictures that the IEM is small; no its not, still it managed to fit in my small ears very well. Design is like a conventional expensive Universal InEar Monitor. Trishell structure and face plate design is applied, face plate is fused with the shell such a way that it seems a single acrylic piece and giving it those IPX dust and waterproof ratings. The smooth rounding edges and CIEM like design is actually very good. They are very comfortable to wear for long time. Dm6 is made out of 3D printing resin but as per my understanding this resin shells are not scratch proof so better handle DM6 carefully or choose colorful options. Two independent sound bores from all BA drivers can be seen clearly from outside. It also can be seen that BGVP used green sound dampeners inside the tube of Knowles BA driver. The total size of the nozzle is a bit medium in diameter and slightly angled. Lip on the nozzle helping holding the tips but filter mesh is missing so clean your DM6 daily after using it. BTW the MMCX plugs are good and easy to plug and unplug.

    Gear Used – DM6 is easy to drive but be aware it’s a naughty boy; it changes itself accordingly its source. I have used,
    DAP –Hiby R6, Ibasso DX150.
    DAC AMP combo with PC – Fiio Q1 Mk2+ Topping NX3s stack, Audioquest Dragonfly Black, Fiio Q5, Schiit Modi 3+ XRK class a stack.
    The best pairing (Neutral kind of sound) was Fiio q1 mk2+ Topping NX3s stack and Hiby R6.

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    Tracks / Albums Listened –
    Adele – 21,
    Eagles - The Very Best Of The Eagles,
    Eric Clapton - Riding With The King (Tidal MQA),
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged (1992),
    Etta James - At Last!,
    Michael Jackson - Scream,
    Sia - This Is Acting (Deluxe Version),
    Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour,
    Legends- Elton John,
    Michael McDonald - Wide Open,
    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories,
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours,
    Sting - The Best of 25 Years.

    Sound
    ‘Expensive tuning’ … what does it mean? For my limited experience I have experienced most of well known flagship in ear monitors are either neural or close to neutral. Some hype mongers claimed DM6 is even better than Campfire Andromeda and bla bla bla. Frankly speaking DM6 is very good for its offered price and can reproduce that close to neutral tuning with proper tips, cable and source but still way behind from those well known giants. Let’s talk about the sound now.

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    Bass –
    With stock cable & narrow bore tips lower frequency response is disappointing, not even enough quantity to please. As soon as you change the cable to a SPC cable and wide bore tips suddenly now DM6 producing sufficient amount of bass with demanding tracks. Now the texture is much more prominent. Quality wise it’s very good now. Sub-bass rumble is not exaggerated and presented in a neutral way. The decay is fast and accurate. Mid bass is more prominent in DM6 than sub-bass. Hiby R6 and Q1mk2 +Topping NX3s stack giving DM6 the proper boost in lower frequency and with such sources DM6 is now a different beast. For example songs like ‘Instant Crush’ by Daft Punk and ‘Dangerous’ by Michael Jackson packed with lower frequency slams and DM6 managed to justify those tracks easily.

    Mids – Midrange is undoubtedly recessed a bit with stock cable but after changing cable and tips it’s now much more balanced with other parts of frequency. Upper mid is forwarded than lower mids resulting male vocals sits behind the female vocals but no harshness noticed in female vocals. Vocals are crisp and natural. Dm6 managed to reproduce good amount of space and micro details in mid range. I like full bodied mid range but still prefer DM6’s natural representation. For example Kacey Musgraves’s ‘Golden Hour’ is one of my favorite album and with DM6 its sounding fantastic. Artists like Etta James, B.B. King sounding just amazing now with DM6.

    Treble – Treble is the most controversial part of DM6. In early reviews no one told that there are treble spikes present in DM6 but later few users pointed out that. Personally with stock cable I have also noticed those spikes. After changing few cables now I am settled down with ISN Audio S8. ISN Audio H8 also performed well but still treble part is way spicy. With ISN S8 treble is totally controlled and the sparkle is now mind-blowing. The higher frequency part is now airy and good amount of space is there. Speed and accuracy is just fantastic now. It’s like a magic…. The worst part now became the most beautiful feature of DM6. For example songs like ‘Take it Easy’ by Eagles, ‘Key to the Highway’ by B.B. King and Eric Clapton is now something phenomenal and I never experienced them before.

    Soundstage & Imaging – Out of box DM6 is not that wide in terms of soundstage, ISN H8 or Penon CS819 added some value to increase soundstage but I have to choose ISN S8 for the treble part. Now soundstage is more and more natural. Imaging other hand very good. Each and every instrument can be clearly identified. Busy tracks handled properly and each and every note is well articulated.

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    Comparison

    FH5 Vs DM6 – Comparing DM6 with Fh5 is like comparing apples with oranges. Fh5 metal shell durable than Dm6 but custom design and colorful options giving DM6 more premium and modern look. Fh5 is heavier than Dm6 and Dm6 is way more comfortable than FH5. Accessory wise Fiio nailed it; you don’t have to search further for proper tips and cable. Sound wise Fh5 is a darker sounding earphone and more focused on Bass. Sub-bass section is rich and textured in fh5 where Dm6’s lower frequency is much more controlled. Mid frequency is forwarded in Fh5 but in Dm6 it’s a bit recessed and with proper tip and cable this problem also can be removed. Higher frequency is where Dm6 is a clear winner. Fh5’s treble section is lacking but in Dm6 it’s sparkling. So those who want a durable bass and midrange focused earphone can try Fh5 but for a balanced taste DM6 performed way better than its price.

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    Conclusion
    Now the final question, is DM6 a giant killer? I would say No but DM6 performing way better than its price. For such a price DM6 can deliver audiophile grade sound with proper cable and tips. I won’t recommend a 100$ cable with Dm6; better use ISN Audio S8, it is perfect for Dm6 and very affordable too. Finally if you like a neural IEM that can justify most of your music Dm6 may be the best one if it’s in stock.
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    2. Palash
      Thanks for pointing out the l & r marking error of mine. Sure I will try pure copper soon.
      Palash, Mar 9, 2019
    3. SoundChoice
      Good review, link for suggested wide-bore tips?
      SoundChoice, Mar 9, 2019
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    4. Palash
      Those tips were supplied with my TFZ Tequila 1 but any white supper soft tip should work fine. The inner steam of the tip should be soft and not hard.
      Palash, Mar 9, 2019
  7. lllandline
    Hypetrain Victim
    Written by lllandline
    Published Feb 11, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - 1) Detail amount is high, resolution is great, but treble is too smoothed-off, you'll have to use EQ.
    Once again - they are REALLY detail-rich and separate sounds/instruments on a really good level, providing cinematic listening experience.
    2) Build quality, cable quality, high-quality MMCX connectors. They look really expensive.
    Cons - Insertion depths issues:
    1) Sibilance, strange treble peaks - they can sound really terrible and ear-damaging on high volume levels.
    2) Bass is weak and won't provide any real satisfaction, it actually feels dead and plasticky.
    Non-insertion depths issues:
    3) Low-mid region is overpowering everything else, these are some really unbalanced headphones.
    Got them for 150$, waited 3 months for them to be delivered.
    Disappointed, BGVP may have some talent, but what they terribly lack is experience in tuning.
    Do they cost 150$? Probably, but considering the fact that many people in ChiFi community think that they cheat the system by buying multi-BA headphones from China, they actually waste a lot of money on badly tuned toys with beauiful cables.
    Better go and get yourself something like Sony XBA-N3's or Etymotic ER4XR/ER3XR's, or even cheap (60$) Etymotic MK5's. Yes, you can buy beautiful cables for them, too.

    This is the last time I've bought something from China-based headphone manufacturer.

    UPDATE (07 April 2019):
    PUT THEM ALL THE WAY INTO YOUR EAR CANAL - ALL THE FREAKING WAY TO THE BONE, if you've hated them like I did - they just weren't engineered for your ear canal length.
    I mean all the way, find some really small tips, find some way to keep them in, I've just nearly sold them, right before I've read an article about ear-canal frequency resonance that depends on distance between driver and eardrum, apparently they aren't even that lacking in 10k+ frequencies - they are pretty bright AND have good sub-bass.
    These are the first headphones (in my current collection: which consists of: 1) Sony MDR EX800ST (8.7/10; 2) ZhiYin z5000 (8.3/10; 3) Sony MH755 (8.5/10)) that weren't losing any amount of details even on deafening volume levels, even in the most complex songs.
    They sound like daylight embedded into a pair of headphones (yeah, they are bright), but there are no sibilance if you will insert them correctly.
    P.S.: to eliminate wishful thinking element (which I don't really need since I've got them on sale and they really do sound like 150$ earphones and can be sold for like 130$+shipping even with nothing but them and their stock cable) I tried to use them with my old eartips, thick and comfy big ones - it was just as painful and unbearable to listen to DM6's as before.
    God, now I am really interested in how KZ AS10's would've sound like with proper insertion depth.
    Final rating: 8.1/10, still very dry-sounding, bright headphones, but with really great technical ability and no sibilance.
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      Janjohnnn, Feb 11, 2019
    3. L1nuss
      My experience with these in ear is positive ... At the beginning I had the same problems you found. After a bit of a break-in, things have improved slightly, but not satisfactorily. My X5III did not match at all with these DM6, I tried to set the Gain on H, Headphones have become more stable, fuller and more solid: I have no more sibilances and the bass is good. The voice is central and good positioned. So, as far as I'm concerned, it sounds good now.
      L1nuss, Feb 16, 2019
    4. Redcarmoose
      So sorry they didn’t work out for you. I personally find them to be one of my favorite IEMs ever at any price. Nice fit, wonderful sounding and a great build. Experimenting with tips, DAPs and cables is one way to avoid the detrimental qualities you describe in your review. Though this hobby is very subjective and even maybe with effort to match tips and cables you may not have found a sound you like.
      Redcarmoose, Feb 16, 2019
  8. audio123
    BGVP DM6 - Precision
    Written by audio123
    Published Sep 5, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Precise, Detailed, Ergonomics
    Cons - Midrange can be more forward
    Introduction

    BGVP is a Chinese brand that produces in-ear monitors (iems) and earbuds. They are known for their Sidy iems and have produced other iems such as YSP04 and DGS100. Recently, they have released the DM6. I would like to thank BGVP and Penon Audio for this review unit. As of now, you can buy the DM6 from Penon .

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    Specifcations

    • Driver Configuration: 5 Balanced Armature
    • Sensitivity: 122dB/mW
    • Frequency Response: 10-400000Hz
    • Impedance: 20Ω
    • Distortion: <0.5%
    Unboxing & Accessories

    The DM6 comes in a brown package with a protective cover that sports the brand logo and name. There are specifications printed at the back of protective cover. After opening the package, there are the DM6, detachable MMCX cable, tips, cleaning tool and instruction manual.

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    IEM Design & Build

    The DM6 is made of acrylic and it has a translucent green shell with smooth surface. It utilizes MMCX connectors. The faceplates sport the brand logo. The nozzle is slightly angled. It has an ergonomic design.

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    Cable Design & Build

    There are 2 available cable options – Silver Plated Copper (SPC) or Copper & Silver Plated Copper (C & SPC). The MMCX connectors on the SPC and C & SPC cables have silver and gunmetal housing respectively. There is indication of left and right through the markings on the connectors. There is memory wire section. Moving down, there is no chin slider. The y-splitter is silver and gunmetal in color respectively. Lastly, the jack is 3.5mm right angled gold plated. The housing is silver and gunmetal in color respectively. There is strain relief.

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    Sound Analysis (Silver-Plated Copper Cable Pairing)

    Lows

    The DM6 has moderate sub-bass quantity with a fair extension. The sub-bass reproduction takes on a controlled approach. Each bass note is articulated with moderate precision. The bass decay is acceptable and the overall agility is reduced. Bass texture is rendered smoothly. The rumble is quite natural. The mid-bass has good quantity and the slam is not delivered in a hard-hitting way. There is nice finesse shown.

    Mids


    The midrange is slightly recessed and it is presented in a smooth approach. There is sufficient body to contribute to the vocals reproduction. The lower mids has good amount of quantity which benefits male vocals and there are no signs of hollow feeling. The upper mids has moderate forwardness which adds some intimacy. Female vocals are expressed in a controlled manner without sounding shouty. The midrange has a fine execution.

    Highs


    The treble on the DM6 has good extension and there is sufficient amount of air rendered to complement the overall sound. There is no sibilance and harshness. The DM6 presents its treble in a controlled manner with moderate definition. There is nice crisp and slight sparkle to inject excitement in the sound. Treble articulation is accurate and there is good details retrieval.

    Soundstage


    The soundstage has a natural expansion and the width magnitude is able to give a spacious feeling. The depth offers a good amount of space. There is minimal congestion. Positioning of instruments and vocals is precise.

    Copper & Silver-Plated Copper Cable Pairing


    There is greater bass quantity with smoother texture. The mid-bass has slightly extra weight which helps to deliver a weighted slam. There is a fuller feeling. The midrange has more body and the transparency level is reduced slightly. The lower mids has greater quantity while the upper mids is slightly less forward. In treble department, there is decrease in the amount of air and sparkle. The crisp is reduced slightly but the presentation is smoother. Lastly, for the soundstage, expansion is more natural. The width magnitude is less with a closed in depth.

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    Comparisons

    BGVP DM6 vs Brainwavz B400

    The DM6 has more sub-bass quantity than the B400 and the extension is better. The sub-bass reproduction on the DM6 is able to produce more impact which adds punch to the overall sound. Bass texture on both is rendered smoothly. The bass decay on the DM6 is significantly quicker and the extra agility creates a speedy performance. The mid-bass on the DM6 has slightly more quantity than the B400 and the slam is greater. Each bass note on the DM6 is articulated with a stronger hit and there is more definition. The rumble is more natural on the DM6. Bass reproduction on the DM6 provides a higher engagement level. The midrange on the DM6 has more energy than the B400 and it boasts better details retrieval. The lower mids on the DM6 has similar quantity as the B400 and male vocals are expressed fairly. The upper mids on the DM6 is more forward than the B400 and female vocals are presented with a higher intimacy level. The treble on the DM6 extends better and takes on a brighter approach. There is greater amount of air rendered on the DM6 and sparkle is present. Crisp on the DM6 is more apparent. Lastly, both expands quite naturally. The DM6 has greater width magnitude than the B400 with a more closed in depth.

    BGVP DM6 vs Magaosi X3

    The DM6 has more sub-bass quantity than the X3 and it is able to extend greater with more depth. The sub-bass reproduction on the DM6 has better engagement than the X3. The bass decay on the DM6 is quicker and the agility helps to elevate the overall speed. The bass texture on the X3 is rendered with additional smoothness. The mid-bass on the X3 has extra quantity which presents the slam in a weighted manner but it lacks the agility of the DM6. The midrange of the DM6 has better transparency with a higher standard of details retrieval. It is presented in a leaner approach. The lower mids of the X3 has more quantity than the DM6 which results in male vocals sounding thicker. The upper mids of the DM6 has less forwardness than the X3. The DM6 demonstrates additional crisp and definition. Next, the treble of the DM6 extends greater with more width magnitude. There is more air rendered on the DM6. The presentation on the X3 is smoother but lacks the sparkle on the DM6. Lastly, in terms of soundstage, X3 expands naturally while the DM6 has greater width magnitude. The depth on the X3 is more closed in.

    Conclusion

    The DM6 is a mild v-shaped sounding iem that has precise bass reproduction, detailed midrange and controlled treble. It is able to deliver a presentation that sports good finesse and accuracy. The technical aspect is showcased well. In addition, it comes with a detachable braided cable and the shells are constructed nicely. The BGVP DM6 is an enjoyable iem to listen to.

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    2. audio123
      @Arghavan Hi, thank you! In brief, I feel the NS-5 is more lush with an intimate vocals performance, the bass reproduction has better rumble and stage width is smaller. Cheers!
      @Kitechaser It pairs well with a copper cable. Enjoy listening!
      audio123, Nov 9, 2018
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    3. Otto Motor
      The B400 has been the widely accepted winner in the $200 class. Does the DM6 dethrone it?
      Otto Motor, Nov 17, 2018
    4. NiVrA
      I know there is a big price difference but what do you think compared to accustune 1551?
      NiVrA, Dec 8, 2018

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