Moondrop Blessing 2

General Information

SPEC:

Impedance: 22Ω @ 1KHZ (± 15%)
Unit configuration: 1DD + 4BA
Frequency response range: 9-37khz
Treble unit: Knowles SWFK
Midrange unit: Softears D-MID-A
Woofer: 10mm paper cone diaphragm
Effective frequency response: 20-20KHZ
Quality control range: ± 1dB @ 1KHZ
Sensitivity: 117dB / Vrms @ 1KHZ
connector: 0.78-2Pin
THD: < 1% @ 1KHZ

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Pros: +easy to listen
+didnt require to sell both kidney to afford
+technicality
+usable for monitoring and mixing
+sounds good even just with smartphone
+Leaner Sounding HD600 IEM Version
Cons: -CNC Faceplate milling quality
-QC including accessories
-leaner weight notes
Hi Friend ! this is my take on the Moondrop Blessing 2 IEM, first of all sorry for my broken english,
this review is non-sponsored, i paid full price for the IEM also this review is 100% my personal opinion.

i previously have tried the blessing 2, i got a loaner unit from my friend, and now i decided to purchase one for myself
*i have OCD and this might affect my rating on the build quality of the Blessing 2.

Packaging and Unboxing

first of all lets begin with the Packaging and Unboxing, as usuall Moondrop with their waifu artworks.
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Unboxing experience is just OK, nothing luxurious feeling is presented or trying to be represented here.

inside the box you're greeted with some kind of Vinyl? material Pouch, my pouch also have strange marks that looks like "Dead by Daylight"game logo,
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inside this dbd limited edition pouch, you can find the Blessing 2 resting safely between thick foam
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Packaging seems to be decent also the iem is well protected between the foam, but sadly the faceplate quality come with scuff marks from factory.
more about this "marks" on the build quality.

inside the rectangular box, you can find :
4 Core Moondrop "Lace" Cable
6 pieces of silicone eartips
S,M,L size small bore 2pairs for each size
and an airplane adaptor ,weird my unit didn't come with any spare mesh filter.

and there's some card writen on Mandarin that i cant read without Google Translate.

Build Quality
first of all lets enjoy the beauty of the Blessing 2

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The Blessing 2 is built mainly from 3D printed resin from HeyGears and Stainless Steel faceplate with the so called "Precision CNC" that are not so precise and brushing process so you can "sharpen your nail on it" <---this is what they claim on the marketing material.

the stainless steel have some imperfection / scuff marks from the factory, as someone who suffers from OCD and perfectionism, the CNC process on Blessing 2 faceplate is killing me
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i guess its only my unit that have imperfections... but actually NO, my friend unit also have imperfection on his faceplate
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okay enough ramble with my obsession with perfection, i know nothing is perfect on this world (like my broken english) :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:, but hey if the build can be improved, everyone would be happier right?

with the imperfection on the faceplate out of the way, lets get into the "HeyGears" 3D Printing part, the shell is 100% transparent with almost 0 air bubble on the resin ! now this is what im talking about, the resin quality is absolutely great, almost as good as the Moondrop S8 build quality ! but hey i guess if i expect the Blessing 2 to be built like the S8, the price tag probably would jump to something around 400$ or more. :sweat_smile:

on the Stainless Steel version, you can order custom engraving so you can wear your Blessing 2 with your waifu picture on it,
also for 30$ extra, you can have the Blessing 2 with wooden faceplate. Why didnt i order the wood version? because one of my viewers on YouTube said he bought the wood version of Blessing 2 and he said the faceplate of the wood version is more easier to scratch that he cant even stand it he sold his wood version and purchase the regular stainless steel version.

Cable
actually i really like the cable, the provided Lace cable is really soft with almost 0 microphonics and it just works,
*probably gonna add the cable picture later since im currently using the Blessing 2 as i write this broken english review.

Pouch
my pouch come with some weird marks and creases also the zipper is a bit misaligned and when i open the pouch the left side is crooked a bit (my ocd bias hit again)
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Eartips
the stock silicone eartips is comfortable for my ears and super easy to fit to the iem since it has the proper nozzle size (duh!)

Fitting
the Blessing 2 size is a bit on the larger side, if you have small ears you probably will feel some discomfort while placing or removing the IEM from your ears. Also the Blessing 2 kinda sticks out from your ears 100% cannot be used for side sleeping.

Sound Quality
the Moondrop Blessing 2 is a 5-Driver Hybrid IEM, single PAPER Dynamic Driver, dual "SoftEars" balanced armature for mids, and dual knowles armature for the treble.

i use Hiby R5 Saber, Redmi Note 9 Pro, AK PEE51, FiiO K5 Pro, stock cable and stock eartips for the setup.
my playlist is J-Pop, J-Rock, Jazz and Anisong, also some RAP (Eminem, Dr. DRE, Snoop Dogg) also some metal (Trivium)

Tonality : diffuse field neutral with a touch of boosted bass from "real diffuse field"

BASS : Bass is handled by "PAPER DYNAMIC DRIVER" <--- they write this on the Blessing 2 product Page.
i really like the bass of the Blessing 2. To my ears, the Blessing 2 reach deep with controlled quantity, snappy punchy bass without covering the mids at all. This set is clearly not made for basshead, probably even casual listener will also crave for more bass quantity.

the dynamic driver is speedy enough to handle double pedal on Trivium songs also reach deep with nice controlled rumble for "Cafe Ghibli" Jazzy music.
what about RAP or RnB song on this set? since im not a basshead i can see myself enjoying REOL, snoop dogg, Eminem songs with the Blessing 2.

i heard that there is some inconsistency between Blessing 2 for the Bass, but from my memory my friends Blessing 2 bass also sounds exactly like mine.

MIDS : Mids is handled by proprietary dual balanced armature from "SoftEars"
the mids sounds a bit on the leaner side like reaaaally just a bit (compared to the HD600) vocal is not shouty at all, also free from sibilance,
for music like "Cafe Ghibli" and Violet Evergarden, Nier Automata sound track, this set is killing it, i like it A LOT.
but vocal on some singers like songs titled "Yoru Ga Akeruyo" from supercell, also "Sayuri" songs, the vocal somehow felt like 2D to my ears, im guessing because my ears is used to have more weighty presentation from the HD600 vs leaner mids on the Blessing 2.

TREBLE : Treble is handled by dual knowles armature, the treble is smooth without sounding dull with a lot of micro details and proper treble layering.
The Blessing 2 really blow my mind, how can a set cost around 300$ present this level of detail retrieval, the treble decay is just a bit short from what i personally like, but i prefer the treble on Blessing 2 compared to the Moondrop S8.
I previously have tried the S8 and the treble is sounding super "wet" the decay is somehow too long for rock and metal songs, the cymball and hi-hat notes on the S8 is somehow mixed while the Blessing 2 i can easily count how many times the sticks hit the cymbal and hi-hat. Granted, while the S8 have superior detail retrieval compared to the Blessing 2, i just dont really like how S8 handled rock and metal music.

songs i used for the test : i-mage - SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Aimer, narrative - SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:LiSA, Roselia, Polaris - Fujifabric, Trivium


Technicality

Soundstage :
Wide and large, if i have to describe it, the Blessing 2 soundstage sounds like orchestra room to my ears.

Imaging and Separation : as a multi driver IEM, this set can provide you sharp sound separation not the sharpest set in the world, but you can easily identify what instruments are playing in the background, also the imaging is "holographic" enough for my ears except the vocal on some singers as i mentioned earlier above.

Detail Retrieval : LOTS of micro details especially for the under 500$ marks, one IEM that i can name having better detail retrieval on this price bracket is the Campfire IO, but the IO have some weirdness on the tonality and sounds super dry compared to the Blessing 2.

Pairings
anything that have warmer tonality DAC / DAP work best ! why warmer? to compensate the leaner note weight presentation of the Blessing 2.
i mainly prefer the Tonality of AK PEE51 + Blessing 2 vs the Hiby R5 Saber and the FiiO K5 Pro.

also for anyone asking, YES if your smartphone still have 3.5mm jacks you can absolutely use the Blessing 2 with it.

Comparison
Just ask if you need some comparison, i can help you if i have tried the IEM / Headphones you mentioned.

Conclusion
do i recommend the Moondrop Blessing 2 ? ABSOLUTELY this set is super easy to listen, minimal wearing fatigue (atleast for my ears), reasonable price, you dont need to sell your kidney to have great listening experience, great technicalities also great tonality, you can also use this for mixing / editing audio related works.
but please note that if you have OCD and obsessed with perfection, this set might not be for you.

thanks for reading and sorry if i sounds like whining a lot on the build quality since i cant help my OCD from getting triggered.

you can also find the video review (Indonesian) of the Blessing 2 on my YT Channel, just search for littlenezt .

have a great day and stay healthy !

-littlenezt

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How they compared to campfire Andromeda?
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hi there, if compared to Andro pre 2020 version (sadly i havent try another andro version than the OG Andro), the tonality on blessing 2 in my opinion is more like a "reference style" with added bass, while the andromeda is more on the fun sides, the andro if i remember right have more bolder bass, somewhat recessed mids and vocal and it has sparkly highs, the technical aspects andro easily beat the blessing 2 in every way, but that doesn't mean blessing 2 technicalities is bad in any way tho.

ngoshawk

Headphoneus Supremus
Moondrop Blessing2: This is a good one. Period
Pros: Wonderful Moondrop tuning
Good bass reach
Vibrant mids
Vocals are very good
Fit my average sized-ears just fine
Nice case
Cons: Not mine
Maybe a bit more and deeper reach of bass?
More accessories?
Moondrop Blessing2 ($319): This is a good one. Period

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Blessing2

Intro: As part of the S8/Blessing2 tour, this came from Moondrop via @Wiljen. Other than the Kanas Pro, I had not heard any Moondrop models. I really enjoyed the Kanas Pro and enjoyed the S8. But I will admit that the Blessing2 stole me away upon first listen. Many reviews have espoused its virtues before my listen. Many fawned over it as the flavor of the month and promoted it as “punching above its weight.” While I really do not like using the former, for once something performs well it should stand the test of time, the later does have some merits. But as stated in my S8 review (and others), it may be that those other units in comparison underperform. I like to think of it that way.

I thank both Moondrop and @Wiljjen for the tour samples, and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Read on for some very good comparisons at the same price, as this is a hopping full price range.



Specs:

MOONDROP Blessing2


Impedance: 22Ω@1kHz (±15%)
Frequency Response: 9-37KHz (Free Field. 1/4"MIC,-3dB)
Effective FR: 20-20KHZ (IEC60318-4)
Sensitivity: 117dB/Vrms @1kHz THD:<1%@1KHz
Driver Config: 1DD 4BA Per Side, Triple Crossover
High Driver: Knowles SWFK
Mid Driver: Softears D-MID-A
Low Driver: 10mm Paper Diaphragm Dynamic Driver
Channel Mismatch: ±1dB @1kHz
Socket: 0.78-2 pin
Pinhousing:3D Printed Medical Grade Resin Housing



In the box:

IEM
Cable
Case
Tips (s, m, l)
Instruction manual

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Gear Used/Compared:

Dunu SA6 ($549)
UM 3DT ($399)
Thieaudio Legacy 4 ($195)
Phonic BWD9.2 ($385-435)
ddHiFi Janus ($199)

MBP
Cayin N6ii mk2
Shanling M6 Pro
XDuoo XA-10
EarMen Eagle
iFi Zen CAN/DAC



Songs:

Alex Fox
Pink Floyd
Buena Vista Social Club
Elton John
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Shane Hennessy
Jeff Beck
Dave Matthews


Unboxing:

As part of a tour, the unboxing of the unit is not what the consumer may receive. Coming in a gray box, you lift the lid and are presented with a nice light gray zippered case and a tips holder. The gray case is large enough to hold a small DAP along with the Blessing2’s, which is a welcome addition to cases. More of late are making slightly roomier cases, as opposed to that unnamed brand who doesn’t even include a case with their products...charge a bit more and include a case for goodness sake.


Fit, Finish, Build:

Anymore once you pass a certain price, build and fit/finish are expected to be good. Kind of like a foregone conclusion such as needing coffee in the morning, or the commute to work, school, etc...it is a fact of life. And all of the iterations of Moondrop I have had in hand do follow suit. Well built, solid of feel, and with good fit. Add in that the looks are subdued but elegant and you have the makings of something that does not draw attention to itself but focuses on the sound.

Made from 3D printing and a metal faceplate, the form of the Blessing is teardrop, but not overly large. Translucent allows one to view the insides, which is becoming more de rigor, and stylish. Gone are the days of cheap looking insides. Now it is like a mid-engine supercar showing off that V12 under the bonnet. A larger nozzle has no lip, but some have mentioned running steel wool to scuff it up. Thus, the tips would hold better. I found no problem, but this does seem logical. The larger size of the nozzle does not bother me with fit, either. The tips included do go further onto the nozzle, hence a deeper insertion point. This gives a good seal, and I also noted that only one of the three sound tubes have an inserted tube with a metal “sleeve,” thus; well I’m not sure. That tube is for the highs, while much thinner tubes are used for the mids and the dynamic driver. In fact, the thin tube on the DD is the longest I have seen (which doesn’t really mean anything either).

As far as fit goes, I had no problem, and seal is above average, but not completely isolated. The unit does stick out a bit from my ear, but the over-ear guides hold the IEM in place well. Plus, I really like the look of the cable. Copper is my cable of choice and seeing the somewhat loosely wrapped wires does not exude a sense of cheapness. An acrylic circular y-splitter adorns the cable, with no cinch. The look is elegant and purposeful. Subtly well-dressed.

The cable ends in a right-angled plastic jack, which to me is the downside. Compared to the rest, it looks cheap and out of place. I have come to appreciate quality craftmanship and fit with the Moondrop label, and the jack falls short of that. But that is all that does.

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Technicals:

A single 10mm dynamic driver (Softears D-mid-B-mid) is flanked by dual mid and high balanced armatures (Knowles SWFK) and fit together neatly in the vented resin shell. No space is lost. To me, the shell is pretty solid surrounding the driver units, unlike what Fir and some others have done with the tuning of the shell itself to replicate home listening acoustics. I do find that fascinating, but I am also sure this adds significantly to R&D and hence price. KISS comes into play here.

Put all of this together, and the B2 is easy to drive. Made for phones with dongles to DAP’s the B2 could be enjoyed across my spectrum of sources.

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Sound:

Summary: A thoroughly satisfying listen with enough bass to keep you interested, and enough clarity to make for good listening highlight the B2 to me. Soundstage to me is a bit higher than deep and width is good. Solid speed and depth are promoted from the bass, but not at the expense of the mids such as guitar solos and accompanying instruments. With good weight, male vocals sound vibrant and female vocals as well. With enough detail up top to replicate open and airy sound, the treble is neither biting nor boring. This is a wonderfully sounding unit, but a bit thin when compared to more expensive units. That thinness is not a detractor though for the overall character provided is a very competent package, which is fast becoming one of my favorites at this price.

Bass is taut and fairly deep without bleed into the mids; a welcome listening experience as a result. Not overly punchy like the Hero or something of such, but rightly taking its place as the foundation. I find this set up to be on the warmer side, but without being tedious or slow. A certain richness is promoted giving an almost false sense of depth. A nice trick up its sleeve. I find the level of bass quality to override the quantity, which makes for a very pleasant sound, without that bleed of others. The live version of To The Gypsies is a perfect example of the bass working in concert with the mids.

I also appreciate excellent quality mids, and one of my favorites is the Dunu SA6. To me it is just about the best quality mid out in that range right now. But it is a bit forward. On the B2, there is no “look at me” to those mids, and the Knowles play ever so nicely together. It could be the pairing of dual BA’s together, which aides in the presentation but whatever it is, I do appreciate it. Vocals such as Roger Daltry or Dave Matthews sound sublime as does Mark Knopfler. Deeper in tone, all three presented through the B2 sound natural with a slight warmth to them, but not an unnatural warmth. There is nothing artificial here. Detail retrieval through the mids comes across as clean and somewhat airy. I consider the mids from the EE Hero to pretty much be my standard (even if it is V-shaped), and of course the B2 cannot match that but this is certainly no slouch, with good clarity present.

Treble is good, but not excellent. No matter, for that good is really quite good. No sibilance or overly sparkly sound here. No, the sound emanating from the B2 is of good energy and believable. Sometimes there is a false or artificiality to the treble region, accommodating some other aspect of the sound. Not here, as what I hear is good and honest. I thankfully appreciate the lack of overly sparkle, as even on my Hero it can become tedious on some songs. Not here as the sound is a pleasant ride on a slow Sunday afternoon. Call it presence. And in the right amount.

Soundstage as mentioned is good and I hear it to be a bit wider than deep, but with good height. But all is close enough for me to call it “mostly cubic.” This does allow for a good graphing of instrumentation and layering. Think of the 3-D graphs you had to do in high school Geometry and that would be the 3-dimensional nature of the B2. Placement of those instruments can be had quite easily giving a good sense of air between notes and instruments.


Comparisons:

Moondrop Blessing2 ($319) v UM 3DT ($399):

Cutting this back to the only one in the same price, I did test the B2 against those above, but feel it would not be a fair comparison as many other have done so already. Hence the 3DT. A spur purchase from Andrew in return for a review, I found the UM to be indeed representative of the UM “house sound.” Excellent details, with enough bass to keep you hopping, but not enough to call them bassy by any means, the 3DT is a wonderful representation of what can be done when UM provides their sound to an “affordable” unit.

The mids of pretty much any UM unit are simply put, sublime. Among the best out there and a defining point to each market point. The 3DT does not disappoint and better than the Moondrop, but different. Slightly more vibrancy and with a bit more energy to me, here the mids definitely let you know they are the star of the show. Not so on the B2. Working in concert with the others, the B2 to me presents a more rounded signature. If it is a sound, which presents a more even set of tone, then the B2 may be to your liking. But if you value mids and do not mind them being the hit, then the 3DT just shines. From that, the 3DT provides more clarity, but without losing that warmth I have come to truly appreciate from Unique Melody.

This comes down to whether you want a sound that is extremely competent and pleasant versus one that says, “here is the star, enjoy it.” I really do like both but find the B2 to work across more types of music.


Moondrop Blessing2 ($319) v Dunu SA6 ($549):

A wonder of looks and the sound to back it up, the SA6 has made the rounds with a couple of peers. We all agree that is and was at the time a fantastic IEM, especially with the tuning and interchangeable jacks. There was not much wrong with the Dunu save a “custom-like” fit, which was not for all. With deeper reaching bass, and a slightly higher upper-mid push than the B2, the SA6 is still one of my favorites. For clarity, I would give the nod to the B2, but in overall character, the SA6 wins it for me.


Moondrop Blessing2 ($319) v Thieaudio Legacy 4 ($195):

Not really a fair comparison, but the L4 has much going for it anyway. Solid build, gorgeous looks and a thoroughly satisfying sound makes for an immediate interruption in the $200 IEM price-bracket. While I find the sound a bit “delicate,” it does present an open, airy note with much going for it. Vocals are quite good, making up for that lack of bass reach (to me). Where the B2 bests the L4, even without considering it comes before it in the alphabet; is in a richness of sound, which cannot be matched. The B2 is still one of the richest, most full sounding IEM’s at the price to me. But with enough air between notes to make that sound vibrant as well. Nothing delicate here, but not overwhelming either. Just a thoroughly good sound.


Moondrop Blessing2 ($319) v Phonic BWD9.2 ($385-435):

Coming to me during the pandemic, the BWD9.2 quickly became one of my favorites, and I willingly helped a small builder, who knows his stuff. Vibrant as the B2 is, the BWD bests it, and almost too much. If something can be too airy (but not hollow or thin), the BWD might be it. That is until you realize you are immersed in something so expansive that you look in wonder at all of the detail going on around you. One of the most detailed IEM’s I have reviewed at any price, the only thing lacking to me was the fit. And with a call to Kenneth, he could easily modify this. Gorgeous reclaimed wood, hand craftsmanship to die for, and the sound to back it up. The two of these complement each other nicely.


Moondrop Blessing2 ($319) v DDHiFi Janus ($199):

When offered a choice, I waited for the final production model, for I determined that my ears were not good enough to help with the tuning. I left that to better reviewers than I. And that finished product is quite good to me, with the interchangeability of cables to boot. The only thing the Janus lacks to me is isolation. Even with foams. If you can tolerate a larger size, then do it. You will be rewarded with excellent tight, fast bass response from the single DD, and a vibrant sound, which makes you think this has to have a BA inside as well. Thankfully DDHiFi did not overcompensate with the notes up top to even the signature. Slightly rolled treble may not be for everyone, but in conjunction with very good mids, the Janus presents a thoroughly satisfying sound to me and can hold its place at the $200 price.


Finale:

Coming into this review, I already appreciated the tuning, fit and feel of the Moondrop units. To me, they deserve much more acclaim (and longevity, I’ll get there) than they receive. We as a society find ourselves looking for the new model even as the current model has just come out. Witness car models and how the next model year, in this case 2022, with come across showrooms in late July. Seriously, that is warped. We purchased a 2021 Subaru Forester in November of 2020, and that is more like it. I appreciate manufacturers letting their wares speak for a decent amount of time.

Unfortunately, in the audio industry to stay the same is to stagnate and fall behind the others. Look at the profligacy of a certain Chinese company, which has two letters...the model is out and the “next greatest” is already being promoted. This is huge reason why I still have the UM Mason V2. It is going on 5 years old (ancient in portable audio terms), but feel it STILL holds its own to many flagships and earned that respect from flickernick when he graded it as #4 out of the 12 or so he tested. I purchased it, and still use it to cleanse my listening palette. And to me, this is what Moondrop has done. Make something timely, appreciated and respected for the longer run. They will still innovate, and produce models, but their IEM’s, which are respected and purchased the world over will still be there in a couple of years’ time.

We are often asked, “what’s the best at price-X?” Or “should I get the newest model from XYZ?” I say no to both. What is best is defined by too many factors, and even flickernick’s WELL respected undertaking drew criticisms (unwarranted in my book, but within their right). But his testing was rock solid, and he could make that educated answer to the question, “what is best.” He justified it, and many IEM’s were sold as a result. I purchased one as mentioned and his commentary was spot on to me. And here is where Moondrop has earned my respect. They produce IEM’s, which are fabulous of build quality and sound. Many others do as well, and as @wiljjen stated in his review, had he heard the B2 before the S8 or SA6, he may have called the B2 one of the best. To me, it is still one of the best at this point and should be given a serious listen. Ultimately that decision is up to you, and you alone. But I ask that you do so looking at the long game. Look, listen and purchase something, which will stay with you like it is the only IEM you will own for 5-10 years. And the B2 and S8 are two of those I would consider for that purchase.

I thank Moondrop for the loan of the units, they were both fabulous and I hate to see them go. I also thank @Wiljen for his patience with my proclivity to procrastinate. Summer is here and I shall finally have more time.

Go listen and be happy. We deserve it after 2020. Cheers and good health.

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Wiljen

Headphoneus Supremus
Moondrop Blessing 2 - Better than it deserves to be
Pros: good build quality, near neutral tuning, excellent imaging
Cons: some mid range timbre issues, stage size not as large as some
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Moondrop Blessing 2​


disclaimer: The Moondrop Blessing 2 and S8 were sent as part of a Moondrop review tour. I have no financial interest in Moondrop, nor did I receive any remuneration for this review. If you have an interest in Moondrop products, see their website, Facebook page, or to purchase Moondrop products, see HiFiGo.

Unboxing / Packaging:
The Blessing 2 came as part of a tour so my unboxing experience may not parallel the retail experience. I received the Blessing 2 in a lift-top box with the Moondrop logo on front in silver. Lifting the top reveals a case with the earpieces in it and a cardboard box with cable, tips, and manual. I honestly believe this is a far cry from the retail presentation based on other photos I’ve seen so think this discussion is best left at N/A (not applicable).




Build/Fit:
The Blessing 2 uses a 3d resin printed inner shell and a metal faceplate in the now-standard semi-custom shape that I refer to as inverted teardrop. The faceplate has a single vent immediately behind the nozzle with no other venting on the inner shell. The inner shell is transparent resin making it easy to see all the internal components and helping explain the mid-large size of the shell as the 10mm dynamic takes up the better portion of the upper shell while the armatures sit behind the nozzles in the lower section. Nozzles have three sound bores and a mild forward rake. Much like its larger siblings, the Blessing 2 does not have a lip for tip retention and may need to be slightly roughed with steel wool or something similar to get aftermarket tips to stay in place. I had no trouble with the provided tips or spin-fits,but as always it may vary by brand and size. Comfort was good, but with the Blessing2 being a mid-sized in-ear those with small ears may wish to audition before purchase to confirm fit.




Internals:
The Blessing 2 uses a single 10mm dynamic driver for the lows and 4 balanced armature drivers arranged as a pair of each for mids and treble per ear. In many respects the Blessing 2 is the little brother to the s8 as it uses the same Softears custom D-Mid-B mid-range drivers and the same Knowles SWFK dual armature for the highs. The S8 differs in that it uses a pair of armatures for lows instead of the dynamic driver use here and the S8 uses twice the number of mid-range drivers. Nominal impedance is listed as 22Ω with a sensitivity of 117dB/mW. This puts the Blessing 2 in the category of easy to drive in-ears with phones and tablets being the anticipated source gear. I found the blessing did well with phone dongle dacs and any benefit gained from higher powered sources is probably more a matter of improved detail and texture rather than a need for the additional power.



Cable:
The provided cable is 6N oxygen free copper in clear casing that exits the 90º jack as a 4 wire twist. The jack itself is a 3.5mm TRS type in a translucent plastic housing with a good strain relief on cable exit and a velcro cable tie for storage. The splitter is the now familiar Moondrop black coin style with the Moondrop logo on front an a plain reverse. There is no chin slider which I would prefer and the wires exit the splitter as two wire twists up to pre-formed earhooks and .78mm bi-pin connectors. The connectors have housings that match the jack and while labeled R/L on the housing it would be a nice touch to see a drop of red paint on the right side as clear labels on a clear background make for difficulty in finding them. Overall the cable is a solid offering and fitting for an iem at this price point.




Sound:


Bass:
Sub-bass has good depth and rumble as we’d expect from a dynamic but retains enough speed to keep from being loose or dirty. Rumble is quite good when called upon, but does not jump out at the user. There is a mild elevation to the sub-bass but with the total distance from top to bottom being only a few decibels it is hard to think of anything being particularly forward or recessed in the signature. Mid-bass has good attack and slightly slower decay that does give the Blessing 2 a nice tonality with just a touch of warmth to the delivery. Here again, slam is quite good when it is called upon, but the mid-bass does a good job of disappearing into the background and not taking over the signature when it isn’t in a starring role. There is very slight mid-bass bleed but not enough to be obstructive or blurring of the lower mids.

Mids:
I’m a lover of good mids, and the Blessing 2 has great elements here. From the lower mids where male vocals have good note weight and energy, all the way through the upper-mids with its slight lift, they deliver good energy levels without getting too far out in front. Guitar growl is good with nice crisp edges at the low end and violin has enough energy to really sound natural without becoming strident. Unfortunately, cello has some of that hollowness so classically found in mid-tier armature models and the Blessing 2 cannot completely escape from the timbral issues often seen with balanced armature models. Both male and female vocals are on a near even footing with both cutting through the instrumentation but neither feeling disjointed from it. Mids have good detail as well with more micro-detail than expected.

Treble:
Lower treble shares the mild lift of the upper-mids with a gradual climb and then fall again as it moves into the true treble. This gives the signature good energy without getting harsh or sibilant. Snare rattle is believable with good attack and detail and cymbals are nearly as good, if highhat is not quite realistic. The fallback of the treble keeps it from getting strident, but still provides enough detail to keep it from feeling recessed or missing. There is a resurgence around the 10kHz mark before final roll-off above about 13kHz that makes sure the Blessing 2 has some air at the top and even a little sparkle. The treble is maybe the most predictable part of the Blessing 2 as it is good, but very much a BA treble and not a lot different from those found on other models in this price class.

Soundstage / Imaging:
Soundstage is slightly wider than deep but has good dimensions in both so does not feel oddly shaped or congested. The stage also has good height giving it a three dimensional feel better than most offerings at this price and similar to things in higher brackets like the S8 and Sa6. Seating the orchestra is straight forward as instrument separation and layering are both quite good and there are no major overlaps, gaps or anomalies. Imaging is very good with positions being tightly defined in space and movements easily tracked even around center stage where we often find generalization of positions compared to those farther from center. I found little tendency to compress in the lows unless passages got extremely busy and even then the thickening was slight so while there is room for improvement, it is still better than anticipated at this price point.

Thoughts / Conclusion:<NM>

Man is this tough. The Blessing 2 does have a few issues with timbre in the mids and lower treble that are not atypical of multi balanced armature models in general, but is entirely better than it should be at the price. Had I not recently reviewed the Dunu Sa6 and Moondrop S8 from the price bracket above the Blessing 2, I might be tempted to say these could compete with models at a much higher price point. Fact is, the new normal is that we can expect excellent in-ears at the $500 mark and there is increasingly less reason to venture above that price point as we have more and more really solid options below. The Blessing 2 certainly fits that description, it may not “punch above its weight class” but at the same time it may well dominate its class for quite some time. If offers the consumer fully 90% of what those two previously mentioned models do and quite frankly has better slam and rumble than either for half the money. Honestly, this and the LZ a7 are probably the best offerings at the price point followed fairly closely by the Spring2. If you are in market for an in-ear with a near neutral tonality and above average dynamics in this price range, you owe it to yourself to audition these.

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