General Information

  • Model: MOONDROP Golden Ages
  • Configuration: Single 13mm Annular Planar Magnetic Driver
  • Bluetooth version: 5.3
  • Supported protocols: A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP
  • Codec: SBC/AAC/LDAC/LC3
  • Charging port: USB-C
  • Working distance: 10m (unobstructed open environment)
  • Support system: Bluetooth devices and mobile phones
  • Earphone charging time: about 1 hour
  • Charging time of charging case: about 1.5 hours
  • Earphone battery capacity: 3.7V/37mAh
  • Battery capacity of charging case: 3.7V/380mAh
  • Battery life of earphone: about 6 hours (AAC)
  • Battery life of charging case: about 18 hours (AAC)

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Moondrop's futuristic love letter to the Sony Walkman
Pros: Excellent Reference and Monitor profiles
Lovely detailed midrange
LDAC and AAC sound excellent on Android and IOS respectively
Moondrop Link App works well to switch profiles and upgrade firmware
Touch controls intuitive
Cons: Basshead profile lacks mid-bass punch
Retro 'Skeuomorphic' design probably unnecessary
ANC and Microphone only average for price range
Missing some features like 'Wind detection' that other similar priced TWS
LDAC currently disabled with 1.1.0 firmware

Review updated with Firmware 1.1.0 Measurements and some technical updates

Moondrop’s futuristic love letter to the Sony Walkman​

2024 is obviously the year of retro-futurism in audio, FiiO released a ‘real’ walkman clone (but with some modern niceties like a rechargeable battery and a USB-c DAC ), Cambridge Audio released a ‘Back to the Future’ Delorean Amplifier and now Moondrop have released the Golden Ages TWS with some subtle and not so subtle design references to the original Walkman.


Moondrop’s offering is a much more practical one than FiiO’s, the Golden Ages has all the 21st century advanced audio components you should expect with a planar drivers and LDAC as well as conveniences like touch controls and of course ANC to enhance your auditory experience.
Note: I would like to thank Moondrop for providing the Golden Ages for the purposes of this review - if you are interested in more information about the Golden Ages link to the Moondrop Website: here

But is it the right TWS for you? Read on to find out …

Retail Box​

I love the colourful design of the retail box:


Lots of details on the back are the box, including a preview of the Frequency Response’s you can expect - much more on this in the measurements section later on:


Moondrop also provide detailed specifications inside the box:

Inside the box you get a nice presentation and an extra protective case:
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Build quality and accessories​

It comes with a small selection of ‘oval’ shaped eartips, including an extra set of the medium-sized tips
attached to each earbud. So 4 pairs of ear tips in total. Given the Oval shape of the ear tips, I was a little curious if I would be able to use my normal ear tips with the Golden Ages but even with the oval shape, almost all the third party ear-tips I tried fitted perfectly except for some large triple flange eartips.

The protective case is a nice extra also, this was one of the things that was badly missed with the Moondrop Space Travel TWS:

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And unlike most TWS charging cases where its impossible to have extra large sized eartips attached while also
charging, I was delighted to see that there was enough space internally to allow much larger alternative ear tips, so for example, I tried some large comply foam tips though these were a bit of a squeze the box still cloved and the case was able to charge the earphones:
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And even some Spinfit XL ear tips fit:
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Overall, I thought the build quality was about appropriate for a $79 TWS set. It doesn’t match the quality of a flagship TWS like the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless or even Hifiman Svanar Wireless LE, but I do feel it’s a solid upgrade over cheap TWS sets like the Moondrop previous TWS the ‘Space Travel’ or similar priced Soundcore TWS.

Here is a little video to give you a feel for how the Golden ages looks from all angles:


In Ear Comfort​

While I found the largest ear-tip pretty comfortable and gave me a reasonable good seal, I ended up mainly using the even larger XL Spinfit which I found very comfortable and gave me an excellent seal even when out walking.

As far as fit is concerned, my only complaint was the angle of the stalk of each eartip limits the angle that you can put the IEM in your ears, this is why I switched to the Spinfits but might be a problem for some. This was the same minor quibble I had with the comfort with Moondrop’s Space Travel.

Moondrop specifically highlighted that this design suits users with small ear canals, but by switching ear tips it also worked well for my larger ear canal, so I believe depending on your ear canal shape it might be worth trying some other ear tips to get that perfect and secure fit.

I recorded a short video of the eartips, so you can see and hoping judge if the angle is correct for you:


Design Similarities to the Space Travel​

The shape of each earbud and eartips are exactly the same size as ‘Space Travel’:

In fact, you can power the Golden Ages buds inside the Space Travel case and vice versa for example:
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The charging cases themselves have a similar shape with the Golden Ages one slightly bigger:


A key difference and a good upgrade IMO with these cases is that the Golden Ages protects the earbuds when they are in your pocket, the Space Travel box had the tendency to pick up fluff and over time this can stop it charging.

Comparing the specifications, both have similar battery capacities in both the eartips (37 mAh) and the charging box: (380 mAh) though crucially the battery life of the Golden Ears earbuds is rated at 6 hours against the 4 hours for the space travel earbuds. Obviously, this is down to the efficiency of the planar driver and low power 22nm consumption chip used in the Golden Ages.

Skeuomorphic Design of the Charging Case:​

The most iconic part of the design of the Golden Ages is the case itself, which has the original Sony Walkman Colour scheme and has a very ‘skeuomorphic’ design featuring a ‘fake window’ showing the reels of the tape:

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Also, each ear tip where the touch controls are:

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which is cleverly reminiscent of the original volume ‘slider’ on the Sony Walkman from 1979. Here is an old photo for comparisons:


Note: It is a pity that you can’t slide you finger on the skeuomorphic ‘volume’ slider but the earbud does have touch controls which as you will see can be configured within the Mobile App.

Of course, the irony with the Golden Ages is that it so packed with features and the latest audio technology that it really is 45+ years ahead of that original Sony Walkman.

But Moondrop clearly want this TWS to be a tribute to the ‘first golden age’ of portable audio.


Given this is a TWS and will compete with the likes of Apple, Bose and Sennheiser, there is a certain expectation for ‘consumer’ friendly features that are expected from a TWS and Moondrop have mostly provided a competitive offering with the features provided here, including touch friendly controls, ANC and transparency modes as well as automatic wearing detection.

But let’s get into the details and see how competitive these features are:

ANC and Transparency modes​

Moondrop have tried something a little different as far as ANC is concerned, most ANC implementation alter the sound signature significantly and Moondrop obviously prioritize sound quality over everything, so instead of the typical ‘feedback’ ANC modes that will typical feedback the inverse of the outside noise into the audio signal path Moondrop have implemented a “Single Feedforward” that does not affect or change the frequency response.

So, while I think this worked a little better than the ANC in the “Space Travel” it isn’t quiet as successful as it could be. It worked well on a recent flight and lived up to Moondrop promise in not affecting the sound quality, but when walking around a city center it is not at the level of ‘consumer’ TWS brands like Apple, Bose or Sennheiser.

I hope Moondrop’s next TWS set will also add features like Adaptive ANC and “Wind Reduction” modes, in fact, I think if Moondrop leave this “Single Feedforward” as one of the ANC options e.g. “ANC Max Music Quality” but then also add a way for the user to switch to alternative ANC modes it would be an ideal solution.

Transparency mode though worked well, I suspect that the microphone in the Golden Ages was probably tuned for Transparancy mode support than for microphone quality (i.e. a far field microphone rather than near field), so switching to transparency really pulled in and enhanced outside sounds.

The Golden Ages also has a nice cute little audible “Hey”, “Shh” and “Umm” by “Mitsuki Yuki” when switch ANC modes.

Microphone quality​

I was a little disappointed with the microphone quality on the Space Travel, and sadly it is not really any better with the Golden Ages. It was fine in doors when I was on calls in a quiet room, but the microphone obviously lacks some of the more advanced noise cancellation (and wind cancellation) features that TWS from Apple, Bose and Sennheiser now provide as standard. So for example, trying to join a conference call while I was out on a walk, my colleagues found I was breaking up.

Low Latency Game mode​

I am not really a gamer, though I tested the Golden Ages Game mode on both my Son’s Gaming Laptop setup where it worked excellently, I notice no ’lag’ in the few games I tried. But I also tried it on his Nintendo Switch where did not appear to lower the latency dramatically. So with the right combination of hardware this will work very well but do not expect it to work with all setups.

This low latency mode is enabled by quickly tapping either earbud 4 times, and you get a little audible message telling you what ‘mode’ you are in “gaming” or “music”. I also briefly tested the latency using the Android “Earbuds latency test” App and I would roughly guess using this that I was getting about 50ms latency with this mode enabled rather than about 100ms in default “music” mode.

Moondrop Link ‘App’ support​

I mainly used the Android version of the “Moondrop Link” App, and it is improving all the time. With 2 TWS devices paired I this ‘home-screen’ within the app:


Clicking on the Golden Ages, it provides good though fairly basic support via 4 tabs. Firstly, the ability to change the touch settings:


As I mentioned earlier each ear tip has touch controls, and you can reconfigure these controls in this screen, but mostly the defaults are sensible.

Then crucially the ability to switch sound ( really ‘bass’ ) profiles:


Note: I found it great that you can instantly switch within the Moondrop App to A/B test the different profiles, this makes evaluating the different profiles much easier than even IEM’s with ’tuning’ buttons. But you do need to be listening with your Android phone to switch. It also made measurements much easier as I did not have to ‘move’ the IEM in the coupler to switch ‘profiles’.

Then view and change the ANC modes and configuration:


And finally the ability to select and upgrade the firmware:


Note: this is a screenshot from before the 1.1.0 firmware update.

While there is more configuration support in the Moondrop Link App than there is with the Space Travel, I do feel Moondrop could / should enable support for custom PEQ filters (similar to what they support with the FreeDSP and CDSP cables and ‘DSP’ enabled IEM’s like the Chu II DSP). While I like 2 of the 3 provided sound profiles as you will see later in the review I would have preferred a little PEQ tweaking to get even better sound from the Golden Ages.

Sound quality​

So lets get into the most important feature and the one which Moondrop really competes with (and even exceeds) those ‘consumer’ flagship TWS, in the quality of the audio.

I found it interesting that the Golden Ages comes with 3 specific bass tunings. I think 2 of these excellent and well named. The Monitor profile (which is a ‘flat’ bass - think ‘studio monitor’ sound) is a great way to hear midrange and treble detail without bass. The Reference tuning (which is the default) add a very nice level of bass to the experience and to my preference was almost the perfect response.

But the third profile, the ‘Basshead’ is in my opinion badly named, though it does have more of a subbass boost but has less mid-bass that the reference which is a strange decision. This might be a profile that Moondrop can change via a future firmware update (but was not changed in 1.1.0 from my measurements). As of firmware 1.1.0 I would not call it “Basshead”. As you can see in the measurement section I compared this “Basshead” with 2 other recent Moondrop IEM’s with “Basshead” and this had considerable less bass than those other “Basshead” profiles.

These listening tests where initially based on the 1.0.0 firmware my Golden Ages came shipped with but while writing this review Moondrop updated the firmware to 1.1.0, so before continuing my listening tests I re-measured to see if there were any changes to the sound. So, I then went back and re-listened to my reference track playlists, but I did not find the new firmware changed the sound.


This is where the biggest differences between the 3 profiles occur. When I initially started evaluating the sound I switched between the 3 bass profiles continuously with my key ‘Bass’ playlist tracks. Pretty quickly I realised the ‘Basshead’ was sounded slightly off, so, for example, in tracks like James Blake ‘Limit to your love’ the bass thump you would expect sounded muted, but later in the sound when the subbass really kicks in it improved dramatically.
But the Reference profile it sounded more consistent with good (though not bass heavy) through that track. Similarly, with Massive Attack ‘Angel’ which starts with very low subbass then bass frequencies increase over the first 10 seconds of that song, the ‘Basshead’ profile sounded inconsistent, and again with this track the Reference Profile was my preference.

The ‘Monitor’ profile of course has much less bass presence, it is really about hearing the midrange and treble detail without the bass over powering the mix and to that end it does a great job, but definitely not for ‘Bass heads’.


I loved the midrange on Golden Ages, I would go as far as saying it was the best on any TWS I have listened too and right up there what someone should expect for a good $100 wired IEM. The vocals were forward and some of my favourite midrange test tracks from say Elton John both his piano playing and his vocals sounded clear and nice presented. Other tracks like Blackbird on Beyonce’s new ‘Cowboy Carter’ album were outstanding with the various vocals harmonies beautifully forward in the mix.


Assuming you are on the latest (1.1.0 firmware as I write this review), I think you will find the treble to be excellent, with a nice level of details and sparkle but never getting to that sibilant / fatiquing level of treble. Tracks like ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson sounded amazing with that ‘80’s treble ‘sheen’ balancing at the right level the excellent bass within that track, and Michael Jackson’s ‘sss’ never sounding sibiliant.

But with the ’technicalities’ to the upper treble were ok but not as outstanding, it rolled off earlier than I would have liked.

Soundstage and Imaging​

I found the imaging especially with the good with the reference profile. I did find getting the right seal was crucial, especially when out walking with this TWS. For example, the seal was fine with the large eartips provided when I was sitting in my house, but when I was away on a trip for a few days I did have to swap to a different ‘XL’ eartips to keep that seal and keep a consistent sound. But for the imaging, Binarual tracks like ‘Perfume genius’ ‘Just like Love’ where excellent with a real depth to that track.

The soundstage was good but not great, but I do find getting a wide soundstage with TWS needs some unique tuning, e.g. the Hifiman Wireless Svanar LE has amazing soundstage but at the sacrifice of good tonality.


The specifications of the Golden Ages:

Bluetooth Version5.3
Charging technologyUSB-C
Earphone Charging TimeAbout 1 Hour
Earphone Battery Capacity3.7V/37mAh
Earphone LifeAbout 6 Hours(AAC)
Case Charging TimeAbout 1.5 Hours
Case Battery Capacity3.7V/380mAh
Case Battery LifeAbout 18 Hours(AAC)



With LDAC, when it worked with my FiiO DAP ( running Android 10 ) it was fantastic quality but occasionally when I connected it got corrupted and sounded terrible, I would simply disconnect and re-connect and everything would be back to normal. It was unclear was this an issue with the FiiO DAP or the LDAC implementation in the Golden Ages.

Firmware 1.1.0 codec update​

So with Firmware 1.1.0 the LDAC codec has been disabled - I imagine Moondrop are fixing some issue and will re-enable it


With AAC, I was mainly using my Macbook Pro and on my iPhone 15 Pro Max. On Android with my DAP, it was poor compared to LDAC but on my iPhone it actually sounded great - I guess Apple’s implementation of AAC is superior to Android’s. I would guess if I did an A/B blind test between LDAC on Android and AAC on an iPhone I would find it hard to tell the difference.

I didn’t have a device test with LC3 codec yet, but I am due an Android 13 upgrade soon, so I will update the review if I feel it’s the better codec, though I believe it mostly replaces the basic ‘SBC’ codec.

I imagine Moondrop will be investigating some of the newer ‘almost lossless’ codecs like aptX Lossless for future TWS but for now I think both LDAC and AAC is a great solution for the majority of users.


These measurements were taken with a calibrated 711 ‘clone’ coupler

Moondrop proudly show on the back of the box, how neutral the default the sound profile, but let’s get into the details:

Frequency Response​

So lets start with the Reference frequency which shows some great channel balance:
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With my original measurement on firmware 1.0.0 I had the following comments: If I was to tweak this frequency it would be to add a little more upper treble ‘sparkle’ as it is a bit ‘safe’ but it is very nicely balanced with great midrange.

Next, lets compare the 3 different sound profiles that you can switch too via the mobile App:

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Firmware 1.1.0 Update: There are currently 2 ’extra’ profiles available ( 5128 and Secret ) with the 1.1.0 update. I decided to measurement them and compare with the 3 profiles that I had been listening too for this review. They seem like EQ experiments to me as they have wildly different from the 3 normal profiles. Subjectively, the 5128 one might be an experiemnt in an alternative ‘basshead’ profile as it does sound very bass heavy.
Here is the graph of the 5 profiles currently in 1.1.0:
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As I mentioend in my subjective sound quality section for me, the ‘default’ Reference is the best sound profile (and the one I mainly used for my listening tests) but the monitor is also pretty good, though lacking a bit of bass. But I do feel the ‘Basshead’ is badly named. I decided to measure some of my other recent Moondrop offerings which also have a ‘Basshead’ option and as you can see in this graph the Golden Ages has the least bass response of these three:

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I thought I would also measure the reference with ANC enabled and disabled as well as with Transparency to see Moondrop ANC lives up to its promise of not affecting the sound signature and as you can see it does:
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Given it’s a planar driver, it should be no surprise that there is very little distortion:

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Note: This was measured at a very high SPL of 96db and even then the distortion is mostly less than 0.2%.

Some Frequency Response comparisons​

I also decided to graph the Golden Ages with some TWS alternatives:

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Of these I thought it was interesting to see how the Golden Ages was most neutral of these with the Airpods Pro and the Hifiman Svanar LE similar except for the extra treble offered by the Hifiman TWS and of course Soundcore ‘Default’ sound profile offering way too much bass and no midrange.

I feel a more valid comparison is actually against great wired IEM’s:

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So Kiwi Ears Orchestra Lite is still a personal favourite for its midrange neutral sound, and I had thought a good similar to the Golden Ages and you can see how closely they match but with the Golden Ages having a better subbass but less upper treble.

Note: All these measurements are available here

Comparisons with other TWS​

I thought it might be useful for me to give a brief comparison with other TWS sets that I have recently

Space Travel​

The Golden Ages is an obvious sonic update over the Space Travel, when switching between these 2 TWS it’s no comparison, the planar in the Golden Ages is (especially with the new firmware) an incredible clear and accurate and especially the ‘Reference’ sound signature is exceptional. The addition of LDAC and the better battery life are 2 other great upgrades, but I do feel that the Space Travel and the Golden Ages share a lot of the same technology as well as sharing the same physical form factor.

Apple Airpods Pro / Apple Airpods Pro 2​

This is a totally unfair comparison given the difference in price but for me the Golden Ages has the better more neutral sound profile, though the Airpods Pro 2 does have a better bass response. The Golden Ages also allows use of ’normal’ custom ear-tips of various sizes include XL sized ear tips rather than Apple proprietary eartips. But Airpods especially on IOS (but even on Android) has much better ANC and the microphone support is outstanding.

Soundcore Life P3 / P3i​

Soundcore have lots of TWS, so I picked this one as it’s a similar price to the Golden Ages. For sound quality there is no comparison even after ’tuning / taming’ the P3 via EQ via the Soundcore Mobile app, it sounds far inferior to the Golden Ages, but these Soundcore TWS do have better ANC and the microphone ‘array’ that Soundcore have perfected over numerous years is better.

Hifiman Svanar Wireless LE​

I feel both Hifiman and Moondrop are both using the audiophile heritage to compete with the more ‘consumer’ orientated TWS brands and both companies really bought their ‘A’ game to these respective TWS offerings. Hifiman Svanar wireless LE is more than twice the price of the Golden Ages yet sound quality on both is exceptional. Hifiman have a few different ‘Svanar’ TWS offerings but the one I would compare the Golden Ages with is the $199 LE edition, the Svanar Jr is cheaper but not as good as the Golden Ages.

So the Hifiman has a highly technical (though ‘unnatural’) sound signature that is more V-shaped but with some excellent tweaks for very wide soundstage, while I found the Golden Ages is much more ‘reference’ sounding with fantastic midrange and better overall imaging. Both have poor ANC compared to those ‘consumer’ brands though the microphone on the Svanar LE was exceptional. If I was to pick one for daily use I would actually pick the Golden Ages due to its sound signature and mobile App support. The Hifiman currently have no Mobile App.


I gave the Moondrop Golden Ages a pragmatic rating of 4 stars, it has a fun retro design, it supports some excellent sound profiles via the Moondrop Link App, it has some great features like LDAC and has great battery life. If I judged it just on sound quality it would be a 4.5 or 5 star rating, but It is let down by the weak ANC and the poor microphone. And I would have loved the ability to further tweak the EQ within the mobile App and I personally would have given the ‘basshead’ profile a difference bass response.


For $79 the Golden Ages is a great sounding True Wireless set, if you prioritize audio quality over everything else then this could easily be the right TWS for you, especially if you like a more neutral reference sound signature, just don’t expect it to match the consumer ‘features’ of flagship True wireless earbuds from the likes of Apple, Bose and Sennheiser.

I do believe sound quality should have the final say in a TWS review and with Planar driver the Golden Ages, Moondrop have provided a TWS that delivers sound quality of top quality.


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OK I did a minor update to the review - mentioned that LDAC is now disabled (I did mentioned that it was a occasionally causing issues, so possible Moondrop are fixing something and disabled it temporarily) and I re-measured the 3 normal profiles and these 2 new ones and added a small section to the measurements with these 2 new measurements. The 5128 Profile might actually be an experiment in providing a 'Basshead' profile as it introduces lots of midrange, the 'secret' profile looks to me like an experiment with EQ.
Nice to see graphs of the two new profiles and confirm the LDAC issue. Shenzhen Audio were responsive to queries and suggested might be my phone and I should try another. Hence why I asked. Hopefully moondrop address in a further update.
Moondrop just replied. They're aware and expect fix in next patch
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500+ Head-Fier
Moondrop Golden Ages - Mostly neutral TWS under 100$
Pros: - Clean, neutral and natural sound with a very smooth and pleasant music approach
- Technicalities are no slouch for a TWS in the sub-100$ price bracket
- Commands are easy to learn and respond very quickly (sometimes, even too quickly)
- LDAC codec is very nice to have
- Battery life is good also when using ANC and LDAC together
- The earpieces are well built despite the cheap materials
- Price is spot-on considering the competition
Cons: - The low-end lacks some proper punch and body, which will probably bore someone
- The stock tips aren’t great and using aftermarket tips improves the overall experience
- The active noise cancellation, the transparency mode and the microphone quality still have plenty of room for improvements
- Materials feels kinda cheap even though the earpieces are well built
- The Moondrop Link 2.0 still has some imperfections and translation issues
- Could have been priced a bit lower to be more aggressive, especially considering the subpar microphone and ANC


Moondrop is well known in the audio gear community and for a good reason: they usually provide good value products and nice tunings.
If it’s true that they are also (in)famous for the paint chipping and other QC issues, it’s also true that they are among the few brands who are able to establish benchmark or set the bar higher when needed.

Disclaimer: the Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 were sent to me by Shenzen Audio Store free of charge so that I could write an honest review. This review represents my personal opinion on the set and it is by no means a promotional or paid content.
At the time of the review, the Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 were on sale for around 79$ at
Shenzen Audio Store.


Technical Specifications​

  • Driver Configuration → 1 x Annular 13mm Planar Magnetic Driver
  • Bluetooth version → 5.3
  • Compatibility → almost every bluetooth device such mobiles phones or computers with bluetooth connectivity
  • Supported protocols → A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP
  • Codec → SBC/AAC/LDAC/LC3
  • Earphone battery capacity → 3.7V/37mAh
  • Charging case battery capacity → 3.7V/380mAh
  • Earphone battery life → Approx. 6 hours (AAC)
  • Charging case battery life → Approx. 18 hours (AAC)
  • Working Distance → 10m (unobstructed open environment)
  • Charging port → USB-C


Moondrop never disappoints with boxes, and in fact the Golden Ages:1979 come in a very fancy box on which the company always puts a lot of effort. It contains:
  • The Moondrop Golden Age:1979
  • The charging box
  • A TPU case for the charging box
  • 3 pairs of spare tips + 1 pair of tips that is already mounted on the set
  • A USB-C charging cable
  • User manual and warranty papers


Design and Build Quality​

The design of the Golden Ages:1979 is quite unique, and those who usually prefer this kind of form factor instead of bean-shaped TWS will certainly find these appealing.
It seems like they are pretty solid, even though one can easily tell this isn’t a premium TWS set: the overall assembly is definitely good but the materials don’t feel “premium”, so it’s not hard to guess that the purpose was creating a value for money champ.


The charging box is also well built, the lid closes very firmly and there isn’t any quality issue to report. There’s also a small LED here that tells you the IEMs are charging that I find quite useful:
  • When the battery of the charging case is higher than 10%, the green light will always be there until the earphones are fully charged.
  • When the battery of the charging case is lower than 10%, the orange light will be always on unless the earphones are fully charged or the case runs out of power.
You can also use the button on the back to see the charge status of the charging box: green light will tell you the battery is higher than 10%, while the LED will be orange if the battery is under 10%.


Comfort and Isolation (+ ANC)​

Comfort is decent but it’s very important to note that the stock tips may not be the best solution for everyone: the nozzle is also pretty short and the body of the earpieces is pretty thick and wide, so having some fit issues with the thin stock tips is not unlikely.
I wasn’t getting a proper seal with the oval-shaped stock tips and decided to use a pair of medium-sized KBEAR 07: although the nozzles are oval shaped the tips stay in place and I have no issues with charging (and this also slightly improves isolation and sound), but keep in mind that not every tip will grant a correct charging or adequate headroom for the lid to close properly.


The passive isolation is not great with stock tips and becomes decent with aftermarket tips, but I still think ANC is mandatory with the Golden Ages:1979 (and we have it, so why should we keep it OFF?). With a prolonged tap on one of the earpieces, the earphones switch from ANC OFF to ANC ON very fast, and a waifu voice (that many will appreciate) says “Shhh”, confirming that the noise cancellation was successfully turned on.
It’s not the best noise cancellation around, that’s for sure, and those who own or have used a pair of Galaxy Buds (2, 2 Pro, FE and so on) or a pair of Airpods Pro, will immediately notice the difference: if we suppose that a pair of Galaxy Buds 2 Pro cancel 90% of the environmental noises (just throwing some random numbers), then these cancel around 65/70% of the same noises more or less.
It’s not a dealbreaker since almost everyone will use these at medium volume (or even higher, even though that’s not really safe for our hearing) but if you come from TWS sets with better ANC the difference will be substantial.


Battery and Charging​

The battery is not bad for sure: the earphones last me around 3.5/4 hours on average on a single charge with ANC ON and using LDAC codec. For sure these are the first charging cycles, so maybe these numbers will slowly decrease, but this is definitely a nice battery life to start with.
Charging the earphones takes around 1 hour from 0 to 100% (not really fast) and the charging case goes from 0% to 100% in a little more than 1.5 hours.
Overall, the numbers aren’t bad even though not class leading, so no big complaints here.

Interactions, commands, sensors and other features​

The Golden Ages earpieces are splitted into two main parts: the upper part has touch sensors, the lower part sports the microphone.
The upper part is pretty sensitive and commands almost never fail. Actually, sometimes I even pause or play accidentally when I try to adjust the position of the earpieces in my ears (can happen).
The classic interactions like play/pause, switching songs, activating the assistant, accepting or refusing phone calls (and so on…) are available with single or multiple taps, even though there’s no way to adjust the volume through any command.

A slightly prolonged (1 full second) touch on one of the earpieces interacts with the ANC setting:
  • “Hey” confirms that the transparency mode is active
  • “Shh” confirms that the noise canceling mode is active
  • “Ummm” confirms that the ANC is OFF
A low-latency mode (for gaming) can be activated with 4 taps on one of the earpieces and the latency can go as low as 55ms (also depending on the bluetooth device compatibility). I have noticed that some latency is still there and I wouldn’t consider these for gaming, except for some games in which the latency is not crucial for the overall experience.

There isn’t any sensor that stops the music of the earpiece once it is removed from the ear, so you should look elsewhere if this is a valuable feature for you. Same applies for multipoint connection or 360° sound, which are not a thing with the Golden Ages:1979.

Moondrop Link 2.0 App​

The Moondrop Link 2.0 app is downloadable from Moondrop’s official website and it isn’t available on the Play Store at the time of this review.
The app asks for nearby devices and position permissions, which is understandable since we are talking about a pair of wireless earphones that automatically connect to the phone when they’re taken out from the charging box, but somehow there is also a camera permission switch if one goes in the “Apps” section under the phone’s settings (this is quite strange).

Another point of attention is related to the detection of the connected devices.
The first time I paired the earphones, the name appearing in the Bluetooth scanned devices list was “Moondrop LEA”. I connected them and they worked “fine” but the app could not detect them, and the audio quality was a notch lower than expected.
Then, I unpaired the Moondrop LEA device, scanned again with the earphones in their charging case, and found “Moondrop Golden Ages” in the scanned devices list: when connected, the Moondrop Link 2.0 App recognized them, and except for a single time it never failed to detect them.

One thing that didn’t work (and still doesn’t work) is the firmware update: it sticks on “Initialization” and never ends the process. I have tried waiting for more than 20 minutes and still didn’t manage to update the firmware so I guess there are some issues going on.

The app works pretty well if I interact with some basic options, while it becomes much more complicated to re-map some functions due to some translation issues (i.e. if I try to change the way I skip a track, the available options are in chinese and there’s no way for me to understand what’s written).


I’d really like to see more commitment from Moondrop regarding this matter, and I think that it’s very important that they put more effort into refining the app and fixing some issues since their DSP cables and TWS sets highly rely on the companion app (which is part of the product itself).


  • Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Windows PC and Notebook with 5.3 Bluetooth Adapter
I also have to specify that I have used the KBEAR 07 tips for my tests because the stock tips didn’t grant me an adequate seal (issue with my ears’ conformation).

Sound signature
The stock sound signature is the one that is called “Reference” in the Moondrop Link 2.0 app, even though there are also a “Monitor” and “Basshead” EQ settings.
In general, the Golden Ages:1979 sound pretty neutral with a small low-end hump, and the “Monitor” and “Basshead” settings basically just impact the low-end (“Basshead” has more low end than “Reference” and “Monitor” has less low-end than “Reference”).

Sub-bass doesn’t give that “oomph” that traditional DDs usually reproduce, nor it is the one with the best extension out there, but it’s nicely done overall. The bass is pretty much linear and I wish it was more impactful and full bodied, but I was kind-of expecting it considering the combination between the annular planar driver and the neutral signature.
The Golden Ages:1979 are NOT for bassheads, even in the “Basshead” EQ setting, so beware of these if you search for a bass-rich set: these focus on faster transients and nicer textures instead of reproducing thick and fat kickdrums.
I know the annular planar driver is not a traditional planar magnetic driver, but the low-end sounds like a typical planar being fast and textured with less focus on the low-end body or on the viscerality.

The midrange is not recessed and everything sounds on-point, from male to female vocals and instruments. Male vocals could use a bit more warmth, but it’s a minor complaint, whereas female vocals are well reproduced since they are intimate, natural and never sibilant.
From a technical perspective, I’d say layering is average while instrument separation is good for a TWS set, especially at this price tag.

The treble is non-fatiguing, with average extension yet enough perceived air that helps at preventing any kind of congestion. Plus, detail retrieval is pretty good and there aren’t any sharpness or unwanted peaks here and there.
I’d say a kind of treble tuning that won’t annoy anyone and that makes up for a clean and transparent sound without becoming aggressive or excessively forward.

Soundstage has very good width while depth and height are average. Imaging is generally good even though not the most precise around. Let’s say that the directions are precise but it’s not a millimetrically accurate set.

The microphone is nothing special: I have used it multiple times and if you are in windy or noisy environments (i.e. busy streets) there are still much better options out there. The overall experience during call is mediocre in these cases while it’s of acceptable quality when there are optimal conditions for calling.

Some comparisons:​

Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 vs Moondrop Space Travel
The Space travel have a slightly punchier, more full bodied and more natural bass and a more energetic treble, leading to a more dynamic and less linear U-shaped sound, whereas the Golden Ages:1979 aim for a more accurate and neutral sound, boasting a faster and more textured bass, an improved and smoother treble range, a better soundstage and superior imaging on the Golden Ages:1979. In addition, the latter also have LDAC support that Space Travel lack instead.
ANC is better on the Golden Ages:1979, even though still not class leading, battery life is a bit better than on the Space Travel and the same applies when it comes to the microphone quality.
Comfort and build quality are very similar since the two sets have very similar size and shells and they also work basically in the same way when it comes to commands and interactions with the earpieces.
I wouldn't jump from the Space Travel to these for my tastes, but I see the reasons why one would like to.

Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 vs Hifiman TWS600
The TWS600 were placed at 199$ in summer 2020, but in my opinion they were never worth the asking price. The overall sound was technically good, but the timbre and tonality were not correct at all. They sounded fast and snappy but also very unnatural with almost every genre. They didn’t even have noise cancellation and they didn’t even have a good microphone.
If some time ago you would have bough a pair of these for around 199$, then what you can buy today with the 80$ is far better (the Space Travel at 20$ are already ages better).
No competition, sorry Hifiman.

Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 vs ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless
Summing up, the Golden Ages:1979 sound a lot better than the Cetra, with more accurate bass, nicer vocals, more details, better technicalities and an overall better tonality. The ROG Cetra True Wireless have a less natural timbre instead, and go for a more traditional (yet not overly aggressive) V-shaped signature.
Low-latency mode is better on ASUS’ TWS, which can keep up with a bit more agility and less latency in fast-paced games, and the same applies for the microphone, that is slightly better on the ROG Cetra True Wireless.
When it comes to battery life, the Golden Ages:1979 surprise with the listening time using ANC and LDAC, while the ROG Cetra True Wireless charge a bit faster and have similar lifespan when charged.
ANC and transparency mode are better on the ROG Cetra True Wireless, that also happen to have two different levels of noise cancellation.
Commands are easier and more reliable on the Golden Ages:1979, comfort is on par more or less (even though the ROG Cetra True Wireless are slightly smaller) and build quality is similar.

Moondrop Golden Ages:1979 vs Airpods Pro 2nd gen
The Airpods Pro 2 have an overall more engaging sound with a more pronounced and more impactful bass, more forward female vocals and a slightly brighter treble response. It’s a more “energetic” approach compared to Golden Ages:1979, which instead have slightly speedier bass and a more neutral sound approach, including the treble (that sounds more forward, detailed and emphasized on the Airpods Pro 2).
Technicalities are slightly better on the Airpods Pro 2, but the Golden Ages are very close when it comes to soundstage.
In terms of noise cancellation, transparency mode, microphone, commands, sensors and build quality, the Airpods Pro 2 are instead on another level, even though the battery life of the Golden Ages:1979 is no joke.
One thing to mention is that the Moondrop Link app is not great on iOS devices, so the Golden Ages:1979 fit Android in a better way rather than on Apple’s ecosystem.

Final Thoughts​

It’s ok to criticize Moondrop when there are QC issues or other things to complain about (and, as a customer, I also do that when necessary), but it’s also true that it’s one of the few companies that are able to set true standards and raise the bar when the market asks for it.
The Golden Ages:1979 represent another win for Moondrop: the company has striked a good balance between price and overall quality, and even though this isn’t the best TWS set on the market, the sound capabilities are above average for the price range and that makes up for a very valuable option.

Being brutally honest, I still think there’s some room for improvement when it comes to the noise canceling and transparency modes and the microphone quality, all aspects that need some tweaks here and there. In addition, I would have really liked having slightly better eartips for better sealing, even though the oval shaped nozzles are not an issue and using aftermarket tips is perfectly fine and easy to do.
It’s also safe to say, though, that having such a nice balance between frequencies, good technical performance and a natural and neutral sound on a sub-100$ TWS is a breath of fresh air, and for all of this I genuinely think that the Golden Ages:1979 deserve some proper attention.
For those who already own the Space Travel, I don't think it's worth the upgrade: I find myself preferring the latter most of the times due to the more natural low-end and my playlist (pop/pop-rock, EDM, lo-fi, drum and bass and so on) generally favors them.
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Good review, and I share your thoughts on this device.
An error however: "Monitor has more low end than Reference", in fact it's the opposite :wink:
u are right my friend. It's a typo: I wanted to say less bass but somehow I reversed the concept. Corrected it, thanks for reporting that!


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