Yanyin Moonlight

Dsnuts

Headphoneus Supremus
Yanyin Moonlight.
Pros: First tribrid from Yanyin. Utilizing 7 highly optimized drivers per side.
Supreme versatility with a reference level of balanced cohesion and tuning.
Driver optimization to maximize the strengths of each driver used on the Moonlight
2BAs + 2ESTs for superb balanced treble response, detailed extended, non-fatiguing.
2 Knowles BAs for a highly refined, tonally balanced spacious and technical presentation.
10mm bio dynamic utilized for its tactility, definition and natural bass reproduction.
supreme level of technicalities. Natural timbre and tonality for BAs.
Included case is large enough to carry an amp/ Dap with the phones and a few cables.
Superb, included graphene silver plated copper cable. Matching the sonic quality of the Moonlights.
Highly refined in all parts of its sound production.
Physically smaller side of medium in size for excellent comfort.
Decent passive isolation, all resin in form for on-the-go sonic euphoria.
Very easy to drive and sounds full on with just about everything your using it with,
but has a down side to how sensitive Yanyin IEMs are see negative section
Cons: A measly single set of silicone tips. This is Yanyin telling you to get yourself some high quality aftermarket tips.
2 pins are tight. You have to be careful and slowly wiggle the cable into its place or you might damage the 2 pin housing.
8 ohm impedance means low output impedance with a low noise floor from your players and sources are necessary for the cleanest sound.
Yanyin Moonlight

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If you aren’t familiar with Yanyin IEMs, their name and their reputation has been growing among enthusiasts recently and it has everything to do with their products. The company is composed of earphone design veterans that brought them together to form Yanyin in 2020.

What is remarkable about all their earphones is that each one stands tall on its own at the price ranges they are sold for. When I heard they were producing their first tribrid. I had to get me a set to try out and more importantly let you all know how I heard them. It seems these folks just can’t do anything wrong with their earphone designs. For the most part their earphones have been well received and you can certainly read more about Yanyin IEMs on their dedicated thread here. Overall enthusiasm for their products has been a testament to how well these guys can take a bunch of drivers and tune them to be not only proper, but arguably some of the best sounding earphones in the industry.
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Their Aladdin was an eye-opening intro hybrid from the group, and I am guilty of helping spread the word about this remarkable hybrid. These are a great starting point for enthusiasts that want a complete sound experience with their trademark balancing and a smoother tonal character. You can read my take on them here. They added an additional driver and brought out their more energetic and versatile Canons, adding the ability to use an effective 3 tuning switch variants that actually works giving an outstanding 8 different sound tuning variations. One of the best bang for buck hybrids in the industry, you can read about them here.
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Now we have Yanyin's newest, Moonlight. Utilizing 7 drivers per side, 10mm bio dynamic handling the bass + 2 Knowles BA for mids + 2 Knowles BAs for highs + 2 Sonion ESTs for ultra-highs. 4 crossovers and 4 sound bores all in a compact all resin semi custom smaller side of medium sized shell. Extremely comfortable due to their smaller medium size with solid all resin isolation and a decent passive isolation. These earphones, my friends, are serious business.

Tribrid designs are nothing new to the market but getting all them drivers to gel in perfect harmony will be a challenge for any designer no matter how experienced they are. Coherence should be the goal for such designs and the first very positive aspect of the Moonlight design is indeed its reference level of coherence. No jaggedness in its tonality or drivers from one part of the sound taking over another. The seamless cohesion of the Moonlight was the very first thing I noticed when listening to them. But then they go far beyond a higher level of cohesiveness for a tribrid.
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Masterful in how even and natural their tonal balance is across the sound spectrum, the Moonlight is tuned for versatility and ultimate immersion. The advantage of an 8 ohm sensitive IEM. The Moonlight needs a simple source to bring out a full bored sound from them. A portable dongle, phone or dap will suffice nicely. The disadvantage of an 8 ohm IEM is that you do have to watch what you're connecting them into. A high output impedance source like a powerful desktop amp will actually be a negative and will skew the overall sound of all Yanyin IEMs including the Moonlight.
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Moonlight's level of balanced tuning is not just dedicated for the uber expensive TOTL IEM. We have a tribrid that performs exceedingly well in the Moonlight that is nowhere near the cost of a TOTL level iem. Its fluid transients and a higher degree of technicalities are what makes the Moonlight stand out at any price, let alone what they are asking for a set.

Disclaimers; I would like to thank Penon audio for the discount on Moonlight. I paid for these albeit at a discount. I had to get em for the collection. Plus Yanyin needed some exposure for these. The Moonlight for me was a no brainer. You can purchase a set for you on Penon sales pages here. I burned in the Moonlights for a period of a week's time and now are ready for review using my Ibasso DX300Max, Fiio M15, Shanling M6 pro, M5s, M3s connected to Ibasso PB3 amp. Ibasso DX160, Sony ZX300, Fiio K3 2021 and IFI Gryphon, IFI black label for amping.
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What you get. A unique package?
I am an admitted accessories whore much more than I would like to admit. Just how does a manufacturer present their earphones when you get that brand new sealed box for me anyways, matter. What they include in the box with their IEMs shows just how much they want the consumer to be impressed. After all, the first thing we do when we open a package is inspect what was included right? Little things about the package start to affect how you view the “package.” Who doesn't like to get that sealed package and having that anticipation of opening it up to see what was included with the earphones. It is Christmas all over again.

This being said, I usually knock down a peg in my rating system for earphones that don’t provide enough tips or worse provide a cable that makes the earphone sound worse than it has to be. This happens more times than I would like to admit. You don’t buy a new Mercedes Benz to find out your tires are cheap is my point. I might be more critical on the accessories tip than most but after reviewing so many I can clearly tell who is paying attention and who doesn't give a rip on the end user experience. How did Yanyin do here? Let's find out.
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The Moonlight you get a very large rectangular zip up carry case, lined inside with a take out formed piece of plastic also covered with a soft velvety short furry material. This rather larger 3inch by 6inch zip up rectangular box case is actually what you get for the “package.” Meaning this is the entire presentation and something that ends up being useful. You can take out the plastic piece on the bottom of the case and now you have room for an amp, dap, a box of tips, at least 2 sets of different cables and the Moonlight. Very unique and useful in what you get.
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Inside that case was the Moonlights, a soft velvety pouch, airplane adapter, a stereo plug adapter which is only made for a single 3.5mm jack. Unfortunately if you order a balanced version of its cable this will be useless. Most folks don't end up using this anyhow. Also included is a single set of silicones and a nice boutique level graphene cored silver plated cable in litz configuration.

OK one set of tips? For a $650 earphone? That is really not excusable to be honest but in this case. You're not going to care. In fact it is like Yanyin knows already you're going to dig deep into your tip canister. In a way they are forcing you to tip roll and for a good reason. Will get into that in the read. But for now yes a measly single set of tips which are unremarkable, let me put it that way. Your best aftermarket tips most definitely apply here.
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The cable on the other hand is excellent. One of the best included cables in the industry and I would go as far as to say they made up for the lack of tips with this particular cable. I am a cable guy and therefore a great added cable is much better than the lack of tips provided easily. From what the descriptor says it has a graphene core covered with a silver plated copper litz cable in 4 cores. My cable came in a 4.4mm pentaconn plug.
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You can order your Moonlight in any connection you need for your source so that is a plus. The cable is very high quality, one of the best included cables for an IEM and nearing boutique level in its quality. I am familiar with graphene type IEM cables which helps with the technical aspects for an IEM, a highly refined cable for a highly refined phone and absolute superb match for the Moonlights. The Moonlight is fairly consistent in its sound characteristics regardless of cable you attach to it, but the matching cable here gets a huge plus as you will not need to go out and buy another cable for it.

A side word about single ended or balanced use on the Moonlight. So you would figure going balanced using the Moonlight would be the way to go. Not exactly, here is what I mean, due to the very low impedance being 8 ohms. Single ended might actually be the better way to go with the Moonlight. My point is that most earphones benefit from being balanced out from your sources but Moonlight might not. All Yanyin IEMs have very high sensitivity and therefore you need a low output impedance from your source and single ended connection is the lowest. In balanced, you get double the output impedance in most cases the difference between 2>ohm out vs 4>ohm out. Yes it can and does affect the Moonlight in a negative way. It will skew them to sound thinner and brighter than they actually are. I highly advise trying out a single ended connection through your source if you find my sound descriptor does not align with yours and that is after you fully burn them in. I know that is counter intuitive to what the threads tell us about using our gears in balanced but. This is a case where simplicity might actually be better. Oh and I don't need to tell you, you have to use your sources in low gain with these. I am gonna mention that just in case you forget to turn your high gain on your players to low gain.
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Sonics. Balanced heads unite!
Yanyin now has a house sound, I have 3 examples from the group and it is one of implementing a reference level of balancing as all their earphones have superb balancing. The Moonlight is in my estimation one of the very best balanced earphones and I am talking about from the 100s of earphones I own. It's the type of sound balancing that others strive for but does not quite achieve. Why utilize 7 drivers to do a deep V shaped signature when you should bring all parts of the sound to be full on? Is my point, and that is exactly what the Moonlight represents. Its balancing is unbelievably good which is just a part of its tuning make up. Then they have outstanding technicalities on top of that. Each driver here plays an important role in the make up of why the Moonlight is playing at a much greater level.

What makes the Moonlight name so proper? It is what I would describe as a romantic sound. Moonlight brings a sound quality level that is one of the absolute best at the price level it is asking for a set. The Moonlight is tuned a bit like their intro level Aladdins but playing on a much higher level. It incorporates 3 types of drivers in a very cohesive manner but also has so much right about their tonal, timbral, balancing and technical output. Yes you can say these are the embodiment of a real reference level of sonics.
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Technicals, separation is bad for you and your girlfriend but great for an earphone.
A complete standout for why I consider these flagship worthy. I already touched upon how coherent and balanced the sound is. Then when you start listening to your favorite tracks. You get a nice broad, wide, deep and fairly tall stage. I can officially say Moonlight has the widest stage from their prior IEMs both the Aladdin and Canons. The sound field takes a leap in stage vs the other two. The scope of sound is grander. Then there is the sound layering. Using 4 high precision Knowles BAs for mids and highs the Moonlight sound separation is ideal and this is what separates a really good iem into a different territory in sound. Everything is separated nicely on the moonlights with zero disjointedness or incoherency. Which leads to a class leading level of imaging. It has ambience and air around each note, each vocal, each drum hit.
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That sound separation adds to the imaging aspect so much you can say they are intertwined. The Moonlight's liquid imaging is what makes them sound ‘romantic’. Folks that take a premium to macro and micro level details really need to pay attention to how the Moonlight dissects each instrument, vocals and percussion using its wide presentation. A highly dimensional sound that embodies all this into a larger spacious field for earphones with pinpoint accuracy on top of that. BAs will have BA timbre but the Moonlight somehow manages to make you forget your listening to multiple BAs, some ESTs and a dynamic. Timbre is about as good as it gets for utilizing BAs and hence I have no issue with the timbre aspects of the Moonlight sound. When taken as a whole, prepare to fall head over heels with how the Moonlight presents your music.

A reference level neutral tonality with ample fullness and body to the sounds. The Moonlight is neither cold nor warm sounding IEM. It is right smack in the middle of tonality with a very slight smoothness that just adds to how liquid the entire presentation can be. The end results of its high level of technicalities is that your music sounds like you're standing right there with the artists. A transparent clear glass level of a transient quality that just doesn't happen too often for earphones. The tool you need to really hear your music on the correct. If you're reading this. Sell your other earphones. Get yourself a Moonlight and be done with. Much higher end IEMs that sell for crazy prices aren’t going to be a leap over these. You're better off getting a nice source and more music instead.
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Treble. Shimer in all the right places.
The trebles of the Moonlight utilize 4 drivers. 2 Knowles BAs for treble and 2 Sonion ESTs for the ultra highs. In using 2 types of drivers just for the highs not only is the treble ideal in emphasis but in its ability to have an extension, a lot of earphones are missing. EST implementations are not all exactly the same. The idea that somehow if you use more ESTs you will get better quality treble is simply not the case. Yanyin is utilizing these drivers based on their strengths. Some of the best treble articulation and details come from the specialized treble BAs and ESTs are best utilized for their upper treble extension with realistic air, decay and sparkle. Combine both and you have one of the most complete, accurate and refined trebles with an ideal extension for earphones. What Yanyin has done with using 2ESTs is far and away better than some I have heard utilizing 4ESTs.

It's not just that they are using these drivers to their full ability but how they are tuned as well. Unlike a lot of IEMs that rely on spikes in the treble region to “enhance” their treble presence. The Moonlight has one of the most balanced trebles in its emphasis from lower to upper trebles. This in turn brings the Moonlight to have a very evenly articulate, smoother, airier, rangier trebles for its presentation all with every detail and proper tonal character for every treble note from every track your listening to. .

Yes it is yet another harmon balanced IEM but with some superb reference level of massaging for its sound. As the saying goes, it is the little things that count. These are like the goldilocks of everything. Highs, mids lows. That smoothness in its trebles are capped off by some very addictive shimmer and sparkle from the EST implementation. It is a complete treble with an ideal airy presence. I wouldn't consider myself a treble head but the quality of the treble here is quite addictive in how it presents. Some might prefer a bit more treble presence, well that is if you're a true treble head but overall the trebles here are absolutely satisfying, rangy, delicately detailed and much like the overall sound, fluid in its overall presentation.
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Mids. The wagyu beef of sound.
I am very certain the BAs being used for the Moonlight are a much higher level of Knowles BAs just based on their flagship level of technicalities for the mids. Folks come out of the woodwork and always ask is this better than that. How's the mids compared to that? Well I can tell you there is a clear reason why Yanyin is asking $650 for a set of these earphones. The mids are simply spectacular. This is the reason why you pay to play as they say. Mids on the Moonlight have the right combination of roughly 8dbs of upper mids emphasis with proper body of note, accuracy showing just the right amount of clarity and or a natural slight warmth for its sound foundation. The mids are based on a reference level of space, its ideal layering, precise imaging, uncanny detail, natural sounding timbre and tonality to really separate the Moonlight from most if not all of the other midfi counterparts. There is no part of the mids that I hear that is behind or recessed in anything. Everything is frontal and right where it should be for its imaging in space. Its highly technical and dimensional nature means you will be able to hear every note from your tracks to their full extent.

There is a slight warmth and body to male vocals which again sounds very natural with a broad dynamic range to female vocals that make hearing vocals on the Moonlight a treat. I really can’t point out any aspects of its mids that I can point to and say, this is not right or this is too little or that is too much. None of that applies to the Moonlights mids presentation. Mids will make or break a higher end IEM and the mids for the Moonlight are some of the best of the best in the industry. So that means the treble and the bass is 2ndary right? Nope. All 3 parts of the sound bands are equally good.
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Bass, the soul of your music
The Moonlight descriptor says it is using a NEW 10mm bio dynamic. Yanyin seems to be a huge fan of this particular dynamic as they have used a version of it on every IEM they have. Though I have yet to hear the Rosemary which is their flagship IEM. The Moonlight has what they say is a newer version of this dynamic dedicated for its bass. You figure since the Moonlight is playing on a higher level, Yanyin would be going for some specialized higher end dynamic for the Moonlight. This is a case of why change a good thing? All prior Yanyin products use the bio dynamic and it has to do with how natural and realistic the bass end are on their IEMs. Yanyin IEMs are not going to be known for their bass presentations but they certainly will not be known to have weak bass performance for their IEMs either.

The Moonlights treble and mids performance are so spectacular, the bass end as good as it is, plays more of a supporting role for its overall presentation and that is how they tuned the bass for the Moonlights, to be natural, impactful, realistic and always in control.

The bass end of the Moonlight is focused a bit more toward the sub bass but also has some solid impact for its mid bass. Its bass is natural and clearly agile in its ability with a tonal range that covers every type of low note in existence. I think it is due to their naturalness that Yanyin has chosen this dynamic to represent their house sound. It sounds just as good for synthetic bass as it does for percussion sets. It has what seems to be about 7 dbs of bass which is just slightly below my goldilocks for bass emphasis at 8 dbs but you would never know it as tips here makes a big difference for bass. As I mentioned earlier, Yanyin provides a single set of unremarkable standard silicone tips. Yes they focused on the end sound of their Moonlight more so than providing a set of tips you will probably not use anyway. So you are forced to tip roll.
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Tips make a difference in how you want to hear the Moonlights. Its bass emphasis is highly dependent on your tip selection. A tight sealing tip like the Azla crystal tips. Bass comes out to play. I have a fairly large library of eclectic music and I would say about 70% of it absolutely requires proper bass. Lets just say I would never give an earphone a 5 star rating if it doesn't have the bass end to keep up with the rest of the sound. You want the best sounding Moonlights? Use your best aftermarket tips. JVC Spiral Dots, Azla, Symbio, Final Es. To name a few and each one will provide something a touch different with better emphasis for the regions of sound you care for.

Yanyin picked a good one here in the bio dynamic. I have always loved its tonal qualities and its ability to reproduce the bass note with a proper bass decay and tightness. It's not the speediest of bass presentations nor is it the end game for Bass lovers but there is really nothing that hampers the low end presentation of the Moonlights. It keeps up with speed metal just as well as providing a big, reverberant note for orchestral scores. Bass provides the rhythmic soul of any good recording and in that regard the Bass end here is superb in its natural ability to reproduce an accurate bass note. Its quality and definition is right up there with the rest of the sounds on the Moonlight. Yanyin folks not only tune with the best of them but they seem to massage every part of the sound presentation. Bass in the end will not be overlooked nor is it an afterthought, and plays a key role into that reference level of sound tuning on the Moonlight.
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Finally, the one to rule them all.
I can safely say the Moonlights are about as good as it gets in the tribrid realm. These are remarkable in so many ways. They provide a reference level of so many things that you can just say they are truly a reference tribrd earphone. A cohesive balanced foundation for its tuning, Their treble is addictive, smooth yet highly detailed with excellent articulation and an airy extension. The mids, clear and liquid in its tonal character with superb technicalities, sound layering, separation, imaging and detail that presents a higher end sound. Their bass supports with a superb quality, the right amount of emphasis with an impactful, tight, textured supreme and a natural broad tonal range. All encompassed in a spacious wide sound scope of a stage that really sounds like a window to your music. When your IEM disappears and you're right there in the recording hearing every note and every nuanced detail of the recording, this says a lot about the IEMs you're using.

The Moonlights are a huge success and I feel will become a classic among classics. The one consistent with Yanyin earphones is that these guys know how to tune an earphone at all levels of their IEMS and you can hear how well tuned the Moonlights sound, and this is a rare case where your $650 gets you more than what you paid for a set in my opinion. Considering newer higher end IEMS nowadays requires a month of hard works wages. Yanyin has one of the best tribrids in the Moonlights that will be cherished by yours truly for years to come. I look forward to what these guys have in store for the enthusiasts next. Whatever they are doing these guys seem to have superstar tuners in their midst that know exactly what they are doing. As always, happy listening. Now go sell off a few of your unused stuff. Get yourself a Moonlight…. And some tips.
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Comparos. Cus everyone asks how is this vs that?

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Aladdin
Here is where the difference in resolution, extension, tonal refinements and stage is clearly evident vs the Aladdin. I mentioned earlier the Moonlights have more in common with the Aladdin vs the Canon. Its balancing is similar but that is where the similarities ends. Treble on the Moonlight alone is vastly superior with much better articulation and extension. Bass while using similar dynamics seems to have a greater impact and is slightly tighter in presentation vs the Aladdin bass. Don't know if it is due to having a newer slightly larger dynamic but the good news is the Moonlight to my ears does sound like it is improved over the Aladdin bass. Moonlight's overall tonality sounds more natural, with superior timbre, its technicals are playing on a completely different tier of earphone as it should. However I do have a suggestion. If you are in any way a fan of the Aladdin and would love to hear a much higher end TOTL version of the Aladdin. Yes, that is what the Moonlight is. A much higher end reference level Aladdin. Get yourself a Moonlight… And some tips
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Canon
Canon is perhaps the best value Yanyin in the market due to its sheer versatility and its more energetic technical nature in tuning vs the Aladdin. The Canons are closer to the Moonlights in its technical traits and has a bit more for its lower treble and mid bass impact vs the Moonlights. Folks ask if the Moonlight would be an upgrade on the Canons. Oh yes make no mistake. Moonlight has a more expansive stage and clearly shows it is using some upgraded drivers for its sound vs the Canon. Moonlights show a refinement level that the Canon does not quite reach. Its higher level of sound separation and imaging alone will be a nice upgrade on the Canon but also its airy treble expansion via Sonion ESTs. 010 configuration comes closest to the Moonlight tuning. Imagine in this configuration a wider stage with more black space around instruments. Imagine treble with more air, slightly smoother and more articulation and you might get a good idea of how the Moonlight would be. Don't Imagine my friends. Get yourself a Moonlight… And some tips.
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Vs some other popular Tribrids in the price range.
Penon Volts.
Penon and Yanyin house tunings are clearly different. Penon has balancing on its house sound signature as well but takes that smooth tonal quality into the rich organic territory. Volts stage vs the Moonlights are comparable but the difference really comes down to higher end Sonion BAs vs higher end Knowles BAs. The Sonion BAs used for the Volts emit a rich organic sound quality that Penon has taken as their main special sauce for their house sound and their Tribrid the Volts. Volts use 7 drivers much like the Moonlight but uses 4 Sonion ESTs for the highs + 2 Sonion BAs for mids and a 10mm graphite fiber silk paper dome dynamic for bass.

Volts have one of the best present broad and rangy mids for any earphone and you can even say the Volts are tuned more to highlight the mid range. The treble aspects are where the Moonlight has the upper hand. The Moonlight uses 2 BAs for the bulk of its treble, while extension for both sets sound great due to the EST implementations, the difference is the ability of the BAs lower treble presence vs the ESTs on the Volts. It is well documented that ESTs struggle a bit for lower trebles hence this is the reason why they are used for upper trebles where they show their strengths. Moonlight's treble sounds more complete, a bit more present and articulate due to having more ample lower trebles vs the Volts treble.

However the Volts make up for it with a superior warmth, greater note weight and dimensional character from their mids, while the Moonlights does not lag behind much in these aspects. The mids are a trade off from that rich organic euphoric mids in the Volts to a fluid transient highly technical mids presentation of the Moonlights..Otherwise these two trades punches for their technicalities and their overall end sounds. Volts are euphoric for vocal performances and their instrument presentation with one of the richest tonal characters for earphones. Its bass presentation is a bit more forward sounding, otherwise these two sets are clearly playing at the level they were intended for and trade punches vs each other for superior tribrid presentations for their given house sounds.
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ISN EST50
Here is the flagship ISN earphone but ISN also has an identity of their own. ISN uses ample lower mids and bass presence on their IEMs. Bass specialists? Yes indeed. EST50s have a very nicely tuned L shaped tuning done right. Bass is your thing than you need to look into an EST50. The crazy aspect of the EST50 is that they also have good balancing considering it has the most brawny bass out of these earphones I have compared to the Moonlight thus far. Take that extra brawn from the bass end to put that into a much more complete and extended treble end of the Moonlight with added higher level of technicalities for its mids and you get the immediate differences in their sound presentations.

EST50 uses a highly specialized 10mm silicone dynamic for bass+ 1 Sonion BA for mids+ 1 Knowles BA for treble +2 Sonion ESTs for highs. Uses 5 drivers vs its bigger brother the Volts and Moonlights which both use 7 drivers. When comparing these two earphones again the house tunings are the main differences. One thing I appreciate from expert tuners in the IEM game is that they have an identity. Folks like Penon, ISN, Yanyin have a clear direction of what type of IEM and what type of sound tuning they are clearly going for. ISN is more focused on their lower mids and bass presentations while clearly having the rest of the sound tuning to be balanced. Moonlight being much more even handed in its overall balancing is most definitely a superior earphone on a technical level but it really comes down to if you put bass as your favorite part of a sound tuning. I can’t imagine what the Moonlight might sound like with the silicon dynamic the EST50 is using. Ya you want to have your cake and eat it too. That would be what that is. I mean the bio dynamic is no slouch for bass but it isn’t quite at the level of the silicone dynamic being used on the EST50. Less drivers means less in its price. The EST50 is a more affordable tribrid for using 5 drivers vs 7 in the others. The great aspect of the EST50 is that it clearly has an identity and makes no excuse that it is a bassy yet balanced and technical IEM also showing a rich tonal character via higher end Sonion BA.
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Last but not least the Taniso Mirai Lands
Lands are using 6 drivers for its make up. 10mm composite dynamic for bass+ 2 BAs for mids+1 BA for treble 2 Sonion ESTs for upper highs. The Tansio Mirai Lands is the opposite of the EST50 in its sound tuning focus. Tansio Mirais house tunings in general are more predicated on their level of detail, upper mids imaging with its foundation on treble presence. Land's focus is more on its full trebles with a physical bass and a deeper than taller sounding mid range. It has one of the widest stages for tribrids. A hair wider than the Moonlights in fact. Lands are a broad U shaped tuning and has greater fuller treble presence with a punchier mid bass end. It owes its wider stage presence due to the laid back mid range. While detailed and layered well it's mid range is the least frontal of all the tribrids I have compared the Moonlight to. Lands are more or less made for treble heads that want some complete full bored treble and a deep hitting bass end to go with it.

Losing some hearing are you? You like some full range treble? Try the Lands as it has more treble presence than any of the tribrids. Its treble tonal qualities and details are where they share some similarities to the Moonlight. Roughly equal in its treble extension the main difference is in the emphasis of the treble vs the Moonlight. You need the right source, cable and tips to tame that upper frequency ability of the Lands. The Moonlight treble sounds full on using your cell phone. Moonlight has a more proper mids presentation here as well. As it is much more forward, more euphoric in how it presents its mids. I do like the mids of the Lands but it needs to be a touch more forward in the mix to approach what the mids of the Moonlight represents. Their technical level is also somewhat similar in execution but Moonlight having a taller more proper mids presentation. Bass is separated to a greater degree on the Lands due to their laid back mid range hence they sound like they have more bass quantity vs the more fluid transition on the Moonlight bass to its mids.
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Optimized Moonlight.
DX300Max +Penon Mix hybrid cable + Moonlight + Azla Crystals
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Do you recommend the Penon Volt or the Yanyin Moonlight for a library that is based mostly on J-pop which consists of mostly female vocals. One fine example of J-pop is, Yoru Ni Kakeru - Yoasobi. If it's not too much of a hassle for you, could you do an a/b test using that song and tell me your thoughts on it? Otherwise, just sharing your thoughts on how these iems perform on busy tracks would be a great help to me too.
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Glad to hear that my Land still alive and kicking!!
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Lovely detailed review. I always like how you make a clear statement about having given the IEMs a good burn-in period. That makes your views much more reliable IMO. Many others rush to make a judgement on a pair of IEMs after listening to them straight out of the box for only several hours.
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