Truth be told, I haven't paid much attention to the Blessing 2 back in the day. The only memory I remember is that I started to look for it after having my Starfield near the end of Chinese New Year. Luckily, Vietnamese started to import Moondrop IEMs around this time so the search wasn't as horrible as the KXXS.
Quite a short introduction despite my enthusiasm for the brand. Let's get into it
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- Drivers: 1DD 4BA
- Price: 320$
- Purchase link: https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/moondrop-blessing-2-1dd-4ba-hybrid-technology-in-ear-monitor-earphone
This Moondrop Blessing 2 was a loan unit from a member in the Vietnamese Audio community. Thanks for the instant buy in just 24 hours after telling me about your plan :p
Build and Accessories:
- 6 pairs of silicon ear tips (2 sets, each set consists of S/M/L size)
- Unbalanced 3.5mm 2-pin cable
- Storage case
- Airplane adapter
- Product instruction paper and company information cards
- The IEM itself
I don't usually put the IEM build on top of this section but for special reasons I am doing it this time. The Blessing 2 features a 3D printed pseudo-custom shell with metal backplate. On the backplate, only the right side has the word "Blessing 2" printed on and the other side is left blank for Moondrop's custom laser engraving service. Both sides have a vent hole respectively right in the bottom of the backplate.
One of the deal breakers of the Blessing 2 is its fit. It has a wide nozzle, this along with a big shell and a swallow inserts can cause some discomfort to some ears which I have seen several cases. Consider the Blessing 2 fit as one of the problems you might face especially if you have small ears.
Other than that, the Blessing 2 packaging is not really out of ordinary. The cable follows similar style as the Moondrop Starfield one, albeit the color is now copper instead of blue. The Blessing 2 also has a gray leather case. As far as I know, this is the biggest case that Moondrop is providing at the moment and gave me some trouble with putting it in my pocket. Hence, I recommend people to buy a smaller case for optimal portability.
Measurements are done on a calibrated IEC-711 clone. Expect a resonance peak at 8kHz.
My measurements are also raw and uncompensated, hence flat in graph is not flat in real life.
The Moondrop Blessing 2 follows Moondrop's traditional "VDSF Target response" which is their interpretation of Diffuse Field.
Among chifi IEM brands that I know, Moondrop seems to be one of the few who publicly claim to have derived their house sound based on scientific research while doing multiple subjective experiments. Their target, in my opinion, is the most appealing to the "weeb audience" (including me) where frequencies after 3kHz (for me) matters the most. Personally, I found Moondrop house sound managed to address some of the problems that I have with the Harman target curve, mainly in the upper-mid - treble region where I found it being too energetic and shouty for my personal taste.
That's pretty much what I feel about the Moondrop Blessing 2 tonality in general. It works well with J-pop or female vocal-centric songs due to its smooth presentation which gives these songs enough energy while remain inoffensive, free of sibilance for my ears. Not only that, it is also one of the few IEM that I found to have above average soundstage. It has a lot of depth and width which gives you an "over the ear" effect that I ended up using the Blessing 2 mainly for Orchestral, Instrumental.
The Moondrop Blessing 2's bass if anything, is one of its main drawback. While it does have a bit of rumble, the lack of bass impact doesn't really fair well with some electronic tracks that I ended up finding another earphone to listen to. Hence, I won't recommend this IEM for bass head. Blessing 2 note weight is also a factor to consider as it is thin and can affect male vocals' performance.
vs Moondrop Blessing 1:
As suggested by the name, the Moondrop Blessing 2 is the successor of the Blessing 1, where Moondrop aims to fix some of the problem that people have with its senior. And they seem to have nailed this goal.
Upon A/Bing both Blessings together, I found out that the Blessing 2 is more balanced than the Blessing 1. Vocal gives less "into your face" effect, cymbal sounds more even on the Blessing 2. Moondrop also has boosted the bass response and low-mid on the Blessing 2 a bit, which gave the Blessing 2 a bit more warmth and impact comparing to its predecessor although this doesn't change the fact that I still find both have lackluster bass in general.
Not only that, Blessing 2 also have better soundstage and imaging. While both have similar width, the Blessing 2 has more depth than the first version in my opinion.
vs Moondrop Starfield:
Based on raw performance, Blessing 2 would be what I take over Starfield everyday. While both share the same tuning philosophy, the Starfield lack details comparing to the Blessing 2. In addition, Starfield's imaging and soundstage is average at best.
Now if you ask me if the Blessing 2 is an upgrade for the Moondrop Starfield (or by extension, the Moondrop KXXS) though, this is where it can get a bit cloudy. While my impression of the Starfield bass goes along the line of "it is fine for the price", it is better than the Blessing 2 where the bass lacks punch and rumble. Hence, if bass is somewhat important in your listening routine, I would advise you to reconsider buying the Blessing 2. Other than that, the Blessing 2 is even tamer than the Starfield so if you still find the Starfield too energetic, Blessing 2 can be put into your consideration.
Again, the Blessing 2 seem to be another successful attempt of Moondrop by them just staying on the track that they have laid down since the age of KXXS. Despite the fact that some people can find it is "lack of originality", it is alright in my opinion.