BGVP has produced some amazing in-ear monitors in their all BA “DM” series. While I am not a fan of the highly appreciated DM6 as I found it too piercing and sharp, I love my pair of DM7 that was gifted to me by a fellow audiophile friend. It is actually my favorite pair after I sold the Solaris in need of some funds. Last month around BGVP announced their latest flagship pair from the “DM” series, the all-new BGVP DM8.
The BGVP DM8 is the latest flagship multi-BA driver IEM from the brand featuring eight Knowles BA drivers on each side. They have used 5 Knowles BA drivers and 3 Sonion BA drivers in a four-way frequency division. The pair has a price tag of 349$, but is it worth the 350$ price tag??? We will surely find that out in this review!!
BGVP themselves organized a review tour for this flagship IEM in my country through one of my friends, and I got the opportunity to audition these for this review. I am in no way affiliated or paid by anyone to write positive or negative about the DM8. All the thoughts and impressions in this blog are completely my own based on my own time with the pair over the past week.
Earlier BGVP IEM’s used to have a very simple packaging, this time things have taken a colorful turn with the DM8. The outer packaging is quite colorful and is actually a bit bigger than the previous models like the DM6 and DM7. Inside the packaging, the arrangement looks delightful. It has so neat placement of the contents that it simply looks beautiful and eye-catchy.
On the top, we have our very beautiful DM8 earpieces sitting firmly into their branded foam cutout. The ear tips are presented in a very beautiful manner. They are arranged on hard cardboard stick type designer panels. There’s a plain cardboard case with earphone cable printed on top of it, as the print suggests, it holds our cable. The metallic carry case holds the 4.4mm and 3.5mm adapters as the included cable has a balanced 2.5mm termination. Overall the packaging arrangement is quite neat and looks superb. I just loved how BGVP has designed the packaging for the DM8.
>One pair of BGVP DM8 IEMs.
>One MMCX cable with 2.5mm termination.
>2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter.
>2.5mm to 4.4mm adapter.
>One pair of Memory Foam ear tips.
>Nine pairs of silicone ear tips(3 pairs vocal, 3 pairs balanced, 3 pairs bass ear tips).
>Metallic carry case.
Build Quality & Fit:-
I got the transparent variant of the DM8 for review. The ear shells look very beautiful with silver shiny face panels. The left earpiece has BGVP DM8 branding and the right one has BGVP logo branding on the faceplates.
The ear nozzle is quite short though there are no issues in fit thanks to the ergonomic design with the pair. One can easily see the professional internal placement of drivers through the transparent inner cavities. It’s actually quite amazing to see how professionally BGVP has placed the eight drivers, acoustic tubes, and the audio motherboard for these many drivers inside such small earpieces. We also have a vent on the side of the earpieces. As for connectors, the DM8 features MMCX connectors on top of both the earpieces. Honestly speaking, the pair has a robust build quality and looks absolutely fantastic.
The included cable is thick and heavy. It has shielded corners near the connectors for an easy over the ear fit.
In terms of fitting, the DM8 fits like a charm. The cable might be heavy, but the earpieces are lightweight and have an ergonomic design. They sit very firmly inside the ears and provide a super comfy fit for long music sessions.
Driving the BGVP DM8:-
The BGVP DM8 is a very easy to drive pair. It has an impedance rating of 27 Ohms with 110dB/mW high sensitivity. I used the pair with my iBasso DX120 and Topping E30+L30 combo. Both the combos were nice but here are my impressions of both of them.
DM8 with E30+L30:-
I am in love with this stack ever since I got it. And now when paired to the DM8 it sounds like Audio Nirvana!!! Even though the pair doesn’t require this much power, I had to use it at the low gain(-9dB), The pair sounds fantastic with a super clean background and deep punchy bass. I love how minutest of the details pop out on a pitch dark background with this combo.
DM8 with DX120:-
The pair shows beautiful lush details. The bass slams are precise and perfect though they lack a little bit of extension when compared head to head with the Topping E30+L30 combo. But if you ask me portably I found this stack to be a great one too.
I love how BGVP is progressing things with their DM series now. My first IEM from the series was the DM6 which I just couldn’t cope with for its super-sharp treble response, with the DM7 it was improved with no harshness at all. It sounded aggressive but not harsh. With the DM8 it is improved even further with a smooth, detailed response. There is still a little bit of aggressiveness but I guess that is due to the BGVP’s upfront sound representation.
Another thing to complement here is the rich Bass presentation. Multi-BA IEM’s that I have tried before like the QOA Mojito(6BA), Audiosense DT200(2BA) have a slow bass response, but with the DM8, the bass presentation is simply amazing providing the user with deep punchy bass and a fantastic sub-bass rumble. Now let’s describe how the DM8 sounds according to different frequency response.
As stated above, the DM8 bass is fantastic. In fact, it doesn’t feel like a BA producing the bass, the sound is quite similar to DD. The bass slams have a rich, fine texture to them with a quick, punchy response to complement your music. The best part is the bass is controlled well within its region, there is no overlapping or unnecessary muddiness in the output even in heavy bass tracks like La La La by Y2K.
The mid frequencies seem to be the center point of attraction in the output to me with an upfront representation. When I got the DM8 I also had the Tin HiFi P2 for review and I personally found the mid frequencies to be more upfront in DM8 as compared to the P2. The detail retrieval and vocal presentation are simply perfect, listening to an acoustic-vocal song like First Time by Macy Gray is a fantastic experience with the DM8. I just simply loved the vocal clarity!!! There is ample airiness in this segment to provide a spacious stage feel in the output.
BGVP DM8 has a slight bit of sparkle and energy in the treble portion. This is though nothing when compared to the DM7 that makes the DM7 much more aggressive. I guess BGVP has done this to make the DM8 smoother and relaxing. Detail retrieval is still good and presents the user with a non-fatiguing signature. There is no sibilance or harshness even at louder volumes. If you listen to complex tracks like God Of War Theme By Tina Guo, you will find the instrument detailing and layering to be detailed really well. Though as a personal preference, I prefer the extra aggressiveness of the DM7.
Soundstage and Imaging:-
The BGVP DM8 has a wide soundstage representation. Eyes closed while listening to your favorite music, you will find yourself in a wide space with ample tallness and depth. Imaging and detail retrieval is simply perfect.
BGVP has done a fantastic job with the latest DM8. The bass response here feels nowhere near a BA bass, it can easily compete with the fast and quick bass response from a Dynamic driver. Is it worth its 349$ price tag??YESSSSSS, I would easily recommend this for its easy drivability, detailed, relaxed sound signature, and beautiful looks!!!
Now some comparison time!!!
BGVP DM8 Vs BGVP DM7:-
In my experience with both of them, BGVP seems to have tamed down the high frequencies in the DM8. The DM8 sounds more relaxed while the DM7 sounds more aggressive. I personally found the detailing to be a bit better in DM7 but the extra aggressiveness can sound fatiguing to some people during long listening sessions.
For long listening sessions, the DM8 is a better choice with a relaxed response.
I found the bass extension in DM8 to be better with a cleaner, well-textured response. All in all, I like the DM7 for a more fun signature and the DM8 for a relaxed signature.
BGVP DM8 Vs Tin HiFi P2:-
The BGVP DM8 can be powered easily even with entry-level hi-res players while the Tin HiFi P2 needs a truckload of power. For bringing out the true potential of P2 one has to pair the IEMs with a desktop-grade powerful amplifier.
For smooth frequency response, the DM8 excels as it has a relaxed signature while the P2 has a bit of sparkle in the treble portion.
I love the planar bass that the P2 delivers when powered properly. There is nothing as clean as a properly implemented planar driver bass. P2 also produces powerful rumble in the Sub-bass region.
The BGVP DM8 has more upfront vocals when compared to P2.