Today, we review the Moondrop Blessing 3 Hybrid In-Ear Monitors. They are selling for $319 USD.
Disclaimer: HifiGO sent us the Moondrop Blessing 3 for this review. As always, I am here to share my honest experience with the product.
Moondrop is a company specializing in the research and development of a wide range of audio equipment. The company has been in the industry since 2014, but the Moondrop brand was officially established in 2015. In the early years, the Moondrop team focused solely on earbud design, but later added a variety of other hardware, including DACs and AMPs, to its now quite vast product range.
Moondrop Blessing 3 Hybrid In-Ear Monitors
Today, we are looking at the Moondrop Blessing 3, Moondrop’s latest addition and the successor to the highly-praised Blessing2. The Blessing 3, a hybrid IEM from Moondrop’s labs, represents an elegant fusion of dynamic drivers and balanced armature drivers, marrying the robust bass response of the former with the precision of the latter.
Moondrop’s Blessing 3 is the newest member of the Blessing series. Designed with a unique six-driver hybrid configuration, it houses two dynamic and four balanced armature drivers per side. Adopting the innovative Horizontally Opposed Dynamic Driver Unit System (H.O.D.D.D.U.S) design, the dynamic drivers are horizontally aligned, improving the sound quality. Blessing series’ characteristic physical crossover is retained, enhanced by a skillfully designed 3D-printed acoustic cavity structure and the latest electronic crossover technology. This elaborate setup delivers impressively low distortion and a cleaner output than the Blessing2, as per Moondrop’s claim. The Blessing 3 retails for $319 USD from HifiGO.
At Headfonia, we’ve had the opportunity to review a variety of Moondrop products in the past. You can find those articles here.
Packaging & Accessories
The Blessing 3’s packaging immediately announces its Moondrop origins, with its unique design signature. The Blessing 3 is presented in a box that encapsulates Moondrop’s minimalist aesthetics, accented by its signature waifu anime artwork on the exterior.
As you slide off the outer sleeve, adorned with playful polka dot typography and Moondrop’s iconic waifu artwork, you’ll find a more refined and elegant inner box, bearing typography reminiscent of the Nothing company. Mirroring the polka dot design from the outer sleeve, the inner box opts for a monochrome-ish scheme accented with a silvery font. The box extends into two separate compartments when the lid is lifted. A slim compartment nestled within the lid carries the product manual, a quality assurance card, and a traditional Moondrop waifu postcard. The main compartment houses the earphones, cradled in foam padding, with the mirror-finish faceplates shielded by a clear protective film. Just next to this foam cradle, a stylish carrying case featuring a honeycombed retro design welcomes you.
In terms of accessories, the Blessing 3 includes a silver-plated copper 2-pin cable, an airplane adapter, and a selection of six pairs of wide-bore silicone ear tips. The entire unpacking experience of the Blessing 3 feels luxurious, a pleasant surprise considering its price point.
Design, Build Quality & Fit
Moondrop’s Blessing 3 is a feast for the eyes, combining technical sophistication and aesthetic appeal. The transparent resin shell reveals the complex inner design of the device, highlighting the technicalities of the IEMs. The transparent shell is adorned with a sleek, CNC-cut, and mirror-polished faceplate that radiates elegance with its angular design. Despite being fingerprint-prone, the faceplates are undeniably stunning, shimmering under light sources like polished diamonds.
Moondrop maintains its standard of excellent build quality with the Blessing 3. The brand’s collaboration with HeyGears, a 3D printing lab renowned for its high-quality works, results in an acrylic resin build with precise engineering that assures longevity and durability. Every component, from the shell to the 2-pin housing, feels durable and equipped to handle the misfortunes of everyday use. The detachable 2-pin cable, with its robust silver wires and matching plugs, complements the overall aesthetic appeal while ensuring sturdiness. The Blessing 3 also features a 3-sound-bore nozzle design that allows each frequency range to reach the eardrum independently.
As for fit and comfort, the Blessing 3 is meticulously designed and shaped for the human ear, utilizing Moondrop lab’s excellent know-how. The unique shape, tailored to the ear’s anatomy while accommodating a huge dual dynamic driver 3D-printed acoustic chamber, manages to offer a snug and comfortable fit. The IEMs sit flush in my ear, providing excellent passive noise isolation and causing no discomfort even after long listening sessions. I have pretty large ear canals and a large cavum area, so if you have small ears, I’d advise auditioning it before pulling the trigger. The shell size is not extravagantly big, but it is not a small earphone either.
As a reviewer, the Blessing 3 has truly impressed me with its excellent build quality and striking aesthetics. Throughout my testing period, the earphones continually drew attention and inquiries from those around me – a true testament to their standout aesthetics. The aluminum, mirror-polished faceplates transform these monitors into exquisite, angular works of art, although they do occasionally attract fingerprint smears. However, I discovered a neat solution for those who prefer their gear spotless: by applying a nano/hydrophobic metal coating to the faceplates, the fingerprint issue was significantly reduced. So, if you’re meticulous about keeping your gear pristine like I am, rest assured that there’s a solution at hand.
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Page 1: Moondrop, The Blessing 3, Packaging & Accessories, Design, Build & Fit
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