Design & Build Quality
BGVP has been using 3D-Printing for years now, and each generation seems to perfect the previous one. Although, this time, the brand offers two drastically different builds for his DM8.
You can either get the DLP 3D Printed one, using EU IIA skin-friendly resin, – the one I got – or, you can order a wooden version, made of solid-stabilized wood, born through CNC carving. If I’m pretty curious about that one – BGVP states a mellower sound – I asked for the classic one, as this will be the most popular version, or so I may think.
The shell is moderately thick and if the DM8 doesn’t get a metallic nozzle, a little lid helps to avoid silicon tips slips. Again, acrylic remains my top choice in terms of comfort, and if not as nice as some high-tier models, the BGVP really holds its ground.
Obviously, if you want the most rugged version, get the wooden one. Nothing beats hardwood on the go, apart from aluminum-carved shells, and if you intend to have a rough use, this would be the sure choice.
The BGVP DM8 is built using 3D printers. If they don’t feel as supremely solid as the DMS, the acrylic seems thick enough to withstand rough daily uses. But, since it’s a pre-series, I’m not surprised to see some small defects, here and there: the serial number engraving is a bit crude, as was the MMCX port insert. Thankfully, even after a few days of use, I didn’t encounter any issues.
On the good side, the shell doesn’t exhibit any bubble, crack, or any major problem. Inner management is clean, and every driver fits nicely in the shell. Also, if you look up close, you’ll see how BGVP managed to hold all those drivers, directly into the shell thanks to some clever slots.
The cable is super nice and comes with 2.5mm/4.4mm/3.5mm plugs, so you’ll be ready for any type of source. Unless someone unleashes another crazy termination but, for now, we are pretty covered.
So far, I like it.
Bundle and Comfort
Inside the box
For its eighth generation, BGVP gave its DM8 a pretty nice bundle, with everything you might need for your daily use. In fact, you get:
- the BGVP DM8
- 1x 6N OCC Silver-Plated copper cable with 2.5mm termination
- 1x 3.5mm TRS adapter
- 1x 4.4mm Pentaconn adapter
- a very nice metallic box, to carry your IEM and your cables
- a full set of ear tips
It’s more consequent than I expected and, like Shanling or FiiO with their flagship, BGVP offers you every possible choice to interconnect your DM8 and an (un)balanced source. If you want, you can even use wireless modules like the UTWS1 or Fostex TWS kit, thanks to the MMCX socket.
No surprise here: the BGVP DM8 is extremely comfortable, at least as much as the previous DM7 and DM6.
The semi-custom shape, high-grade acrylic, long tips, and DLP 3D printing make for a superb experience. It’s a bit bigger than I expected, so if you have small ears, you better check if you’ll be able to wear them first hand.
The cable feels equally good, even if a bit thick, but the sheath doesn’t tangle nor transmit microphonics parasites and, that’s what really matters.
Isolation is quite good, all thanks to the acrylic case and semi-custom fit.
The BGVP DM8 fitted my ears right from the start, but as I said previously, they can be a bit obtrusive for small ears. Compared to the DM7, the difference is minimal, and both IEM will work as excellent noise-blockers on a daily commute.
I used them on the train and subway, and I never had to push the volume more than necessary. Just take some time to find the right tips for your use, for me, it was the regular medium one.
On that good note, let’s check the specs.
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