In today’s review, I’m checking out the BGVP EST8; a $749 USD Universal IEM from BGVP with electrostatic high frequency drivers.
Disclaimer: The BGVP EST8 was provided by Begin Audio for this review. The IEM doesn’t have to be returned. The review reflects my sincere opinions as always. The sound impressions were taken with vocal tips and the source is the Dethonray DTR1.
Based in Guangdong, China. BGVP is an IEM maker providing a whole range of earphones at affordable prices. It became more and more popular these past months. We had the chance to review all of their latest products, and Nano is a BGVP master in that regard. Those products are such as: DMG, DM6, DM7 and the DMS. The latest BGVP review on Headfonia was their new TWS offering; the Q2 TWS.
So they’ve been in the market for quite a while as a Chi-Fi company. They release new models quite fast, as typical for that kind of a brand, but this is the first model that includes electrostatic (EST from now on) drivers for treble.
The BGVP “ArtMagic” EST8 is a hybrid IEM that combines Balanced Armature and EST drivers together. The configuration is 6BAs + 2 EST drivers for treble. Right after this model, BGVP released another IEM as “EST12” with even more BA drivers inside. We don’t have that model in our possession but it surely is intriguing.
There’s also another highlight for the EST8; the tuning switches. You can tune this IEM to your liking by using three switches on the back side. This allows multiple presentations in the same IEM and I will reflect how each setting sounds in the sound section.
Desing & Build Quality
The EST8 has a plain and simple design language in its shells. My sample is a full transparent one which doesn’t have any additional style other than the company logos. There is a blue version but I think that costs a little extra to get. So overall there’s not much to talk about the design.
Build quality is quite good and the shell feels extremely smooth. The craftsmanship is also impressive with very tidy internals & cables. Since the shells are %100 transparent, you can see the whole body of work inside. The only problem I can see is the 2-pin socket quality. There are some very apparent glue residues which can be a bit irritating if you’re a perfectionist. That only occurs when you look at the shell very closely. Otherwise, it’s not that much of a problem if you’re not a nitpicker.
The cable is soft and smooth which looks like a classic chi-fi cable. The split part is good and I liked the chin slider, as well as the 2-pin connectors. Build-wise I don’t see a problem with the cable, but it could’ve been a flashier cable for sure, especially for a full transparent design. In this state it’s not a good looking combination to me.
The fit overall is good but I expected a better fit to be honest. The inside area of the shell is particularly fat which denies a semi-custom like fit. I can see some room for improvement on that aspect, as there is some visible space inside. Other than that, the seal is good with proper tips for your ears.
BGVP supplies 2 different types of tips for bass and vocal, like FiiO does with their latest offerings. You also have foam tips in addition. Moreover, there are some standard silicone tips supplied when you open the carrying case. But those are not very high quality. I personally went for the vocal tips which are very soft and comfortable in my ears. The standard silicone tips however caused discomfort.
The box is unimpressive to be honest, as it looks like a $200 package. When you consider the actual price, this is not a good sign. Furthermore, I didn’t like the carrying case either, which is a small one for this type of a thick cable. The positive thing in the box is the little envelope however, which stores the necessary information regarding the tuning switches.
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