BGVP DMA Review

BGVP DMA review featured

In this article, I’m reviewing the BGVP DMA IEMs. The DMA is a penta driver (1DD+2BA+2BCD) hybrid IEM. It’s priced at $299.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by BGVP for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own, based on my experience with the product.

BGVP DMA Review
Verdict
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Pros
Expansive soundstage
Dynamic and detailed sound
Good instrument separation and imaging
High-quality modular cable
Plenty of accessories
Easy to drive
Cons
Somewhat generic-looking faceplates
Not the most forgiving on poor recordings
4.6
Our Score
WHERE TO BUY

BGVP DMA

Specifications

Drivers: 1 dynamic driver, 2 balanced armature drivers and 2 bone conduction drivers
Impedance: 17Ω
Sensitivity: ≥106dB
Cable: MMCX OCC SPC
Price: $299

In the Box
  • BGVP DMA IEMs
  • Detachable MMCX silver-plated copper cable
  • Carrying case
  • 3.5mm and 4.4mm terminations
  • 1x pair of foam eartips
  • 3x pairs of ‘bass’ silicone eartips
  • 3x pairs of ‘vocal’ silicone eartips

Design

DMA’s shells, crafted in partnership with “Heygears Technology,” share their manufacturing lineage with brands like Truthear. Made of clear resin, these shells offer a clear peek into what’s inside.

The aluminium faceplates come in two colours: Dianthus Silver and Dark Blue. There are three sound tubes leading to the nozzles, protected by a metal mesh cover.

DMA takes a different approach with its drivers: a nickel-plated dynamic driver for bass, a Sonion 2300 series BA for mid-highs, a Knowles RAD series BA for ultra-highs, and two Sonion bone conduction drivers to support lower mids.

Surprisingly, despite packing in all these drivers, DMA’s IEMs remain quite compact and comfortable. Wearing them for hours is no trouble at all, thanks to their optimized design.

BGVP DMA stock modular cable

The stock cable is a 6N OCC SPC MMCX braided type. All of the components including the chin slider are matching polished aluminium. The colour-coded rings on the MMCX connector housing are a nice touch. Moreover, the cable has a modular termination and comes with both 3.5mm and 4.4mm plugs.

BGVP DMA with iBasso DX120 DAP

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the Audalytic AH90, xDuoo XD05 Bal2 and HiBy Digital M300. DMA is surprisingly efficient and doesn’t need a lot of power to perform well. However, due to its resolving nature, it scales quite well with different sources.

DMA distinguishes itself with a warm, natural tuning that diverges from its counterparts by dialling back the emphasis on the upper midrange. Instead, its clarity emerges from a dual lift in the lower and upper treble. Simultaneously, it enriches the bass and lower mids. This unique approach results in a sound profile that retains an overall warmth despite its ample treble energy, offering a balanced yet vibrant sound signature.

It’s also worth remembering that there are bone conduction drivers present and to be honest, I don’t know if BCDs show up in the measurements. Be that as it may (as it should always be), take the graph below with a grain of salt—the best way to judge an IEM or headphones is with your ears!

BGVP DMA frequency response graph
Bass

The DMA’s bass delivers an amplified yet finely controlled experience, elevating the enjoyment with its lively presence. It balances heightened quantity and precision, offering a textured and physically engaging performance. This boosted bass imparts a warm undertone that seamlessly extends into the lower mids, enhancing the overall richness and body of the sound.

Midrange

In the realm of the midrange, the DMA shines with clarity and an expansive quality. Instruments and vocals benefit from the bass, acquiring robustness without undermining their inherent clarity and articulation. The spaciousness of the midrange is notable, contributing to above-average instrument separation and an open soundstage. Vocals, in particular, exhibit a nuanced and emotive quality, boasting full-bodied richness while maintaining a natural, uncoloured resonance.

DMA IEMs with DAP
Treble

Moving to the treble, the DMA showcases crispness and intricate detailing. Its presentation avoids harshness or brittleness, ensuring a non-fatiguing presentation. However, owing to the 5kHz peak, it’s not the most forgiving in poorly recorded or mastered tracks. Despite this, the treble remains intricate and detailed, with good extension, providing a clear and vibrant top end without compromising the overall tonal balance.

Soundstage & Technicalities

DMA’s soundstage is broader than most–it stretches beyond the headspace, producing sounds from far to the left and right. The stage depth is impressive too and DMA creates a large soundstage for your music to materialize. It doesn’t compromise on density, so instrument separation and imaging are also strong points. This IEM scores highly in technicalities for something in its price range.

Comparison

Moondrop Blessing 3
DMA vs Blessing 3

The Moondrop Blessing 3 (review here) has a 2DD+4BA configuration. It’s harder to drive and requires a beefier source to perform optimally.

B3’s bass doesn’t hit as hard as the DMA in both sub-bass and mid-bass frequencies, nor is it as detailed. B3’s vocal placement is more forward whereas DMA is more V-shaped. In terms of resolution and instrument separation, B3 is slightly behind.

The treble is more laid-back on the Moondrop, resulting in less detail retrieval but it’s more forgiving on poorly recorded tracks. B3’s soundstage isn’t as wide due to its intimate vocal presentation but has similar stage depth.

I like both of these IEMs and would honestly have a hard time if I had to choose one over the other. Blessing 3 is excellent (with a decent source) with its forward mids and cohesiveness while DMA is dynamic and exciting with great detail retrieval.

View of DMA internals

Verdict

Overall, I’m impressed with the BGVP DMA. It has a cohesive, full-bodied yet clear and detailed sound with a wide soundstage. Moreover, it comes with a high-quality modular cable and a generous amount of accessories.

Whether or not the bone conduction drivers are actually doing anything I can’t say without dismantling and subsequently destroying the IEMs. But I can tell you that DMA sounds fantastic and gets my recommendation.

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