Moondrop Joker Review

Moondrop Joker review featured

In this article, I review the Moondrop Joker headphones. The Joker is a closed-back studio monitor with 50mm dynamic drivers and brass earcups. It’s priced at $79 (currently $68 during the 11.11 sale).

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

Moondrop Joker Review
Verdict
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Pros
Rugged, durable build
Neutral frequency response
Comfortable even for long listening sessions
Tight, controlled bass response
Cons
Not the most dynamic sound
Cable could be longer for a studio monitor
4
Our Score

Moondrop Joker

Specifications

Diaphragm: Partially Rigid Composite Diaphragm
Frequency Response Range: 15Hz-22kHz
Effective Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-20kHz( IEC60318-4,3dB)
Sensitivity: 106dB/Vrms(@1kHz)
Impedance: 68Ω±15%(@1kHz)
Cable Jack: 3.5mm
Plug: 3.5mm stereo jack plug

Mondrop Joker design

Design

The Joker headphones feature brass earcups that gradually develop a distinctive patina, adding a touch of style with prolonged use. While they maintain a lightweight profile, they exude a durable, rugged build that, at times, might feel somewhat economical. However, they feel quite rugged and durable.

Underneath the headband, fabric-covered foam supports prevent pressure buildup on the crown of your head, ensuring a consistently cool and comfortable experience. The earpads, boasting a mix of perforated protein leather and fabric, complemented by a gentle clamping force, offer extended comfort even during prolonged listening sessions.

The Joker’s cable is encased in a lightweight, flexible fabric sheath, allowing good handling. With its 3.5mm connectors, swapping cables becomes hassle-free and ensures wide compatibility with third-party alternatives.

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TheAK-Kid
TheAK-Kid
7 months ago

Would my HiBy R2 provide enough power for these to shine or not?

TheAK-Kid
TheAK-Kid
6 months ago
Reply to  David Becker

What would you say would be the minimum recommended (portable) amp for it?

TheAK-Kid
TheAK-Kid
6 months ago
Reply to  TheAK-Kid

Would something like a Moondrop Dawn Pro or a Qudelix 5K (or FiiO BTR5) work? Trying to save every penny I can…

TheAK-Kid
TheAK-Kid
6 months ago
Reply to  David Becker

I now have an actual, long needed, amplifier. Picked up an iFi uno at my local stereo store along with some Grado’s. My first true open-back… The store had multi-thousand dollar headphones (like Audeze LCDs, Focal Stella, Meze Elites), but the Grado’s were my favorite. The Gaming Mode on the uno plus the Grado’s equals perfection!

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