Moondrop Starfield 2 Review

Moondrop Starfield 2 review featured

In this article, I’m testing the Moondrop Starfield 2 IEM. As the name would suggest, Starfield 2 is the second iteration of one of Moondrop’s early success stories, the original Moondrop Starfield. Starfield 2 features a 10mm Lithium-Magnesium alloy dynamic driver and an iridescent blue finish. It’s priced at $109.

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 Starfield 2 Review
Verdict
While it boasts some improvements over its predecessor, the Moondrop Starfield 2 sounds somewhat pedestrian.
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Pros
Clarity and instrument separation
Upfront vocals
Stunning design
Good stock cable
Cons
Upper midrange can be fatiguing
Bass depth
Lacks character
4
Our Score

Moondrop Starfield 2

Table of Contents
Specifications

Driver: 10mm Lithium-Magnesium alloy dynamic driver
Sensitivity: 122dB
Impedance: 15Ω
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz

In the Box
  • Starfield 2 * 1
  • Earphone Cables * 1
  • Storage Case * 1
  • Silicone Eartips * 3 pairs (S/M/L)
  • User Manual * 1
  • Product Card * 1
Moondrop Starfield 2 design

Design

Naturally, Starfield 2’s design is a major draw for this IEM. The iridescent dark blue paint with gold highlights looks even more stunning than the original model did. Moreover, the gold components on the updated cable create a striking contrast with the deep blue on the shells.

Before delving deeper, let’s address a significant concern: chipping paint. The original Starfield had a reputation for paint chipping, which disappointed many users. Despite skepticism from some, I was optimistic that Moondrop would resolve this issue in the new model. To confirm, I extensively tested the IEM, using it longer than usual for my review.

Starfield 2 nozzles and 2-pin sockets

Intentionally subjecting the IEMs to rough treatment, I ignored the included carrying case, opting to keep them in my pockets and handling them carelessly in general. The result? They endured the abuse without any visible damage. It’s safe to say that, in my experience, the Starfield 2’s paint is far more resilient and doesn’t chip.

Moondrop has installed replaceable acoustic filters on the end of the nozzles which can be quickly and easily replaced in the event of blockage or damage. Furthermore, you can seal the vents at the base of the nozzles with included rubber plugs to increase the bass response (but significantly increase in-ear pressure build-up).

Moondrop Starfield 2 stock cable

The included 0.78mm 2-pin silver-plated copper cable has a dark blue sheath and gold components to complement the colourway of the IEMs and it looks fantastic. Moreover, the cable handles well and doesn’t have any significant microphonics.

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the HiByDigital M300, Shanling UP4 2022 and iFi Uno. Starfield 2 is an efficient IEM, therefore, it doesn’t require a powerful source.

In terms of sound signature, Starfield 2 maintains a semblance of its predecessor’s characteristics but has undergone modifications aimed at addressing criticisms levelled against the original model. Those criticisms were mostly centred around bass definition and soundstage, both of which have seen enhancements in this iteration. However, these improvements come with a nuanced adjustment to the overall sound character.

Moondorp Starfield 2 frequency response graph
Bass

The bass speed and agility have been improved with Starfield 2, compared to the thicker, less-defined lows of the original Starfield. The mid-bass is punchy and has sufficient slam and the sub-bass can deliver some rumble. However, to my ears, the bass lacks physicality and depth and occasionally feels like it runs out of steam. At times it isn’t quite powerful enough to counter the elevated upper mids.

Midrange

The lower mids are warm and have ample richness and body. As we move up the scale, the upper midrange can get somewhat aggressive at times, which some might find fatiguing. On the upside, Starfield 2’s mids boast good clarity, articulation and swift transients, albeit with a tradeoff of occasional shoutiness.

Treble

The treble in Starfield 2 exhibits heightened energy compared to its predecessor, yet it maintains a relatively uniform roll-off without encountering any sharp peaks or muted recesses. While possessing a crisp quality, it lacks sparkle, a compromise made to accommodate the prominence of the upper midrange.

Soundstage & Technicalities

Starfield 2 presents a spacious soundstage, offering ample dimensionality. Enhanced by its updated driver, it has good instrument separation, thereby promoting precise imaging and accurate placement of instruments and vocals. Detail retrieval is plentiful, contributing to a level of resolution that is characterized by clarity and definition.

Starfield 2 with box

Verdict

In conclusion, the Moondrop Starfield 2 is a solid IEM with a stunning design and high-quality stock cable. While it shows some improvements over its predecessor, most notably in technicalities and nimbleness, it might have sacrificed some of its distinctive character in the process. I think that the audio quality is somewhat pedestrian at this price point but when you consider the overall bundle, it’s a reasonably priced IEM.

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