BGVP is a new Chinese IEM brand that started to gain much interest among fellow budget audiophiles. They do have flagship-level products but the majority of their products are focused on affordable, budget-friendly ones.
Even their name stands for ‘Budget Gears for Various Personalities’, so you already get what their motto is. I’ve been hearing good impressions about BGVP products all over the place – especially DM6 and DMG. Surely I’ve been interested in their products, though it was a mixed bag of feelings since I was also skeptical about their actual quality.
Lots of Chinese brands are flooding out nowadays and not all of them are precious gems. Anyhow, BGVP released the successor of their DMG, named DMS. Not only this is my first time reviewing a BGVP IEM, but this is also my first time trying their products. One fun fact about the BGVP brand is that they were previously known as ‘Sidy’ but later changed their branding to the current one. Let’s get into the review and see how BGVP did with their newest IEM, DMS.
The packaging feels mediocre – clean and simple. Accessories falls a bit behind, only including 9 pairs of silicone eartips and paperwork other than the earphone. Even the much cheaper Havi B3 Pro comes with a pouch at least. It’s odd that they haven’t included any storage case or pouch with these.
BGVP included DMS with a typical 3.5mm SPC cable. Nothing particularly stands out, but not bad in quality either. Well, but I’d still recommend pairing these with a decent custom cable if you’re looking to bring out more potentials from the sound. The stock cable feels very soft and barely produces any microphonics.
DMS comes in either black/silver/blue color and the entire housing is made of CNC aluminum alloy. It gives a very solid and sturdy touch in the hands with a nice finish. It does look identical with those screw-type nozzles on either IMR R1 or Advanced GT3, though this one isn’t actually. Don’t even try unless you’re ready for a disaster. The earpieces are worn over-ear and provide a very comfy fit. The grills on the faceplate serve as a vent and the cable connections are terminated in MMCX.
DMS has a rather uncommon driver configuration, packed with 4-Way 6BA+1DD on each sides. Two Knowles 31936 BAs for the highs, two 60318 dual BAs for the low-mids, and the wide 10mm DD covering all frequency range.
Very interesting to see BGVP decided to set the dynamic driver as full-range. I suppose this is a similar approach as Rhapsodio Zombie MK8. BGVP explains that setting the DD as full-range provides organic treble, sweeter vocals, and deeper/denser bass. In short, this large dynamic driver is there to manage and complement the overall sound.
Sound Impressions: Lows / Overall sound signature
DMS aims for a W-shaped signature with uplifted bass. The groovy bass thoroughly reveals the deep, dark sound ray without overdoing it. It provides a generous amount of bass quantity with good thickness but doesn’t feel too muddy or bloated either. The sub-bass quantity is just a little higher than typical slight v-shape IEMs (not strong V-shaped, I mean slightly v-shaped ones).
Along with that, DMS focuses a bit more on the ultra-lows than the sub-bass, making the bass presentation very clear and thick in details while keeping the atmosphere clean and neat.
Sound Impressions: Mids
It can’t be easy to fuse 6 BA drivers into a full-range dynamic driver. As someone who wasn’t putting big expectations on BGVP, I was expecting the mids to feel rather unnatural and unstable, but a complete miss on my side.
Mids feel smooth and natural while leaving some crispy textures on the end, letting me enjoy the crunchy bits of musical details. These crunchy bits resolve the superdense, mellow vocals from getting all stuffy and boring. I couldn’t find any unnatural parts, spikes, or sibilance throughout the mid-range. The vocals are on the thicker side and work well with both male/female vocals, but DMS does a better job on presenting powerful, large sounding vocals rather than flat and thin sounding ones.
Sound Impressions: Highs / etc.
While lows and mids had more of a DD-based atmosphere, though highs present more BA-based atmosphere – those typical dense, snappy, nimble characteristics. Treble quantity is relatively lesser than the mids but stands in a similar position. Highs won’t stick out much from the overall sound, however they are always clearly presented and manages to catch all the small details. It shows a dimmed brightness and focuses more on revealing the upper-frequency details without getting the ears fatigued.
Staging is quite impressively large, spreading out well towards all directions (L/R/U/D). It also does a good job forming the front/back layering with a relaxed, natural headroom. Separations are moderately highlighted, but only to the point where it won’t break the harmony.
Not going to lie, I’m surprised for what BGVP can offer. I’ve seen this brand getting hyped all over the communities getting praised which gave me doubts, though I can see that they aren’t just for the money and gimmicks but for good quality audio products. If you’re searching for a comfortable, wide sounding IEM with good clarity, DMS would be an affordable choice for you to grab. It’s also time for me to keep my eyes on this brand and see how they would do with their future products.
Thanks to BGVP for providing the DMS in exchange for an honest impression/feedback.
I am not affiliated with BGVP and none of my words were modded or asked to be changed.