Review by: Paolo Tellano (https://www.facebook.com/paolo.tellano)
External DAC – ES100
Source – OnePlus 3T, LG V20, and a laptop
Output – All of it were used with a 2.55mm balanced out for the ES100 and unbalanced for the LG V20/laptop.
JVC Spiral Dot tips
FLACs and Spotify Premium
“Everything stems from the pursuit of pure sound quality. Every time BGVP works, not only to satisfy the hearing, it is born for your trust, pleasure and taste. We believe that headphones are not only a product, but also a spirit. A belief is that this spirit and belief endows BGVP with a higher pursuit and ideal.”
I know nothing about the company that is BGVP. Before the DMG and the DM6, the only IEMs I heard from them was the DM5 and the DS1.
I am not paid a single cent. Although I would admit that free stuff is nice, I review items according to how I perceive them. The DMG is pretty hyped but I believe that it isn’t being appreciated for its true qualities. A lot of the people in audio groups and forums (that includes Head-Fi) just say it’s a great warm sounding IEM. This is indeed true but the DMG is much more than that. Before all that, let’s just breeze through the boring parts. Although I don’t believe in burn in, I did give it 30 hours at least.
The company did well with the packaging. It comes in a tan box filled with accessories. It’s kind of funny that they just didn’t put the tips in 1 sachet/zip lock, they had to put it in different ones. It comes with a shirt clip and the cable is sturdy and light. The texture is rather supple so it won’t irritate the user during long listening hours.
Note: Copper cable isn’t included in the package, just the SPC.
The DMG comes with three filters. The one out of the box, which is already inserted into the IEM, is the balanced filter. The gold one is the bass filter. Lastly, the silver is the treble filter. This is a nice touch by the company because it can let users shuffle through it to fit their preference. The gold filters gave an extra bass boost. It’s perfect for those who want to turn these into a near basshead IEM. That mid bass gets really punch, whilst adding a bit more of a sub bass. The balanced filter helps users prevent the sound from extending a bit in the sub bass and treble. The silver filter released more of the details in the treble. I noticed that the mids aren’t really affected in the shuffling of the filters. Only different presentations for both the bass and treble. I strongly suggest going with the silver filter because that shows the DMGs true potential. Also, that’s what I used in this review.
The DMG has a seamless fit. There are IEMs where it is a great fit but it feels too tight. This isn’t the case for the DMG. It feels light, the tightness is just right, and it’s an easy wear. For people who love to listen to music on-the-go, this will be a good choice.
Okay, the reason why you’re here is because of this section. Next time you come around just press control+F and enter “sound” to save you a minute or two. Don’t feel bad about your two minutes though because the DMG sounds stellar, especially at this price range.
It is a warm IEM out of the box. That is when you use the stock tips and utilize either the balanced or gold filters. That’s fine if you intended to buy the DMG to give you a thump-heavy experience. However, if you wish to unleash the DMGs full potential you’d do it differently. It is key that you replace the filter with the silver one (treble filter). Also, I would advise using wide bore tips to mitigate the impact that the mid bass creates.
The DMG presents a sub bass that is rather adequate. This control in the sub bass region probably contributes to its clarity despite the very noticeable mid bass bump. Not to say that it doesn’t have good extension, it does but it doesn’t go that deep. The deepest it got for me was just in the upper chest region. That’s a good sign for me. Usually an IEM with a lot of sub bass quantity usually darkens the sound signature, which some like. I personally abhor that. So this is a good sign.
As I have mentioned, there is a mid bass bump. This specific aspect makes the BGVP DMG fun to listen to. It saves these IEMs from sounding too clinically accurate, which is a perfect balance to be honest. In a marketing standpoint, BGVP hit it right out of the park with the mid bass implementation. They delivered on a well detailed IEM while still appealing to the huge chunk of the population that likes their mid bass boom and thump. As I have mentioned earlier, when you use the treble filters and wide bore tips it would make the BGVP unleash its full potential. One reason I said that is it helps calm the mid bass while still retaining a bit of an emphasis. Also, it is snappy so even if there is an emphasis in this area it doesn’t get muddy.
This is my favorite part of this IEM. Let it be known that this IEM is not mid-centric. I have reservations for recessed mids. So I got totally frightened when people said these have thin and recessed mids. That is the reason why actual listening is important in this hobby. This IEM does not have recessed mids.
The mids are presented accurately. The separation has technical accuracy (i.e. it is spacious) but it doesn’t sound loose at all. Vocals are presented beautifully. Both male and female vocals have body. No bias over the lower and upper midrange. Just straight up details with enough body. For people who listen to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, this IEM made every track (esp. the mids on every song) sound excellent. Guitar plucks are beautifully rendered.
Side note, mids aren’t recessed just because they aren’t forward. They’re probably on the neutral side or the positioning isn’t as forward as some mid-centric IEMs. The DMGs DOES NOT have recessed mids.
It is slightly airy but the details are palpable with proper spacing. It is extended but it is not piercing. So there isn’t any sibilance in this area even though you won’t lose any details from the highs when the track originally placed it there.
Soundstage and imaging
Despite the mid bass bump, the DMG is not muddy at all. No congestion whatsoever. It has great width and the instrument placement is excellent. It has great lateral presentation but it isn’t immersive. So the height and depth are just average. Realistic if you ask me.
I posted this on the Facebook group called HEEP. I compared the Kinera Idun and the Toneking T4, so here’s my take…
I feel like they work for different listeners. I have consulted a few people prior to giving these impressions. A lot of them said that the Idun was inferior to both. If you’re looking for an all-rounder, that might be the case. However, I disagree if you listen to acoustic-heavy music (e.g. Leanne&Naara). The Idun would be the better IEM if you listen to that type of music. I somehow find the inaccurate presentation of the Idun to benefit it with its lateral presentation.
I would be objective though and say that the DMG and the Toneking T4 would be better for people who listen to multiple genres. The midbass bump prevented the BGVP DMG from being too accurate and boring. I disagree with the person on head fi who called the T4s the “Reference Tuned, Mid-fi, Chi-fi King”, because if you use the treble filter on the DMG, use widebore tips, and set the EQ to flat, the DMG sounds more balanced and natural than it.
However, for people who would look for “an experience” of immersion and great details you ought to choose the T4. They sound really fun and holographic. I wouldn’t call it reference though, there is a bit of coloration on both the mids and treble.
Isn’t it obvious that I like this IEM? This is the case even though I currently have the Idun and the Toneking T4. I remember the sound signatures of the QDC Neptune and Magaosi K5 as well. I’d still take the DMG over those. The DMG is saved from sounding too accurate and boring because of the mid bass emphasis. An adequate sub bass extension, a punchy (albeit snappy) mid bass, mids that are very detailed, and a treble that extends well whilst not sounding too sibilant. What then do you have? An IEM that kills in its price range, that’s what you have.