Review by: Paolo Tellano
Source/choice of tips/cables:
Fiio X7ii (Fidelizer mod, AM3)
JVC Spiral Dots
FLACs and Spotify
SPC Cable by Bright Joves and Penon 8-core copper cable
“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.”
The last item we reviewed from BGVP is the DMG. I labelled those the “Budget King” and I still standby that. However, the DM6 is the brand’s flagship. There is a lot of talk around this IEM. I believe, however, that people should audition these before deciding to purchase it. If you don’t have that option, read on closely.
Esentially, the packaging of the DM6 is the same at the DMG. They decided to have a plethora of tips in different sachets/ziplocks again. BGVP balances that premium packaging while keeping things simple. The main difference is the cable. The DMG sported an SPC cable that is rather supple and more comfortable.The DM6, on the other hand, came with a thick 8 core cable. Here’s the catch, BGVP decided to randomly give out either a SPC cable or a hybrid one. I didn’t like this feature as it affected the sound of the DM6. This eliminated consistency in this rather great product. I didn’t use the hybrid cable that came with it. I will discuss the cable matter more later on.
The DM6 fit well. It’s not the best fitting IEM that I’ve tried, that’s for sure. It protrudes a little bit even if I use the deepest of tips. However, this is just a nitpick. It doesn’t loosen up even if I use these for hours, this is the case even if I am walking around.
I tried to keep the almost irrelevant sections short. This is because the sound would be the most elaborate. A lot of people bought the DM6 because of two things (i.e. it looks stunning and it sounds great). However, my worry is that the others would be drawn so much because of the former and forget the latter altogether. Note that I used my Fiio X7ii to test these. The sound signature of that DAP is neutral to bright. I feel like a lot of people would really love these and a lot of people won’t like it at all. I’m predicting a lot of resell by next year, just because they bought into the hype.
Besides the delay in production, the criticism I’ve seen all over the net (and from the person whom I’ve bought it from) is that the DM6 sounds recessed in the mids and the treble peaked and dipped in awkward parts of the frequency. I thought the same when I used the stock hybrid cables with them. However, when I changed to my SPC cable the mids didn’t sound recessed anymore. The details and staged opened up. Just as almost all IEMs, the DM6 is tip-dependent. So I went with my usual JVC Spiral Dots.
The overall tonality of the DM6 is neutral with an extra extension and quantity in the sub bass. No, it isn’t punchy in the mid bass like the DMG. Except for that sub bass, there is no coloration or emphasis whatsoever in the rest of the frequencies. Thus, a lot of people will appreciate the straight up detail and accuracy it can deliver. However, others will just find it too bland. In my opinion, it’s an easy listen while not sacrificing the details.
Starting with the sub bass, it extends deep when the track calls for it. An example would be Eminem’s “Toy Soldiers” where the bass drum really gets low with the DM6. In my perception, it goes below chest level. I think this is what prevented the DM6 from sounding too analytical. Going to the mid bass, it isn’t punchy at all. I would say, the quantiy is just average. However, the decay isn’t the quickest of all. This helps the DM6 produce a natural mid bass. Check our Mikey Way’s bass in My Chemical Romance’s “I don’t love you” during the post-bridge breakdown.
The mids sound like the DMG’s mids. I know this isn’t the comparison section, but it really does. The mids are presented beautifully. It’s airy, detailed, and accurate. There is no bias between the lower and upper midrange. The only thing that differs between the DMG and DM6 in the mids is that the the latter is a tad bit better separated and articulated. Also, the DM6 positions female vocals a bit more forward. But this is negligible, that’s the reason why I stated that, generally, there is no bias in any part of the midrange. Guitar plucks in Ed Sheeran’s “Eraser”, pianos in Evanescence’s “My Immortal”, vocals of Mr. Armstrong of Green Day in “Minority” and Katy Perry’s luscious vox in “E.T.” all sound spectacular, well-bodied, and dynamic.
The highs extend really well while not sounding sibilant. No details are lost and nothing is overdone. I came from IEMs (Idun, T4, and T2 Pro) that have treble emphasis. So I would know if something is missing. The DM6 presented the highs beautifully. I never noticed any micro details missing. Resolution and clarity are superb in the DM6. Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” is my treble tester. All the details are there, beautifully rendered. Nothing was overdone.
Soundstage and Imaging
A lot of reviews say these have an enormous soundstage width-wise. While I would agree that it has a good stage, it isn’t colossal. It doesn’t sound like a coliseum nor does it sound like a concert hall. For me, it sounded like an adequately-spaced studio. The only time it sounded huge to me is when the recording deemed it to be. Example would be Queen’s live recordings. The imaging is outstanding, the instruments are depicted accurately whilst maintaining its own sound space. It manages to balance cohesiveness while being well separated. Listen to Coldplay’s “Fix You”. It doesn’t sound huge but you can tell apart the instruments.
These IEMs eerily sounds the same in some aspects. They have an almost identical midrange. The difference is in the bass emphasis. The DMG is more focused on the mid bass while the DM6 favors a sub bass extension. The details in the high frequencies are on par. The DM6 showcases less sibilance while also maintaining the DMG’s extension. Do note that the DMG’s I tested was with the treble filter. The DM6 edges the DMG only by a little in details and separation, those are OC nitpicks btw. Is the DM6 an upgrade? If you’re looking for a bit more detail, a deeper stage, and a more natural treble, yes it is an upgrade. But if those aren’t that important to you, you’re good with the DMG. In terms stage, sometimes I found the DMG to be a bit more wider. I don’t know if that’s track dependent. I am sure though that the DM6 is deeper.
The T4 and the DM6 extends well in the sub bass. Also, both have good texture in the mid bass but I’d say both of them aren’t punchy. Both the T4 and DM6 have clear and transparent mids. The T4, however, has more emphasis and coloration in the mids. Vocals are more forward in the T4. However, the DM6 is able to bring more body to male vocals while still delivering excellent female vocals. The T4 fails to do this for the male vocals, as it would sounds rather thin. In the treble, the T4 is more extension and more quantity. Both of them do not have any sibilance whatsoever. The T4 has a more coliseum-like stage, even with foams on. It’s wider and taller. The DM6 is as deep. Imaging are both great.
The DM6 will be a hit or miss because of a plethora of reasons (e.g. bad stock hybrid cable, delay in shipment, overhyped, over expectations, etc.) The biggest reason, however, would be the fact that people didn’t take time to audition the IEM. A lot of people who like their gear colored in certain frequencies would buy these thinking it would sound gorgeous, forgetting what sounds good to you might differ from what sounds good to me.
Thus, if you have time to audition please do. Don’t be like me who blind buys gear after gear because I see the thrill in that. That won’t be the case for the general population.
Therefore, if you like an IEM that has a neutral sound with a touch of extra sub bass the DM6 is for you. If you like details without coloration, this is a good IEM to consider. But if you like your mid bass bump, it’s advisable for you to look somewhere else. If you like bias over the midrange vis-a-vis other frequencies, you might want to look somewhere else as well. Lastly, if you’re a treble-head the quantity and natural-sounding roll-off in the higher registers won’t suit you. Again, you might want to look somewhere else. If you like your music as is with little to no coloration, the DM6 would be your bet. No details are lost but they aren’t overly emphasized as well. It’s unfortunate because a lot of people will end up reselling it. Well, the upside would be that people who like it (such as myself) can I buy it secondhand for cheap. I’m actually thinking of investing on another pair as my beaters.