I thought I’d write a small review for the Moondrop x Crinacle Blessing 2 : Dusk which a lot of people don’t understand what they are exactly, to make everything clear I bought these with my own money from shenzhenaudio.com, pre-ordered them, and I’ve been using them for the past 2 weeks I’d say.
Packaging and extra:
The packaging is the same of the normal blessing 2, the only difference is the outer box where instead of some sort of festive anime girl there is crin-waifu [~~]
the box is fairly big where you can find 2 small boxes, one is a black cardboard box with the cable (6N OFC Litz cable) and ear tips (5 sets of small, small-medium, medium, medium-large and large tips) an Airline adapter, a “Fake leather” Carry Case and a small picture of the mascot with the frequency graph behind it.
I am not gonna talk about the accessories too much since they’re the same as the normal Blessing 2’s, the cable is a 2 pin 0,78 mm to 3.5 mm, it’s a usable cable flexible enough with a small moondrop branded Velcro organizer. The case is failry big you can easily fit 2 iems and their cables inside or an iem and a Fiio bt5 or Qudelix 5k in the mesh pouch.
the silicone tips feel cheap, I’m not gonna lie but there’s not much to do with standard silicone tips, I did swap them out for my foam tips and the AZLA SednaEarfit XELASTEC tips I got from Linsoul which feel so much better, and I’d recommend anyone who wants to get a good fit with their iems to grab a pair of either those or some spinfits.
Fit and Comfort:
Once again, when I did remove the included silicone tips and put my own they fit like a glove and I can not say that about many iems, I have tried a lot and few fit me and my friends as good as these do, yes the nozzle is big yes they are bigger than like the Blon bl05 or 03 but just putting tips which were a size smaller because the nozzle is a big longer they did fit amazingly, in general I wore these for close to 7 hours listening to music, movies, gaming without any issues at all. The passive noise isolation is fantastic, because of some vents for the dynamic driver without any music it’s not as good but with some light music it’s like active noise-cancelling. Using them on busses and cars it did a great job keeping the outside noise out. Furthermore, they do feel extremely light, sometimes I would even forget that they’re on with how light and nice fitting they are, nice ergonomic shape.
I know most people just care about the way these sound since that’s the main difference between the normal Blessing 2 and the Dusk. I’ll get the technical specifications out of the way first.
Unit configuration: 1DD + 4 BA Drivers – 10mm paper cone diaphragm coil (Bass), Softears D-MID-A (Midrange) & Knowles SWFK (Treble) Impedance – 22Ω @ 1kHz (± 15%) Sensitivity – 117dB / Vrms @ 1kHz Frequency response range: 9-37KHz THD: <1% @ 1KHz Channel Matching – ± 1dB @ 1kHz Connectors – 2-pin (0.78 mm) 3D printed shells made of imported medical resin [~~]
Now, generally the sound of the blessing 2: Dusk is very balanced, what I mean is that everything is not too emphasized.
Bass is very nice, stronger than the Vanilla Blessing 2’s which gives the iem a more fun signature in my opinion, it is a lot more versatile. What I mean by that is that the Vanilla Blessing 2 is a lot flatter in the Sub bass and bass area, they did sound a lot weaker with certain songs, well not anymore with the new re-tuned version they upped the whole low frequency area giving it a much stronger punch without it feeling overpowering. If you are looking for a bassy iem I’d recommend you to look elsewhere maybe the Ikko Oh10 or something like the Tri I3. The bass feels very balanced and not too punchy, mainly focused on the sub-bass presence and much less so mid-bass the texture feels nice and crispy and the extension is superb. Overall the bass feels very nice, not muddy or overdone it feels very well tuned if that makes sense, generally making these more fun than the Vanilla Blessing 2 listening to 1k Phew - We did it, Avidince - Wave and Bishop Nehru really shows the crispiness and extension of the Blessing 2: Dusk.
The midrange even though is pretty linear with a bit of a higher upper midrange emphasis from the Vanilla Blessing 2 at the 1k mark. Listening to Bjork - The modern and The chordettes - Mr. Sandman things the female vocals are very clear and with a very nice texture. The upper mids is where it shows the excellent resolution with its clarity and detail. Starting from the lower treble sounds really nice and clean not being sharp or overly harsh in any way with a slight peak at 6k, though up at 8k is where I’m a bit disappointed lacking the attack, and it’s more romanticized moving higher up it feels like the treble rolls off too early lacking a bit of finesse. Not saying that the treble is bad in any way the resolution is decent not harsh at all and very tonally pleasant. The soundstage is very nice for iems to be quite fair it’s big, was not expecting it to be so wide does not disappoint in any way! The imaging is very good, with very good positioning and fairly good depth. I don’t know what else to say. If you brush aside the nitpicks Moondrop and Crinacle nailed the Blessing 2: Dusk in my opinion!