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Moondrop Aria Review – Is the Revived Version Any Good?

Moondrop Aria

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Current testing methodology is v1.2

Release Date
March 31, 2021
Price
$79.99
Model:
YHL-GM-EJ015
Weight
10.2 oz
Size
6.46 x 4.13 x 2.44 in

There are lots of in-ear monitors available on the market today. It can be quite overwhelming to decide and buy one with so many brands and models to choose from.

If you’re looking for an affordable pair of in-ear monitors, then the Moondrop Aria IEMs may be a good option. 

The Moondrop Aria is a revival and a revamped version of a discontinued model with the same name. Let’s see how good they are.

Best Value

Moondrop Aria

An excellent product for such an accessible price point. A gateway drug to a delightful listening experience.

4.5/5
Price Range: $$
Brand: Moondrop
Moondrop Aria Retail Box

TL:DR;

The Moondrop Aria is a great value option for those looking for a similar sound quality that the Moondrop Starfields provide but for a slightly lower price.

With the Moondrop Arias, you get a warmer sound. Aside from sharing a neutral sound profile with the Starfields, it has more pronounced lows that make it more satisfying to listen to for most users.

For what it’s worth, the Arias are as good as they look and can be a good reason for you to use them as your daily driver.

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The Specs

  • Driver:  LCP liquid crystal diaphragm-10mm dynamic drivers
  • Pin Type:  0.78mm dual-pin
  • Cable Length:  120cm
  • Frequency:  5Hz-36000Hz
  • Impedance:  32Ω
  • Sensitivity:  122dB

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x MoonDrop Aria earphones
  • 1 x Canvas zip case
  • 6 x pair silicone ear tips
  • 1 x Detachable fabric braided cable
  • 1 x plastic tweezers
  • 6 x pair filters

Stuff I like

  • Warm sounding
  • Pronounced Bass
  • Great for casual listening
  • Great build quality

Stuff I like less

  • Stock ear tips aren’t a pretty good fit for some cases

Comparable products to consider

Blon BL03
Blon BL03

With some eq tweaks, the Blon BL03 is an excellent alternative for those with a tighter budget.

First Impressions

The Moondrop Aria IEMs come well-packed in sleek, matte black cardboard packaging with gold accents, which give off an elegant vibe.

It has an anime character on the front of the packaging, while the back has the specifications and some information about the product. 

The unboxing experience is very satisfying, and it gave me the same feeling of excitement that I felt when I was getting my first guitar.

The build quality of the Moondrop Aria is surprisingly better than the Moondrop Starfields, even though it’s slightly cheaper. 

These IEMs comprise a metal-injected chassis with a good weight and feel. They have a nice black finish with gold accents. Overall, I thought they look classy and simple.

Moondrop Aria Design
Aesthetic metal design | Moondrop

Sound Profile and Sound Quality

The profile of the Moondrop Aria is neutral sounding. 

It features more pronounced lows than the Starfields, which adds warmth to your mixes. The sound separation is excellent but not disjointed when listening to music.

This keeps the vocals and lead instruments clear while also keeping the presence in the low ranges of the mix.

Bass

The bass in the Moondrop Aria is quite tight and pronounced but not obnoxiously boosted. 

In my opinion, the presence of the lows is tuned just right for it to be enjoyable for casual listening and gaming sessions.

Mids

The Moondrop Aria’s midrange has a balanced note size, yet it’s warm from the bass. Despite its intrinsic neutrality, there’s enough forwardness and completeness to retain interest. 

It boasts good clarity, resolution, and detail retrieval in the middle.

Aria’s lower mids are slightly less apparent than the upper midrange zone. Meanwhile, the upper midrange is noticeable, but it’s not harsh to the ears.

Treble

The Aria’s upper midrange is rolled off slightly, but its substantial extension adds lightness and air to the sound. 

Plus like many of their contemporaries, these IEMs have a lower-treble accent,  peaking at 5kHz before beginning to fade off.

Moondrop Aria Cable
Comes with a replaceable cable | Moondrop

So this is another smoother and warmer treble tuning, but Aria still has a lot of air and openness in its sound.

Detail retrieval is robust, and while the treble isn’t the crispest or sparkling, it provides plenty of clarity and definition.

Conclusion

At its price point, the Moondrop Aria is a solid choice for those looking for entry-level in-ear monitors to get started on. 

It’s great for casual music listening and gaming, as its stereo imaging is crazily good for its price. It also fills in the gaps in some of the characteristics the Starfields lack, such as bass response.

More people would lean toward the sound of the Moondrop Arias as it is tuned in a way that most people enjoy. 

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The only problem I encountered with them is that the ear tips that came with the earphones were uncomfortable for me. For this, I’d suggest getting an aftermarket ear tip replacement if you can. 

Other than that, the Moondrop Aria is a keeper.

Have you tried these IEMs? Let us know in the comments about your experience with them.

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A man of many interests, Querho is passionate about discovering new things that stimulate the mind. When he is not writing about the things he is passionate about, Querho can be found making music at his home studio.

This post was last updated on 2022-12-11 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.


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