Since its release, the Moondrop Blessing 2 has been a great option for mid-budget IEMs. It has been quite the favorite amongst some audiophiles, with updates like the Dusk version keeping things fresh. Now we finally have the next generation of the Blessing line with the Blessing 3. Does it live up to the status of the former iteration?
What You Get
- [BLESSING3] earphone * 1
- 3.5mm silver-plated earphone cable * 1
- Storage bag * 1
- Aviation adapter * 1
- Silicon ear tips * 3 pairs (S, M, L)
- QC Certificate * 1
- Manual * 1
Look & Feel
The Blessing 3 follows a similar structure to the Blessing 2 in its body, but the faceplate is the main difference. It’s stainless steel with new ridges and a mirror finish. With its ergonomically composed ear cavity, the Blessing 3 has as much aesthetic flourish as its predecessor. It’s still a rather large housing, but I think the shape of the housing fits pretty comfortably. I had no issue wearing these IEMs for a few hours, and I didn’t feel my concha stretch out from the size of the shell.
There are a lot of interesting components inside the Blessing 3. It combines dual dynamic drivers with four balanced armatures. The 10mm dynamic units contain modules that are horizontally opposed, ensuring the highest amount of dynamic range possible. They’ve even come up with a name for this design called H.O.D.D.D.U.S. (Horizontally Opposed Dual Dynamic Drivers Unit System). With this system, band-pass filters control the separation of frequency information, with dampening and acoustic adjustment. All of these components are 3D-printed.
With the soundstage of the Blessing 3, you get an immediate wow factor. It comes right out of the gate with its first major enhancement. I like the soundstage of the Blessing 2 just fine, but the Blessing 3 just appears larger in comparison. You get a similar amount of width, but the tallness of the instruments and vocals is a lot more impressive. There’s almost a more theatrical quality to how everything is spaced out through the Blessing 3. Different elements appear right out in front of you and still communicate a fine level of depth to balance everything out. Spatial imaging adheres to traditional stereo patterns, but it also has the ability to expand into a bubble for more dimensional qualities. The separation isn’t as magnified on the Blessing 3, but each performance is given its space to move around in. It doesn’t inform much distance between the sounds, but its layers stack on top of each other articulately.
If you thought there was any bass missing from the Blessing 2, then the Blessing 3 more than compensates for it. What It gives you is a more impactful bass on a grander scale. The low frequencies have significant energy to them, showcasing a gripping tone that resonates from your jawline and shakes up your tracks with considerable vibration. There is a lot of drive to these frequencies, and have bountiful gain to them as well. Even with its emphasized response, the lows never overshadow any area of the sound signature. They dynamically envelop a specific area of the spectrum, accurately portraying the performance while balancing out mid-bass, and sub-bass texture.
Nothing really pops in the midrange as the bass does, but many elements still show natural characteristics and clarity. These frequencies don’t feature a significant jump in terms of amplitude or finesse, but they make the instruments appear clean. This neutral timbre is still expressive with its transparency, but realism is the driving factor for most of the response. They sit mostly on a flat plain of sound, with sound elements sticking to a surface-level area. No additional room is added, so localization isn’t as highlighted here.
The treble here hosts a wide amount of frequency information. It exercises fullness, communicating a fine level of detail that makes sure the highs get their time of day. This can result in a variety of different tastes. Some vocals can appear a little peaky but never enter into a harsh or piercing tone. It doesn’t shy away from anything but knows exactly where to control the extension of the treble. At its best, the Blessing 3 can offer some great sparkle, along with some enjoyable ringing qualities as long as you’re not too sensitive to it.
I think this is the big upgrade people were hoping for with the Blessing 3. The soundstage, bass, and highs frequencies have all been significantly improved, while the midrange doesn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken in the first place. This new iteration of an audiophile favorite comes at a great price too, making it a no-brainer for those who have yet to experience this series.
The Moondrop Blessing 3 is available at Audio46.