We got our hands on one of BGVP‘s latest IEM, BGVP Zero and now BGVP Zero Review. Black painted metal chassis from top to bottom, a Micro Electrostatic and a Carbon Nanotube Dynamic Driver, and have durable cable for its price. Kudos to BGVP for sending this review unit. I presume this unit will be outstanding like other BGVP IEMs.
Box, Unboxing, Build Quality, Cable
Box is white, aesthetic and little bit informative. Also we can see there’s lately adopted box design by BGVP. In the box, there’s a zippered carrying case with Inlaid-like elegant inner cloth, and inside of it there are accesories for BGVP Zero. Furthermore, there’s eartips varied in size and material, both in the box and in the carrying case. IEM chassis is metal and it’s not lightweight :). Cable equipped with hook and loop, 4 core braided with MMCX end. 2 Core to each channel after Y split, but it seems durable. There’s strain relief and margin for the mobile device cases on the 3,5mm jack, no strain relief on Y-split nor mmcx connectors.
- Driver unit: 10mm micro electrostatic dynamic
- Sensitivity: ≥100dB SPL/mW
- Impedance: 12ohm
- Frequency response: 10Hz-40kHz
- Distortion: ≤0.5%(1kHz)
- Channel difference: ≤1dB
- Rate power: 10mW
- Cable length: 1.2m±5%
BGVP Zero sounds mildly dark, not as Sennheiser dark but sounds warm as Sennheiser. Grilles next to drivers inhales lots of air and makes soundstage wider. Since it’s micro electrostatic, high frequency quantity isn’t much but it’s strong. We can say overall sound is full-bodied thanks to its Carbon Nanotube Dynamics. Nonetheless sounds soft as DD; Bass guitars and drums are not sharp, percussions round cornered. Listening with AMP and without AMP difference is day and night in Orchestral Tracks. Sounds firm on 26/60 volume knob, amped with BTR5 L Gain setting. On H Gain setting, layering, imaging on instruments and stage depth increases then it’s like solo guitarist comes to life, stays at middle and choir sings at the back.
Bass, Mid, Treble
BGVP Zero gets along good with bass. I mentioned earlier that sound is mildly dark and warm, which is ideal couple for bass 🙂
On midrange, instruments doesn’t sounds forward since Zero sounds mildly V shaped. But when Chuck Berry starts playing Roll Over Beethoven (claimed first ever Rock n Roll sample) guitar and vocal sounds forward which is dominant for its own genre, piano sounds meek. Then when John Lee Hooker starts playing: vocal sounds forward while guitar and rythmic clappings sounds little bit behind. I said little bit behind, while on Chuck Berry piano was significantly sounding further away. It’s noticeable.
Treble is qualified, extensive. If your source player sounds bright; absolute balance occurs and you feel pleasant experience on upper midrange/lower treble but not at upper treble. It has a separete electrostatic driver for treble afterall.
BGVP Zero Review – Conclusion
With very durable build and cable; with its soundstage, neutrality and amp-friendly response BGVP Zero is another remedy for audiophiles. While mobile phones can drive sufficiently, mobile amplifiers like FiiO BTR5 would be satisfactory. Dark and full bodied sound matches with its look, and i recommend to match BGVP Zero with bright sounding source, so that even if you listen mildly bright source you will understand what i mean. Thanks to BGVP again.
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