BGVP has been a brand I’ve been following for quite some time now. I’ve looked at a few of their most notable models such as the DM8, and have been impressed by their output so far. One of their most inexpensive models is the DH5 which goes for the price of $86.99, separating it from most other items in their library. When dabbling in the realm of ChiFi, these types of earphones can be easy to come by, so let’s see what the DH5 has to offer.
What You Get
- Storage box*1
- Cleaning brush*1
- Vocal Ear Tips S, M, L
- Balanced Ear Tips S, M, L
Look and Feel
On the outside, the DH5 brandishes a pleasing aesthetic design, not unlike most modern IEMs on the market today. A glossy resin coats a wood chip faceplate using a 3D printing process with medical-grade fiber material. It’s structured with an ergonomic shell that I had no problem fitting in my ear. The light design and shaped housing help you wear the DH5 by giving it an almost invisible presence. It has a non-distracting nature that better helps you to immerse yourself in the IEMs sound for many hours of listening.
There are some significant components supplied here that give the DH5 its output. Its main element is its 10mm driver complete with a beryllium-plated diaphragm and an N52 magnet that can shape significant elements to the signal flow such as bass impact. This is also a hybrid system that utilizes four balanced armatures, which is surprising to see in an IEM for less than a hundred dollars.
Considering the price, you wouldn’t expect the DH5 to supply a soundstage with any significant width or depth, but other recent IEM entries from other brands would tell you otherwise. For the BGVP DH5, this is mostly true, as its width is pretty exceptional for an IEM less than a hundred bucks, but I wasn’t necessarily shocked by it. Its imaging remains on a very surface level of enjoyment, with what feels like a more traditional stereo field. There’s no issue with this style of imaging by any means, in fact, it’s heightened by the actual size of the elements being reproduced. The DH5 finds a way to appear full without being the most dimensional soundstage, offering a solid amount of movement and localization. Separation doesn’t stand out but provides effective layering within the IEMs headspace to make sure the mix is coming through articulately.
When it comes to the bass, the DH5 definitely has its highlights. Those qualities mainly reside in the mid-bass, where the DH5 showcases a sizable body and a powerful presence. The DH5 never misses out on any degree of impact, filling its tone with a weighty slam that accentuates the bass to a gratifying degree. It is hard not to be engaged by its timbre, which is always clear and precise. In terms of the sub-bass though, you can say it’s a little underemphasized, but I think it gives the sound signature enough of a subtle bump to be effective so that the lows tighten themselves in its limited stage.
I could tell immediately that the DH5 was going for a more v-shaped pattern. Nothing about midrange calls any attention to itself, which might balance itself well with the more bodied low-mids that provide a warmer tone for added texture. Overall, the performance here is respectable for a mostly recessed response. Vocals receive the most clarity when measuring all the sound elements together, as they slide through the sound signature with a cutting edge. At points, the frequency content might not come together as quickly as you might like, but it still forms a competent midrange with decent detail.
For the treble side of the DH5, BGVP really goes all out. The highs here bring this IEM up to a level that far exceeds its price point. You not only get some of the more detailed extensions here but some excellent coloration as well. High frequencies resonate with a crisp sparkly that provides a blissful texture to certain sound elements, and all without delving into the piercing territory. Treble-heads and casual listeners alike will find something to enjoy about this timbre.
You really have nothing to worry about when making the decision whether or not to try the DH7. BGVP has been a reliable brand in the world of IEMs and the DH5 is another example of that even at its generously low price. The mid-bass is definitely the standout here, but the shine of the treble makes this an even bigger contender in its price range. There’s still some strong competition here, but for some, I think the DH5 is a harmless IEM that’s an easy and enjoyable listen.
The BGVP DH5 is available at Audio46.