There has been a ton of output from Thieaudio recently, and I am here happy to cover whatever I can get my hands on. With models like the Oracle, Clairvoyance, and Monarch MKII, ThieAudio has a little bit of everything in their current selection. The V16 Divinity is one of the highest-end IEMs you can get at $1,499, which is a significant increase from the Monarch MKII. Is it worth that jump?
What You Get
- Thieaudio V16 Divinity IEMs
- Detachable 26AWG 0CC silver-plated cable with Smart Switch Plug
- Jack adaptors (2.5mm,3.5mm,4.4mm)
- Thieaudio carrying case
- Silicon Ear tips (S, M, L)
- Foam Eartips (S, M, L)
- Polishing cloth
Look and Feel
Thieaudio boasts what is now a familiar design if you’ve seen or heard any of their past efforts. You can expect the same basic housing style here, along with that split artwork underneath a glossy resin coating. Like each of Thieaudio’s IEMs with the same body, the fit van end up feeling quite big once inserted, so much so that after a while your ears can feel a bit stretched out after a couple of hours of listening. However, I don’t think I seemed to feel it much this time around. I think the design is ergonomic fitting once it is sitting inside your concha, and you can always be assured of its support, as you won’t feel it move around often.
Inside of the V16 Divinity is a whopping 16 balanced armatures made by Knowles and Sonion. Its stock cable is a silver platted 26AWG OCC Litz with a fabric coating and a “smart switch” that lets you interchange terminations.
- Impedance: 18ohm
- Sensitivity: 112dB
I’ve reviewed a few IEMs in this price range recently and they all have had different ways of going about their soundstage. For the V16 Divinity, the imaging is considerably large, with good depth and height, but nothing about its width is designed to blow you away. Its separation ability isn’t the best I’ve heard, but it is more than capable of communicating spatial elements with a certain level of clarity. You don’t feel like you can perceive the air between these sound elements, but the Divinity shows its immersion through its realism. With that being said, the imaging still feels huge and takes part in an open headspace. Every inch of the Divinity is occupied by intrinsically defined frequency rages, performing them in an accurate soundstage that knows when to go grander.
While the bass might not immediately jump out at you, the amount of dynamic range and clarity it has to offer makes it somewhat of a chameleon. Its timbre is clean, and the frequencies all receive an equal level of gain for greater balance. You also have support from textured sub-bass that really starts to come alive when it is called for, and it sticks to a tight space layered underneath the punchier mid-bass frequencies.
The best part about the midrange on the Divinity is its equal distribution of detail from its subtle tone. They might feel a little underrepresented in terms of gain, but their flat and balanced timbre helps even out the space between its most emphasized frequency bands in the low-mids and high-mids. While being a little underpowered, the mids still retain a good amount of energy and can express themselves in colorful ways, with spacious instruments and realistic vocals.
In the treble, you get a timbre with a great edge that perfectly showcases the crispness of the Divinity. Not only is it rich in detail, but all of its tones and textures come together in a satisfyingly clean way. The Divinity treats the highs with a slick sense of transparency, communicating its intricacies convincingly without resorting to harsher tones.
The V16 Divinity sounds like no other IEM in this price range. It’s a great earphone for those looking for intricate detail and precision, while not coming off as cold or overly clinical. Their housing design won’t be perfect for everyone, but it isn’t a hard fit to get used to after a while. If you can also get behind the high price point, then the V16 Divinity will be an immensely satisfying listen.
The Thieaudio V16 Divinity is available at Audio46.
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