The Moondrop Aria is an affordable IEM powered by a single dynamic driver. Sonically, its tuning is defined by spacious bass and treble extension with a somewhat bright midrange. The spiritual successor to the Moondrop Starfield, the Aria’s tuning will be familiar to fans of the Starfield.
The bass from the Moondrop Aria is on the warm side of neutral, with a nearly exact balance between sub- and mid-bass. Bass frequencies take a back-seat on many tracks, and while present, can become somewhat muddled, rarely coming through with much force. Bass-heads will want to look elsewhere.
For the mid-range, the Moondrop Aria outdoes itself. With a bright peak in the mids, the Aria manages to render lead instruments and vocals with precision and clarity. This rich mid-range becomes the defining point of almost every track. The transition from low-mids to high-mids is accomplished with perfect balance, lending weight and presence to male and female vocals alike.
On the high end, the Moondrop Aria’s treble is extremely relaxed. It never becomes harsh or sibilant. At times, it seems almost too relaxed, with some details disappearing in the rapid treble roll-off.
Once again, this drives the focus towards the mid-range, where the Moondrop Aria is truly exceptional for an IEM in its price range.
- Driver: 10mm dual-cavity magnetic Dynamic Drive with Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragm
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 122dB/Vrms
- Frequency range: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Interface: 0.78mm 2 pin
- Plug: 3.5mm
- Cable length: 1.2m