BGVP DM6 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Mar 27, 2019 at 11:02 am
BGVP DM6 Picture
5.9
Mixed Usage
6.7
Neutral Sound
5.7
Commute/Travel
6.4
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
4.0
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
2.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The BGVP DM6 are in-ear monitors with a high-end design. They have a nice look, thanks to their transparent earbud casing that lets you see the electronic parts of the headphones. They're well-built and have a very thick, braided, and detachable cable. Unfortunately, their bud design doesn’t fit everyone, and some might have difficulty achieving a decent fit. They also have a warm, boomy sound profile and lack an EQ to help you change their sound. On the upside, when you can achieve a good seal, they isolate a good amount of noise and are fairly comfortable, though they're not ideal for smaller ears.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The BGVP DM6 are sub-par for mixed use. Their sound is a bit boomy and cluttered, which won’t be ideal for neutral sound. Also, their fit isn’t ideal for smaller ears and won’t be comfortable for long periods. Their isolation is good enough for commuting, but their short cable won’t be great for watching TV from your couch. Since they don’t have a microphone, you also can't communicate during online games. On the upside, their ear-hook design is very stable for sports, and the small buds don’t trap heat inside your ears.

Pros
  • Durable and stable design.
  • Great noise isolation.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky earbuds.
  • No controls.
  • In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
6.7 Neutral Sound

The BGVP DM6 are okay for neutral sound. They have a boomy bass that adds warmth to your mixes and a fairly even mid-range, but their treble is slightly uneven. However, the mid-range is cluttered and vocals sound a bit thick. They're still fairly versatile but are better suited for bass-heavy genres.

5.7 Commute/Travel

The BGVP DM6 are sup-par for commuting and traveling. While you don’t have to worry about battery life, their in-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone. However, if you achieve a nice fit and seal, they block a good amount of ambient noise. They're also easy to carry around, but you have to register commands on your phone since they don’t have an in-line remote.

6.4 Sports/Fitness

The BGVP DM6 are acceptable for sports. They're small, portable, and their ear-hook design is very stable. You should be able to run and work out without them popping out of your ears. However, they aren’t wireless, meaning that you might have the wire in your way during exercises. They also don’t have an in-line remote to change songs or the volume level.

5.9 Office

The BGVP DM6 are middling for office use. Since they put pressure on your inner ear, they can get uncomfortable rather quickly if you have smaller ears, meaning they won’t be suitable to use for a long time during a workday. On the upside, they isolate a good amount of ambient noise and don’t leak much, so you won’t bother surrounding colleagues if you listen at high volumes.

4.0 Wireless Gaming

The BGVP DM6 are poor for gaming. Their design won’t be comfortable for long gaming sessions. Also, they don’t have an in-line microphone, so you can't communicate in online games. On the upside, you won’t have any audio delay and won’t have to manage battery life like some wireless gaming headsets. However, you can’t customize them.

6.0 Wired Gaming
2.4 Phone Calls
  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Neutral Sound
  • 5.7 Commute/Travel
  • 6.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 4.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.0 Wired Gaming
  • 2.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Mar 26, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Updated Mar 27, 2019: Review published.
  5. Updated Mar 25, 2019: Early access published.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The BGVP DM6 are great-looking in-ears. The bud casing is transparent, which lets you see the electronic parts inside, similar to the KZ AS10. You can also get a more matte black or white finish if you don’t like the transparent look. They look like premium headphones and have a very thick and braided silver cable. The bud housing is bulky, though, and it covers most of your inner ear. The cable also goes behind your ears due to their ear-hook design, and you can choose from multiple colors to fit your preferred style.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.08 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones enter your ear canal deeply, which may not be comfortable for everyone. The bulky design of the housing can also put some pressure on your inner ear, and you may experience soreness after a while, especially if you have small ears. However, they're very comfortable if you can get a good fit, but this might be difficult for some. The buds are lightweight, and you barely feel them inside your ears once you get a good fit.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No
9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

Like most in-ears, the BGVP DM6 are very breathable, and you shouldn’t sweat more when using them since they don’t trap too much heat inside your ear. They should be a good option for sports, thanks to their design, and you shouldn’t notice a big temperature difference when using them.

8.3
Design
Portability
L 3"
W 2.2"
H 1.3"
Volume 8.6 in³
Transmitter Required No

Like most in-ears, the BGVP DM6 are very portable. Even if they're bulkier than most similar headphones, they can easily fit in pockets or a bag, making them easy to carry around. However, they don't come with a case or pouch for when you’re on the move.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The BGVP DM6 are very well-built in-ears. The buds are dense and should survive accidental drops without suffering too much damage. They also have a great braided, detachable cable, but unfortunately, they don’t come with an extra one in the box. The cable is noticeably thicker than the KZ AS10's but doesn’t necessarily make the headphones more durable. On the upside, it's easy to replace if it gets damaged.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones have a very stable fit, thanks to their ear-hook design. They don’t have physical hooks like the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but the flexible cable is designed to go behind your ear, and it's covered in a slight plastic coating for comfort. The hooks are very stable, but you have to worry about the cable being in your way when you work out. The cable doesn’t detach easily; this means that if it gets hooked on something, the buds could get yanked out of your ears.

Design
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Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
In The Box

  • BGVP DM6 headphones
  • 6x silicone tip options
  • 1x foam tip option
  • Cleaning brush
  • Tips carrying case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.71 dB
Treble Amount
-3.13 dB
9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The frequency response consistency is outstanding. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with them, they should get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.1 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
50.4 Hz
Low-Bass
-4.57 dB
Mid-Bass
0.14 dB
High-Bass
3.95 dB

The BGVP DM6's bass accuracy is good. They have an underemphasized low-bass, so they lack thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres like EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep. Mid-bass is fairly neutral, ensuring your mixes have warmth and punch, but the overemphasis in high-bass adds extra boominess to the mix, which some users may find muddy.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.42 dB
Low-Mid
3.71 dB
Mid-Mid
0.11 dB
High-Mid
-0.78 dB

The BGVP DM6 have great mid accuracy. The overemphasis in low-mid is the continuation of the high-bass and makes vocals and lead instruments sound thick and cluttered. On the upside, the rest of the response is flat and even, so vocals and lead instruments are present and detailed.

6.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.86 dB
Low-Treble
-4.88 dB
Mid-Treble
1.64 dB
High-Treble
-7.18 dB

The BGVP DM6's treble accuracy is passable. The response throughout the range is fairly uneven. The dip centered around 3kHz negatively affects the brightness and detail of vocals and lead instruments, while the overemphasis after 6kHz makes some sibilants (S and T sounds) a bit sharp and piercing.

6.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.24 dB
Dips
1.55 dB
9.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.31
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.87
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.15

The BGVP DM6's imaging is outstanding. Their weighted group delay is at 0.15, which is excellent. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below our audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for accurate placement and localization of objects, like footsteps and instruments, in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.4

The soundstage is bad. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna. The design of in-ears and earbuds fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods (1st generation) Truly Wireless, Google Pixel Buds 2017 Wireless, or the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.290
WHD @ 100
0.150
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
No Microphone
Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.26 dB
Bass
-9.89 dB
Mid
-19.51 dB
Treble
-35.23 dB

The BGVP DM6's noise isolation is good. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they achieved about 10dB of isolation, which is poor and may not be enough if you travel a lot. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by about 20dB, which is excellent. They're also able to block out a significant amount of high-pitched noise like sharp S and T sounds and the hum of air conditioning systems.

9.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.9 dB

The leakage performance is outstanding. These in-ears don't leak, so there's no need to worry about disturbing the people around you unless you're blasting your music in a very quiet place. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 23dB SPL and peaks at 31dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These wired headphones are not Bluetooth compatible. Like most in-ear headphones, the BGVP DM6 practically don’t have any latency and will be great for watching videos and gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The BGVP DM6 come with a detachable 1/8” TRS cable. They don’t have an in-line microphone; therefore, only audio is supported on devices with the appropriate jack.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don’t have a dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. However, these options won't be as portable as the BGVP DM6.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The BGVP DM6 are okay in-ear headphones that set themselves apart by their design and premium build quality. However, their sound quality is disappointing for headphones that are advertised as critical listening IEMs.

See our recommendations for the best earbuds and in-ear headphones, the best wired headphones, and the best cheap earbuds.

KZ ZS10

The BGVP DM6 and the KZ ZS10 are very similar in design, style, and build quality, but the ZS10 are the better option if you want headphones for neutral sound. While our unit didn’t have one, there is a BGVP variant that has a microphone and in-line controls, which makes them more convenient to use. However, the KZ have better bass accuracy and are more comfortable. 

TIN Audio T2

The TIN Audio T2 are better in-ears for neutral sound than the BGVP DM6. The TIN are as well-built as the BGVP and might be a bit more comfortable for some as their bud design is smaller. On the other hand, the BGVP isolate more noise and are a slightly better option for commuting, and their design is more stable once in the ear.

TIN Audio T3

The TIN Audio T3 might be a slightly better option than the BGVP DM6 for people who prefer an exciting sound. The BGVP has bass roll-off, while the TIN’s bass is slightly overemphasized. Both headphones perform similarly in pretty much every category though. The BGVP are very comfortable if you can find a good fit, which is difficult for some. They also have a unique style and come in multiple colors, but they are slightly more expensive.

1More Triple Driver

The 1More Triple Driver are better in-ear headphones for neutral sound than the BGVP DM6. The 1More have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their audio cable houses an in-line remote and microphone, which is convenient. The 1More are also more comfortable than the BGVP. However, the BGVP headphones are better-built, feel more high-end, and their ear-hook design is more stable for sports. If you can achieve a nice fit, the BGVP isolate a good amount of ambient noise.

Shure SE425

The BGVP DM6 are better headphones than the Shure SE425. The BGVP's sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer. They also create a better seal if you can find a decent fit, isolating more against ambient noise. On the other hand, the small design of the Shure fits more people and is very comfortable. They also come with a nice hard case to protect the headphones when you’re not using them.

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