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BGVP DM6 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The BGVP DM6 are okay-sounding wired in-ears that have 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. On the upside, when you can achieve a good seal, they isolate a great amount of noise and are fairly comfortable, though they're not ideal for smaller ears.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Sound 6.4
Isolation 8.6
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
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.

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Summary

  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Critical Listening
  • 6.4 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.2 Office
  • 5.8 TV
  • 5.4 Gaming
Mixed Usage 6.4

Okay for mixed usage. Their sound is a bit boomy and cluttered, which won’t be ideal for critical listening. Also, their fit isn’t ideal for smaller ears and won’t be comfortable for long periods of time. Their isolation is good enough for commuting, but their wired design won’t be as optimal as a wireless one. Their ear-hook design is very stable for sports and the small buds don’t trap heat inside your ears. Their short cable won’t be great for watching TV from your couch, and since they don’t have a microphone, you won’t be able to communicate during online games.

Critical Listening 6.6

Passable for critical listening. They have a good and consistent bass and a fairly even mid-range, but their treble is slightly uneven. Also, their bass lacks thump and rumble and is overly boomy. The mid-range is also cluttered and vocals sound a bit thick. They are still fairly versatile but will be better suited for bass-heavy genres.

Commute/Travel 6.4

Okay for commuting and travelling. 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 great amount of ambient noise. They are also easy to carry around, but you’ll have to register commands on your phone since they don’t have an in-line remote.

Sports/Fitness 7.0

Decent for sports. They are 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, so you might have the wire in your way during exercises and don’t have any in-line remote to change songs or volume level.

Office 6.2

Ordinary for the office. 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.

TV 5.8

Sub-par for watching TV. Since they are wired headphones, you won’t have much range unless you get an audio cable extension. Also, if you can’t achieve a nice fit, they won’t be ideal to wear during a movie or when binge-watching a TV show. On the upside, you won’t have any delay when watching video content.

Gaming 5.4

Poor for gaming. Their design won’t be comfortable for long gaming sessions. Also, they don’t have an in-line microphone, so you won’t be able to 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 like some headsets we’ve reviewed.

Compared to other Headphones

The BGVP DM6 are okay mixed usage 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
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The BGVP DM6 and the KZ ZS-10 are very similar in design, style, and build quality, but the KZ ZS-10 are the better option if you’re looking for critical listening in-ears. Their sound quality is better, especially in the treble range. While our unit didn’t have one, there is a model variant that has a microphone and in-line controls, which makes them more convenient to use. On the other hand, the buds are quite large and thick and don’t create an as good seal as the DM6, which means the BGVP headphones will block more noise and be a slightly better option for commuting.

1More Triple Driver
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The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear are better critical listening in-ears than the BGVP DM6. Their audio reproduction is flatter and more accurate. They also have an in-line remote and microphone, which is convenient. They are also slightly more comfortable than the DM6. However, the BGVP headphones are better-built and feel more high-end. Their ear-hook design is also more stable for sports and, if you can achieve a nice fit, they isolate a great amount of ambient noise.

TIN Audio T3
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The TIN Audio T3 might be a slightly better option than the BGVP DM6 for people who prefer an exciting sound. The DM6 has bass roll-off, while the T3’s bass is slightly overemphasized. Both headphones perform similarly in pretty much every category. The DM6 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.

Shure SE425
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The BGVP DM6 are better headphones than the Shure SE425. Their sound quality is more neutral and won’t sound as mid-rangy as the Shures. They are 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 SE425 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.

TIN Audio T2
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The TIN Audio T2 are better critical listening in-ears than the BGVP DM6. Their audio reproduction is very flat and is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. They are also as well-built as the DM6 and might be a bit more comfortable for some as their bud design is smaller. On the other hand, the DM6 isolate more noise and are a slightly better option for commuting and their design is more stable once in the ear.

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Test Results

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 AS-10. You can get also get a more matte black or white finish if you don’t like the transparent look. The DM6 look like premium headphones and have a very thick and braided silver cable. The bud housing is bulkier than typical in-ears and 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 Comfort
Weight : 0.08 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.0 lbs

These headphones enter your ear canal deeply, which isn’t as comfortable for everyone. The bulky design of the housing can also put some pressure on your inner-ear and some will feel soreness after a while, especially if you have small ears. However, they are 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 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A

These wired headphones do not have an in-line remote with controls.

8.0 Stability

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

8.3 Portability
L : 3.0 "
W : 2.2 "
H : 1.3 "
Volume : 8.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones don’t come with a case or a pouch.

8.0 Build Quality

The DM6 are very well-built in-ears. The buds are dense and will survive accidental drops without suffering too much damage. They also have a great braided, detachable cable, but unfortunately, don’t come with an extra one in the box. The cable is noticeably thicker than that of the KZ AS-10, but doesn’t necessarily make the headphones more durable. On the upside, it is easy to replace if it gets damaged.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the 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 difference in temperature when using them.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

These headphones have a 4.1-foot long thick, braided, and detachable 1/8” TRS cable.

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7.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.09 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
51.87 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-3.94 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.56 dB
High-Bass
:
4.25 dB

The bass performance of the DM6 is good. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 52Hz, which is decent. This and a 4dB lack in low-bass indicates these headphones will have difficulty reproducing thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres like EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep. Mid-bass follows our target curve, but the 4dB overemphasis in high-bass will add boominess to the mix.

8.0 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.7 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.39 dB
Mid-Mid
:
0.7 dB
High-Mid
:
0.51 dB

The DM6 have great mid-range performance. The 4dB overemphasis in low-mid is the continuation of the high-bass and will make vocals and lead instruments sound thick and cluttered. On the upside, the rest of the response is flat and even.

6.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.7 dB
Low-Treble
:
-2.79 dB
Mid-Treble
:
3.44 dB
High-Treble
:
-2.86 dB

The treble range of the DM6 is passable. The response throughout the range is fairly uneven. The dip centered around 3kHz will negatively affect the brightness and detail of vocals, leads and cymbals, while the overemphasis after 6kHz will make some sibilants (S and T sounds) noticeably sharp and piercing. However, not everyone will hear it as sibilant.

9.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.14 dB

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

0.9 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that 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, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

9.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.31
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
0.87
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.15

The imaging of the DM6 is great. 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 test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for accurate placement and localization of objects, such as footsteps and instruments, in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

7.5 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.718
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.971

The total harmonic distortion performance of the BGVP DM6 is good. THD in the bass range is within very good limits but is slightly elevated in the treble range. This could make higher frequencies a bit brittle and harsh. On the upside, there is no big jump in THD under heavier loads, which is good.

8.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.26 dB
Bass
:
-9.89 dB
Mid
:
-19.51 dB
Treble
:
-35.23 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

The isolation performance of the DM6 is great. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they achieved about 10dB of isolation, which is decent and impressive for passive isolation from in-ears. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by about 20dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and air conditioning systems noise, they isolate by more than 35dB, which is also very good.

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

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears basically do not leak so there's no need to worry about disturbing the people around you unless you are 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.

0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A

They do not have a microphone and therefore, the recording quality has not been tested.

0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A

They do not have a microphone and therefore, the noise handling has not been tested.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

Since these headphones are wired, you won’t have any wireless range and will be limited by their 4.1-foot long audio cable.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Like most in-ear headphones, the DM6 practically don’t have any latency and will be great for watching videos and gaming.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

These are passive headphones without active components or a battery.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

They do not have a compatible app or software support for added customization options.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These wired headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

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

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

These headphones don’t have a dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50, and if you're looking for wireless headphones for watching TV, look at the Sennheiser RS 185. However, these options won't be as portable as the DM6.

In the box

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

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