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 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.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

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.

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

Passable for neutral 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.

5.7 Commute/Travel

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.

6.4 Sports/Fitness

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.

5.9 Office

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.

4.0 Wireless Gaming

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.

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. Update 3/26/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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 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
Design
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
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

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

9.2
Design
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.

8.3
Design
Portability
L 3.0 "
W 2.2 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 8.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

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
Design
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
Design
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.

8.0
Design
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.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
In The Box

  • BGVP DM6 headphones
  • 6 silicone tip options
  • 1 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 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.

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 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.

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

The 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.

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

The 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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
Isolation
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.

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

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

0
Microphone
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.

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

These are passive headphones without active components or a battery.

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

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

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 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 will be 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 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 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.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The BGVP DM6 and the KZ ZS-10 are very similar in design, style, and build quality, but the ZS10 are the better option if you’re looking for critical listening in-ears. The BGVP 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 BGVP, which means the headphones will block more noise and be a slightly better option for commuting.

Shure SE425
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Shure. 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.

TIN Audio T3
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are better critical listening in-ear headphones than the BGVP DM6. The 1More audio reproduction is flatter, more accurate, and have an in-line remote and microphone, which is convenient. The 1More are also slightly 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 great amount of ambient noise.

TIN Audio T2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. The TIN are also 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.

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