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Moondrop has got an IEM for every occasion: a kilobuck set, sub-kilobuck sets in both DD and BA configurations, a sub-$500 hybrid, various sub-$200 DDs, and of course not to forget their sub-$100 budget offerings.
And here, Moondrop still wants more. With their headphone project still in development hell, one unlikely-yet-totally-expected product has popped up from within their catalogue: a true-wireless IEM. First released in China in a pink/purple aethestic, Moondrop now releases their highly-anticipated Sparks TWS to the international market, this time in a safer and (IMO) more classy black/gold colour palette.
Let’s keep this introduction short and sweet since everyone’s familiar with Moondrop by now. IEF has the privilege of being one of the first reviewers with the international edition of the Sparks, and so now we shall answer the question: how good are the Sparks really?
Product page: https://www.moondroplab.com/sparks
Driver configuration: single DD
This Sparks was kindly provided by ShenZhenAudio.
My unboxing posts are pretty much the only times I’ll ever talk about build quality, accessories and the like. I’m not really the person to ask about these things as I don’t really care about them that much.
- USB-C charging cable
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 with apt-X, SBC, and AAC compatability. No significant dropouts based on short testing.
Battery life: advertised at 7 hours for the IEMs themselves, and an additional 35 hours’ worth of charge in the case. Not the best, rather average as far as TWS IEMs go.
Build: matte plastic. Rather obvious faceplate seam, not the most premium-feeling TWS IEM out there.
Fit: pseudo-custom. Stays in place fine even without cable hooks.
Isolation: decent, not the best but it works.
- First impression: shout. Not SSR-levels of screaming, mind you, but the Sparks definitely are a little too upper-mid forward for me.
- Not the worst though; even within the TWS realm I have definitely heard shoutier sets than this.
- Tasteful bass boost, though I’m not sure if it’s enough for the TWS usecase (i.e. outdoor use). But at the very least it’s solid in a silent listening environment.
- Treble would be the most “off” thing about the Sparks. Has qualities similar to the “bitcrush” that I complained about in the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, though thankfully not as offensive. Still a problem though.
- For a sub-$100 TWS: excellent. Apart from used Galaxy Buds or even the Lypertek Tevi, the Sparks would be solid rec for audiophile sensibilities.
- Though that’s also assuming that there aren’t any major glitches in the Sparks, which is a valid concern considering that this is basically Moondrop’s first attempt at a TWS. Can’t say too much right now since I’ve only done basic testing, but so far so good at least.