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    May 14, 2024 4 min read 0 Comments

    The Moondrop Aria took the budget IEM world by storm with its clear sound and comfortable fit. Now, the Aria 2 is here, promising to improve on a winning formula. But is it worth the upgrade? This review will explore the sound, design, and features of the Aria 2, comparing it to its predecessor to see if it's a worthy successor or just a minor remix.


    • Sensitivity: 122dB/Vrms (@1kHz)
    • Impedance: 33Ω±15% (@1kHz)
    • Frequency Response Range: 16Hz-22kHZ (IEC61094, Free Field)
    • Effective Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-20kHZ (IEC60318-4,-3dB)
    • EarphoneJack: 0.78-2 pin
    • THD+N: THD ≤0.05% (@1kHz)
    • Cavity Material: Zinc Alloy Cavity + Brass Nozzle
    • Plug: 3.5mm single ended

    Out of the Box

    Unboxing the Moondrop Aria 2 is a straightforward experience. The packaging is simple yet informative, showcasing the IEMs themselves and highlighting some key features. Beside the IEM, Moondrop has included a leather carrying pouch which contains the stock cable. This braided cable offers a degree of tangle resistance, but it's worth noting that it feels slightly stiffer compared to the cable included with the original Aria. Added to that the cable has a newly designed screw-type fixed replaceable plug which allows fast switching from 3.5mm to 4.4mm balanced jack. Below the IEM Moondrop also includes a selection of small, medium, and large silicone ear tips to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for most ear shapes. However, as with many IEMs, experimenting with different aftermarket ear tips can significantly impact sound quality and isolation. Notably absent from this iteration are the additional filters previously included with the original Aria. The original model also offered a dedicated tool to facilitate filter changes.

    Moondrop Aria 2 case

    Design and Build

    At first glance, the Aria 2 retains the familiar sleek design of the original. Both utilise a lightweight, low-profile ceramic shell that feels smooth and comfortable in the hand. However, the Aria 2 opts for a more modern, metallic look with a slightly different form factor. This updated design might feel a touch more secure in some ears, but both models are known for their excellent fit.

    Moondrop Aria 2

    The Sound


    Both IEMs feature a single dynamic driver, and the bass response reflects this. The bass on the Aria 2 is tight and punchy, with good control.  While not overwhelming, it provides a solid foundation for the music.  However, bass enthusiasts might find the sub-bass presence slightly less pronounced compared to the original Aria.


    The mids are where the Aria 2 truly shines. Both IEMs deliver clear and detailed vocals, but the Aria 2 offers a touch more warmth and body, making them sound slightly fuller and more natural. Both male and female vocals benefit from a well-represented midrange that avoids sounding thin or lacking in body. This is a welcome change for listeners who found the original Aria a bit too lean in the mids.


    The highs on the Aria 2 remain clear and detailed. However, the emphasis has been slightly reduced compared to the original. This results in a tamer treble response that some might find less fatiguing for extended listening sessions.

    Soundstage and Imaging:  Neither the original Aria nor the Aria 2 are known for their expansive soundstage. However, both offer decent stereo imaging, allowing you to distinguish individual instruments within the mix.

    Its worth mentioning that we used the Spinfit CP145 & Spinfit W1 apart from the stock eartips.

    Moondrop Aria 2

    The Verdict: Evolution, Not Revolution

    The Moondrop Aria 2 isn't a radical departure from its predecessor. It retains the comfortable design, clear sound, and excellent value proposition that made the original Aria a success. The Aria 2 presents a more balanced and nuanced sound signature. It features a slight emphasis on the warm frequencies, resulting in a less fatiguing treble response.

    Who Should Upgrade?

    Listeners who found the original Aria a bit too bright: The Aria 2's warmer and smoother treble response might be a welcome change.

    Those seeking a more versatile IEM for various genres: The Aria 2's balanced sound signature makes it suitable for a wider range of musical styles.

    Who Might Stick with the Original Aria?

    Bass enthusiasts: The original Aria might offer a slightly more impactful bass response.

    Listeners who prefer a very clear and analytical sound: The original Aria's brighter treble signature might be a better fit.

    Final Thoughts

    The Moondrop Aria 2 is a worthy successor that builds upon the strengths of the original. While the price bump might be a deterrent for some, the improvements to the sound signature, particularly the warmer mids and smoother treble, make it a compelling option for budget-conscious listeners seeking a well-rounded and fatigue-free listening experience. Selecting between the Moondrop Aria and Aria 2 hinges on individual preferences. Both offer excellent value in the budget IEM market, but their sonic profiles cater to slightly different tastes. Consider trying both models, if possible, to make an informed decision. Both of these remain excellent choices in the budget IEM market.

    Author: Shaikh Jiaan Bin Tariq