Today, we look at MoonDrop’s latest creation, the MoonDrop Starfield In-Ear Monitors (IEMs).
MoonDrop, the company focus on exploring the integration of both art and reason to create the most beautiful artworks and pursue real, natural, and exquisite sounds.
The company aims to provide audiophiles community with the best & truest musical experience and to help them attain the finest end-results possible.
The above comes from the company’s Facebook. Very high aspirations indeed for the company.
Design and Build
If you’re familiar with the company products, then you’ll feel right at home with the latest Starfield IEMs. Based on MoonDrop’s Kanas series of IEMs, what makes the Starfield IEMs different from the Kanas siblings, is the use of a beautiful coating mix with deep blue and black hues, filled with glitter and shimmers of gold and silver representing the stars. Coupled with a signature starburst design where it’s namesake comes from, MoonDrop shared that it adopted a unique painting technique, which not only sparkles under the lights but also displays the gradient colors at different lighting angles. The design is truly a beauty to behold when held near to view; pictures only show a fraction of the beauty that is the Starfield.
Build wise; the Starfield is an excellent pair of IEMs. While there’s no mention of it, beneath the beautiful design lies (in my view) a metal (steel) body similar to the Kansas Pro, giving a nice solid and weighty feel. The rigid feel provides confidence in the Starfield’s durability during daily use. A small hole on the inner side of the shell for better airflow.
Like its Kanas siblings, the Starfield continues to adopt the 0.78 2 pin inward universal interface, which means we can swap out the stock cable for other cables to satisfy our cable rolling needs and wants. And yes, we can also add those new Bluetooth add-ons and turn the Starfield into a TWS as well.
The stock cables of the Starfield have Stars hidden in the earphone cable itself. A 24AWG Litz structure 4N was my purity OFC earphone cable, which provides rich sound details and full dynamics. According to the company, a pearlescent powder was added to the earphones’ wrapping material evenly to have a sparkling effect.
On the inside of the Starfield monitors, the team employed a super-sequential carbon nanotube array allowing nanotubes such as micro material to be applied. An in-house design the company is proud to share, the Starfield’s diaphragm is a composite of carbon nanotube array warp and weft knitted in a polymer film, making it only 6 microns (0.006 mm) thick. The diaphragm combines high rigidity, toughness, and lightness and provides a clear, detailed, and smooth treble representation of its sonic.
Starfield also has a Double-cavity structure of brass gold-plated inner cavity, equipped with a brass-plated internal cavity. It integrates five pressure relief holes in the basin frame, to control the air damping of the diaphragm and improve the energy balance of frequency band and smoothen the frequency transition.
The high-performance internal magnetic circuit is made of neodymium magnets, and the high-performance transducer, formed by the lightweight Daikoku’s CCAW voice coils imported from Japan, are employed for excellent transient response and dynamic range, and improving the high resolution and dynamic sound.
The package I received came with the Starfield in-ear monitors, Starfield stock cables, three pairs of standard silicone ear tips (S, M, and L), of which I’ve used M size for this review.
Fit wise, the Starfield design works excellently with my ears, and the M-size tips provide excellent isolation without feeling earache or fatigue over long listening sessions (of about 2-3 hours straight).