I’m sure most of us are familiar with Moondrop by now, the company has hit it out of the park at almost every price point with their VDSF target response offering a refined and balanced experience regardless of asking price. The Starfield was one of their most coveted models, an entry-level single DD model that built atop the success of their KXXS but at a lower price point. We reviewed the Starfield on THL where we found it to offer uncanny balance and timbral accuracy at its meagre price point but fairly middle-pack technical ability.
To address this, Moondrop have introduced the new Aria, the latest continuation of this line-up. It sports the same robust metal shell with ergonomic design lavished with a new matte-black paint coat that looks properly dapper. The Aria takes the brass inner cavity and CCAW voice coil of the Starfield and adds stronger N52 Neodymium magnets in addition to a revised LCP diaphragm. A newly designed phase waveguide also aids treble response and minimises distortion. Perhaps most impressive is the substantial cut to cost, now coming in at $80 USD. This will be especially appealing to international buyers due to exchange conversion, making Moondrop’s single-DD crowdpleaser more accessible than ever!