Page 4 – DM008P
Translating to £80 from its native 129,000SKW the DM008P seems like a standalone in the DM series. It has its own packaging, its own aesthetics and its own patented driver technology. Worth noting as well is that my DM008 is the updated P version, which is actually a little special with a completely aluminium housing and not an ounce of plastic. While it uses the same driver apparently the housing material helps sound and it is also tuned better (differently?).
While I appreciate the build and some design queues of this model, I don’t like how it gives me nostalgia of when I owned some iBeats. The flat cable, shiny shells and even channel identifiers all whiff strongly of Dr. Dre’s brand. I have never been one for flat cables, and have been happy with the trend of them weakening in the last year or so. Silly cable aside the housing of these are fantastically constructed, smooth to the touch and polished to sparkle. Even with a lack of removable cables which I find saddening across the board with Dynamic Motion, the way the cables enter the housing to shape out whether it is the right or left monitor is quite cool.
The tubular design of 008 is actually quite thin, not like an Etymotic but still able to insert rather deep into your canal. This provides better isolation than the DM200H and also makes finding a seal easier. In terms of comfort these are pretty standard. Being metal you can feel their presence, but they aren’t unpleasant to wear.
We are on the borderline of a bassier sound with the DM008P but I feel like things have tightened just south of one. Bass seems to be tauter and hit a little harder while still maintaining some element of depth to it, just not quite on the extension level of the current flagship from the Korean outfit and conserving the idea with the power dynamic getting low, I don’t think it did a great job in that aspect.
The midrange was sadly a little disappointing as well, with lower mids feeling excessively out of the mix and low quality.
I don’t understand that without a bloated mid-bass while we still have a veiled lower midrange? That being said the bass is still pretty similar to the DM200, no definition or distinction and then different elements of the bass all sound the same.
Treble seems fair and doesn’t really do a lot in any direction, giving a taste of sparkle and solid smoothness.
While this has balance through the frequency range, I have never once found anything special about this model. I just go through the motions with it, as it does the same with my music. It is like a worse version of the DM200H, as bland, but not as technically as impressive.
We can see the fairly rolled off bass here, actually going down from the peak of the slight mid bass bump at 250Hz. It’s a gradual roll off but one nonetheless. Good channel balance!
A Better Beats
If you like the design then the sound won’t let you down but if absolute sound is what you’re after then I know there are better options to get right now. It is a cruel hobby in this respect because with so many options some just won’t ever make the cut, and thats who I am feeling here.
Lets give BDD a Chance!