I've been a personal audio enthusiast all my life, and here goes my first review. I've always preferred IEMs to cans due to my wide head, clamping force has always steered me away from cans. First off the unboxing, I can appreciate elaborate packaging that makes you feel like you bought something expensive, but in the end its all about the music. These come in a very simple package, and in this day and age its very enviromentally friendly.
So with the unboxing I guess I will start with the negatives; the cable is garbage. i've received better cables from IEMs that cost much less. lots of microphonics, lots of memory. The pelican case is too small. winding these up into the case the cable remembers it was wound up into a tiny circle and wants to keep that shape when youre wearing them. Also the case is not as water resistant as I would like. I dropped it into a full sink, scooped it out immediately and there was water inside. Fit is always user dependent, but none of the stock tips worked for me. In my never-ending quest for the perfect IEM I have come to realize I have tiny ear canals, and these things go deep, very deep. I bought JVC spiral dots and I would recommend you do the same. The S/M fit me perfectly. Once you find tips that work, isolation is superb. Highly recommended for on the go usage, on public transportation you wont hear anything but the music.
Now to the most important part, the sound. I listen to primarily rock and heavy metal, with a sprinkling of electronica and hip hop. Soundstage is as wide and deep as any IEM in this price range, while accuracy, detail and separation are superb. I am not a basshead by any means, but I grew up in an era where everyone had a subwoofer in their trunk, so I probably prefer more bass than the average listener. these do sub-bass better than any IEM ive heard. Listening to Angel by Massive Attack is a revelation. Having only a single BA for both the mids and highs I was worried, especially about the mids. My worries were quickly alleviated as the mids are surprisingly good. Guitar solos by the likes of Animals as Leaders are more up front than I expected. vocals sound fantastic. Eddie Vedder is my usual litmus test when it comes to male vocals, and he is front and center, while sounding powerful as usual. I dont know what it is about female vocals but I find them intoxicating. After purchasing the Massdrop Plus i listened to Dog Days by Florence and the Machine on repeat endlessly. The highs are crisp yet delicate. Extension is great, with no sibilance to speak of.
Ive owned the Massdrop Plus for over a year now, and have well over 1000 hours listening with them. They are easy to drive and sound great out of any source with less than 1 ohm impedance. Whether its my Fiio X5ii, Cayin N5ii, Shanling M0, or Samsung S6, these sound fantastic. Having small ear canals and wanting to try a CIEM I recently joined the drop for the AAW A3h (3 driver hybrid 1DD, 2BA). Build quality and fit were superb, but there was too much mid bass emphasis, not a fan of the thump of a kick drum, and I found the highs to be harsh. So I poached the aftermarket Null Audio cable off of them and switched back to the Plus. Other IEMs I own which I prefer them to are the Shure se315, LZ A4. Ultimate Ears 900, Moondrop Kanas Pro, and the Campfire Comet, although I thoroughly enjoyed the Campfire sound and was very impressed with what they did with a single BA.
I hope this much longer than expected review helps. I would knock half a star off if i could due to the terrible cable, but I dont think the sound of the Plus can be beat in this price range.