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Moondrop May (IEM with USB C DSP cable)

DJ SORROW

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Just got the Moondrop Chu2-DSP. It appears to be a Chu2 with a variant of the CDSP upgrade cable combo. I assume it will replace Moondrop JIU.
Chu2-DSP requires an updated app (APK), available on Moondrop website, to work correctly. I downloaded the upgrade and, interestingly, the app gives a view of the Chu2 presets PEQs: "default", "no bass", and "basshead":

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I noticed the 1st filter in the "default" setting: 25 Hz is theoretically not allowed by the app (40-10,000 range only)... but it doesn't protest when I apply it!
As for MAY, the updated app does not show these screens, so no luck seeing each of the MAY presets... This app is still a mess :facepalm:
I'll see if at least, it gets better at detecting & recognizing Moondrop connected devices (so far so good...).
Hmm, this is peculiar. The filters' design suggests that the upper treble should exhibit a more pronounced elevation in comparison to the rest of the frequency response. However, both versions of the Chu 2 measure the same in this region when normalized at 60dB
 

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Hmm, this is peculiar. The filters' design suggests that the upper treble should exhibit a more pronounced elevation in comparison to the rest of the frequency response. However, both versions of the Chu 2 measure the same in this region when normalized at 60dB
This is off-topic as this thread is about MAY.
But the interesting point of these presets, if done right by the manufacturer (and that’s a big “if”) is that they can “suggest” some corrections depending on the IEM itself (whatever sub-optimal spots in the FR they may have) and the user “profile” and what they listen.

I don’t know the answers to your questions about Chu 2, but that’s the right questions: why did Moondrop shaped their presets like this? What can be inferred from these? :cool:
 

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This is off-topic as this thread is about MAY.
But the interesting point of these presets, if done right by the manufacturer (and that’s a big “if”) is that they can “suggest” some corrections depending on the IEM itself (whatever sub-optimal spots in the FR they may have) and the user “profile” and what they listen.

I don’t know the answers to your questions about Chu 2, but that’s the right questions: why did Moondrop shaped their presets like this? What can be inferred from these? :cool:
Probably not much different from the work that went behind Harman IE, just "closed source" and using B&K 4128. Even the presets with different bass levels correspond to this:
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That's interesting... because I'm heading straight toward the exact opposite situation: I only need to accumulate two or three 3.5 / 4.4mm cables to fiddle with my Qudelix 5K & T71... But when I'm done, these USB-C DSP thingies are pretty slick! Between Tanchjim and Moondrop, I have already accumulated a dozen (!!!) of these USB-C DSP cables & IEMs (no quite: MAY is yet to be delivered).

I also wonder--a conspiration theory of mine--whether Moondrop intends to better capture their users FR preferences through the App cloud repository & "review process", so that they can better target future products.

EDIT: BTW, I am also messing with a Bugblat USB sniffer, trying to understand the commands protocol between the App and DSP--it cannot be that complicated (...???!!!). I am also willing to butcher a FreeDSP to find out what chip is used :D I just need to find some time... :rolleyes:
Does tanchjim have a dsp cable? What is it called
 

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Not standalone.

You can buy a Tanchjim One DSP, then replace the IEM with one of your choice and use their App for EQ control.
Or you can buy the Moondrop CDSP (~$15) that is built around a KTmicro chip, like the Tanchjim DSP-enabled IEMs (DSP versions of the Zero, One, and Tanya).

These KTmicro-based IEM/cables only offer 5x Peak filters (9x on FreeDSP) and may not be as good as the FreeDSP—but they are most likely “good enough” for a large number of IEMs.

As @markanini noted, the Tanchjim app is better than the Moondrop one, but the Moondrop app is still “serviceable” if you don’t constantly fiddle with the filters: that’s what I do with my FreeDSP & CDSP cables: I leave them attached to the IEM…
Both app’s are Android apk.
 
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