Moondrop Chu

Moondrop Chu

Moondrop Chu

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BEST RATING
Calls:
4.7
MUSIC: Good7.9/10
CALLS: Very Good8.8/10
GAMING: Very Good8.0/10
TV: Good7.5/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.6/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.3/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10

The Moondrop Chu is an earbud that is well-suited for listening to music with a very good overall sound quality and comes at a budget price. It has a closed enclosure with a wired connection and a dynamic driver, although it lacks wireless capabilities. These earbuds excel in call and meeting quality, as well as gaming, providing very good microphone quality and sound. They are not optimized for exercise due to their poor score in that regard and do not offer features like active noise cancelling, sweatproof or dustproof certification, which might be important for some users. Comfort is rated as good, but built-in controls score poorly, so if you prefer earbuds with easy access to controls, you may need to consider other options. Moondrop Chu is quite portable with a large earbud size, and they come with cable ear hooks for a more secure fit but do not support wireless charging. They might be a good fit for users who prioritize sound and microphone quality over wireless convenience and who are not using them in very active scenarios. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Good comfort
  • Very good microphone quality
  • Very good build quality
  • Good for calls and meetings
Cons
  • Poor built-in controls
  • Poor for use during exercise
  • Fair noise isolation
  • Fair portability

Ratings by Category

Calls:
4.7
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Music:
4.4
The Moondrop Chu earbuds, with their closed enclosure, offer a very good overall sound quality which makes them suitable for listening to music. Moreover, their soundstage and imaging are rated as very good, which can enhance the listening experience by providing a more immersive and detailed sound.
Gaming:
4.4
The Moondrop Chu earbuds are favored for gaming largely because they are wired, which ensures low latency essential for timely in-game audio cues. Furthermore, they are noted for having very good sound quality, including soundstage and imaging, which aids in discerning the direction and distance of sounds within games.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.3
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
TV & Video:
4.2
The Moondrop Chu earbuds are wired, eliminating latency issues that are critical for watching TV and videos without audio delay. They offer very good overall sound quality and a fair soundstage/imaging score, making for a clear and engaging audio experience when consuming visual media.
Air Travel:
3.2
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Portability:
3.0
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$19
Brand
Moondrop
Release Date
April 1, 2022
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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8/10
Phone Calls Score
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8.9/10
Gaming Score
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8.1/10
TV and Video Score
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7.6/10
Exercise Score
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4.4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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6/10
Mic Quality
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8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
8 Grams
Microphone style
In-Line

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Jasper Lastoria | September 2022
"These budget buds put the pressure on those premium priced in-ear monitors to really justify the cost disparity. Offering excellent sound quality at any price, the Moondrop Chu is both a perfect entry into the audio enthusiast hobby, and an all around good pick for music fans."

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