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Moondrop Chu review: One for the purists, but affordable

Over the years I’ve met people who just don’t believe that wireless headphones will ever sound as good as wired headphones. I’m one of those who made the transition to accepting that some wireless headphones now sound just as good, especially after the advent of lossless music files. But there are still enough headphones that meet the first segment, the Moondrop-Chu now available with the headphone area.

The Moondrop-Chu is the kind of product that sends the kind of signals even in design to make audiophiles happy. The earbuds come with large buds that suggest the drivers inside are larger than usual – in this case the 10mm ones – and the silicone tips aren’t pre-fitted, letting you know that the one – this takes nothing for granted.

The ear hook design – you actually have to weave the chord with the silicone hooks – also makes this a design that works with an active lifestyle. They stay in place while you run or walk, but as long as you also have the right silicone tip. There’s also a mic unit on the deal with volume controls and a play pause button.

I have always seen a correction between the price of audio products and their sound quality. But every once in a while, a product comes along that gives you a sound signature that’s better than you’d expect given the price. For its price of Rs 1,999, the China-made Moondrop-Chu has the audio quality of a European product that sounds much better.

For its price of Rs 1,999, the China-made Moondrop-Chu has the audio quality of a European product that sounds much better. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

My FLAC playlist on Spotify, started with Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why where the Chu gave the vocals the prominence it needed, sprinkled with piano notes that escalated as needed. And as I move on to a more complex composition like La Vie en Rose, the flutter in Edith Piaf’s throat as she sings her most beloved composition becomes clear even though the recording is decades old. And then something exploded around my ears as the playlist switched to an acoustic guitar headphone test recording, the Chu showing what he could do with the bass.

Interestingly, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for the Moondrop-Chu, especially after seeing an anime design on the cover, making me feel like it was something for listeners much younger than me. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

All of these songs I’ve played underscored how balanced the Chu headphones are, only pushing the bass when the song calls for it. I played Big Daddy Wilson’s 10-minute Walk a Mile in My Shoes because it sounded so much richer than most of my previous encounters with the song. Soon I was playing one favorite after another. As the audio richness pushed me on a nostalgic journey, I remembered how this experience had happened before when an audio product appealed to me in more ways than one. The Moondrop-Chu is such a product.

Interestingly, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for the Moondrop-Chu, especially after seeing an anime design on the cover, making me feel like it was something for listeners much younger than me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Moondrop-Chu is a product for purists, allowing you to enjoy music in all its glory, without having to hear the hollow sound coming from your bank account. It’s a must buy if you ask me.