Moondrop Illumination Reference-Class Dynamic IEM


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Moondrop Illumination

The Moondrop Illumination is a reference-class dynamic in-ear monitor. At $799, it falls just north of the median of Moondrop’s lineup, and is the brand’s flagship dynamic-driven headphone. Featuring premium hardware, an anti-scratch body, and reference tuning, it’s ideal for dynamic driver lovers looking for a studio-class upgrade. 

Driven By Devotion

Some people treat dynamic drivers like the beer of the audio world: cheap, mass-produced, and leaving a bad taste in the mouth. If that’s true, then the Illumination are like a Belgian Trappist ale made by fourteen gungho monks. Every ingredient--from the large 11mm driver and Japanese Daikoku CCAW voice coil to the premium N52 neodymium magnets--has been chosen for a sound that rivals “fancier” driver types. 

Anti-Scratch Chassis

Golder than Mike Myers in a critically-panned comedy, the Illumination’s golden shells are made of scratch-proof TiN, or Titanium Nitride. This high-quality material is often used to improve the lifespan of machine tooling, such as drills bits, so the manufacturer isn’t messing around when they say that the Moondrop is scratch-resistant, even against knives.

Reference Sound Tuning

The Illumination is tuned for clarity, neutrality, and naturalness. Super-wide extension at the bottom and top deliver full-spectrum sound that won’t fatigue, while its bottomed-out distortion levels make it suitable for studio work. 

Audiophile, Right Out of the Box

The Illumination is hi-fi from its head to its toes, or, er, its eartip to its jack. Its cable is made of 6N OCC copper with SPC (silver-plated copper) shielding (read: really conductive, really durable, really good). It includes three termination plugs: 2.5mm balanced, 4.4mm balanced, and 3.5mm single-ended. 


  • Impedance: 25 Ohms

  • Sensitivity: 124dB/mW

  • THD+N: ≤ 0.3%

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz

  • Frequency Range: 10Hz-50kHz (1/4 inch free-field mic)

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