Thieaudio is generating a lot of buzz with their new flagship in-ear monitors, the V16 Divinity. The Divinity comes in at $1499, which is no small investment. I had the chance to try their Monarch MKII IEMs and, while I had my reservations, I still really enjoyed them and was excited to see what Thieaudio did next. Today I'm going to see if the V16 Divinity lives up to my excitement.
What’s in the Box
Thieaudio V16 Divinity IEMs
Detachable 26AWG 0CC silver-plated cable with Smart Switch Plug
Jack adaptors (2.5mm,3.5mm,4.4mm)
Thieaudio carrying case
Silicon Ear tips (S, M, L)
Foam Eartips (S, M, L)
Look and Feel
Thieaudio has consistency throughout its IEM line in terms of the design aesthetic. These look and feel nearly identical to the Monarch MKII, right down to the packaging. This is, of course, a great thing. Divinity sports Thieaudio's signature marble backplate design and looks beautiful. The cable has the right amount of malleability, the monitors feel secure in my ears, and the customization options make it so I can have my ideal setup right out of the box. I feel very comfortable using these.
Each side of the Divinity has 16 Knowles and Sonion balanced armatures, to ensure clear quality and separation between the frequency ranges. This separation is further emphasized by a 5-way crossover system. The Sonion Drivers are specially designed to create true sub-bass frequencies that can be felt. Overall, the V16 divinity is an impressive feat of engineering.
The Thieaudio V16 Divinity has a frequency response of 20 Hz – 22 kHz and an impedance of 18 Ohms.
The soundstage on the Divinity is impressive. It has nice, wide imaging that puts you in a believable space with lots of room and air. Parts felt like they surrounded me and I could pinpoint where they were meant to exist spatially. I do feel that it could have had more dynamic control at times, but overall details came through excellently regardless of volume.
The Divinity has really strong lows. They're pushed somewhat to give that consumer-ready sound, but they don't sound overdone in any sense. The lows are rich and subtle, yet can still give a nice punch when they need to. I did feel the subs very well too, but not as tangibly as I expected.
The mids on these have a mostly flat frequency response and do a good job of bridging the Lows and Highs together. I do find that this range tends to play second fiddle to the other extremes at times and I would have liked slightly more presence in this range. That being said, the mids still retain an insane amount of detail and sonic texture that enriched the overall sound character immensely.
The highs are one of the highlights of the Divinity. They are heavily present and provide great detail and sharpness to the sound with near surgical precision. I never felt like they were too harsh or overdone, yet still took up an admirable amount of space to bring the details and airiness to the front. I liked how these highs sounded.
High-end IEMs are a tricky thing to pull off. You can go the flat route and have to compete with every other high-end flat IEM, or you can color the tone quality and risk alienating listeners. Thankfully, the Thieaudio V16 divinity does an amazing job of taking liberties, while still being palatable across wide audiences. These are Thieaudio's best IEM that I've tried and I would highly recommend the Divinity for somebody who's looking for a good, unique sound character.
You can buy the Thieaudio V16 Divinity here