Really quick impressions post-up of the Kinera H3, just in case they drop them again;
Have had these for a couple of weeks now, gave them a thorough run-in.
Have not really spun through my standard musics list for device reviews.
I can say, ABSOLUTELY, that these are the most comfortable UIEMs I have ever experienced.
They have the form and fit styled after some of the most popular CIEMs on the market today, and it feels like it, in the ear.
After appropriate run-in, one experiences a very balanced sound table, mids and highs are very clear and sweet, with a very nicely present bass that is not bloomy or overwhelming in any way.
They are fast enough to present the low ranges happily and with excellent detail, no muddying of the bass, but rather a fairly clean/crisp presentation with a bit of nice muscle when necessary.
Mids and trebles are airy and not at all strident- rather one hears a decent enough separation, that is not particularly present in most IEMs.
The SS is definitely V-shaped, but, IMO, not horrible about it. It's a more shallow V than many I've experienced.
These are built using 2 balanced armatures and 1 dynamic driver, an assembly rivalling that of some "higher end" IEMs.....which begs the question of just how much some of these other IEMs really need to cost.
The cables are about as tangly as any, really, are made from 2 copper and 1 silver braided wire encased in a low-microphonics plastic with soft-yet-stiff covering to give an ear-hook that seats them nicely in the ear canal, and allows adequately for under-chin or behind-the-head wear. Isolation is VERY VERY good. Very nearly as deep an isolation as have the Echobox Finders. And with a better sound. I like how stable the 2-pin removable cables are on each monitor, I think the 2-pin build is inherently more satisfactory than the MMCX found on the MEE P1 and the NuForce Primo8; many folks have been experiencing a wonky fit of the MMCX on the right phone of the NuForce,myself included, which has me not using them because it's too fiddly to be worth bothering about. No such issue with these, and a replacement cable can be had for 29 USD.
I like these better than the MEE P1 Pinnacles , The NuForce Primo8's,(see reason above), the RHAs, and my Westone4's... and they give the Shure 535's a run for their money. In some ways they sound better and more lucid than the Shures.
This is one of the few IEMs that I wear OFTEN, as I generally prefer full-sized cans and speaker listening*.
I am currently weighing the decision to buy another pair of these, vs. the Rose Technology "Margaret", which falls into the same bracket as these, being model-ed on the CIEM build style. (If anybody has tried the Rose, I'd love to hear input on that here.)
Take-away; A nice, COMFORTABLE UIEM with a CIEM style and comparable fit,(for some), that sounds and looks much nicer than it's price point at 99 bux USD suggests.
I hope they drop these again, the 84 USD was a nice discount on them and I will have no trouble joining that drop if it happens.
* I don't buy more expensive IEMs just because I won't really use them enough to validate the outlay.