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I'm interested in the Kinera H3 IEMs but have a few questions. I'll be looking to use these with an Oppo HA-2SE. Ultimately I've been saving for a pair of Cardas A8s, and wondering if I should jump on this for the value, or hold onto my money.
Currently I'm using a pair of Hifiman RE-400s. I intend to keep these for my office, and the second pair will be for home/travel use. I freakin' love the RE-400s. Very neutral and controlled. I'm not huge on bass. I prefer a sound signature that's laid back and has a nice balance of lows through to the highs. I don't mind bass presence, but it has to be controlled. If not, I prefer more revealing mids and highs.
Anyway, my questions are... Should I hold onto my money, and keep saving for the A8s (retail $299)?
Also, I have pretty small ears and ear canals. This isn't an issue with the RE-400s, and seems the A8s accommodate small ears nicely, but can anyone who owns a pair of H3s share how these fit?
I don't think the Kinera's will suit your listening preference. It's not very neutral with strong bass through the dynamic driver and good highs through the two armatures but very recessed mids. I wouldn't use 'very neutral and controlled' to describe them. They have a unique V shaped sound signature compared to other things I have tried or owned (64 audio U8-12, Nuforce IEM 6, Sennheiser IE800, etc). I purchased these specifically because I was interested in the hybrid design and I was surprised by the build quality so I don't think you will have trouble with the fit on comfort. I have given them to 4 friends to try and all of them comment on the comfort and quality of the earbuds (picture is to show package contents and build quality).
Thanks for commenting. Bummer about the sound signature. These do look like well made, great fitting IEMs, but think I’m gonna pass for now.
These definitely wouldn't be in your wheelhouse. Not very laid back (vibrant treble), plenty of low end, recessed mids (lower mostly). They fall into that "fun" sounding v-shaped category. Here's a pic of how they fit as well.
Appreciate your reply. I’m gonna hold off and keep saving/searching for my ideal pair of IEMs.