Today I share my full review of the $250 USD priced Kinera Freya Universal IEM.
As technology becomes cheaper and more reachable each day, we see new hybrid IEMs with more affordable price levels. These IEMs offer great performance for the money. Some companies are pushing all the time to offer great value with their hybrid offerings, and Kinera is one of them. I reviewed their more expensive option around some time ago which is the Nanna, and it earned a spot on our Best Universal IEMs page with its tremendous performance.
Kinera operates in China under Yutai Electronics, which was established in 2010. This electronics company has the determination to develop a new generation of high – tech products for the consumer market.
Our goal is to bring the most valuable earphones to the market.
I have written three Kinera reviews before, and those were of the Idun, Odin, and Nanna respectively. Kinera loves to give the model names after mythology, and this one is no exception. Nanna is a goddess associated with the god Baldr in Norse mythology.
About Kinera Freya
Kinera operates in China under Yutai Electronics, which was established in 2010. This electronics company has the determination to develop a new generation of high – tech products for the consumer market. You can go to their Facebook page to get more information.
I have written three Kinera reviews before, and those were of the Idun, Odin and Nanna respectively. Kinera continues to give the model names after mythology. This time, Freya represents the most beautiful goddess among the gods, in charge of love and beauty.
Freya is a hybrid IEM with one Dynamic Driver and three Balanced Armature Drivers. The setup is very common and well-known with many hybrid models beforehand, but it’s nice to see a somewhat cheaper hybrid around, compared to some other IEMs that cost twice or triple the price.
The Kinera Freya again arrives with a hexagonal-shaped package as its other models before. The box looks like a fine Swiss chocolate package at first sight. To me, the box and its content are more than satisfying for an IEM with this price tag. A truly impressive unboxing experience. I simply loved the fact that they retain this experience for a lower-priced model.
You have much more than you expect for 250$. You even get smartphone headphone adapters for both Apple and Android users. This wonderfully rich content is extraordinary and I give it 10 out of 10 without hesitation. You get 9 pairs of silicone tips as well. 3 pairs are white and the rest are black. I think white tips compliment this color scheme nicely.
The carrying case has a base color of white and the lid has the same color tones as the IEMs face-plate. The carrying case is just as aesthetic as the IEM itself, and it’s very practical to use. It nicely completes this premium package content for securely protecting your IEMs. Very elegant and aesthetically pleasing.
The cable is the same one that comes with the Nanna, so no compromise in there as well. The ergonomics of this cable is excellent and connectors sit in slightly recessed socket areas.
Build, Design and Fit
Kinera Freya is a gorgeous looking IEM with a very impressive face-plate design. The sample I have is the white version which looks quite feminine, reflecting the associated model name. There’s also a black colored version if you find this design too pinky or too feminine. However, I think the color scheme is fantastic for female users.
The white Freya has beauty of red, tenderness of purple, and fearlessness(nobility) of gold.
Kinera claims that these shells are hand-painted which to me is even more impressive because of the asking price of this model. As I understand, these shells are 3D printed but technicians apply that marvelous paint and colors onto the shells. The result is simply great and especially the face-plate area is outstanding.
The IEM has a three-bore design just like the Nanna and the tips hold nicely on the nozzles. These tips are excellent for a rigid and secure fit. The Freya has a very nice shape for most ears. The new budget model is shaped like a semi-custom IEM which fits great to my ears. I wish the Nanna had this kind of a semi-custom shape. The package provides a lot of tips to choose from and I’m sure you will find the best pair.
The review continues on PAGE 2 with the part on sound.