Review: Kinera IDUN – Compensated

Kinera IDUN

SOUND

Hybrid in ears are always exciting to me. To know that I’m going to have that delicious and atmospheric bass response, is the most attractive thing about them. In my opinion hybrid design is the “new thing” with IEMs. Not that it’s a very new tech, but it’s certainly getting more popular. We see that with more hybrid IEMs hitting the market each and every day. And the best part about it is the competitive products in terms of price.

With their new hybrid design, Kinera is aimed to improve what they had with the H3, and focused on clarity with frequency balancing. As I told you, I can’t personally compare the previous model with the IDUN, but having a look at the FR Graph tells you some part of the story. The main complaint about the H3 was shaped around the overall imbalance, aggressive or somewhat lifted treble and tendency to sibilance. You can see the comparison with the H3 below provided by Steve from Kinera (black line represents the IDUN):

Kinera IDUN FR Graph

Kinera IDUN FR Graph

I’m not an expert reading or commenting on FR Graphs, and to be honest I think it only reflects a small part of the matter. But there’s an undeniable difference between the previous model when you look at this graph. From this screenshot, the IDUN seems to have a better balance and those peaks and deep points are now not there to annoy you. This of course is a very important development.

All in all the Kinera IDUN sounds very clear, has very good subbass and overall bass is very satisfying but not boomy. Mids sound clean, resolution is very nice and high mids & trebles are free of sibilance. Sound stage is very good (unsurprising from a hybrid) and separation is well done. Overall it’s a very good hybrid monitor for its price tag. Let’s get into the details.

I mainly used Sony ZX2 and Lotoo Paw Gold DAPs for sound evaluation.

BASS

Dynamic drivers usually give a more natural and “how it should be” type of bass, especially in or around this price range. So it would not have been shocking to hear a good bass performance from IDUN. After my tests, it indeed performs very good in bass department. It has a good deepness and it gives successful low notes. Recovery is very nice after the hit, and slam has moderate to high power depending on the recording. But that doesn’t mean this is a real basshead type IEM. It’s far from that. Even with somewhat bassy DAP like Paw Gold, it doesn’t bleed into mid range.

Kinera IDUN

Kinera IDUN

Overall bass control and quality is very good for this price range, but careful with your pairings. Some DAPs can sound boomy with this dynamic driver, so something like Shanling M3s or Sony WM1A would be nice pairings with a natural, controlled bass. With Paw Gold it still sounds nice but can get just slightly elevated in midbass area. Yet, you can miss some amount of midbass presence with pairings like the ZX2, since that DAP has deficient midbass level. But overall the bass of the IDUN is pretty much has everything you ask from a hybrid IEM. Good punch, good sense of space and layering, and naturalness.

MIDS

As I said the Kinera IDUN is intended to sound clean and that you can see clearly on the mids range area. This is not a v-shaped monitor unlike the previous model H3. So there’s a much better tonal balance and mid accentuation. Vocals are clean, instruments shine when they have the stage, overall separation of instruments is very well. Of course a higher level DAP would get more of those qualities of the IEM as you know, so be selective about your tunes and source.

Upper mids don’t have a lifted response, they’re very much under control even on high volume, so this a self evident tuning success from Kinera. Upper mids have the clarity and presence, but they just end up where they should cut out and there’s no harshness that I faced. Again a little more midbass would do more justice to lower mid area, but I’m not sure it’s fair to get a near perfect sound presentation for 140$. Overall transparency and resolution is very nice. Timbre and tonality is good, but like I said, I would be even more happier with slightly more midbass.

The review continues and concludes on PAGE 3 with more sound impressions & comments on synergy.

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A keen audiophile and hobby photographer, Berkhan is after absolute perfection. Whether it is a full frame camera or a custom in-ear, his standpoint persists the same. He tries to keep his photography enthusiasm at the same level with audio. Sometimes photography wins, sometimes his love for music takes him over and he puts that camera aside. Simplistic expressions of sound in his reviews is the way to go for him. He enjoys a fine single malt along with his favourite Jazz recordings.

9 Comments

  • Reply July 24, 2018

    siavash

    It would be great if you could add some comparisons between the Kinera Idun and other good IEMs in this price range (ibasso it01, DUNU Falcon-C, simgot EN700 Pro & etc.), so a reader like a me was able to make a better decision before making a purchase.

    • Reply October 8, 2018

      Berkhan

      I agree, but the iBasso IT01 was a loaner unit so I don’t have it anymore. I don’t have Simgots as well (Lieven reviews them).

    • Reply August 3, 2019

      pierrepp

      possibly more information on this blog : https://viking-store.com

  • Reply September 26, 2018

    Cristopher Solis Chen Wai Kek

    This IEM is gold. I use the Final Audio tips which balance out the brightness of the upper treble, and pairing it with Opus #2 gives a good synergy and dynamism

  • Reply February 2, 2019

    Akrona

    How is the size and the isolation? I’m currently 14 and I’m planning to use this on stage. Would u recommend it? (I feel like the kinera is huge for my ears.)

  • Reply April 30, 2019

    Shafie

    Hi.i have nt had BA iems yet,amd i use pinacle p1 and fiio x5 iii with ballanced cable.
    If i buy this iem,what can i have in sound quality more than p1?
    Thanks a lot.
    I also have mee m6 pro and fiio ex1.

    • Reply June 3, 2019

      Berkhan

      I don’t know the sound of the P1, sorry.

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