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Yinyoo KBEAR KS2 in Ear Monitors, KB KS2 Stereo Bass Headphone, 1BA+1DD Hybrid Over-Ear Earbud Headset Noise Cancelling Earphone with Removable Cable for Running Walking Church Stage (No mic, Green)

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The depth of layering is not the vastest and the stage is a hair more confined and so naturally imaging and layering take a hit. For me I do enjoy a bit more of a neutral leaning source with good energy and dynamics to drive the KB01. Unlike the KS2, the KS1 uses an opaque material so the internals are not visible even in bright light. You can see the swirling pattern on the faceplate with the white KBear logo proudly sitting in the middle.

After removing the initial cardboard, the IEM drivers immediately greet you whilst being covered by a clear plastic layer and are enclosed with foam. The bass is on the tighter side and there is still some decent thump there, but it doesn’t muddy the mix, at all. The box is a very small one with an outer sleeve which has three different Storm iems in each of the different Storm colorways and each are imposed in line with each other. Preferences… ​This is not a rebuke of the Storm at all, it is a nice sounding earphone, but it may not be everyone’s preference and I don’t think it fits all genres perfectly. Sliding ti out reveals the beautiful headshells and inside it we are given quite a decent (and this is a genuine complement) cable with 2 sets of eartips - the ash grey being the universal type and the white one being a short nozzle wide-bored eartips.I think that we as a community are so warped and tainted from the competition within the Audioverse of late that we can’t even see how good we have it. Connectors are of the hooded type and provide a bit of extra stability by encasing the mating connector on the earpiece. The noise cancellation is also incredibly amazing, you get total audio immersion, no disruption whatsoever. The midrange of the Cadenza is of course thicker, but I find the KB01 may have a bit better separation.

Do be wary of using high gain on these as IEMs in general are quite sensitive and may introduce audible noise floor. Those familiar with the typical small white slip-cover style box will immediately recognize the packaging. On separation and layering, it gives an enough gaps on each element but the distinction on frequency layeing with its dynamic characters are rather blurry and inconsistent within its sonic canvas that will affect the envelopment of sound on more complex, multi-instrumental tracks. Treble is just fine folks…​Listening to Ben Howard in the track “ The Wolves” actually shows off on the KB01 a bit with some good palpable harmonics in this region. Treble was aggressive in some places and lacking in others but still pushed out some details and sparkle in some songs.I wasn’t a huge fan of the KS2 and honestly wasn’t expecting the KS1 to fare a lot better considering it was “a KS2 with the BA deleted”.

I can’t stress how much I love them, they sound amazing, are super-duper comfortable and my other earphones are jealous of the KS1 Earphones. I found that most tenors will react quite differently as some can come across sharp and more knife edged depending on the singer or track. It doesn’t suffer from the usual sibilant hyperboosted treble/upper mids that plague a lot of budget CHIFI sets.This is a fun sounding, B-Boy style tuning with a penchant for big bass riffs, warm and heavy bass drops and an altogether hip-hop style. At times during this review, I did switch out for KBear’s own “KBear 07” tips but spent the majority of my time using the included wide bore tips. As the title said, my Kbear ks1 cable snapped at the very top of the left earbud, where the corner of the plastic stuff meets the rest of the cable. Though like other single DD types, amping can increase dynamics, soundstage and perhaps microdetails a tinge. Clearly KBear did not go through the painstaking process of creating an actual Beryllium Driver, but it’s nice to at least see that they chose a nice material which can provide nice auditory capabilities if implemented well.

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