Since its establishment in 2016, Kinera has been renowned for driver innovation and crafting handmade IEMs. The latest addition to their lineup is the Freya 2.0, an upgraded version of the acclaimed Freya IEM, boasting a combination of a 7mm dynamic driver and 3 Knowles balanced armatures. The attention to detail extends beyond audio, evident in the impressive retail box, faceplate design, cable quality, and circular leather carry case. Let's delve into the comprehensive review of the Freya 2.0.
Design and Build Quality-
The Freya 2.0 showcases a uniquely designed handmade faceplate, resembling ocean waves with a blend of white, sky blue, and blue glitter. The transparent inner shell complements the overall aesthetics. Freya branding is present on the right side, while the Kinera logo adorns the left. The stock cable harmonizes seamlessly with the IEM shell, featuring modular 3.5mm and 4.4mm audio jacks. The overall build quality, both of the IEM shell and cable, is commendable.
Comfort and Fit-
Designed for optimal comfort and isolation, the ergonomically shaped Freya 2.0 shell is lightweight and of medium size. During extended listening sessions, I experienced no discomfort. Kinera provides three different eartips in the retail package, ensuring users achieve a perfect seal and comfort. Compared to the bulkier first version, the 2.0 Freya is more compact, catering to a broader range of users.
Paired with a Sony NW ZX707 DAP and Spinfit W1 eartips using the stock cable, the Kinera Freya 2.0 delivers a fast and tight bass, clean and textured midrange, and an energetic treble. The soundstage is intimate, with forward mids, while lows and highs are slightly recessed.
The bass response is quicker than my preference, offering tight and controlled presence. Sub-bass is relatively subdued, with a more prominent mid-bass. Ideal for those who appreciate a faster, tighter bass.
Clean male and female vocals characterize the midrange, occasionally losing control and becoming slightly harsh in the upper vocal notes. The vocals possess full-bodied weight and texture, contributing to a realistic and emotional sound.
The treble section is detailed and musical, maintaining a realistic tone akin to the midrange. The instruments feel spatially placed around the listener's head.
Soundstage & Imaging-
The soundstage is intimate, and the imaging is considered average.
Value and Competition-
Priced at $239, the Freya 2.0 faces competition from other IEMs like the Aful Performer 5 and Audio Ehhiku.
Kinera Freya 2.0 VS Aful Performer 5 (P5):
Both excel in look and comfort, but the Aful Performer 5 outshines in the sound department, offering a more immersive experience with a wider soundstage and better imaging.
Kinera Freya 2.0 VS Audio Ehhiku:
While tonally different, the Audio Ehhiku provides a warmer, smoother sound compared to the bright sound of the Freya 2.0. The Audio Ehhiku is deemed more immersive and rich sounding.
Pros and Cons-
|Handmade, visually appealing IEM
|Sub-bass could be more powerful
|Overall bright sound
For those seeking visually striking in-ear monitors within a Rs.20K budget, the Freya 2.0 stands as a top recommendation. However, if audio performance is the priority in this price range, alternative options like the Aful Performer 5 and Audio Ehhiku are worth exploring. While Kinera has crafted an aesthetically pleasing IEM, there is room for improvement in the sound department. Constructive feedback is offered, with the hope that Kinera Audio will refine and enhance the audio experience.
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