KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic IEM Review: Musical Brilliance Unveiled


In this review, we delve into the world of the KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic Driver IEM, a remarkable collaboration between popular YouTuber HBB and KZ Audio. With a 13.2mm Planar Magnetic Driver at its core, this new in-ear monitor promises a significant advancement in the planar magnetic in-ear monitor vertical. Join us as we explore whether the KZ x HBB PR2 is a must-have addition to your audio arsenal.

For our evaluation, we employed the EarAudio Phantom Cable (4.4mm) along with SpinFit CP100 Plus Eartips. The audio source was a Questyle M15 DAC, connected to both a MacBook Air and an iPhone 12.

KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic IEM Review: Musical Brilliance Unveiled

Design and Build Quality

The KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic Driver IEM boasts a plastic open-back faceplate adorned with a lustrous Metallic paint finish. A metal mesh on the plate serves both an aesthetic purpose and a functional one by protecting the drivers from dust intrusion. The inner shell, constructed from high-quality transparent plastic, provides a captivating view of the drivers and internal components. However, it's worth noting that the cable design remains consistent with other KZ IEM models.

Comfort and Fit

During my experience with the KZ x HBB PR2, comfort was generally satisfactory for shorter listening sessions. Yet, for extended periods of use, users might need to experiment with different eartips to achieve an optimal fit. I personally found success with Spinfit CP100 Plus and the included stock foam eartips. Although KZ offers Starling silicone eartips, SpinFit CP100 Plus emerged as my preference. It's important to mention that users with smaller ears might encounter some discomfort with the fit of the KZ x HBB PR2.

KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic IEM Review: Musical Brilliance Unveiled

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the KZ x HBB PR2 left an indelible impression. Having previously admired Letshoure S12 Pro, Timeless OG, and AE versions, the PR2 has prompted me to consider setting them aside. Characterized by an energetic, faster, and leaner sound signature, the KZ PR2 delivers an exceptionally musical experience.

  • Bass: Contrary to the typical limitations of sub-bass reproduction in Planar driver IEMs, the KZ PR2 pleasantly surprises with its well-defined sub bass and mid bass. The bass response is swift, accompanied by a satisfying punch and slam. While not as thick as dynamic drivers, it outperforms most Planar counterparts.

  • Midrange: The midrange exhibits remarkable texture and emotion, devoid of sibilance or harshness. Male and female vocals sound vividly realistic, boasting tonal authenticity. Even amidst complex tracks, individual artists' voices emerge with distinct clarity. The KZ PR2's midrange performance is, without a doubt, a highlight.

  • Treble: The treble resonates with crispness, clarity, detail, and musicality. Addressing user feedback regarding treble sharpness, KZ has made substantial improvements in recent IEM releases. The KZ PR2's treble region engages listeners with its smooth and captivating delivery. Complex tracks are presented with impeccable clarity and layering, allowing nuances to shine. Overall, the treble is finely tuned, capturing every sonic detail.

  • Soundstage: The soundstage, while not expansive, provides a sense of proximity, enveloping the listener in the music.

  • Imaging: The imaging is commendable, surpassing most IEMs within the sub-10,000 INR range.

KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic IEM Review: Musical Brilliance Unveiled

Value and Competition

Comparing it to the CCA PLA13, the sole planar driver IEM under 5000 INR, the KZ PR2 emerges as the clear victor. While the PLA13 leans towards brightness and excessive bass, resulting in average sound quality, the KZ PR2 shines with its balanced sound profile. Boasting quality bass, textured midrange, and melodious treble, the KZ PR2 is an undisputed champion in this category.

Pros and Cons

Pros  Cons
Engaging and well-tuned sound signature Fit might be less comfortable for users with smaller ears
Textured midrange and musical treble No carry case or pouch
Good sub and mid bass response for a planar driver Cable quality is average
Comfortable design for short listening sessions

 KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic IEM Review: Musical Brilliance Unveiled


In conclusion, the KZ x HBB PR2 Planar Magnetic Driver IEM is a triumph in audio engineering. With an artful design, commendable build quality, and a sound profile that excites the senses, it undoubtedly surpasses expectations. Whether you're a seasoned audiophile or a newcomer to the world of high-fidelity sound, the KZ PR2 promises a captivating listening journey. Its superbly balanced sound signature, rich midrange, and articulate treble make it a strong contender in the competitive world of IEMs. For anyone seeking an affordable yet exceptional planar magnetic IEM experience, the KZ x HBB PR2 is a resounding recommendation.

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