The MIMI in consideration here is designed and made by ShoonTH. It boasts of a rather large 15.4mm dynamic driver paired to a very well designed Silver plated LC-OFC cable with a strong and sturdy 3.5mm straight plug which is outright amazing the moment you hold them in your hand, considering the price point this is pitched at! From a drivability standpoint, the MIMI is fairly efficient with a Sensitivity Rating of 110db/mW with a 32-ohm impedance making it relatively easy to be driven through most portable daily devices such as your phone & laptop.
* Good Tonality (Meaty and weighted)
* Controlled taught bass response
* Easily tunable via minor EQ adjustments
* Excellent build quality (Touch and Feel)
* Above average imaging accuracy
* Decent instrument separation
* Lacks a bit of refinement out of the box
* Sub-bass and upper treble roll-off a bit too early (EQ can correct this a bit)
Beautiful sound but couldn't last on durability.
Nice earbuds on a budget below 1000, with good sound and fit. Quite durably built.
The product comes in a very tiny packing which I liked quite a lot. It contains the earphones, 2 pairs of donut shaped ear pads and a small metal carry box.
While the product itself looks unique and sounds decent, its not worth the price. It sounds like any other semi-open earphones costing 300 rupees. The extra cost may be justified for transparent design and silver coated wires.
There's nothing much to describe the sound here. They sound decent overall. Enough bass but obviously no sub bass due to the design.
I'd recommend you to stay away from this product due to microphonics. I've faced it in one of the buds. They aren't present all the time but when you move or sleep against them it's THERE and it's really annoying. Other reviews online have mentioned facing similar issue.
Thank you audio store for the prompt and timely delivery
Firstly I request all those who buy this or read this to keep reminding themselves that this costs under 1k
The packaging was solid, appealing and compact.. I adore the case.. It's durability remains to be seen..
Soundstage width at this price point is praiseworthy to say the least.. The depth is pretty much non existent.. but then again, the price...
Imaging is decent and u can't ask for more at this price..
Separation is okay...
Tuning: The best part..
Mid focussed.. vocals stand out... especially the female vocals..
Upper mids are great..so is lower treble.
Bass is phenomenal being an open earbud.
Midbass has ample impact..
Although sub bass is almost absent.
I guess that's the trait of most open earbuds.
However the sound signature is good enough to keep you engaged and entertained.
The buds themselves seem sturdy enough...the cable seems sturdy enough.
The foam covers are okay..
Comfort is pretty good.
The not great:
The cable is stiff though. It doesn't stay put after a roadie wrap.
Minor microphonics audible.
The upper treble lacks airyness and this decreases the overall range of it.
So I suggest you use a good 10 band equalizer like Poweramp and slightly boost up the 3k, 8k regions symmetrically by about 2-3 dbs...
That greatly improves the balance..
None that I've discovered so far..
Overall can u get better at this price??
Maybe there's something out there better..maybe there isn't.
What matters is this punches significantly above it's price point..
I do not think there's any person out there for whom, buying this would be a wrong decision...
First time you put this on you would notice is the soundstage, its width, but lacks in depth perception. It has a mid – focused tuning. Vocals has got a significant life especially male vocals but it needs slight refinement in higher female vocal notes. Based on mastering and your source the mids could sound quite intimate, depending on your taste it could sound shouty. Significant amount of sub-bass roll -off which is expected out of most earbuds is present here also. However, this doesn’t mean it is not enjoyable you will definitely feel the kick drums and other percussion instruments but you would wish it had slightly more bass, but that's quite user specific and depended on genres of music you listen to. Bass heads- it's better you look for something else. This wouldn't satisfy your needs. Quantity of the bass present doesn’t bleed into mids. Drivers are quite sensitive and of impedance of 32ohms hence you can drive them of your phones. I have to admit the cable is quite amazing for it's price.
The donut ear pads provided needs to be slightly larger. First time users will just tear them right apart on putting them on. For me I got better bass and mids response with full foam pads which was not provided in the box.
Instrument separation is not top notch, picking out instruments can be a little difficult but these are $10, considering the price to performance ratio it's a bang for buck in terms of imaging and instrument separation. Treble is where it where it lacks again. Those cymbal strikes, hi-hats and decays sound veiled. Wish it had slightly more sparkle to it.
And The Ugly:
I couldn’t find any.
That initial wow- factor is created due to the lush mid-range and soundstage.
Overall, I would rate it 3.5/5.
These earphones look beautiful. The cable has a premium built, quite heavy, and does induce stethoscopic noises but I am okay with it.
I drove the earphone from my Schiit Stack, XD-05 and iBasso DX160; in daisy chain and found great results. The sound signature is slightly warm, the treble is airy and much better reciprocated than the VE Monk Plus. The mids are not recessed and sound as they should. The bass is not as punchy and dynamic as the VE Monk but the remaining spectrum more than makes up for it.
It is a pleasing earphone, destroys any competition till 2K mark. My Hifiman Re400 was sweating at the 2K mark but they offer much better comfort and isolation. Tonally, I have no complaints. Technically, there isn't much room for expectations but I could identify 3-5 points where imaging is prominent in the limited soundstage. Which again, is much better than the VE Monk. Overall, this is a well-rounded earphone and edges out the VE Monk in my opinion.
I commend The Audio Store for retailing such earphones, that is not as brutally marketed as some brands (ahem bOat) - but do their job gracefully. Another addition to my collection.
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I write this review after almost 6 months of purchase. During this period I bought several other IEMs and was listening to a variety of sounds. The Moondrop Kato is a unique iem in its own way. Perfect balanced sound for all genres of music. All frequencies shine on this iem. My only problem is with the fit. It's a bit heavy, being solid CNC machined metal. I haven't tried the more evolved tips to resolve the fit issue. The sub bass and mid bass are quite surprisingly more prominent than some of the planar IEMs I listened to. The vocals and high frequencies were so much clear and bright with no distortion or sibilance even at higher volumes. The Kato is easy to drive and expose nuances in music that remain subdued on other IEMs. Its a whole new experience listening to hi definition music on Kato. Slowly building on you as it gradually burns in. The Kato is a must for aspiring audiophiles. It also is a reference monitor for comparisons with other Hybrid, Planar and BA iems. I am sure, you won't be disappointed with its performance.
Great Purchase, totally recommended.
Price to performance ratio is awesome.
These are pretty great modular cables, which has a good price to performance ratio. Build quality relatively sturdy.
Wow..these are still V Shape tuning king...edm or rock...electronic music is excellent in this. The recent zeros are too hot in treble for me.
Excellent bullet earphones...if you give it some power....this will blow your mind for sure...not good for phone output..you need a very good dongle like tempotec hd pro or ibasso dc03 pro...excellent pairing.
First time ordering from this store, ordered on the 18th morning and got it on 19th afternoon (Chennai). At first I was disappointed but as I listen I can hear more details, I don't know if it's a good thing as some of the songs I listen to have some anoying background noises and the vocals seems enjoyable. Fit is comfortable and easy to put on. Overall I think it's worth the money.
Gives required boost from Mobile audio out to My IEM and DT 770 pro 250 OHMS Headset
Great power output and sounds sweet. Few a very minor cons, but overcome by the pros. Its a good buy overall.
Other options for portable players available now with almost double the price is shanling m0 pro or hiby R2
The DAC was purchased with lot of apprehensions on the sound quality. But it came out a winner. Beautiful sound, punch bass, solid mids and very airy and clear highs. A superb combo for your iPhone to listen to hi-res music!
An iem I like a lot, it delivers good bass and fairly good mid and treble too, i use it with a lotion paw s1 and spinfit 100 eartips.Worth every penny. Excellent value.
These IEMs live up to the name. The music sounds lively and precisely the way you want to hear it—a very close or almost Harman-curved sound signature. The only con is the plastic feeling of the shell and the cable and sticks a little out of the ear. Although, the most powerful in my collections to likes of Ikko Oh01, BQEYZ Summer, TruthEar Zero, and KZ EDX pro.
These IEMs kind of felt dull in the beginning but boy, they do not fail to amaze at all. Such a balanced sound signature, although not a wide soundstage but very enjoyable. These are available for 129$ on Linsoul and it is blessing we're getting it only for 49$ here in India.
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