BUDGET
IN-EAR

DIAMOND

KBEAR

Rating

Price

8.3

70 €

Review published:

10/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

9

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

102 dB

8.2

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

I didn't find the first trips of KBEAR particularly exhilarating, whether it was the Opal, F1, KB10 etc. However, their subsidiary (TRI) was able to convince me right away with their i4 and i3.
KBEAR, however, seems to be a company that is willing to learn, listen to its customers and has always developed and made progress, which I find remarkable.
The KS2, or also the KB04 can be mentioned here as an example.

Actually, I had thought that KBEAR would be more limited to the budget range and sell the higher class models through TRI. The DIAMOND, or the BELIEVE deviate a little from this.

I have always written that the IEMs of KBEAR could not completely convince me, and so it is with the DIAMOND. However, it is currently the best IEM of the company (the BELIEVE is not yet released at the time of this review), which is absolutely competitive even in the upper class.

Handling

In contrast to TRN, KBEAR knows that the customer is happy or expects higher quality accessories above a certain price. I was pleasantly surprised by the inserts, also with regard to the presentation. Great.
We get a haptically and optically very attractive 8-core cable with 2-pin connection. A leather case, foam tips, and two kinds of silicone tips round off the very good first impression when unpacking.

The IEMs themselves are excellently manufactured and have a timeless design, even though I was a bit fed up with this carbon look. They are a bit heavier due to the exclusive use of metal (comparable to the KB04), but this does not affect the wearing comfort. Also the isolation is satisfying, but not to be emphasized.

Sound

There's nothing to hide the fact that the DIAMOND has a distinct V-signature, which I consider to be well balanced, even if the lower mids are a bit too much behind.

The bass is really nice and for me the highlight of the DIAMOND. For purists or the dry, fast BA bass lover this is certainly a toxic dose, but I absolutely enjoy it. It is stirring and has a wonderful dynamic and organic sound, which is really good on the drums "TOOL - Chocolate Chip Trip". Toms and bassdrum sound very full and have that certain something in the kick. I would assume that the DIAMOND bass has slight weaknesses in speed and partly in accuracy, but all in all I wouldn't want to miss such a bass, even if the sub bass rolloff bothers me a bit.

It would be too good to be true if the mids didn't act as a temporary spoilsport. The mids are not bad, they are even really good, but not with everything you put in front of them. This is due to the upper mids, which I find very demanding. Especially with high female voices and electric guitars (single notes), where they become quite garish. This leads to fatigue and the sweet spot in the volume, where the headphones show their best side, is unfortunately below my desired volume setting. Since the bass always motivates me to turn up the volume, the mids quickly remind me that this was not such a good idea. That's a pity, but the other way around I can/must also protect my hearing.
What else is there to mention? Well, the lower mids are a bit too restrained for me, but I find the separation acceptable and details come out more than enough. There was still more in here after the terrific start in the basement.

Because the highs and mids around 2 kHz meet and peaks in the signature are often found there (mostly rightly so), it is not so easy to find a culprit if this peak overshoots its target. Finally, it is a philosophy of its own when one range really stops and the other starts and even then everything somehow plays together. As clear as we reviewers try to separate these partial frequencies with words, it is unfortunately God's seldom possible, because our hearing is too complex for that. But it is certainly a support when evaluating an IEM, or headphones. To cut a long story short, the highs (I blame the mids) have quality and would be without much complaint, if the mids would not affect them with their garish nature. They have enough extension and above all sophistication to perform better, but due to the midrange influence they sometimes sound a bit too deliberate and bright.

The stage is not the biggest, but I find it quite natural and especially interesting in the depth. The imaging could be better, but in and of itself I find the DIAMOND successful in that area, but not extraordinary. But it is less suitable for analytical listening.

Outro

The bass tastes good to me. If based on that I would add more balanced mids and present them in the right places, I would also take the highs as they are and have a really good IEM. The DIAMOND is without a doubt as good, even very good, if the song selection suits it, but maybe I had expectations a bit too high or am a bit disappointed that I can't transfer the sound experience one to one to every musical feeding, which doesn't make it the best all-rounder. I'm looking forward to the BELIEVE and until then I'll pass the time with drum solos from the DIAMOND.

Thanks to OARDIO for the reviewsunit.
https://www.oardio.com/kbear-diamond-iem-earphones.html

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

DIAMOND

DIAMOND

KB06

KB06

F1

F1

KS2

KS2

Hi7

Hi7

LARK

LARK

KB04

KB04

OPAL

OPAL

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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