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Hi7

KBEAR

Rating

Price

7

85 €

Review published:

08/2019

Driver

7

per Side

1

Dynamic

6

Balanced

Impedance

12 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

6

Mids

6.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

106 dB

6.8

Handling

8.5

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The KBEAR Hi7 is a perfect example of how the number of drivers never says anything about sound quality. The Hi7 is a hybrid consisting of a dynamic and 6 BA drivers. How such a configuration can work is impressively demonstrated by the BGVP DMS. However, the Hi7 is far from reaching this level, as tuning has probably become a minor matter here. I try to keep myself short here, because there are much better options for your money.

Handling

The scope of delivery is usually quite modest with KBEAR and so is the Hi7. Besides the silicone tips and the quite useful MMCX cable, there is also a small bag for storage.

Wearing comfort and isolation are in a good range. Especially due to the rounded design, the Hi7 doesn't corner anywhere and fits even in smaller ears. There is nothing more to say here.

Sound

For me the driver count of the Hi7 is wasted. Surely they are technically capable of much more, but here they tried to artificially inflate mid and high frequencies too much, so that the Hi7 sounds tonally far away from natural and listening becomes a tolerance test.

The bass is still the best part of the Hi7. This is really quite good when you are looking for fast, dry bass. It is more at home in the midrange and gives the lower mids enough warmth. It's not shy, but doesn't play a dominant role in the signature either. It doesn't tend to overdrive, although it doesn't always seem to act tonal correct. Sometimes it adds more bass to the music than necessary and the other way round it misses the impact when needed.

The mids are a bit strange. If you restrict yourself to the lower mids, they aren't that wrong at all, but the higher you go, the more unnatural it gets. Especially around 2-4 kHz the frequency response makes a huge leap up, which makes voices seem much too aggressive and tiring. Also instruments sound too bright and slightly metallic. Here they tried to provide clarity by increasing the level, which was a complete waste of time.

The trebles continue where the mids stopped. They sound very bright and sometimes unnaturally metallic. Here an extension is suggested that is not there. The peak around 7-8 kHz also makes them very hot and not edible for a long time. Sibilants and sharpness are omnipresent. However, they are already able to reflect details and when listening more quietly, you can also get something out of them, if the music is not too complex.

Besides the bass, the stage is still the bright spot. The separation suffers a bit from the high bred mids, as this is quite good, but you don't notice much of it, as the mids with their aggressive nature demand full attention, whether you like it or not.

Outro

It's not enough to simply take a handful of drivers and throw them into a quite appealing case. Without extensive tuning, something good rarely comes out of it. For this price tag, the Hi7 automatically measures itself against competitors in this range and clearly gets the short end of the stick. As it has potential from a technical point of view and also reacts quite well to an equalizer, one could still bend the in-ear, but in my opinion this is not worth the effort, as there are better (finished) alternatives. Maybe you could talk about it again at a price below 50€, because then I might be more willing to experiment with an equalizer. Nevertheless, I don't want to do the Hi7 all too wrong with the given potential in the evaluation and maybe it is just the right thing for one or the other. I have also read quite good hearing impressions about the Hi7, but I do not necessarily share them.

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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