BUDGET
IN-EAR

KB06

KBEAR

Rating

Price

7.6

27 €

Review published:

09/2019

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

24 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

111 dB

7.5

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

KBEAR hasn't been on the market too long yet and has proven its luck with its previous models, sometimes more, sometimes less. But so far there has not been a complete breakdown. The KB06 is a hybrid, consisting of 2 BA drivers and a dynamic one. Similar configurations can be found in the TRN V30, KZ ED16, HIFI WALKER A7, or REVONEXT RX8s. The KB06, I see behind the RX8s followed by the V30, which makes the KB06 the best KBEAR in-ear so far at a fair price.

Handling

The seat and fit of the KB06 are fantastic. In addition there is the compact design, which shouldn't cause any problems even for small ears. The feel is exceptionally good in the budget range due to the metal plate and the round design, which makes the KB06 a perfect companion in everyday life. However, the cable is a bit fiddly and resembles the one that Knowledge Zenith also adds to its in-ears. You have the choice to order the cable with or without microphone.
The colours are a silver metal plate on a cyan-coloured synthetic resin housing, or transparent with a black plate.

The other accessories are very spartan, typical for KBEAR. Cables and three sizes of silicone tips. That's it!

The isolation is excellent for me with the biggest tips. As with so many Budget-In-Ears, the driver flex is a small drop of bitterness, but it doesn't influence the sound. Admittedly, the Campfire Solaris isn't exempt from this either.

Sound

The KBEAR is not only the best of the company, but also a good one compared to the competition.

The bass concentrates more on the mid and upper bass, but is also not sub bass shy.
This makes the KB06 a rather warm representative, which is well absorbed by the BA drivers. Nevertheless, it can sometimes be too much in the upper range, so that the bass sometimes lacks clarity and control in connection with the not quite so present sub-bass. Basically, however, it is very punchy and powerful. But here I like the performance of the TRI i4 more.

Compared to the recently reviewed TRI i4 (which is also a KBEAR brand), the mids are more "In Your Face" which I like more than when I always have the feeling that I have to look for the mids in the mix, which makes some genres rather exhausting to hear. The KB06 almost manages the balancing act between forward going mids, but without too much sibilants or unpleasant peaks. The latter is unfortunately already present in some songs, especially when high female voices are involved. This leads to fatigue in the long run and does not always guarantee a long listening pleasure, depending on how sensitive you are in the frequency range. The separation and the stage, on the other hand, isn't quite as successful as with the TRI i4, but this is also due to the more present mid-range. If the mids come into play more, this is usually at the expense of a more intimate stage, which is not necessarily bad, but a matter of taste.

I wouldn't call the highs boring, because they can reveal enough details and give the required airiness to the overall sound. However, some frequencies are sometimes more emphasized than others, which makes them more prominent than they actually have to be and vice versa. This doesn't make them as transparent as one would wish, yet the heard remains interesting at all times. Similar to the mids, peaks appear here and there, which are then also amplified and thus do not always provide a relaxed listening experience.

Outro

If I write that the KB06 are one of the best of the company, it doesn't automatically mean that one should expect miracles here, because KBEAR was somewhat inconsistent in its previous models. I see the KB06 on a level with the TRI i4, where the KB06 puts the mids better, but doesn't have the precise bass. I find the TRI i4's highs more transparent and homogeneous, but the KB06 has a bit more expansion. Occasional peaks and sibilants both have to offer, which doesn't always make them the most relaxed companions. Of course, the price difference between the two models should not be forgotten. Nevertheless a good in-ear for a good price!

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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