BUDGET
IN-EAR

KS2

KBEAR

Rating

Price

7.8

18 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

106 dB

7.7

Handling

8

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

KBEAR has grown and is now offering quite good budget IEMs. They have learned to interact with the community and to implement criticism.
The KS2 has an almost outrageous V-signature, but it's really fun and the mid-range is not neglected.
But the KBEAR KS2 is not just a pure fun headphone, it also convinces with its very solid resolution and distinctive stage size.

Handling

You can't expect too much for a good 20 €, and KBEAR lives up to the savings mode in their budget models. 3 silicone tip sizes excl. the already mounted, the notorious 4-core copper cable, which we already know too well from KZ, or TRN and which does its job, but is not one of the most exquisite.

The production of the packages and their contents for KBEAR, TRN, CCA and what they are all called, seems to be handled exclusively by one factory, as they hardly differ, but I shouldn't mind.

The KS2 doesn't feel particularly valuable, even the gold-plated sound openings don't help. Apart from these, the KS2 is completely made of plastic, but it has quite good ergonomics, even though there are more comfortable designs.
Knowlege Zenith, for example, shows with the ZSN Pro that you can get better haptic and aesthetic (I know this is a matter of taste) at this price.

Sound

I have to admit that I had a little trouble with KS2 in the beginning. I hadn't had such a pronounced V-signature in my ears for a long time and therefore it seemed a bit overloaded in the bass and treble range at first. Nevertheless, the fun factor was already there at the beginning and even if I sometimes have to overcome my inner bastard, I want to give every IEM a fair chance, especially if I want to review it. With the KS2 this was definitely worth it, even though I do experience signs of fatigue in daily use, be it the massive bass or the sometimes slightly sibilant trebles.

The bass is strongly boosted, which can be further increased with foamtips. Although it has the highest output in the signature, it does not completely overshadow the signature. It has quite good stability and is simply fun. The sub-bass has real fire and the mid-bass a dynamic punch. It extends a bit further when it wants to slam and is therefore not the fastest, but quite organic. I would like the upper bass to drop faster to provide more clarity in the midrange, but you can't have everything. In the long run it's too much for me, but for in between it's a great fun.

The mids don't have it easy to stand up to the bass and high frequencies, but they can hold their own surprisingly well. Okay, voices are a little bit set back and the bass clearly gives something to the mids with its booming nature and especially its impact. This can sometimes make them sound a bit dull, thin and hollow, but it depends on how much bass is already in the mix of the song. If it's a bit more relaxing, the mids show that they have a lot more to offer. Even if they sound a bit warmer than they should, I still find them quite pleasant and musical. Therefore they move on a narrow degree and sometimes you are afraid that they might break away completely, which fortunately never (never say never) is the case. Nevertheless, they could steal a good 3 dB of bass and thus flatten the V-signature a bit.

The highs are energetic and, in addition to the bass, bring momentum to the music. Sometimes they are a bit too engaged for me, but always stay under control. Silicone tips bring sibilants a bit more into the daylight, whereas foam tips make the bass a bit too authoritarian. Somewhere in the middle is the holy grail. Here you can certainly play something with different tips. All in all, the trebles are alive and create space, for a better separation. Here and there, however, the high frequencies are too artificial for me, but they are quite detailed and lively.

The stage is definitely big, but you have to ask yourself at what price. The fact that the mids are moving more in the background suggests a bigger stage, but at the expense of tonal correctness and unnatural elevations at both ends. Nevertheless, KS2 can be quite exciting with this, as a lot happens over a wide area in all directions.

Outro

If you like it a bit more physical in your ears, if you are a V-signature lover, and if you like to listen to contemporary music, be it pop, rock, hip-hop, reggae, or even acoustic sounds, the KS2 is the right choice for you if you want to keep an eye on your wallet. Apart from the CVJ CSA, which however follows a different tuning philosophy, the KS2 is a clear budget recommendation 2020 under 20 € with all-rounder qualities.

With the promocode "NEWKBEARKS2" you can even save a few bucks.

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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