BUDGET
IN-EAR

SIF

KINERA

Rating

Price

7.9

35 €

Review published:

03/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

7.8

Handling

8.5

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The KINERA SIF is a budget IEM and really knows how to convince within this context. Especially the stage has impressed me. You can also positively emphasize the bass here, if you appreciate a bit more quantity.
For me it is definitely a recommendation, even if not an unrestricted one.

Handling

The SIF is delivered in an unusual hexagonal packaging. In it, besides the SIF, there is a good, silver-coated, quite thin MMCX cable, a transport box and a selection of tipa. The tip compatibility is a bit tricky, which is especially noticeable with foamtips. The sound tubes are a bit short and thinner than usual. Tighter silicone tips work better here.

The wearing comfort is very pleasant due to the light plastic and construction, only the quality of workmanship could be criticized a bit, because the two halves of the case are easy to distinguish from each other, and they don't form a perfect symbiosis due to the visible gap.
The isolation is also quite good without music, but by no means a separation from the environment.
You'll have to press the play button for this, but it doesn't need excessive volume. In general, the SIF is quite easy to drive and this despite the seemingly high resistance on paper.

Sound


You would think that with age (I am still 30 :D) the hearing decreases in sensitivity. With me I observe the opposite, because especially in the upper mid-range and in the high frequencies I feel not as tolerant as some time ago. Surely this has something to do with getting used to the hearing and of course the more far reaching insight into more sophisticated tuning. At the beginning of my reviewing activities, for example, the models of Knowledge Zenith were still very popular with me. In the meantime, these have been somewhat repressed and I have been taught better.
I also notice that in-ears rarely reinvent the wheel, but in-ears of different brands are very similar.
I know, that's not the conclusion of the day, but I've got it out now :)

Back to the SIF:

The bass of the SIF is well done, both in quantity and quality. I have the BD005 and the K5 at hand for KINERA-internal comparison and in this context, the SIF has the greatest impact and depth. It brings fun to the signature, but could be a bit faster. Due to the mild bass influence on the mids, it thickens them a bit in the lower range and gives them warmth on the way, which sometimes makes them appear slightly hollow in male voices, but doesn't hide details in excess. For me the bass together with the great stage is the highlight of the SIF.

Slightly thickened by the bass, they counter this with a generous boost in the upper range, which makes them brighter and, depending on the recording, also slightly metallic. Voices fade into the background a bit, but don't disappear in the mix. I miss a bit of naturalness in the mids, as the midrange also seems a bit disharmonic to me. But this is very subjective and song dependent. Lately I'm also more attracted to mid-centered IEMs, where the difference to the V-signature always comes across quite strongly and requires getting used to.

The trebles bring lightness to the signature and help to clear up the mids. Sibilants can become a problem with some songs, but there is no unnecessary hardness in the upper range. I imagine that in rare cases the trebles can sound a little tinny, which is noticeable on drums for example. (I know that cymbals are made of metal and that this is in their nature, but I have heard drums more naturally before).
Nevertheless, the trebles bring momentum to the booth with their fluffy, detailed and transparent nature.

One of the best things about the SIF is the depth and width of the stage. In terms of a single driver, it makes the situation even more remarkable and of course it also supports the spatial arrangement of the instruments enormously.

Outro

The KINERA SIF is a very good dynamic representative under 50 €. It embroiders with a clean, prominent bass and effervescence in the trebles. The mids could be a bit more homogeneous and generally the signature could be a bit smoother. The long term audibility is given, even if they get a bit too bright for me in the long run. Moreover, the amply dimensioned stage allows to overlook the slight weaknesses.

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​

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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