HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

A-HE03

WHIZZER

Rating

Price

7

145 €

Review published:

04/2019

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

28 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

7

Bass

6

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

98 dB

6.8

Handling

8.5

Haptic

D

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

12 - 40000 Hz

Intro


The WHIZZER A-HE03 KYLIN has long been on my work list. I've had it for well over a year now, and every now and then I dig it out when I want to hear some bass, only to have it disappear into the drawer again pretty quickly. The A-HE03 delivers bass on mass, but unfortunately not in the desired quality, and moreover it gives away its technical potential. It's nice for a little fun in between, but that's it, at least for me.

Handling

The A-HE03 radiates the charm of luxury right out of the box. Design, workmanship, choice of materials, cables and accessories, everything looks and feels high-quality.
Foamtips are included with the silicone tips and the beautiful, round synthetic leather transport case is also very attractive. Even a cleaning cloth is included. Premium feeling.

Unfortunately, WHIZZER uses a round 2-pin connector, which allows the use of third party cables, but is not intended for this purpose. The included cable has very robust ear stiffeners, which provides an enormously secure hold, but it is also a bit thin and especially the rigid ear stiffeners ensure a quick knotting.

The isolation is very good, as well as the wearing comfort. The sound tubes could be a little bit longer, but I achieve a very good hold without any problems, which remains the same no matter what I do.

Sound

Warm and bass-heavy, this is how the A-HE03 KYLIN presents itself.

The bass takes the reins and prefers to see itself in first place rather than coexisting harmoniously with the mids and trebles. If a bass absolutely wants to put itself in the limelight, then please do so with quality and not just quantity.
The positive characteristics are quickly explained: the bass is soft, which I find quite good, especially with jazz music, and has a pleasant punch, which gives kick drums, for example, a satisfying weight overall. Sometimes it can also massage the ear canals, which can be fun with appropriate music. The sub-bass has a very good extension.
On the negative side: too cumbersome, spongy, booming and above all much too dominant in the signature, which completely discolours it into warm and dullness.

The mids are impressed by the bass, let it win its power game and fade into the background. This results in distanced vocals, too warm mids and a bit hollow sound, without liveliness. At this point at the latest I ask myself a bit why two BA drivers were installed in addition to the dynamic driver. What I hear here is that a dynamic driver can easily be driven by itself, especially if you have a budget of about 140 €. Here the tuning doesn't work in any way at all. The stage is intimate and pressed, due to the strong bass impact and can only pick up a few plus points in the depth. The separation is clearly complicated by the resonating bass carpet and is not sharply separated from each other.

When it comes to getting something positive out of the A-HE03, then for me it's the trebles. This is similar to the 1MORE E1010, even if the quality is not comparable. However, the trebles are detailed, transparent and above all free of peaks and fatigue. But they don't manage to match the bass, which would end up in a very strong V-signature, but still provide more clarity. Likewise, they cannot provide the urgently needed lightness and above all width, so that a good 3-D imaging is not produced. What remains is an L-signature, which sounds too ponderous and thus also becomes tiring.

You don't have to worry about sibilants at any time and with the right music material, without bass focus, I can actually get something out of the A-HE03. You also get used to the sound of course, which means that the warmth is not so important in the long run. But when you change it again, you ask yourself how incorrect your music has just been heard.

Outro

The A-HE03 KYLIN is a solid in-ear for bass lovers, but for me without a big A-HA experience, which justifies the price and also the driver selection. Too warm to sound natural, too much bass to make the mids and vocals shine and the good treble alone is deprived of any ambition to separate and show off its strengths. For me, the A-HE03 works in and of itself for listening to music and that in an appealing quality, but the bass in the form of the dynamic driver simply destroys too much and is the fun brake, although it should actually provide the fun factor. When listening to music without a lot of bass, the A-HE03 KYLIN is really quite good and you notice that the BA drivers can act much better than the bass allows them to.
But if you like very dominant bass, which unfortunately often tends to boom and a warm, very smooth signature, you might find an IEM that works. For me at most on electro, hip-hop, or with an equalizer to help stop the bass and make the signature more lively and the sound clearer.
Positive is the workmanship and wearing comfort.
If you have the ambition to always get the best out of an IEM, the A-HE03 can bend over to a really good in-ear, even if the bass will always be a little behind.

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​

1/4

A-HE03

Second Opinion:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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