Kiwi Ears Orchestra Review

Kiwi Ears Orchestra Review

Kiwi Ears are among the newer Chinese Hifi brands positioning themselves in the midrange of the audiophile earphone market. The company was relatively unknown to me and, to an extent, still is. The Orchestra isKi’s current flagship that we have in for review, and it looks to offer many positives for its price point.

What is the Kiwi Ears Orchestra?

Where to buy and current pricing: Linsoul (Global Shipping)

The Orchestra is an 8 driver earphone. This means that they have a total of 8 drivers in each earpiece. This means that many different frequencies are handled by their own distinct drivers instead of the setup in, say, a single dynamic driver IEM in which one unit handles the full spectrum of sound.

The earpieces are very nicely designed with the full resin housing containing all the drivers. It’s well made and well finished and offers some difference from Thieaudio’s earphones like the Excalibur, which have a metal nozzle fuzed to the resin body. This may offer a little less protection from drops but makes for a more seamless aesthetic without the possibility of cracking at the seams. They also feature a common 3 bore design which are

The Orchestra is done in a semi-transparent black through which you can see the configuration of the drivers inside. The faceplates are a bit strange in that they have decorated only one side with the Kiwi Ears logo and left the other blank. Overall though, I really like the aesthetic.

In terms of comfort, I rate them highly. They are lightweight and have a nice ergonomically friendly contouring to the body that allows them to disappear in your ears. Isolation is average, and they sit with a medium depth insertion.

The cables are really nice. Wait, did I say cables? Yes, actually, surprisingly, I received two cables in the box, one with a balanced termination and the other with a standard 3.5mm jack. I like that a lot in the absence of a jack adapter cable like on the Dunu Hulk of Fiio FH5s. Moreover, it allows you to have the right cable for compatibility with your DAP/DAC/Amp.

It’s a copper construction with a quad braid at the bottom and a dual twist past the splitter point. All the hardware is metal, and the performance of the cable is excellent. It flows well and resists tangles, and while not on the very high level of some of Linsoul’s other offerings, it is the kind of cable we would happily have paid $100+ for just a few short years ago.

What’s in the Kiwi Ears Orchestra box?

It’s a mixed bag when it comes to accessories. You get some pretty underwhelming eartips. There are just a few different sizes of silicone tips included, and companies like Fearless Audio far exceed what you get in the box. I didn’t have an issue getting a good tight seal which was good, but many people would appreciate more variety in Spinfit and Comply tips at this price point.

The carry case is really nice. It’s a hard clamshell case with a faux leather construction. A nice shade of blue, the Kiwi Ears logo, and plenty of room for spare cables and other accessories.

Does the Kiwi Ears Orchestra sound good?

Absolutely, they do. This is a fantastically balanced armature earphone with great detail retrieval and a clean, clear transparent sound. Everything is very linear and neutral sounding with no real embellishment in any one area. It works well with a variety of musical genres and sounds bad with none.

The highs have a solid extension, not so much in how the recent crop of electrostatic earphones present them. They produce a crisp and accurate tone with no sibilance. The air is enough to present them with a fairly large soundstage without getting hot sounding or uncomfortable during long listening sessions.

The midrange is the standout, with good weight and impact complimented by open, airy tones with just enough warmth to make them engaging. The way the mids perform allows them to be that versatile earphone I talked about. Something equally good for critical listening yet no so one-dimensional that you can’t just sit back and enjoy them. I found them to be smooth and packed full of detail. Vocals are magnificent especially female vocals, with the crisp clarity being set just right and no sibilant upper midrange peaks to distract you.

Bass is a distinctly balanced armature style. Yet, it does extend deep and has a lot of detail and texture to it. When comparing it to a dynamic driver earphone, we, of course, find that full-on sub-bass impact is lacking. That is a drawback of the technology used in the low end, yet it offers more detail and greater speed than most dynamic drivers. So really, you are trading off one quality for another, and it will really come down to how you listen. Do you listen to a lot of EDM with your earphones? Then maybe you would prefer a DD or hybrid IEM. On the other hand, if most of your listening comes from rock, pop, classical, jazz, etc., maybe you would prefer the finer detail and texture in the low end, in which case a Balanced Armature like in the Kiwi Ears Orchestra can really shine.

The soundstage is good, it doesn’t have the EST 3D presentation, but it has air and clarity in spades. Perhaps a bit more depth than width. Detail retrieval and imaging wire fantastic and commendable when compared to other BA earphones in this price category.

Conclusion

With all the fanfare circulating tribrids right now, the Kiwi Ears might get overlooked. That would be very unfortunate because these are a potently good set of neutral earphones that offer a lot of competition and display good value for money when looking at more established earphone brands. It is a good start for the company, and we hope to see more of their earphones shortly.

Video Review of the Kiwi Ears Orchestra by Audio Levels

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