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OSTRY KC06 High Fidelity Stereo Inner-Ear Earphones

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #73 in Universal Fit

Posted

Pros: detailed sound quality, great design and build quality, accessories

Cons: stiff cable

This is a review and comparison of Ostry KC06 and KC06A in-ear headphones.  http://www.ostry.com.cn/item/detailPage?itemid=28 and http://www.ostry.com.cn/item/detailPage?itemid=29

 

I get a chance to review and to compare a lot of different headphones some of which represent an amazing value with an OK sound while others have a great sound with a price tag that makes you question their value.  Once I got a chance to listen to Ostry's latest KC06 and KC06A headphones, I knew right away these represent a rare combination of both amazing sound and value!!!  As a matter of fact, these headphones got quickly escalated to the top of my all time favorites.  Let me tell you more why I'm so excited about these.

 

 

 

Due to similarities in packaging and design, most of the review will be combined with an exception of sound description where KC06 and KC06A have their own individual style.

Starting with a packaging, I was truly impressed in how much thought went into its design details.  Everything from a foam padded outer sleeve with a distinct cutout to reveal headphones under a plastic display cover to an etched out spec on the back of it (which unfortunately I wasn't able to capture in pictures due to unique nature of it) and ergonomics of accessories placement inside of the box - represent a great level of pride this company took to showcase their flagship product.  I also noticed that original packaging of KC06 from 5 months ago has been re-designed, and now KC06 and KC06A look similar with an exception of red details of "A" version.

 

When it comes to accessories, both models include an ample amount to keep everybody happy.  You get a pair of soft earhooks to assist with wearing these wire up in addition to a default wire down, a shirt clip, a soft velvet drawstring pouch where surprisingly KC06A had a wider one (more appropriate in my opinion), a warranty/spec card, and plenty of custom eartips.  Both include a set of S/M/L wide-bore short stem eartips (enhances high frequency) and a set of S/M/L narrow-bore longer stem eartips (more balanced with bass emphasis enhancement).  In addition, "A" model includes a very unique set of S/M/L eartips with a built in filter which I found to enhance bass performance even further.  All these eartips look to be custom made, rather than cheap generic ones, and I was able to achieve a great fitment comfort and the best sound with narrow-bore tips.  But for enhanced sound isolation, since I do have a relatively wide ear canal opening, I settled with my go-to UE900 eartips.

 

Moving on to a build quality, I was very impressed with what Ostry had to offer.  Unlike your typical cylindrical in-ear shape that sticks out, these have a flat vertical design with a very comfortable fitment.  For me personally, these didn't require any additional adjustment after the initial insertion.  As a matter of fact, you can lie down with these on a pillow and they still feel comfortable.  The body of the earpiece supposed to be made with some lightweight titanium material with a very durable construction.  Both models have a similar pinhole opening at the tip and the body of earpiece, overall have an identical size/shape, and the only difference is the design graphics with a more neutral sort of question mark of KC06 and a more aggressive KC06A with red accents.  The wire is attached to the back/side and gets wrapped in a strain relief which blends with a tear drop shape of the earpiece.

 

The cable between two models is identical with an only exception of red accent marks on KC06A model.  The cable jacket, though offering a great protection, unfortunately is stiff and has a "memory" effect where after unfolding it doesn't get straight.  I guess it's one of those things you have to live with.  Y-splitter has a very interesting "Y" shape design, and the end of the cable is terminated with a very slim 3.5mm gold plated straight connector.  It has a short strain relief, and I would prefer it a little bit longer considering wear of straight plug.  Also, surprisingly there is no chin slider, though it's not a deal breaker and mostly useful for behind the ear wire fitment.  Furthermore, I didn't sense any microphonics.

 

But as you know, all these eye-candy design details would mean nothing without a sound to back it up.  Here, both KC06 and KC06A deliver with a top notch performance!  Starting with KC06, I was very pleased to hear a well balanced sound with a touch of mid-centric brightness.  Starting with a bass, you get a great quality with a detailed performance.  I can clearly hear separation of sub-bass and mid-bass, but sub-bass quantity is just there to give sound a body rather than a rumbling to make you feel it.  Mid-bass punch is snappy and quite satisfying to my taste.  The bass feels a step above of the reference performance, and it's pleasantly well controlled within it's frequency range.  Mids are very detailed, clear, slightly upfront but still in great balance with the rest of the sound.  I really like how this performance translates into vocal delivery, very organic, with a touch of brightness, and still smooth.  Treble is well extended, detailed, with enough brightness without being too overwhelming, and still very easy on your ears.  For the comparison, if I consider RE400 to have warm reference sound, KC06 has a balanced reference sound.

 

Now, the KC06A kicks it up a notch into a direction of a more commercial sound signature with a slight v-shape cut (relative to KC06).  Luckily, they did it a smart way without doing any extreme tuning to kill the mids which sounds a bit warmer in comparison to KC06.  The bass here gets a refreshed quantity of rumbling sub-bass that can even put a smile on some bassheads.  You still get a great separation between sub and mid bass where the later one is on par with KC06 performance.  Bass is still well controlled without spilling into lower mids or the rest of frequency range.  Mids are still detailed but now just a bit recessed to bring up a power of the low end.  I was very pleased Ostry didn't reduce the quality of the mids except for smoothing out some brighter peaks, and just slightly scaled down the quantity while keeping most of the original attributes from KC06.  Treble is still well extended, has a similar crisp performance without any hint of sibilance.  Also, I didn't find any significant difference in soundstage width.  A principal change from KC06 and KC06A is enhanced/additional sub-bass and slightly recessed warmer mids.  As a matter of fact, I'm still on a fence if what I'm hearing as "slightly recessed" could be an effect of enhanced bass and a bit of brightness reduction.

 

Overall, I was very impressed with everything about these fantastic headphones.  Well, almost everything except for the cable where I would prefer a softer jacket to get rid off that wire memory effect.  Now, when it comes to ergonomics of the design and it's comfortable fitment and the sound signature - both KC06 and KC06A quickly got elevated to the top of the list of my current favorite headphones.  I was actually thinking which one I would like better, and it was a hard decision to make because I enjoy both of them very much, and would highly recommend either.  With a current price of around $60-$80 (newly introduced KC06A is higher in price), these headphones represent a true "giant killer" value in every aspect of their design and sound performance.  Can't wait to see what Ostry going to come up with next!!!

 

Here are the pictures of individual models.

 

KC06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC06A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted

Pros: Balanced but mid oriented with a good bass (for armaure lovers, not bassheads), comfortable, a very wide stage, ultra rich and well designed box

Cons: Plastics under the drivers, cable (looks weird), L and R markings are prone to get erased.

The box is perfect I must say. Many tips and that designed by ... print and all that patented tech. And don't forget the lovely wide soundstage though not 3d.

 

 

Posted

Pros: tonaly balanced, good details, comfort, low profile

Cons: cables are rather sucky, isolation

Alrighty I just got the Ostry's this morning. Out of the box they sounded a bit weird... which disappointed me :(

With a big sigh, I put it in my ears for a bit longer hoping that it would eventually get better.

Aaand conveniently it did

 

It's like a car in a cold morning when you just turned it on and you gotta wait a bit before driving it.

 

Build quality:

Very solid 

whoever said the build quality on the KC06 is cheap........ well they were wrong.. you don't know what cheap build quality feels like, VSD1 felt much cheaper than this.

This is not the most rugged IEM i've ever had but this is VERY solid.

 

The cable is somewhat annoying but it's not the worst. The top half (from Y splitter) tend to keep the bends from the way they were packaged, like the klipsch reference s4i.

Flat cables like the ones on FAD Heaven series or cloth cables like the ones on monoprice/RE-400 are worse, but this cable is not as good as the ones from ATH IM series. 

It also lack a cable cinch making it overall not the worst nor the best but it doesn't bother me

Score (4/5)

 

 

Accessories:

3 sizes of 2 different types of tips, (dome shaped [largest diameter at the base] and the egg-ish shaped [largest diameter close to the middle])

shirt clip

small carry pouch

ear guides

score (3.5/5)

 

Comfort:

When it comes to comfort the ostry's win by miles. I'm not saying the IM70 is uncomfortable, but the KC06 is just far better.

You just put it in with the cables down and it just sits right there very comfortably. The IM70 requires a bit of fiddling around and adjustment of the memory wire before it fits right.

 

When worn cable up, it is less comfortable because of the ear-guides, but even when worn cable down there’s hardly any microphonics so cable up is a bit unnecessary.

 

The actual IEM is very comfortable but the cable can be a bit annoying especially since it’s lacking the cinch, this takes off 1 point off a perfect score.

Score (4/5)

 

Isolation:

The KC06 is really bad in this department. In fact it's so bad that it doesn't feel far off from wearing an earbud. I wore this on the bus on the way to uni and I could hear the bus engine very clearly, it was very distracting. I could hear a phone ringing from the lady in front of me and I could hear her conversation. When I got off and walked, I could hear the cars passing by. 

I would give the isolation a

score of  2/5 

 

Microphonics

It is only present if you actually tap the cables, otherwise you won't really hear it. The lack of cable cinch also has an effect here

Score (4/5)

 

 

 

Sound :

For about $60 this is truly a giant killer, this is far more enjoyable than something like the RE-400. 

In comparison with the ATH-IM70, I still think the ostry's are a little inferior in terms of sound quality alone (by a little i mean really little). 

The IM-70 is able to pack more punch and reach lower in the bass and has better soundstage.

In my opinion the two have a similar sound signature, but the ostry's are about 85% or even 90% of the IM70's quality.

 

The bass reaches fairly low, without being bloated or bleeding into the mid range.

It packs more punch than the RE-400 but less than the IM70.

The bass might not be enough to satisfy for bassheads but by no means are this IEM bass shy!

I can only imagine the KC06A being closer to IM70 with how some people describing it with having more bass and better sound stage.

 

The mid range is very clear and very smooth. It produces quality mids that can be on-par with some $200 IEMs out there. Vocals are rather sweet and lush, not as dry as RE-400

 

The highs have a bit of sparkle to them without being sibilant but I found them having a bit of grain to it.

They are quite prominent compared to something like the RE-400 but not as smooth as UE700 (with foam) or as piercing as UE700 with silicone tips

 

 

The overall sound signature is very balanced! The weakest point of the IEM is probably the soundstage but that is a very minor gripe.

Just because it's the weakest point doesn't mean it's weak at all, by the way.

 

For $60 I would totally recommend this, if isolation is not an issue. To me this is like a more engaging, more fun and cheaper than RE-400.

This should for sure be the first recommendation for a sub $100 IEM, hands down

OSTRY KC06 High Fidelity Stereo Inner-Ear Earphones
Description:

Technical specifications: Driver Unit: 10mm high dynamic CCAW Drive units Rated impedance: 16ohms +- 15% Sensitivity: ¡Ý110dB£¨at 1000HZ£© Frequency range: 20Hz-25KHz Distortion:

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FeatureDo not need warm up, Easy to promote OSTRY first HIFI headphones KC06,OSTRY laboratory using a number of core patents and patents. Is a suitable classical, vocal, music, pop and other styles of three-band equalizer plug is also a need burn easily push a little taste of iron driven dynamic ear earplugs. High sensitivity brings strong adaptability KC06 very high sensitivity, Reach 110db,For the front of the highly adaptive. At the same time, Siege part of iron technology integration, So that the high frequency balance and transparent, In the separation and resolution of a good performance Combination of texture and practical arts Ear shell with titanium technology, Silver metal has excellent texture, While the coating has a high hardness, Life can prevent falls, A collision and other accidents caused by external injuries, Let your headset after prolonged use Steady as new Focus on the details of the wire use KC06 use tpu wire, Feel good, Reduce clutter line winding, Meanwhile tensile wire has increased dramatically. With a special splitter, Let bifurcation bit cut off without restructuring, Ensure the unity of the resistance of the wire will not guarantee splitter factors change
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