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REVIEW: Ostry KC06 - Page 90

post #1336 of 2535

Both are pretty great iems, I would gather that the ostry have lower barrier to entry than the havi. Some people prefer the havi and some the ostry. The havi are bit more power hungry than most iems and some have said they issues getting it to a decent volume of various devices, I personally would say I listen at a moderate volume and have had no issue. Tips on both iems have a lot of different preferences but the havi double flange sennheiser tips sound superb.

post #1337 of 2535
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Originally Posted by Gryphus0204 View Post

Damn... Hmm but this seems really promising though. Considering my GR07 is close to not usable, i Might just give it a go. What about the Ostry VS the Havi B3? Some people also have mix feelings between these 2.

Baycode likes his Havi more, James' friend prefer Ostry and mochill loves 'em all.
post #1338 of 2535

I have just received my KC06 Gold Edition.



Sonic impressions after two hours are very good. Fantastic clarity, great soundstage. Bass is rich and certain not lacking, mids are very prominent, vocals sound very very good. Treble have really nice extension, but sound smooth and are never sibilant



The big question is how they compare to the other giant killer, the Havi B3. It's not fair to the KC06 that I'm passing judgement on them so quickly compared to the B3. I shall update my comparison when/if they improve over time and with more extensive testing.



So far though, here's what I can say. Please do note I'm still very new to the audiophile world. So some of my definitions might not be conventional as per how they are generally interpreted as.



Build: B3 > KC06.

The KC06 cable is solid, but the rubbery coating is a little dubious. The KC06 does not have a Y-splitter.



Aesthetics: KC06 >> B3.

B3 looks boring. KC06 looks like IEM royalty.



Comfort: Fit-wise (very subjective to user), B3 > KC06, Ergononics: KC06 > B3.

I am having with the large nozzle size of the KC06 since my ear canals are small. My ears are very different on each side. With different tip pairs, either one side would take turns to feel like they were loose.



Isolation:

B3 > KC06.

B3 isn't fantastic. But the Ostry's are rather poor.





Soundstage: B3 >  KC06



KC06 has great soundstage which is wider than the B3, but the B3 has a unique and amazing soundstage quite unlike any other IEM I have ever tested. although it is bested in width, i believe it has better depth and height



Clarity: KC06 > B3



B3 is very clear sounding, but amazingly, KC06 is one notch better.



Detail: B3 = KC06

Both are detail monsters at this price point IMO. 



Timbre: B3 >> KC06

The KC06 sounds good in this regard, but the B3's accurate reproduction of sound is just on another level.



Bass: KC06 > B3

I'm not really a good judger of bass considering I don't prioritize them too much in my listening experience. What I can say is that both in terms of quality are very decent. But KC06 clearly has overall more quantity and a larger bass slam, without sounding bloated or overriding at all.



Mids: B3 = KC06. They have very different mid textures, but both are absolutely brilliant. Havi B3 is forward and thicker with a very nice body. KC06 is even more forward, and are thinner/crisper. 

 

Treble: KC06 > B3

B3 has really nice refined treble, with nice extension, but with some bad recordings they can sound a little grainy/harsh. The KC06 have really good extension as well, but are super refined and smooth.



So there you have my impressions. Overall who wins? I'm sorry but the answer is a cliched NEITHER. I would say the KC06 is a hair-breadth superior technically, but the B3 has a very unique sound signature it which makes it so special and have a soundstage and especially a timbre quality which the KC06 is unable to match.



The point I wish to make, is that these two IEMs are of the HIGHEST QUALITY, for their price point, and even at the 100-200 price point AT THE LEAST. Trying to pick one another is basically doing the other an injustice. Somewhat like asking if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal is better. Appreciate BOTH for WHAT THEY ARE WORTH because they absolutely deserve it! (Sorry for the CAPS!)


Edit 1: With additional burn in and acclimatization, the KC06 I would say has opened up further, and can match the soundstage of the B3 in terms of width. More importantly, for some reason, clarity seems to have improved even further, and it is now clearly better than the B3.


Edited by gyx11 - 4/28/14 at 1:30am
post #1339 of 2535
Thanks for your comprehensive comparison, looks like B3 could be something that I'd like also. How are they compared to your other IEM?
post #1340 of 2535
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Originally Posted by laon View Post

Thanks for your comprehensive comparison, looks like B3 could be something that I'd like also. How are they compared to your other IEM?


I have included my Rockit R50 and Shure SE215LTD, for pure comparison without explanation. These 2 are IEMs which I have extensively use/used. However, because I have been using the B3 almost all the time lately, take it with a pinch of salt because my sonic impressions of the R50 and SE215 are not exactly the freshest.


Build:
SE215LTD > B3 > KC06 > R50

Aesthetics:
SE215LTD > KC06B3 > R50

Comfort (Fit):
SE215LTD > R50B3KC06

Comfort (Ergononics):
Can't quite remember

Isolation:
SE215LTD > R50B3 > KC06


Soundstage:
B3KC06 >= R50 > SE215LTD


Clarity:
KC06 > B3 = R50 > SE215LTD


Detail:
R50 = KC06B3 > SE215LTD

Timbre:
B3 > R50KC06 = SE215LTD

Bass:
KC06 = SE215LTD > B3 = R50

Mids:
B3 = KC06 >= R50 > SE215LTD

Treble:
R50 > KC06 > B3 > SE215LTD

As usual, these are heavily skewed based on personal preference, so YMMV!
 

post #1341 of 2535
Wow and I thought SE215LTD was considered bassy by people, guess I'm not as intolerant with bass as I thought I am? I really should audition more IEM.

Also which tips did you use for KC06, I found that wide bore kinda hurt my ear too but with short bore tips I think it's one of the most comfortable IEM I've tried (wore not over-ear) along with Soundmagic PL50.
post #1342 of 2535
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Originally Posted by laon View Post

Baycode likes his Havi more, James' friend prefer Ostry and mochill loves 'em all.

Lol!
post #1343 of 2535
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Originally Posted by gyx11 View Post
 

I have just received my KC06 Gold Edition.

 

 

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Originally Posted by gyx11 View Post
 

 

I have included my Rockit R50 and Shure SE215LTD, for pure comparison without explanation. These 2 are IEMs which I have extensively use/used. However, because I have been using the B3 almost all the time lately, take it with a pinch of salt because my sonic impressions of the R50 and SE215 are not exactly the freshest.

 

Great and concise comparisions! :beerchug:

post #1344 of 2535
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Originally Posted by Gryphus0204 View Post
 

How does this compare to the GR07? Mine just broke and this looks like a possible replacement 

 

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two differing opinion, one guy think gr07 is better from his memory. other :

 

Two?  LOL

 

 

I have both the GR07 and the KC06 at hand...and the GR07 (MKII) is the clear winner when it comes to SQ.

 

When it comes down to everything else (price, comfort, size, ease of use) the KC06 bests the Vsonic. 

post #1345 of 2535
That's two, in favor and not, I forgot yours though and only referenced sfw. tongue.gif

By the way, what are you using to listen to IEM?
post #1346 of 2535
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Originally Posted by laon View Post

Wow and I thought SE215LTD was considered bassy by people, guess I'm not as intolerant with bass as I thought I am? I really should audition more IEM.

Also which tips did you use for KC06, I found that wide bore kinda hurt my ear too but with short bore tips I think it's one of the most comfortable IEM I've tried (wore not over-ear) along with Soundmagic PL50.

I actually did some tip switching. I first went through all the stock tips, then put some of my older tips (can't remember which ones they came from), and finally the double flanges I used for my b3. I do not think the kc06 is too tip dependent. changes were audible but not too significant.

my impression of the se215ltd should be taken with a pinch of salt because it was nearly half a year ago. but I'm still fairly certain they weren't bass heavy, considering I'm quite intolerant to heavy bass.

anyway, I'm finding the large bores a huge PITA. because my right ear canal is irregularly shaped, my right side always sounds airier and less bass impactful. I was initially worried about channel imbalance. but I swapped sides and the imbalance didn't swap. I asked my friend to try it on and she didn't feel the same as I did. and I do actually get equal sound on both sides. when I press the whole iem into my ears so hard they cry out in discomfort lol.

this is really a crying shame. I think these are fantastic iems and I would hate to not get the best outta them. i'll probably try foamies next and hope it fares better on these babies. i only worry they might compromise the treble quality which I really dig
post #1347 of 2535
I also haves GR07 BE and the KC06 ABSOLUTELY 😶

I'm going to be using a iPhone 4 to test these guys. I used to have a Xonar Essence card on my gaming PC but sold the computer to a nice family that never paid me fully. They got one heck of a deal... (;_; )
post #1348 of 2535
by the way, I nearly destroyed the kc06 and my eardrums when switching from the b3 and with my laptop volume at 50. 15 was loud enough for the KC06, which should tell you how infinitely efficient they compare to the b3
post #1349 of 2535
The change is significant for me even with the two stock tips type.

Well it's efficient, easy to get louder and sounds good without amp but amping really help somehow (this usually happen to transparent gear), of course if you're the type who don't believe in amp I won't force you to believe me. Or maybe it's the dac, hard to gauge (it sounds different with my phone, laptop and desktop dac/amp).
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

I also haves GR07 BE and the KC06 ABSOLUTELY 😶

I'm going to be using a iPhone 4 to test these guys. I used to have a Xonar Essence card on my gaming PC but sold the computer to a nice family that never paid me fully. They got one heck of a deal... (;_; )

You got yours already?

And wayne hasn't? tongue.gif
Edited by laon - 4/27/14 at 9:47am
post #1350 of 2535
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

 

Two?  LOL

 

 

I have both the GR07 and the KC06 at hand...and the GR07 (MKII) is the clear winner when it comes to SQ.

 

When it comes down to everything else (price, comfort, size, ease of use) the KC06 bests the Vsonic. 


Interesting, I have seen the Ostry come out on top some, a couple of just about equals, and if the GR07II wins it is only by a small margin. Safe to say they are close and the usual gear, synergy, fit, tips, etc. account for the variances. Yours may be the only clear cut winner I have noticed as the rest are slight margin victories.

 

 

How do find the Ostry and Mikros compare?

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