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REVIEW: Ostry KC06 - Page 114

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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post
 

 

I can't let Danny show me up, so here goes... they are great in that you can wear them up or down without having to swap ears (like with the VSD1's). I find that I wear them 50/50 up/down, depending on circumstances, but they work equally well either way.

Take THAT Danny boy!

I do the same so we're equals.  

post #1697 of 2535
My order status says it's completed, but I never received shipping notification and the tracking number doesn't bring up anything. I've emailed Shenzhen, but was wondering if this is something others have experienced at all?
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Hello guys! What's the difference between kc06a and kc06 ? I've read somwhere that the manufacturer said that kc06 is for mainstream music and the kc06a is for classical and instrumental making the kc06a analytical. So, kc06 will have more bass than the other version. Am i right?

Are there any fake of these iems?
post #1699 of 2535
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Originally Posted by justgotlucky123 View Post

Hello guys! What's the difference between kc06a and kc06 ? I've read somwhere that the manufacturer said that kc06 is for mainstream music and the kc06a is for classical and instrumental making the kc06a analytical. So, kc06 will have more bass than the other version. Am i right?

Are there any fake of these iems?

No one knows what the KC06A sounds like yet as we only just ordered it this week, they should be coming in next week, impressions to follow I would assume.


As for a comparison between the 2, I think only mochill has both of them, so you'll have to wait for him input on that when he gets to it. But beware, he has been known to hype. biggrin.gif


I will focus on what I assume are these iems' intended use, which is everyday on-the-go earphones.
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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

My order status says it's completed, but I never received shipping notification and the tracking number doesn't bring up anything. I've emailed Shenzhen, but was wondering if this is something others have experienced at all?
Postal office usually need one working day to update tracking status.
post #1701 of 2535

There is a seller on Aliexpress with KC06A for $75.91.

post #1702 of 2535
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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

My order status says it's completed, but I never received shipping notification and the tracking number doesn't bring up anything. I've emailed Shenzhen, but was wondering if this is something others have experienced at all?

I had the same issue and also emailed them. The singpost tracking is a bit lacking. I didn't really know what was happening until they landed in Canada after a week.
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Cheers, Wayne. 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post
 

I do the same so we're equals.  

+2 :biggrin:. not a fan of over-ear fit, but they simply disappear that way :ph34r:

post #1705 of 2535
In two or three days I will have a surprise 😃
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

In two or three days I will have a surprise 😃

something with 'A' ? :rolleyes:

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Maybe 😅
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

Maybe 😅

Tease...wink.gif
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😃
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Ostry KC06
Impressions


Listened through:
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S > Quickstep
iPhone 4S > Palaios Wooden Amp
iPhone 5S
iMac > Geek Out 450
iMac > Geek Out 450 > Palaios Wooden Amp
iMac > Geek Out 450 > Quickstep

Mainly compared with the UERM and the Heaven V Aging ("HV"). The ASG-2 just has too much bass weight to make a viable comparison and the BA200 is more of a depth oriented phone compared to the strong stereo separation of the KC06 which would just be a listing of different they sound and would not be fun.


Right off the bat, the KC06 impresses. It checks off all the bases that people generally ask about. It's as if the designers scanned head-fi, created a list of character traits, and attacked them until they were satisfied that it could not possibly disappoint. And it doesn't, not in that regard. It's a very capable IEM that is the result of a very experienced and calculated effort.

Detail retrieval - check!
Clarity - check!
Instrument separation - check!
Just enough bass - check!
Strong vocal presence - check!
Sparkly treble - check!
Smooth delivery - check!
Good layering - check!
More than reasonable price - check!
Etc.

You think of it, they've got it happening.

Sooo... Review over? Best thing since sliced bread?

At the risk of mass hate: not exactly. Not for me anyway.

I'll just run down the list of where they didn't quite hit home for me.

It's a mature tuning. And in that way, it's also a safe tuning. It tries hard not to offend. But at the same time, dynamics are blunted and through all that talent, a certain spark seems missing.

Bass is a bit... dull, for lack of a better words. This plays a bit off the dynamics issue noted above, but in general, attack is a bit rounded. The UERM in comparison has less bass quantity but can be both more authoritative and as well as more delicate. And the HV has more bass quantity but it has a minimal hit on clarity of the midrange, and so it has the apparent ability to ramp things up for bass lovers. The bass is also less one note, and has a bit more texture. But, like everything else, the KC06 bass is very well separated and well positioned.

The midrange has been getting a lot of love. And for good reason. Generally, it's very solid. Like other things, a bit safe, a bit dull, but impressively smooth and incredibly separated. It's also very forward, which is fine except that the intense image separation makes it feel a bit unnatural and detached.

And that brings me to the biggest issue. Its generally considered biggest strengths, also create it's biggest weaknesses. The clarity and separation are highly impressive, not just for the price range, but at any price range. The problem is that they create a situation where the images are not grounded in a single auditory reality. They seam to float in their own separate realities and have no foundation and basis in a singular sonic field. There's no soundstage, there are just very well separated sounds. They don't interact with the space and for that just don't sound... real. And that's their biggest flaw to my ears.

Compared the the Heaven V Aging, they sound clearer and more detailed but clearly less realistic. As a note the Palaios wooden amp is a great pairing with the KC06 because it narrows the stereo separation, gives the bass a bit better focus and impact, and in general has a tall sound, improving another issue brought up by others, soundstage height, which also gives images more substance and life. But it also is fair to point out then that the synergy of the HV is so strong with the Geek Out that it pulls away hard from the KC06. And I'm not one to use phrases like that lightly.

As a side note: I can't recommend the Palaios amp in general no matter the good synergy I hear with the KC06 because of what I feel are build quality issues / needed improvements for longevity and portable use.

Timbre and tonality as other points are generally good but not groundbreaking.

This is a strong offering from Ostry and a very strong performer in general. And very easy to recommend and like. It just makes me feel like it was a mechanical creation, one that was calculated rather than emotionally crafted within a tolerance of acceptable accuracy. And that's moreso what I'm looking for.

Thanks to for the listening opportunity guys.
Edited by vwinter - 5/11/14 at 4:47pm
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