Kinera Norn 1DD+4BA IEMs


Headphoneus Supremus
Urgent and punchy
Pros: -cohesive W shape signature
-bright and energic without killing spike
-great resolution
-great imaging-layering
-fast thumpy bass
-mostly realist timbre and tone
-vivid dynamic
-versatile enough tuning
-beautiful design and sturdy construction
-generous accessories including an high end cable
Cons: -not the most competitive at its price bracket
-average technicalities for its price bracket
-lack a bit of definition edge
-bit thin timbre
-bass lack proper rumble and extension
-treble lack sparkle, brilliance and air
-might be too bright for some (especially with Final eartips)


Kinera don't need more introduction, they have solid fan base and are among first chifi audio company to create hybrid IEM. While they did some single dynamic driver earphones, their expertise is with hybrid and tribrid earphones. Their Idun Golden earn my admiration, while the URD was a romantic loving affair, addictive and laid back. Last review ive done of their product is for the Hodur, which offer very bright and energic W shape signature with very impressive micro details delivering.
The story behind my desire to review this Kinera Norn very model was misleading in fact, since I was expecting a basshead earphones due to some graph ive seen, which weren't either accurate or perhaps another version of the NorN (cause yes, Kinera create different version, depending of country ''need'') since these aren't bass monster.

Priced 510$, the NorN is an hybrid with 1 titanium 7mm dynamic driver and 4 knowles balanced armature. Let's see in this review if these can be consider as good mid-tier IEM contender.

32 Ohms.
Rated Power
Frequency Response Range
Cable Length
2.5mm Balanced




Did Kinera ever disappoint in term of construction? Well, not with any of the IEM i've test from them which I can confirm have great durability too, since they all work as new after year of use. The NorN is no exception and the hand made painting as again artsy eye catching masterpiece. Everybody that see them compliment the craftmanship. The housing is made of high quality resin plastic which isn't easy to scratch and can be drop without damage (can't confirm hard hit will not damage drivers inside tough!). For number of driver in it's body, the shell is rather small, but chunky. Its light and very comfortable with above average isolation. 2pin connector are well embeded in the body.


The cable included is of very impressive quality, its an 8 cores-192 strands high purity silver plated cable. Its very smooth and flexible and i find it so good in term of sound transmission that I tend to pair it will all my IEMs now. What's interesting too, is that Kinera include one 2.5mm bal to 3.5mm se adapter and another 2.5mmbal to 4.4mm bal adapter. This is a BIG plus for me, since it can be use with any cable in your collection and avoid you to constantly buy another type of bal mmcx or 2pin or etc cable. This solve my 2.5mm only MMCX cable issue.



Generous you say? Well, the packaging is near overwhelming both in its elegant and beautifull presentation and tremendous amount of accessories we get to cover all possible needs of the consumer. This is to my eyes the packaging and accessories benchmark for Mid-tier IEM of this price range, which alas, seem to be an exception for now among other companies.
So, we have 12 pairs of ear tips, including memory foams and Final E tips (which is great, but not particularly appropriate for these IEM). As said above, the cable is great and the 2 x 2.5mm adapter is a blessing. Leather carrying case is excellent too. Let say this type of unpacking experience sure put a smile on consumer (or reviewer) face. Excellent.



The Norn offer a balanced treble focus W shape tonality where mid bass have boosted slam and treble have analytical fullness. These are bright but not too spiky, still, treble sensitive people might find those fatiguing due to their very energic dynamic and important upper mids pina gain. These aren't as agressive as Hodur for ex, but the 4 balanced armature aren't overly damped either, its enough edgy without being screamy or splashy.

To note that this is the kind of IEM that benefit from wide bore ear tips to get proper sound openess, the nozzle is big and have 3 hole, too small tips hole can even block one of them so be carefull with this. For my review I use both Kbear KB07 or basic short wide bore, this tremendously improve soundstage wideness as well as layering and imaging, treble is less boosted and more open too. Worst eartips I try for these are included Final tips, which compress the soundstage and tend to boost treble even more. As well, at 32ohm with 110db sensitivity, i consider the Norn a bit source picky, cleanest is amping and lowest is its impedance output, better it will sound.

Back to the BASS now, if you look at some graph, you might expect super basshead IEM, but it's not the case. The 10db bass boost have more mid bass presence, yet isn't what i would call V shape nor lacking in well rounded punch. It offer authoritative slam with short decay that permit to keep separation from mids clean enough, yet go roll off in high bass-lower mids rather fast. The rumble is more about resonance than thick vibrant extension and we might even have sligth roll off under 40khz. Its not a linear extension, this bass like to hit and add physical fun to an otherwise abrasive signature. The attack is fast but not the most flexible. Definition is good enough, this isn't warm diffuse bass response, its well rounded and resolved with good texture so even acoustic bass line have enough bite in presence. I'm quite impress by the speed of this 7mm dynamic driver as well as how open is the impact, timbre match very well timbre of balanced armature too, so it doesn't feel lacking in cohesion nor being distached. It's not overly focus on sub bass, it's not a Crin tuned IEM nor a Moondrop Aria, this is muscular low end with excited energy, and it doesn't veil mids with resonance. Sure, it's not the most meaty bass neither, but this would have surely mudded the dynamic rendering so I consider this very well balanced. I find the performance very controlled and adding an appealing and versatile punch energy to wide range of music.

As expected, if the NorN is treble centric, the mid range will suffer from sligth recession, especially before upper mid range and let say the brightness boost is without compromise when it begin, yet, their no invasive sibilance or harsness, it's just not a creamy smooth mid range. Presence of instrument is clear and highly resolve, with boosted texture and good transparency, but male vocal are hint thinner and more recessed than female vocal and instrument like piano don't really cut it since it lack proper note weight and fullness. Still, this isn't thin dry cold mids at all, presence of instrument is lively and dynamic, not lean and lifeless. Again, male vocal is clear, with enough texture to it, just less in your face than female vocal so in fact some might prefer them over the latter due to more restrain pina gain. Layering of mid range is exemplary, this doesn't mud as a whole package and let all instrument keep their individual presence. I listen right now to Timber Timbre and its vocal is widely open and just a hint over focus in higher pitch, without problematic timbral imbalance, in fact, it's rather smooth. If i can fault the mids for something it will be note weight, especially for piano, the speed of attack is there but the hit of note lack impact and air. That's something to underline, the NorN aren't very airy sounding, nor very spacious, it's an intimate mid range with effortless resolution and lively presentation. Versatile for near every music style apart solo piano or violin.

The star of the show and widest frequency range to cover, the Treble, is fully boosted and covered up to 10khz here, and while these are bright sounding, i wouldn't say its too agressive since overall treble boost seem rather linear, with nothing too pushed fowards. Percussions are on line with violin or female vocal, their nothing that sound out of place and we have a very generous amount of details and texture nuance. This isn't what I would call a sparkly or airy treble, its crunchy and snappy with good loudness energy. Pumped up in a refined way, with great sens of dynamic and fullness, you don't hear half cook percussions or instrument here, its fully restitute yet not the must sharply define. I would say the Norn are analytical in a colored way, in the definition attack edge is slightly blunted-softed. Highs are vividly fowards and sounds layers are very rich in number, sometime it can even be a bit overwhelming in term of sound info due to lack of air and spaciousness, yet depeding of music track it can be highly immersive, as if you can find new micro details every time you dig in this density of sounds layers. Upper treble up to 15khz is a bit lacking in sharpness-brilliance as said, so this affect sens of openess. The knowles balanced armature do a great job in term of realist timbre, avoiding metallic sheen or grainy harshness. These are energic and well articulated highs, with great sens of immediacy and fast sustain release, not delicate and far from being dark, the treble wake you up and suck you in its urgent musicality.

When it come to spatiality, i would say its not the most open wide and tall, yet have good sens of deepness without being tunnel like. Its a small holographic room fullfill with sound richness, it like being near the stage with 4 speakers on it positioned in inversed U. Their stereo and center stage feel, no spatial zone seem scooped or ackward in placement.

While this doesn't boost space between instrument, it still offer tremendous imaging performance with precise positioning and excellent layering, all within small space without going muddy. Thats surprising and addictive since this proximity with instrument and singer magnify immersivity and immediacy of the music. Again, your very near musicians.

Technical performance of mid-tier IEM should be superior to entry level ones, and this is evident it is here with the Norn. Attack speed is very fast and well control, without long fuzzy sustain or problematic spike. Resolution is high, in a refined way, not overly bright or trying to overly boost clarity with shouty magic. Cohesion between drivers is excellent, you don't feel dynamic driver is whole different color or is distached, it embrace lower mids in a organic way. Still, balanced armature attack edge can be just a hint blunted sometime, which will affect accuracy of definition yet permit to avoid harshness or incontroled resonance. BA have their limit, wtv IEM i try including Campfire Andromeda, proper sense of clean definition always seem to lack a bit of natural sustain-release especially for string or plucked instrument like piano, guitar or violin. Overall technical performance of NorN is on par or above anything in this price range, and will impress those that want to upgrade from Kinera Idun Golden for example.


URD is darker bassier L shape balance with crisper airier upper treble. Bass is more sub bass focus, warmer and looser in attack, which tend to add warmth to mid range. This mid range is denser and more natural in timbre, darker in resolution, lusher in texture and vocal have more upfront and wide presence, female vocal are less prompt to sligth hotness too. Treble is notably more romantic and color, more laid back yet with extra crispness delivered delicately in a airy way from EST driver, this add sens of brilliance that NorN lack as well as extra air, yet micro details are less plenty and attack bite feel more blunted, organic. Timbre is more textured and brighter with the Norn, bit thinner and more transparent too. All technical aspect as superior with NorN apart upper treble snap and decay, imaging is more accurate, resolution is higher, soundstage is a bit less wide and tall but deeper. Attack control of bass is tighter and more speedy and mid range is less blurried too with the NorN.

All in all, these are very different in tonal balance, NorN being brighter and more energic W shape in dynamic as well as more analytical and revealing, while the Urd is a hint bassier with its big warm slam and have a more please timbre as well as safer fatigue free laid back musicality. NorN sounding more technical and vivid, i feel sound benefit is higher with them since it's 150$ cheaper.

VS HISENIOR MEGA5P (1DD+4BA-400$ (often on sale 250$))

What is evident at first listen is how much pina gain in upper mids we have with the NorN, which is brighter and more energic W shape and feel very treble centric compare to lush balanced neutral Mega5P, which have warmer bass, fuller mid range and more natural timbre but darker treble too, here the Norn have edgier attack with more treble snap and sharper resolution. Mega5p have a natural harman target balance while NorN is bassy DF neutral with extra treble extension and boost. Bass separation is better with Norn, cleaner and faster in impact while Mega5p add warmth to timbre and loose a bit of its individuality definition. Mid range is where i prefer the 5P, even if female vocal are a hint more laid back and not as textured, tone is more natural and note weight is heavier too, timbre is denser with more organic timbral balance that doesn't highlight micro details that can distract us like lipsy vocal or breath of violonist. Treble is more agressive and fatiguing with the Norn, making the Mega5p sound very smooth and laid back, yet not lacking in details but sure in sparkle and air, which make NorN sound more airy and open. Again, imaging is sharper with Norn, more precise and clean in separation, while Mega5p have good layering but not very spacious presentation.

All in all, while Mega5p sound nothing like the Urd, i come to same conclusion that NorN sound more technical and analytical, have hint colder tonality and less natural and versatile tone, for vocal and lush thick timbre lover, i'll go Mega5p, for lively energic musicality with generous details quantity, Norn is unbeatable it seem.


What hit first is how bigger is the sound stage, especially in wideness tallness, after it's how thicker and richer sound layers are presented. The bass quality too impress more than Norn, even if quantity isn't as boosted, its less sub bass resonant, more vibrant, texture and fully rounder. Mids are as high in pina gain boost and quite agressive in upper mids yet thicker and richer in texture details, vocal are more natural and full and note weight is again more felt than Norn, it seem their more lower mids too with 3DT, making male vocal fuller too, so mid range feel less recessed and more balanced. Treble tough is notably more detailed with the Norn, attack is more precise, faster and more edgy in definition. 3DT treble feel like a chunky package and lack proper air and separation between high range instrument, making layering more sticky while better articulated and sharped with the Norn, no doubt that bot treble quality and quantity is better here. This inflict on imaging accuracy, which is superior with the Norn.

All in all, Kinera Norn is technicaly superior and offer a more captivating vividity, yet bass and mids are superior in tone and presence with the 3DT.


The Kinera NorN offer a vividly balanced W shape signature with bright but well controled treble and fast and punchy bass. The technical performance are more than decent for the price, with its excellent imaging capacity, great resolution and energic dynamic heft.

While i would not suggest those for treble sensitive people, let say its notably smoother and less spiky than their more analytical Hodur.
For fans of the Kinera Idun Golden, the NorN would be a logical upgrade.
These are great all arounder and must likely my favorite Kinera IEM i've try yet, it's polar opposite of the URD, which is warmer, daker and bassier.

As well, the NorN construction is marvellous and the very generous amount of accessories will sure impress any consumers.
If your seeking for an energic musicality with crunchy treble, clean mids and tight thumpy bass, the NorN should be on your check list.

PS: I wanna thanks Kinera for sending me this IEM after i manifest my curiosity about them. I really appreciate their open mind for non-hyper reviewer like me.

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Previously known as sakt1moko
Pros: .
✅ One of the best stages, make them perfect for gaming
✅ Top-level drivers
✅ Quality / Design is top notch (as always from KINERA)…
Cons: .
⭕ …but maybe you don’t like it
⭕ So much contrast on the timbre
⭕ High frequencies are OVER 9000!

by PROblem
This & Others reviews you’re about to read, are made without any compliments, no regrets and for personal use. I usually review products that I’ve paid for by myself. These are personal opinions. I hope you like and understand what it is. A non-pro audiophile trying to write a different approach that we usually read in professional publications. English is not my mother language, so sorry for bad writing.
0-50% ★ RUN From It
50-70% ★★ Needs improvement
70-85% ★★★ Average, probably got some issues
85-95% ★★★★ Special, deserve attention
95-100% ★★★★★ U WANT THIS on your collection
This is my
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Tested at 280€ (used). Could be bought at KINERA OFFICIAL STORE


KINERA has a special place in my heart, when I started on the philia, the VESPER was one of the first over 50€ purchases I made. KINERA is a known brand for making probably one of the best designs on this iems since 2011, developing their own drivers and reaching the TOTL price on a lot of their tribirds. This NORN is in the 500€ bracket fighting to get a place between some furious enemies, going for a hybrid configuration with a spectacular 7mm Dynamic Driver on the bass with 4BA to get the high and mid frequencies. Let's go check it out! & test if the FR graph tells us all about the sound…


  • The resin capsule, beautifully handmade is one of the best jobs on this bracket, you can feel every detail on the build of this capsule, and the connector its a 2 pin that seems nicely finish, the cable don't have any issues to be connected (problem that I've found in other iems like CLAIRE, STARLIGHT or TEA)
  • Special mention deserve the paint job, coronated with the silver word on NORN on the top
  • The weight of the capsule is 4.3gr, adequate, you almost no feel you got something on the ears
  • With the smallest vent on the top Ive ever seen, KINERA does an exceptional job with the tunneling and channels inside the capsule, splitting every frequency with their own tube, not having any reflection and sounding exceptionality clear, and finishing in 3 different holes to your ears. The diameter of the nozzle is 6.1mm.
  • The isolation is topnotch, with a nice pair of tips, nobody is gonna hear what is sounding in your ears. It's not the best to walk around, you are gonna figure out a bus hit you when you would be at the hospital 😂
  • The comfort and fit are supreme, probably the only issue is the weight of the cable, but if you aren't sensitive that, this is soft and the lacking of weight make them probably one of the best for long time sessions (talking about fit only)
  • The quality of the over 300€ packaging of KINERA (FREYA, URD, NORN…) is really special, the only brands I tried that got that quality in this price bracket are DUNU and FIIO. The case, the accessories provided, a bag of FINAL AUDIO E tips… just superb
  • I'm suspicious about the humidity this iems could get inside, the small ventilation and the fit it has, make my ears sweat, so proceed with caution when use

  • This earphone really scales with nice eq, highs should be more controlled and bass gets a little bit of separation with the K9pro. Same happens with the GRYPHON. Anyways, the BTR3K could move via 2.5mm without issues
  • It's more sensitive to the power than the character of the source, so works well with any dac, but If you plug in a DAC like the MATRIX, with problems on the output impedance, the dynamic tends to lose definition.
  • With the super-fit of the NORN any tips that gives you a nice isolation works nicely, but my preference as always goes with the KBEAR 07-08 or the FINAL AUDIO E
🔈Driver.7mm titanium-plated fiber suspension diaphragm | 2 Knowles RAF-32873 + Kinera BA | 3 crossover FR & 3 Indepent Tube Design
🔌Cable. Pure Copper | 2pin connector| 2.5mm jack (+ some adapters)
💊Capsule. Ergonomic Resin with handmade painting
✨Sen & Imp. 110dB/mW | 32 ohm

The first thing you see when checking the FR Graph is the aggressive tuning on the top frequencies, they start soon to be pushed to the top, making this iem look so much more sharp than they really are. They are far to be relaxed, but believe me, the intensity and clarity of the sound without any siblings still surprises me about the job that kinera made on the BA configuration.
The color and tonality of this iem suits perfectly with the colors chosen for the capsule, its vibrant, its red, its like fire and is going to burn you, making the music sound alive and astonishing. It's far to be relaxed, not pushing the bass to the extreme, but the presence low frequencies have, helps to control the fatigue with high frequencies. This is the issue I find with the NORN, the long time sessions could be fatiguing depending on the music you choose, making your ears asking for a rest.


I usually try to EQ to find the best performance of any equipment, no matter if it is a TV, PC or headphone. Audio shouldn't be an exception. Usually plays viaroon or[/color]UAPP, using stock cables. Just some tip rolling to get a proper seal.
  • MATRIX i-mini 3 pro
  • FiiO K9 pro akm version
  • iFi XDSD Gryphon
  • Fiio BTR5
  • Fiio BTR3K
This is my[/color] Tidal Test Playlist

LOWs 84%
  • Two steps over neutral, got the tuning necessary to control the other frequencies. A really technical way to present and use a dynamic driver of this characteristics
  • Information and texture of the driver is nice, but is not the best for definition of the low frequencies, and tends to bleed a little, little bit
  • One of the best bass for dynamic & speed, the rumble & punch are average
  • Just say I don't have any driver flex issues, but with this small vent on the top, will be possible if any suffer this problem

MIDs 81%
  • Mids and clearly on the front, supported by the high frequencies, and making them one of the stars of the show
  • Again KINERA making the BA sound right on voices, sounding relaxed but detailed, the counterpart is the female voices sometimes sounds a little bit thinner that I would like
  • The timbre is nice, instruments got insane definition, just a little excess on contrast make the timbre unnatural and over-saturated
  • I'll talk about the stage later on the review, but the separation & clarity make this frequencies enjoyable as hell
HIGHs 77%
  • Focusing your earphone on top frequencies, is a risky bet, they made an awesome job to give this clarity and detail, but could be aggressive and far to be relaxed
  • Air and sparklyness is amazing, probably one of the best thing of this iem
  • The ability to resolve and show every part the track is astonishing, maybe is much emphasized than necessary

  • Layering is nice, every frequency got their own channel, the bass doesn't bleed
  • The lack of texture on the bass contrast with the excess of it on the rest frequencies
  • Details are awesome, but excess of sparkling
  • The counterpart of the risky tuning that KINERA tried on this earphone, is the excess of coloration/contrast, giving a little bit of metallic? timbre, wich in this segment of price is not good at all
  • Not sibilance voices, just a little too much present of the voice on the tracks focused on the singer. Anyways, I could say that some old female artist albums (see recommendation on the last part of the review) sound nice. Can't say the same with new recorded albums
  • Instruments are wich get the worse part of the tuning, guitars and cymbals tends to sound too much, not bad, but clearly exaggerated on volume
  • The airy presentation clearly affects the stage, more horizontal than vertical. Everything sounds around your hear, and they are incredible for gaming
  • The sensation of 3D scene, like I said, make them incredible for gaming, also with this tuning, steps and details are really clear
  • Ability to separate is average, the quantity of highs and sparkling make difficult to separate so many details
  • The stage presents with voice at eye-height, bass is around the scene, some instruments are presented near to the voices, sometimes makes difficult to get a nice presentation
  • With complex tracks tends to solape sounds, anyways the bass is clean as hell, just got the problem mentioned above
  • The recovery is nice, not the best BA implementation from KINERA, but this is part of the risky bet they make here

At the time of this review, the classifieds of this forum got a lot of units of this earphone at the half-price of store price… I can't understand why this underrated gem is there. Maybe the tuning is aggressive on the highs, but give them a chance, do not go so up on the volume, and try to avoid bad (loudness war) recordings. This is one of the more technical iems out there, near to the “audiophiles gems” (CLAIRE & MONARCH) but trying to make the music more exciting, more vibrant, and that’s why is so valuable, because KINERA is trying to make some different… something unique…
Apart from that, the price/performance is nice, the quality of the packaging, the level of design, painting and finish is superior to other earphones costing half of them. Compared to SA6 or CLAIRE, this KINERA is superior in all build aspects. The drivers included on this earphone, are impressive, making the scene detailed, cohesive and nothing sound sibilant. Like I said, probably I’m not so sensitive to high frequencies, but sounds better than looks (including the FR graph)
Just give them a chance, if you are bored from pleasing tuning and calm tuning, and usually listen some old recordings, and want something more vibrant to enjoy your music, just jump on the viking boat.

I really loved to write this review, enjoying music and put all my effort on describe what are the good/bad things of an IEM, thanks to all people that arrive to the end of this review, you can find more information about comparison versus other earphones, and some albums I recommend hearing with this item.

Enjoy music, that is why we are all here. Feel free to comment.

As always, we are going to compare versus a similar price range, or just with similar tuning earphone.



  • Build Quality of ADONIS is nice, but NORN is two steps above
  • Adonis is vibrant, but less aggressive, the bass is more textured on the ADONIS
  • A little more clean presentation, but scene is smaller
  • More coherent presentation, but not as lively as NORN
NORN The risk evolution
  • Compete versus NORN in build and package is hard, even for KINERA
  • Maybe more vibrant than coherent, lack of texture on the NORN, more punchiness
  • Technicalities and Stage are clearly for the NORN, the coherence is for ADONIS
  • Over saturated, but so much funnier than ADONIS




EST 112 The relaxed friend
  • On build and package presentation, DUNU wins for the quality of the cable, but it's almost a tie
  • A relaxed presentation that demonstrate you don't need over exaggerate the highs to make them sound clear
  • The stage of the DUNU is horizontal, but the size is similar to the NORN. I prefer the timbre of DUNU for long listening sessions
  • A neutral warmth earphone with relaxed highs that surprise for the musicality it has
NORN The party friend
  • Get so close on package to DUNU, and have better build construction (and fit) says everything of KINERA
  • Just the opposite presentation, bass is punchier, and voices are near to your eyes
  • Stage is a little bit wider, and got more verticality, details are more present on this tuning
  • A perspective totally different to make an iem, you should your side

Clicking on the image of the album open the webplayer of TIDAL

Marcin Przybytowicz The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

★★★★ Probably one of the best game soundtracks ever made, a brilliant compendium of tracks with the highest quality master recording

Recommended tracks:
‣Just Heard all the tracks and remember this GOAT videogame

A perfect test to check if this earphone is so much for your ears, maybe the guitar strings are over saturated, but the imaging and detail are superb

MADONNA Ray of Light

★★★★★ Madonna and William Orbit made one the best comteporary pop-techno albums with a top-level production quality

Recommended tracks:
‣ Frozen
‣ Nothing Really Matters
‣ Drowned

Probably the best album to check the different character of this iem and see how its affected for the source and tracks you use with it


★★★★ The first album of this singer is a presentation of power, voice and character mixed with electronic and hip hop. A truly masterpiece

Recommended tracks:
‣ River
‣ White Flag

This kind of electronic-made voice focused album is just exactly why NORN exist, make them funniest and making your head move
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500+ Head-Fier
Kinera Norn: My Personal Favorite
Pros: 1. Musical, Fun and slight V-shaped Tuning
2. Very Good and Natural Low Frequency Response
3. Crisp and Sparkly well extended Highs
4. Weighted and Full Bodied Notes
5. Very good passive noise isolation as of nozzle design
6. Comfortable and eye-catchy design
Cons: 1. Mids can be recessed/relaxed at times but it's just part of its signature so totally personal preference
Kinera is a brand of YuTai Electronic Acoustics, that has been in the business for more than 10 years now. Based in Dongguan, China, YuTai is a pioneer in 'Bone Conduction' technology. In last few years , Kinera has produced a series of exceptions products which include Odin, Idun, Seed, BD005, Idun Deluxe and single dynamic driver SIF.

Norn is the latest jewel in crown. It is a 5 driver(1DD + 4BA) hybrid in-ear monitor with stunning looks and killer design. The ear-pieces are an absolute delight to look at. With a hand crafted design and mirror finish face plate and name NORN etched across it in golden, it looks extremely premium for an entry level IEM. Its lightweight and comfortable on ears due to its acoustic structure. I personally like the fit and the nozzle design which serves very good passive noise cancellation.

It is bundled with an 8 core-192 strands Silver-plated copper alloy cable with PVC outer insulation. The cable feels sturdy and compliments the shells perfectly in look and feel. The cable is equipped with universal 0.78 mm 2-pin connectors and a balanced 2.5 mm termination plug. The package also comes with one unit each of 2.5mm to 4.4mm and 2.5mm to 3.5mm connector and a very premium looking carry case.


I have received as part of review circle sent from HifiGo in exchange of honest reviews. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources and is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configurations and price range. One can purchase it from the following link.

For this review the unit has been paired to A&K SE100 (ES9038 Pro) and Shanling M6 (AK4495EQ) without any other amplification.


The high frequency response in Kinera Norn is excellent. The treble shines out very well and bring out all the micro-dynamics crisp in this region. This is definitely not an IEM for treble sensitive people, I can say that easily just on my initial listening as I am very much treble sensitive person but to me the Norn has tuned just perfectly in this region. The highs extend very efficiently to that particular region where it's just sufficient to give you enough sparkle without causing any harshness of fatigue. The attack and decay is very fast in treble which equally compliments the extensions in bass and gives a very satisfying overall experience. The layering and separation of instruments like cymbals is good and makes them sound very crisp and clear making this IEM very much engaging.

The mid frequency range felt nicely done, there is good resolution and contrast in this region. The notes have a bit of additional weight perhaps due to the presence of the dynamic drivers which delivers an excellent vocals. I felt the mids have taken a hit in this region and this maybe because of slight V shaped tuning but with that said I don’t mean that mids are recessed or overshadowed by other frequency response. The percussions extend very nicely to treble region. The resolution is above average and have good amount of detail and air in them.

Bass the best part of Kinera Norn. The speed, attack and resolution is top notch thanks to the dynamic driver Kinera has deployed. The kick and punch is just perfectly done I must say with no overshoot in any region. The bass extension is very good and helps Norn to get additional weight to the notes. The overall lower frequency spectrum is evenly distributed and despite of any track there is no incoherence felt at any point of time. The rumble at deeper layer of sub bass feels quite natural and full of texture. This is neither a IEM for basshead as nothing here in this region is overdone, nor it is any bass shy IEM. In my personal preference it has managed to hit the perfect tuning spot of bass just the way I like. I really enjoy my favorite album of Enigma on it specially the track "Callas Went Away" which has very nice low frequency transitions and was extremely enjoyable.

The staging capabilities of Kinera Norn are pretty good. Width is above average and has nice depth to it. There is right amount of glare in the separation which makes every instrument stands out very well. The overall tonality is towards the intimate and airiness suffers a bit as of closed design.


Final Verdict
In a nutshell, Kinera Norn has been tuned slightly V-shaped keeping consumer audio into account as well along with audiophile audience. The highs are very well done along with the bass response where as mids are tuned bit relaxed. Overall tuning is towards the intimate side with good separation capabilities. The look and feel of the IEM along with its all the accessories is very premium. This is one of the IEMs which got my attention at first glance and not failed to amaze me afterwards. Kudos Kinera, definitely this is going to be my next daily driver soon!
How do you compare Dunu Zen x K. Norn?

Wich is the Bass King? Detail, speed, quantity, Sub or Mid focus)

Great Review.
@PereiraLucas : Tough Battle. Zen is focussed towards the mid-bass and the upper bass with a very good mid-bass texture, the sub bass has good presence without any elevation. Where as Norn has quite nice sub-bass extension and good quantity bass but overall I would say Dunu Zen is a Bass King based on the overall quality of bass.

Ace Bee

Headphoneus Supremus
Kinera Norn - In a Music Booth
Pros: Juicy bass
Clean and resolving mids
Brilliant and extended highs
Very good stage depth and height
Competent layering
Cons: Slight lack of space between different notes
Lack of stage width
Kinera has been in the audiophile trade for quite a while now. Although I have not tried any other iem of Kinera except Idun, which I did not like very much. However, when Norn was released, I honestly got mesmerised by the design. I only hoped the sound was as beautiful as the exterior.


Drivers: 4BA + 1 Dynamic Driver
Drivers Configuration: 2 Knowles BA + 2 Kinera Custom BA + Custom Titanium Diaphragm DD
Frequency Response: 5Hz-40kHz
Sensitivity: 110dB.
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Rated Power: 3 MW
Distortion: <3%.

I had some money spare, and thought about giving the Norn a try and purchased it, out of a whim. It wasn't bad, but I have since sold it because I have got better gear

A very good cable with 2.5 mm balanced plug, with 4.4 mm balanced and 3.5 mm single end adaptor included,Kinera got all the bases covered.
The faux leather case with magnetic flap was quite good as well.



Build and Fit:
The build of Norn is perhaps one of the most beautiful, if not The Most Beautiful I have seen till date. In hand it looks even more impressive. The shells are of medium size with medium length nozzles. Solid acrylic build invokes confidence. Because of the medium size and nozzle length, the fit is quite good in my medium sized ears. Very comfortable and snug fit.
The cable was also quite good, terminated at 2.5 mm balance with 3.5 MM SE and 4.4 mm balanced adaptors for a complete solution. The cable is quite supple, and yet strongly built.


The sound profile of Norn is decidedly W. Kinera has tuned the Norn really well that even though sound i very dynamic and grabs your attention right off the bat, it never gets irritating with unpleasant peaks.

The custom titanium diaphragm DD packs a solid and full punch. Let’s just say you will not be missing Bass on this set. Low frequencies are packed with plenty of power to make you go WOW at the first listen. Midbass slams are full bodied and powerful, and have moderate speed. Same goes for Subbass rumbles - they reach very deep, and provide the atmospheric feeling, but do not linger longer than necessary. Kinera has tuned the driver so efficiently that it produces bass with plenty of power and yet in a very controlled way. Suffice to say that due to the control none of the lower end textures gets lost, rather they are guaranteed to provide satisfaction. I love a powerful low end and I was supremely satisfied by it.

When it played the Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude To War, the bass drums rumbled and roared with enough force to rattle my jawbones. And yet disappeared just as quick, not muddying up the mids and highs.

Steven Wilson - Pariah has a beautiful bassline towards the end of the track, Norn played it to the front of the mix with enough meat on the bones.

In The Dark Knight - Why So Serious, from 03:25, the subbass rumbles are thick and creates an almost tangible feeling of pressure around the head.


Norn has a W shaped sound profile, and hence the mids are slightly pushed forward. Although definitely not in your face. I would say Kinera did a fine job positioning the mids here.
Coming to tonality, the mids have a slight warm touch. Notes are very slightly on the thicker side, aiding them with a good presence. Notes are also quite crisp and detailed, which is even more enhanced by the body.
String instruments do sound extremely pleasing, as do the vocals. Male vocals have nice depth and body, and female vocals have good extension and brilliance. In fact, Kinera has not preferred one segment over another here. However, I could not detect any sibilance - so props to Kinera for that.
Overall, the mids were quite musical yet detailed to my ears. It most definitely did not feel dry to me.

The Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude To War has some cello/bass which emit deep and resonating notes that set up a nice background. Norn reproduces the notes with fullness and musicality. Also, the snare drum rolls were very much crisp and detailed and easy to pick up in the mix.

Leonard Cohen’s voice in Hallelujah does sound wonderful, with enough depth and weight, along with all the textures.
In Silversun Pickups - The Royal We the electric guitars and the vocals are a bit thin and has a tendency to get peaky/sibilant on occasion. However, Land expressed the underlying energy well without the discomfort of peaks.

Yao Si Ting’s voice in Scarborough Fair is highly energetic, and has a brilliant sizzle which can get piercing on poorly tuned iems. However, Norn payes it very well without any sibilance. The energy does not seem cut off, and yet it does not get uncomfortable.


Brilliant highs with enough extension and sparkles to satisfy me. Honestly - this sums up my impression about the highs. The notes are very nicely crafted. No smudges, no uneven edges. Just very finely crafted high notes. The focus is mainly on lower treble, but upper treble is not severely rolled off, and has good presence. Notes do not feel thin and brittle. I crave for the last bit of brilliance in highs, without experiencing any uncomfortable peaks that pierces. Suffice to say that Norn delivers that. Not in spades, but yeah, definitely delivers that..

Metallica - The Four Horsemen has some intense cymbal and hi-hats playing throughout the track, and Norn made them sound brilliant, as they should, without any peaks.

In the case of Steven Wilson - Pariah, the background high notes breathe air very well, and the cymbal crashes stay at a respectable distance while not getting lost behind the strong bassline.

I have almost nothing against Norn. Separation is quite commendable - each individual note has its own crafted space in the headspace created, and nothing smudges others. Each note is also very carefully reproduced with a nice dimensionality. Understandably, no details are missed.

Why, then, do I say “almost”? Because, if you have noticed, I never once mentioned the word ‘airy’. Reason behind is that even though Norn exhibits very good separation and note details, the soundstage width is...less than my preference. Stage height and depth is quite good, but because of the lack of width, the headspace largely stays within the head, does not extend beyond it, and hence fails to provide that last bit of grandiose.

Vs. UM 3DT - Norn wins in note definition, separation, bass impact and depth hands down. 3DT does not stand any chance. However, 3DT excels in providing a very open presentation with a much wider and grander stage that extends well beyond the head. Mids and highs will depend on individual preference though. Norn mids have slightly more warmth,and male vocals have slightly more weight. However, 3DT does not fall far behind, and the slightly more neutral mids has its own charm. Regarding highs, Norn definitely has more sparkle and brilliance, but 3DT has a unique high frequency representation that sounds energetic and yet not fatiguing. Norn highs brilliance is more attacking, whereas 3DT is more musical.

Vs. TSMR Land - Really unfair comparison, as Land bests Norn in all fields. More physical and atmospheric bass, more realistic mids, more extended and detailed highs, wider, deeper, taller and more three-dimensional stage. But well, it costs more than Norn also.

All in all, the Norn has its own niche at around 500 USD price. Those who do not need a very open sounding presentation,but rather prefer an intimate sound with commendable separation and layering, with carefully defined notes and a fun presentation, Norn is for you!

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New Head-Fier
Norn: A Beautiful Experience
Pros: 1. An excellent overall tonality.
2. Extremely well-built cable.
3. Very pleasing presence.
4. The bass has a nice texture to it.
5. The highs are non-fatiguing and yet have an energy to them.
6. Mids are more than enough
7. Soundstage is wide enough with ample height present as well.
Cons: 1. The price at which Kinera Norn sits, it has more than few worthy adversaries.
2. The mids, although more than enough, still leave you feeling that this can be further improved by EQ.
Kinera is a known Brand in the Audiophile community. Their emphasis on beautifully crafted IEMs which sound equally majestic is their forte.

The Product which I will talk about is the NORN, which has a 4BA+1DD configuration.


This was sent by Hifigo as a part of a review tour. I will review the iem using my own sensibilities and experiences You can buy the Norn here.


As always, Kinera Norn is a looker. The shells are painted with red and white paints which bring out a beautiful color combo and enhances the overall presentation of the IEM. Although I did not see any L or R indicators on the shells. It has a good enough cable that has a 2.5mm termination and comes with 2 different connectors for 3.5 mm and 4.4 mm. SO overall, an excellent package.



The shell may appear to be bigger in size, but the fit is exquisite.


  • Premium Five Driver Setup (1DD+4BA).
  • Titanium-plated PU composite high-poly fiber diaphragm.
  • Front cavity 3-tube crossover.
  • Reflective Mirror finish back cavity.
  • Beautiful Hand-Painted design.
  • Outstanding acoustic performance.
  • Universal 0.78mm 2-pin connectors.
  • High-purity cable.
Technical Parameters:

  • Impedance: 32 Ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 110dB.
  • Rated Power: 3mW.
  • Distortion: <3%.
  • Frequency Response Range: 5Hz-40kHz.
  • Cable Length: 1.2m.
  • Plug: 2.5mm Balanced

  • F.Audio FA2
  • Ifi Audio Nano BL
  • Lotoo Paw S1
  • Audirect Atom 2
  • Samsung Dongle Dac.
  • Samasung Galaxy S10
  • Sony Discman.



Test Tracks:

  • Raavan by Amit Trivedi (
  • Chandralekha By A R Rahman (
  • Cold Heart By Elton John and Dua Lipa (
  • Levitating By Dua Lipa (
The Lows are the highlight of Norn. The Sub-Bass is excellently placed and the Mid-bass has a feel to it. The complete bass presentation has both quality and quantity. There is no bass bleed and yet the bass is more than enough to satisfy the needs of a basshead.

The first Track is an addictive Trance track that has an energy to it. If the lows in the IEM are not good then it becomes muddy and dark. But in this case, Norn had it covered and the result: a 60 minutes long session with the first track in repeat.

Those who know the Chandralekha, know it was a track built for this day. The awesome sound arrangement and mixing still rivals the tracks from today. I would suggest giving this a try on Norn and then you will know what I am talking about.

No matter what you throw at Norn, you are going to be impressed.


Test Tracks:

  • Tum Itna Jo Muskura rahe Ho by Jagjit SIngh (
  • Shaam se Aankh Me Nami Si Hai By Jagjit Singh (
  • Aasmani rang By Bhupinder & Chitra (
  • Pani Pani Re By Lata Mangeshkar (

The mids have ample presence to them. The vocals are forward, and the timbre is natural. The mids have sufficient air to them and the complex tracks have been dealt with craft. No congestion felt whatsoever.

For me, Ghazals are the tracks to test the mids and vocals. So how does Norn perform you ask? The answer is exquisite. The laid-back nature of the ghazal tracks offers a very nice presentation. The vocals are forward and lush as well.


Test tracks:

  • In you Eyes (
  • Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins (
  • Hold Me Now by Thomson Twins (
  • True by Spandue Ballet (
The highs are energetic and non-fatiguing. The feel is airy and real. The highs really extend a lot and still, they are non-piercing. The feel is so satisfying that I never felt like removing the Norn from my ears. The Cymbals and the guitar notes come out with precise placement and presence.


Considering the overall sound signature, the stage is wide enough but the depth in sound is just average. The Height of the soundstage is also good and that rings out an overall good headroom experience

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I recently had AAW ASH for review and Kinera Norn Trumps it in every aspect. In the already crowded IEM bazaar, this is an item that will stay for a long time. This is an awesome pair that complements itself with a good enough cable that has a 2.5mm termination and comes with 2 different connectors for 3.5 mm and 4.4 mm. SO overall, an excellent package.
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New Head-Fier
Kinera Norn
Pros: Excellent presence in sub-bass and mid-bass regions.
Well-built cable.
Bold aesthetics.
Cons: No L/R indicators on the earpieces.
It is a tad bit pricey.
The Kinera Norn was sent to me by as part of a review tour in my country, in exchange for my honest opinion. I am neither paid by nor affiliated with HiFiGo or Kinera in any way and have no incentive whatsoever, for writing anything positive or negative about the product. The views shared in this article are my personal views based on the week or so I spent with the product.

I got interested in Kinera as a brand after I got a chance to try out their BD005 Pro. Hence, I was very excited to be part of the review tour of the Kinera Norn. Just like the BD005 Pro, the Norn doesn’t disappoint either. Let’s have a quick look at the specs before getting into impressions.

Technical Parameters:
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 110dB.
  • Rated Power: 3mW.
  • Distortion: <3%.
  • Frequency Response Range: 5Hz-40kHz.
  • Five Driver Hybrid Setup (1DD+4BA).
  • Titanium-plated PU composite high-poly fiber diaphragm.
  • Front cavity 3-tube crossover.
  • 0.78mm 2-pin cable with 2.5mm BAL termination.
  • Adapters to convert termination to 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm BAL.

Frequency Response (FR):
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In terms of aesthetics, the Kinera Norn is quite bold. The hand-painted design and the mirror finish give it an exquisite look. The stock cable (0.78mm 2-pin with 2.5mm BAL termination) complements the IEM quite well both aesthetically and sonically. Kinera has also included adapters to change the termination from 2.5mm BAL to 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm BAL. I can’t really talk about any other accessories or ear tips that come with the unit, since the unit I received was unboxed and minimally packed.

Tip rolling:
After my usual ritual of tip rolling, I decided to proceed with the Flare Audio Universal memory foam ear tips for the Kinera Norn. Other tips that I tried the IEM with (and eliminated) are:

  • Sony Triple Comfort (EP-TC50) – Too boomy.
  • JVC Spiral Dots SF (EPFX11) aka mushroom tips – Kills the bass, elevates treble.
  • JVC Spiral Dots ++ (EPFX10) – Almost as good as Dekoni Universal, but the bass quantity was less
  • Flare Universal – Lays good emphasis on the bass, making it sound natural for the most part. Doesn’t de-emphasize the treble either. (Recommended)
  • Dekoni Mercury – Same as Spiral Dots ++
  • Flare Audiophile – Similar to the mushroom tips, but with better bass presence

The Norn requires considerable power to be driven to potential. It seemed underpowered with the Sony NW-ZX507. However, it sounded excellent with the FiiO M11Plus LTD. The IEM delivers as per the FR graph. In terms of tuning, the Norn is quite well balanced with the mids being a tad bit recessed. This provides for an interesting experience as we get some good bass response along with mild sparkles. The Norn is at a sweet spot between fun and engagement.


It has sufficient presence in the sub-bass and mid-bass regions to enjoy the grinding beat of “Sirens of the sea - sonorous mix” (). Vocals are quite good, both male and female. There isn’t any kind of bleed from the bass region or any sibilance when it comes to female vocals. Separation is quite good. I was easily able to distinguish between different instruments in “Raat ke dhai baje – Kaminey” (), which is quite a feat, as several IEMs fail to distinguish between the instruments in this track. Listening to Bollywood in Spatial Audio (
) on Apple Music was a delight. Tracks like “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar – War”, “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi – Befikre” and “O Re Piya - Aaja Nachle” sound marvelous on the Norn. Be it the energy in the voice of Vishal Dadlani in Jai Jai Shiv Shankar or the dreaminess in Arijit Singh’s voice in Nashe Si Chadh Gayi, the Norn conveys it beautifully.

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Apart from some minor issues like the lack of an L & R indicator on the earpiece, I think the Norn is a very good IEM for the price segment. I’d definitely recommend the Kinera Norn to anyone who is looking for an IEM that is both fun and engaging at the same time.
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There is no need in L & R indicators, on the left - Kinera, on the right - Norn.

Kathiravan JLR

New Head-Fier
Kinera Norn - A Pink Dynamite
Pros: Excellent Bass with Nice Texture
Engaging Mid Section and Sparkly Treble
Sound stage Width and Height
Build, Design, Fit and Cable
Nice Technicalities
Cons: Price
Kinera is the chinese audio manufacturing company which is highly praised for its beautifully crafted in-ear monitors with exceptional sound quality. Their previous products are the IDUN, SEED, ODIN and the Flagship Iem NANNA. The latest product in the Kinera In ear monitor lineup is the NORN which is equipped with 4BA + 1 Dynamic Driver Hybrid HiFi Audiophile In-ear Earphone where the dynamic driver is Titanium-plated dome PU composite high poly fiber diaphragm. In this review lets see in detail about the Kinera Norn.


This unit has been provided to me as a part of a review circle organised by the Hifigo Team in exchange for the honest reviews on the earphone. I have not been influenced by any means to manipulate the review and these opinions are completely mine and subjective. The views on this product may differ based on the source and gears you use to test this product.


Since this is a review unit I received only the case, earpiece and the final audio eartips, hence the complete details of the packaging are not mentioned in this review.


The design of the Kinera Norn is absolutely gorgeous. The faceplate looks very eye-catching and stunning. The pink colored theme looks very nice with the glossy finish in the faceplate that looks like a gem. The overall size is very compact and lightweight. The faceplates are hand painted thus providing that premium feel while touching it. They fit very well into the ear canal and even if you have small ears this doesn’t cause any problem in the fit. The Black coloured stripes running across the pink band in the top and bottom looks absolutely gorgeous. The Kinera Norn branding is done on the faceplate in the golden letters in the Game Of Thrones style which looks classic and attractive. A single pressure vent is given on the side of the earpiece.

The fit is very nice where the isolation is very good while isolating a good amount of external noises. The cable looks very sturdy and premium to touch. The cable is an imported 26 AWG coaxial wire used as the conductor with PVC outer insulation. It consists of 8 wires of 192 strands of silver-plated copper alloy in spiral weaving. The cable has universal 0.78mm 2-pin connectors and a balanced 2.5mm termination plug. They have also included the 2.5MM to 3.5mm adapter cable to utilise the unbalanced termination to directly play via the smartphone.


The overall sound signature of the Kinera Norn is slightly V shaped. My previous encounter with the Kinera was the BD005 Pro and it pretty much disappointed me. It has a boomy bass with the recessed midrange with sparkless treble. Since this Norn being an expensive one from the brand I’m having a big hope on this product. Let’s see whether this earphone really lives up to my expectations in this review.

MY SOUND PREFERENCE: A slight V shaped with more sub bass emphasis, engaging and forward vocals with sparkly,energetic and airy treble.

SOURCE: The Norn is pretty easy to drive so no need for Amps to amplify the sound. The sound is pretty fine straight out of the mobile jack. But to get the most out of the Norn I have used an external dac amp.

iPhone – Audirect Atom 2 USB Dac

The Norn gets easily loud enough and I can’t go beyond 50 percent volume on my iPhone which is pretty nice considering it is an expensive set with 32 ohms.


Fantastic……Marvellous…..Delicious!!!! The bass in this earphone is pretty sweet to listen to. The sub bass and the mid bass coherency is pretty nice and linear. The sub bass is well separated from the mid bass without any bleed into the Mid section. The bass overall has nice clarity and resolution. The separation and the texture in the low end is impeccable. This is one of the best low end experiences I had in this audiophile journey. This Norn has the same low end performance like that of the Ikko OH10 and even better than that with added texture and separation.

The sub bass is very delicious here. I’m a bigger sub bass fan than the mid bass. The sub bass gives that sweet rumble in the low end. The rumble is well controlled and textured in the Norn.

  1. Black Gold – Hans Zimmer
From the start of the track you can feel the thump in the bass. They are felt very clearly in the Norn which literally tickles your ears! At 1:01 the sub bass digs deeper and deeper which just makes your ears tickled. The piano notes and the violin are separated very well in this track.

I have heard this track a lot of time but hearing through this earphone gave me a new experience giving me a lot of background details. At 4:45 the low end is very sweet to hear with the background instruments nicely layered while the low end drop beats sound very sweet.

I go to the bass track to test out the control and speed. The low end is very impactful and has very good control. The vocal in the background is nicely heard while still maintaining the impact of the low end drops. They just bangs your ear canal with the nice thumpy effect.

The bass is very tight and under control with good speed. Behind the low end drops there is the sound of the soft drum which is heard very clearly without any muffle.

At 1:50 several instruments are played and they just move smoothly from one channel to the other while maintaining the low end under control with good speed and clarity. The texture of the bass is excellent and the overall resolution and the separation is extravaganza!

Overall the bass is very satisfactory with excellent resolution, separation, texture, control and speed. I loved the low end in this earphone. Nice transition from the sub bass to the mid bass without any mid bass bleed. The mid bass sounds clean and precise. The sub bass is elevated than the mid bass which gives that nice rumble and clarity in the mid section. 10/10 for the bass department in the Kinera Norn. Fantastic Job Kinera!


The mid section sounds nice and forward with beautiful male and female vocals. The tonality is extremely addictive and natural. The timbre is realistic and non metallic or anemic presence is observed. The piano notes and the guitar strings strike very naturally and energetically. The mid section is very energetic and engaging. In most of the V shaped earphones the Mid section feels lifeless and soulless but this one is an exception in this case! The mid section has nice air and space in between the instruments giving the life and soul to the track.

The addictive natural tonality combined with the forward midrange, energetic and engaging instruments make this pair a very delicious to listen and a great recommendable pair in my list

  1. The Gift Of Music – Dream Theatre, The Answer – Dream Theatre
The guitar strikes very naturally and the drum hits precise and tight. No loose hits of the drums are observed. The vocals sound very natural with a natural and realistic tone. The acoustic guitar sounds very nice and beautiful. At 1:40 the violin sounds very well separated and layered very well.

  1. Santeria – Sublime
The guitar sounds precisely in the right channel and the vocals in the center. At 0:35 the guitar strings shift to the left channel too and sounds very nice and natural. The drums in the background are precise and tight along with the nice piano notes in the background. The Norn just provides nice energetic and engaging listening sessions with this track.


The treble section in this earphone is sublime. Since this is being a slight v shaped the highs are very crisp and clear. They have an enormous presence of air in between the instruments and nothing feels congested. The high extension is done very well and nothing causes the harshness here. During my listening I haven’t experienced any kind of sibilant.

The resolution and the detail retrieval in the high end are above average and very pleasing to listen for longer periods of time. The fatigue factor is not an issue here since it’s more or less completely absent here even though it has a lot of treble energy. The treble just hits the sweet spot of mine and definitely it’s one of my most satisfying iem in the upper end section. The cymbal strikes naturally with precise strike and placement.

  1. The Last Of The Real Ones – Fall Out Boy
The electric guitars and the drums in the background are depicted well while the vocal is nicely centered with no harshness while listening even when the vocal becomes very loud. This track is a very busy track yet Norn was able to separate them well and the background instruments sound very nice. At 2:27 when the background vocal starts which appears like screaming but the Norn made them very beautiful to listen with nice dynamics and smoothness.

  1. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
My go to track for testing out the cymbal strike where it strikes very naturally with good hit and speed. Very pleasant to hear and very much easily audible without the need of raising the volume.

  1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
This is another track to test out the cymbals and the Norn just did it excellently. Absolutely can’t find any harshness with this unit and it is very pleasing to hear for longer periods of time which is very nice to see. The overall separation from the background and the main vocal is impeccable.

  1. Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The electric guitar strings sound without any harshness and the high notes of the piano sound very nice with nice smoothness. Even the vocals sounded very textured and no graininess was seen. The drum hits and the background instruments are portrayed very well even with a lot of complex things going on this track.


SOUNDSTAGE: The soundstage is very good considering the height and teh width. The depth is average but the width is very nice giving a lot of room for the placements of the instruments. The height is very nice too thus providing the OST tracks a massive soundstage effect.

  1. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World – Hans Zimmer
Wow!!! First this track should be included in the bass section since thus has a nice sub bass rumble and the Norn clearly gave me that satisfaction additionally it also portrayed a nice sense of tallness and width in the overall track. Very impressive work by Norn.

  1. Le Mans 66 – Marco Beltrami
The cymbals on the right side and the bass guitar on the left side are portrayed very well thus providing a nice sense of width in the soundstage aspect. The tallness in the track is observed evidently. The depth is however not as big but the overall listening experience is very nice. At 2:05 the silence starts and you can observe the width and the tallness evidently here.

IMAGING: The imaging is pretty impressive in this Norn. The instruments nicely sweep from one channel to the other smoothly and the transitions are very nice and smooth. The instruments can be easily pointed out even in the busy track with a lot of things going on in the track.

  1. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
The drums on the right side and the cymbals and the acoustic guitar left side at the start of the track are depicted very nicely. later the side gets switched very smoothly with excellent transition change. The instruments are nicely moved in between the channels.

The macro details and the dynamics are very impressive in the Kinera Norn without compromising the Micro Details too which is very impressive to see in the Norn.


Norn, the latest offering from the Kinera is very impressive and a top recommendation from my side. The sound is very dynamic with a lot of energy and an engaging factor. The thing that lacked in the Ikko Oh10 is fulfilled by the Norn by bringing the Mid section forward and giving them the soul by making them engaging and energetic. The low end is very impressive with excellent sub bass rumble and the mids bass here sounds pretty clean. The treble has nice energy without reaching that fatigue limit. Overall I’m very impressed by the sound of the Norn. From the build, design, cable, sound etc this thing just ticks all the boxes that i need. Technicalities wise they are very good too considering the width and the tallness it possesses in the soundstage department with excellent imaging capability.

This pink beauty might make you think it is a calm queen but this thing is definitely an energetic monster! 5/5 from my side and i absolutely loved this pair, indeed it’s an absolute pink DYNAMITE!


New Head-Fier
Pros: Excellent high quality bass reproduction.
Gorgeous one of a kind aesthetics.
Technical abilities.
Cons: A bit too boosted upper midrange.
Genre picky.
Disclaimer : This was sent by Hifigo as a part of a review tour. But all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can buy the Norn here.

Build & Fit
If it is one thing that Kinera always nails, its the looks and build quality. The norn is beautifully designed with splashes of red and white, resembles a blood splatter on ice. The embossed printing, color palette and aesthetics are right on the money.
The supple high quality SPC cable also comes with 4.4mm and 3.5mm adaptor cables, the stock cable being terminated in 2.5mm. I believe that all IEMS in this price range must come with a cable that has flexible terminations out of the box (via switchable cable/adaptor cables). The shell is slightly on the bigger side but not enough to worry about. The bigger size is also partly due to the driver config of 4BA and 1DD. What is even more surprising is the 7mm micro DD
inside achieves a magnetic field intensity of 1.5T.


Amp Needs
At 110dB/mW @ 32 ohms, it is rated at 3mW only. It can be powered off any portable source, no dedicated amplifier is needed.



Sound Quality
I know, I know, frequency response graphs are not the arbitrator of sound, but in this case it sounds exactly like its graph.
The bass is deep, deep enough to claw at the earth with clear rendition of texture and finesse. There is very little bloat though, which is surprising given the amount of it. The subbass has finesse, deep reach and is speedy with quick decay. This is an IEM fit for a basshead. The overall tuning of the Norn can be described as a sharp "U" shaped. The midrange isn't recessed but takes a slight step back and picks back up sharply in the upper midrange region. This does two things : add a lot of energy and glisten, make it punishing for rock/badly mastered music in general. However, the Norn performs brilliantly in electronic music and is one of the best I have heard in an IEM when it comes to this genre.
The speedy and thumping bass paired with the energetic upper midrange adds an openness to the sound that is a treat for electronic music lovers. Unfortunately for old school rock or genres that have substantial grit and rough edges baked into them, the Norn is not forgiving enough and the boost in the upper mids is clear as day. The treble region is mostly smooth and pleasant without any awkward resonances, and when it comes to presentation,
the upper midrange presence reigns over the overall treble forwardness.
Another aspect of Norn's sound quality that is befitting of its asking price is the technicalities. It has great layering and imaging capability. The soundstage is fairly wide, it is nicely cast outside of your ears with good amount of layering that enhances the feeling of depth in the stage. Overall resolution for Norn is pretty solid as well. It performs great in the technicalities section.



The Norn is among the finer Kinera IEMs I have heard yet as of writing this review. It's got solid technicalities and a unique aesthetic vibe to it. It's tuning is not a smooth compatibility for all genres but really excels in all forms of electronica and modern pop music.


100+ Head-Fier
Kinera Imperial NORN : The Bass King!
Pros: + Great looks
+ good Build & Comfort
+ Deep and energetic Bass
+ Forward Mids & Vocals
+ Good package & Accessories
Cons: - Separation & clarity could be better
- Soundstage is rather narrow
Kinera Imperial NORN : The Bass King!



Kinera Imperial NORN
seemed quite enjoyable with Deep energetic Bass and forward Vocals & midrange. It is likely to appeal to the younger people who enjoy the deep thump & slam of a club dance-floor or enjoy live performances - but are stuck at home during these COVID days.


This review unit was sent by Kinera for the purpose of an honest review.
Everything mentioned in this review are purely my own based on my experiences with the IEM.



In March 2021, Kinera launched their new Imperial Line of IEMs and NORN is amongst the few IEMs of that lineup.
Kinera Norn is the latest hybrid pair of in-ear monitors from the brand with great looking shells.
The shells look nice with a glossy finish and hand-painted design.
It houses a 1DD + 4 BA setup tuned to provide a great sound performance to the targeted crowd.
I will refer to it as the NORN in rest of the review.

The Kinera Imperial NORN is priced at $509



Specifications are as below:

  • Premium Five Driver Setup (1DD+4BA).
  • Titanium-plated PU composite high-poly fiber diaphragm.
  • Front cavity 3-tube crossover.
  • Reflective Mirror finish back cavity.
  • Beautiful Hand-Painted design.
  • Outstanding acoustic performance.
  • Universal 0.78mm 2-pin connectors.
  • High-purity cable.
Technical Parameters:
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms.
  • Sensitivity: 110dB.
  • Rated Power: 3mW.
  • Distortion: <3%.
  • Frequency Response Range: 5Hz-40kHz.
  • Cable Length: 1.2m.
  • Plug: 2.5mm Balanced.

Design & Build Quality:

I think the NORN comes with great looks, lightweight and ergonomic. the hand-painted shells look premium and feels great in hand too.
In terms of build quality & comfort - the NORN is great for the given price range.


Packaging & Accessories:

The NORN with a great looking box in the red & black combination and quite good looking. The box is filled with ample amount of goodies including leather case, 3.5mm and 4.4mm adapters, Final E series ear tips and other ear-tips, etc.
Just one thing I would like to mention here is that I found the 4.4mm adapter not working properly which Kinera replaced immediately.

Package Contents:
  • One pair Kinera Norn IEMs.
  • One silver-plated copper cable.
  • Six sets of Silicone ear tips.
  • One set of Foam ear tips.
  • One unit of 2.5mm to 4.4mm connector.
  • One unit of 2.5mm to 3.5mm connector.
  • One earphone carry case.
  • One user guide.


The Stock Cable:

The NORN is bundled with a premium audio cable to provide an interruption-free sound signal to the earpieces. Imported 26AWG coaxial wire is used as the conductor with PVC outer insulation. It consists of 8 wires of 192 strands of silver-plated copper alloy in spiral weaving. The cable has universal 0.78mm 2-pin connectors and a balanced 2.5mm termination plug..


The Frequency Graph:

The frequency graph as per Kinera website is below and clearly shows the very slight V shaped signature that it carries.



Items Used for this Review:

@iFi audio Micro iDSD Signature,
DAP/Source : Cayin N6 Mk2 with T01 motherboard, @Shanling M6 PRO (Ver 21)
Streaming Source: QOBUZ



Ear Tips:
I've tried tip-rolling with a variety of tips including Final Audio E Series Transparent Red, @SpinFit Eartip CP145 and JVC Spiral Dots. I've found JVC Spiral Dots to suit me preferences best and have used that mostly.

Tracks Used:
The tracks I have used can be found from the below playlist that I have used and generally use for most reviews... I would like to thank @Otto Motor for his contribution here.

Let's now talk about the quality of Sound....



The Bass is the strongest trait of the NORN. It is very deep, dense, rich and muscular. The deep thump & slam can be experienced in tracks like : "Anna R. Chie (Remastered) - Konstantin Wecker" and “Chocolate Chip Trip – Tool” - whereby you can actually feel the deep thump & slam of the Drum attack followed by good transients and decay. It's like you're in a club and the deep bass you can actually feel like standing close to a sub-woofer. Very enjoyable experience.


Midrange is where the NORN strives to be different from many others – The overall midrange and specially the Vocals are quite forward. This gives a quite immersive experience and the mids are dense, rich & muscular. Instruments sounded natural. Guitar plucks are followed by great transients in tracks like: "Porch Swing - Trace Bundy" and "Rickover's Dream - Michael hedges" to make it enjoyable. However, this rare tuning comes at the cost of losing much details of the drums and lower clarity due to the prominence of the midrange.


Treble is quite enjoyable and non-fatiguing. Cymbals sound natural and tracks like “Chocolate Chip Trip – Tool” sounded great and the track was very enjoyable.
The treble has enough details and texture. Overall treble performance is commendable. However having said that - detail retrieval could have been better.


The NORN has a slightly narrower Soundstage but with great depth. It is as good for tracks that require intimate or on stage listening. However, not so good for live concerts. Tracks like: “Bohemian Rhapsody (live aid) – Queen” sounded like it was happening in a big hall rather than the wide stadium effect.

Imaging & Timbre:

The NORN also comes with good timbre performance. However, when it comes to instrument separation, details retrieval or clarity - I found it to be quite average. Tracks like: “Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) - The Beautiful South “or “Hello Again - Howard Carpendale & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” though having natural timbre suffered from lower clarity & separation.




Kinera Imperial NORN vs CA Mammoth vs DUNU SA6:

The DUNU SA6 and Campfire Audio Mammoth both come at very similar price of $549 and while the Mammoth is a hybrid with a 1 DD + 2 BA architecture - the SA6 is an all BA IEM. The NORN being a hybrid comes with higher number of BAs than the Mammoth and also a dynamic driver based bass that is missing on the SA6.


While the DUNU SA6 has good details and clarity, the Mammoth comes with detailed clear & bass with lot's of texture & good amount of depth and density.
However, the NORN just comes with a much deeper and dense bass than either of the above and while some may prefer the clear & detailed bass of the Mammoth with good depth - many others including myself may prefer the very deep bass performance of the NORN.

Mids & Treble:

The midrange & treble is just a DUNU SA6 strong trait. While the forward midrange of the NORN is not recessed, it does have much lower clarity & details. Thought the Mammoth comes with enough details and separation - the midrange itself is a bit recessed. So, it's a mixed experience here obviously led by the SA6 but many youngsters may prefer the forward vocals of the NORN also.

Soundstage & Timbre:

This is where the Mammoth shines bright with massive staging in terms of width, height & depth. Clarity & details retrieval are great for the price. Separation is also great with a great sense of direction. The NORN is a wider stage than the SA6 but in terms of clarity & details retrieval and separation the SA6 is much better performer. The Mammoth takes the crown here.

The above comparison felt like comparing Burgers with Pizza & Steak. Each has it's own perks and appeals to a different crowd.


Conclusion :

The Kinera Imperial NORN is an enjoyable IEM and I'm sure would appeal to many people and youngsters who prefer this specific tuning and sound signature.
but, it is not everyone's cup of tea. It will be popular in certain genres like I mentioned above in many cases and people of certain regions will prefer this sound signature. It's just not fully my type though I have enjoyed this experience thoroughly.
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Interesting Review with nice comparison.
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The SA6 will probably be a better performer according to my taste in this price bracket.
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Amazing review! And Norn is such a looker!
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100+ Head-Fier
KINERA NORN- An Airy Beauty!!
Pros: 1) More air in instruments
2) Energetic Treble
3) Taller soundstage
4) Great separation
5) Good punchy midbass
Cons: 1) Mids lack intimacy and energy too
2) Subbass needs more powerrrr
3) Leaner notes
The story of Kinera stats from 2011, when the YuTai Electronic Acoustics was officially established in Dongguan, China. Their first hybrid Driver iem Was Kinera BD005 back in 2016 but the most notable was their Kinera Nanna in 2019 which got very good reviews everywhere. Now they improved upon it and delivered a Nanna 2.0 which also has great reviews. Now Kinera is very fond of mythology, the iem’s name speaks for themselves haha… For my review came their mid-tier segment 1DD+ 4BA champ- THE KINERA NORN(or Nornir- who are the 3 sister goddess of destiny in Norse mythology and they determine the fate of Gods and human beings all - a little history lesson :p).…

But do they change my destiny?? We shall find out by the end of this subjective review…

DISCLAIMER- The Kinera Norn is provided by the courtesy of HIFIGO as part of review tour in INDIA. But this subjective review of mine are my own thoughts and I am not being paid anything to say positive or negative about this iem. That said I want to thank HIFIGO and a close friend of mine (I know you, stalker :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: ), for giving me an opportunity to hear it!!! You can find the store link here (not affiliated, of course LOL)


  1. Impedance: 32Ω
  2. Sensitivity: 110±2dB
  3. Rated power: 3mW
  4. Cable Length: 1.2m
  5. Plug: 2.5mm
  6. Driver: 1DD+4BA – 2 Knowles BA & 2 Kinera Custom BA + Kinera Custom Titanium Diaphragm DD
  7. Earphone Connector: 0.78 2Pin
  8. Cable- a 2pin SPC cable
Hence really easy to power !!!

UNBOXING EXPERIENCE- Now, I need not remind you but customs in INDIA are not friendly at all haha!!! Plus shipping is a pain, hence I got the iem in a small leather carry case with Kinera embossed in the middle (synthetic leather probably) with all its accessories.
Nothing big of an unboxing experience but you can check out the contents here to see what it comes with and how grandeur it looks, but I missed it 😥 (dont mind me the iems till in the bag :ksc75smile:)
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  • IEM- Now the iem seems to made of light weight acyclic with an hand painted artwork… For me though this feels like the Gas clouds in the universe artwork or lava flowing from through an ash laden land. This I am sure will turn a few eyes around when you roam around in your iem at least when this COVID ends haha!!! Nozzle is quite long around and the lava or gas cloud whatever you prefer flow right till the end haha!!! The nozzle has a 3 tube crossover design with each being separate. They have used a back cavity mirror reflection structure for better conduction and no loss.
  • CABLE- The is a SPC cable (silver plated copper), consisting of 26AWG coaxial wire and PVC outer coating. The cable is made of 8 wires of 192 strands of silver-plated copper alloy weaved in spiral form. It comes with universal 0.78mm 2-pin connectors and a balanced 2.5mm termination plug. It’s very light and also has a chin slider. The cable felt non microphonic to me and didn’t retain shape at all (a plus in my book). This R and L here on the 2pins with Red for right and Blue for left, nothings written on the connector. The termination plug though has beautiful white font Kinera written on it. For some reason though, it feels weak and feels like it will tear off if you yank it but it doesn’t 😉
  • CONNECTORS- Now there a two more connectors – One is a 2.5mm female to 3.5mm male interconnect and the other is a 2.5mm Male to 4.4mm pentaconn interconnect (I think this should have been the default rather than the 2.5mm). They seem to have been made of the same wire and has beautiful Kinera in white, written over the termination plugs.
  • CARRY BAG- A synthetic leather (it feels like that) with beautiful embossed Kinera written over it !!!
  • TIPS- Now I got the Final Audio E tips for the review and if you buy this new you will get a whole bunch of tips (Now choose your Pokémon!! ASH! haha!!!) From my testing the final audio E tips really help and narrow bore tips like BGVP E01 brings mid much more forward and might be to someone more liking…
  • OTHERS– well they do include a nozzle cleaning tool and lots of tips haha!!! and some booklets.(User manual-I know, I know LOL :beyersmile:)


SIGNAL IN THE NOISE – GO GO PENGUIN- This is really good fast music with drums and those guitar hits in the sides and slowly going into the mids…Then the piano in the mid with fast keys on right and long keys on mid to left Really lovely stuff (Thanks to Andrew from TheHeadphoneShow on youtube, for introducing me to this).

The bass on this is really good. The kick bass hits your heart and makes you listen forget and listen to it, it has the punch which makes you go, wow!!! It has natural tone to it with big body. The decay is fast and timbre is really good. Then comes the snare drum – its much more defined and has a good amount of texture added to it. You can feel the timbre of the snare drum a lot and yes this also does have a faster decay but has that metallic timbre of BA feel. It feels a little lean on the notes here (except kickbass), and has the same thickness throughout from beginning to the end of the notes and at the very end has a fast decay. But the notes are dynamic with change in loudness easily felt. Then piano and the drums combo comes very nicely through the middle of the track and the separation is excellent showing no mid bass bleed at all… Love this. The separation is really great considering hihats and cymbals going through are really nicely separated with those kick drums going on till the first part of the music that is till 2:30 mins. After this comes my fav the double bass and ohh!! its so much good with those strings being heard all nicely and well separated for each stroke. The kick bass and double bass are sometimes aligned but even then, the separation is really nicely felt… Wait for the slow uptake of double bass solo from 4:11min and the slow addition of other instruments. The decay is faster on those strings though but the timbre is airy and a bit metallic for my taste. This though overall seems to have lean tonality; I don’t mind it that much but I would have liked to see a little slower decay so as to have a room filling experience!!!

Now this has subbass presence from around 56 sec mark felt more on the right side and goes on for a lot longer!! Now I chose this track to check how much do they emphasize it and how does it do with vocals and other instruments. For instruments you could try from 2:09 mins.

The subbass is good, it has a nice body and textured feel. You can really feel the you right ear moving and go along with the song easily. It has similar faster decay and doesn’t leave a presence much, which I would have liked to see a bit more. Now yes, this won’t give you whole separate subwoofer feeling like it does in my speakers but this aren’t no slouch. Its enough for my ears but a little more emphasis won’t be bad either!!! Remember though, this still isn’t bass head level though haha!!!


Adele has a really voice and the track I used has a lot of piano and other instruments and make this very nice song to judge vocals and bleed. While the other vocalist, Renne, this songs of hers, has that sibilance factor to it. She emphasizes the ‘S’ a lot…​
Now for this Iem, the vocals are bit backward from the bass and other instruments tending to give a “V” shaped sound signature. The vocals have a lot of texture and they have added air to them till the notes last. It seemed a little The vocals are lean for my taste but the energy was great. The change in pitch of the voice is doable and the sudden thickness that she imparts is rather not felt that greatly unless you are looking for it. But for second song, the sibilance is tiny bit felt with the “sss” but then again her voice is like that haha!!! The emotion in her voice is there but its far away for my taste and V shape lovers might like this. I would have loved a thicker presentation here but this isn’t that bad and the separation is excellent making us feel having a wider soundstage…​
The male vocals are lean but thicker voices benefit from being balanced here. The male vocals though are kinda a bit more near than the female vocalists. The energy in their voice is felt pretty nicely and the males textured voice is much better portrayed, the change in pitch is also better felt too. The second song has two vocalists and its easier to distinguish them while they both sing which is really good!!! They have an added air to them too but lack the thickness that one of them has. The vocals go along with instruments pretty well and the slight nuances are seen through easily making it an easy listen. A thicker presentation is definitely required but that depends on taste and might not be for everyone…​


Mids are airy and full of energy. The guitars and other wind instruments benefit from this. Upper mids here have an Upper hand here pretty much, (get it, get it haha !!!) with having that extra energy and lean tonality going in their favor. The piano and other instruments which are in the lower mids and supposed to have a thick body, are at an disadvantage, now don’t get me wrong , they don’t sound brittle but they don’t sound thick either. The energy of lower mids is fine though and they are well textured with good inter-note differentiation. The dynamics are fine and the smaller nuances are easily felt too. The timbre is good and there is reverb but with a faster decay, though it does have an metallic BA timbre feel(which is very light felt). Its separation is really good though and the notes are crisp till the very end!!!

SIGH- PRAFUL; CIGARETTES IN THE THEATER - TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB and DO IT AGAIN- STEELY DAN- I use these tracks extensively to test the treble tonal accuracy, positioning, speed and separation.

This is where this iem shines through. The treble is full of energy , bright and has good extension too. The faster decay helps with the speed of the notes. The added air adds a bit of realism and it’s not sharp. The notes are very dynamic and nicely separated throughout the entirety. The busy tracks are well differentiated in this iem which is becoming a recurring theme here. The tonality is of a leaner nature here but thats okay!!! A little bit thicker notes would be more in my taste with a slightly slower decay… But alas I can live without it and it’s a great performing one nonetheless.
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It’s a V shaped iem overall, with-
  1. X axis- This iem is nicely wide, its not too wide though. The added air and V shape helps us make feel it’s a lot wider.
  2. Y axis- This iem is tall and notes do reach up there, and they are even well differentiated in height which is really good!!!
  3. (-ve)Yaxis- The depth isn’t that great, it is very limited to just below the vocals and doesn’t extend. It rather has more depth at the edges coming inwards sometimes but not too much.
  4. Z axis or Stage depth- It has a little bit of stage depth but not too much, but the separation and imaging helps a lot for what it lacks here.


These are pretty good in imaging, there’s an accurate placement of each instrument I feel like. Everything is seen and felt through too. The obvious instrument placement is felt nicely but those placed on z axis are described more on the y axis more. The separation is really good between the instruments, even the notes are well separated. There is no mid bass bleed and each of the gong with hihats or even with tambourine and hihats or even with cymbals its easier to say which is which!! The resolution is pretty great too, the added air helps the instruments have space and makes them easily felt, the smaller nuances are also seen but it’s a bit difficult to feel them, unless you are looking for them. This isn’t, a too resolution heavy iem but the amount it shows is shown pretty nicely without being overbearing which is a +1 in my book.

Comparison with DUNU SA6-


  1. Better vocals and mids
  2. Subbass is better
  3. Treble is smoother
  4. More energy in mids
  5. Wider and has depth
  6. Overall thicker notes
  1. More air in instruments
  2. Treble energy is more
  3. Taller soundstage
  4. V shaped
  5. Tiny bit more separation
SUMMARY- If you are a fan of V shape and like air among the instruments with more energy in the treble , this iem is for you!!!
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Good if not very good.
Pros: Punchy and wholesome lower end. Nice treble details. Very good overall details.
Very good cable and set of accessories.
Cons: V shaped sound. Mid range notes could have been fuller.

Kinera, one the most prominent Chi-fi brands in the market has been making some excellent IEMs lately. They have been making plenty of waves. I hadn't been able to get my hands on Kinera IEMs, thanks to Pulkit bhai who took me in his Hifigo review tour.

The Norn I am reviewing here is priced at $449 at the time of writing. It houses 1 7mm dynamic driver and 4BA drivers. Even when Kinera has been tight lipped about the crossovers I think we have at least 2 here.

I am comparing it with DUNU EST112 and Shanling ME700 lite in this review.

Get one for yourself from here:



Even when I did not got the retail package because of the tour nature of the IEM, I would like to believe that the IEM ships with a good looking cardboard box with fancy designs on it and some promotion material on it with an interesting unboxing experience.

In addition to the earpieces and cable, I did receive a flap carry pouch, a pair of Final audio tip and couple of cable adapters for the 2.5mm cable.


I usually rant about cable but I find the Norn cable to be one of the most supple I have seen on a $500 IEM. It has the aesthetic too. It complements the IEM nicely. In technicality it is an 8 core high purity silver plated copper cable with 192 strands of 26awg SPC wires inside and PVC insulation on the outside. The cable slider looks elegant.

Thanks to the supple nature it barely has any microphonics to worry about and winding the cable is easy since it does not have any memory problem. It has metal jackets on the 3.5mm jack, Y splitter and 2pins giving it a more premium feel. The cable guides are supple and has no problem holding on to the ear and I didn't have to adjust it every now and then.



To start things off, I like the fit of the Norn. It is comfortable and slightly smaller than both EST112 and Shanling ME700 lite. The all resin build is very confidence inspiring. Do not drop it on hard floors and these earpieces will survive. The main attraction of the Norn is its hand painted face plate. It is an eye candy for sure. It is one of the most beautiful looking IEMs for sure.

The nozzle is slghtly on the wider side and I am not sure if the Final tips as default are a wise decision since it has a T400 size tip. Thankfully the nozzle has nice depth giving it an aptly deep and secure fit. It has a nicely contoured body with a slightly aggressive wing on the inner side providing reasonable traction inside the ear. A small pressure releasing vent can be found on the side of the body.





Kinera Norn houses a single 7mm dynamic driver aided by 1.5 Tesla magnetic flux, Japan imported Daikoku pure copper coil and Titanium-plated composite high-poly fibre diaphragm material and it is paired with 4BA drivers. Out of these 4, 2 are custom Kinera drivers and the other two are Knowles drivers.

With all these thing inside, it has a V shaped signature with a voluminous lower end, laid back mid range, and a bit elevated treble region. I love the way it presents a fun and musical side. It does have a bit of gloominess across the spectrum which restricts some dynamics and body.


Most impressive part of Norn is its exquisite lower end. The single 7mm dynamic driver delivers a fuller and rumbly lower end. Sub-bass extension is good but the body or volume at this region is not the best. Some BA IEMs like the Audiosense T800 and Fibae 3 are better with sub-bass but when it comes to mid bass body and rumble Norn is miles ahead. The impact is not hard or dry, it is more pleasing and on the softer side which makes it fairly satisfying. The day speed is not slow or anything but is not the fastest. This slight slowness lets the note precipitate better giving it nice body and weight. It has no upper mid hump or anything to talk about, it nicely blends into the lower mid region. All in all the Norn has very good control over the lower end.


Things get moody here. The transition from the single DD to the dual BA drivers is aptly consistent but the dip of energy is perceivable. The crossover region can be indentified without much problem. It doesn't need a trained ear. Thankfully the lack of energy doesn't translate into lack of transparency, details or relevance.

It has no problem with micro details and separation, the whole mid range enjoys very good clarity and transparency and even after delivering very good details it does not sound sharp or aggressive. It lacks a bit of body and weight with instruments. Norn does not have the added depth and extra weight of EST112 and Shanling ME700 lite, limiting its dynamics. It is on the dry and slightly less jolly side. Both male and female vocals sound crisp and clear with a natural tonality, it does not emulate an organic or warmer tonality like Fibae 4 or EST112. Texture and emotions portrayed by the Norn is slightly less engaging due to the thin body. It does like to keep things as neutral and colorless as possible. Norn has no problems with the upper mid energy, in fact it has a dip just before the treble region which keeps any kind of aggression at bay.

I have to mention that layering and separation is very good and does not lack much air in between instruments.


BA drivers used here have done their job. Even when Norn carries a bit of dryness and lack of body into the treble region it has much better notes height providing more relevance. All this can be attributed to more energy and it leads into better dynamics and a cleaner feel.

Norn has very good treble extension and maintains good energy till the end but does dip just after the mid treble region. It has very good details retrieval and doesn't miss out on anything while keeping the timber neutral. Cymbals and pianos have very good transparency, don't expect it to sound very organic or loaded with texture but manage to deliver reasonable engagement. Separation and layering is up to the mark with good air and space between instruments. The treble stage is well spread, assisted by good sonicality. If you like tingly instruments, Norn will not disappoint.


Norn's stage size is more intimate even with balanced out. It does have very good height, nice depth but it's the X-axis width which makes things more intimate. If you prefer a more closed in sound, it should be good. Most of the instruments are placed inside the head while some treble instruments have out of the head projection. There are no anomalies to worry about here since density of instrument distribution and is even without any hollow feeling.



VS EST112 and Shanling ME700 lite:


Norn is good for the price, especially at $449. If this is the only IEM you have, you won't mind anything, it has the details and everything but once you switch to something more capable like DUNU EST112 or Shnaling ME700 lite things get tough for Kinera Norn.

Norn has a good lower end and even though it lacks a bit of dynamics in the mid range its sonicality in the treble region is very good. It's the mid range which needs work. The lack of note's body and dry feeling is not helping the experience, unless it is the thing Kinara wanted to deliver (which is doubtful). A bit more juice and fullness will make even more lovable.

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