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Kinera X-Effect Orlog Review
Pros: -Exquisitely packaged
-Exceptional in build
-Great carrying case
-Creativity in the design is unmatched
-Gorgeous aesthetic
-EAs ConX system of detachable connections is great
-Ability to switch between MMCX and 2-Pin
-Nicely beefy cable without adding much in weight
-Materials used
-Overall sound changes have a nice effect
Cons: -Price
-Switching out the terminations takes getting used to
-I could barely see the “L” & “R” markings (not really a con)
-The look and aesthetic may not be to everyone’s taste and may be difficult to color match with different earphones

Kinera X-Effect Orlog Review



Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog

I was recently asked by Kinera to take part in a review tour of the Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog cable and I happily obliged. In truth, it was my pleasure. Kinera has proven to be a solid and reputable company with great core values and exceptional products. I was not asked to skew my words in any way, and I make no monetary gain whatsoever. It’s easy to have mad respect for any company willing to stand by their product and subject their product to the scrutiny of a subjective opinion. That says a lot my friends. You have to believe that what you have created will be universally praised, across the board. This cable happens to be a collaboration between Kinera and the reputable Effect Audio cable company. Here is my review of the Kinera X Effect Audio Orlog…


Like I stated, the Orlog is actually a collaboration between Kinera and Effect Audio. Now, Effect Audio has been around for quite some time, founded in 2009 they have been producing high end cables ever since. Truthfully, Effect Audio began at a time when high end cable manufacturers simply weren’t in great abundance. There were a few others, but Effect Audio certainly filled a gap in the market to a degree. From all accounts Effect Audio has master class engineering and artisans and it is easy to spot the lineage when looking at and listening with the Orlog.
I think it is a wonderful marriage between two companies (Effect Audio & Kinera) who specialize in R&D and who both produce high level gear and audio equipment. Kinera has proven time and time again to be at the forefront of the industry in creating unique iems that offer fantastic sound quality which nips at the heels of the best in the business. It’s no wonder that their cables seem to always be very well recieved too.


I adore the way Kinera imagines their products and the themes with which they always follow, which ultimately ties into the creation of their products. In this case we are looking at “Orlog”. Orlog happens to be a concept more than anything. A concept of fate if you will. Orlog or “or-lay” is translated to mean “primal layers”, but the actual meaning is more like “fate”. Orlog is the effects of our actions and deeds over the distance of time. However, it is the most important and significant deeds which will actually affect our future outcomes. The Orlog which is brought forth by you is a culmination of your life actions, thoughts and behaviors over time which will ultimately create a moral compass…if you will.
The Anglo-Norse actually believed that they could lay down their good deeds into the well of Wyrd and ultimately not only change the fortunes of their own lives but also of the entire cosmos. This was their Orlog. Which is basically fate. This all coincides into an actual ritual which was performed called the ritual of “Sumbel”. It’s said to have at least some speculative effect on European history and Western culture. This is a seriously condensed version of this understanding and for the sake of the length of this review I will keep it as concise as possible. We are talking about the naming scheme of an upgrade cable after all… and a really good one at that.

Norse Mythology

With all that said, Norse mythology takes things a giant leap further, as it normally does. Kinera lays it out in their promotional material and how they attributed this ancient myth into their naming scheme. I will do my best to relay the theme to you all. Basically, Norse mythology states that Orlog holds the workings of the entire system of the cosmos, it is the absolute truth. Orlog is the scale or measuring stick so to speak. They state that Orlog condensed all of the truth of the world into one shining crystal and buried it deep into the Scandinavian Mountains. Yes, Norse mythology takes this concept and mythos a lot further. Kinera says that whoever finds this crystal will be able to understand the ultimate rules of how the world works and effectively obtain supreme glory.
Now, how does this relate to the Kinera Orlog? This is where you begin to see the creative artistry of the people who created and imagined this product. Most of the correlation is evident in the aesthetic and design principles but Kinera also believes the balanced sound of this cable is also a direct interconnection to the premise of “Orlog”. There is obviously quite a bit more to be learned here but the basic principle is pretty easy to understand as well as the Norse fable related to Orlog. With all that said, let’s take a look at the Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog.
Purchase Link at Kinera Audio: Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog


Packaging & Accessories

Upon receiving the Orlog I was first met with a stark realization. That is, “So this is the packaging you get with a $699 cable”. The thought that went into the “packaging display” is actually quite awesome. In fact, I have a hard time posting pictures because I’d much rather you all see it first, for yourself, in person. However, there are enough reviews out now all slathered in pics and I’m not withholding anything from you all. The packaging is very nice.

First off, there is a short sleeve which wraps around the bottom of the black box which the Orlog comes in. The sleeve is shaped in a mountainous landscape which I presume is supposed to mimic the Scandinavian Mountains. In the middle of the box you’ll notice a slightly raised square which holds the logo as well as the name of the cable itself and is penned very nicely. The entire unboxing is artistically done and ornately laid out with an absolute premium vibe.

What’s inside?

One of the coolest things that I’ve seen in an unboxing is the pull-out drawer style opening mechanism. Pulling on the handle at the front of the box you’ll notice the center begin to rise. What a cool touch. As you open this “drawer” you’ll notice the classy looking circular carrying case as well as an envelope with a wax seal. Another nice touch! It’s the little things, I suppose if I’m paying $700 and up for a cable then I should expect these nice additions. The envelope is seated under some tightly fitted foam tabs and once you do remove it you will finally see the cable which is tightly wrapped around a nice little “holder” … if you will. You will straight away notice the 4.4 jack which is situated and nestled into a little cut-out portion of the holder.

Orlog Packaging
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Orlog Packaging

Carrying case

Orlog Case

The case is dope! It is a round case which is covered in black leather and also has a nice gold colored zipper which contrasts the black perfectly. I’m a sucker for things which look premium, and you can very easily tell that Kinera and Effect Audio are very well aware of this. The zipper function works smooth and easy and doesn’t get caught up and doesn’t stop on you. It simply works. Please trust me that I wouldn’t bring this up if it wasn’t an oddity in the carrying case world. I also like the look of the stitching which surrounds the top of the carrying case and is also a nice touch. It looks sweet and works. What more could you ask for? Actually, don’t answer that.

Full Review can also be found HERE

ConX fittings

Orlog ConX Connectors

As you open the carrying case, you’ll find another little plastic case. Inside of that case you will find either the additional MMCX or 2-Pin interchangeable connectors. I don’t know which comes attached in the actual unboxing as this is a tour unit. The connectors can be removed and applied by simply starting the screw with your fingers and then wrenching them on with the included tool. The ConX connectors are proprietary creations of Effect Audio

The one gripe I have is one which I don’t think you can really get around and that is the size of these connectors are quite small and can easily be lost in a moment. I’m sure some will have to concentrate a bit more while screwing them on for the first few times. Anyways, you will also notice a little tool. This tool is used to help in the process of applying and removing. You’ll notice two notches on both the tool as well as the connectors which fit perfectly to give the tool a bite for wrenching.

A couple things to mention

I honestly can’t think of a more beneficial attribute to a cable attachment then something like interchangeable connectors. I can go from MMCX to 2-Pin in about a minute (or two) without issue. That said, please make sure that the connectors are nicely tightened using the included tool. I found my music began to cut out on me because I was being very ginger with this cable as it isn’t mine and I didn’t want to break it or something horrible like that. In particular the MMCX connectors, as there is a lot of movement with this style of connection to begin with. 2-Pin connectors are fitted and stationary, so it isn’t as crucial.

Secondly, I just want to comment on how well made this cable system is when using the 2-Pin connections as when I tightened them up, they always ended up perfectly aligned with where they should be. I know it may not seem like a big deal but tapping these female threads to perfectly align with the male threads relative to the 2-Pin on a set of earphones can easily go awry. Beyond those couple things there really isn’t anything else to mention. Everything works as intended, which is exactly as it should be.




Dual Material Hybrid Design:

*Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand gold plated copper & silver-plated copper core mixture

*Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand pure copper core mixed with pure sterling silver core

-Braiding:4 core / 8 core three-dimensional braiding

Cable Diameter:26AWG 4 core / 8 core

Outer Layer:EA UltraFlexi ultra-soft insulation outer layer

Interface:EA ConX 0.78 2pin, MMCX

Plug:EA-P 4.4mm balanced

Material of the Plug:Gold plated brass

Plug Internal Connection:Threaded connection structure

External Metal Parts:Aluminum alloy

Cable Length:1.2m

Full Review can also be found HERE


Material of Construction

Kinera and Effect Audio actually made two different cable arrangements. The cable we are reviewing today is a 4-core cable which costs $699 but they also produce an 8-core cable which will put you back a cool $999. These are high-end cables folks. I realize this sounds like a crazy amount of cash for a cable, but in all truth, as far as luxury cables goes, the Orlog is not that expensive. I don’t even want to comment on some of the prices that are out there, it’s almost obscene. Anyways, I will not comment on the 8-core as I don’t have it with me and will concentrate on this beautiful 4-core master class of a cable.


As the specs above suggest, the 4-core Orlog has a dual material hybrid style design and is composed of multi-strand gold plated copper wires as well as silver-plated copper core mixtures. The 4-core is also outfitted with multi-strand pure copper core with pure sterling silver. It’s all in the materials my friends and the quality of those materials. In addition, the Orlog is a 26AWG cable with Effect Audio’s UltraFlexi super-soft insulation which makes it nice to wear. The Orlog comes equipped with a 4.4 connector and has very tasteful artistic aluminum alloy fittings used for the cable split as well as different little touches on the connections as well as the 4.4 plug.

The Orlog has a tight braid a few different colors which appear to be almost a grayish color wire intertwined with a copper/white wire. Very unique in appearance which will couple well with many earphones aesthetically speaking. Kinera used CNC crafting to carve out each of the aluminum fittings into little mountainous scenes which obviously depict the Scandinavian Mountains to further the overarching theme of the Orlog. You’ll notice these little accents on the Y-split, the 4.4 connector and each of the cable connections (MMCX/2Pin).


Aesthetic & Design

Folks, this is a very nicely made cable. Beautiful in appearance from the 4.4 connector to the earphone connectors. Unique from end to end, the Orlog oozes quality and fine craftsmanship. The Orlog feels very nice in hand and is pretty chunky without being too thick or weighted. I find the weight to be lighter than it looks as you won’t have that hefty pulling-down on your earphones due to its mass. I’d say it’s pretty much perfect for me and is good for long listening sessions. The cable UltraFlexi insulation is moderately soft so that it isn’t stiff and has no microphonic effects and it also isn’t so soft that it is limp and folds and flops around too easily, a nice middle ground.


As far as the actual design is concerned, I personally think that Kinera did a fine job in choosing a colorway which stands out and looks very high-end as there is an overarching sense of luxury with the Orlog. The look is striking, very different from the sea of cables which float around the audio world. Not often you see a cable with the type of design accents that Kinera/Effect Audio chose to use. Again, using the Norse mythology theme they took an idea and imagined that idea bottled up into a cable. The Orlog is the end result. Really it is beautifully crafted with fine materials and a colorway that is distinct in appearance. It is almost as if Kinera chose colors of the wire to help make the gold/black fittings “pop” more. Really a gorgeous looking cable.

For everyone?

That being said, I don’t think the look will be for everyone as the mountain accents and color arrangements simply may not fit all earphones perfectly. This cable may not couple well color wise with every set of earphones and that is something to take into account. I can surely see a hobbyist or two passing on this cable simply because of the colorway, which coincidentally is at least in-part a reason a person would purchase a cable to begin with. Perhaps using fewer contrasting colors would’ve been a better choice, possibly more earthy tones for the fittings. I’m not so sure that everyone will be a fan. Nothing is for everyone my friends. However, I also think that “most people” will adore the look of the Orlog.

Again, as for myself; I am more than pleased with the look as it really does add a luxurious vibe to most any earphone, I attach it to and quite frankly I think its dope looking… but that’s me. Truly an attractive and exquisitely imagined cable from top to bottom.

Fit is nice

I’ve spent quite a bit of time listening to the Shanling MG600, Fiio FH9, Yanyin Canon, Hidizs MS5 as well as a host of other mid-fi level iems with the Orlog and I have taken away a few more things from this experience. First, the Orlog is very well made and fits very nicely. Of course, achieving a good fit is not some amazing feat for Kinera and Effect Audio. Even budget cables manage this… but it should be noted, nonetheless. The static weight is well distributed for all the extra bling and aluminum eye candy which adorns the Orlog. Another noteworthy addition to this review is that the ConX connections become very easy to swap out with usage. Not that they are very difficult to begin with.


Pairings and Sound


I want to preface this section with a simple reply to the inevitable drama which surrounds cables and subsequent tonality or sound changes which “may” or “may not” occur due to cable swapping. First off, my experience is my experience. I’ve seen seasoned reviewers and audio personalities which swear that cables make a difference and others that swear that cables cannot make a difference. Both are stringent in their understanding and the “SCIENCE” behind their reasons. I don’t get into all that and frankly wouldn’t care about this subject or even mention it at any other time in my audio journey, but I do care about the reader, and I do want to give my honest opinion right now.

My opinion

I was asked if this cable “actually” makes a difference tonally or otherwise? “It’s probably all in your head” is something that I hear often. I suppose I can’t deny that, it would be odd if I was hearing the difference anywhere else. People look at the cable debate and say that science backs the opinion that cables make no audible difference. Intelligent and well-meaning people who have been in the Audio game at a high level for years actually proclaim this. However, in my opinion and from my experience I have certainly heard enough of a change to report it. This is a touchy subject that I honestly don’t enjoy speaking my truth on. Cables can and do make perceivable differences in sound quality… To me. I realize I don’t speak for everyone else in that opinion.

This is my experience friends, and I feel a pretty large weight to report my exact findings as the Orlog is very expensive. I respect everyone’s opinion on the cable debate but honestly folks… There isn’t a soul on earth who could convince me that cables don’t make subtle to not-so-subtle changes when I hear them with my own ears…moving on…

The Orlog Difference

The Orlog seems to emphasize the low-end to a degree with some added weight and definition in the mid-bass. I also noticed a richer haptic drone to the sub-bass. Is it world changing? Probably not, but like I said, hobbyists will pay for the subtle changes that a good cable will provide.

Next, the Orlog seems to cut down on the glare that some iems can exhibit, as the treble region and the upper midrange sounds less grating using this cable with a lusher & smoother inflection while remaining detailed and layered.

Along with that, I hear an audible forwardness of the midrange. However, calling it a “forward presentation” isn’t exactly correct. I’ve been working out in my mind how to say it because it isn’t easy to explain. It’s almost as though the midrange gets a resolution boost with better separation and note definition which almost sounds like added emphasis. I hope that makes sense because there aren’t a whole lot of ways to say it.

Next, I will make these quick. Most of the benefits of a cable will be focused on the aesthetic for the vast majority of people, I’m assuming. However, there is some sound news to share in my experience with the Orlog. Again… Moving on.


Shanling MG600


One subtle issue with the Shanling MG600 (MG600 Review here) is that it can very slightly get a bit too hot in the upper-midrange/lower-treble region in certain tracks. The pinna gain can be a bit much. Granted, Shanling did a masterful job tuning this set for the price. Take the track “Wasted” by Diplo (featuring Kodak Black and Koe Wetzel) on his newest album and collaboration effort with various Artists. This track can bite with sharp intonations and many sets can come across somewhat grating. When Kodak Black begins the song with his oddly piercing voice, you’ll hear what I’m talking about if you are listening with a more treble, upper-mid boosted iem. This is one track which doesn’t agree with the MG600. It is just a hint too sharp and processed sounding with the included cable.

I found that using the Orlog and the included MMCX ConX connectors that that sharpness has subsided to a degree which was neat to hear. Another thing I notice is that vocals “seem” pushed a bit closer as well with cleaner note definition. I hear an underlying richness or “presence” in the midrange which sounds cleaner and in better control. Better said, there is a dynamic accentuation of each element of the staging with what sounds like more air between those elements with better spacing and front to back layering.

Subtle Changes

Listen, in audio we speak on subtle changes, and people PAY for subtle changes and sometimes they pay a lot for it. In this case I feel like it is exactly what the MG600 needed. Not every earphone I tried gave me this experience and this is the one of the few with an actual “technical” sound benefit that occurred while testing. Others simply had some tonality shifts.

Fiio FH9


The Fiio FH9 is a stud (FH9 Review Here). A great sounding set that is well balanced and musical. However, there is a very slight issue with toned down dynamics. I really shouldn’t call it an issue. It isn’t the most exuberant and vivacious. However, attaching the Orlog actually added a depth to the sound which I can’t really explain fully. Again, the midrange seemed to be accentuated with a bit better layering, spacing and increased airiness. Also, there is some added oomph to the low end. Very slight changes which help the overall sound of the FH9.

Aesthetically, the original cable which comes packaged with the FH9 does look a little better as it was literally made for it. Still, the Gold and black on the Orlog does look flat out sweet as it perfectly clashes with the FH9’s silver colorway. Add in the light gray of the cable and we have a match. However, it is the feel of the Orlog which is a much-needed improvement. The Orlog isn’t as heavy or dense as the FH9 cable. I’ve always disliked the weightiness of the FH9’s cable as I always feel this pulling or tugging down on my ears. Hence why Fiio added a magnetic cable clip to take some of the weight. I don’t have this issue with the Orlog. Just as beefy and thick in appearance but about half the weight.


Yanyin Canon


Listening using the Yanyin Canon I honestly didn’t really hear much of a perceivable sound benefit. Nothing really jumped out at me anyways and trust me I listened for it intently. I would have thought the upper-mids would have been leveled off a bit based on my experience with the MG600, or that I would hear an increase in low-end punch but to no avail. If there was a difference at all then it is certainly too subtle for my ears to hear.

The Canon comes with a decent cable, and I do like it quite a lot, but the Orlog clashes a bit too much in appearance with the Canon. In my opinion. Something about that deep reddish maroon of the Canon, contrasted against the light-gray, copper & white of the Orlog with the gold and black of the fittings on the cable is a bit of an eye sore. It helps the Canon look ornate and lavish but doesn’t exactly fit in the color scheme. As far as the feel is concerned and how well the Orlog sits on the ear, I would call this a definite upgrade. The Orlog is simply more pliable and comfortable.


Not perfect with everything

There are quite a few other iems that I checked out with the Orlog, namely the Hidizs MS5, Mangird Tea, HiSenior Mega 5P, Raptgo Hook-X and the list goes on. I won’t go into the auditory benefits of pairing the Orlog with each set, but I did perceive further subtle shifts in tonality with each. There was one slightly negative difference which I noted when pairing the Orlog with the Hidizs MS5. I actually think that the Orlog had a worse effect on that set. The Orlog almost added this detached and hollow feeling to the midrange. To be perfectly honest, I think the Orlog is simply accentuating the midrange tuning already present with the MS5. Though I did notice the sound did come across cleaner with the MS5 attached to the Orlog. I suppose that nothing is for everything, but predominantly the Orlog benefits most sound pairings.



To conclude my review of the Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog, I want to thank Kinera as well as the good people who have painstakingly put this tour together. Thank you for providing the Orlog for an honest review. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this cable and hate to send it on its way to the next in line. It’s bittersweet I suppose. Both Kinera and Effect Audio should pat themselves on the back. The Orlog is a very well-conceived and well implemented cable with a great theme, build quality, look & feel, as well as a user-friendly Swiss army knife type experience that I think is simply awesome. Great job.

With that said I have to say this… Please check out other reviews of the Kinera X-Effect Audio Orlog. Do not just take my word for it either as we all hear differently, we have different gear, and we all haven’t been down the same audio journey. Please check out other perspectives and thoughts as it will most certainly help with your purchasing decision.

Lastly, I thank you for checking out my review. I feel like a kid in a toy store completing these reviews and greatly enjoy the process of laying down my thoughts as it is 100% therapeutic for me. So, thank you, I do hope it helps. Take care everyone.

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Kinera x Effect Audio - ORLOG: An Allrounder!
Pros: + Great looks
+ Very Premium Build
+ ConX Connectors allowing to switch between 2 pin & MMCX
+ Improves the volume
+ Pairs well with most IEMs
+ Nice case
Cons: - Interchangeable termination maybe
- Spikey edges... specially in the slider
Kinera x Effect Audio - ORLOG: An Allrounder!



Launched in Jan'2023, Kinera launched ORLOG their first high-end upgrade cable for IEMs, in collaboration with @EffectAudio. The Cable comes with interchangeable conX connectors and allows switching between 2 pin & MMCX. This is a great advantage coming at the price point of $699



The ORLOG comes at 2 different options of 4core and a Limited Edition 8 cores (400 pcs only) at price range of $699 - $999 and the specifications are as below:


  • Material:UP-OCC
  • Dual Material Hybrid Design:
  • – Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand gold plated copper & silver plated copper core mixture
  • – Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand pure copper core mixed with pure sterling silver core
  • Braiding:4 core / 8 core three-dimensional braiding
  • Cable Diameter:26AWG 4 core / 8 core
  • Outer Layer:EA UltraFlexi™ ultra-soft insulation outer layer
  • Interface:EA ConX™ 0.78 2pin, MMCX
  • Plug:EA-P 4.4mm balanced
  • Plug Material:Gold plated brass
  • Plug Internal Connection:Threaded connection structure
  • External Metal Part:Aluminum alloy
  • Cable Length:1.2m

The Box & Accessories:

The following are found in the box:
  • The Cable with 4.4mm termination
  • ConX connectors: 2 pin & MMCX
  • Leather case




The ConX Advantage:

ConX is a proprietary connector swapping mechanism by Effect Audio. It allows users to swap between 0.78 (2 pin) and MMCX connectors while the cable & termination remains same. This enables a massive advantage to the users. The users will no longer need to have separate cables for 2 pin & MMCX and can use the same cable for both.






The way ConX works is that the connectors are connected with the cable through a screw-like mechanism and they can use the supplied tool to facilitate this connector change. Anyone can easily swap a 2 pin with a MMCX in a matter of minutes... and the same cable can be used across a variety of IEMs....

For example: the UM MEST MKII, Softears Twilight IEMs use 2 pin, whereas the Audeze Euclid & Sennheiser IE900 IEMs use MMCX. Ideally a person would require to have 2 separate cables... 1 with 2 pin connectors and another with MMCX connectors... but in this case the ORLOG enables users to use same cable for both cases through MMCX.



Pairing with Different IEMs:

Items Used for this Review:

Kinera x @EffectAudio ORLOG
DAC/AMP & Dongles:
@Questyle M15 Dongle DAC/AMP, Cayin C9 Portable Amplifier
Portable Players / Sources : Cayin N8ii, @Questyle QP2R, Lotoo Paw Gold Touch
IEMs: @UniqueMelody MEST MKII, @Audeze Euclid, SOFTEARS Twilight, Kinera URD, @Sennheiser IE900

@UniqueMelody MEST MKII:

The default cable that comes with MEST MKII is great and I have rarely found a better cable. The ORLOG is almost at par with the default cable which is already better than many other cables. I have found the volume to be slightly higher using the ORLOG. Other traits remain same as default cable.


SOFTEARS Twilight:

The default cable that comes with Twilight is just great and I have rarely found a better cable. The ORLOG seems to have better pairing than the default cable & I have found the volume to be slightly higher using the ORLOG. The ORLOG also seems to improve conductivity and the sound becomes slightly clearer.


@Audeze Euclid:

The ORLOG is clearly much better than the single ended 3.5mm cable that comes with the Euclid. ORLOG comes with balanced 4.4mm termination which boosts the overall performance of the Euclid. Also, ORLOG pairing with Euclid requires less power/volume than usual and becomes easier to drive from a DAP.



@Sennheiser IE900:

The default cable that comes with IE900 seems below par with the rigid ear hooks and overall rigid construction. The ORLOG provides much relief with it's better & flexible and much more comfortable ear hooks and also improves the overall volume quite a bit. Also, the improvement in conductivity is evident in the midrange which becomes clearer.




The default cable that comes with URD has interchangeable termination. Though the ORLOG comes with 4.4mm only, it is a clear upgrade over the URD default cable in every way. The ORLOG also seems to improve conductivity and there is an immediate hike in the volume. Also, it now requires less power/volume to drive now and becomes easier to drive with a DAP.




The ORLOG comes with much looked for flexibility of switching between 2 pin and MMCX connections owing to the conX technology. The build & quality is also praiseworthy. I have found the performance significantly better than the other 3rd party upgrade cables I have tried. It is more like a single cable serves most IEMs and therefore becomes an easy recommendation for anyone using IEMs of $1000++ ranges.
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Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog - Dark Magic
Pros: Exquisite material in a premium build.
ConX connectors.
Soft and light in spite of being so thick.
Cons: Mountain patterns with spiky edges.
Barely visible L & R indicators.
Seemed to soften the treble a bit too much for my taste.

First things first, cable rolling is quite a sensitive topic in this hobby. If you are someone who does not believe or has not perceived any difference in sound with different cables, that’s fine. I am not going to try and convince you otherwise. Personally, I have experienced a fair amount of change in sound with different cables, hence I usually roll cables on any IEM I spend some time with.

The Kinera Orlog cable I received was part of a review tour organized in my country by Kinera. The unit was a loaner for an audition in exchange for my honest opinion based on my gear. There has been no monetary transaction or influence (or pressure) to write anything positive (or negative) about the cable. The views expressed in this write-up, are solely mine and are based on my usage of the cable with my IEMs. The cable can be purchased from Kinera's website here:



The Orlog is an aftermarket cable from Kinera in collaboration with Effect Audio. The cable has 2 variants, a 4-core variant with an MSRP of 699 USD and a special edition 8-core variant with an MSRP of 999 USD. The cable comes with a 4.4mm balanced termination (no single-ended variant as of now) and is equipped with Effect Audio’s ConX connectors, which allows the cable to be used with multiple IEM connector types (MMCX, 2-Pin 0.78mm, IPX, Ear, and A2DC), by simply changing the ConX head. IMO, the ConX approach is way better than using convertors to reuse one cable for different connector types, because converters are usually flimsy and sometimes result in issues in terms of fit.

The cable I received was an 8-core variant with a 2-pin ConX head applied to it. Since the unit was unboxed, I cannot really say much about the packaging and unboxing experience. However, the retail version of the cable includes a pair of 2-pin ConX heads, a pair of MMCX ConX heads, and a ConX assist tool, which can be used to swap the ConX heads. Since I have a couple of other ConX cables in my inventory, I swapped the head to MMCX as most of my IEMs are MMCX. For the purpose of this review, I chose to go with the Sony IER-Z1R as the primary IEM. I briefly tried the cable with 3 other IEMs, namely, Audeze Euclid, 64 Audio Nio, and Letshouer Galileo.


Let us have a quick look at the specs before we proceed.


  • High-Quality UP-OCC Dual-Material Hybrid Design.
  • Composite Wire Configuration with Gold-Plated Copper & Silver-plated Copper Cores along with Pure-Copper Core & Pure Sterling Silver Wire Cores.
  • Aerospace-Grade Aluminum Alloy CNC Machined Y-Splitter, Chin Slider, Connectors, and Termination plug housings.
  • Cable Diameter: 26AWG.
  • Outer Layer: Effect Audio UltraFlexi Ultra-soft insulation coating.
  • Interface: Effect Audio ConX 0.78mm 2-pin+MMCX.
  • Termination Plug: 4.4mm Balanced.
  • Plug Material: Gold-Plated Brass.
  • Cable Length: 1.2m.

Build Quality and Aesthetics:

The Orlog is one of the finest cables I have come across in terms of build quality. The exquisite material inspires confidence and the cable is quite literally as thick as a rope. The cable itself is very soft and exudes richness when touched. However, the ear connectors, chin slider, Y-splitter, and 4.4mm plug have this mountain-shaped pattern applied over them, which I did not find very appealing. These patterns may have been applied to give the cable a unique design, but in my opinion, they make the cable look kind of gaudy and feel like spikes on the cable when touched. The L & R indicators are almost invisible since the mountain patterns not only grab too much attention but also eat up physical space available on the connector. If there’s one thing I’d like to change about this otherwise beautiful cable, it would be to get rid of those mountain patterns, especially their spikey edges. However, since aesthetics are subjective and based on preference, you may perhaps find these patterns appealing.



As mentioned earlier, I used the cable primarily with Sony IER-Z1R. The cable has a dark sound character, which made the treble seem somewhat de-emphasized. Hi-hats and cymbals tended to sound a little too mild for my taste. In terms of soundstage, the holographic presentation of the IER-Z1R was presented very well in terms of both width and depth. However, in terms of dynamics, the cable seemed to work wonders. This may be because the cable made the IER-Z1R sound darker while retaining the excellence of the IEM in terms of separation, thereby, enhancing the impact of each note. The cable accentuated the “woof” aspect in terms of bass response, resulting in some powerful slams and excellent boom. The mids, especially the vocals, were terrific. The dark character of the cable greatly enhanced the impact of the vocals.

I usually prefer listening to the IER-Z1R with FiiO LC-RE Pro, and treble, especially in terms of sparkle and sheen, is the only region where I felt the LC-RE Pro did a better job when compared to the Orlog since the treble was a bit too mild for my taste. However, I’d like to highlight that my audio sources were Sony NW-ZX707 and iFi xDSD Gryphon. Both these sources are warm sounding, which again could be why the treble seemed too mild. Perhaps the Orlog is more suitable for a brighter source or a brighter pair of IEMs, like the 64audio Tia Fourte for example.



Overall, the Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog is a great cable with some really exquisite material. The fact that it comes with ConX, makes it a versatile cable that can be used with IEMs of different connector types. The Orlog pretty much brings out the best of the IEM in terms of staging and dynamics. Since the cable is somewhat dark in terms of sound, it would complement bright / neutral-sounding IEMs very well.
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New Head-Fier
Review of all-new Kinera X Effect Audio Orlog IEM Cable
Pros: EAs ConX system
Sound signature enhancements
Thick yet light
Beautifully designed
Cons: Thick cable
Disclaimer: This is a subjective preference and purely based on my experience with the unit. Also, this is an unpaid review which is not influenced by Kinera. As usual, I recommend you test the unit before making a purchase. Thanks to Kinera for organising this review tour.

Product Link: https://www.kineraaudio.com/product/kinera-orlog


Kinera has collaborated with highly reputable Hi-Fi acoustic cable company Effect Audio to create their first high end IEM upgrade cable. Kinera's artistic team created the exterior appearance, while Effect Audio's professional acoustic engineers handled the tuning concept and testing. They came together to create a high-end IEM upgrade cable with a luxurious design and texture. Just so you know, Orlog is regarded as the master of all existence in Norse mythology.

  • Material: UP-OCC
  • Dual Material Hybrid Design
    • Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core: Multi-strand gold plated copper & silver plated copper core mixture
    • Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core: Multi-strand pure copper core mixed with pure sterling silver core
  • Braiding: 4 core / 8 core three-dimensional braiding
  • Cable Diameter: 26AWG 4 core / 8 core
  • Outer Layer: EA UltraFlexi™ ultra-soft insulation outer layer
  • Interface: EA ConX™ 0.78 2pin, MMCX
  • Plug: EA-P 4.4mm balanced
  • Plug Material: Gold plated brass
  • Plug Internal Connection: Threaded connection structure
  • External Metal Part: Aluminum alloy
  • Cable Length: 1.2m

My experience with the unit:
The review is based on using Apple Music (ALACs) as a source via Macbook Pro onto an AQ Cobalt + AQ Jitterbug at the same volume level for all tracks. Following are the tracks and IEMs used for this review:
  • Tracks
    • Wow by Post Malone
    • Carry On by XXXTentacion
    • Jiya Jale by AR Rehman
    • Moh Moh Ke Dhaage by Anu Malik
    • Street Dancer by Avicii
    • One Kiss by Calvin Harris
    • Get Low by Dillion Francis and DJ Snake
    • Moonlight on Spring River by Zhao Cong
  • IEMs
    • Letshuoer Galileo
    • AK Odyssey
    • Oriolus Isabellae
    • Oriolus Szalayi
For me, the cable had a balanced sound signature, with both upper and lower lows being prominent and providing enough thump when compared to Szalayi and Isabellae's stock cable. The lows have been refined and clean. Isabellae is known for its overblown lows, but this cable changed everything. The clarity and transient lows made it sound more musical than boomy. Galileo also made significant improvements in this category, and the bespoke EA cable for the AK Odyssey defeated Orlog. I know it's unfair to compare the two, but Orlog works well with the majority of IEMs, whereas the AK Odyssey stock cable doesn't work well (sound-wise) with all IEMs. Finally, the sub-low rumble is well-managed and nimble.


The vocals are lush but not overpowering, and they blend well with the rest of the frequency range. As I previously stated, the word for this is balanced. It nailed the details, the artist and instruments can be easily distinguished as it adds weight to the holographic soundstage. It made a big difference in the sound stage of my Isabellae. This should be the universal cable I have for all of my IEMs.


My AQC's neutral SS allowed me to hear the significant improvements in highs that Orlog extended with Isabellae and Szalayi. It worked really well together, especially during the Moonlight on Spring River track session; the instruments sound fantastic that will have you smiling the whole time. The sheer resolution allows you to hear and feel every instrument used in the track. The gentle rumble combined with the natural highs was the decisive factor for me.


Conclusion: This cable reminded me of the bespoke version of the EA Eros S signature series cable, as this is a fantastic collaboration between Kinera and EA. If you are looking for a premium cable in the $699 (4-core) - $999 (8-core) range that’s provides both musical and analytical upgrades, this is that cable you should add to your collection also if your IEMs demand an upgrade.

Thanks for your time and Cheers!


New Head-Fier
Review Of The Kinera X Effect Audio Orlog
Pros: 1. Ultra premium Build
2. Sonic improvement, makes every IEM sound smooth and detail rich
3. CONX connection
Cons: 1. Expensive cable
2. Engravings may lose their hold

Review Of The Kinera X Effect Audio Orlog



Whether it be their lovely and effective IEMs or their gorgeous cables, Kinera is a brand I have always found intriguing and delicious. In any event, I have never felt let down or dissatisfied by whatever they have to offer on the market. I desire to listen to some of their high-end IEMs, and I am impressed by all of their moderate models in their price range. Every one of their cables that they have produced that I have tried and used has an appealing aesthetic and physicality, and I have also noticed a change in the sound quality. I'd prefer not think about it further at this time because it is merely a matter of opinion. Returning to Kinera, this Chinese company specialises in producing electroacoustic equipment including in-ear monitors and cables and serves virtually every market area. Today I'll be examining their newest cable, Orlog, which was created through a recent partnership with another business, the legendary cable makers Effect Audio. Before we examine what makes it distinctive, let's first clarify a few issues.



*Since this unit tour was organised by the lovely people at Kinera, I am grateful to them. And as I've said in all of my evaluations, the same is true for this one: all of the concepts I've expressed below are entirely my own, original ideas that haven't been influenced by anyone else. If interested, go to this link.
*I am not associated with the connection, and I receive no financial assistance from anyone.
*For the remainder of the review, I will refer to this cable as "Orlog"
*I am using different sources for better understanding and findings.
*Finally, I will only evaluate the Orlog based on their performance, even though I will explain how it feels and seems physically and aesthetically.



The Orlog is an extremely sophisticated and intricate cable constructed of premium UP-OCC Dual material. The composite wire structure combines multi-strand pure copper and multi-strand pure sterling silver wire cores with multi-strand copper cores that have been gold- and silver-plated. Housings for the y-splitter, chin slider, connections, and termination plugs are CNC-cut and-machined from aerospace-grade aluminium alloy. There is another 4 core braid configured cable in addition to the 8 core cable that I didn't get chance to evaluate. The best feature of the cable is that it has the well-known effect audio CON X interchangeable connectors, including 2 Pin, MMCX, A2DC, and IPX. The cable has a 26 AWG diameter and an effect audio UltraFlexi Ultra-soft insulation coating on the outside. The straight 4.4 balanced termination plug has a length of 1.2 metres and is constructed of gold-plated brass.


The aesthetic appeal of such a cable gives you a premium feeling, particularly when such an elaborate cable is made using such a refined procedure and such high-end materials. The cable feels weighty and velvety to the touch when you hold it, which gives you the impression that it is a high-quality cable that delivers more than you anticipate. Although the usage of such engravings or CNC-milled housings on the cable may have gone too far, it still appears to be exquisite. The colours and overall design really work well together, and the cable concept is a great complement. The chin slider is the best and possibly the strangest feature of the cable. Its design makes it look unique, and I'm using it for the first time, but the slider's functionality is flawed; specifically, when I slide it close to my chin, it pokes and hurts a little around my chin. Of course, not going to such an extent causes no problems. In addition to this, I anticipate that the CNC milled housings, particularly the gold ones I prefer to encounter, will lose their grip and separate from the black housing. Yet, while this is what I had thought, it is not likely to occur.



I think we can all agree that the subjective nature of this hobby makes it a very difficult situation for an audiophile to handle. Usually, when discussing sources, cables, or eartips, the alterations and effects are minimal to nonexistent to most people, but I am aware that there can be alteration in sound when using different cables, sources, or eartips. So, as I respect both your beliefs and mine, I would appreciate no denigration of my integrity or disparaging remarks about them. Everyone has the right to share their experiences, and eventually the audience will decide whether or not to trust them. I use the word "alter" in these cases since the exaggeration of my results does not significantly modify the tune or signature of the IEM. I hope everyone will give my suggestion some thought.
The sources used are:
1. Tempotec V6


2. iFi Hipdac


3. Ikko ITX01



Based on how they perform, these came to sound more like following the IEF target, where the treble is sparkly and extensive, the mid range is upfront and energetic and the bass emphasis s on the sub bass. The IEF response gives more detail and character to the nature of the notes, where bass is meant to be clean while providing more sensetional experience than a listening one, keeping the reponse clean and clear for more detailed and expressive response while mostly sacrifing the warmth and welcoming sound. Therefore a neutral with sub bass boost sound and that is what Galileo adopts. In the treble region it sounds almost offensive and keeps the bar high and being on the verge to become hot or sibilant sounding, the mid range is not excessively aking over the response and the bass keeps the whole response clean while proving a soothing and enjoyable sensation of bass which sounds just right. But sometimes the capabilty of the driver comes as an factor which in case of Galileo sounds a little odd while producing deep bass response at louder volumes and the lean tonality in the lower treble making it a little artificial sounding.


The Galileo was a perfect combination since it made the presentation more fluid by quickly bringing out more specifics and clarity. While the mid range loosened a touch and took on a fuller tone, the treble no longer felt on the point of becoming obnoxious. More texture and presence control were present in the bass. The stage felt wider and less distant, but the depth was unquestionably superior. The technical aspects felt the same. Given the price they are being provided at, the separation got more obvious and the resolution improved from exceptional to excellent. The Orlog performed a good job even though the wow factor was already present and there was no sense of surprise.

Thieaudio Monarch MKII

Monarch MKII is the foundation from where I start recognising other IEMs. For me the Monarch MKII has the perfect treble, mid range and bass. I may prefer more punchy bass though, but all in all close to what I find in an IEM. The treble is extensive and exceptionallly smooth for my taste. The mid range is centric and very expressive and the bass goes deep and rumbles beautifully. The bass feels lacking slam but it is there, but I love the way it is. In my opinion, these are technical monster, as the stage is expansive and realistic with great depth and acting dimensions. The imaging may have been more edgy and sharp but it is enough to sound clean and crisp. The separation is really how distant and distinctive every element should be. The attack and decay resolves at a pace I find natural and real. All in all I find it to sound perfect with superb tonality and excellent technicalities. Monarch MKII still surprises me how both technical and tonal performances blend and compliments each other. A peaceful and relaxed play.


The monarch mkII is paired, The slight unevenness was resolved, and the response became smooth throughout. The treble had the same sensation, but the information was more open. The posture was more focal and expressive, but the mid-range vocals had the same feeling. Through slams and jabs, the bass grew slightly more exact; to put it simply, the bass became "polished." After hearing monarch mkII, many people noted the usual sporadic wispiness in the high mid range, which, in my opinion, disappeared because the female voices weren't as squeaky. I can't say if that made it better or worse because I never experienced a problem in either circumstance. Regarding the technical performance, there is a noticeable improvement in the resolution due to better imaging. Only in this area do I see room for improvement. Overall, the cable improved the experience with the Monarch MKII, and in my opinion, the cable and Monarch MKII combination appears more alluring.

Unique Melody MEXT

MEXT is a beast coming to bass texture and details which great lower treble and enough forward mid range, although these are V-shape sounding, they often prove that they are more than that. The clarity in the higher frequency and detailing the lower makes it a very versatile IEM. The technical prowess itself makes a driving competitor which gives a close competition to the Monarch MKII(from my personal point of view I mean). The stage feels very expansive and wide with proper depth. The imaging is clean and sharp where as the separation is very distinctive and spacious sounding. The resolution is excellent with great detail retrieval. The pace resolves so fast that the attack and decay of notes happen at an alarming rate, Even though I prefer neutral with sub bass boost, I love the presentation of this IEM.


The majority of the notes were tonally adjusted, which resulted in considerable modifications to the features of the sounds in terms of how they sound and how they seem when paired with the MEXT. The reaction was more animated and orchestrated better. The cymbal crashes or hits had a sweeter tone and were depicted more sparkling than shiny. The treble part of the sound was undoubtedly more authentic. The mid-range shot wasn't aggressive or face-directly hitting. While the instrumentation had a more vitality than a metallic aspect to them, the vocals were much more dispersed. With fantastic jabs and crashes, the bass was more rounded and textured. With the Orlog, MEXT sounded fantastic. The technical aspects of these IEM didn't feel significantly altered, but the stage's holographic image and separation were improved. The pace seemed to be moving more quickly, but other than that, not much changed.

Thor Mjolnir MKII

Mjolnir is a very bassy set which has a lot of sub bass emphasis. The treble and upper mid range is also very forward in the mix. The upper treble has great extension as well. The bass is very punchy and boomy while acting fast. Mjolnir is a great V-shape sounding IEM with a different approach to explosive bass that has better technicalities, especially in this price range. The stage is great with nice surround stage and depth where the separation of each element sounding distant enough them to procure space to breathe and distinct themselves. The attack and decay of the driver capability is really quick and performs great. The vocals may feel lean and sparkly, the warmth or the fuller experience is something that these lack.


I immediately noticed that the balance of the lower midrange and higher midrange made it seem more plausible and organic after partnering with the Mjonir MKII. While the details pouring out felt practically identical, the treble felt more calming and clean without being intrusive due to increased loudness. This made the response more approachable with linearity throughout all of the areas. The voices were in control and comfortably staged in relation to the mix to your satisfaction. The mid range felt more natural and organic with good control over the dynamics and made it sound far placed. Once the possessive sub bass rumbling was diminished, the bass felt a little pulled back, embracing the richness of it more and making it sound lot more enjoyable to listen to bass-heavy tunes. Apart for the stage becoming more spacious, the technicalities were practically perfect.

Joyodio Shine

The Shine are IEMs that have been expertly adjusted with a balanced signature in mind. The response has a good amount of bass, room, and stage. While the lower treble is less lively and works well with the upper treble, the upper treble is much more expansive and clear. With well-placed vocals and enhancing instrumentation, the upper mid range sounds forward yet smooth. In no way did I feel inoffensive, and the lyrical and enigmatic style of both vocals and instruments makes me feel at rest. Although the lower treble doesn't sound particularly timid or dreary, it does give the instruments and vocalists a chance to practise some detailing. There, the bass response plays out very nicely, balancing between smashes and punches without being overpowered by either of the qualities. The bass is more rounded and warm. The bass is more defined but not significantly more textured because of its beauty. The bass is exercised with excellent control.


The response didn't significantly alter when combined with the Shine. While the mid range was a little more open and had a little more clarity over singers and instruments, the treble remained as smooth as before. The punches and slams did feel the same, but the bass did feel a little more textured. The technical prowess of these IEMs is same; no changes or enhancements are audible. Although I can tell that the resolution has improved, it is hardly noticeable.

Tracks Used

Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere(Remastered)
Toto - Africa
The Police - Every Breath You Take
Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (End Titles)
GOJIRA - Amazonia
Fergie - Glamorous
50 Cent - In Da Club
Skrillex - XENA
Skrillex - Torture You
The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
Luna Haruna - Overfly
Blck Cobrv - Candy Shop
LMYM - 0 (zero)
Indila - Love Story
Marina Hoiuchi - Mizukagami no Sekai
Wayne - Not Enough



Given what I've seen and heard, the Orlog is a special cable made to harness true sound and to help excel the potential of the high achieving IEMs. Your opinion of value will play a big role in determining whether the prices things are offered at are worthwhile. Personally, I think it's a large expenditure that isn't necessary, and paying that much money for a cable that costs as much as the most expensive IEM I own puts me in a tricky situation. If it were on sale and significantly reduced, or if I had saved money specifically to get the one cable I want to pair with every IEM I own, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase such a remarkable cable. Hence, I can only speak to the prowess of this cable, which I considered to be beautiful, spectacular, and worth listening with when I recommend such a remarkable relation. The sole cable I could find that adjusts and curates the sound you enjoy listening to.
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1000+ Head-Fier
Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog Review: The Crystal Of Truth Cable!!
Pros: Excellent build
ConX connectors are a blessing for multiple IEMs
Noticeable improvements with connected IEMs
Doesn't overexaggerates any particular frequency, and sounds balanced throughout
Makes the output smoother and livelier
Cons: Vocals get a bit soft(but doesn't loose the resolution and clarity)
A little pricey
After spending a good amount of time with High-end IEMs, I personally feel that everything in the chain plays an important role in the output. Whether it be the source file or the cable that’s carrying the signal. When I tried so many high-end IEMs including the likes of Oriolus Trails, Noble Audio Viking Ragnar, Empire Ears Odin, and a few more with different cables, I kinda liked exploring different cables. Over the past few months, I have explored several cables from hand-crafted DIY cables to properly branded units. Today, I am bringing you a review of a new flagship-grade cable made in a collaborative project between Kinera and Effect Audio. Let’s begin and we will discuss the super amazing Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog, the Crystal of Truth.

Introduction Before I Begin:-

Kinera and Effect Audio, both are well-reputed brands in the HiFi audio industry. On one hand, Kinera has a reputation as an exquisite IEM manufacturer, and Effect Audio on the other has a reputation as a premium IEM upgrade cable brand. Both brands have come together for this amazing cable called the Orlog. It’s available in two different variants, a 4-strand cable for 699$ and a limited edition 8-strand cable for 999$. Only 400 units of this 8-strand cable were made and mine is unit number 239 out of those 400. The cable has a dual-material hybrid design as advertised on their website. It consists of a multi-strand gold-plated copper and silver-plated copper hybrid core mixed with a multi-strand pure-copper core mixed with a pure sterling silver core. Too much technical information, but it’s all mentioned on the website. The cable uses thin 26AWG wire cores with Effect Audio’s Ultra-Flexi outer insulation layer. It has Effect Audio’s ConX swappable connector system and includes 2-pin and MMCX connectors in the package.

Oh, I forgot to mention, this unit of Orlog was provided to me free of cost by Kinera themselves. I would like to thank them and feel super lucky to be awarded this opportunity. Please don’t worry, all the impressions here are my own based on my experience with the cable over the past few weeks. You can check out more information about Orlog on the brand’s website from the link below(non-affiliated).


Let’s begin with the unboxing part first.


Let’s clear one thing here, you might have never unboxed anything like the Orlog before. Like the entire packaging is so thought after, it’s so clean and looks so impressive. I mean, it opens like a premium wedding invitation lol. We have a big square-shaped package for the Orlog. First, we remove a cover on and then we slide the internal box out. It’s joined to a small square portion on the top that stands up as I pull out the package. I mean it’s incredible to unbox. I have unboxed so many products and this is my favorite one. I personally believe I am not able to do justice to the unboxing with my words here, so I would recommend you guys check out my unboxing video on my Youtube channel. I will add the link below.

Hope you guys enjoyed the unboxing video of the Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog. Let’s talk about the contents, we have the cable, a premium zipper carry case, some interesting documents, an MMCX connector, and a ConX connector swapping tool.

Design & Build Quality:-

Effect Audio knows how to design premium-looking cables and Kinera knows how to design exquisite-looking IEMs. Imagine what we will get when both of these brands come together. Just to ease this for you, the Orlog is one of the most beautiful IEM upgrade cables I have witnessed to date. My unit has an 8-wire strand configuration that looks like a mixture of Eros S and Kinera Baldr stock cable from the looks of it. It’s neither too stiff, nor it is too soft. You get a properly balanced stiffness on the cable. The Y-Splitter, the chin slider, and the Termination plug covering are top-notch. Even has a beautiful black colored stone engraved onto the termination plug area. My unit has a 4.4mm termination, and currently, I have 2-pin connectors. But MMCX is also included in the package if it’s required. ConX is super easy to replace, I have used these before, and these are very easy to replace. Simply use the tool in the package, and change the connectors like you change screws at your home.

In terms of design and build quality, I am mightily impressed with the cable. It looks extraordinary and has a superb build. Outstanding would be an understatement, and I personally believe I am not able to do justice to the cable with the images. I seriously hope you guys like these.

Sound Impressions:-

For the purpose of this review, I have tried the cable with primarily two different IEMs. I actually tried it with a variety of IEMs but made a note with these two primarily. These two are the Oriolus Trailli and the Symphonium Audio Meteor. IMO Orlog is quite a capable cable, it’s detailed, it’s refined, it’s crisp, and it retains excellent tone and clarity with the connected pair. I find the Orlog to improve the dynamics of the connected IEMs. It drastically improves their sound in terms of details and resolution, especially noted with the Meteor here. The detail level is also noticeably improved with the Meteor when I put Orlog on to it. The lower end feels tighter and better defined with the Orlog and Meteor. I find meteor to have slightly better extensions in the sub-bass region as well.

The best part about Orlog is the fact that it increases the details and enhances the treble region. Meteor with its stock cable has a dark-ish tone to the highs, but wit the Orlog, it’s much more livelier and energetic. No, it isn’t sharp or boomy even with other IEMs that I have tested it with, so the treble response is nicely enhanced. Midrange sounds rich and has improved texture for vocals. Although the vocals get a tad bit soft with the Orlog, no they don’t lose their resolution, they are still crystal clear, they just sound smoother. I would say, Orlog has a great impact in the upper mids and lower-treble region. The clarity and definition is improved, yet the presentation is smooth and soft.

Orlog With Trailli is also quite good, it gets more refinements to its signature. But I guess the stock cable of the Trailli is also good as the improvement is not drastic as compared to the difference that comes with Meteor. Dynamically, the Orlog enhances the performance of the connected IEMs. Instruments have better separation, they sound cleaner and crispier on both Meteor and Trailli.

Well, it must be clear by now that I absolutely loved the way the Kinera Orlog presents its sound. It synergizes well with both the Symphonium Audio Meteor and the Oriolus Trailli. It sounds fantastic, now on to some points that I personally think are not the best with the Orlog.

Some Cons with Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog:-

>Pricey: Obviously it’s a flagship cable and comes with a flagship price tag. Imagine I am using this 1000$ cable with my 700$ IEM. So a little pricey.

>Mids are a little soft, especially vocals. Personal preference and nitpick honestly.

>It’s so beautiful, yeah not a con basically, but honestly, I take intense care of this cable. I mean, I just fear I might damage it somehow. Super good looking lol.

Some minor comparisons:-

Astral Acoustics Eclipse vs Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog:-

I recently got to test the Astra Acoustics Eclipse as well. It’s a pure silver cable priced at 950$, so basically priced close to Orlog but different in its build and core material. Here are my short impressions of these two.
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>Eclipse has more pronounced lower-end and high-frequencies, Orlog sounds more balanced of the two.

>Eclipse sounds crispier, and Orlog feels a little softer. Resolution and detail-wise both are identical.

>Orlog maintains a good balance between the different frequency bands, Eclipse sounds slightly V-shaped in its presentation.

Final Words for Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog:-

This is no secret now that I absolutely adore the Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog. This beautifully crafted cable is super cool in design and has excellent sound characteristics as well. I am rocking the Orlog every day with the Meteor and loving these more daily. Absolutely blissful!! Well, that’s about the Kinera x Effect Audio Orlog from my side, I hope you guys liked this video of mine and I hope you guys leave me a like on this review as well.

Thank You!!


1000+ Head-Fier
Kinera Orlog Review
Pros: - Beautiful Design
- Light and Supple
- Sounds Excellent
- Price
- EA Colab
- ConX
Cons: - None

The Kinera Orlog is Kinera’s first venture into the IEM upgrade cable market and I was lucky enough to receive an early production unit to try out over the last few weeks. Kinera have collaborated with Effect Audio to produce this cable and the end result both looks and sounds superb.

This collaboration also means that the cable comes with EA ConX which allows you to change from 2 Pin to MMCX, and indeed others if you purchase them separately.

The cable I was sent is a 4-wire and retails for $699. There is also a limited edition 8 wire available for $999.

Like always, this is just my opinion of how I hear things with this cable so take from it what you will. I used the cable daily for two weeks before doing any comparisons to allow for any burn-in/ brain burn-in.


  • Material:UP-OCC
  • Dual Material Hybrid Design
    • Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand gold plated copper & silver plated copper core mixture
    • Golden Ratio Composite Cable Core:Multi-strand pure copper core mixed with pure sterling silver core
  • Braiding:4 core / 8 core three-dimensional braiding
  • Cable Diameter:26AWG 4 core / 8 core
  • Outer Layer:EA UltraFlexi ultra-soft insulation outer layer
  • Interface:EA ConX 0.78 2pin, MMCX
  • Plug:EA-P 4.4mm balanced
  • Plug Material:Gold plated brass
  • Plug Internal Connection:Threaded connection structure
  • External Metal Parts:Aluminum alloy
  • Cable Length:1.2m



When I first saw the product shots of the Kinera Orlog I thought it was going to be a quite heavy cable but in hand, it is very light and supple. In use, it is pretty much unnoticeable to wear it as it is that light.

There are lots of small details to the design that really makes the cable stand out for me. The hardware is of excellent quality and weighted appropriately. The addition of the extra gold pieces, while a small detail, makes Orlog stand out and contrasts nicely against the black. The clear insulation on some of the cores adds a little sparkle but overall they’ve managed to keep the aesthetic eye catching yet still subtle.


The cable comes with a nice faux leather case along with the two different ConX connections. The packaging is high quality and there’s even a bit of theatre to it as you slide out the drawer the top of the box folds up effectively turning it into a type of display case. While they are small touches, the quality of the packing is important to most audiophiles and it shows Kinera have put some thought into the experience they are providing for their customers.



I will be comparing the Kinera Orlog paired with the Fir Audio XE6, Unique Melody Multiverse Mentor and the 64 Audio Tia Fourte Noir against a number of different cables I have so hopefully you will get a better understanding of how Orlog affects the sound of each set.

While synergy with a particular set will be the most important factor, I have found the Kinera Orlog easy to pair with most sets as it allows the IEM to create a crystal clear and detailed sound with little to no colour added at all.

The Kinera Orlog has many of the characteristics you would associate with a high-quality silver cable but the hybrid mix of core materials means it also has some of the characteristics of copper and GPS cables.

As a result of it adding very little colour, once you pair Orlog with a good source and IEM it will help the positives shine. Through all my testing with this cable it has really brought out the best in all the sets I’ve tried it with and rarely if ever made them worse.


Unique Melody Multiverse Mentor​

Source: MacBook> Gustard R26 R2R DAC> Topping A90D

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Test track: Eric Clapton – Old Love (Unplugged)

Kinera Orlog

This combination of source, cable and IEM has produced some beautiful results during my testing and this track from Eric Clapton is stunning with it.

All of the instruments are detailed and life-like and you really get a sense of where everything is positioned on the stage. There is a beautiful note weight to the stringed instruments which you can really feel due to the BCD. The soundstage is quite intimate but every instrument has an exact position in it and as the track gets busier everything is layered excellently and remains crystal clear.

Likewise, with vocals, they are positioned perfectly and everything just comes together to suck you in and get lost in the song.

The naturalness of the R2R DAC and Mentor’s abilities are allowed to shine and this really is as good as I have heard this song from any combination of audio equipment.

Deep of Universe (Stock Mentor Cable)

Swapping cables, the difference in ergonomics is immediately apparent. While the stock cable isn’t heavy by any means, it is a lot thicker and the sheathing material catches in things.

Sound-wise, detail levels are very similar with both cables. There is a greater sense of air with Orlog but the bigger difference listening to the stock cable is that there’s a bit more bite to everything and it’s a more aggressive listen. Orlog is smoother and it’s a more relaxed and enjoyable listen whereas the stock cable keeps me on edge a little with some notes just hitting too hard or a little shrill. The piano notes also don’t sound as natural as with Orlog and they come across as little muffled or dulled in comparison.

Khanyayo Cardas Clear

The Khanyayo cable is noticeably warmer compared to the other two cables. Instruments and vocals are slightly smoother and there is slightly less note weight compared to Orlog. Everything is a little more rounded.

That smoothness does come at the cost of details but it’s a marginal difference. Overall it is a very easy and relaxing listen with the Cardas Clear cable but I feel the song is more life-like with Orlog and the layering is more clearly defined.

While I like elements of both the stock cable and the Khanyayo cable, with Orlog the song was as close to life like as I have heard it and I kept going back to this combination to explore the rest of my library.


Fir Audio XE6​

Source: MacBook> SMSL D400EX DAC> Topping A90D


Test track: Yotto – Let you Go (feat. AunA)

Kinera Orlog

This is a fairly full-on track and you are presented with a wall of sound listening to it on XE6. With an intense track like this, I am mainly checking to see how all the different sounds are handled, if anything becomes overwhelming or lost in the mix.

Orlog pairs excellently here with XE6 as it allows every sound to be pinpoint accurate and exist in its own space. The female vocals are clean and detailed and sound excellent.

The soundstage is huge, as you would expect with XE6, and even though it is intense, it is intense in an exciting way that evokes that sense of being in a club being hit in the chest by a huge sound system. There is a gentle rumble of sub-bass all through the track but the whole bass spectrum is kept balanced and controlled throughout the track. A really nice pairing.

Liquid Links Venom

Vemom has been my go-to choice to date to pair with XE6. I guess the first thing that really needs to be highlighted here is the difference in ergonomics. Both cables use a hybrid mix of materials in their cores but Venom opts for two very heavy cores rather than the four small and light ones that Orlog utilises. I’ve been using Venom for a number of months now and it has softened and become a lot more flexible over time but I know some people will have a problem with its size and stiffness, at least out of the box.

At a very high level, I would say Venom leans warmer than Orlog which leans more towards the sound you would usually associate with good silver cables. When listening to the test track, the initial bass line is warmer and slower with Venom and the vocals and pushed back a little behind the different sounds. With Orlog, the different sounds are in exact positions whereas with Venom they more blend together in a somewhat smoother and more ethereal presentation.

It is two slightly different presentations with both cables with neither being better than the other, just a different flavour, but the one weakness Venom has compared to Orlog is in keeping the bass under control on XE6. When the bass lines get really heavy it is bordering on becoming muddy with Venom whereas with Orlog it is tight and controlled throughout.

Khanyayo Cardas Clear

Technically, the Khanyayo Cardas Clear cable is more similar to Orlog than Venom. Stage dimensions and the sense of space between sounds are very similar. There isn’t a huge difference between the two when it comes to bass quantity or quality but with the Cardas Clear cable, it does hit ever so slightly harder. It really is very fine-tuning to taste here to select which would be “better” when it comes to bass but you would be happy with either.

Again it is splitting hairs when it comes to comparing many other aspects of the sound. Both help XE6 produce a huge stage. There is more of a sense of air with the Khanyayo Cardas Clear cable but with Orlog the treble has more detail and definition to it.

The biggest difference between the two for this track is the vocals. With Orlog they are clear and equally weighted with the rest of the track whereas, with the Cardas Clear cable, vocals are further back in the mix and take much less of a focus compared to the bass and synth sounds which are firmly to the front. Again, it will be personal taste here and both do a great job with the track.

It is hard to pick a clear winner here between all three cables and it really was a case of different cables highlighting different aspects but overall Orlog is the cleaner and more detailed of the three.


64 Audio Tia Fourte Noir​

Source: Shanling H7

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Test track: Kerala Dust – Maria

Kinera Orlog

Kerala Dust were the discovery of 2022 for me. I’ve fallen in love with their rhythmic, almost melodic style which sounds particularly good with Noir. You can change Noir massively with different cables and tips so it is always great to experience music you really like in a new way with a different cable.

Listening to Maria, during the intro there is an instant sense of a wide soundstage that wraps around your head. As the vocals come in, they sound detailed but very smooth and easy to listen to. As the bass drum hits around 35 seconds in, it is impactful, fast and controlled but doesn’t overpower the rest of the track. Everything blends together in a balanced manner and it’s easy to just get lost in the track. Balance really is the word that keeps coming to mind as I think about what I am hearing. Throughout the track, everything remains detailed and easy to distinguish and this combination produces a superb listening experience.

Liquid Links Venom

Listening to the track with Venom, the are a few very obvious differences coming straight from listening with Orlog. Firstly, the vocals just aren’t as detailed. They are softer and the positioning changes slightly as the soundstage doesn’t feel like it’s wrapping around your head as much as it does with Orlog so there is more of a left-to-right bias in the stage dimensions.

There are similar levels of impact from the bass but with a longer decay and it isn’t as tight. There is more sub-bass with Venom though.

Overall, it sounds like everything is a little dulled with Venom and the drop-off in details is very apparent. In a direct comparison for this track, Orlog would be the clear winner.

Khanyayo Cardas Clear

Swapping to the Cardas Clear cable, the stage feels a little more intimate during the intro. The copper characteristics come through with the vocals which sound a little warmer than Orlog and as a result sound slightly less detailed.

The different instruments that come and go through the track are positioned well in a 3D space but the biggest difference between the two cables is that the Khanyayo cable is a more intense listen.

Everything hits harder, especially the bass drum which really thumps throughout the song with Noir. It is purely down to a matter of taste between Orlog and the Khanyayo cable. The clean and detailed presentation or Orlog or the more full-on version of the song the Khanyayo cable produces.



In addition to sound quality and aesthetics, pricing and value for money carry a lot of weight for me. Not only have Kinera delivered a cable that both sounds and looks excellent, but they have also delivered it at a price that is far below comparable sounding cables on the market.

The Kinera Orlog has paired well with all of the IEMs I have tried it with and there have been some exceptional pairings with sets like the UM Multiverse Mentor. It is a light and supple cable that is finished with high-quality hardware and when this is all combined with very reasonable pricing, the Kinera Orlog gets a strong recommendation from me.

I’ve been very impressed with Kinera in all my communications with them so far. They are a growing brand who are eager for feedback from the audiophile community so they can produce products that will be appreciated and I look forward to seeing what comes next from them.

You can find out more about the Kinera Orlog here: https://www.kineraaudio.com/product/kinera-orlog