We’ve been slowly falling in love with this Kinera H3 earphones. The Kinera brand range is elegant, refined, and immensely underrated, in our opinion. When talking about the BD005, we’ve seen nothing but pure quality in design and performance.
The Kinera H3 hybrid in-ears combines the fantastic concept of custom style semi-translucent housing and removable cable system that we saw on the TFZ Exclusive King with the sheer entertainment and refinement that hybrid driver technology provides. We previously tested the Xiaomi Hybrid Pro HD and Bosshifi B3 hybrid in-ears and were completely floored by their performance, so we naturally wanted to see what Kinera could do with the idea. We got our chance to find out; read our Kinera H3 review on and you will too.
As far as designs go, the Kinera H3 is anything but attractive in our opinion. The housing are a combination of translucent plastic and black color faceplate. The shape and design of the semi-translucent housings come in as a quite funky style, and the Kinera logos on top faceplate really help either.
On taking off the ear tips, the platinum grille looks classy and perfectly matched with the rest of the casing. On the whole, the H3 build quality is excellent, it is beautifully compact so you have nothing to worry about.
A 1.2m long cable connects to the earphone shells through MMCX connectors. The 6N silver plated copper made braided cable is by far the best in terms of looks and durability, but is also fairly tangle-prone. The H3 is purely a pair of earphones and does not have a microphone or in-line controls.
It has a metal 3.5mm plug and there is also four ear tips within foam, a hard carry-case, and flight adapter. The four included pairs of ear tips are of varying sizes, so you’re bound to find one that fits well. The fit is good, and the casing slots into your outer ear rather effortlessly.
The Kinera H3 features hybrid driver technology, with dual balanced armature driver and single dynamic driver in each casing. Frequency response ranges from 20Hz-20KHz, sensitivity measures at 101dB, and impedance registers at 48Ohms.
We used our reference Astell & Kern AK 30 high-resolution audio player to test the H3. Focus tracks for the Kinera H3 review were Vivir Mi Vida, Don’t Look Down and How You Remind Me.
We started with Vivir Mi Vida, a salsa music with a cheerful rhythm and plenty of elements to test the Kinera’s handling of detail. The H3 certainly did not skimp on detail and tonality, audio quality is more neutral and balanced across the range.
Coming to the Don’t Look Down, a chunky dance track with pop elements, with the volume turned up a fair bit higher than safe listening levels. The balanced armature drivers produce brilliantly detailed highs and mids, while retaining the natural boost in imaging and sound staging that hybrid technology offers.
Lastly, we played the How You Remind Me, sparkling sound that we can listen to for hours on end. The dynamic driver comes into its own in this setup, proving just how much thump and attack it is capable of when its only job is to handle the lows.
At the end of our listening sessions, it became clear that the Kinera H3 is a detailed, exciting, accurate pair of earphones with no evident flaws. The addition of hybrid drivers makes it possible to tweak the sound to enhance particular aspects of the sonics without really losing any of the others.
Perfectly fits in the budget segment, the $99 H3 is a ‘hybrid’ pair of earphones and it is available through Amazon.com. If you’re looking for pure quality, and a sound quality that cannot be matched at this price, look no further than the Kinera H3.