The third and final review in this recent Keep Hifi drop. Let’s see if the Robin has what it takes to play the lead role this time around? ( Yes, I went there! )
I have not been paid by KBEAR or Keep Hifi to write this review.
The views in this publication are unbiased and my own.
Vivian & Keep Hifi kindly sent this IEM my way to review.
The Robin IEM retails for £58.99 at the time of this review and they currently have a discount voucher in place on Amazon.
You can find them here:
KBEAR Robin IEM’s.
Astell & Kern AK70 MKI.
Stock KBEAR 3.5mm copper cable.
Balanced KBEAR 2.5mm copper cable.
Various hi res files.
What’s in the box:
1x pair KBEAR Robin IEM’s.
1x 4N oxygen-free copper cable with right angle 3.5mm jack. ( single ended )
4x pairs soft silicone ear tips.
1x hard case.
- Brand: KBEAR.
- Model: Robin.
- Color: Black. ( Also available in blue )
- Interface/Connector: 2PIN 0.78mm.
- Plug type: 3.5mm.
- Impedance: 18±2Ω.
- Sensitivity: 110±2dB.
- Frequency response: 20hz-20kHz.
- Driver unit: 10mm Dual Magnetic Circuit DD+KBEAR Four Customized BA.
- Wearing type: In-Ear.
- Cable available with or without in-line mic.
- Cable length: 1.2m
- Cable material: 4N Oxygen-free Copper. Gold plated 3.5mm plug.
- Cable is detachable.
- Zinc alloy electroplated front plate.
- Translucent Polycarbonate rear housing.
- Anodized Aluminium guide mouth.
- Soft silicone ear tips.
Build & finish:
It’s one of those products, where in the beginning you’re not sure whether you like or not, just going on stock internet images. Well, for me anyway.
Until they arrived… Kudos to KBEAR for designing and creating a smart, stately appearance.
With clean lines and facias, we’re off to a promising start.
The housings have a robust factory finish with zero flaws or faults in fitment.
KBEAR supply the Robin with a 4N oxygen free copper single ended cable which is basic but it does it’s job almost admirably. The 3.5mm gold plated plug is right angled and has some flexibility without showing any sign of weakness or possibility of ease of damage later on down the road.
I said almost didn’t I? 3.5mm plug, y-split, two pin connectors, all frosted translucent. Different. And although some may like this design choice, I found it a little jarring against the black/grey metallic & “Crystal” clear aesthetic of the IEM housings. The two just don’t match in my eyes, Read comics? Imagine “Nightwing” in near see thru crocs and you may get my point! But then I’m pretty anal about these things and it obviously boils down to individual taste, so, you may like it!
I digress. Third IEM in this run of reviews, and finally an IEM with a hardcase! Thank you KBEAR.
It could have been a pouch and I’d have been more than happy. More kudos!
Finally, we come to the ear tips. These are some of the softest, smoothest ear tips I’ve come across to date. But I’ll get into that a little more in the next section.
The “Soft silicone ear tips” speak for themselves here and are possibly some of the smoothest, comfiest ear tips that I’ve had inside my ears!
With the stock cable comes a pair of ear hooks which work really well. They’re not too stiff, yet stay where you need them to.
Wearing glasses is as comfortable as you would want it to be.
The IEM’s sit inside the ear canal comfortably. Not too deep. Nor do they stick out.
I was able to wear the Robin IEM’s for a good three hours without any discomfort or fatigue.
A focused soundstage with lots of depth and width that culminates in good imaging.
instrument separation is respectable.
Where these IEM’s stand out is in the low frequencies.
Tight articulate bass that sweeps impressively low while retaining all of its texture and accuracy.
The mids are neutral and smooth with a nice airyness to them, especially through vocal pieces.
Mid high to high frequencies are fast paced and crisp.
Final thoughts & thanks:
I didn’t know what to expect out of these out of the box.
What I found was a very well made, high performance IEM.
The Robin has a classy look, sporting a high standard finish.
This IEM does not skimp in the sound department.
They are a lively, full bodied IEM accompanied by a decent soundstage & image.
Perfect for EDM, great with Rock & Metal and phenominal with Jazz & Classical.
At £58.99 I really can’t recommend them enough.
The closest IEM I own that I could try and compare them with is the iBasso IT01 which originally retailed at £90.
I found the Robin to be on par with the IT01. With the IT01 having the slightest of edges with just a little more high frequency sparkle.
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