HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

KANAS PRO

MOONDROP

Rating

Price

9.2

160 €

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

9

Bass

9.5

Mids

9

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

Handling

10

Workmanship

9

Comfort

9

Suitability

Frequency

8 - 40000 Hz

9.2

Intro

Hypes come and go almost nowhere as fast as in the CHI-FI world. Some are only triggered by a single review, or recommendation, and fade away when more serious reviews are added, others last for years, or at least over a considerable period of time. As short-lived as the CHI-FI world may be, there is still THE In-Ear/Ear-Bud that you can keep up with for years, no matter what's new on the market. I think with the MOONDROP KANAS PRO I have discovered such an in-ear for myself.

To the prehistory: In Berlin I became aware of a small shop specializing in in-ears (HEADTEK). They have in-ears from established brands such as CAMPFIRE AUDIO, WESTONE, FENDER, FINAL AUDIO, or SOUNDMAGIC in their product range. I met with a nice employee of the company for an exchange, where I showed him some of my in-ears and in return I was allowed to listen to the flagships of the above mentioned manufacturers. Sure, the Campfire Solaris, or Atlas are fun in their own way, but right away a private IEM got hold of me and convinced me after the first notes. It was, who would have thought it, the KANAS PRO. He made it available for me to review and it hurts me to have to give it back now, when the last line is written here!

Handling

It's not all gold that glitters! Right, in this case it is a highly polished metal case, which has a square cut in the front, so that the facets are reflected in the light and sparkle. If you like it a bit simpler, you should stay tuned anyway, because with what the Kanas Pro has under the hood, I would also put this with Bee Maya motif in my ear. Anyone who likes it a bit more extravagant is right here anyway!

The metal housing has an ergonomic seat with slightly longer sound openings than I am used to, similar to the ACCUTONE STUDIO S1. Nevertheless, the KPE (Kanas Pro Edition) is comfortable to wear and doesn't cause any problems in the long run. I didn't get the KPE in its original packaging, but you can quickly find out on the internet what is included in the scope of delivery. It is a bit slimmer with 3 silicone tips, a small cloth bag and a flexible and optically appealing 8-core cable (copper/aluminum), but is still completely sufficient. The stiffener on the 2-pin plug can easily be passed over the ear and provides a secure and comfortable hold.

In absolute quiet rooms, you may be able to guess something of the music that the KPE carries into your ear, but only at high volume, which is not recommended anyway and also pushes the KPE to its limits - but we are talking about a volume with ear pain potential. The KPE isolates quite well from the outside world with suitable attachments, but also allows some outside noise, which makes sense especially in road traffic.

Sound

The KPE inspires me not only because of its harmonic, balanced, slightly warm, neutral nature, but also because of the ease with which he manages to balance all this, without overturning, or appearing stressed even when things get musically busier. He also forgives sometimes worse source material, but feels most comfortable with high quality recordings. Here he uncovers smallest subtleties without any problems, but without becoming too analytical or emotionless. He always maintains his warm-hearted manner and knows how to constantly impress with his attention to detail.

The bass serves the often used cliché perfectly. It can, if it wants to and must, play dominately, but can also subordinate itself if it is required to do so. One of the reasons for this is that the bass, while many other IEMs do not, is more accentuated in the low bass than in the mid bass, which gives it the right pressure and low punch in hip-hop or electro, but if the sub bass is not present, or required, the bass is not overly emphasized and thus inflated. This makes a drum kit seem wonderfully natural, since the bass drum has punch, but does not dominate the music. The midbass can be a bit too subliminal for some and I would say for myself a My more, would lead to perfection here, but you can't have everything and even so the (mid-)bass is sufficiently present, as well as very textured and detailed. Bass guitars and deep strings benefit from the good resolution and depth of the bass. Moreover, it has no influence on the midrange.

For me, the mids are what makes the Kanas Pro special and gives it this sympathetic, lively character. Tonally I can't make out anything that sounds wrong to me, even if I probably don't have the most analytical ear. They bring just as much warmth to give the music a natural color and not make it appear sterile or dull. Voices, male or female, have a natural timbre and are perfectly positioned in the image to give them enough presence, but they don't jump right into your face.
For me, the mids can easily create emotions without being tiring or unnatural. They are neither too light nor too dark.

No matter what you put in front of the highs, they master it with bravura. They uncover even the finest details and present themselves clean, airy and always unagitated. They have an extensive expansion, which is reflected in a peak beyond 10 kHz. This lets the KPE sparkle without limiting the listening pleasure. Sibilants, distortion or exaggerated hardness are a foreign word for the KPE. The high frequencies virtually purr and give the KPE more openness and energy to offer a counterpart to the smooth mids.
The exciting thing about this is that many IEMs raise the high frequency range to simulate a higher level of detail or resolution, which sometimes results in more or less sharp highs and unpleasant peaks. Some of them, of course, have the level of detail as well as the resolution and present it just differently, but the KPE achieves this in its very own, relaxed way, with pleasant volume, but without pressing.

The KPE also manages to separate instruments with its single dynamic driver and arrange them in space. You can easily locate and follow individual instruments. From a spatial point of view, the stage has less depth than width, but the layering of the individual areas creates tension. As you have probably noticed, I find it hard to say anything negative about the KPE and not get lost in hymns of praise.

Are there weaknesses? Sure, because there won't be a perfect in-ear, but it comes close to my taste. With increased volume the KPE doesn't roll so relaxed through the country any more, but tends to clink slightly in the highs and emphasizes the upper mids a bit more, which can be unpleasant occasionally. But if you listen permanently to such a volume, you should seriously think about it. Likewise, this only occurs when the source material is weaker, because then he can no longer forgive and will not forgive. Here it becomes artefactual sometimes. A little more kick in the mid-bass would also be the icing on the cake.

Outro

The KPE is as adult and charming as Frank Sinatra in "My Way". It impresses with its ability to reproduce the sound unagitated, controlled, natural, detailed and smooth. One forgets again and again that it is a single dynamic driver that is capable of this excellent overall impression. How the KPE easily makes the leap over the whole frequency range is impressive. It generates a homogeneity that you don't want to miss.
The Kanas Pro is not only a clear purchase recommendation from me, but also at the moment my favourite IEM in all aspects. Of course there is also the BGVP DMG, which currently gives me just as much pleasure, but the Kanas Pro simply looks more mature and dynamic, and also more balanced and relaxed in terms of sound. I never thought I'd want to take so much money into my hands for an in-ear, because so far I've found enough alternatives in the 50 € range (Senfer DT6, Tin Hifi T2), which meet my expectations. Now I got to know and love the KPE, but with a heavy heart I have to give it back to its rightful owner. It's time to take money into my own hands!

1/10

STARFIELD

KANAS PRO

Second Opinion:

CHI-FIEAR © 2018 by David Hahn

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