KBEAR Ear has had a stellar year in regards to their in-ear monitors lineup. Their KBEAR Knight earbud was also great value and they have more products on the way. But in this review, I’m looking at their latest ultra-budget model earbuds, the KBEAR Stellar. These will literally cost you less than a hamburger. But what kind of audio quality can you expect for something so affordable? Let’s take a look.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided for the purpose of an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Full-bodied bass response
Simple, robust design
Warm, inviting sound
Sime midrange colouring/thickness
Design, Comfort, Isolation
The KBEAR Stellar has a standard generic earbud design. It’s very lightweight and the build quality feels quite sturdy. The cable is a standard dual-strand with a glossy sheath. It’s flexible and actually handles nicely.
I find Stellar to be quite comfortable as far as earbuds go and I can wear them without the foam covers and still get a stable fit.
In general terms, the KBEAR Stellar has a warm, musical tonality with a forward midrange and relaxed highs.
Stellar has a thick, meaty bass that is boosted well north of neutral. It gives the overall tonality warmth and fullness. The sub-bass is capable of a nice, physical rumble: hardly surprising considering the large 15.4mm dynamic driver tucked inside.
Mid-bass has got a nice punchy presence that works well across multiple genres. Considering the price of these earbuds, the quality of this bass is really quite…Stellar!
The midrange is forward and sounds lush and rich. There is definitely some bass bleed but it adds warmth and fullness to vocals and instruments. Vocals actually sound pretty darn good, although the mids get congested during busy music. There is some definite thickness and colouring in the mids but overall the quality is still far better than I expected.
There’s a boost in the lower treble and a more relaxed upper treble. This ensures a smooth and non-fatiguing sound albeit not the most detailed. Hi-hats and cymbals sound pretty good, even if they are a bit soft. The upside is there isn’t any sibilance and the highs are non-fatiguing.
Like most earbuds, Stellar has a pretty large soundstage. What surprised me most though is the amount of depth created by these little gems. Another unexpected quality was the density of vocals and the strength of Stellar’s imaging.
Is there no end to the wonders of Chi-Fi? The KBEAR Stellar lives up to its name because, in my opinion, it’s a little star. Seasoned, demanding audiophiles need not apply but for the average consumer looking for a cheap beater for daily use or an inexpensive gift, you can’t go wrong with this earbud. Recommended!