Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 Review

Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 review featured

In this article, I review the Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0. Pandamon 2.0 features a 10mm Square Planar Driver (SPD) and hand-painted faceplates. The price is $59.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Kinera for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own, based on my experience with the product.

Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 Review
Verdict
The Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 is a great-looking IEM with a focus on vocals.
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Pros
Vibrant, upfront midrange
Warm, non-fatiguing sound signature
Lovely design
Construction quality
Cons
Shells might cause fit issues for some
Treble lacks precision
Middling technicalities
3.5
Our Score
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Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0

Specifications
  • Driver: 10mm SPD 2.0 ™ ( Square Planar Driver )
  • Impedance: 9 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • 5N Copper Silver Plated
  • Plug 3.5mm / 4.4mm Balanced
In the Box
  • Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 IEMs
  • Detachable 2-pin SPC cable
  • 3* pairs of red-core silicone eartips
  • 3* pairs of grey silicone eartips
  • Zipper carrying case
  • User manual
Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 design

Design

It’s almost a given that if Kinera makes something it looks great. Pandamon 2.0 falls precisely into that category because these shells look fantastic. It’s available in blue and black colourways.

I received the blue version with dark blue translucent shells, black faceplates with gold Celest branding, and a glittery, swirling blue and silver pattern at the bottom. I think they look stunning.

A single, small vent is situated just behind the 2-pin sockets. The nozzles, integrated into the shell body, feature a lip to ensure the eartips stay secure. The design and build quality overall are outstanding.

I find Pandamon 2.0 to be very comfortable for my ears. The shells have a rounded shape with no sharp edges. They’re low-profile too, so these would be good for lying down.

The stock cable is a braided 5N silver-plated copper type with aluminium components, including the chin slider. It’s available with either a 3.5mm or 4.4mm termination. It handles beautifully, has no microphonics and overall is higher quality than we’re used to seeing with IEMs in this price range.

Pandamon 2.0 inner shells and nozzles

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the HiBy R3 II, FiiO KA17 and SMSL DO300EX. The Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 is easy to drive and doesn’t have any special source requirements.

The Pandamon 2.0 aims towards a neutral sound signature and for the most part, it does that quite well. It’s not likely to please bassheads or trebleheads, but it might be a refreshing change for those looking for a neutral-bright presentation.

Bass

Looking at the graph above, you might think Pandamon 2.0 is light on bass quantity but that’s not the case. There’s ample bass presence, however, the lows lack texture and have a lingering decay. The sub-bass extension is good and there’s plenty of mid-bass punch, though the attack is somewhat blunt.

Midrange

The midrange has a thicker tuning with a focus on vocals. Both male and female vocals are articulate, but the upper midrange’s forwardness and attenuated treble shift the tonal balance to something darker and less transparent.

Treble

The treble rolls off fairly steeply after the 2kHz peak which helps avoid sibliance and excessive brightness. However, it also means Pandamon 2.0’s treble is not the most precise, detailed or airy. The treble tuning leans towards warmth and smoothness, which may appeal to those who prefer a more relaxed and less fatiguing presentation.

Soundstage & Technicalities

The Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 IEM has a spacious soundstage, despite slightly lacking precision in imaging and placement. While the soundstage dimensions are fairly large, the instrument separation and overall resolution are average.

Comparisons

Kefine Delci

Delci (review here) has a bolder bass with greater quantity, definition and texture. Its sub-bass thunders with depth and authority, while the lower midrange delivers a mix of warmth, body, and surprising clarity – thanks to its lively and elevated treble.

The Kefine Delci sounds more dynamic and has better tonal balance. In addition, Delci has better detail retrieval and more precise imaging.

Pandamon 2.0 with stock SPC cable

Verdict

The Kinera Celest Pandamon 2.0 has a musical and easygoing sound signature focused on vocals, catering to those who prefer midrange emphasis and a non-fatiguing treble over technical details. Its niche tuning performs well within its scope and looks great while doing so.

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