Kinera Celest PhoenixCall Review

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Today, I’m reviewing the Kinera Celest PhoenixCall in-ear monitors. The PhoenixCall features a stunning design and a 1DD+2BA+2 Micro Planar driver configuration. It’s priced at $129.

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

Kinera Celest PhoenixCall Review
Verdict
Kinera have quite simply delivered an extraordinary IEM with the Celest PhoenixCall.
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Pros
Upfront, energetic yet smooth sound character
An engaging blend of warmth and brightness
Excellent detail retrieval
Stunning craftsmanship and design
Cons
Might be too bright for some listeners
4.7
Our Score

Kinera Celest PhoenixCall

Specifications

Acoustic Drivers:1DD+2BA+2 Micro Planar drivers(FPD)
Interface: 0.78 2pin
Sensitivity: 103db
Wearing Type: In-Ear
Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-40kHz
Impedance: 32Ω
Weight (earbuds+cable): 9.8g+30g ( ± 0.2g )
Plug: 3.5mm / 4.4mm
Cable length: 1.2m

In the Box
  • Kinera Celest PhoenixCall IEMs
  • Detachable 0.78mm 2-pin cable
  • Zipper carrying case
  • PhoenixCall metal bookmark
  • 6x pairs of silicone eartips
  • User manual

Design

When it comes to design, I think it’s safe to say that the PhoenixCall is in a class of its own. Once again, the artists over at Kinera have shown us why their designs are regarded as some of the best in the industry.

The IEMs feature stunning faceplates with a pattern of silver flying phoenixes on a black and blue background. What’s cool about it is the faceplates change from blue to purple depending on the viewing angle and light.

The shells are made from a clear resin that allows a clear view of the drivers and sound tubes within. There’s a slight lip on the quad-bore nozzles that holds eartips in place. A tiny vent just in front of the 2-pin sockets helps to prevent pressure build-up.

Internally, PhoenixCall uses a 7mm dynamic driver for the bass, 1 BA for the mids, another BA for the mid-highs and 2 micro flat-panel drivers for the ultra-high frequencies.

In terms of comfort, the PhoenixCall scores highly. I can happily wear these for extended listening sessions without experiencing any fatigue.

The included SPC cable has all metal components and handles nicely. It’s fairly resistant to tangling too, making it a pleasure to use.

A closer look at the drivers and sound tubes

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the Moondrop Moonriver 2: TI, SMSL DO300EX and HiBy R3 II. PhoenixCall is reasonably efficient so it doesn’t require a powerful source. You can get good results using a dongle DAC or even straight from a smartphone.

Kinera Celest PhoenixCall has a balanced and upfront sound with powerful bass, clear full-bodied mids and crisp, detailed highs. It has elements of both warmth and brightness, making it sound dynamic, lively and engaging.

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Bass

PhoenixCall’s bass is a blend of generosity and precision. It puts more emphasis on the mid-bass but it can still create satisfying rumble when called upon. This characteristic imparts a distinct sense of fun and vibrancy to the lower frequencies, without ever veering into excess. Importantly, this energetic bass presence is nicely balanced, ensuring it doesn’t intrude on the mids.

Midrange

The PhoenixCall’s midrange is a showcase of clarity and intricate detailing. It takes a front-and-centre position, offering an upfront presentation that’s intimate and immersive. Vocals are rendered with articulation, striking a perfect balance between expressiveness and restraint. They deliver their message with precision and authenticity, yet without any hint of overemphasis or shoutiness.

One of the standout features of the midrange is its impressive accuracy. Each note is faithfully represented, ensuring that the timbre of instruments and voices is preserved. Additionally, the midrange exhibits a natural body size to the notes, providing a rich and textured foundation to the presentation.

IEMs with carrying case and metal bookmark
Treble

The treble is one of PhoenixCall’s most outstanding characteristics. It exhibits a level of precision and intricacy that elevates the overall expression. Moreover, this precision is complemented by a remarkable density and body in the treble, providing a substantial presence that adds depth to the sound profile.

It’s a bright and clear treble response that never crosses into the realm of harshness. The high frequencies are delivered with a sparkling brilliance, enhancing the overall clarity and adding an air of liveliness to the music.

Soundstage and Technicalities

The soundstage is average in dimensions but stands out for its naturally rounded shape. It’s not especially wide but it demonstrates a good sense of height. Instrument separation is good, showcasing good overall resolution. One highlight of PhoenixCall’s technicalities is its detail retrieval which is well above average despite maintaining a smooth and non-fatiguing sound.

Kinera Celest PhoenixCall IEMs

Verdict

The Kinera Celest PhoenixCall IEM offers a balanced, lively sound. It’s got punchy bass, clear mids, and detailed highs that keep things engaging. The midrange is intimate, bringing out vocals with just the right touch. The treble is precise and vibrant yet never harsh.

Overall, it’s one of my top picks for entry-level IEMs in 2023, giving fantastic value for its performance. The soundstage is solid, and it’s great at pulling out details without any fatigue. This IEM is a gem in its price range, in both audio quality and aesthetics.


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