Introducing the Kiwi Ears Cadenza, a high-quality in-ear monitor that boasts stunning 3D-printed shells and a powerful 10mm beryllium diaphragm driver. This IEM is priced at $35.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Linsoul for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Kiwi Ears Cadenza
- Driver: 10mm Beryllium Dynamic Driver
- Sensitivity: 110dBSPL/mW
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Earphone Material: Medical grade resin
- Cable Interface: 0.78-2PIN
- Price: $35
What’s in the Box
- Kiwi Ears Cadenza IEM
- Detachable 0.78mm 2-pin cable
- 3x pairs of white silicone eartips
- 3x pairs of black silicone eartips
- 3x pairs of grey silicone eartips
The Kiwi Ears Cadenza is a total steal at just $35! Not only are the shells absolutely stunning, with a custom 3D-printed design available in 4 different colours, but the build quality is top-notch. I was lucky enough to get the Verse (aka the blue one) and let me tell you, it’s a real looker. But don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself.
With vents at the base of the nozzle and right in front of the 0.78mm 2-pin socket, these IEMs are sure to keep your ears cool and comfy. Plus, the nozzles are the perfect width and have a nice lip to keep those eartips in place.
Not only do the Cadenzas look good, but they feel great too. They fill the ear concha comfortably and offer good noise isolation, making them perfect for loud environments. And, the included 4-core twisted cable may be a bit generic, but it handles well (just try not to get it tangled above the Y-splitter).
Overall, the Kiwi Ears Cadenza has a real standout design in the world of budget IEMs. Trust me, you’ll agree once you lay your eyes on it.
Gear used for testing includes the Shanling UA5, Earmen Angel and iBasso DX120. The Cadenza is an efficient IEM and isn’t demanding when it comes to power. So feel free to plug it straight into a smartphone or dongle DAC.
The Cadenza IEM has a warm and slightly dark sound signature, thanks to its rich bass and subdued highs. This makes it a good choice for listeners who are sensitive to treble. Despite being a budget IEM, it performs fairly well in terms of technicalities.
Get ready to feel the full-bodied thump of Cadenza’s bass. Bass notes are slightly rounded and have a soft start, but don’t despair – they still decay quickly. And when the sub-bass kicks in? Watch out, because it can rumble with the best of them. Just be aware that the texture might be a little soft, so it might not be quite as crisp as some other IEMs.
If you’re a fan of smooth vocals and rich orchestral strings, then you’ll love the midrange on these IEMs. They’re clear enough to make out all the lyrics, but electric guitars might sound a little dull if you’re into some extra bite. Don’t worry though, the warmth and body from the bass should make up for it.
Vocals are the star of the show here and stand out above all else. They’re natural in tone and accurate in size. Just try not to get too carried away with your symphonic jams, because the edges of notes might get a little soft. But at least your ears will be treated to some delicious auditory goodness.
The Kiwi Ears Cadenza’s treble is like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day – smooth, refreshing, and just the right amount of crispness to keep things interesting. There’s no sibilance or harshness to be found even when it’s loud. But at the same time, it’s not the airiest or most extended treble.
The highs don’t exactly sparkle, in fact, you could say they lack energy. But hey, at least you can turn your music up without fear of the treble stabbing you in the ears.
Soundstage and Technical Performance
Cadenza’s soundstage is average in size but is stable in its presentation. The resolution and instrument separation are average. Imaging is a little indistinct, however, I think it’s more than acceptable for a $35 IEM.
In conclusion, the Kiwi Ears Cadenza IEM is a great choice for those who love full-bodied bass and smooth, rich vocals. While the electric guitars might not have as much bite and the treble may lack sparkle, the overall sound is smooth and refreshing. Where Cadenza shines is its inoffensive, natural tone and forward vocal presentation. Overall, the Cadenza IEMs offer delicious auditory goodness for a sweet price.