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- Overview of Kinera Celest Pandamon
- Features of Kinera Celest Pandamon
- Build quality
- Sound quality
- Sound quality features
- General comment
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Overview of Kinera Celest Pandamon
- Total Score: 8.3 / 10.0
- Package: 8.0 / 10.0
- Build quality: 8.5 / 10.0
- Fitment: 8.5 / 10.0
- High range: 8.0 / 10.0
- Mid range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Low range: 8.0 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 8.0 / 10.0
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- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Impedance: 9Ω
- Sensitivity: 108dB
- Connector: 0.78㎜ 2pin
Features of Kinera Celest Pandamon
- Enhanced 10mm Kinera SPD Square Planar Driver.
- Rich Sound with Excellent bass and velvety Texture.
- Unique, Funky Design.
- Easy driveability.
- 304L Stainless Steel face covers.
- Ergonomic and Comfortable Resin ear shells.
- High-Quality 4-Core OFC cable.
- Standard 0.78mm connectors.
2nd Generation Kinera SPD Driver Unit
Celest has featured 2nd generation of Kinera’s in-house developed 10mm x 10mm SPD Square Planar Magnetic Driver. Earlier Gumiho had to be equipped with a BA driver for a high-frequency response, but with precise development and optimizations, the SPD 2.0 is capable to deliver a full-frequency range with ultimate clarity and resolution. The sensitivity of this new SPD driver has also been adjusted with a 3dB boost for easy driveability.
Premium Build with Premium 304L Stainless Steel Facecovers
Celest Pandamon has got precisely designed a beautiful ear cavity structure. The shells feature high-quality 304L stainless steel material face covers with the Pandamon logo right at the center. The pair looks artistic and unique and at the same time has got a robust build structure. The ergonomic design of the ear shells enables a comfortable listening experience for the users.
Professional Tuning Adjustment For Rich Listening Experience
Pandamon has been tuned by a professional team of acoustic engineers, the pair delivers impressive sound performance with amazing clarity that complements different genres of music well. The pair delivers powerful lower-end performance with crisp midrange clarity.
Celest Pandamon features a newly-developed 10mm x 10mm SPD 2.0 planar driver unit. It has got improved sensitivity, promising easy driveability with different sources. You will be able to enjoy your favorite music on the Celest Pandamon with easy driveability and high sensitivity, all thanks to its refined SPD 2.0 driver unit.
High-Purity 4-Core OFC Cable
In order to deliver top-quality sound performance, Celest Pandamon includes a high-purity 4-core OFC(Oxygen-Free Copper) cable. The cable adopts a 96-strand configuration with 24 strands on each wire core. It has 2-pin 0.78mm connectors and a 3.5mm termination plug.
Sweet & Elegant Sound
Gimlet earphones come in 2 attractive colors for you to choose from. The calm and introverted prairie green lingers around you with the breath of the grassland; the fresh and elegant moisturizing white is the key to your beautiful posture. It is worth mentioning that every note flows naturally and lyric murmurs softly.
The package meets the standard of the price range.
- Kinera Celest Pandamon
- Carrying pouch
Build quality meets the price standard.
The design is innovative.
The fit is good.
REW Frequency Response
Sound quality description
In this review, I use the standard eartips size L and drive it with the FiiO M15.
The Kinera Celest Pandamon has a near-neutral, full midrange sound signature.
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Lows / Bass
The low end of the Celest Pandamon is shallow and generally tends to sound weaker than the midrange in presence.
The bass drum has a rather perceptible sense of heaviness, but lacks depth and lacks thump and rumble in the lower part of the range.
The electric bass also sounds a bit bright and lacks breadth.
Perspective is not bad, but depth is lacking, so it is not at a level that will satisfy low-frequency lovers.
The midrange of the Celest Pandamon is tuned to sound bright and frontal.
Texture is fairly accurate and build is not bad, but contours are loose and a bit less tight. As a result, the sense of separation in the midrange is rather poor, and because of this, the focus on individual sounds is rather blurred.
The roundness of the contours makes the sound gentle to the ear, but the texture of the sound image is a little hard and lumpy, so some people may easily find it too loud. When I tried to listen to Kishida Kyodan & The Akeboshi Rockets' GATE Sore Wa Akatsuki No Yoni with this, I was quite disillusioned because the electric guitar area sounded messy and dirty. There is quite a lack of both edge and detail.
Some may be impressed by the brightness at first, but if you listen carefully, it is still quite unsatisfactory due to the poor separation, and for about the same price, you can probably expect a generally higher level of satisfaction from the QoA Gimlet. At least for me, Gimlet has a more moist, ear-friendly color and freshness. I also prefer Gimlet's exterior design.
Highs / Treble
High frequencies are adjusted for smooth attenuation.
The overall energy is subdued, making it safe for those who are sensitive to high frequencies.
High frequencies are basically closed, and extension is quite lacking. The ceiling is a bit stronger, and the cymbal crash seems much more choked.
There is little to say about the highs except that they are adjusted rather smoothly and with an eye toward sound image consistency.
Sound quality general comment
Although it has not yet been established where Celest stands within the Kinera family, it seems to be designed with a younger audience in mind, and is probably a sub-brand for entry-level customers.
Among the Kinera brands, QoA is probably the most solid in terms of sound production, with a sound that is safe and suitable for everyone. Gimlet, at about the same price, has a better overall quality, including the packaging, but I think Pandamon's overall sound is a bit rough.
Unless you are a big fan of the Kinera lineup and are willing to complete Kinera's IEMs, you should skip Pandamon and buy Gimlet.
Sound quality features
- Superior original sound fidelity
- Accurate texture
- Good resolution
- Good focus on midrange
- Bright midrange
- Speaker-like forward localization
- Lacks high frequency extension
- Lacks subtlety
- Lacks low-frequency depth
- Lacks detail
- Too bright and noisy midrange
The Kinera Celest Pandamon is IEMs with an impressive bright midrange. The design and sound are somewhat quirky, and to be honest, it does not seem to be a model that will appeal to everyone, but those who like it may find something that sticks with them.