Kinera Nanna 2.0: Unboxing

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Introduction

Kinera has never really been the most popular or well-regarded brand in the IEM scene, even as chifi continues its near-stranglehold over most of the price brackets.

I remember the BD005, an IEM that was… quite frankly, horrible. Then came the IDUN which had some decent success in the scene (I think?), followed by the SEED which was comparatively less popular, and who could forget the Odin which was Kinera’s first “high-end” IEM? Though frankly that was also a bit of a wash too.

I could go on and on about “The History of Kinera” but let’s focus on our belle of the ball here: the Nanna. The original Nanna was released around mid-late 2019, going for around $670 on the global market. Now I felt like the Nanna was an interesting one; certainly leagues better than the rest of the Kinera lineup and it did one thing that many other IEMs companies failed to do: get actual treble out of those pesky Sonion EST drivers. Still, it was a hard sell at $670 and so I didn’t really give it the time of day.

Regardless of what I felt about the Nanna, it gained popularity over time and established its own cult following. And with just like with every other company that had stumbled upon its lightning in a bottle, Kinera has now released an update to the Nanna: the Nanna 2.0. Also coming with a rather significant price hike, bringing it dangerously close to kilobuck territory at an MSRP of $900.

With hype renewed around the new Nanna, I guess now it’s time to see if it can survive the IEF gauntlet. Here we answer the burning question: how good is the Nanna 2.0 actually?

Product page: https://hifigo.com/products/kinera-nanna-electrostatics-iems-hybird-ba-electrostatic-drivers-earphones

MSRP: $900

Driver configuration: 2EST + 1BA + 1DD hybrid

This Nanna 2.0 was kindly provided by HiFiGo.

Non-audio opinions

My unboxing posts are pretty much the only times I’ll ever talk about build quality, accessories and the like. I’m not really the person to ask about these things as I don’t really care about them that much.

Accessories

  • Tips
  • Cleaning tool
  • 3.5mm to 1/4″ adapter
  • Magnetic (p)leather case

Cable: single-wire cable. Good amount of softness, no complaints.

Connection: flush 2-pin. Very slightly recessed, but it might as well be flush. Potential weak point as expected.

Build: standard resin build, no outward durability issues at first glance.

Fit: pseudo-custom; fits well for my ears but YMMV.

Isolation: excellent. Good nozzle length for a secure insertion depth.

Initial impressions

  • I prefer the old Nanna.
  • Nanna 2.0 is significantly warmer, bassier, and darker than the original Nanna. It’s an interesting tuning choice but also loses out of what made the original Nanna special, and now instead just sounds almost generic.
  • Good treble extension, certainly far more than the average EST IEM.
  • Not very resolving. This is probably its biggest bottleneck.
  • Not great, not bad, just “good”. $900 is hard to justify.

Measurements

Versus the original Nanna

All data has been uploaded to the Graph Comparison Tool.

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9 thoughts on “Kinera Nanna 2.0: Unboxing”

  1. I highly doubt they as good as Z Reviews call them since Kinara’s sister company, Queen Of Audio Mojito, never really made a decent flagship even though both brands claim to use high end BA and DD. Zeos loves everything unlike Max Setting who happens dislike everything (kidding).

    1. a reviewer that hates on everything reasonably is much helpful for consumers than a reviewer that shills on everything

  2. So… I ordered the 2.0 because the graph is very close to my preference. The 5Khz peak of the original is a huge no-no for me. Must have that drop at 5-6Khz (on the 2.0) for my ears.

    HOWEVER… later I found that Kinera stated that there are no sound differences between the 2.0 and the original!? I am now terribly confused!

    Wondering if Kinera mention anything about retune/no retune when they sent the unit to you Crin?

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