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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?
Driver configuration: 2EST + 1BA + 1DD hybrid
This Nanna 2.0 was kindly provided by HiFiGo.
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.
- 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.
- 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.