Review headphones Kennerton Odin — now from the wood of Yggdrasil

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Review headphones Kennerton Odin — now from the wood of Yggdrasil

«Hearken unto me all the sacred birth, great with small children of Heimdall! One, you want me to talk about the past all things ancient that I remember». The history of headphones from Kennerton Odin goes back a little less than the ed Samonda, but still extends far enough. Just as long was my waiting for their couple, but in the autumn of last year, I was still their owner and is ready to tell about them.

First talk about the ISO-dynamics, developed by Fischer Audio for their partner brand Kennerton, started running 5 years ago (maybe more). For this model it was planned a lot of interesting things, including screw terminals for connection of the cable, however, the terminals had to be abandoned. Made their adjustments and the financial crisis as the withdrawal of such product on the world market required a very large «injections», which at that time the company had. Therefore, the first instances of Odin was going for exhibitions and presentations literally by the piece.

Participation in various exhibitions has borne fruit, talking about headphones in the world, for some reason, they are especially appreciated by users from France, there the forums lovers audio have formed a tight community. Minor troubles continued to haunt the developers in the early formation of the model: defective magnets, sold by the suppliers are not given in time to begin mass production, so the first time the demand for re-created is much higher than their offer.

Fortunately, now these problems behind us, and the headphones are sold. By the way, here is to make another nod in favor of the «Story», through their efforts, the model standing worldwide 2450 dollars, in Russia . Of course, the price tag is great, but these headphones are struggling to meet the specified level.

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specifications

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  • back design: public
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  • Transducers: 80 mm isodynamic, metallized polyimide 8 µm aperture
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  • Magnetic system: symmetrical with NdFeB magnets
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  • Frequency response: 15 Hz – 50 kHz
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  • Resistance: 40Ω ±5%
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  • Sensitivity: 104 dB / 1MW
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  • Cable: interchangeable with MiniXLR connectors, supplied with 2 m
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  • Weight: 670 g (without cable)
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Packing and delivery

A glance at the size of the package becomes clear that the nature of the developers do not cherish. Huge, really huge cardboard box with lots of foam inside hides an even greater disrespect for «Greenpeace». Inner box the headphones are made of lacquered wood, and if necessary she transformirovalsya in the demo booth for their content. I will be banal, but more coolest packaging I've ever met and I don't think meeting. Dark varnished wood, green velvet, stylish cardboard «Bank» wooden cover, concealing themselves in the included cable... where there is Fang with his pseudocode-covered chests and Audeze with a plastic bag.

By the Way, it is possible to reproach the design of this box. The cavity under the headphones strictly of fixed size, so wrapping the headphones of them it is necessary to remove the cable and slide the cups on the minimum length. So keep clean «re-created» in the box will not work (but want to), so I would immediately recommend us to their stand for daily storage.

The package, in General, is quite simple — ear headphones and a standard six-foot cable with an adapter for 6.3 mm. Plus various papers including warranty certificate on the model. In principle, headphones highly recommended alternative wire, fortunately, and in the audio club, and Era-in-ear potential buyers will be happy to help to get them.

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Design and usability

It would be surprising if Fischer Audio with them a wealth of experience working with wood would make headphones out of a different material. Naturally, the company decided not to surprise, and made cups from wood. The choice of the buyer there are three basic types of wood: Kaya, Sapele and walnut, as well as various more exotic species of wood (custom): Bubinga, amaranth, Zebrano and others. Cups are milled in many stages and then subjected to the same multi-stage processing — polishing, different impregnation and everything you need to give it the maximum noble view and save it. I also separately got lucky and I got a special version of the headphones with the cups made of Karelian birch, varnished. I can say that none of the pictures do not convey the beauty of this tree and its perfect processing.

Headband made with an incredible scale. Only real leather and very thick metal provides incredible reliability and durability. However, the flip side is the weight even without cable headphones weigh approximately 670 grams, which is very, very much. Fortunately, a wide headband and comfortable ear cushions promote proper weight distribution, so headphones can be worn for a long time, but not all have, as I pumped the neck seasoned audiophile.

Unusually the mechanism of adjustment of the cups. To configure the size and angle of rotation, loosen the two screws on the headband, after that the plug holder can be moved by adjusting the length, and rotate picking up the correct angle. Choosing the right fit, you will just have to tighten the screws.

Headphones are made in a fully open acoustic design, branded grille on the outside of the cups clearly talking about it. So dedicated «re-created» exclusively for comfortable listening at home, otherwise you will not interfere with the noise, and your music will interfere with the rest.

On the ear cups see immediately that the acoustic tuning of the headphones approached seriously. They are made of angular to improve the imaginary scenes and perforated unloading the front side of the radiator. In addition, the ear pads are very soft and provide a comfortable wearing.

Wire, of course, a plug-in, uses standard 4-pin MiniXLR connectors, compatible with Audeze. Regular cable is not bad, but a little noisy due to the used external insulation. However, taking into account the reliability of fixing the «re-created» on the head is not obstructed.

In General, headphones are created with quality, at least worthy of flagship models from other manufacturers, and sometimes superior to them. Forgive me for these periodic roll into the pathetic tone, but really, re-created and look and feel very cool. They would, of course, to reduce the weight of the 200 gram, but it is also good.

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Sound

To listen To the following equipment was used.

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  • and the role of the DAC and amplifier
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  • Apple MacBook Pro Retina 2013 as a source
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  • the role player
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  • and as portable players
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  • Recording high-resolution Lossless-formats (Dr. Chesky have The Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc and others)

Before listening headphones were heated for 120 hours.

The Fischer Audio engineers have their own vision of sound, and any headphones that they are tuning in accordance with this signature sound, obtained at least good and at best excellent. In fact, «re-created» and was in the latter category. Their feed is a little dark, very lively, with an emphasis on the emotional content of the record and without trying care dry analyticity. As said by the representatives of the company — the vintage sound of the heyday of HiFi. If we denote two opposite extremes on the scale of sound headphones on the basis of isodynamic radiators, one side will be noticeably dark, massive sound Audeze, on the other — bright and detailed headphones from HiFiMan. Odin’s the same as fitting any of the enlightened one, followed by «middle way».

Headphone frequency response was very close to the reference, the unevenness of the actually fits into the 10-12 dB, which I personally believe «the norm» full-size flagship models that claim to be neutral. Therefore, please note that when I write below about some accents or nuances — they are mostly small, as in the whole Odin sound natural and with a very decent level of detail and transparency that are typical for planar emitters.

The Main part of bass emphasis headphones on mid and high bass, deep bass are present, but they are weakened to quantify that, we have to admit, a sensible decision, as pronounced, subbas usually does not benefit the naturalness of the sound. Bass in this model is very quick and a shock, of course, to the speed characteristics of the same HiFiMan HE-6 Odin a little bit not up, but here it is done intentionally to give greater physicality of the melody. The bass here is very versatile when you need to — he can hit, and when not to — takes his place in the music, not creeping to the fore. I think needless to say that the bass is perfectly controlled and not crawl outside of their frequency range. Transfer texture, as expected for a good istinam — excellent level, especially for the benefit of this is instruments with a low tone.

MIDs also have a brand color, they decided to soften a little (literally a fraction of a unit along an imaginary scale of softness of the sound, where 10 is the tuba playing in a cotton pad, and 1 is not damped Knowles TWFK which filter slaughtered all below 1 kHz). Headphones (too little) emphasize emotions, particularly for the benefit of various okolorotova and metal areas. Although if you assess CQ in General, they fit the epithet «live», this is not a headphone for listening to microdetail and live concerts — you are immersed in the music and not catch the individual sounds. Little emphasis on emotions helps beautify...

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