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KZ Castor Harman Target IEM Review

Rate this IEM:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 20 12.3%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 41 25.3%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 73 45.1%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 28 17.3%

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    162

Robbo99999

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will the android app poweramp let me eq my headphones the same as you?
You could try Neutron Player instead - that one is fully compatible with parametric EQ and does a bunch of other stuff besides.
 

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Poweramp EQ have a Parametric EQ you just have to select it in the settings, what is more of a problem is for the software to recognize all of your audio apps but it can be done via chrome browser and adicional permissions.
 

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It's funny, the tweet is from 6 months ago, but time in the IEM market goes so fast, I already consider them not competetive. It looks like "muddy" upper bass / lower midrange and bit spiky treble.
Yes. I can personally live without the accented hump in the low bass in the Harman target curve. The most important feature of the curve in my view is its gentle rise all through the middle, from 300 Hz upwards.
 

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Yes. I can personally live without the accented hump in the low bass in the Harman target curve. The most important feature of the curve in my view is its gentle rise all through the middle, from 300 Hz upwards.
And I think that's the worst part LOL, but I too could live without the deep bass bump if there wasn't the the gentle rise from 300Hz up. That gentle rise makes the deep bass bump necessary to my ear. Otherwise it's just too thin and bright. It seems everyone has their own take on it. Something more like the USound, HEAD Acoustics, or Sony curve sounds more balanced to my ear.
 

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And I think that's the worst part LOL, but I too could live without the deep bass bump if there wasn't the the gentle rise from 300Hz up. That gentle rise makes the deep bass bump necessary to my ear. Otherwise it's just too thin and bright. It seems everyone has their own take on it. Something more like the USound, HEAD Acoustics, or Sony curve sounds more balanced to my ear.
Neither there is a "target" or that is the curve. It's a try to represent natural response of speakers in room on to earphones/headphones. It's preference picked up on mid 70's SPL listening from listeners based on let's call them like traditional tone controls (not great methodology, sim and bias). However they ware not very good or to the equal loudness contours (ISO 226 2003 or later) of the time. Transistant frequency whose a miss and low pass filter at 100 Hz Q 0.71 (Butterwort) doese a better job regarding bass adoption. The highs are still undisclosed based on progress of mics, materials used for, shape and depth of ears and ear chenel, HATS aren't there yet but lots of the progress on the way.
 

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And I think that's the worst part LOL, but I too could live without the deep bass bump if there wasn't the the gentle rise from 300Hz up. That gentle rise makes the deep bass bump necessary to my ear. Otherwise it's just too thin and bright. It seems everyone has their own take on it. Something more like the USound, HEAD Acoustics, or Sony curve sounds more balanced to my ear.
I actually agree with you - there is less need for a rise if you don't have that bass hump. If you don't, flat is OK too in that region to my ears. The problem is that so many headphones actually go down all through the midrange - that JBL in-ear goes downwards all the way to 800 Hz which usually results in an unnaturally "thick" sound. Many continue even further.
 
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Two years ago:

"Wow, I can't believe we can get this level of performance from a $50 IEM"

One year ago:

"Wow, I can't believe we can get this level of performance from a $25 IEM"

Today:

"Wow, I can't believe we can get this level of performance from a $16 IEM"

So next year, we can expect a $9 IEM that outperforms many ~$1,000 models?
I have heard those "claims", but I have yet to hear that sub $50 (excl VAT) / €75 (incl VAT) that really puts a kind of realism in piano's high hats / trumpets. On paper they measure more than OK, but when listening (subjective, I know) I found they are very very nice for the price but the more expensive models (I know, no proof and I am maybe biased) I find lacking.

I always use different tips and even with my most preferred tips they do not sound close to as real like something not too expensive as e.g. a SIMGOT EA500lm or a more expensive Kiwi Ears Quintet.
 

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I have heard those "claims", but I have yet to hear that sub $50 (excl VAT) / €75 (incl VAT) that really puts a kind of realism in piano's high hats / trumpets. On paper they measure more than OK, but when listening (subjective, I know) I found they are very very nice for the price but the more expensive models (I know, no proof and I am maybe biased) I find lacking.

I always use different tips and even with my most preferred tips they do not sound close to as real like something not too expensive as e.g. a SIMGOT EA500lm or a more expensive Kiwi Ears Quintet.
I've got a pair of Linsoul 7Hz x Crinacle Zero 2 IEMs and they're the best IEM's I've ever heard. They put Altec Lansing and Ultimate Ears models I have that cost 5-10x as much to shame.
 

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I have heard those "claims", but I have yet to hear that sub $50 (excl VAT) / €75 (incl VAT) that really puts a kind of realism in piano's high hats / trumpets. On paper they measure more than OK, but when listening (subjective, I know) I found they are very very nice for the price but the more expensive models (I know, no proof and I am maybe biased) I find lacking.

I always use different tips and even with my most preferred tips they do not sound close to as real like something not too expensive as e.g. a SIMGOT EA500lm or a more expensive Kiwi Ears Quintet.

The CCA Trio and the Simgot EA500lm are just one filter from each other and the Harman target. Except one is $20 and the other $90.
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Trio High-Shelf filter @ 3750Hz/-1.5dB
EA500lm Peak filter @ 200Hz/-2.1dB/Q1
I personally prefer the Harman style of bass I don't like the mid-bass bump on the "gliding" one.
Also I don't have the EA500lm but I do prefer the Trio over the EW200, I think all there is to know about the sound of an IEM is in the frequency response (and distortion to some degree) of course there are other considerations like comfort or in ear resonances caused by angle, insertion depth or design.
 
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