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[Aliexpress] KB Ear KS1 High Value Wired IEM $13.34 CAD Shipped

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KB Ear KS1 High Value Wired IEM $13.34 CAD Shipped

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Promo Code: ALI570 $4 USD off - Only for new accounts
Combine with the coupon below to bring it down to $13.34 CAD shipped:

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Why used a wired IEM? Because at $15.75 $13.34 CAD shipped these sound better than Airpod's, Galaxy Beans and Sony equivalent. If you don't care about sound quality and just want to spend on ear jewelry these are NOT for you. Make sure you apply the USD $3 new user coupon and $5 USD store specific coupon to get the deal. IMO these go head to head the the Blon BL-03, the current value king, but are cheaper and don't require aftermarket tips.

If you own a Nintendo Switch, just buy these and thank me later. These are a fun and sparkly v shaped iem with great soundstage and impressive resolution for the price. They don't need an amp/dac/aftermarket cables/aftermarket tips. They sound good stock unlike their chief competitor the BLON BL-03. They sound even better modded.

MAKE SURE YOU BURN THESE IN! 72 hours of bass heavy music well above listening volume will do it.

Mod guide here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/kb-ear-audio-impressions-thread.912673/post-16297103

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Thanks TomRFD, but the price is in the title twice now.
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Minimum price is C$ 26.02, unless I am missing something.
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alireja wrote: Minimum price is C$ 26.02, unless I am missing something.
Apply these coupons.

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Can someone explain how a quality pair of headphones like this (and i believe it), how can it be the same price or cheaper than your regular garbage Sony earbuds sold at Bestbuy for $30?

Obviously these aren't the quality of $100 or $150 Shures, but shouldn't these cost more than the regular earbuds at Walmart or Bestbuy?

Also, is there such thing as COUNTERFEIT KB Ear KS1?
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fightbriz wrote: Can someone explain how a quality pair of headphones like this (and i believe it), how can it be the same price or cheaper than your regular garbage Sony earbuds sold at Bestbuy for $30?

Obviously these aren't the quality of $100 or $150 Shures, but shouldn't these cost more than the regular earbuds at Walmart or Bestbuy?

Also, is there such thing as COUNTERFEIT KB Ear KS1?
because the parts are not as expensive as you think.
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fightbriz wrote: Can someone explain how a quality pair of headphones like this (and i believe it), how can it be the same price or cheaper than your regular garbage Sony earbuds sold at Bestbuy for $30?

Obviously these aren't the quality of $100 or $150 Shures, but shouldn't these cost more than the regular earbuds at Walmart or Bestbuy?
Chi-Fi is almost scary when it comes their ability to iterate designs very quickly. A lot are a miss, but you get a few diamonds in the rough like these or the Blon BL-03. They have minimal marketing budget or retail mark up too. This would mean less customer service, but at this price it's hard to argue. In the western audio world it's like 20% of the purchase price in component cost.
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fightbriz wrote: Can someone explain how a quality pair of headphones like this (and i believe it), how can it be the same price or cheaper than your regular garbage Sony earbuds sold at Bestbuy for $30?

Obviously these aren't the quality of $100 or $150 Shures, but shouldn't these cost more than the regular earbuds at Walmart or Bestbuy?

Also, is there such thing as COUNTERFEIT KB Ear KS1?
Welcome to the world of low end Chi-Fi

I can't comment on the quality of these in particular, but I had the same question about my BLON-BL03 that I paid $30 for. They don't look, feel, or sound like they are $30. If a well known brand slapped their logo on it and sold it at your local Bestbuy, they could easily pass as $200-300 IEMs.

My understanding is that along with low production costs, these brands spend very little on R&D and marketing. I've seen it described as just throwing a bunch of off the shelf components together, and repeating that over and over through their product lineup. They also aggressively cut costs on the packaging, tips, and wires.
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Canucks640 wrote: Welcome to the world of low end Chi-Fi

I can't comment on the quality of these in particular, but I had the same question about my BLON-BL03 that I paid $30 for. They don't look, feel, or sound like they are $30. If a well known brand slapped their logo on it and sold it at your local Bestbuy, they could easily pass as $200-300 IEMs.

My understanding is that along with low production costs, these brands spend very little on R&D and marketing. I've seen it described as just throwing a bunch of off the shelf components together, and repeating that over and over through their product lineup. They also aggressively cut costs on the packaging, tips, and wires.
Are you saying there's highend chi fi?
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fightbriz wrote: Are you saying there's highend chi fi?
Well, it depends how you define Chi-Fi.

if Chi-Fi means cheap Chinese audio to you then no.

I'm taking Chi-Fi as meaning any Chinese high fidelity headphones, of which there is plenty of higher end equipment.
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The $6 CAD coupon isn't working.

Also, do you guys make a new account every time you buy something from AliExpress just for the new user? Isn't the account tied to your CC, or just email? Seems kinda silly..
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fightbriz wrote: Are you saying there's highend chi fi?
KB Ear's IEM's go well north of $1K as well.
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Promo Code: ALI570
Drops it down to 14.46$
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fightbriz wrote: Mic or no mic?
looks like you can choose an option with or without a mic
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Thanks OP. The detachable wires are really interesting.

Any recommendations for a bit longer cord I can swap in?

Also curious how they compare with other cheap good headphones. eg.$8 monoprice ones https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=9396
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panckage wrote: Thanks OP. The detachable wires are really interesting.

Any recommendations for a bit longer cord I can swap in?

Also curious how they compare with other cheap good headphones. eg.$8 monoprice ones https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=9396
IMO these are about Koss KSC75 tier. That is not an insult. That means there are $100+ headphones that lose to them.

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