If you are an audiophile, while lurking around the different forums you would’ve definitely stumbled upon the Whizzer Kylin A-HE03. This is Whizzer Audio’s flagship IEM. Don’t let the very fancy name fool you, the product is decidedly Chi-Fi. That said, from the get-go, you realise that the Kylin A-HE03 doesn’t feel cheap by any means.
I’ve been using these super-hyped IEMs for a while now, and what follows is my full review.
Whizzer Kylin A-HE03: design, fit, and specs
The packaging comprising the Kylin A-HE03 is a masterclass in design. And the best part is that Whizzer Audio doesn’t skimp on the extras. You get an extra cable, a gorgeous-looking carry box, 3-pairs of silicone tips, 3-pairs of comply foam tips, and a pair of transparent tips. This is truly premium packaging.
What’s also premium is the design of the earphones themselves. You get a CNC-machined aluminum-magnesium alloy outer structure in three different colours: Red, Blue, and Grey. All the three housings come with a golden etching of the Whizzer logo. It looks pretty classy and blends beautifully with the copper-braided cable. My problem with the braided cable is that it tangles easily despite the claims that it doesn’t. The L-shaped 3.5mm pin is also grey in colour with a gold border. You get the deal, this is one of the most premium-looking and feeling earphones you can find in this price range.
By the way, the cable is detachable and uses the 2-pin connector to attach to the earphones. This is a major advantage because you can replace the cable with a wireless Bluetooth one. As for the fit, I find that looping the earphones around the ear makes it very comfortable to wear for long hours. I didn’t feel it weighing me down at all.
Whizzer Kylin A-HE03: sound signature
Now, the Kylin A-HE03 has three drivers in each housing. There are 2 balanced armature Knowles drivers for the mids and the highs. And, there is a 10mm dynamic driver exclusively for the bass. Let me put it out there, I am not a fan of the sound signature but there are redeeming factors. For one, the sound-staging and the imaging of the Kylin A-HE03 is incredible for a pair of IEMs. It is particularly more pronounced in atmospheric music by bands like Sigur Ros.
What’s also very good is the imaging, I mean it is not as clean as the FiiO F9 Pro but it does an acceptable job. My go to track to check for imaging is Do I Wanna Know by The Arctic Monkeys, and the Kylin A-HE03 manages to separate the instruments, the chorus, and the vocals in the penultimate section of the song.
Coming to the part where I am a little concerned is the frequency curve. You get a decidedly warm U-shaped sound. The bass is pronounced and the sub-bass is not very tight. The mid-bass response is generally crisp, so no complaints there. But, the signature compromises on the mids and that worries me. Honestly, this kind of sound signature is fun for only certain genres of music like modern pop or drum-and-bass tracks. Rock suffers and so does Classical.
Overall, these earphones are going to appeal to a certain kind of music listening audience. Not everyone will like the warm signature. I definitely don’t.
Should you buy the Whizzer Kylin A-HE03?
The Kylin A-HE03 is priced at Rs 9,999 at the time of writing this review. It exudes a lot of class but the sound signature left me wanting for a better mid-range performance. In fact, a far more affordable pair of IEMs such as the Tin Audio T3 sounds better in my opinion. And when you look at direct competitors in terms of price, then the 1More Quad Driver and the FiiO F9 Pro are way better in terms of pure SQ.
Hey Whizzer, come back with the same design but a more neutral sound signature and I will buy it without batting an eyelid.