Antlion Kimura Duo

Antlion Kimura Duo

Antlion Kimura Duo

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BEST RATING
Gaming:
4.6
MUSIC: Very Good8.0/10
CALLS: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Very Good8.5/10
TV: Good7.8/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.0/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.3/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10

The Antlion Kimura Duo earbuds are a midrange-priced, wired option with stemless, closed enclosures, offering very good overall sound quality and excellent comfort. They feature a boom microphone that provides very good mic quality but with built-in controls rated as poor. While they perform very well for gaming and music, they're not the best for calls and meetings or for use during exercise. The Kimura Duo does not support wireless use, active noise cancelling, or sweatproof features, but they have a detachable cable and a large earbud size, which might not be ideal for portability. They are designed with both balanced armature and dynamic drivers but lack optimization for Android or Apple devices. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Excellent comfort
  • Good noise isolation quality
  • Detachable cable for versatility
  • Ear hook accessories for secure fit
Cons
  • Poor built-in controls
  • Not optimal for calls and meetings
  • Not suitable for exercise
  • No wireless capability

Ratings by Category

Gaming:
4.6
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Music:
4.4
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
TV & Video:
4.3
The Antlion Kimura Duo is optimal for watching TV and videos because it is wired, eliminating latency issues for better synchronization with the visuals, and its soundstage and imaging are rated as good, providing a clear and precise audio experience.
Portability:
4.1
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Air Travel:
3.4
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$150
Brand
Antlion
Release Date
June 1, 2022
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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8.1/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.3/10
Gaming Score
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8.6/10
TV and Video Score
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7.8/10
Exercise Score
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4.4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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6/10
Mic Quality
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8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
21.5 Grams
Microphone style
Boom

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Peter Susic | February 2023
"Antlion Kimura Duo aren’t packed with features, but the ones they offer, work incredibly well. Especially the boom mic delivers very clean call quality with no distortion. If you explicitly look for gaming in-ear monitors with a reliable microphone, Antlion Kimura Duo are your best option."

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