The K3 HD may be slightly more expensive than competing models from other manufacturers, but in return, the Magaosi’s provide a great mix of clear, crisp tuning and excellent technicality. They don’t quite perform as well as the more exemplary $200 earphones, but they are pretty darn close, especially with regards to detailing. In addition, their all metal build and compact size lend them well towards long term listening while their removable cable enhances durability. And perhaps most notably, the K3 HD provides several tuning options through simple screw-on filters and the addition of two cables from factory. The K3 HD is ultimately an engaging package with surprisingly few drawback for the price. Their more sculpted tones still won’t suit those with a preference for neutrality and outright realism and their lack of isolation won’t suit frequent travellers, but the HD nonetheless impresses with clarity, immediacy and tactility.
Verdict – 8/10, The K3 HD does lack a little noise isolation and their bass still needs some work, but Magaosi’s newest earphone is a very well-equipped contender in an immensely competitive market. And while they may come with a higher price tag, that premium conforms to their high levels of relative performance.
The K3 HD is available from Penonaudio for $120 USD, please see here for the most updated pricing, availability and configurations.