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? Our review of the Kubite T-003M will test if this wooden earphones just look slick or if they also offer sound quality that is worthwhile. We have reviewed other wooden earphones like the House of Marley Smile Jamaica, GeekRover iEPW020/021, GeekRover iEPW060/061, GeekRover iEPW090/091 and they all sounded great. The difference is that Kubite does not specify which type of wood the T-003M are made of, something that GeekRover does inform (being Cherry Wood, Ebony Wood and Red Sandalwood respectively)
… Kubite’s decision to opt for wood to build the Kubite T-003M may be a good start.
Wood is very appreciated by luthiers when choosing the material to build great sounding instruments, so Kubite’s decision to opt for wood to build the Kubite T-003M may be a good start. The Kubite have an interesting “two-level” housing design and are very light. The cable is very similar to most KZ’s cables (like the KZ ATE, KZ EDR2, KZ ED9 or the KZ ZS2) or to the one of the Vots QT100, which is a good thing as it feels robust and has a good tangle-free rubbery material. The cable holds an inline microphone and a 1 button control to play/pause, skip songs or answer phone calls.
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Accessories & Packaging
The T-003M are sold in a sliding blister with a cardboard back packaging. No single accessory or extra eartips are provided, lousy.
Bass & Sub Bass
The Kubite T-003M are able to produce some mid-bass punch and depth but may fall short if you intend to use it for party-styled music, otherwise it could be enough to meet general bass requirements. An EQ noticeably augments mid-bass punch, not much more depth is obtained and essentially mids, vocals and highs get too recessed.
… may fall short if you intend to use it for party-styled music, otherwise it could be enough to meet general bass requirements.
While putting the Kubite through our extreme bass test with a custom basshead equalization and amplifying with a Fiio E12 portable amplifier with bass boost on and set to high gain, they were able to take 50% of Fiio’s maximum power and aggressively gain much more punch and even producing a very marginal basshead rumble but do not expect anything near a real basshead earphone like the Sony MDR-7550/800ST, Plextone X41M, Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid, KZ ZST or KZ ZS2 to name a few.
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Mids & Vocals
Mids are too laid back, warm but lack energy and lower vocals sound too recessed; as a positive aspect, they are never harsh. With an EQ a tiny bit of the recession can be removed but sound boxy and become harsh.
Highs & Treble
As what happened with mid frequencies, highs are also too recessed, lack brightness, detail and definition. At the same time, highs may become piercing at times but in general they are not sibilant. While applying an equalization noticeable brightness is earned with no benefit on detail or definition and at the cost of intensifying some piercing highs and introducing sibilance.
The sound that leaks out of the Kubite T-003M is very low, performing much better than many other average earphones. They can be used on mediumly noisy situations without disturbing anybody.
On the other hand, sound isolation performance is not exceptional with an ability to better reduce noises only if applying medium/high volume levels.
The wood housing and form factor makes them easy and pleasant to wear, the light weight of the whole earphone pieces makes them very comfortable to wear and are free of generating pain to your ears.
Response to Equalization
Any custom EQ applied to the Kubite T-003M resulted in mediocre results, not much of their flaws could be repaired. Highs became piercing and a bit sibilant, mids and vocals started sounding boxy and harsh. The only fair response was with bass which became punchier but no extra depth was achieved and overall vocals and mids started to be too recessed.
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|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|