Moondrop

Moondrop - KATO

ULT Super Linear Dynamic Driver

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Chi-Fi
Excellence

Balanced Sound
Signature

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for Casual
Music Listening

Ideal for
Commuting

10mm ULT
Dynamic Drivers

Replaceable 2-Pin
Cables

Tangle-Resistant
Cables

Works with
Android & iOS

Super Lightweight
Design

DESCRIPTION

EQUIPPED WITH THE ALL-NEW ULTRA-LINEAR DYNAMIC DRIVERS FOR EXCEPTIONAL AUDIO

The team of acoustic engineers at Moondrop have spent over two years in research and development for the all-new ULT (Ultra Linear Technology) Super Linear Dynamic Driver for the KATO. This newly engineered driver is a 10mm driver unit that features a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) composite diaphragm coil. The driver features a composite magnetic circuit that creates a powerful magnetic force inside the cavity allowing for swift movement of the driver coil. It also has a larger brass cavity, an imported CCAW coil, and a high-frequency waveguide system to provide nothing else but exceptional sound.

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3RD GEN DLC COMPOSITE DIAPHRAGM WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH ULT DRIVERS

The Moondrop KATO is equipped with the latest technology in the audio domain. Featuring a 3rd generation DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) composition diaphragm coil, this diaphragm is made using three materials with different characteristics to form various parts of the diaphragm. It has high rigidity, a high damping coefficient, and is extremely lightweight. Its comprehensive acoustic performance even exceeds that of a beryllium diaphragm. This in conjunction with the ULT drivers delivers precise audio reproduction.

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FEATURING THE NEW 3RD GEN ACOUSTIC FILTER AND A INTERCHANGEABLE EAR NOZZLE

The Moondrop KATO features some of the company’s latest innovations in terms of design and build. Moondrop KATO comes with a brand-new third-generation patented anti-blocking filter integrated on the ear nozzle. It prevents oily ear wax from blocking the filters and is more conducive to mid and high-frequency sound. In addition to this, Moondrop has designed KATO with a replaceable ear nozzle design. They have included two sets of sound nozzles in the package, made with different materials(Steel & Brass). Both the Steel and Brass provide different characteristics to the sound, users can switch between them easily. The nozzle can easily be replaced by a quick-release structure with a screw

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PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED SHELLS TUNED FOLLOWING VDSF TARGET RESPONSE

The team of acoustic engineers at Moondrop have gone to lengths to deliver an accurate sounding earphone. To achieve this the front acoustic cavity of the Moondrop KATO is designed with the help of volume and structure simulated by FEA (Finite Element Analysis simulation). It’s designed in such a manner to maintain a balanced tuning profile with a sound that will complement different genres well. Combined with the high-frequency phase guide components on the driver, the front cavity arrangement in KATO is superior to other so-called special tuning components. The pair is tuned by professional acoustic engineers following the VDSF target response.

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EXQUISITELY DESIGNED SHELLS WITH A THREE DIMENSIONAL LOOK

The Moondrop KATO has been designed with utmost precision and delivers a stunning visual aesthetic. Moondrop has designed KATO with a modern design using MIM Stainless Steel material. MIM is a process by which powdered metal is mixed with a binder to form a resin in the desired shape and applying high-temperature sintering to achieve the form. There is a high degree of freedom in moulding the resin into the same shape as the cast, making it possible to achieve a complex internal design even with metal. The earphone shell is cast by the MIM powder metallurgy process. Every section of the surface is made smooth by a manual grinding process.

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BUNDLED WITH THE NEWLY DEVELOPED SPRING SILICONE EAR TIPS

The Moondrop KATO features ear tips that are designed from soft silicone for superior comfort and noise isolation. Moondrop KATO comes bundled with the newly developed Spring Tips, which suppresses weak resonance through special diffusion structure and significantly lowers the high-frequency linear distortion caused by nozzle resonance, making the high-frequency timbre more natural. In addition to this, the ear tips offer a snug fit and sit comfortably in the ear canal without being sticky. The ear tips feature a special reinforcing rib support design to prevent bass loss caused by sound leakage.

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HIGH-QUALITY CABLE WITH 2-PIN CONNECTOR AND GOLD PLATED PINS

The Moondrop KATO comes with a high-quality thick silver-plated copper cable. This cable has been coated with high-permeability mixed material which provides an ultra-low dielectric coefficient. The cable provides smooth signal transmission with low internal resistance ensuring a pure sound output for the users. The cable has a standard 0.78mm 2-pin connector allowing for upgradability and replacement. The pins for the cable have been gold plated to offer a clean audio signal.

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SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVER 10mm-ULT Dynamic Driver
DISTORTION < 0.15% (@1khz, AES17 20khz, A-weight)
IMPEDANCE 32Ω±15% (@1KHz)
SENSITIVITY 
123dB/Nrms (@1KHz)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 10Hz-45kHz (IEC61094, Free Field)
EFFECTIVE FR 20Hz-20kHz (IEC60318-4, -3dB)
CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
WIRED CONNECTIVITY 3.5mm
EARPHONE INTERFACE 0.78-2Pin sunken design
COMPATIBILITY Universal
DESIGN & BUILD
WEARING STYLE In-Ear
HOUSING MIM Stainless steel
NOZZLE Stainless steel *2, Brass *2
CABLE Silver Plated Copper Wire 4N-OFC
with 0.78-2Pin
DIAPHRAGM The 3rd generation DLC Composite Diaphragm
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. Moondrop KATO Earphones
2. Carrying case
3. Pouch
4. 6 Pairs of Eartips
5. Wax guards

FAQS

Warranty & Media Reviews

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Moondrop KATO comes with a 1 year warranty from Moondrop that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Moondrop's warranty in India.

The Verge

"Whether you’re just starting or upgrading from a sub $100 monitor, the Moondrop KATO will impress with its comfortable treble tuning paired with deep lows and pleasant midrange."

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Headfonia

"I did not expect this kind of layering, staging, and technical prowess from a sub 200 earphone, and I am surprised. Therefore, it is really easy for me to recommend you the Kato."

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What Hi-Fi

"Mature Moondrop signature - bright and balanced, Rich note-weight and timbre that is consistent across the frequency, Scales positively with DAP power, Wealth of accessories."

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Inner Fidelity

"The Moondrop KATO is among the best single dynamic driver IEMs under $200. The build quality and comfort are excellent and the included accessories are a good mix of quality and quantity."

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The Verge

"The KATO is a solid piece of audio gear with its beautiful polished “Stainless Steel” monitor shell, which shows a pretty unique appearance due to the irregular shape that looks very classy."

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Headfonia

"The KATO is a super smooth performer with a superb overall presentation. It is technically and tonally good enough to please both analytical and recreational listeners."

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What Hi-Fi

"KATO wants to be remembered as life-like and organic sounding. Their natural tonality bypasses notions as system matching, but please uses dedicated audio sources for the best results."

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Customer Reviews

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Akito Hei (Kalyan)
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Value for Money:
Price is weird

Why is $220 7hz timeless priced so accurately at ₹18k but $190 moondrop kato priced at ₹20k ??
The price just not makes sense.

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Duggu (Malda)
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Sound Quality:
Value for Money:
So Even after selling 7hz timeless for 18K , you guys are OK with this pricing of KATO

There is no need to spend 20K on an IEM that can be easily beaten by a 18K IEM , make sure to price is accordingly HeadPhoneZone , it is a tribble teribble pricing.

For only 8K I can get Blessings 2 which is far far far better.

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