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post #1006 of 1126
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Originally Posted by djevoultion View Post

I emailed them and they said ZO2 rev 3 is the last and final model for at least a year.

 

I'm confused with people having volume issues, from what I understand, can't you control the volume on the Zo2 digitally and also control the volume on the source? 

 

 



Yes, you can, as long as you use the HO. Using a LO you can only use the ZO2 volume control.

 

So, ZO2v3 is the last revision? hmmm Then I think it is better to keep the original ZO2 I use the bypass function a lot and I still want to hear some reviews comparing the SmartVektor contour on v1 and v3. Seems that the only one that can tell us about it, for now, is RPGWizard... :P

post #1007 of 1126
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Originally Posted by F900EX View Post

ZO2v3 arrived.

 

The Mixed impressions :  ... the difference between the high and low gain is huge. Using a Cowon J3 with Blox M2C earbuds says it all .  At the setting of low gain with max volume on the ZO with the J3 at a volume of 30 lol  is still wayyyy less then directly connecting the earbuds directly having the J3 at the same volume.  The real disappointing thing for me anyways using the contour levels from low to max, really makes very little difference or a difference that justifies me using the ZO.

 

Using high gain I get too much distortion and again do not see any real benefit compared to using it earbuds directly.



 

 
After reading the recent posts, I've noticed that there seems to be some confusion regarding when to use the low or high gain mode. So I would like to take a moment to try and clarify this for everyone...
 
First, both the low and high gain modes can be used with any type of IEM or headphone (regardless of their impedance and sensitivity). And now in retrospect, instead of calling them "low" or "high" gain mode, we should have called them "line-out" and "headphone out" mode. Choice of which mode to use is really based on what signal your putting into the ZO, and not what kind of listening device you have connected. Therefore, the following guidelines should be followed: 
 
If you use headphone out, use HIGH GAIN mode and adjust the volume level using your player. We advise keeping the player's volume at or below at least 50%, as anything higher could cause distortion! This mode is essentially ZOv1, as it has the same amount of gain and characteristic sound signature (except that ZO2.3 now has a flat frequency response on level 1 (green), whereas ZO1 didn't).
 
If you are connecting to a LOD, use LOW GAIN mode, and adjust the overall volume level using the ZO. Since the line-out signal is fixed at a very high level, it first has to be slightly attenuated so it doesn't damage the equipment or your ears.  
 
** Note. Using headphone out with low gain mode will result in the volume being less than that of the player all on it's own! Also, if you use this configuration, you will not hear the true benefits of the sound contouring (this is due to how the device/technology is designed). 
 
 
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ZO2.3 will be the last revision to ZO2. If you are using ZO as recommended above, you should not be experiencing any of the volume issues others have expressed, or be hearing a degradation in sound quality/clarity when adjusting the sound contouring (in particular, a veiling of mids and highs). 
 
 
 

Edited by MizMoxie - 12/30/11 at 11:51am
post #1008 of 1126

thanks MizMoxie, that is very helpful, I like the way you compared the HO/high gain to the ZOv1, now I will give some more consideration towards maybe buying one to hear the diference in the improved SQ! vs with just my ZOv1, but I will wait to hear what RPG has to say when he gets his ZOv2.3 and does a comparision! still on the fence a little bit yet    

post #1009 of 1126

+1  Waiting for the reviews before I order v3.


Edited by Vuk33 - 12/30/11 at 3:02pm
post #1010 of 1126

Hello MizMoxie

I noticed that the downloadable SmartStart Guide as well as the full user guide on your website are still for the ZO1. Are you going to update them any time soon?

And thank you very much for the above explanations. Very helpful. I'm expecting the ZO2 shortly. 


Edited by Dragonfish - 12/30/11 at 3:16pm
post #1011 of 1126
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Originally Posted by MizMoxie View Post

except that ZO2.3 now has a flat frequency response on level 1 (green), whereas ZO1 didn't.

 

^ That sounds interesting, I remember actually suggesting that myself :) is it just the first level that's changed and the other levels are just the same as on ZO2v1?

 

EDIT: Finally an update on USPS tracking:

 

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WTF It's in New York and hasn't even left US yet? LOL Good job after December 16th it arrives 30th Dec in NY? Wouldn't suprise me if it boarded the wrong plane in Los Angeles and went to the wrong country and then was sent back to US! (Last time Los Angeles was the last update I got from USPS so) xD Oh well maybe they'll get it right the 2nd time! maybe... You can google quite a lot of horror stories about parcels that takes forever to get to the destination if it's Europe after it's been processed through the Los Angeles sort facility.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/30/11 at 4:22pm
post #1012 of 1126

ggrrr! its a gd conspiracy if you ask me, to undermine our Head-Fi community and bring devastation across the face of the planet one ZO at a  time, looks like a job for the ex-governor Jesse Vetura! ZO bros unite! I hear your RPG i'll get my people on it asap! lol, yea right if only it were that easy/interesting! well lets hope they do get it right, and right to you this time!! or else!! or else I'll be sitting on the fence for a while!

post #1013 of 1126
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

 

EDIT: Finally an update on USPS tracking:

 

tracking.png

 

WTF It's in New York and hasn't even left US yet? LOL Good job after December 16th it arrives 30th Dec in NY? Wouldn't suprise me if it boarded the wrong plane in Los Angeles and went to the wrong country and then was sent back to US! (Last time Los Angeles was the last update I got from USPS so) xD Oh well maybe they'll get it right the 2nd time! maybe... You can google quite a lot of horror stories about parcels that takes forever to get to the destination if it's Europe after it's been processed through the Los Angeles sort facility.


Cindy did some research on it, and apparently they decided to randomly select your package for a customs check. The representative from USPS said this happens often, and when they choose to do it is totally unpredictable! Lovely, huh? 

 

post #1014 of 1126

Somebody in customs/Homeland Security was probably so dumbfounded by the ZO technology that they sent it off for further testing at 'the lab'...then it was slipped back into transit with the hope nobody would notice it had been missing for a while.

post #1015 of 1126
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Originally Posted by Dragonfish View Post

Hello MizMoxie

I noticed that the downloadable SmartStart Guide as well as the full user guide on your website are still for the ZO1. Are you going to update them any time soon?

And thank you very much for the above explanations. Very helpful. I'm expecting the ZO2 shortly. 


Updated quick start guides for both ZO2.1/2.2 and ZO2.3 can be found on the ZO2 page, found here: http://www.digizoid.com/zo/

 

Below are direct links:

ZO 2 Quick Start Guide

ZO 2.3 Quick Start Guide (w/high gain mode)

 

The ZO2 full user guide is still under construction... so stay tuned. =)

post #1016 of 1126
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

Somebody in customs/Homeland Security was probably so dumbfounded by the ZO technology that they sent it off for further testing at 'the lab'...then it was slipped back into transit with the hope nobody would notice it had been missing for a while.



or the gov't thinks that it's a piece of alien tech that needs to be further investigated, OH snap so it is a conspiracy, but only of an X-Files nature, so MixMoxie is really an extraterestrial, and her and her family where stranded here eons ago when there space ship encoutered the myans, and since then they've been underground, only to recently show themselve, by ingeniously changeing the nature of human kind thru the universal language of music, by making it irresitable to resist, because the ZO actually interacts with the human brain on a subconscious level releasing the hidden depths of our true nature and ability to express love and kindness and good will to all, well then that fully explains the "delays" and having it relaeased during the holiday season, OH dbl snap, sorry RPG, looks like you'll be recieving your ZOv2.3 when Rod Sterling delivers it to you in the Twilight Zone!!! darn customs! and good luck with that, cuz the last time Mr. Streling delivered a package to me, he stayed for almost a month, wat up wid dat? and he eats alot, lol, naw just kidding he doesn't eat all that much

 

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Edited by ANDEROAN - 12/31/11 at 8:53am
post #1017 of 1126

Got the Rev 3 prematurely today, was expecting another week or so (I'm in the UK) - Everything I expected the Rev 1 to be and more, I can comfortably use it with my LOD and the volume and contour are very easy to use, also switching to high gain mode is not something you can do by accident (Saves blowing your ears apart) - Still messing around with it now, and I won't have much time because of new years -

 

But thanks to the Digizoid team, glad I stuck with you guys beerchug.gif

post #1018 of 1126

Something I'm slightly worried about... well not for me personally as I will use HO on my soundcard + high gain most likely but what if it the battery runs dry, what's the default mode that it will revert back to?

 

I mean what happens for the LOD user especially listening with IEMs, with that in mind, it probably would be good if it defaulted back to low gain and at a rather low volume level by default to prevent scenarios were people accidentaly expose themselves to a very high volume, now I don't know what's the case so kinda curious on that.

 

I'm in so love with my new headphones M-Audio Q40 + ZO2v1, can't wait to try it out with v3 too. Currently listening to some hardstyle year mix, bass sounds the way it's supposed to that without ZO you'd have to use a pair of bigger speakers to achieve. 

 

 

lol @ ANDEROAN, at this point I don't even want to know what you're smoking, pretty scary stuff 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/31/11 at 1:22pm
post #1019 of 1126
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

Something I'm slightly worried about... well not for me personally as I will use HO on my soundcard + high gain most likely but what if it the battery runs dry, what's the default mode that it will revert back to?

 

I mean what happens for the LOD user especially listening with IEMs, with that in mind, it probably would be good if it defaulted back to low gain and at a rather low volume level by default to prevent scenarios were people accidentaly expose themselves to a very high volume, now I don't know what's the case so kinda curious on that.

 


No need to be concerned... it does default back to low gain, with the volume set at the middle level. =)

 

post #1020 of 1126
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Originally Posted by MizMoxie View Post


No need to be concerned... it does default back to low gain, with the volume set at the middle level. =)


OK good. :P Still I can imagine that being a bit high with some IEMs with LOD use but not to the point it should be causing hearing damage in matter of seconds.

 

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