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post #826 of 1001

Having used the Zo2 for a couple of weeks now I am very pleased. Best £80 I have spent. The line "Personal Subwoofer" is not totally marketing BS. Of course it is not going to recreate the visceral excitement of an 18" speaker rearranging your internal organs in a club but. It does achieve the phenomena that I have found both at home and in a car set up. Viz. The improvement to Bass handling controls smear and cleans up the mids and tops. I was amazed to hear this effect on the IE8's. The last IEM that you would think needs reinforcement. Used subtly the Zo not only introduced much more detail into the Bass but also had the aforementioned effect on other frequencies.

post #827 of 1001
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

Having used the Zo2 for a couple of weeks now I am very pleased. Best £80 I have spent. The line "Personal Subwoofer" is not totally marketing BS. Of course it is not going to recreate the visceral excitement of an 18" speaker rearranging your internal organs in a club but. It does achieve the phenomena that I have found both at home and in a car set up. Viz. The improvement to Bass handling controls smear and cleans up the mids and tops. I was amazed to hear this effect on the IE8's. The last IEM that you would think needs reinforcement. Used subtly the Zo not only introduced much more detail into the Bass but also had the aforementioned effect on other frequencies.

 

I think what you're hearing is the "analog sound" kinda refinement or colorisation depending how you look at it. I also like what it does, not only to the bass. I admit it's not THAT good in terms of soundstage though but it brings a very engaging smooth but detailed forward (yea smooth but forward is what I'd describe ZO as) presentation (The ZO v2.1 that I use even more so, the mids are slightly more forward sounding than v2.3).


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 3/22/13 at 4:30am
post #828 of 1001
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

I think what you're hearing is the "analog sound" kinda refinement or colorisation depending how you look at it. I also like what it does, not only to the bass. I admit it's not THAT good in terms of soundstage though but it brings a very engaging smooth but detailed forward (yea smooth but forward is what I'd describe ZO as) presentation (The ZO v2.1 that I use even more so, the mids are slightly more forward sounding than v2.3).
You could be right about that. It has a natural sound as opposed to digital which is very welcome. I also agree that soundstage is not its strong point. It is a very powerful sound with the IE8's which becomes a bit much. With the T-15's which have a much lighter signature the pairing is more enjoyable.
post #829 of 1001

First post :D

I got an old Cowon S9, def seen better times but it still works and still sounds great. Got myself a pair of Westone UM 2 RCs and I totally fell for them.

They have enough bass for me but as a basshead (and a bassplayer :D ) there will be times where enought won't be enough

Knowing about the bass rolloff I though the Digizoid would be a great addition to my rig. What do you think?

It's just so hard to get in Germany (amazon has ist for 99€ + 21€shipping :/ ) and I'm a poor student. Anyone want to sell one? :D

post #830 of 1001

Check the for sale section. And you may find a retailer around you that has them. It sounds like you're a good candidate for a ZO2 owner but it's not just a bass amp, it will make that bass have a kick and make you wanna dance. It's a comforting feeling and also hard to describe exactly how it does it but it's a really fun little amp. Good luck

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First post :D

I got an old Cowon S9, def seen better times but it still works and still sounds great. Got myself a pair of Westone UM 2 RCs and I totally fell for them.

They have enough bass for me but as a basshead (and a bassplayer :D ) there will be times where enought won't be enough

Knowing about the bass rolloff I though the Digizoid would be a great addition to my rig. What do you think?

It's just so hard to get in Germany (amazon has ist for 99€ + 21€shipping :/ ) and I'm a poor student. Anyone want to sell one? :D

post #831 of 1001
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Originally Posted by kenman345 View Post

Check the for sale section. And you may find a retailer around you that has them. It sounds like you're a good candidate for a ZO2 owner but it's not just a bass amp, it will make that bass have a kick and make you wanna dance. It's a comforting feeling and also hard to describe exactly how it does it but it's a really fun little amp. Good luck

 

WORD. Listening to hardstyle with ZO amp is making me all sweaty. xD

post #832 of 1001
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

WORD. Listening to hardstyle with ZO amp is making me all sweaty. xD
It'll do that. smily_headphones1.gif
post #833 of 1001

Yeah, I was blown away by the soundsamples. LIterally! :D

Wanted to post a WTB Thread in the Sell/Trade Forum but I have to wait for 29 more days til I'm allowed to post there. 

Tried Ebay Germany so far, found nothing. ebay usa has no used ZOs most of the are new and around 100$. Importing one of these would cost me taxes :(

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Originally Posted by gorgi View Post

First post biggrin.gif
I got an old Cowon S9, def seen better times but it still works and still sounds great. Got myself a pair of Westone UM 2 RCs and I totally fell for them.
They have enough bass for me but as a basshead (and a bassplayer biggrin.gif ) there will be times where enought won't be enough
Knowing about the bass rolloff I though the Digizoid would be a great addition to my rig. What do you think?
It's just so hard to get in Germany (amazon has ist for 99€ + 21€shipping :/ ) and I'm a poor student. Anyone want to sell one? biggrin.gif
I think I am right in saying that the Cowon has some very well regarded DSP on board including BBE. I had that on the head unit in my car stereo and rather liked the effect. I reckon you could recreate some of what the Zo does with what you have. You could order a Zo and hear what you are aing for then return it. The last bit of that might be tough. frown.gif
Being skint sucks. At least as a student you can hope for a more lucrative future!
post #835 of 1001
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post


I think I am right in saying that the Cowon has some very well regarded DSP on board including BBE. I had that on the head unit in my car stereo and rather liked the effect. I reckon you could recreate some of what the Zo does with what you have. You could order a Zo and hear what you are aing for then return it. The last bit of that might be tough. frown.gif
Being skint sucks. At least as a student you can hope for a more lucrative future!

You're right! As I see it, the Cowon possibly has the "best" working DSP as it is somehow natural sounding not like most of the others. That's a reason why I sticked with Cowon since the D2.

I would love to see them releasing a flat musicplayer, large battery, simple display, lots of space and good sound.

The bass rolloff most/all the Cowon devices have cannot be fixed by using the eq and bbe as they just affect the frequencies around 80hz. Deeper frequencies are not increased or even lowered.

The Zo should handle that better I think.

post #836 of 1001

What would the Digizoid ZO2 + V-MODA Crossfade LP sound like?

post #837 of 1001
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Originally Posted by Heitek View Post

What would the Digizoid ZO2 + V-MODA Crossfade LP sound like?

 

Like an overpowered 12" in your trunk vs 2 small weak tweeters in the front I guess. The LPs already have such kind of sound on their own, this would just further emphasize it. :p

post #838 of 1001
I think I am right in saying that the Zo2 isn't really at home in the exalted company of high quality amps. It's great for injecting fun into a lower end set up or straight out of an iPhone for example.
post #839 of 1001
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Originally Posted by Angular Mo View Post

First Impression: When played in Line-out mode from my iPod Touch through DT770-80s at the volume and bass I prefer... complete distortion.  I don;t get that from any other device I own with these headphones.

 

I will give the digiZoid device another try... but I am ready to relegate it to the dust-bin of gadget mistakes.

 
Funnily enough after many combinations mine is in the drawer also. 
post #840 of 1001

Just get the e11, it's cheaper and wayy better and more powerful. 

 

No I'm not biased, I own both amps.  Even though the specs say that the zo2 gives 16db bass boost while the e11 only gives around 6, my ears find it to be not true.  They both have nearly the same bass boost power.  That's the only thing they got in common though.  The e11 is alot brighter and the bass doesn't really overwhelm the entire spectrum even at eq2.

 

The zo2 bass is mostly bloated mid-bass, it doesn't give you as good a rumble as the e11.  Also the bass is very sloppy and just sounds empty. 

 

I've tried using alot of different headphones with the zo2, it just doesn't compare to the e11.

 

Now with that being said, does anyone have anything that keeps the e11 sq while giving even more bass?  I looked at all the e10 e07 e17 cmoy bb and other forums and they're all very vague on the bass capabilities.

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