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post #1666 of 17336
Gave the LPS 200+ hours of burn in.

Some quick note:
1. Cable for mobile use is bunk. Sound becomes severely degraded. Audio only cable is solid.

2. Build seems nice. I wish the cups were slightly tilted to sit on the ears more flush. Certain angles work, however.

3. Sound is about what I expected: overkill bass, recessed Mids, rolled off highs with a few peaks.

4. A good deal overall as I can use the case for my Senngrado.

5. Disassembly is quite easy. Tried a few mods with the cup vents to clean up the bass. It was mildly successful, but needs more trials.

Here are a few pictures I took quickly during Disassembly.







I forgot to take a picture of the outside shield removed, but there are only one set of vents on the bottom of the cup. The top set on the shield is just for style.

Everything comes apart and goes back together easily. Just avoid stripping any screws with over tightening.

Hopefully someone else is interested and comes up with a few tweaks. I'll continue playing around with a few ideas but have limited time.
post #1667 of 17336
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

3. Sound is about what I expected: overkill bass, recessed Mids, rolled off highs with a few peaks.
 

 

LOL, good description.

I don`t know if it`s because they`re more comfortable, but found them to be on pair with my K518, with little less bass.

If you reduce the bass, maybe the treble roll-off would be easier to hear?

post #1668 of 17336
Thread Starter 

The LPS could make a great base set for some nice headphone mods. Only need a few brave and smart individuals to attempt some.

 

aka, I won't tear up if I destroy a $26 headphone, and I'd still have the cables and case.

post #1669 of 17336

Hi guys, need some suggestion here

 

I already have GR Spartacus with hole on the nozzle and it sounds awesome, looking for other KZ

I'm currently looking for somewhat warm signature for Jazz like Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sinatra, Art Blakey and such (but emphasizing on woman vocals like Ella)

 

thinking about buying R3 or DT3, what's your suggestion?

post #1670 of 17336

I'm sure Kamakahah knows, but for others, the mobile cable will give degraded sound when used with a PC. For my V-Moda XS the solution is to reverse the cable - mic closer to the PC. 

 

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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

Gave the LPS 200+ hours of burn in.

Some quick note:
1. Cable for mobile use is bunk. Sound becomes severely degraded. Audio only cable is solid...

Edited by Ira Delphic - 11/27/14 at 10:21am
post #1671 of 17336
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bakakuma View Post
 

Hi guys, need some suggestion here

 

I already have GR Spartacus with hole on the nozzle and it sounds awesome, looking for other KZ

I'm currently looking for somewhat warm signature for Jazz like Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sinatra, Art Blakey and such (but emphasizing on woman vocals like Ella)

 

thinking about buying R3 or DT3, what's your suggestion?

DT3 or EDSE. I don't like the R3 much. It had a lot of potential but just doesn't sound very good.

post #1672 of 17336
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Originally Posted by Ira Delphic View Post


I probably should have mentioned it, but the thought of someone using the mobile cable on their computer actually never crossed my mind.
post #1673 of 17336
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post


I probably should have mentioned it, but the thought of someone using the mobile cable on their computer actually never crossed my mind.

 

With the V-Moda XS only a "mobile cable" is included. I had to do a bit of searching to figure out that reversing the cable would solve the problem.

post #1674 of 17336
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Originally Posted by Ira Delphic View Post

With the V-Moda XS only a "mobile cable" is included. I had to do a bit of searching to figure out that reversing the cable would solve the problem.

That's good information to know. I'm surprised they didn't include their audio only cable with that can.
post #1675 of 17336

Just ordered KZ ED Special Edition. For $6.86 from the Aliexpress store couldn't resist! 

post #1676 of 17336

Been lurking here a while... I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this thread.  I'd been looking for throwaways for a long time, given how flimsy my VSDS1's cable is.  Started to really dislike the Brainwavz M1 as being totally devoid of any kind of treble sparkle.

 

Ordered the GR (not here yet, though it's the first I ordered, ED3, ES and EDSE.

 

So far, I really prefer the ES.  The ED3 is decent but nothing special.  The EDSE is a bit clearer but for some reason it just doesn't do much for me (I should try again, I think it's partly because for some reason they don't fit in my ears all that well... something about the housing being smaller somehow makes it worse).  Got the GR and ED3 at 7$, the ES and EDSE (package deal at 13$ for both)

 

But the ES I found very, very good for 7$.  Sibilant as heck, but well, the VSD1S is pretty sibilant too, so that never bugged me much.  The signature is right up my alley.  Isolation is pretty good for a semi-open, and it made commuting in the subway very tolerable.

 

And the cable and housing quality is awesome.  Plus, the text on the box is just hilarious!  And on the housings--ES the ACME, that's really bizarre!

 

Postman now knows me personally from having to sign all those small packages from China because, of course, they all got shipped separately :bigsmile_face:

 

Again, thank you all for making this little-known brand somewhat better known.

post #1677 of 17336
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Originally Posted by sunspot View Post
 

Postman now knows me personally from having to sign all those small packages from China because, of course, they all got shipped separately :bigsmile_face:

 

Again, thank you all for making this little-known brand somewhat better known.

Haha, ditto! He knows I'll give him a small tip and he takes care of the packages well for me.

post #1678 of 17336

Finally got a better seal on the EDSE, with the VSonic GR07 stock tips of all things...

 

I like them a lot better now.  Too tired to do a detailed comparison, but now I find them as engaging as the ES.  Now I have to figure out which I like best, but that's a good problem to have...

post #1679 of 17336
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Originally Posted by DynamikeB View Post
 

Ira Delphic, what tips do you use with the ES?  

 

I find the ES and the SE to have a somewhat agressive treble up front, especially without any burn in (and/or brain adjustment), but after a little time, it gets better.  And I don't really use stock tips.   I am not sure I found the right tips yet for me vs ES and SE.  They are both really good iems for the price.  I find the cable superior on these than the DT3, for example, but imaging varies so much.  I find the ES breathes more (i wouldn't be able to put it in technical terms), and the SE to be more fun and in your face.  The best tips I used on them up to now are the ones that came with the Ostry KC06A, with a red filter (that seem to cut the treble a bit).  But I am not done with the tip rolling...

 

Just the stock tips but I have some cheap Chinese foam tips on the way so will try those! 

post #1680 of 17336

I understand you.  My feelings have changed about these and switching between my few iems, I finally decided to part with my Kz ES.  I made a (girl) friend of mine very happy though.  Compared to her previous crappy earphones, she was in heaven.

I kept, for now, the KZ ED as they are less sharp on the highs, and more fun overall.  They top my KZ trio now, just over the KZ DT3, and above the KZ GR.  I intend to sell my KZ GR (i have the one with the holes in the filter).  They are good, but I won't use them.

I am waiting for new stuff soon.

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