Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread - Page 1111

post #16651 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahmadairfan View Post
 

Just got my Zircons, can't believe they're that good lol.

How's the sound compared to ATR? If its good enough I'll buy them it almost $4 local.

 

Did you get the white or black? I was just reading on the Zircon thread that the white and black sound different. I find it very hard to believe, but who knows. I'm ready to order a pair in the opposite color just to see for myself.

post #16652 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaterlovesspam View Post
 

 

Did you get the white or black? I was just reading on the Zircon thread that the white and black sound different. I find it very hard to believe, but who knows. I'm ready to order a pair in the opposite color just to see for myself.

Black ones. Yeah they said the white ones should be brighter sounding.

post #16653 of 16875

Small PSA: Gearbest seems to be having flash sales right now.  I think I'll pick up a ZST.  And maybe another ZS3.

 

KZ ZST w/ mic @ 10.99 http://www.gearbest.com/on-ear-over-ear-headphones/pp_533515.html

KZ ZST Colorful w/ controls @ 11.99 http://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_598798.html

KZ ZS3 w/ controls @ 7.99 http://www.gearbest.com/on-ear-over-ear-headphones/pp_436717.html

KZ ATR w/ mic @ 4.99 http://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_432000.html

post #16654 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mus1c View Post


yeah atr is lacking in volume just a litle bit but other than that the kz atr is perfect. Wat source do you use? Btw Just crank up the volume no problem.

 

Overdue opinion on this and in reply to @actorlife yes the ATR needs a bit of amping or a more powerful DAP. After switching from a Shanling M1 to my Fiio X1 II I find the bass is a bit more extended and defined, while soundstage also seems to become wider.

 

Not too sure if just increasing the volume will help. Because while I tried that for the M1 the sound signature was really flat and smooth so that may be why the improvement wasn't much.

 

The ATR goes fine on my X1 II at around 36-40/100.

 

ATR is better for general listening as the ZS3 bass is a bit bloaty even with starline tips. However I do miss ZS3's energy and slightly more defined mid to upper register as my ZS3 has QC problems (intermittent audio).

 

My daily is currently the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 as I got this dual-BA real cheap second hand, though bass is severely lacking. I have a Brainwavz B100 on the way and am not decided on whether to try the Mi Earphones Pro HD since I prefer overear designs.

 

However if you can save up longer, I think a good DD endgame that isn't too expensive (ahem Mee Pinnacle P1 or Campfire Lyra II) is the ATH-E40. If you can stomach the clunky design it's a pretty good versatile DD that is more dynamic and less bassy/one-trick-pony as the more popular ATH-IM70/LS70 range. I may get it too as I always worry about reliability of Chi-Fi...


Edited by gemmoglock - 3/20/17 at 6:38pm
post #16655 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeTechNoob View Post
 

Small PSA: Gearbest seems to be having flash sales right now.  I think I'll pick up a ZST.  And maybe another ZS3.

 

KZ ZST w/ mic @ 10.99 http://www.gearbest.com/on-ear-over-ear-headphones/pp_533515.html

KZ ZST Colorful w/ controls @ 11.99 http://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_598798.html

KZ ZS3 w/ controls @ 7.99 http://www.gearbest.com/on-ear-over-ear-headphones/pp_436717.html

KZ ATR w/ mic @ 4.99 http://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_432000.html

 

Aww, there's goes that crack addiction again....must....resist....

post #16656 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by gemmoglock View Post
 

ATR is better for general listening as the ZS3 bass is a bit bloaty even with starline tips.

 

 

No, the Starline tips ADD bass! If you want to lessen the bass, switch to wide nozzle tips like the KZ Turbos:

 

post #16657 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaterlovesspam View Post
 

 

Aww, there's goes that crack addiction again....must....resist....

There's no going back for this kind of things lol

post #16658 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahmadairfan View Post
 

There's no going back for this kind of things lol

haha, yeah

 

Hey, what do you think of your W1 Pros?

post #16659 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaterlovesspam View Post

Aww, there's goes that crack addiction again....must....resist....

I gave in. Bought a second 1440p monitor to replace my 1080p one earlier today too. Rip wallet.
post #16660 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaterlovesspam View Post
 

 

No, the Starline tips ADD bass! If you want to lessen the bass, switch to wide nozzle tips like the KZ Turbos:

 

 

Interesting, when I first was on this thread and buying my ZS3 I've been told the opposite... anyway now my ZS3 is unfortunately in bad shape so ATR with a bass boost is enough for me.

Will be waiting to afford the ATH-E40 or Paiaudio MR3 if possible.

post #16661 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by gemmoglock View Post
 

Interesting, when I first was on this thread and buying my ZS3 I've been told the opposite... anyway now my ZS3 is unfortunately in bad shape so ATR with a bass boost is enough for me.

 

 

Negative Ghost Rider. Wide bore = less bass. Starlines = more bass

 

KZ designed the Starline specifically to enhance bass. This is from their own marketing (read the text):

 

 

Narrow bore enhances bass. Same reason they added the brass ring on the ZS1 (very bass-heavy):

 

 

Gives new meaning to the words 'bass cannon', eh?

post #16662 of 16875

I just purchased the KZ ZST.  I originally tried it with the original cable with Mic.  I didn't really like the sound.  It was just a bit off for me, but afterwards I changed it to the KZ upgrade Silver plated cable and it was much much better.  I now really love the sound signature.  It's not too heavy on the bass for me, kind of just right.  I actually like these more then my Trinity Atlas (of which is also a Hybrid IEM.  But then again to be fair, I just don't like that sound signature so much).  I'm really surprised at how they can create such a nice sounding IEM for this price range.

 

Also of note, I tend to have trouble with fit on my right ear for some reason, but my left is always really snug.  Because of this, I always have to use Comply Foam tips.  I wasn't sure how Comply would fit on these so I didn't buy any.  But the seller I purchased from had something called SpinFit from Taiwan, which he guaranteed would fit the KZ ZST.  I therefore ordered 2 pairs of SpinFit  (I got it for $3 USD per pair), and it works wonders.  It's the first time I've had a Silicone Ear Tip that actually fits me well.  The only other one was from Klipsch, but their oval tips only fit well if I didn't really move.  Once I started moving, they always wiggled out.  Others are even worst.  Even if I don't move they just slowly come out.

 

Anyways, I highly recommend getting the KZ Upgrade Cable.  Without it, the IEM is a bit disappointing (though not at that price range... but I've come to expect quite a bit now...).

 

I mainly use LEAR Custom IEMs as my daily (then I broke the cable, and went to look for a new one, and somehow stumbled on KZ).  I used the Klipsch S4i as my temporary, but now my KZ is kind of my daily (for now).  I'm really happy with my purchase, and this KZ really makes me feel like I don't really need to spend over $100 USD on a decent IEM that I can throw around.  (Mind you, I bought my Klipsch S4i for $13 USD though as well :P)

 

I haven't gotten a chance to compare this IEM with any of my others though.  But it certainly doesn't compare to IEM's like the SE846 and the Westone UM Pro 50.  But that's to be expected.  What surprises me the most is that I personally feel like they perform as well as my Klipsch's, and actually not have as heavy a bass as it (which is good, I don't like that much bass).  I think having the BA driver inside the KZ helped in that regard for vocals.

post #16663 of 16875

Glad you're liking the silver upgrade cable. One member tested the stock cable and found it was very high resistance. Not sure why KZ used a poor quality cable on the stock ZS3 and ZST.

 

Oh, and

 


Edited by slaterlovesspam - 3/20/17 at 9:57pm
post #16664 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by asegier View Post
 

I just purchased the KZ ZST.  I originally tried it with the original cable with Mic.  I didn't really like the sound.  It was just a bit off for me, but afterwards I changed it to the KZ upgrade Silver plated cable and it was much much better.  I now really love the sound signature.  It's not too heavy on the bass for me, kind of just right.  I actually like these more then my Trinity Atlas (of which is also a Hybrid IEM.  But then again to be fair, I just don't like that sound signature so much).  I'm really surprised at how they can create such a nice sounding IEM for this price range.

 

Also of note, I tend to have trouble with fit on my right ear for some reason, but my left is always really snug.  Because of this, I always have to use Comply Foam tips.  I wasn't sure how Comply would fit on these so I didn't buy any.  But the seller I purchased from had something called SpinFit from Taiwan, which he guaranteed would fit the KZ ZST.  I therefore ordered 2 pairs of SpinFit  (I got it for $3 USD per pair), and it works wonders.  It's the first time I've had a Silicone Ear Tip that actually fits me well.  The only other one was from Klipsch, but their oval tips only fit well if I didn't really move.  Once I started moving, they always wiggled out.  Others are even worst.  Even if I don't move they just slowly come out.

 

Anyways, I highly recommend getting the KZ Upgrade Cable.  Without it, the IEM is a bit disappointing (though not at that price range... but I've come to expect quite a bit now...).

 

I mainly use LEAR Custom IEMs as my daily (then I broke the cable, and went to look for a new one, and somehow stumbled on KZ).  I used the Klipsch S4i as my temporary, but now my KZ is kind of my daily (for now).  I'm really happy with my purchase, and this KZ really makes me feel like I don't really need to spend over $100 USD on a decent IEM that I can throw around.  (Mind you, I bought my Klipsch S4i for $13 USD though as well :P)

 

I haven't gotten a chance to compare this IEM with any of my others though.  But it certainly doesn't compare to IEM's like the SE846 and the Westone UM Pro 50.  But that's to be expected.  What surprises me the most is that I personally feel like they perform as well as my Klipsch's, and actually not have as heavy a bass as it (which is good, I don't like that much bass).  I think having the BA driver inside the KZ helped in that regard for vocals.

 

KZ doesn't have great QC, but my stock cable and silver cable do not differ by that much.  

Check for polarity though, another poster here had the same issue and a quick polarity check solved it, turns out she swapped the pins around.  "A bit off" usually indicates a polarity issue, as the different phase in each ear sounds fine on its own but once you put them together your brain interprets it as a muddled sound. 

 

If no issue with polarity, then maybe you do have a dud stock cable.

post #16665 of 16875
Quote:
Originally Posted by gemmoglock View Post

Overdue opinion on this and in reply to @actorlife
 yes the ATR needs a bit of amping or a more powerful DAP. After switching from a Shanling M1 to my Fiio X1 II I find the bass is a bit more extended and defined, while soundstage also seems to become wider.

Not too sure if just increasing the volume will help. Because while I tried that for the M1 the sound signature was really flat and smooth so that may be why the improvement wasn't much.

The ATR goes fine on my X1 II at around 36-40/100.

ATR is better for general listening as the ZS3 bass is a bit bloaty even with starline tips. However I do miss ZS3's energy and slightly more defined mid to upper register as my ZS3 has QC problems (intermittent audio).

My daily is currently the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 as I got this dual-BA real cheap second hand, though bass is severely lacking. I have a Brainwavz B100 on the way and am not decided on whether to try the Mi Earphones Pro HD since I prefer overear designs.

However if you can save up longer, I think a good DD endgame that isn't too expensive (ahem Mee Pinnacle P1 or Campfire Lyra II) is the ATH-E40. If you can stomach the clunky design it's a pretty good versatile DD that is more dynamic and less bassy/one-trick-pony as the more popular ATH-IM70/LS70 range. I may get it too as I always worry about reliability of Chi-Fi...
so i need amp to run this iem perfectly but i don't amp, i use with my smartphone and i just crank the volume seem to fix it. But why this iem hungry power?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread