I have yet to try the z7. Based on impressions from cute and others the original Vibro is better sounding than the z7 but almost similarly tuned. This blackwood will sound nothing like the z7(I hate to comment on what I haven't heard but I am pretty sure of it.)
This blackwood is def of a higher quality sound than the Vibro in technicalities. In the upgrade you are getting a harder, more expensive exotic wood, but also a little more speed, better imaging, tighter bass, and a slightly more polite, smooth, and sophisticated sound captured in a more breathable sound space.
While I will say its better than the Vibro and worth the 200-250, It definitely doesn't sound like a total replacement to it. The Vibro and it will most likely occupy separate lanes.
Upon a first listen the ZB sounded flawless and very neutral like a good set of studio monitors. The ZB to the ZV from memory:
- A little less punchy and impactful than the Vibro
- less forward mids (I need some time here to get a grip on them to explain them)
- clearer highs but not bright either. Similar to the Vibro in quantity
- less edgy and a more refined sound, smoother than any t50 mod I have heard.
- better imaging and separation. The sound space is wider for sure. I didn't listen for depth or height.
- the sub bass reminds me of the he560 but has less force and similar quantity
- the mid bass is more flat and linear into the midrange
If it sounds like I am quoting the site well its because the description is accurate. A lot of the changes are very welcomed. I do however prefer the balance of the original Vibro just like I prefer the original Vibro FR balance to the he560. Although, preference alone, I still prefer the Blackwood balance to the he560.
I am VERY EARLY in these and have heard headphones before and changed my opinion later.
to be accurate I need more time and the Vibro side by side.
- IMO Vibro owners that want to upgrade will instantly hear their money's worth. It's less subtle of a difference than I was expecting. pretty different from eachother imo.
BUT I also don't know if current Vibro owners will miss the juicy tuning of the original Vibro. Most will definitely prefer the Blackwood over all though. Hip hop heads will prefer the Vibro most likely.
so for edm what i conclude is that the original vibro is more suitable