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It's all about that bass! (A basshead iem for $12) | KZ Castor (Bass Edition) Review
Pros: 1. Fantastic Bass for the price

2. Price

3. The bass doesn't muddy up the mids and treble that much and they stay quite decent throughout

4. This is a certified basshead iem

5. The price. its only $12
Cons: 1. The shell size

2. Although this is a good Iem, Many wont try it because of KZ's reputation. KZ needs to work on that as a company, like $1000 killer etc.
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Introduction :-

The KZ Castor is an iem from KZ. Now there are two versions of these available one is the black colour (bass edition) and another is the silver colour (harman edition)

The one I am going to review today is the black colour bass edition.

I have also shared a video version of the review at YouTube any support there in form of a view, A like or A subscribe is greatly appreciated. But if you so wish to read the written version you can read this.



A big thanks to KZ for sending me this iem. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

You can buy them here (Unaffiliateed Link) :-

https://www.kztws.com/products/kz-castor

I will be as usual following my bullet style format for better readability for those who are dyslexic and in general find it hard to read long paragraphs. I follow this guide in general from the British Dyslexia Association.




Build quality, Comfort and Accessories :-


- These come in the usual KZ box.

- The packaging is very simple you get the IEM, cable with mic, KZ starline tips and a sim ejector tool for changing the toggling the switches.

- They MSRP for them is $15 but they can be bought from $10 or $12 too depending on where you buy them from and what sales re going on.

- The iems might be tad big for many

- The nozzles also might a tad big for someone with small ears

- The cable is quite good for the price.




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Sound signature :-


- Well all I can say is BASSS!!

- If you are a basshead you will love this iem!

- There are 4 switches the first two switches controls the bass that is toggling the first switch gives a bass boost and toggling the second one gives another bass boost. The 3rd and 4th switch gives you a boost on the mids and treble a bit.

- I used the configuration UUDD for the review that is maximum bass while keeping the mids and treble stock. The reason I didn’t mess with the mid and treble switch because I find them to be quite satisfying in stock setting.

- surprisingly the switches works quite well specially the bass switch which works really well.

- The basic tuning it follows is the harman curve and the UUDD configuration gives it a huge bass boost as you can see from the graph.

- All I can say is that everyone needs this as the bass in these are just fantastic for the price.

- Every time I listen to this I grin because of the stupid amount of bass these has. It is just so enjoyable.

- Even if you are someone who isn't a basshead or doesnt enjoy bass the sheer ridiculousness of the bass here will make you smile.

- Not only is the bass ridiculous here what surprising is it is very well controlled and all the other frequencies works well in tandem.

- This is great for EDM, Rap, Hip – Hop it is an absolute treat to listen to bass heavy songs with these.

- Talking about the mids they are quite ok for the tuning and the price.

- Male vocals are in the background while female vocals are quite good.

- Treble is quite good for the price but they get shouty at higher volumes.

- One of the reason I don’t use the last two switches is because the stock treble I find it to be quite ok and goes well with the bass.

- The treble does lack extension and would have love to see that extension on the treble region a bit, again these are severe nitpicks for the price and sound it is targetiing

- the soundstage is below average although it does improve if you toggle off the bass switches to DD position.

- the imaging is ok for the price nothing great. Its bang average



Gaming -

These do perform average for gaming. For the average sessions these are ok but I wouldnt suggest them for gaming use along





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Recommendation:-

- I think everyone should have them. I know bit of overstatement, but the bass on these just made me grin all the time. Its ridiculous and these are awesome at that. Even if aren't a basshead (which I am not) and you don’t like bass the sheer absurdity of it is quite an awesome experience.

- The super low price point of $12-15 is quite attainable for most and I highly suggest any audiophille getting them and try it out. For the basshead out there this is a must buy.

- Although this is a good Iem, Many wont try it because of KZ's reputation. KZ needs to work in their marketing overall, like labelling a $12 iem as a $1000 killer and make a show of it.

Or just comparing iems directly head on and saying ours is better.

They need to rather make a good iem and let it speak for it, like the castor bass is a good iem for the price. But many will avoid it as it is from them and they have had a bad reputation from those marketing.





If you have any questions please feel free to ask me and also if you have any issues regarding this format of review please do comment I will try to mend it. Also sorry to those who are used to reading long paragraphs of review in headfi. I hope my review was upto the mark, I appreciate any feedback.

Again a big thanks to KZ for making this review possible.

Have a great day ahead :)
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Hey sorry! I wasnt clear with that sentence 😅

What I meant to say is that KZ needs to work in their marketing overall, like labelling a $12 iem as a $1000 killer and make a show of it.

Or just comparing iems directly head on and saying ours is better.

They need to rather make a good iem and let it speak for it, like the castor bass is a good iem for the price. But many will avoid it as it is from them and they have had a bad reputation from those marketing.

Hope I made myself clear 😅 sorry for the confusion

(I update my main review too, thank you for the comment it helped me catch my mistake)
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kanett
I believe the bass is better than qkz xhbb khan, or even reach planar level. I love planar bass.
Ferdze
Ferdze
with the budget iem market overyly saturated, there's really no reason i should get a KZ and the reasons are just as you said.

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