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Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

  1. darmanastartes
    I strongly disagree. I would take the ZSX over the NX7 any day of the week.
    ZSX vs NX7.jpg
    The NX7 is designed for detail retrieval at the expense of fatigue-free listening. I couldn't listen to them without EQ or mesh filter tips.
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  2. HungryPanda
    All I know is listening side by side the KZ ZSX gets a bit high in the treble so is a bright iem whereas the NX7 goes deeper in the bass. I'm glad I have both.
  3. paulindss
    That's simply not true... And i will not extend my argument.
  4. darmanastartes
    I agree with most of your criticisms of it, at least to some extent. The cable is fine, I don't know why so many people dislike it so strongly. The connector being a unique shape and length makes finding replacement cables more difficult that it should be. The fit is not great because of how short the nozzle is.
    I would not call its instrument separation "bad" or the bass "slow and boomy." The bass is not as fast as the driver diaphragm type would suggest, and is a little elevated over what I would call "true neutral."
    However, the reason they're so hyped is because the tuning is incredible for a sub-$30 IEM. They're fun-sounding without being impolite, with more realistic timbre than just about anything else I've heard under $50.
    I've heard better IEMs, but most people don't need to spend 10 times as much for a 30% improvement in sound quality.
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  5. RikudouGoku
    The reason why I recommend the blons over the KXXS/KPE/Oxygen is the fact that if you are starting from zero, the same amount of cash will get you the blon+shanling m0 dap+ spinfits/spiral dots+ upgrade cable. and with the other you only get the iems. And even if you already have a dap, cables and tips. Is the instrument separation which I find to be almost equal really worth spending 160 usd more?
  6. RikudouGoku
    @citral23 Keep in mind that since the KXXS and the others costs that much more than the blon, placebo is something that might happen to you. "this one costs 6 times more so it must be better" suppressing that thought can be hard and I admit that I suffer from that. Why? Because it means that I have wasted 190 usd on something that sounds about the same as 30 usd
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  7. redrol
    I like the blon better than the KPE. my personal preference
  8. dharmasteve
    Surely everybody knows that if we buy ChiFi IEMs then there is a chance of buying one that isn't up to Quality Control or other factors. It should become clear that if thirty people think an IEM is excellent and four or five think otherwise, it may well be you have a sub standard unit. I've had it. Others have had it. That's reality. Often there is some empirical reason your IEM is substandard. Of course we all have different hearing and assessments, but do bear in mind you may have, in reality, a poorly made or even slightly substandard unit.
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  9. durwood
    I keep trying to figure out what is going on with the bass, to me they are bipolar. On some songs it is a little slow sounding (not M6/DMG slowness but still...), sometimes it floats in front of the rest of the mix, and other times it sounds just right. I find it sounds a bit tubby or boomy most of the time, which gives the impression of slowness, maybe there is extra harmonic distortion that leads to the extra thickness.

    I like the BLON, the tonal signature is great the timbre is great, soundstage is average, resolution is good, there is an organic nature to these. Definitely checks off a ton of boxes. Its definitely hard to fault them at the $30 price tag, this is another case of MH755. Extreme value and near great acceptance. Everyone has their preferences and some put more weight behind the preferences that will elevate something.
    I think I like the BLON more than Kanas Pro, but it I think it is the tonal signature, timbre that I find more pleasant.
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  10. crabdog
    I'm surprised that so many find the nozzle length is the cause of their fit problems with the BLON. Once I changed the cable the fit was fantastic with any of my standard tips. Maybe it's because I use large tips with shallow insertion. Regardless, I still think it's one of the best sounding sub $100 iems.
  11. ozziecook
    Haha. That made me laugh.
    Like many here I prefer Blon to KPE too.
    I couldn’t see what other people did at the time the KPE came out. The fit, the mod, the thinnish upper mids.etc etc.

    Why is it that so many people on Headfi are bassphobic? It’s what bass is. Bassy.
    It’s strong, visceral and often meant as the male to the female treble. Has anyone ever been to a gig at all? Where you can really feel the bass?
    There’s no way Blon is a basshead iem either. It’s a 7/10 strength. Maybe there are some fit and QC issues...
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  12. mbwilson111
    Now I always do a phase test on any new iem.

    Recently I took out one of my older ones..one I had never listened to much and discovered it is out of phase. Too late now to return. If it is possible to open it without ruining the purple metallic finish my husband will try to recable and correct the polatity.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2019
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  13. PhonoPhi
    Exactly, using wider shallow tips worked very well for me in securing the seal and assuring the tight fit - definitely perfect for walking, perhaps less for running.
    Also the wider bores give well defined bass and nicely extended treble.
    Very enjoyable!
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2019
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  14. mbwilson111
    Same for me. I do not want the body of the Blon to protrude from my ears. I want a snug cozy fit. I would not get that with a longer nozzle. Also, now that I have decided to wear them cable down, they nestle in like an earbud. So comfortable. Using medium Symbio Peels in either case...down or over ear.
  15. silverfishla
    I agree with you wholeheartedly about the bass. As I have and always will say, bass shakes windows. IEMs that claim neutral are usually bass light. Those present bass as hearable tones but not visceral energy or proper amount to suffice as counter melody.
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