digiZoid ZO2.3 Impression & Discussion Thread
Mar 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM Post #316 of 1,021

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Great video TD was planning to do a video as well but you beat me to it. Anyway having some great listening sessions with my ZO2 and is awesome with most of my setups especially in the car. 



You should still do your video...I'm pretty sure most of us love watching stuff like that :)  Even though I already have a ZO2 I still love talking and hearing about it.
 
 
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Great video TD was planning to do a video as well but you beat me to it. Anyway having some great listening sessions with my ZO2 and is awesome with most of my setups especially in the car. 

Cheers buddy!
 

 
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You should still do your video...I'm pretty sure most of us love watching stuff like that :)  Even though I already have a ZO2 I still love talking and hearing about it.
 

Agreed - the more the merrier.
+ its great to compare and hear different opinions!

I really enjoy reading from this forum - especially different opinions - that's the beauty of sound.
 
Also, at least your video will be (hopefully) useful, unlike the snazzy's review...LOL
Where he kept saying the ZO2 = Clean sounding haha
 
 
 
 
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You should still do your video...I'm pretty sure most of us love watching stuff like that :)  Even though I already have a ZO2 I still love talking and hearing about it.
 



 


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Cheers buddy!
 

 
Agreed - the more the merrier.
+ its great to compare and hear different opinions!

I really enjoy reading from this forum - especially different opinions - that's the beauty of sound.
 
Also, at least your video will be (hopefully) useful, unlike the snazzy's review...LOL
Where he kept saying the ZO2 = Clean sounding haha
 
 
 

lol i will probably by the end of the week, have work and class so i have to deal with that plus im getting the EX1000 so i get to see if ZO2 can pull off its magic on those.
 
 
 
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I seriously can't love without it now...0.0



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Mar 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM Post #324 of 1,021

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I seriously can't love without it now...0.0
Put it my Nokia Lumia 800...and it sounded plain and boring - put the ZO2 on it = LIFE TO MY MUSIC! DA HELL was I missing all these years 0.0!


Same thoughts, but before this I got quite similar results exploiting the high quality EQ on kX Audio drivers for Audigy cards that allowed even 12dB boost (but I had some headphones boosted like between 10 - 15dB across the range haha) without any audible distortion/coloration to the sound, worked a bit like a software "amp" which an EQ should in best case scenario, only change the loudness of the frequencies. By boosting the whole range on this EQ significantly it lead to similar kind of audible changes, it's as if music got more "body", got more dynamic, you got "more of everything" which is what I'd use to describe the SmartVektor sound. However since Audigy cards lack good quality DACs and resampler for todays standards ZO finally got rid of the need of kX Audio drivers that provided me this sound with help of the EQing, ZO provides that kinda result without need of EQing. Even Realtek ALC889 chip sounds better than a Audigy 2 ZS today so I decided to move on but the EQ on the Realtek onboard chip is obviously crap compared to kX Audio's EQ and will color the sound if making drastic changes (+/- 3dB or so is max possible without ruining sound) but with ZO there's no need to boost the whole range anymore anyways.
 
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:05 AM Post #327 of 1,021

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Today I did a funny comparision, I compared Logitech X-530 5.1 set without ZO2 vs M-Audio Q40 with ZO2.1 and the Q40 + ZO2.1 combo hits harder with a bit bigger punch/impact in the bass compared to the 5.25" sub even with the sub set to the max volume and comparing with similar volume levels, the X-530 outputs a bit bloated subbass but it stays relatively soft with not so much punch to it. The M-Audio Q40 + ZO2.1 definitely outputs like a night and day better quality bass too but that's expected from a low cost 5.1 set obviously but I still find this quite amusing. ^^ And I'm only at like level 8 on ZO2.1 :p
 
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Today I did a funny comparision, I compared Logitech X-530 5.1 set without ZO2 vs M-Audio Q40 with ZO2.1 and the Q40 + ZO2.1 combo hits harder with a bit bigger punch/impact in the bass compared to the 5.25" sub even with the sub set to the max volume and comparing with similar volume levels, the X-530 outputs a bit bloated subbass but it stays relatively soft with not so much punch to it. The M-Audio Q40 + ZO2.1 definitely outputs like a night and day better quality bass too but that's expected from a low cost 5.1 set obviously but I still find this quite amusing. ^^ And I'm only at like level 8 on ZO2.1 :p



That's what I love about this thing...the quality of the bass remains excellent on the ZO. I was fearful that it would turn the low end into a big loud bloated mess, cause I know there is a big market for that sort of bass. I don't care for that type at all...I like my bass to be as natural as possible, and somehow the smart vector tech pulls it off.
 
One of the most shocking things I've found with the ZO is how it can take cheapo IEMs and take them to a whole other level. I have some Altec Lansing IEMs that I paid  $8 for a few weeks ago. The ZO makes them sound like a million bucks. Obviously it doesn't change much about the mids and highs, but when you fill out the low end with quality bass, it makes them sound much more impressive.
 
It's also quite the attention grabber when I'm at work. Right now I just have a super tiny iPod nano velcro'd to the ZO with my Fiio LOD cable. The whole thing is REALLY small, and since the ZO looks really cool from the front I get a lot of questions about it. As much as I love my Fiio E11 with my regular 160gb iPod classic, I find I'm usually reaching for the ZO/Nano combo these days...unbelievable sound from this little combo.
 
Mar 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM Post #329 of 1,021

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Hmmm, I have the high gain version, the version 1, anyone tried that with the proo700 Mkii?  I guess that would be similar to strapping subwoofers to your ears...
 
Mar 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM Post #330 of 1,021

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Hmmm, I have the high gain version, the version 1, anyone tried that with the proo700 Mkii?  I guess that would be similar to strapping subwoofers to your ears...


Pretty much but like a quite good quality sub though. :)
 
 

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