Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
Mar 1, 2017 at 11:01 PM Post #16,306 of 57,419

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  Yes, you can cut off the metal part and the cable will work.  It's just a piece of bendy metal wire that's next to the main wire, then wrapped in a tubing.  Cut the tubing carefully then snip off the metal wire.
 
I don't think there are any replacement cables made by anyone else besides KZ.  If you need the mic, the stock cable w/mic is the only choice you have.
While the pins are standard UE 0.75mm pins, the housing unfortunately is KZ specific (and even earbud specific, as the ZST cable won't work on ZS3).  Here's hoping the ZSR (and other future KZ earbuds) use MMCX standard connectors...

Thank you!
 
Update: I removed the metal wire and the tubing and I love the ZS3s even more now! They are a steal at $10. 
 

 
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  Thank you!
 
Update: I removed the metal wire and the tubing and I love the ZS3s even more now! They are a steal at $10. 
 

 
Also worth noting, I don't have the silver upgrade cable, but people said its more durable and a bit differently built, doesn't have the memory wire but a memory "membrane" or coating on the around-the-ear-part - like some previous KZ models.
 
P. S. Check your cable insertion here. Probably it's the picture quality, but I can't read the L on the left ear-piece. The L on the cable should be facing outward just like the writing "Left" on the ear-piece (also R and "Right" on the other).
 

 
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Also worth noting, I don't have the silver upgrade cable, but people said its more durable and a bit differently built, doesn't have the memory wire but a memory "membrane" or coating on the around-the-ear-part - like some previous KZ models.
 
P. S. Check your cable insertion here. Probably it's the picture quality, but I can't read the L on the left ear-piece. The L on the cable should be facing outward just like the writing "Left" on the ear-piece (also R and "Right" on the other).
 
 

 
My ZS3 silver cable also had the memory wire under the tube, but I think some others here received ones without the wire.  ZST stock and silver cables do not have the memory wire.
 
All the KZ silver cables do feel a bit nicer and feels more durable than the stock, but they all lack the mic.
 
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Also worth noting, I don't have the silver upgrade cable, but people said its more durable and a bit differently built, doesn't have the memory wire but a memory "membrane" or coating on the around-the-ear-part - like some previous KZ models.
 
P. S. Check your cable insertion here. Probably it's the picture quality, but I can't read the L on the left ear-piece. The L on the cable should be facing outward just like the writing "Left" on the ear-piece (also R and "Right" on the other).
 

Thank you! Yes, my cell phone picture quality is bad. The "L" on the wire is indeed facing the "Left" on the left ear piece.

 
 

 
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[COLOR=555555]Anyone who[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]has [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]? [/COLOR]

Looks like no one has tried it here. It did get good reviews. I might buy a pair up in a couple of weeks. Aptx and 4.1 bluetooth at that price is great. Reviews:http://m.banggood.com/KZ-HDSE-Bluetooth-Headphone-Sports-Earphone-p-1082324.html
 
Mar 2, 2017 at 5:19 PM Post #16,313 of 57,419

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[COLOR=555555]Hi guys, what about the KZ HDSE?[/COLOR]
[COLOR=555555]I'm waiting for Gearbest ...[/COLOR]

[COLOR=555555]Anyone who[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]has [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]? [/COLOR]


I don't really like them. I'd rather buy qcy qy19, much better sound quality and clarity.
 
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[COLOR=555555]Thank you! [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]157[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]sold and[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]now[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]exhausted[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]I like[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]...[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]KZ[/COLOR][COLOR=555555] [/COLOR][COLOR=555555]did not disappoint[/COLOR][COLOR=555555].[/COLOR]

I have these and they are amazing 4.0 BT with aptx. They were on sale for $10us you might find them on ebay for cheap:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WUDX250/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
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I don't really like them. I'd rather buy qcy qy19, much better sound quality and clarity.

What did you not like about them?

I bought qcy19 not because of sound quality but battery life.
Qcy19 battery lasted 9+ hours (personal experience), where as hdse only rated 3.5 hours (based on people's review).
I do outdoor sport like jogging and mountain biking, so I don't want it to be dead in the middle of the trip. So far qcy19 survived rain and sweat.
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I got ATE-S several days ago and it has little vent hole! My friend ATR has it too, while my ATE didn't. I really wish KZ improve their consistency....
 
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MY ZS3 and ZST came in from Gearbest. I'm digging the ZS3, but the ZST sounds off. The mids have absolutely no body to them, the midbass too though there is a good amount of subbass. Highs were rough and not quite piercing, but far brighter than what I would have preferred.
 
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  MY ZS3 and ZST came in from Gearbest. I'm digging the ZS3, but the ZST sounds off. The mids have absolutely no body to them, the midbass too though there is a good amount of subbass. Highs were rough and not quite piercing, but far brighter than what I would have preferred.

Try the polarity test first to make sure it's correct.  Not saying you put in the wires wrong (it happens!) but some here have earbuds that had the wrong polarity built in so they're forced to put in the wires wrong way to get the right polarity.  If that's the case, return it to GB to get another pair.
 
If polarity checks out, then let the ZST burn in for a few hours to a day, use the 1More burn-in app for automated burn-in.
 
If that still doesn't improve it, then it's quite likely you prefer a warmer sound and the fuller bass you get from ZS3.
 

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