Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
post-13799242
Post #23,837 of 50,623

charlescc2

Head-Fier
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Messages
68
Reaction score
29
Location
Maryland
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Location
Maryland
Posts
68
Likes
29
I'm new to the KZ world (IEMs period really), just learning about it a couple weeks ago, but reading through this thread has convinced me to give the ZS5s a try. A couple questions for you guys

1) What is the reason for people preferring v1 vs v2?

The v2 thing with 2 BAs in the nozzle has everyone clamoring for the v1 as the best KZ offering.
What are BAs? I got the ZS5s yesterday and would like to try to figure out which I received.

2) Do you think it is necessary to buy the silver plated replacement cable? I got one from Amazon for $11.99 and haven't gotten to test for differences yet, but I've read some saying it is a good idea.

3) What can I expect in the way of customer service from GearBest? My left ZS5 earbud crapped out this morning randomly and now the volume sounds very low. I'm definitely going to need a replacement and am a little concerned for how this is supposed to work since the company is based in China and it would take forever if I have to ship these back and then wait for a replacement once they receive the original.

4) Do you think it is a bad idea to switch cables constantly (maybe once a week)? I got the Bluetooth adapter and will probably put the ZS5s on it for the gym and yard work, but otherwise will prefer using a direct cable.
 
     Share This Post       
post-13799311
Post #23,838 of 50,623

Superluc

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Sep 13, 2017
Messages
323
Reaction score
209
Location
EU
Joined
Sep 13, 2017
Location
EU
Posts
323
Likes
209
1) What is the reason for people preferring v1 vs v2?

What are BAs? I got the ZS5s yesterday and would like to try to figure out which I received.

2) Do you think it is necessary to buy the silver plated replacement cable? I got one from Amazon for $11.99 and haven't gotten to test for differences yet, but I've read some saying it is a good idea.

3) What can I expect in the way of customer service from GearBest? My left ZS5 earbud crapped out this morning randomly and now the volume sounds very low. I'm definitely going to need a replacement and am a little concerned for how this is supposed to work since the company is based in China and it would take forever if I have to ship these back and then wait for a replacement once they receive the original.

4) Do you think it is a bad idea to switch cables constantly (maybe once a week)? I got the Bluetooth adapter and will probably put the ZS5s on it for the gym and yard work, but otherwise will prefer using a direct cable.
1) KZ have changed the arrangement of the drivers inside the newer pairs of ZS5, making a second version of it but without change it's name. At now it seem that V2 have more unbalanced highs.
BA are Balanced Armature. Between the four drivers, two are dynamic type and two are BA. If making a flashing photo of the nozzle you see two circle instead of one, it's V2.

2) Not for sound per se, but for minimize microphonics, the noise that you can feel, especially when using an IEM, touching and rubbing the cable.

3) They normally send another pair free of change, on cheaper things. Before try to contact it's customer service, make sure that the cable is plugged correctly. See Slater sign for that.

4) To me it seem a bad idea. The female plug inside them dint feel as solid to keep changing the cable. It better to just buy another pair of them, when it is on sale.
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
  • Like
Reactions: charlescc2
post-13799353
Post #23,839 of 50,623

charlescc2

Head-Fier
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Messages
68
Reaction score
29
Location
Maryland
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Location
Maryland
Posts
68
Likes
29
Thanks for the response. Yeah the left earbud is secure in the cable every time. The issue is reproduced with the original cable, silver plated cable, and wireless adapter. I've also tried multiple sound sources to make sure I didn't do something weird to pan the audio right in my phone's music player. Thanks for your suggestion with buying another pair to have separate wireless and wired IEMs, I think that is probably a better idea than switching repeatedly, like you said. And I guess I'll go ahead and contact GearBest to see how the RMA process will work out.

(It seems I have v2, meh)
 
     Share This Post       
post-13799422
Post #23,840 of 50,623

maxxevv

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jul 15, 2017
Messages
648
Reaction score
704
Location
1 Degree North
Joined
Jul 15, 2017
Location
1 Degree North
Posts
648
Likes
704
I keep seeing this complaint about the ZS5v2 being too hot in the treble. But I have them and they certainly are not that to my ears. If you want hot/bright treble, try the XE800 even if burned for 200 hours and used for another at least 100. I can't keep it on for more than an hour but I'm perfectly fine with the ZS5v2 for multi-hour sessions.

I may have missed it but has anyone who has both the V1 and V2 compared them directly yet ? If not its just a lot of hoo-ha over nothing. Because if the ears are treble sensitive, they are treble sensitive no matter how mildly bright the earphones are.
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
  • Like
Reactions: tvou88
post-13799619
Post #23,841 of 50,623

NeonHD

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 24, 2015
Messages
416
Reaction score
741
Location
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Joined
Nov 24, 2015
Location
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Posts
416
Likes
741
     Share This Post       
  • Like
Reactions: B9Scrambler
post-13799799
Post #23,843 of 50,623

bsoplinger

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 15, 2014
Messages
1,055
Reaction score
617
Location
Cohoes, NY USA
Joined
Dec 15, 2014
Location
Cohoes, NY USA
Posts
1,055
Likes
617
I've mentioned that I have problems with the standard silicone ear tips many of these are packaged with. I was playing around tip rolling when I thought of a few I have that came with a more expensive IEM that are different from the standard tips. They're designed to take the same about 5mm nozzle but instead of having an opening that's smaller in diameter the opening on these is larger than the nozzle sleeve diameter. I'm thinking perhaps these might help me with my wear issues because of the larger opening I won't need to push the nozzle so deep in my ear to make sure I get mids and highs along with bass from a good seal. Otherwise if I don't push the nozzle deep enough into my but stop at the point where the seal is good enough for bass I don't get much other than bass. I'm guessing that the tip is shielding the nozzle opening from my ear and only when I push it deeper into my ear is the nozzle revealed. And the deep fit is very uncomfortable for me after just a few minutes. And in most cases foam tips fail to give a good enough seal for bass.

I only listened to my new KZ6 for about a half hour or so with a pair of these wide bore nozzles but it was less uncomfortable than any other tip I've tried with them. They're starting to grow on me a bit as the highs seem to be taming down.

I tried looking at AliExpress for 'wide bore silicone ear tip' and didn't find any that seemed to be what I'm looking for just the standard style and the pseudo spin-fit ones (the ones with the nozzle sleeve one color and the rest of the tip a different color but without the nozzle sleeve being able to rotate independently) so that didn't help. I'm hoping someone here can help with either a link to the style or the magic search phrase or other online source.
 
     Share This Post       
post-13799900
Post #23,846 of 50,623

tworule

Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Messages
92
Reaction score
25
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Posts
92
Likes
25
Thanks for the response. Yeah the left earbud is secure in the cable every time. The issue is reproduced with the original cable, silver plated cable, and wireless adapter. I've also tried multiple sound sources to make sure I didn't do something weird to pan the audio right in my phone's music player. Thanks for your suggestion with buying another pair to have separate wireless and wired IEMs, I think that is probably a better idea than switching repeatedly, like you said. And I guess I'll go ahead and contact GearBest to see how the RMA process will work out.

(It seems I have v2, meh)
I had a faulty zs3 and they asked me the video of the problem. Then they accepted to refund.they did not ask me to ship back the faulty zs3
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
post-13799903
Post #23,847 of 50,623

xxxreyxxx

New Head-Fier
Joined
Oct 10, 2017
Messages
16
Reaction score
1
Location
Indonesia
Joined
Oct 10, 2017
Location
Indonesia
Posts
16
Likes
1
     Share This Post       
post-13799909
Post #23,848 of 50,623

tworule

Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Messages
92
Reaction score
25
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Posts
92
Likes
25
Okay thanks, but i still confuse, what is the different between v1 and v2. What is characteristic about v1 and v2
I don’t have v2 . So I cannot say. The BA s at the nozzle of v2 seems to make it treble canon. But some says not...
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 2, Guests: 19)

Top