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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. DocHoliday
    BTW, remember all that postulating and dreaming I was doing about the ZS6 being offered in white with brass screws? Well, looks like CA had the same idea and executed it.


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    Couldn't you just imagine these with the vented faceplates? No offense towards CA, but I think the ZS6 in white would look even better with brass-colored mesh in the faceplate vents, especially if the ZS6 had that lover'ly satin finish.
    ......just sayin'

    I hope KZ offers us a special edition of the ZS6 in white before they switch to the more rounded version coming in 2018. They can call it the ZS6-UE (Ultimate Edition) for their diehard fans.

    Anyway, pull out your favorite KZ's and enjoy a track as you salivate, dream and hope that KZ hears us.

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
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  2. Slater
    The red circuit board has SMD components that look like little grains of rice - those are the resistors and capacitors that make up the crossover network.

    The BA drivers are the vertically-mounted silver rectangular ‘boxes’, about 10-20xs larger in size than the SMD components on the circuit board.
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  3. TheVortex
    That ZS10 prototype looks very complicated but I will wait for the eventual release. Hopefully it won't be a treble cannon.
  4. Slater
    I don’t think it would be wise to keep copying color combinations of CA - this is why they were forced to discontinue the green color.
  5. Podster
    I bet the ZS6 in Matte finish Snow White (Brass or Copper) screws would look better than those CA's! THX for posting that one of Amy and the boys, she has a great voice:wink:

    THX for posting the breakdown @Slater :beerchug:
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  6. DocHoliday

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    Funny thing is I actually prefer KZ's emerald green to CA's algae green. Andromeda-7-1024x743.jpg

    Let's just hope they're listening.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2018
  7. Lord Rexter
    Please see my test findings here. Hope that helps.
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  8. DocHoliday
    Yeah, I bet copper would look great as well, especially if they shipped it with a copper upgrade cable like the iBasso CB13. Basically a copper version of the second image.

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  9. Willber
    Why is it that IEM makers are going down the multiple-driver route when the larger forms (buds, on-ears, over-ears, etc) continue to make do with one?
  10. Podster
    Well they are for sure not a direct copy, where the cable meets the CA the housing is round and if you look the ZS6 is squared off next to the body of the shell, the side indicator is located down on the next tier of the KZ, CA is MMCX vs. 2 pin, the nozzle appears to be stainless (appears being the key word here) and beefier on the CA, screws on the CA seem beefier as well with smaller star inserts. Legally I don't think CA has a leg to stand on when it comes to copy rights! Sure they are similar in shell design but far from a direct copy IMO.

    The CA's in this shot really look heavy or at least heavier than my ZS6's, I know the weights are minute but things do add up. Pretty sure an MMCX connection is heavier than a 2 pin setup. Heck we may eventually find out both CA and KZ ZS5/6 shells come off the same production line somewhere:open_mouth: Just sayin' even if that is far fetched:rolling_eyes: Don't tell CA but I actually find the fit/finish and final execution on the ZS6 to be cleaner than either the white or gray pair Doc posted. Probably have a contract put out on me for that statement alone:fearful:

    Seriously Clean:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
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  11. DocHoliday

    It's likely because there is a great deal of praise in the upper tiers of IEMs that contain BAs because of the noticeable increase in resolution. Nobody wants to be perceived as obsolete or passe so to keep up with the Jones' they follow suit. Balanced armatures definitely offer a great option for IEMs but graphene an beryllium DD's are pushing the envelope and improving what DD's can offer as well.

    Some folks don't care for the analytical nature of BAs. They prefer the warmth and fullness a DD can deliver and of course the opposite is true. Then we have the hybrids. In the end it's all about preference and choice.
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  12. DocHoliday

    Once again, I am redundant because we are in total agreement and I bet a satin white ZS6 would, to my eyes, look better than the CA I posted. No offense CA.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
  13. groucho69
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  14. nkramer
    now you're talking! lol
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  15. Podster
    LOL. that is from my home town @groucho69 :beerchug:

    or better yet! Chocolate Cheers:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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    Proud to be redundant Doc:wink: I thought the Pewter ZS6 had an upgraded cable? Looks same as it ever was in that shot?
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