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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. Podster
    THX for the Green pair link, guess I could have just ordered them thru NiceHCK on ALiEx! I'll try to do some cross comparisons with these cuts later today, the finish is satin and a darker Pewter which I'm liking. Still way lighter than the black, here's a shot of one in my ears so please excuse an old man and his hairy ears:open_mouth:

    Old 6 Ear.JPG

    Man is that ever a scary sight:rolling_eyes:
  2. kuko61
    I made a photo of an open KZ ZSR. I had to open it, because the 2pin connector has been 180° rotated :confused:
    I had only a phone, sorry for lower quality.

    IMG_20180209_180606.png IMG_20180209_180756.png
  3. B9Scrambler
    Haha! Nice ears Podman. There is a reason I always mod shots of any phones in my ears to black and white; my ears are always bright red and I look ridiculous :D
  4. Podster
    Yes, I resembles that comment:rolling_eyes: I'm pretty amazed at the definition my iPhone 6 has however I did apologize to the squeamish when I posted that hairy beast:wink:
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  5. chrispl0x
    Wassup ya'll! I've been lurking this thread for a few weeks now, and I realized I made an account years ago, so I finally logged in and joined the fun 8)

    I got a pair of KZ6 around Christmas time and I've been loving them so far. Recently, I was looking into getting another KZ iem - either the Zs3, ZST, or ZSR. DocHoliday's ZST review on Amazon got me to order them last night, and they should be coming in tonight! Ima be breaking those in tonight and comparing them to my zs6 :ksc75smile:
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  6. nkramer
    welcome chris!
  7. DocHoliday

    Welcome to the thread!

    Sorry for your wallet!

    Most of us here have a benign addiction that empties our wallets everytime Knowledge Zenith releases a new model, which is often.

    KZ releases them and we scoop them up. The veterans here collect KZ's like Beanie Babies, but get far more use out of these collectibles than a Beanie Baby collector ever could.

    At the moment you've started off with KZ's flagship IEM, the ZS6.

    The ZST is an excellent IEM, especially at $20, but the ZS6 outperforms it in build and sound signature.

    The ZS3, again, is a very good IEM and is the most comfortable IEM that have ever graced my ears, but the ZS6 outperforms it by a country mile.

    The ZSR is the newest of the bunch and, thus far, there is one official review by Wiljen and a first impressions comment by B9.


    B9's comments:
    I think the ES3 is worth a mention here, but until I get a hold of the ZSR I can't really comment on whether or not one should have both the ZSR & the ES3). Both sport the 10mm dynamic driver and one balanced armature that focuses on treble. The ZSR contains an additional balanced armature that focuses on the midrange and the ZSR driver housings with their bulbous faceplates contribute to a wider soundstage. As a collector of KZ's my vote is too have both (ZSR & ES3), but I'm sure not everyone collects KZ's, so........

    At any rate welcome to the thread and hope you enjoy your KZ's as much as we do.

    As always, sorry about your wallet.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
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  8. B9Scrambler
    ES3 is pretty darn nice and def worth a mention. Still need to pick up a set.
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  9. DocHoliday

    I really like it....a lot. It's sort of a slightly warmer ZST (warmer vocals and deeper bass) . There's more micro-detail than the ZS3, but slightly less than the ZST. All of those who find the ZST treble to be a bit much should be looking directly at an ES3. KZ clearly had them in mind when releasing it. The bass isn't as clean, but it definitely performs. I imagine the ZSR sub-bass is the equivalent since it's the same 10mm driver.

    I plan on doing a review of them, but the BA in my right earpiece is damaged. Sure, I'll open 'em up and try to fix it, but for a proper review these should be replaced.

    ....and true to form, I'll be ordering more. I hope they issue an ES3 in that deep red they used for the ED12. KZ could get some use out of that color (we know the ED12 sales were abysmal) while the rest of us can get a new color option. Win-Win in my eyes!

    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  10. Limjialok
    Hi guys. 2 questions
    1) I have a zsr and ZSE. Should i buy a zst or es3 to use with the bluetooth kit?
    2) any current coupons for gearbest?? I found a coupons 2 weeks ago for my zsr whoch brings the cost from $21.99 to $16.99, sweet!
  11. riffrafff
    Great. Thanks to you guys, I've ordered a pair of ES3s. Geeze. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :metal: :metal:
  12. DocHoliday

    BTW, I read your DM5 review and found the same anomaly that you did.
    Outside of vocals, the center was just dead space which I've never experienced with an IEM before. When you couple that dead space with the DM5's strident tendencies in the higher frequency range. .....

    .....well, let's just say I'm not a fan, which is unfortunate because it had other attributes.
    .....and like Brando says, it "could've been a contender".

    With all that said, I'd take my ES3 over the DM5 eight out of ten times, even though it's slightly less refined. The DM5's separate drivers really give it the upper hand when it comes to definition, but it's shortcomings are simply too obvious to overlook. The only time things get uneasy with the ES3 is if a track is mastered with mid-bass that's laid on a bit too thick.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
  13. CoiL
    To me, ES3 shells look exactly like Fonge T01 which are quite uncomfy for me, so, ES3 is no option for me. But I wonder what drivers it has inside - anyone has pic?
  14. nofacemonster
    I just discovered that my KZ ZS5 had been plugged wrong way all this time, the left channel i plugged facing the L outwards. but when i plug them correctly L marking on the wire turns inward while R marking turns outwards on the R channel. I hope i am correct.
  15. Wiljen
    Watch the orientation of the jack in the earpiece too as KZ has been known to just slap them in without paying any attention to which way they are turned. I had one set of Zs6 where the two earpieces were in opposite orientations. . Luckily those are easy to take the face off of and reverse one.

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