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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. nofacemonster
    So as long as plug fits correctly its alright right? Because i am little concern over the polarity of the drivers.
     
  2. Wiljen
    I haven't seen one where the wires were reversed on the under-side of the plug so I think that is fairly consistent. Not sure I have seen enough pairs to say conclusively it couldn't happen, but in my experience reversing the jack is a much more common issue than the wires being soldering on in reverse.
     
  3. kuko61
    I had the same problem. The original KZ ZSR cable has an angled connectors and the correct orientation of the headphone jacks is as follows:
    IMG_20180210_151942.png
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
  4. Wiljen
    Most are aware of that, what I was referencing was I had a set where the jack (shown in red) had the curved end to the front on one earpiece and to the rear on the other.
     
  5. DocHoliday

    I think KZ could learn something from newcomer TRN when it comes to the female connectors.

    HTB1debsb7fb_uJkHFrdq6x2IVXaC.jpg_q85.jpg

    Much cleaner and probably more sturdy.....
    TRN V10 connectors.png

    ...than this
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    Hope you don't mind my using your photo for illustrative purposes kuko.

    Anyway, sure once you connect the cables the connection is solid, but does it have to look so...."Toys "R" Us"?
     
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  6. kuko61
    Yes, I found bad oriented connector right after opening the package. I open left earpiece and turn jack to correct orientation. This photo is taken after the fix. On the previous page I posted a photo of the open ZSR with bad oriented connector.
     
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  7. Podster
    As Wiljen says watch orientation, for me I pretty mich need a magnifying glass to tell but the plug reciever and plug have one end flat and the other rounded. Just line those up correctly and you should be good to go.
     
  8. hakuzen
    another one..
    kz-zs5-r-01b.jpg kz-zs5-r-02b.jpg
     
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  9. B9Scrambler
    I feels the same way about my ZSR. Would take it over my DM5 and RT-1. Sorry to hear I wasn't the only one with weird DM5 performance.
     
  10. Nikostr8
    Hi everyone, new user here.

    I just bought a pair of zs3 and zst with their respective silver cables for my and my gf after reading a bit about them.

    Being a total newbie, are there some mods for this IEMs to improve their sound?

    Also, i listen a lot of black/death metal so im not sure if i did a good purchase for this cause ( total noob in this field )


    Thanks in advance to any possible reply :bow::bow:
     
  11. Slater
    You can tip roll (try different tips), as finding better or different tips will help with sound signature, comfort, seal, etc.

    In addition, here's a list of the most common/most recommended mods to each.

    Recommended mods to ZS3:

    Recommended mods to ZST:

    You should also make sure the vent ports aren't clogged on any of the IEMs (sometimes they are). You can do this with a sewing needle.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
  12. Saoshyant
    Never tried the DM5, but loving my RT-1. I am, however, someone aiming for a fun signature instead of balanced/neutral which is the typical goal of many Head-fiers. My only issue is some discomfort, but I've had much worse.
     
  13. Podster
    Sorry @hakuzen , I always thought if the were just lined up the polarity would be correct! I guess if the plug was angled it might have the cable going the wrong way out of the shell. I stand corrected:beerchug:
     
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  14. B9Scrambler
    ZSR definitely ain't balanced/neutral, haha. Better than the ZS6 in that respect though. It comes across more coherent than the RT-1 to me which lacks upper mid quantity and suffers due to excess mid-bass. I can live with all that, but the driver flex simply kills it for me. ZSR suffers from none of those issues thankfully. I love the RT-1's fit/shell, just not with the stock cable.
     
  15. DocHoliday

    Hmmm.....sounds like the RT-1 and TRN V10 have a lot in common. Not so much in the mid-bass, though it is lifted slightly, but more so in the upper midrange. I can handle it, but I prefer the midrange/vocals to have more presence. The TRN reminds me of the ZS5(i) to a certain degree due to the somewhat distant vocals in a 2+2 (quad) IEM.

    I think Coil might enjoy the V10 since he prefers slightly distant vocals. I, on the other hand, am seriously considering ordering the red ZSR when it's released and if I find the color a bit garish then I may just open them up and transplant the drivers into the TRN because the V10 shells are very comfortable. They were clearly trying to imitate the iBasso IT03.

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    20180112_133743.jpg ZSR RED.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018

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