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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. B9Scrambler
    Does it matter? If he enjoys it, no.
     
  2. Podster
    Well Golly Wally now your engineering prowess has me questioning some of my other preferred pairings:fearful: Ipod 4th Gen Touch w/Topping NX1, Blue Bird U3 w/iPhone 4, Benjie T6 w/Xduoo XQ-10 and Colorfly C3 w/Topping NX1s:cold_sweat:

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    By all means feel free to critique these as well (can't seem to find the nail biting Emoticon)!

    Heaven forbid I show this old thing:rolling_eyes:

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  3. phower
    I don't know about the xduoo. But, all topping amps have high output impedance due to the type of amp they use. I do see people posting of DAC paired with amp with heavy 18 guage aux cables. :thinking:

    Having an engineering background, it is first thing I noticed.
    I know it is your money and you have the freedom to spend and enjoy it any way you want.
    My post will serve those new to this hobby that you don't have to spend so much money on gear in order to enjoy it.
     
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  4. Slater
    Nope, different:

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  5. Slater
    Easiest would be to get a pair of ZS3 next time they're on sale for $2.99

    You can also send PMs to the people who had defective ZS3 and ask them to send you their defective pair for (for cheap/free or the cost of shipping). I have links to everyone that I know has a defective pair (some peopole even have 2 defective sets). Here is the link to the post where I list the members:

    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/201...hat-you-like-now.832367/page-75#post-13961425
     
  6. riffrafff
    Low output impedance is one of the first things I look for when researching a new amp or DAP. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Podster
    True, and in my opinion someone can get a Benjie S5 and a piar of KZ ZS6's and have a great little mobil rig for a little over $50. I have no doubt you also have a better suggestion for this as well:rolling_eyes: as you stated if one has the money why not test the old veriety is the spice of life:wink:
     
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  8. bsoplinger
    Those are 0.75mm diameter pins and KZ uses that size. Pretty much any 2 pin cables will have 0.78mm pins unless it explicitly says KZ. So if you plan to purchase a nice upgrade cable you might want to look for 0.78mm sockets instead. If you want to match what KZ used they are the correct size. As far as pin size goes. This style would be more like the original KZ design and depth but the pin size is 0.78mm

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New...ml?spm=2114.10010108.1000023.6.13d42f56IyRMY3
     
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  9. Asimov90
    Thanks, I suppose I'll try to get some cheap ZS3 and crack them open to get the connectors. I was hoping to find someone who sold them separately in AliExpress like the MMCX ones. Using MMCX connectors to mod my earphones was my second option but many complain about how wonky they are and how soon they break. 2 pins connectors seem more durable and stable.
     
  10. maxxevv
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  11. Asimov90
    Yes, there are plenty of connectors but they are shaped differently from the KZ ones, thus the KZ cables or Bluetooth module might not even fit them. And the separation between the two pin holes might be another issue, if it's wider or narrower the pins won't get in. I wish somebody sold the KZ ones.
    Has anyone tried the MMCX connectors to mod any earphones? Are they any good?
     
  12. JonnyXDA
    KZ ZS10 my 2 cents - there is no denying that there is a 2-4KHz spike, however, I would much rather it be there than the 7-10KHz spike of the ZS6's - for one it's much easier to EQ out and make it sound more "flat" if that's what you're into.

    Myself, I'm primarily a lighting designer/programmer, however, through the years I've also learnt a lot about sound engineering and DJ'ing and I currently help setup nightclub sound systems for a living so I prefer a strong bias towards bass, but also maintaining the high-end sparkle between 16-20KHz - usually the mids (400 - 1.5KHzish just tend to muddy sounds in the venues).

    The ZS10's for me required a lot less EQ to sound how the systems I setup sound compared to the ZS6's so I'm more than happy with them. Additionally, the PCB in the ZS10's mean there is a lot of hackability with these which can only be a good thing.
     
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  13. ChaoticKinesis
    I finally got my Tin Audio T2 that I bought during the sale and so far I'm preferring them to the ZS10 after doing the bass mod. It's too bad that beautiful cable it comes with doesn't have a mic, as I refuse to use earphones on the go without one.

    I'm still optimistic that once I get my Ostry tips, they will help with the upper-mid harshness of the ZS10 that I find very hard on my ears. Otherwise, I'll probably just swap my ZS10 cable with the ZSR. The cable is really nice and so far I think the ZSR has a similar sound signature, but is much easier to listen to.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
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  14. Sylaw

    What is this bass mod you speak of? does it increase the mid level and tightens the bass response of the Zs10s? is it reversible?
     
  15. ChaoticKinesis
    I realize I wasn't clear when mentioning the bass mod. I was referring to the T2, which normally has a somewhat rolled off low-end, not the ZS10.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018

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