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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. loomisjohnson
    even as kz evolves into higher dollar multidriver sets, their ancient classics like the ed9 and hds3 remain relevant. at $8 the hds3 is a no-brainer which i still reach for over a lot of much pricier microdrivers.
    Lothar101, NeonHD, Slater and 2 others like this.
  2. david8613

    I am at large already, and its frustrating that I cant get a good seal, I am going to try some comply tips I have at home to see if that works. I am afraid its the angle causing the problem.
  3. HungryPanda
    I find with some KZ iems that the large tips are still too small to seal correctly then I use large Auvio tips and that does the trick
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  4. Deveraux

  5. CardigdanWalk
    Interesting, I bought the BT3 a long time ago and in all my investigations could never get anything more than SBC from it.

    Now it’s saying that it has APT-X and AAC support!
  6. mbwilson111
    I find that I need Spinfit tips in these cases.
  7. fedcas
    Thanks for all your suggestions :wink:

    I decided to skip the ED16, having already the ZSR (it seems controversial which one is better, i'd say the opinions I have read are split more or less in half... but almost everyone agree that they share a very similar sound identity... so I prefer to try something different)

    I'll put the HDS3 in the cart though :wink: also I like that they seem to be really portable.
    I'll tell you a secret... it's 6.42 USD not 8 :p by the way, I have found this... is it a different revision or what? (it's also available from china, so they probably ship all over the world for the ones interested :wink: )

    should I get the regular HDS3 or these?

    so here is the shopping list :p

    ED16: dropped, see above
    ZS6: they really appeal me, but the "higher" price tag is holding me back considering this crazy shopping... maybe next time :wink:

    And then:
    ZSR (already have them)
    KZ USB-C cable
    TNR BT3 or BT10 cable? both around 20 USD

    EDIT: ok, just noticed the acoustic chamber is more open, so they are probably completely different... do you confirm the HDS3 is the one to go?

    And... I've heard a lot about the ATE... is it just because they were among the first good models and the newer models I've bought are better from every point of view, or should I still get them? Found them for 8.13 USD... oh god this chi-fi... I didn't need another addiction :p
    (by the way, is the ATE the best variant? cause I see also the ATES and the ATR)

    LOL... a KZ clone?? XD https://qkzwholesalers.aliexpress.com/store/bigsale/1246446_224021.html
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  8. fedcas
    uhm... I had seen these spinfits in one of the shops where I'm buying the IEMs... a bit pricey compared to the other models, 6-7 USD for a pair I think... should I get them or there are other cheaper options to try first?

    in general, what accessories should I buy for my KZs? which one do you suggest here for example: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/gr...89d4882R5dH9K&origin=n&SortType=price_asc&g=y

    I'm talking about the eartips, but also those silicone hooks... are they any good?
  9. loomisjohnson
    the picture looks more like a edr1 than the hds3, which to my knowledge has three holes in the back--i'd buy the hds3 from the kz official store to be sure.
    wrt the kz5/kz6, while opinions vary i find them both vg sounding, but i don't like the form factor--they're large and awkward fitting, where the recent iteration of kz multidrivers are sleeker and more comfortable for me. i personally don't love the ate/atr as much as some (for $5 i'd get the edr1) but many people do; they're certainly cheap enough to try for yourself.
  10. HungryPanda
    Good price in this sale
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  11. Slater
    TRN silver cables are great. You may have to trim or sand the plastic shoulder on the 2-pin plug a little to fit.
  12. DocHoliday
    My two cents:

    Last night I compared the HDS3 to the ZSR.

    The bass, midrange and treble have better resolution on the ZSR.
    In addition the bass, midrange and treble are all slightlymore forward on the ZSR (better presence in each case).
    The HDS3 is a lot of fun but in my opinion you need to have eartips that will fit the 3mm nozzles and seal your ear canals well.
    Finally, I find that the HDS3 micro-driver scales well with more power.

    If you've lots of eartips and a good source then the HDS3 is a "no-brainer" like Loomis said.
    If not then you should pick up the ATE because it has a different sound signature than the ED9, ZSA and ES4 in your cart.

    I have the ATE(ii) and it, apparently, sounds different from the ATE(v) available today. If I understand correctly, the ATE(v) sounds a lot like the ATR which is worth getting. The ATE(ii) is not my preferred sound signature. It would be best to get confirmation about said differences from someone who owns all three (ATE(ii), ATE(v) & ATR) because I only have two of the three.

    At any rate, this is the HDS3



    ATR Review


    Also, unless you collect KZ's, like some of us, there is no need to pick up the ED Special Edition because they share a similar sound signature to the ED9. The ED9 does a better job of the same sound signature (more open airy presentation with better timbre).
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  13. Slater
    There’s 2 versions of the BT3 - one with aptX and one without. You have to choose the right one (and the price was a few dollars higher for the aptX one). It sounds like you got the non-aptX one.
  14. NinjaX1

    Good afternoon everyone, I'm interested in the new Bluetooth module of KZ, however I can not find if it has the problem of the previous version, that you can not see videos because the sound is delayed. Is this present in this?

    I appreciate everyone's attention.
  15. Slater
    Hi friend, if you do a search (and limit it to within this thread), you’ll find the answer to your question.

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