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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. Mellowship
    OK, I'm really impressed with KZ usb-c cable. It has a powerful DAC that can go up to 192. It is capable of making my zs5 v1 sing. A high resolution DAC for 9 USD?
    If you have a usb-c Android smartphone, just go for it.
    jibberish likes this.
  2. CoiL
    Link maybe?
    But I doubt it shares power anywhere close to my DX5X paired with ZS5v1.
  3. Makahl
    Would be nice to read impressions about KZ USB-C Cable x VE Odyssey, they look similar in their propose. Even though I don't need it, that seems cool to have one for an emergency.
    Mellowship likes this.
  4. Slater
    Probably. Those super price reductions usually sell out within 10-20 seconds. I’ve been lucky and scored 1 or 2 in the last few years of trying. I think it was on a ZS5 for (I think) $11 or $12.

    I think some people must use computer scripts to grab them, because no way a human can buy it check out in 10 seconds. So if you want to try and compete against a computer, you are going to have to be fast.

    Anyways, you have to pay attention to the time. It is usually Beijing time (it will say), so you have to calculate what time that is for you. And you better be ready to add it to your cart and check out at that exact time if you even remotely want a chance.

    It is possible though, and sure feels good when you are finally able to nab a killer deal!
  5. C2thew
    wait wait wait what? the USB c cable is a dac??? I thought it was just another alternative to connect your headphones rather than the traditional 3.5mm method. So in essense a slight bump in audio quality but not a dac built into the usb-c cable. can anyone confirm? If that's the case i might consider one of those.

    chi fi money pit.
  6. Slater
    Yes, every USB C to audio cable has a DAC chip, even the cheap no-name pigtail cables that cost $2 on Aliexpress. They all use different DAC chips though, which is probably the most important factor in determining the junk from the good stuff.

    Who knows what chip KZ used though.
  7. Mellowship
    I plugged it to my laptop yesterday and it listed something like "bravo" ... I don't remember, and I'm to lazy to power my laptop now.
  8. Devodonaldson
    Lol! I either use it or use my aftermarket stereo system in my car. Sometimes I just like to listen to my headphones even though I have a top notch system in my car. It's just about mood. I live in California, where itsi illegal, but it doesn't hurt me. That's why I use iems now and stopped wearing full-size headphones. A lot easier to not get caught. Never had a problem wearing headgear and driving. I use my mirrors, I pay attention to my surroundings, but yeah, your average person pays attention to nothing
    Strat Rider, CoiL and Slater like this.
  9. Devodonaldson
    I find it quite the opposite for me, but that's cuz I use music for everything. It helps me focus when I train, I've always used it to study, read, sleep. For me, listening to music, I actually feel more focused on what I'm doing. Go figure
    CoiL and Slater like this.
  10. Danfish98
    You're all a terrible influence and the zs4 is on its way. I fully expect it to sound just like the zsa but I'll be happy with a more isolating version of the zsa for 13 bucks.
    ShakyJake likes this.
  11. Slater
    I’ve never heard the ZSA, so don’t blame me if it doesn’t sound the same!
  12. Danfish98
    I'm hoping for a little different but expecting the same. But with a new cable, new tips that everyone's raving about and mostly positive reviews it seems like a no brainer for the price.
  13. CoiL
    Guys, which is the best KZ IEM with midrange BA?
    rayliam80 likes this.
  14. phower
    Actually, that is incorrect since USB C spec includes the option to route analog audio through the C connector. The cheap $1 or $2 cables are analog only and will work only with smartphones that have implemented the analog routing.
    Slater and Adide like this.
  15. Strat Rider
    I Was going to stay quiet on this topic........but naw couldn't do it.

    Just to stay on topic of thread.
    I just received my KZ USB-C cable, and I will say the SQ is somewhat improved over the standard 3.5 headphone jack.
    I think it may have a DAC chip embedded, I have a new Galaxy S9+. I quick tested some tracks from google play music, even tho the over all quality is improved, It bypassess equalizer, upscaled bitrate, and adapt a sound options that are baked into Samsungs phones.
    Volume is substantially decreased in my case, and since I don't have a USB-C Amp, I will have to rethink this strategy.

    Off Topic, I also live in California, and up until June, either earplugs or iem were underneath my motorcycle helmet.
    Driving my old Ford truck, with a stock stereo, (cassette anyone) i do occasionally enjoy whatever iem i picked for the day. If I don't have a bluetooth module to use while driving, I make sure I have a cabled microphone and answer button.

    While I agree that there is an opportunity for distraction for some.

    I will never believe that any iem, bluetooth, or earphone will personally affect me more than the unacceptable individual that T-Boned my motorcycle on that tuesday morning in june....preoccupied by his....cell phone.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018

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