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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. khighly
    Thanks for the follow up! Wouldn't this be side dependent? The R channel doesn't flow through that side. It's also in my opinion much harder to cut the wires on that side, remove the enamel coating and create a good solder joint, especially with such small guage wires. I will reball a BGA and do SMD work before I touch headphone magnet wire :p. Maybe the other side of yours is different, but mine is just the R channel wire running straight through with no breaks or solder points.

    I do like your heat shrink idea though. I have no plans to reopen mine so I did glue them shut. I glued the board down to the little retention bits and glued the plastic pins back in.
     
  2. BCool
    Can anyone recommend me some shorter 2-pin cables? I got fed up of using the KZ bluetooth adaptor (paired with ES3s) and went for one that I can clip to my shirt when I'm working out.

    On a different note the AS10s I ordered last week arrived and damn they're good! They're better than my ZS5v1 with similar detail and more bass, plus they're more comfortable. They're also a pretty good upgrade from the Xiaomi Hybrids that were my daily drivers for ~3 years
     
  3. 1clearhead
    Theme: What were they thinking? :astonished:

    The KZ company came along way of achieving some stiff competition while building it's way up to a more reputable one. But, how does one even challenge the beauty and sonic sound signature at such a low price when combining price and material. This is the very reason why we ask -What were they thinking? With Knowledge Zenith's achievement of the KZ ZSN, they just made it more difficult for other companies to challenge this very point of "Price VS Value". In reality, there's no doubt about it! At a mere $13 to $15 US dollars, other companies are asking -how can they profit at such a low price? Well, the reality is that they have a BIG FOLLOWING, whether rich, middle class, or the poor that yearn to wish to have such a "gem" can now afford a taste of hi-end/hi-class earphones giving them a higher listening experience and enjoyment. Just in design, build, and housing puts to shame even branded earphones costing much more at their own and much higher target price. I, myself hope that this will be a new trend for KZ and hope that they follow this very trend. You can be sure that the KZ ZSN are going to be hard to beat in "five different ways" -looks, design, build, sound, and price!

    After finally reaching 200 hours of playtime, they easily reached the top of my list! :trophy::point_left::wink:

    RATING CHART Highest Rating Possible: 10

    PSR = PRO SOUND RATING
    SS = SOUND SIGNATURE
    BQ = BUILD QUALITY
    OP = OVERALL PACKAGE
    OV = OVERALL VALUE

    HYBRIDS DD + BA Armature(s):

    KZ ZSN
    10mm Titanium Film Drivers + KZ's exclusive 30095 BA Armatures in each side
    PSR: 9.9
    SS: Luscious and energetic with plenty of hi-end details/micro-details, life-like MID's, and fast effortless bass with excellent soundstage and resolution!
    BQ: 10
    OP: 7
    OV: 10

    COMMENTS: When purchasing with the light copper cables (or clear/silver cables), you get a glimpse of what could have been a very expensive hi-end signature model at a killer price! No doubt about it!...Simply top of my list!


    To see more on my list, check out my profile...
    https://www.head-fi.org/members/1clearhead.363120/


    -Clear
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2018
  4. Zerohour88
    welp, you better stay away from TRN V80 then, or the unmentionable V2, at the very least those are the ones I've heard revisions about

    strangely enough all I see from people when being told about this was "isn't that good? they revise the IEM so its even better for later buyers" :innocent:
     
  5. Aparker2005
    Well my band ordered 3 ZSN yesterday. They've all got the zst. I've got the As10 and zs10. Giving our bass player my zsr. I may try one if the zsn once they arrive with all the good reviews here.
     
  6. Bartig
    Coming from you! Whoah. My black green and purple silver ZSN can't arrive fast enough!
     
  7. Luxed
    Ah yes! That looks like what I'm after. I already have a small brainwavz case, but it barely holds 2 IEMs. This looks to be bigger. And at that price I'll just buy 1 or 2.
    The shipping is a lot though, you may be right about the issues with the US, but I still found this exact case for 2.44$ (CAD) with free shipping :p

    Thank you for the recommendation, at this price, it won't kill me to take one!
     
  8. 1clearhead
    Yea, I finally ordered the black ZSN last week to add to my already unique purple/silver and cyan/black collection. :ksc75smile:
     
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  9. LaughMoreDaily
    Find a cheaper seller on Aliexpress. This guy was the cheapest when I bought it but they aren't anymore with the high shipping costs. Or are they still?
     
  10. randomnin
    Indeed, new stuff just can't arrive fast enough. Happily, I got a message that my ZSN has arrived at the post office, so tomorrow's the day! Ordered November 10th from AK, and it's already here. Extremely fast this time around. I bet the other stuff I ordered on the 11th is nowhere near me.
     
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  11. LaughMoreDaily
    I find AK the fastest for deliveries. I should use them more often... I bought a ZSN from Gearbest and another from KZ Global Store cause people posted photos of getting freebies.

    PS: are we allowed to say AK? As far as I know they are connected to a banned seller.
     
  12. Slater
    Yeah, I had no luck with any refund on my out of phase set (from a different seller). I just fixed them myself. Still worth it, as it only took 10-15 minutes to fix.
     
  13. LaughMoreDaily
    You should tell them you're going to sue because you could have spent those precious minutes on Head-Fi.
     
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  14. Slater
    You are right, the side with no control buttons (the Left side) only has the Left wires running through it. But that’s ok. With phase you only have to switch 1 side. It doesn’t matter which.

    You can test this by flipping the 2-pin connector on the Left side only, and listening to the difference. On the TRN cables, the ear guide will point the wrong way but you can still wear the IEM for the test.

    Then put the Left cable back to normal, and flip the Right side instead. You’ll notice that the sound changes exactly the same no matter which side was reversed. That’s why when fixing phase you can do either side. At least, that’s how I’ve always done it.

    As far as the wires themselves, I didn’t have to deal with the enamel coating. The very tips of the wires are already stripped and tinned with solder. I literally just touched the connection to unsolder them, then resoldered them in the same place (except with the opposite wire). I didn’t even use more solder (just flux for flow), as there was plenty of solder on the wires.
     
  15. Slater
    You can easily add a shirt clip to the KZ Bluetooth cable. The shirt clip just attaches to the wire. You can also run the wire behind your neck vs in front.

    BTW, have you seen the new TRN BT20? Totally wireless.

    Mine hasn’t arrived yet, so I don’t know how well it performs. Only what is in the product description and photos.
     

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