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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. rokushoo
    Just finished my first mod on an old favorite, the ATRs.
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  2. HungryPanda
    hugs to all, a big panda one
     
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  3. CoiL
    Nice! Needs some attention to contact points and I personally would do cover with natural oil.

    Btw, why didn`t You change that crappy cable?
     
  4. LaughMoreDaily
    I didn't realize I made enough bad jokes to do that. I'll try my best to stay on topic from now on... the best topic, KZ! :p
     
  5. rokushoo
    Yeah I see what you mean about the contact points.The reason why I didn't change the cable is because I don't have a soldering iron.
     
  6. loomisjohnson
    i had actually placed, somewhat reluctantly, the zsr atop my kz pantheon (having not heard the as10 or ba10). great energy/stage/imaging. i will acknowledge, however that its high end is somewhat "artificial," a characteristic i've found with most kzs other than the ed9/edr1--it's lively but not stage monitor-accurate. the zsn awaits....
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  7. loomisjohnson
    i like your jokes--keep being you
     
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  8. gbrgbr
    GearBest actually offered me a refund for that order. Feeling a bit guilty since it's not their fault.

    Which brings me to this : Why have replaceable cables on the ZSA if there are no replacement cables ? None of the KZ replacement/upgrade cables, Type-C cable or the BT cables can be used. Wonder why KZ did this ?
     
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  9. Slater
    My educated guess?

    Some other company made the ZSA for KZ, and screwed up on the cable. KZ may have just specified ‘the cable requires a 0.75mm 2-pin connection’, and the other company was unaware KZ already had a specific A and B cable standard for interchangeability with upgrade cables.

    Even the shape of the end, it’s angle, and the cable strain design is different than any other KZ models. The ZSA cable really is a one of a kind cable out of all KZ 2-pin models, which is why it screams ‘made by someone else’ to me.

    KZ contracts out the manufacture of many of their IEMs to other ODM companies, especially older models.

    Supposedly they now have their own factory, but I don’t know which models they make in it and what its production capacity is. It’s highly likely they still contract out manufacturing to one degree or another.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
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  10. Danfish98
    It's a shame their USB C cable doesn't fit the ZSA. I brought it and the ES4 with me on my business travels this week. The KZ USB C really wakes the ES4 up. They don't do well with mids on overly compressed modern rock (probably more a function of bad mixing, stupid loudness wars) but the bass and especially highs are fantastic. I wasn't initially a fan of the ES4 but I'm starting to reevaluate...
     
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  11. Slater
    I removed the ear guides on all of my TRN 8-core cables. It is sooooooo much nicer without the ear guides. I'm jamming with my BQEYZ K2 paired with a TRN 8-core cable as I type this.

    The TRN 8-core cables are heavy enough that they don't even need the ear guides. Without the guides, they are softer and infinitely more comfortable (especially when wearing glasses).

    You just have to be very careful and go slowly when removing the guides. I use very small and sharp precision micro-sized scissors made for sewing, cut the guide a few mms at a time, and did so under strong light so I could see exactly what I was doing at all times.

    I am not responsible if anyone damages their cables from improper ear guide removal.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  12. durwood
    Just curious, has anyone else had fraudulent charges on the card they tried to use at Penon if they saw this error? I had this error and ended up using paypal after. The very next day I had 5 charges to the card I tired to use, 3 were dietery supplements, 1 to hulu, and 1 to some lottery. I know it was probably just coincidence and the card was probably hacked well before this, but I can't help but think it's possible. The card is only used for a couple of re-occuring monthly charges and Amazon. I did try to order multiple times until I finally used paypal. I know Penon is a reputable seller, in the back of my mind I was thinking their site may have been hacked. Then again, I think this is the 3rd time this has happened with this credit card company in about a year timeframe.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
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  13. voicemaster
    You might get hacked or
    That's why I always try to use paypal if it is available, no matter from whichever sites (AE, Gearbest, etc).
     
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  14. MrMajony
    For me, they charged me $ 80 usd on Apple Store, just after trying to buy Penon's audio. Now I am struggling to try to recover my money, sorry for the bad translation that I am Chilean
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018
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  15. durwood
    Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I hope you get your money back. Discover card caught it before I did.
     
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