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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. Zerohour88
    sadly, I don't think any KZ I've tested can beat the CA Andromeda (even better now since I finally made the DIY IEMatch to get rid of hissing from my source).

    The sound just have more resolution/definition, and even the soundstage is bigger than the ZS5v1 without the mids being affected (vocals sounds brilliant on it).

    which is funny, since a friend bought the ZS5 purely to see if the Andro shape will fit his ears and that it won't be too uncomfortable for long usage.
  2. LaughMoreDaily
    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Hundreds of dollars worth. :frowning2:
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  3. LaughMoreDaily
    Does KZ need to go into that financial bracket or has KZ hit a home run with the AS10/BA10?
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  4. Zerohour88
    I don't think they need to, but they're slowly going up the bracket, at least. The BA10 is already around $80 or so, only a matter of time until they go past $100. Probably with the coming 16 driver.

    Either way, judging from the ZSN, I think they know the main appeal of their brand and still maintaining the lower-bracket bang-for-buck models while still slowly dipping their toes on the more expensive models.

    Basically, while I know this will get lost among the many posts made here, people shouldn't really worry too much about the higher end and more expensive models being released by KZ. If you like KZ for the cheap stuff, you can expect the cheap stuff coming because that's where they move the big volume sales at. No one is forcing you to get the more expensive models, especially when past the $50, there's so many variety being made in chi-fi.
  5. cstriker045
    Damn, ZSN sounds like a great option for me, too bad they don't ship to Canada (unless I want to pay a $30 shipping fee lol).

    Anyone have any other alternatives? Looking for an under $20.
  6. HungryPanda
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  7. Dobrescu George
    Whether it had that channel imbalance is more of a matter of build quality...

    Yes, I don't think I come from something similar in price and design, thus my opinion...

    I listen to metal in general... It is important to know what you are coming from, to better asses why there are those differences.

    I don't think it is defective, I think that I have a pretty high reference point though.

    Yes, that is pretty true. ZSN sounds pretty much like the best IEM I heard for 20$, the kind I used to enjoy as a kid, when I didn't know better IEMs existed. Nothing wrong with it, for ~20USD it is majestic :)
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  8. nicksson
    Oh sir, please calm down your horse and jump down to the common earthlings... Or are you yet kidding? There is no need to exaggerate, or you'll jump over the horse, if you know what I mean (nu e cazul să sari peste cal).
    You are not the only one who own expensive gears and the judgement of such items is always subjective and depends on such factors like the age, the personal taste and preferences. And yes, I enjoy to put away my expensive "toys" to experiment some cheap items like KZ ZSN or AS10. In my opinion their sound is far "better" than in the case of other similar but much more expensive IEMs. Few years ago, maybe when you was a kid, the price of a headphone with only 1 (one) BA began from few hundred usd... So, your "pretty high reference point" when we talk about 15-20 usd KZ earphones is a... what is it?
  9. Dobrescu George
    For example, compared to KZ AS10, AS10 is better in terms of sonics, more detailed, more textures, better overall definition.
  10. Cruelhand Luke
    I have a couple, I like them. They are one of my daily drivers, depending on what I am doing. I like how compact and small they are. The metal housing looks cool, feels high quality. In fact I showed them to a guy I know that sells high end audio gear, his comment, "Nice, they look like Nobles".
    I am not great at comparing iems in terms of sound, I am much better with over ear headphones, but I will say this: when I got my ZSN I did a little bit of a/b listening with the ZSA. They aren't drastically different, the interesting thing I noticed about the ZSA was it sounded like an aluminum housing. By comparison to the ZSN, there is a sort of crisp quality, it's a little more energetic and sharp, it's metallic, in a good way.
  11. jibberish
    Catching up on this thread, my credit card info was used fraudulently after buying from Penon as well :unamused:
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  12. LaughMoreDaily
    We need to stick to their Aliexpress store only from now on. Unfortunately, it doesn't come up easily in searches. :frowning2:
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  13. LaughMoreDaily
    That's one of the biggest things I hate about metal housings, the music sounds metallic. When I found KZ I fell in love with the plastic housing sound and didn't hear the echo type sounds from metal IEM's. The ZSN is only partially metallic so it'll be interested to hear that sounds but as you noted, it does sound metallic a bit, in a good way. And, with peoples responses in the thread it sounds like a delightful good way.
  14. voicemaster
    Why it takes so long for vendor in Aliexpress to ship their order?
  15. LaughMoreDaily
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