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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. Conest
    If anyone wanna try... I think Xiaomi Hybrid Pro 2 is really good..:yum:
    Comfort + Sound :clap:
  2. trollin863
    Are you aware of any sellers that still have the zs5 v1 with the brass ring in stock? About a year and a half ago I decided I wanted the zs1 with the brass ring and man was that hard to find!!! I was hoping the zs5 v1 was easier to obtain.

    What I did before to find the brass ring zs1 was message every seller on ebay with a listing lol. But regarding the zs5 and messaging sellers should I say “do you have the zs5 v1?” Or should I say “do you have the brass ring version?” Is the brass ring on the nozzle as easy to find as the zs1? Are there any other identifying marks on the zs5 v1 compared to the v2? I know the v1 sounds better so I’d like to locate a pair if possible...

    Lol it’ll be another treasure hunt like for the zs1 v1 but I’m up for it :)
  3. cleg
    my impressions about KZ AS06

  4. gbrgbr
    Can I request you, and the other reviewers here, to mention :
    - the diameter of the nozzle. Some of us have narrow ear canals. For e.g. I found the ZSA (ZSA has a wider nozzle than the ZSR which fits me OK) just won't fit properly in my ears - it took me pretty long to figure out why :)
    - the type of KZ socket. For e.g. the ZSA (again) has a angled 'A-Paragraph' cable. Many users including myself bought 'B-Paragraph' (since they are angled) upgrade cables and found they don't fit the ZSA.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018
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  5. dhruvmeena96
    Get a better microphone, your voice was sounding a little metallic and robotic

    well can you compare it with ED16
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  6. CoiL
    AS06 seems another V-shaped KZ, something I have enough. Plus, the other reason - You really do get more HQ sound from 100-200$ price bracket.
    I`d better collect money than spend it on 10+ KZs that doesn`t seem to "grow" to that level, well, not yet.
    Do You have PHB-023 to compare?
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  7. dhruvmeena96
    it helps driver breathe in layman language
    back accumulated pressure restrict the driver movement

    well it makes driver fast but increase 3rd annular distortion and restrict the low end(if closed)

    with a vent, bass extends deep, distortion is gone(can increase with wrong size of vent) and driver become slow

    BA are fast because of sealed nature and their technicality

    Opened Knowles RAB driver may sound bass extended but is slower than closed RAB
    Etymotic ER4XR(open RAB) vs Etymotic ER4SR

    same is with Dynamic

    but in iem, dynamic needs to be opened most of the time as they displace air a lot compared to area inside the iem and can build up magnitude of pressure limiting its capability to produce bass(in Hybrid, the need is important)

    full range can and cannot, upto designer.... as full range is important than just bass, so sealed design like brainwavz jive or Shure SE215 is present
  8. BrunoC
    After the MASSIVE hype the KZ ZSN got, I had to pull the trigger.

    I do find the KZ ZSN very clear, and engaging, with "in your face" sound, but alas also very fatiguing and can't stand it more than 30 minutes.

    For me the best price/performance ratio of 2018 is : EZ AUDIO D4 - Just incredible sound (after 10h burnin the sound opened a lot as It seems to happen on titanium drivers).
  9. CthulhuNinja
    What is your source?

    My suggestion is to burn in the new KZN for 100h (can be music or mix of burnin noises, had better luck with former) then try JVC SpiralDot replacement tips for taming the fatiguing treble.

    I have now purple (burned in, SpiralDot tips) for home listening and cyan ZSNs which I did not burn in, with stock KZN tips in but listen to daily in commute. Since I do not get fatigued by treble (I like ES3s) my feeling is that burnin + tips mellow down the sound.
    Of course if something else is the reason for fatigue, maybe you need different tips anyway
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018
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  10. PhonoPhi
    I really like ZSN treble.
    In contrast, I found ZS10 least fatiguing of my KZ (could not power it up to "wake up" the treble:))
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  11. BrunoC
    My source is the Fiio E07K.

    I'll let the ZSN some more time burnin mode and test later. I have a lot od tips but haven't got the SpiraDots. Maybe some narrow bore tips would help.

    Note that I love the ZS6 with comply and don't find it harsh/piercing at all.
    Actually the ZS6, ZS5 v1 and QT2 are some of my favorites.
  12. CthulhuNinja
    Tried Sony narrowbore, you lose the good bass.


    The spiral dots diffuse/mellow the treble for me somewhat. Do not know if it's intended to work like that but the result is better. And it's cheaper than buying the new CCA
  13. mbwilson111
    I usually try not to reply to such comments but I have to say that was quite rude for you to say that. The video was well done.
  14. dhruvmeena96
    jumping from normal 50$ to 300$ range shows magnitude of improvement but after that law of diminishing returns hit

    well save 100$ and get XWB driver, 7mm to 10mm driver adapter(aliexpress), clear shell and MMCX connector with good cable with green damper


    make yourself one, it sounds the best

    ask @CoiL how to do wood work and make a cool wood back as the XWB driver is dynamic, it will be affected by wood


    something made by yourself will give you better sound compared to super expensive gear

    by the way XWB driver is from Sennheiser H
    i am sorry

    the review was good... no doubt
    his sound was getting chuffed up by microphone and was sounding rough and robotic thats why

    if it was rude, then i apologize sincerely. I never meant to criticize his work in bad manner
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  15. 1clearhead
    Well, personally it's number one in my list of IEM's, but that can definitely differ to others here that carry other branded IEM's and their personal choice of sound signatures, genres and other factors that may play to their sense of hearing.

    ...The truth is, we all might hear a little differently. :headphones:
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