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It's not more "balanced," it's just significantly less bass-heavy.
That's a comparison between tp10 and as10 right? Not the a10.
TP10 and A10 are likely identical.
Bummer. Thanks for the graphs though.
All this cable talk made me drool a bit. And I think I deserve something nice ...
Maybe I am blind or my search-fu is failing, but I can’t find a 2.5mm balanced cable for c type KZ (zs10 pro / as16).
The ones I find look pretty and all, but I fear this connector will look really ugly with the sticky-out part of the above mentioned IEMs
Not really. It’s fairly slim pickins for Para C cables right now.
Besides, it’s not like you’re going to hear some massive sound upgrade between a $12 vs $20 budget cable on a $40 budget KZ.
Just get the one that appeals to you visually and enjoy the music.
I personally like the 8-wire black JC Ally cable I posted originally. It’s thick but not too thick, fairly flexible, fits securely, has a functional chin slider, and is good quality for the price.
See my May 16 post:
For Para C, yes you won’t get any better for under $3.
JC Ally can customize the plug with balanced (2.5, 3.5, or 4.4). You just have to ask them when you place the order for the ZSN style cable.
I ordered Version B for my KZ ES4.
@Slater, what would have been the best budget choice for Version B?
I don’t have those 3 you listed, but ZS7 fits what you are looking for
Like I've mentioned before: piercing shrill when I got them, no matter what track, source, tips or cable - just like my new ZSA.
Anyway, right now I'm about halfway through my usual, initial 100 hours of burn-in. Just some minutes ago I went through some of my trusty test tracks (been using about half of the latest set for about 25 years) and some of those piercing peaks have definitely settled down a bit, no doubt. In the same time some HF phase issues have settled a bit as well; the spatial dimensions especially of higher pitched instruments or those with dominant HF peaks (brass, strings, cymbals, ...) get rendered more precisely now. Since the rest of the spectrum sounds pretty sweet to my ears I can't wait to hear what the next xy hours of burn-in bring.
If the stock cable in the ZS10 Pro is pretty good, would you say the pink ZSN cable is a SQ upgrade over the stock or just for the looks?
Its an IEM.
Also a really hood all rounder that does very well with reggae as well as just about everything imaginable, is the CCA C10. About $24 now. It kind of fits right in the middle of all categories. Smooth but not too smooth. Has bass but not too much bass. Mids are really where it shines and there is enough upper mids and treble energy to allow for enjoyable(too me) listening of metal and punk.
Thanks guys! That was very prompt help. It appears those 2 are the exact same cable. (One offer had free shipping )
I am just still a bit worried about shoving a .78 into .75 holes .. repeatedly. I like to switch around cables / bt thingies ... but at least for now I have options in my cart.