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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. Slater
    ZS4, ZS3E, ZS1 v1 are pretty much the most basshead stuff KZ makes.

    Remember that tips and seal make a huge difference to bass. Most KZs are bassy, but if you don’t have a deep or tight enough seal they won’t be powerful enough.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
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  2. mbwilson111
    Wow really? I love my ZS3E but I have to be in a bass mood:)
     
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  3. Zune
    does anyone know how often KZ release a new model? I’m wondering how good a ZS11 Pro would sound :)
     
  4. Slater
    Models get refreshed about every 18 months.
     
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  5. RikudouGoku
    Thanks, I use newbee foam tips so the Seal should be good
     
  6. Zune
    Cool, thanks Slater. I'm guessing the 10 Pro hasn't been out long.
     
  7. Slater
    About 2-3 months.

    And there’s no guarantee of that 18 month thing. That’s just been my observation based on their historical model release schedule.

    There’s also exceptions. It depends on many things, including how well a model sells, other competing models, their product direction, costs, target market, etc.

    For example, there is no ED10. It’s just the same ED9 they’ve been selling for years. The ED9 did get a new driver a while ago, but KZ never said anything, and it is still sold as the ED9, and it was a lot longer than 18 months from the original release.

    So bottom line is don’t hold your breath or get your hopes up that by somehow by Christmas there’s gonna be a magical ZS11 Pro. It’s not like Apple or Toyota, where there’s an assurance of a a yearly release. KZ does whatever KZ wants, how they want, when they want.
     
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  8. LaughMoreDaily
    My ZS6 v2 seem to be working normally again... not sure what happened with them yesterday. They sound good but I am not a huge fan. ZS7 is very different but better...
     
  9. gourab1995
    Haha, ofcourse. Like you mention this might be cringe inducing. I only did this because I was already in state willing to sell them off for cheaper.

    But I will keep your advice in mind next time I try something like this. If its any assurance, the shavings actually came outward. I was twisting the scissors in a way that thin metal strands were popping out. It was because I was using the sharp side on a slight angle to do it.

    But now that I've done this. I'm not planning on selling again. Although I could have done a better job by making the hole like you mention.

    After doing this I don't get that feeling that the bass is going to eat me alive on certain tracks and is less congested. Giving the treble more room to shine. Overall a good deal to me.
     
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  10. pbui44
    Yeah, foam tips seal in the bass, but you have to replace them a lot. I remember during CanJam RMAF 2014 a lady at the Comply booth helped me out in finding ear tips for my repaired JVC FX700 and they worked great at sealing the bass, but got smelly from my ear wax. I tried rubbing medical-grade hand sanitzer foam and the Complys literally disintegrated bit-by-bit down to the nozzle grip nubs.

    Yeah, so the latest ear tip craze for me is the KZ starline flip-tip-mod by @Slater and it is even easier to clean, so I can hear clean bass even longer! :)
     
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  11. KopaneDePooj
    OK, new question :)
    What's the warmest single dynamic front vented IEM? I'm not really into hybrids or BA. I just like a natural musical sound with a bit of punch / fun / non-fatiguing / full-bodied low mids, Similar to SoundMagic E10 or Shure SE215.
    It can be anything else under 50$, not strictly KZ. And I promise I'll end my off-topic here. Remember, it has to have a front vent hole.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
  12. Ferrosa
  13. Aparker2005
    Should be interesting but I just got perfectly content with my zs10 pro and as16. Guess I'll see how the reviews go. Ugh
     
  14. PhonoPhi
  15. archdawg
    I guess that's why I haven't purchased anything in that 100-200€ price range for a while. I've said it before but with many good recordings my older, grey ZS6 are perceptually transparent to me most of the time. In those moments there's nothing left to be desired and I couldn't care less if there are technically better IEMs out there. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to auditioning some TOTL IEMs on the mainland in a couple weeks from now, but either I find something that literally blows me a-way right on the spot or my money goes elsewhere and I enjoy my chi-fis and xy cans for another while.
    As to the ZS7 ... I love them to bits but ...

    ... I've had some issues with driver flex on the left earpiece and used a piece of pretty stiff #32 gauge (0,202mm) kanthal wire to open up both front vents in order to keep things balanced. I listened to a trusty test track directly before and after this little operation but couldn't make out any sonic differences; the sub-bass still kicks like a mule but now that driver flex is history.

    Edit: like @Slater has mentioned: the 10mm DD sits directly behind that vent hole so in order not to mess up the membrane I used some needle pliers to hold that piece of wire so that only about 3,5mm would stick out - enough to do the trick.
     
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