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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. courierdriver
    Yeah! For me, when I listen to the ZS10 PRO, it makes me wonder why I need to spend thousands on a TOTL iem, for a 20% improvement. TOTL iems have their place when it comes to bragging rights, but for me, value for money trumps that everytime.
  2. rambomhtri
    Yes, I meant actually a ZS8 or something like that, not a ZS7 Pro or ZS7 v2. Basically, an improvement, somehow, over the ZS7. That's what I meant with next generation.
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  3. LaughMoreDaily
    I listened to the KZ ATR today... time to get rid of them. :wink:

    Ps: You guys must buy the Ostry OS300 tips. Best silicones ever!
    Assimilator702 likes this.
  4. harpo1
    I'm not a fan of those tips but as with anything audio one size doesn't fit all.
  5. mbwilson111
    Keep them. You will listen on another day and love them. You always do:)
  6. Nimweth
    Let's hope that 3rd party contracts some more IEMs because for me the ZS7 is my favourite "KZ".
  7. Assimilator702
    They look like they could be TRN tips. I have Med size but not the small to compare. I actually ordered a set of TRN silicone Translucent grey/Red tips and was sent the TRN foam tips by mistake. From the looks the TRN foams could be the same as New Bee. They made my A10 listenable. Before even with the foam filters there was too much treble energy now with the red TRN foams I can actually sit back and enjoy my A10 with selective music. Nothing too dense and definitely well recorded and mastered.
  8. gourab1995
    After the vent mod and a lot of tip changing. I found the zs7 much better from the original config.

    Been using it even more than the kb100 lately after the vent mod. Kb100 still being better at a smoother presentation with smaller stage but much more accurate imaging and naturalness. Holding its no. 1 for me.

    The zs7's soundstage is just percieved more spacious (cos of that v shape) and sound is so detailed because of those ba's. Recently the nozzle just popped out suddenly. Chifi quality showing its age already. Noticed how the BAs are placed within the plastic enclosure they have near the dynamic driver. Nothing is near the nozzles unlike previous kz zs models. Was able to fit it back quite easily with some glue. That's what was holding it in place before they decided to pop out.

    After the mods and cable swaps, an excellent iem. Stock. Not so much. Hope the zs8 will refine things with this 1dd+'X'ba driver config. Without having to mod the iems or swapping cable and tips. Coming from the original sound, where the stage was quite small, being overpowered by the bass pressure and the stock cable sounding the most coherent at the same time least resolving, because of its high resistance. Wheras more conductive cables like the jc ally make it too sharp/ sound odd. The kz silver cable was the middle ground for smooth sound while not losing the signal quality too much, only after i got a good combo with the tenmark wide bore tips. They do congest the bass a little, but its a doable compromise for better controlled bass and more open stage. After doing all that. I would even go to the extent of calling it balanced now.

    Coming from total regret (before burn in) to cable swaps to mods. It has been quite the journey with the zs7. I don't think i can get more out of this amazing iem anymore. And i don't need anymore from it as well. It is an excellent iem for those who are willing to put up with the hustle of burn-in, modding, tip swapping and cable changing. Incredible stuff for around 40usd (incl. cables and tips)

    TLDR; I Love the ZS7, They are an enjoyable fun sound!
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
  9. Assimilator702
    Anyone order the AS12 yet? It’s funny the AS12 were released on Wed and were only available on the KZ official store. Thursday it was the same deal. This morning CCA tweeted out they had the AS12 in their official store on AE. Now they’re available in 6 or 7 stores ranging from $52 to $90. I’ll probably wait until Sunday night this is very tempting after having the A10 and needing to know how they compare to each other.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
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  10. Podster
    Oh Jeez, guess I'll just let Slater tell you:rolling_eyes:
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  11. mbwilson111
    Let it go.
  12. LaughMoreDaily
    I think I just listened to them yesterday and didn't like them anymore. :wink:

    KZ's I am departing with: ATR, ATE-S, ZS3, ZST, ED7.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2019
  13. mbwilson111
    Where will they go?
  14. Slater
    Remind me again on the vent mod you’re referring to? Did you tape it off with micropore or something?

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