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OMG that huge!. Well it looks huge compared to the zs10 pro.
Very tempted to go on and get it but I think I'll wait for reviews for once.
I use spinfit CP100s for my ZS10 Pros and ZS6 and original ZS10 and they provide better fit and comfort and have better isolation, YMMV.
Okay, I've started to tame my ZS7s a little. Reshaped the cord, and installed some Comply (noise isolating) tips.
I have radically changed my opinion of them.
When I first received them, I struggled with them. I had to fight the memory cable because of an initial error connecting the cords. And didn't like the stock tips at all, which didn't seal or isolate properly. And the peaks were killing my eardrums.
But with the Comply isolation tips, they are performing much better. And I can feel the bass.
I didn't really need this much bass, but they're redefining some of my music for me. I could hardly ever find IEMs that brought Arcade Fire or even Daft Punk alive sufficiently (although the King Pros are handling the latter well). But the ZS7s play the treble harmoniously with the strong bass. I'm not missing melody, harmony, disharmony much with the ZS7, it brings them out quite well, but integrated synergistically with the bass. It's a huge difference from something like a Tin Audio T2.
I wouldn't say the soundstage is very wide, but it's deep enough, and resonant where appropriate. I'm not sure directionality is as good or sophisticated as even a good V80, but in tracks with only a few performers and instruments, it's not a big deal.
I guess bass is more important to some of my favourite performers than I initially thought. The ZS7's finally completing some bands that felt incomplete aurally. Yeah, these will handle your bass needs in the $35 range.
Oddly, it likes my iPod more than my cheap USB DAC. I think the DAC is a little sterile, whereas the iPod is handling hi-bitrate AAC pretty well.
Okay, what should a person get as their first above $100 IEM? The KXXS? I already have a couple, but right now I'm looking at the DMG. Or the iBasso IT01.
2 in a row though? zs3 abd zs5 both on the same side in 5 minutes.
2 dead KZs, what luck. Maybe you need fixed cable IEMs. Eardio.com has legit Sony MH755 IEMs for $8 and older Denon AH-C700 IEMs for $25.
Maybe try ZS3?
depends on what signature you're into. Budget iems more like stepping stone to try many different signatures. After you know what signature do you like the most, you may upgrade with similar signature. If you like balanced with a bit touch of dynamic, KXXS or KP will be good. If you are into V shaped ones, IT01 is okay (i have them too), DMG is v shaped too but with BA configs, or tfz no 3 with single DD like KXXS/KP also same DLC driver but with more punchier bass and boosted 8khz trebles. Alternatives you may want to try newly launched BQEYZ Spring 1, or ikko OH1 (older model, because the new OH10 is more expensive)
Been there... and hated every second with it until @Slater teached us how to fix it.
But I truly love the ZS4. :-D
Also curious to know how the ZS3E peerforms.
The ZS3E is more bassy with more somewhat artificial treble and thinner mids (to my ears). The ZS3 sounds more natural and I prefer its tuning and not by a little.
The ZSX curves and that ugly "12 Hybrid" writing are serious turnoffs, liked the black mockup at first but not the end result. Well I suppose the Terminator nickname is well chosen.
I don't think the comment to which you replied made much sense, he said don't buy the KPE you'll regret it, instead go for its sidegrade the KXXS. Ahem.
Find a signature you like, on the cheap, is a good idea. If you like Harman target you'll like the KPE/KXXS. You can try a cheaper moondrop to get a taste for example.
You might prefer the clarity of the T2 (or Yinyoo V2 rev 3 for more bass and less treble)
Or v-shape might be your thing (try KZ ZS7 to get a taste of it)
Once you know what you prefer, you can look for curves that are similar, it doesn't define timbre nor many other aspects, but gives you an idea of what *not to* buy at least.
Looks like the best place to ask
So if I have to pick from the following list, knowing that:
-I use a samsung S10+ without an additional amp
-I am not a bass head but rather go into soundstage and details
-Budget max 20$
-No easy drop out from ears while walking
Which one is better:
I'm stuck trying to find the best cable for the ZS5 v2. Should I just try the KZ 8 Core Silver?