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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

  1. kukkurovaca
    Yeah, a headless DAP/streamer along the lines of the Chord Poly (but with EQ and better app support) would be 10/10 for me as well
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  2. chinmie
    the ES100 would be much more compact and lighter. i used to pair a DFR to my phone, but i don't use it anymore because of the hassle and it's more prone of breaking (i like to still use the phone while listening to music).

    the ES100 itself has a soft natural sound, similar in tone and level of sound quality to the Dragonfly Black, but with the added benefit of great app, balanced jack, dedicated controls, and also you can leave the phone charged on the desk while using the ES100.
  3. courierdriver
    Great idea @Slater! I could definitely get behind that one.
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  4. Slater
    I hope they take my idea and make it.

    People keep asking for a ‘new’ ES100 (ie IE200). This would be the shot of steroids it needs to dethrone the current ES100.

    The ability to play local high-res media would be epic, and they’d sell a boatload of them!

    I also mentioned to them how it would get around lossless media OS limitations (such as iOS). In other words, by using a hardware device and dedicated app for the media playing/decoding, you’d be able to play all file types - flac, DSD, etc etc
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019
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  5. SomeGuyDude
    Just ordered this fella for the ZSX: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TQFM4GW

    Hopefully it'll make them an ideal gym set, then I can put the actual cable on when I'm at the laptop for the extra fidelity (love my Dragonfly).
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  6. shockdoc
    Looking forward, perhaps to the comparison between wired and unwired.
  7. Mouseman
    I have one of those for my "extra" set of ZS10s. It has pretty good SQ, although I'm not a huge fan of the form factor (but I've had ones like that before, so I knew what I was getting). Unless you tuck the cable in the neck of your shirt, the modules tend to move around a fair amount. I had it paired to my R3, I'll have to re-pair it to the R5 and see how it sounds.
  8. Keputs
    This is something I don't understand. Why do some people hear hissing from their iems? I have several items in my humble audio arsenal and not once did I hear even a slight hiss. Am I just lucky to get good iems? (Not that I'm looking forward to it.H I never have to hear one)
  9. mbwilson111
    The hissing comes from the amplifier. This happens if the iem is too sensitive for the output of that amp. I don't consider it a fault in the iem or the amp. Just a mismatch.
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  10. Keputs
    Ok. Got it. Thanks for sharing this information.
  11. SomeGuyDude
    So my Dragonfly decided it would be fun to stop working. Any suggestions for a replacement, or just grab another DFR?
  12. chinmie
    grab the Cobalt? haven't heard it though.. only had the DFB and DFR in the past. i personally like the Centrance amp sound better than the Dragonflies. if you can find the discontinued BlueDAC, that has similar sound profile to the DFR, with added convenience of bluetooth, and analog volume control
  13. SomeGuyDude
    I can't seem to find any of the Dacports available. I was also looking at the Cambridge Dacmagic? Any experiences there? Looks convenient as hell.

    I think the DFR's problem is that it's got the USB plug right on the device. Basically what has happened more than once with them for me (the Red was my 2nd after the v1.2) is that they get jostled or bumped and then the connection gets REALLY dicey. I like the idea of something that doesn't plug straight in.

    Or I'll just buy a Cobalt tomorrow.
  14. chinmie
    the dacmagic x5? haven't tried them, but looking at the picture, I'm liking that volume control.
    the reason i stopped using the DFR (even though i really like the sound) is because i like using my phone while listening to music, and that dangling on my phone is prone to being knocked and break the connector.

    but i assume you're going to use them with PC or laptop? my friends are using those Sabaj DA3 and loving it, saying it sounds better than the DFR. it's power hungry though, so it won't be usable with phones
  15. SomeGuyDude
    Generally from the laptop or via my phone (Pixel 3XL, so no jack), at the big desk I have an Aune T1 mk2 and some HD650s. That DA3 looks like a winner, so I'll pick that up next payday I think, thank you! Power hungry is fine, I'll just put the phone on the wireless rapid-charge pad and be good to go.

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