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True and I have tried some BQEYZ stuff like the K2 and the KC2.
The KB100 does look interesting and the Spring 2 but way out of my price range as I might be losing my job.
Ouch, better save your money then. The Moondrop SSP could be a great iem depending on how they tune it, so wait for that one instead.
 
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Ouch, better save your money then. The Moondrop SSP could be a great iem depending on how they tune it, so wait for that one instead.
I will look at that one when it's available and I think I will skip the ZS7 as they are not consistent sounding.
 
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It is possible because I read that some are brighter sounding than others.
I presume anything available now are the later batches.

EDIT - A few conflicting reports hmmmmm.
I would look elsewhere unless you are very curios and that you can return them.
 
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I will look at that one when it's available and I think I will skip the ZS7 as they are not consistent sounding.
sounds like a good choice.

If you got interested in it because you wanted to review it, I think that the jadeaudio EA1 is a great pick in this price range because you can use it in stock form for a more reference tuning and tape mod it for a more bassy and fun tuning.
 
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I will look at that one when it's available and I think I will skip the ZS7 as they are not consistent sounding.
Yes it could be that they have some random parts thrown in. I know that some well respected people really like them, so it is very hard to decide but for me it was a definite no!
 
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Yes it could be that they have some random parts thrown in. I know that some well respected people really like them, so it is very hard to decide but for me it was a definite no!
I liked them a lot when my collection only included the Xiaomi hybrids and the KZ ZS6.

But definitely not anymore lol.
 
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Definitely. The ZS7 and BA10 are my two favourite KZs. Same BAs but ZS7 has DD bass driver, BA10 has the 22955 bass unit.
I concur; one of the rare KZs with a 4 way crossover.

Be aware that some people confuse the ZS7 with the ED16, because it says “ZS7” right on the ED16 shell.

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The ED16 is NOT the true ZS7. The REAL ZS7 is the blue and black aluminum one that looks like the ZS6 or the CA Andromeda.

That may be why there are conflicting comments on the ZS7...
 
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True and I have tried some BQEYZ stuff like the K2 and the KC2.
The KB100 does look interesting and the Spring 2 but way out of my price range as I might be losing my job.
KB100 is the best <$50 earphone BQEYZ has IMO.
 
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If you’re looking for something cheap and satisfying to by during the sale, give the <$15 NiceHCK X49 a try.
 
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I liked them a lot when my collection only included the Xiaomi hybrids and the KZ ZS6.

But definitely not anymore lol.
Once you taste dry aged filet mignon, it’s hard to like hamburger anymore.

KZ is like hamburger, but a nice juicy flavorful one with fresh toppings and baked bun. And that hamburger is a great value price.

You’ve moved up to a lot of higher end earphones, so a $30 one is usually isn’t going to sound good anymore when you’re used to $300+ earphones.

It’s not easy to prevent that bias. For example, the ED9 is a great $9 budget dynamic IEM, but is crap if I’m only used to earphones like Sony EX1000.
 
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Once you taste dry aged filet mignon, it’s hard to like hamburger anymore.

KZ is like hamburger, but a nice juicy flavorful one with fresh toppings and baked bun. And that hamburger is a great value price.

You’ve moved up to a lot of higher end earphones, so a $30 one is usually isn’t going to sound good anymore when you’re used to $300+ earphones.

It’s not easy to prevent that bias. For example, the ED9 is a great $9 budget dynamic IEM, but is crap if I’m only used to earphones like Sony EX1000.
Yes, of course depending on what you have, your opinions for each iems will be different.

(although I still love my blon 03 :joy:, but that one is a rare anomaly)
 
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I like the zs7 signature the most among kz range . It's the only one that comes close to warm and laid back. The treble is too hot for everything else. Only minus is that the shell design is slightly uncomfortable
 
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What is that? Since when KZ use mmcx?
It’s Estron’s flagship, the Timmkoo (Estron’s retail brand) ES633.

You probably know them from their other offerings:

Estron/Timmkoo C610 (aka EMI CI-780)
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Estron/Timmkoo C630 (aka EMI CI-880, also called “water drop”)
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Estron/Timmkoo C631 (aka EMI CI-980)
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Estron is a huge OEM/ODM. They design and make their own drivers (including BAs) in their own factories, and manufacture earphones for a lot of others. Their Timmkoo retail brand is really not pushed all that hard (at least not outside of China).

And if the “ZST” logo looks familiar, it should. In reality it was always “EST” not “ZST”.
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I’m 100% absolutely convinced that KZ just made that up because the E kinda looks like a Z. I’m also 100% absolutely convinced that the original ZST was made for KZ by Estron. Right down the the blue plastic, which is identical to that used on the KZ ZST. KZ had no experience with hybrids at the time (as ZST was their entry into the hybrid market), and Estron did. That was also back before KZ had their own factory, and they farmed everything out to other companies.

Anyways, the EST is a couple of years old and not even available anymore, and I’ve been trying to get one for a long time now. It’s kinda a part of KZ history :)
 
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