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I know what you mean about the metallic timbre on hi hats and snare drums on the zs10 pro. For what it's worth it isn't there on the zsx. I can partially fix it with foam in the nozzles. Can't comment on the newer kz iems. I think it's caused by undampened ba drivers in the nozzle, but on the other hand I can't hear it as much in the original zs10.
But... Even with mods like foam or sponge, can't really dish out the metallic timbre on Balance Armature driver. It's there as it hallmark.
 
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But... Even with mods like foam or sponge, can't really dish out the metallic timbre on Balance Armature driver. It's there as the hallmark.
Why not?
One can alway cut something out.
The case in point would be AS12 with quite heavily dampened treble that works great for many.

A general point also would be that it is much easy to remove something than to add. You can't add the extended treble and resolution to an average DD sound profile. While you may find your acceptable level of treble with BAs using different filters/dampening.

ZS10 pro are an epitome of KZ cheerful V with those "steely" BAs used then, and while not my personal cup of tea, they are a nice extreme (loved how electric guitars could sound with ZS10 pro!)

BA10 are definitely smoother, one of the most "refined" KZ signatures. If not for the limitations of the shell size (and some sharp edges), BA10 could be much more popular!

Then, recent generations of BA drivers are noticeably more refined. ZAX would be a prime example. For very treble-averse -CA16 can do well. I use CA16 for both very treble rich and less refined recordings.

CA16 and ZAX are one of the very good options to spend $100 on IEMs, in my opinion.
 
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Why not?
One can alway cut something out.
The case in point would be AS12 with quite heavily dampened treble that works great for many.

A general point also would be that it is much easy to remove something than to add. You can't add the extended treble and resolution to an average DD sound profile. While you may find your acceptable level of treble with BAs using different filters/dampening.

ZS10 pro are an epitome of KZ cheerful V with those "steely" BAs used then, and while not my personal cup of tea, they are a nice extreme (loved how electric guitars could sound with ZS10 pro!)

BA10 are definitely smoother, one of the most "refined" KZ signatures. If not for the limitations of the shell size (and some sharp edges), BA10 could be much more popular!

Then, recent generations of BA drivers are noticeably more refined. ZAX would be a prime example. For very treble-averse -CA16 can do well. I use CA16 for both very treble rich and less refined recordings.

CA16 and ZAX are one of the very good options to spend $100 on IEMs, in my opinion.
I'm agree to disagree :)
 
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Having the DQ6 for nearly two weeks, now, I can say that I really like them. My choice of eartip (flip-tip KZ) improves both air and separation in the presentation.

The AS12 is still my favorite but the DQ6 is an impressive touchdown in my book.

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In other news, the new KZ 8-core cables are now on Amazon.

Might want to wait for more sellers.

Current seller charges nearly double the Ali price and $5 shipping.

I was going to order six cables (2 silver, 2 copper and 2 gold/copper).
That would be $48 + shipping on Ali but $120 on Amazon.

I wouldn't mind paying $72 with free shipping (@ $12 a pop) on Amazon but $120 (or $20 a pop) is definitely a no go. Wait for more Amazon sellers or pick yours up on AliExpress.

Always read the fine print.

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Having the DQ6 for nearly two weeks, now, I can say that I really like them. My choice of eartip (flip-tip KZ) improves both air and separation in the presentation.

The AS12 is still my favorite but the DQ6 is an impressive touchdown in my book.

DarlingMemorableIndianhare-max-1mb.gif

In other news, the new KZ 8-core cables are now on Amazon.

Might want to wait for more sellers.

Current seller charges nearly double the Ali price and $5 shipping.

I was going to order six cables (2 silver, 2 copper and 2 gold/copper).
That would be $48 + shipping on Ali but $120 on Amazon.

I wouldn't mind paying $72 with free shipping (@ $12 a pop) on Amazon but $120 (or $20 a pop) is definitely a no go. Wait for more Amazon sellers or pick yours up on AliExpress.

Always read the fine print.

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Dang, the silver one is pretty! This is the first time I heard of them.. I reckon they don't come in 0.78 (non-QDC)? :frowning2:
 
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Ok guys. I think I'm about to pull the trigger. I've got 3 pair in my cart right now for $65. Please let me know if this looks like a good mix. I have the KZ DQ6, KZ ZST, and the KZ EDX. I'm now looking into a usb dac amp dongle for my phone. Thanks again all. :wink:
 
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