Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
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Long time no KZ :)
I think I will 'just' get the AZ09 dongles with the DQ6 this time around ... the ZAX kinda tickles my fancy, but can it be THAT much better than the ZSX?
Do I 'need' the EDX? :D

EDX? maybe no.

But KZ DQ6, CCA CSN, KZ ZAX, CCA CA16, CCA CKX ? Get at least one of them.
The group listed above is from KZ/CCA new generation tuning.
Its more rounded or less sharp than the ol KZ barb-wire sound sig. It also brought decent textured bass compared to the old KZ blunt thumpy bass.
 
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Long time no KZ :)
I think the last ones I bought were the AS16 and the Terminator ZSX ...
now I am seeing 20 (ASX) / 24 (AST) BA monsters, 7BA+1DD hybrids (ZAX) ... and that 3DD DQ6 looks kinda nice, the ASF looks bulky for 'only' 10 units

Which brings me back to an old question / suggestion ... has anyone ever set up like a fan wiki for KZ stuff? It really would be neat to see what was released when, what's the set up, what 'line' they belong to ... and maybe some generic review links or 'consensus is these as sparkly'

But I think I am really done chasing after the latest greatest cluster of BAs .. at what number is it silly? I find 24 is kinda getting there.

I think I will 'just' get the AZ09 dongles with the DQ6 this time around ... the ZAX kinda tickles my fancy, but can it be THAT much better than the ZSX?
Do I 'need' the EDX? :D
TRN BA15. 30BAs. Is that silly?
 
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TRN BA15. 30BAs. Is that silly?
OMG ... that looks like Tetris? Or someone really liked playing with blocks as a kid :)
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I'll be expecting an orchestra IEM any time soon that has a BA for each single instrument!
 
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OMG ... that looks like Tetris? Or someone really liked playing with blocks as a kid :)
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I'll be expecting an orchestra IEM any time soon that has a BA for each single instrument!
Mo is betta
 
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I love the BA10 and even with the fit issues thought it was excellent from day one if AST is similar I’ll be a happy camper when mine arrive soon! Thanks voicemaster for your thoughts, really appreciate them. :L3000:
 
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Do you hear any roll-off after 6k?

I love the BA10 and even with the fit issues thought it was excellent from day one if AST is similar I’ll be a happy camper when mine arrive soon! Thanks voicemaster for your thoughts, really appreciate them. :L3000:
The sound characteristic is similar but the AST is definitely more detailed and clearer in the mid area, also a bit more forward too.
 
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The sound characteristic is similar but the AST is definitely more detailed and clearer in the mid area, also a bit more forward too.
Would the AST work well with an iPod Touch, or does it kind of need an amp to deal with so many drivers?
 
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Would the AST work well with an iPod Touch, or does it kind of need an amp to deal with so many drivers?
I used the AST using my DX50 and Huawei mate 20X, it worked out just fine, plenty of power and overhead in volume. The only one that I find quite underwhelming was when I am using my TRN BT20S pro with the AST and the sound is okay, but it sounded kinda compressed for some reason.
 
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The instrument positioning is absolutely amazing with the AST.
 
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The instrument positioning is absolutely amazing with the AST.
How do you know if it's the earphones or just an amazing recording?
Does the instrument positioning sound inferior on your other earphones?
 
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How do you know if it's the earphones or just an amazing recording?
Does the instrument positioning sound inferior on your other earphones?
I listened using the CKX and AST, the AST offer more depth to the instrument. The CKX sounds good too, but everything kinda blend together.
At around 18:00 where the trombone/trumpet just went off, the sound in the CKX is just so in your face like there is no distance from the mic (it is quite far from the video) whereas the AST sounds show some distance and not as glaring imho. Btw, you need to move the camera angle to the middle of the stage because the sound is following where you look at the screen.
 
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How do you know if it's the earphones or just an amazing recording?
Does the instrument positioning sound inferior on your other earphones?
Some IEMs are forgiving for bad recordings, probably this one too?
 
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Some IEMs are forgiving for bad recordings, probably this one too?
Definitely not forgiving, but I don't listen to DSD level of recording exclusively either.
 

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