Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
Sep 15, 2021 at 1:16 PM Post #56,641 of 56,800

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I want to take a small step forward compared to AST, I bought them for $ 80 (a pretty good price for them), so I decide to choose moondrop kato or 7 Hz timeless, or maybe even pmv pp. I will focus on a fairly good separation, elevated sub-bass, non-nasal midrange and non-shouty upper midrange and high frequencies. Kato seems to be a good all-rounder, but perhaps he lacks a sub-bass. So if it close to kxxs, how it comparable to AST, except elevated bass? 7hz timeless and pmv pp seem similar and are suitable for my taste. The only drawback of 7 Hz is its mmcx, and they can have not good enough, for commuting, sound isolation and quite high sound leakage.
My advice is investing in better cable (+ eartips) and PEQ the AST first (Poweramp/android; Peace/windows). A low shelf for a little less bass (-2 db) and a high shelf post 7khz is key for accurate treble reproduction.

Kato is okay but still a single dynamic driver. Planars aren't commute friends, you may consider their terrible drivability and I doubt they would sound better than AST (except tonality). You can save a lot of money if you try to bring the best from AST
 
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I have a few KZ'S...ZS10 PRO, DQ6 and ZAX. Honestly, these iems are ones I love and would never consider selling. I just love how they sound. Still loving my ZS10 PRO's today. Listening to them now, connected to my Qudelix-5K with a balanced KBEAR Rhyme cable. Spotify is the source and listening to this:
 
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Looks like it will be just like the NRA.
 
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If KZ pulls what CCA did with the AST on their KEZ (actually really disappointed in them adding two vents beside basically no change in tuning), I'm going to be pretty bummed. The silver/green scheme was nice on the NRA, and I was hoping for a sharper kind of detail on the KZ side with it.


The AST blew me away though, I didn't expect it to have that much bass, but very differently textured indeed. You just need a good wire swap and some new tips and you're golden. They're perfect with a 50/50 4-core 200-strand silver/gold plate (or copper) and some Spinfit 240s. These are fantastic stock and very fun to EQ! Getting in right you can almost get a decent tube amp vibe too.
 
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Sep 18, 2021 at 9:43 AM Post #56,649 of 56,800

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I found an online shop in Malaysia that has 'em priced equivalent to $24 USD. They weren't shipping yet. kz store on AliE will probably expose a link inside of a week.
 
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Anyone find any charts yet on the sound signature of the NRA vs the ZEX? I was hoping got a green/silver combo. I like to color coordinate my IEMs.
 
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If KZ pulls what CCA did with the AST on their KEZ (actually really disappointed in them adding two vents beside basically no change in tuning), I'm going to be pretty bummed. The silver/green scheme was nice on the NRA, and I was hoping for a sharper kind of detail on the KZ side with it.


The AST blew me away though, I didn't expect it to have that much bass, but very differently textured indeed. You just need a good wire swap and some new tips and you're golden. They're perfect with a 50/50 4-core 200-strand silver/gold plate (or copper) and some Spinfit 240s. These are fantastic stock and very fun to EQ! Getting in right you can almost get a decent tube amp vibe too.
I expect that they will bring a more typical KZ signature (a little more bass) with KZ ZEX.

My complaint with KZ/CCA is that, lately, they are not consistent with their initial proposal of flatter CCAs and energetic KZs.
 
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