Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread
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Is the NRA (and possibly ZEX) worse than the DQ6 in various aspects? I was so hopeful they could be the new budget kings

If this is generally confirmed then I'll wait for KZ/CCA next multi DD (with that NRA/ZEX cool design or even better)
 
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Is the NRA (and possibly ZEX) worse than the DQ6 in various aspects? I was so hopeful they could be the new budget kings

If this is generally confirmed then I'll wait for KZ/CCA next multi DD (with that NRA/ZEX cool design or even better)
Yes IMO. Not even close.
 
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Hopefully they made the NRA then worked out things more for the ZEX. Maybe? They didn't do the usual KZ model first then CCA tuned different. They do talk it up(though they usually do) so a shame if the ZEX can't outdo the DQ6 by a step.
 
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Been lurking this thread and following KZ stuff for a while and amazed (and lost!) at all the options. Currently have an original ZSN pair. Curious what current models are a good upgrade from this set. I forgot the previous models I've had, but the ZSN so far has hit all the marks for me for audio quality and signature.

I regularly swap between the wired cable and BT cable and combined with poor pocket handling the plastic around the pins has broken off so getting to the point that I probably need to replace them.
 
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Been lurking this thread and following KZ stuff for a while and amazed (and lost!) at all the options. Currently have an original ZSN pair. Curious what current models are a good upgrade from this set. I forgot the previous models I've had, but the ZSN so far has hit all the marks for me for audio quality and signature.

I regularly swap between the wired cable and BT cable and combined with poor pocket handling the plastic around the pins has broken off so getting to the point that I probably need to replace them.
Not knowing you budget and preferences, just few points:

ZSN pro and ZSN pro x are not much of upgrades relative to ZSN.

It would be hard to go wrong with DQ6, one of the most recommended KZ and great for the money.

ZSX, ZAX and recent ZAS will bring you more resolution for more money.

All are not demanding on sources.
 
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Been lurking this thread and following KZ stuff for a while and amazed (and lost!) at all the options. Currently have an original ZSN pair. Curious what current models are a good upgrade from this set. I forgot the previous models I've had, but the ZSN so far has hit all the marks for me for audio quality and signature.

I regularly swap between the wired cable and BT cable and combined with poor pocket handling the plastic around the pins has broken off so getting to the point that I probably need to replace them.

The DQ6 if you like dynamic drivers. That one is exciting sounding.
The AS10 if you want to experience soundly-tuned, nicely balanced, and resolving balanced armatures.
 
Sep 18, 2021 at 11:34 PM Post #56,664 of 57,539

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My first impression of EDX Pro : Tuning is more smooth than DQ6, it's SQ is closed to DQ6, a very good budget single DD :L3000:

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Sep 19, 2021 at 9:17 AM Post #56,666 of 57,539

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My EDX Pro should be with me early next week. I hope it's better than the EDX as I found that one harsh sounding.
Also looking forward to the ZEX to see if it's actually different to the CCA NRA.
Never try the EDX because of the harsh comments, but just can't resist the look of EDX Pro :beyersmile: Its tuning is rather similar to DQ6 in a gentle way. DQ6 surely gives some more details and 3D sounding not by far, but EDX Pro sounds less aggressive and more harmonic. On the other hand, I found the NRA sounds rather harsh and not natural.
 
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Never try the EDX because of the harsh comments, but just can't resist the look of EDX Pro :beyersmile: Its tuning is rather similar to DQ6 in a gentle way. DQ6 surely gives some more details and 3D sounding not by far, but EDX Pro sounds less aggressive and more harmonic. On the other hand, I found the NRA sounds rather harsh and not natural.

I have the DQ6 but the EDX Pro sounds like it is worth the money.
 
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KZ EDX Pro Initial Impressions: I'll take these over a TRN MT1

Stock Config - Medium Tips
JCALLY JM20

Pros: (for now)
•Well-rounded and extended bass performance
•Mids are too recessed
•The BEST stock cable I've seen under 30$ (I literally want this on everything in this price range)


Cons: (some of these could be resolved by rolling)
Mediocre Stage
Mild Sibilance (solved by tip rolling)
Harsh Peaks (solved by tip rolling)

These present a typical V-shape sound signature that's been done a thousand times but they do it well (if a bit harsh stock), and at a price that beats out the field with a cable that ANNIHILATES literally every other stock cable in this range and far above. (only the Hibiscus and SSP stock cables are better)

These are quite good for 6$. The overall package (KZ Starlines and that fantastic cable) absolutely trounce the TRN MT1, especially the newer narrow-bore units with the cheese-grater upper mids.

PS: These are not giant killers. These are strictly good for the price.
 

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