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Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

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  1. RvTrav
    I have the KZ HD9 in white and previously posted my impressions. (arrived in new KZ packaging like ATR)  I have also ordered the QKZ DM200 in black.  From appearances the DM200 and S12 from the Russian site seem to be the same as the KZ HD9.  I like the HD9 so hopefully the DM200 uses the same drivers.  When I receive the DM200 I will let you know if they sound the same.    The HD9 are on Aliexpress but in the same listing with ATE, ATEs and  ATR.  I'm not sure what relationship KZ has with QKZ but there seems to be some overlap in their product lines.
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  2. CoiL
    QKZ is just rebranding by different seller. QKZ has many other products from "original" sellers also rebranded. That`s why HD9 is kind of question mark for some time since from the usual "official" sellers they do not provide it (at least not yet).
  3. B9Scrambler
    Some quick, somewhat shoddy pictures of the HD9 and it beside the ATE and ATR. Edit: HD9 is a legit KZ product.
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  4. danimoca
    How do the HD9 compare to the ATR in terms of sound?
    Received the ATR a few days ago and I'm quite impressed...
  5. B9Scrambler
    Pretty sure QKZ is a legit brand, even if it focuses mostly on re-branding existing products. Case and point (pun intended):
    I also bought their version of the ED10 which had QKZ branding on the jack. It was a super warm, overly smoothed over bass cannon so I gave them away. Nice cable though. Reminded me of the one on the ClarityOne EB110.
  6. Ruben123

    Do you happen to also have the KZ ED10 one? If so are they different? The QKZ nephews sometimes are even cheaper. lol
  7. B9Scrambler
    I have the ED10 as well, yes. I was hoping the QKZ version would sound the same but have a better cable, but they were very different. ED10 sounds closest to the ED9 with gold nozzle while the QKZ version is all bass, all the time with recessed, mellow treble. It's not terrible, just not something I enjoyed.
  8. Ruben123

    Oh well... no possible deals then :)
  9. CoiL
    And thus, we can`t still be sure QKZ rebranded HD9 is real KZ with actual KZ drivers.
  10. Ruben123
    Well if you look at the photos KZ is quite clearly written on it.
  11. B9Scrambler
    I'll be posting some impressions once I've finished spending more time with the HD9. I'll say now they it has a lot less midbass presence and a more forward midrange. It's an interesting balance, similar to the ED12 but on the HD9 it doesn't sound like dirt. Listening to them with Metallica's Black album right now. Two thumbs up.
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  12. B9Scrambler
    I don't know where you get that idea. KZ packaging, KZ cable, KZ jack with KZ branding, same HiFi logo as found on the HDS1 and ED3c...pretty strong case towards them being a legit KZ produced product.
  13. CoiL
    From the mention of ED10 KZ version being different sounding than QKZ version, You mentioned earlier?
  14. B9Scrambler
    How does that in any way relate to the HD9? The QKZ DM7 has changes to the housing (Marshall-esq logo on the back), comes with a QKZ case, has QKZ branding on the jack, a different cable than those found on any of the 20+ unique KZ products I own, and sounds like none of them.
  15. CoiL
    Differences in other series can be also on QKZ HD9 vs.KZ HD9 ? Not trying to make a point or argue, just that there can be differences. Heck, if even KZ own ATE series has at least 4-5 different batches, then claiming QKZ vs. KZ branding doesn`t have differences is kind of "wrong" in my eyes... 
    Just thinking out loud.
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