Zero Audio Carbo Mezzo DX220-CM / Zero Bass ZB-03
post-12904751
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 57

AudioAw2015

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
100
Reaction score
50
Location
Toronto
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Location
Toronto
Posts
100
Likes
50
Just want to start off the thread here. Here are the two newest products from Zero Audio, the Carbo Mezzo and the Zero Bass 3. 
 

 
Impressions: Carbo Mezzo DX220-CM
 
I'll base my impression off the Tenore as a reference point and I think most people just want to know how these sound compared to them. I don't have much experience with other IEM's in this price range so I can't comment on that.
 
Build:
 
+ Lightweight, sturdy construction.
+ Strain relief and the jack seems sturdy, both made of hard plastic.
 
- Terrible flat cable, not the supple rubbery kind but the stiff and plasticky kind. Couple of creases already out of the box due to the way they were packaged.
 
Fit:
 
+ Comfortable & could be worn over ear
+ No vacuum effect when inserting into the ears unlike the Tenore. 
 
- Driver flex
 
Sound:
 
Engaging forward sound, mid focused with a slightly enhanced treble and boosted lower mid bass. 
 
iPhone 4s -> O2
 
+ Clean, pristine sounding mids. Delivery and staging is similar to the Tenore, but more resolving with improved timbre. 
+ Treble weight and timbre improved, keeps the same airiness and transparency found on the Tenore.
+ Mid bass texture & transition improved and much more natural sounding compared to the Tenore.
 
= Overall a little less relaxed and smooth. A little more exciting and drier / raw sounding than the Tenore, which is a good or bad thing depending on personal preference. 
= Moderately boosted around 10 khz, accentuates certain artifacts from poor recordings. Hint of edginess with vocals on certain tracks.
 
- Leaning into bass head territory, on par with my FX750 in terms of bass quantity. Too much lower - mid bass relative to sub bass, gives a false sense of sub bass roll off.
- Depth of soundstage suffers from the boosted midbass and upper treble.
 
Thoughts
 
Technically superior to the Tenore and even the Duoza from what I remember. But I personally find the bass a little too forward and intrusive at times and throws off the tonal balance which gave the Tenore such a pleasant soundstage and rounded sound.
 
 
 

 
Impressions: ZB-03
 
Don't have anything good to say about these, especially considering the price they sell for right now. 
Heavy & hollow midbass, blunted midrange and treble. 
 
post-12904804
Post #3 of 57

Raketen

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Apr 5, 2010
Messages
3,482
Reaction score
1,205
Joined
Apr 5, 2010
Posts
3,482
Likes
1,205
,
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
post-12904926
Post #4 of 57

Lurk650

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Nov 11, 2012
Messages
5,189
Reaction score
1,867
Location
South San Francisco
Joined
Nov 11, 2012
Location
South San Francisco
Posts
5,189
Likes
1,867
Well that sucks for the ZB03. Guess I won't be picking up any new ZA products
 
     Share This Post       
post-12905383
Post #5 of 57

AudioAw2015

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
100
Reaction score
50
Location
Toronto
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Location
Toronto
Posts
100
Likes
50
Thanks for the impressions. Mezzo looks like it might suit my preferences a little more vs tenore if it's less smooth, but the midbass sounds a bit off-putting. Have you heard the fx850 as well or just the fx750? Usually prefer flat bass, but I liked how the midbass hump on the 850 was handled.
 
I think the FX 850 handles it much better from what I remembered when I demoed them. The 850 does have that hump, but the way it transitions into the upper bass and the mids is much more gradual than the way the Mezzos' does it. Although with some eq adjustments, the mid bass becomes much more manageable.
 
     Share This Post       
post-12905474
Post #6 of 57

pinoyman

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 25, 2010
Messages
1,299
Reaction score
146
Joined
May 25, 2010
Posts
1,299
Likes
146
Age
36
Subscribing.


Just recently bought the WHITE TENORE.
Never knew a new flagship came out.
 
     Share This Post       
post-12905763
Post #7 of 57

jant71

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 19, 2005
Messages
6,117
Reaction score
2,352
Joined
Feb 19, 2005
Posts
6,117
Likes
2,352
You do realize that the flagship is Doppio and not Mezzo or Tenore.
 
     Share This Post       
post-12941664
Post #13 of 57

Marc Lian

Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Messages
98
Reaction score
31
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Posts
98
Likes
31
Interested to hear more about these compared to the Tenore.
 
Also what are the drivers in these single or multiple dynamic drivers? BA?
 
     Share This Post       
post-12946403
Post #14 of 57

nocchi

Head-Fier
Joined
Jan 15, 2015
Messages
87
Reaction score
43
Joined
Jan 15, 2015
Posts
87
Likes
43
Now I'm in dilemma if I will get the mezzo or tenore again since I broke my pair couple of months ago.
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top