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KZ ZS6 IEM

KZ ZS6 IEM

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received and tried them for two days now.
when you use with AMP and listening in high volume level, this thing gets really harsh like other reviewers state. more power you feed in, my ear start to hurt. it gets that harsh.
IMHO, this IEM is great when use it with Bluetooth adapter. good bass amount with good treble details when paired with bluetooth or low power devices. overall for this price, not bad IEM
will review in few weeks.
If you guys want to calm down the ear piercing highs, just get T-500 foam tips.
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Not so much, it's more of a placebo effect. One thing I can tell you, these cables are way, way better than stock, stock cable is too sticky and tangles often.
MannyAkim
thanks a lot!
I've been listening to these for the last few days. My first impressions are that these are some really nice iem's. The only issue I have with these are they are not forgiving to tracks that accentuate base or treble. Boomy tracks can sound overwhelmingly boomy and same goes with highs. Sub Bass seems a tad muddy at times but only a tad. Mids seem a tad recessed. I'm not experiencing the screeching treble that others are hearing but that may be a result of my older ears. I definitely would not say these are neutral by any stretch, nor are they monitor quality. They are a very very good fun iem's with a shallow "U" shaped signature. Crystal clear, great separation, good sound stage. For the money an awesome buy. If you are looking for a neutral sound exclusively, pass on these. But if you can enjoy a shallow U shaped sound signature you will enjoy these. Not great for every track you throw at them. But for balanced recordings these iem's shine.
These have ear pierceing highs. Like hurt highs. Maybe my hearing is just super sensitive, but I wish it was toned down. Everything else is good when you have a proper seal in your ear
Maddrake
Of course they do. The 10kHz should be around the same level as 1kHz instead of being 12dB above it. The designers were smoking something or they designed it for people above 70 years old.
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Moes
Yeah for sure. I jumped on a pair of kz zs10's and the highs are tammed. Definitely sounds different other than highs as well.
Who here can compare the KZ ZS6 to the Macaw GT600s? I only have the latter. Was also on KZ's site on aliexpress and saw that they have a 5 balanced armature driver per channel IEM coming up. It may well be that the ZS6 is a bit of a side-grade to the GT600s, so I might wait for that new flagship KZ is coming up with.
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PastafarianLemur
I will also attest to the ZS6 treble being really sharp. As an example, Def Leppard songs can be a bit painful to listen to without a good equalizer. Any D's, T's, and S's are pretty piercing.
Thanks for the reply. You're right about the ZS10 (which is a hybrid) however I'm talking about the upcoming BA-10 (which is all balanced armature but not out yet as far as I can tell) http://www.thephonograph.net/news/kz-ba-10-and-kz-as10-announced-10-balanced-armatures-earphones-news/ I haven't yet heard balanced armatures doing the lows, but if KZ pulls off bass and maybe even soundstage that sort of reminds me of the Argons (maybe an unfair comparison given IEMs vs over-ear headphones) then I won't be able to throw my money fast enough at KZ :)
How do these compare to the massdrop x nuforce buds that are going for $60?
Racer6676
I've only tried the nuforce but I highly recommend them. They're super comfortable for me and are really lightweight. Idk this company, but nuforce has really impressed me so far
There's an error in the specs list. These most certainly do not have Active Noise Canceling.
SchiitMyPants
I think they should write it as good noise isolation. Instead of ANC
EustaciusJude
It doesn't really have that either, lol. They do isolate a bit, but not much.
KZ ZS6 IEM vs. TFZ Series 5 Exclusive IEM?
Can someone do a comparison to the CA Andromeda?
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uniengine
I am assuming this whole thread is a giant joke... seriously... haha
SStas
Give them a break, already. The CA Andromeda and KZ ZS6 must have very similar sound qualities; they are both green, after all.
I've owned these IEM's for about two months, although I didn't purchase them from Massdrop. I really liked the sound signature out of the box, and it got even better after breaking them in for around 50 hours. The soundstage is quite wide for an IEM, and the midrange is very smooth as well. To my ears the treble does not become fatiguing until you turn the volume up to beyond listenable levels. The only negative I could find was a slight lack of detail in some areas of the upper midrange, which is perfectly acceptable for a $50 IEM.
I saw on the spec page that "Active noise cancellation" is listed but I'm absolutely positive that that the ZS6 does not have any kind of ANC. Massdrop please fix this, it's very misleading.
can someone compare kzs6 with 1more triple? i thought of buying 1more triple but also considering kzs6 due to the price . i owned a kzs5 but the high freq sound overwhelming also the cabling i dont really like it.. seeking for a better earphone. thanks
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Not sure exactly what kind of sound you're looking for, but you might consider the KZ ZSR if you like bass. It isn't sibilant in the way some of the KZ models are, and has pretty emphasized bass. It's kind of like a combination between the ZS3 and ZST maybe. Not as detailed as the ZS6 so I wouldn't call it a direct alternative to that, but I absolutely love the sound signature, which is very fun and pretty laid back. It has become my daily driver. Might be a good fit for you if the zs5 was a little treble heavy for you. As you can tell I'm kind of a KZ enthusiast.
mksurfin7
Thanks for your opinion. For me kz zs5 is good, very clear. Looking for something better than zs5 as the bass i think is lacking. The trebbles sound is slightly higher for me. I didnt realise it was their sound signature. But im really interested with zs6.
In short: They sound really good for their price, however all the cables KZ provided (with mic, "upgrade cable" without mic or bluetooth cable) are miserable. Build quality is nice, earphones are however chunky. You should also try another eartip than those in box.
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derzulya
What cables would you suggest to replace these with? These are a 2 pin, correct? I find a lot of mmcx cables but not a lot of 2 pin cables
JakeDaBeast
I did not buy any, however there are lot of different cables available on Ali Express
Wonder how these would compare to the MD x Nuforce EDC3..wish they provided some measurements
But i guess you cant complain for $38
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Oh how was the silver cable compare to stock? Mind sharing the link with me?
grahf23
I bought this silver plated upgraded cable. Have to say, the sound quality is much improved with this cable. Cheap things works sometimes. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/KZ-Upgraded-Silver-Replacement-Earphones/dp/B07BS1BZRC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&keywords=kz+upgrade+cable
I got my KZ ZS6 from another source since I don't want to get hit by custom from Massdrop.
After 1 week of listening I can say these lives up to the hype and they are very solid performer with their price point. Out of the box there are some issues that can be remedied by using different tip (Comply foam or Spin-fit), you can also use aluminum tape to tape off the vent to get better bass for your own liking.
I do have another multi BA IEM that cost 10x more (Turbo Ear T7A, 6BA+1DD), comparing them side by side, the KZ ZS6 is like an unpolished gem, they have potential but if you listened to higher end stuff then you'd probably notice the difference and say this is OK for the price. And I am not saying they are bad, I am using the ZS6 as a daily beater at work and everywhere I go, but when I am home I will use the more refined T7A.
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Thank you
Just received the headphones, and here's a list of issues straight out of the box: - It is REALLY DIFFICULT to plug the cables onto the headphones. - The "memory wire" is bend to the opposite side, or they somehow got the left and right label wrong. - For me (this is purely personal preference), the rubber/silicon tip are very uncomfortable. @NateB I will try replace them with foam ones and see if that helps. But hey, it is cheap and sounds pretty nice (for the price).
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Thanks for the suggestion of the SpinFit tips, I will order a couple of packs sometime next week.
ItsTooCold
The cable is difficult to plug the first time but subsequently it is fine.
I find that putting some T-500 Isolation Comply Foam Tips really helps out the sound, and this is after nine hours of pink noise and about 12 hours of music for the burn-in.
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How would you compare these to the ie80s in terms of comfort and sound?
Silverjackal
IE80s are in different league and it would be unfair for ZS6 to be compared against it. The IE80 is bass emphasized and laid back highs do you dont get any harshness or grainy sound like ZS6 does. It is very smooth. Also there is a tuning valve that allows you to tame the bass or make it full blast. With all these... IE80 remains detail and the highs can still be sweet.
In terms of comfort, IE80 can be worn and you can sleep with them in your ears. ZS6 will hurt if you do sleep with them in your ears and they are heavy. IE80 are lite.
was curious how a 4 driver hybrid would sound on the low end price scale of the market, even though i already have actual campfire headphones (which these are made to look like). received them yesterday. pretty good at this price point, but not comparable to actual high end stuff.
jersey_boy
YEP. These are good for EDC.
jersey_boy
These are able to handle the lows but they become grany and harsh at the upper mids. comply tips tame the highs but these iems will be grany at louder volume.
I always tell people.... there are cheap and terrific IEMs but if you have more expensive IEM then use the more expensive ones.
Because the thing is... these are good for the price but they wont beat the more expensive ones.
These are good for EDC. keep them in the pocket... in the bag... it wont break but you will lose the tips.
I just got notified that mine is being shipped
When these do ship, can we expect shipping from a local warehouse or from a Chinese warehouse. Not worth an indefinite delay if it will be at least another 20~ days once it does ship
Massdrop just sent out an email saying it's delayed indefinitely and that they will cancel your order if you want to.
Gearbest still has their listing for these IEMs at $28.99 which is better than what we paid for in the first place. https://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_770863.html?wid=21
Tankerdude
And Amazon has these with same day shipping for same price as Massdrop.. smh
Filed a ticket with support on the 24th. Their response:
Hello,
Thanks for contacting Massdrop Community Support! I apologize for the delay getting your product shipped out.
I understand this was supposed to have shipped already. I just flagged this to our logistics team and they will be looking into it shortly.
I know this situation is far from ideal, if you don't want to wait any longer I can get your order processed with a full refund if you'd like, just let me know if you decide to take that route.
shipping update soon?
didnt receive any update on the shipping
Anyone get a shipping confirmation? I haven't heard anything..
This is my first drop, I still haven't got the product. It seems like it's been a while now, it still says order placed with vendor...
e.b.parsons
Where does it say for you order placed with vendor? I don't have any confirmation of an order placed
Tankerdude
When I view my Transactions for the item I see it next to "Drop Status".
For everyone unhappy with overstated treble, here is a solution:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/knowledge-zenith-kz-impressions-thread.698148/page-1673#post-13851098
Tried blocking one of BAs with blu tack. 5 minutes, reversible and sound is just awesome. ZS6 are still treble heavy, but in a pleasant, entertaining way. Helps with sibilance too.
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Nope, the change of sound with foam tips is completely different. It isolates better and makes the sound a bit bassier, but sibilance and treble stays the same. I wouldn't say foam tips make the sound better, blocking one BA definitely does.
Mynny
I used T-600 and it does tame the treble. And yes it became bassier but I am unsure if it is because the treble is not harsh or if the bass did get boosted.
When will this drop be active again?
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It’s in gearbest
ZeroKelvin
https://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_770863.html?wid=21
The black and red models are currently $28.99 @ gearbest
I really wanted to like these but, out of the box, they are too bright to be liked. I don’t know why would Kz tune the earphones like this. There seem to be enough merits (soundstage, both width and depth, and detail retrieval) not to fall for the “resolution for the masses” trick. Listening to Pink Floyd's Meddle there is a horrible cellophane texture in vocals and snare drums. Out of my Cayin N3 cymbals in rock tracks are tolerable but hi-hats and crash cymbals are plain harsh.
Yeah, they put 4 drivers in it, they could have put 8 o 16 instead, it doesn’t matter. The implementation of this multi-driver iem is poor. It must be good for the price but it certainly isn’t the jewel other reviewers are describing. The bass is boomy, not that well controlled, and the treble is extremely piercing. I’ve never heard such a sibilant iem in my entire life. Considering all the extra investment needed to compensate for the poor accesorization, one could certainly save some money and go for a well implemented 4 driver iem such as the Brainwavz 400.
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Is it called the G600 ? I'm not exactly sure. But its the Quad DAC version.
All you need is an extension or angle adaptor jack for your 3.5mm jack.
Plug that in first without plugging in your ear / headphone. You'll see the "hifi" logo on top of your screen bar.
Then plug in your ear/ headphone and use per normal. It will be a fair bit louder, so do adjust down your volume before you begin playing your sound tracks.
I am also using LG G6 Quad Dac and my ZS6 has T600 comply on them and the treble is tamed down.
I just got these today! I like the sound signature a lot, a bit too much treble for me, but the bass makes up for it. Hopefully when I burn them they'll sound even better
Sebilion
Try comply foam tip and see if it tames the treble.