Once again Knowledge Zenith returns to the charge breaking into the market with new earphones called KZ ZSN in our review.
The hybrid of nothing more and nothing less than 2 drivers at a very reasonable price. It has one balanced armature (BA) and a dynamic driver (DD). Also, there is a new tech with wired noise-canceling.
There’s no need to talk about this company anymore. At this point is one of the best known and popular within the world of HiFi, and even outside it.
The truth that we had been waiting for a long period such earphones on the part of KZ after the launch of the ZS6.
Although it was long speculated that this in-ear would be called KZ ZSR, it did not turn out to be that way. After the launch almost silent and without promotion of the KZ ZSR, we could see that this model really was a triple hybrid driver that had 2 BA and 1 DD, therefore it was not the model for everyone expected.
But finally it is now when we get the last generation of KZ and we will try to know all the qualities of this KZ ZSN.
KZ ZSN: Specifications
|Frequency response:||7Hz - 40KHz|
|Connections:||3.5mm audio jack|
|Dimensions:||123.00 x 5.00 x 3.00 cm|
KZ ZSN: Unboxing and Packaging
The presentation and content are basically the usual found in KZ products, except for its new cable. Once the package is open, we can find the following:
- KZ ZSN earphones with noise-canceling
- Three sets of silicone tip sizes S, M and L.
- A stereo cable with two pins and 3.5 mm connector
- User’s guide and warranty.
KZ ZSN: Design and Appearance
The new KZ ZSN in our test can be purchased in 3 different colors to choose between Black, Medium Turquoise, and Tyrian Purple.
The capsules could be said to be the largest we have ever seen in a KZ model. Despite this, they are not heavy, but the ergonomics offered of course is not the best, partly because of the design of earphones.
We will end up happening like other models like ZS5, ZS6, ZST, and the capsules are floating, and although it is not uncomfortable at all I would like the result to be as it happened with the KZ ZSN in our analisis.
The model that best integrates and fits our ears and therefore greater comfort contributes.
On the front side, there is a metal plate which is mounted on 3 bolts. Manufactured in acrylic or hard plastic, they have good durability and resistance.
Finally, we have a new cable, perhaps by some already known because it has been selling for some time individually.
We forgot the odious cable that accompanied all the different models of KZ, rubbery, sticky, with memory effect.
Now we have a braided cable of bronze color, very light, manageable and that without being a premium it is more than enough to spare.
In our case, we acquired the unit without remote control, so I can not tell you how it goes with previous versions, but I doubt very much that something has changed here.
The silicone tips are still the same found in previous models. Hard and black. And as always they come in their three usual sizes: S, M, and L.
KZ ZSN: Sound
One of the biggest complaints that many models of the company have received is due to the fact that their tone and treble sound or feel metallic, an opinion that I share especially in the case of the ZS5, ZS6 and to a much lesser extent the ZSR.
Well, dear friends, KZ stock tips only accentuate this defect and do not feel good at all. When I received the KZ ZSN I started to shoot it in my head in order to write this humble review, and I did it with the stock tips.
My impressions at those times were not very encouraging.
I loved how the lower zone sounded, a good advance in this sense, and the media was a little more defined and clear.
I reached the highs on some tracks I began to feel, although less sharply than in previous models, that damn metallic sound that made listening something unreal.
I was able to talk to some of the members of forums that already had KZ ZSN in their possession, and we were exchanging impressions about it, reaching the same conclusion.
In the end, it happened what sooner or later would end up happening, as it has happened to almost all KZ models, and change the silicone stock tips for others after performing several tests.
Then all change, even be surprised with the new result.
I am sorry if I have extended with this topic, but I consider it very important and vital since the subjective impressions that you are going to read next are making use of generic foam tips that in my case give me a much better result than those of stock.
You can try the different tips that you have at home, preferably soft, whether they are generic, Symbio, Spinfit, Comply etc.
Surely any of them will give you a better result than the aforementioned stock.
Next, I’ll leave my impressions about the sound:
The KZ ZSN in the analisis has a V profile, which in my ears has not seemed very marked, and is one of the most balanced models of recent releases.
The highs are bright. They are quite clear and reproduce a better detail than in previous models.
Even KZ has taken a step forward with the micro-detail, showing this model more revealing than its predecessors.
The highs have some peaks, but I have never come to appreciate wheezing or annoying rough edges that cloud the experience.
With the change of silicone tips, the sensation of sound or metallic tone has diminished drastically in the tracks where it is reflected, mainly where there is the use of cymbals, guitars, violins, pianos.
With electronic music or electronic sounds, instead, the behavior is very good to make disappear that metal bell almost completely.
So we have this earphone is highly recommended for use and enjoyment with this musical genre.
The media is clear, they feel warm and full-bodied. The voices are energetic and clear. The high media would have liked me to be softer and more pleasant, but this is a totally personal appreciation.
The serious earphone feels powerful, deep and will never be rumbling. The truth is that in this section KZ has done a great job since the whole low area feels very close to a mid-range sound.
The scene is above average, it is quite wide and deep enough. In this section, I was surprised.
I would also like to note the presence of noise-canceling, which allows you to listen to music in loud places. This is a good opportunity to enjoy your favorite music while driving to work or other places.
The instrumental separation is good and we can identify without much difficulty the different instruments within the scene.
But nevertheless, the image, although resolved with a sufficient one could be better without a doubt.
KZ ZSN: Conclusions and Reviews
Knowledge Zenith continues to advance, introducing more drivers, and polishing the sound. But they still have a long way to go.
The treble, although better resolved and with more detail than in previous models, still feel slightly metallic, especially when the tracks are bright.
In the middle area there is hardly a slight advance, but where it is more noticeable that it has evolved is in the lower area and scene that I have found very good for the price of the set.
Do not misunderstand me after all my words along these impressions and criticize.
The KZ ZSN I liked, it is certainly the best KZ to date (with permission from KZ ZS6 + Comply, one of my favorite configurations of KZ).
KZ ZSN: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
This is another new headphone, which is worth paying attention to, as the price is very pleasant, as always from the Knowledge Zenith.
Now you can buy a new generation of KZ ZSN with the good and low price for $13.99 with 13% OFF.
A very good price, but surely in the coming days we will begin to see the usual price war and offers from different Asian stores.