KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Knowledge Zenith (KZ) earphones will surely be familiar to one or the other of Techtechnik’s readers. KZ is committed to the construction of extremely good and extremely cheap earphones.

Last in the test the KZ ES3 for $13 earphones, which almost more likely in the $100 price range play. Today, however, it should go to the in-ear Hi-Fi KZ ZSR in our review.

At first glance, the KZ ZSR in 2018 looks quite interesting, which is also due to the driver design. KZ even relies on a hybrid design with a dynamic driver.

KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones

Price: $16.99 $9.99 / 15-21 JAN / 1st 20 units DAILY /

Cable length: 1.23m, Frequency response: 10-40KHz, Impedance: 22ohms, Sensitivity: 107dB, Plug Type: 3.5mm

KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones

Price: $16.99 $9.99 / 15-21 JAN / 1st 20 units DAILY /

Cable length: 1.23m, Frequency response: 10-40KHz, Impedance: 22ohms, Sensitivity: 107dB, Plug Type: 3.5mm

Until a few years ago Armature drivers with dynamic Hi-Fi earphones were still incredibly expensive and exotic, the more laughable the price of the in-ear Hi-Fi earphones KZ ZSR.

These are available for just under $10 from Asia. But can earphones really be good for so little money?!

Let us try this out in the review of the new Hi-Fi earphones KZ ZSR! Curious?

 KZ ZSR: Design and Appearance

KZ earphones are often designed a little more elaborate or eye-catching, including the KZ ZSR. KZ relies on the ZSR on a two-part semi-transparent plastic housing. The top is classic in black but has a big ZSR logo.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The lower half consists of a transparent black/green plastic. I think the KZ ZSR are “more expensive” than they actually are.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

At first glance, probably nobody will guess that you have paid for this only around $10.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

As with the ZS3 or ZS5, KZ also uses a replaceable cable with the ZSR  in 2018. As is usual with KZ this is transparent with the copper core. This makes the cable look pleasing high quality.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Incidentally, I have never had any problems with cables in KZ earphones, these have always been very robust! That’s why I have great confidence in the KZ ZSR in our analisis that the cable lasts long.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Should the cable break anyway, it probably makes no sense to buy the cable separately (if one gets this one at a time).

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

However, KZ offers for the ZSR a Bluetooth upgrade kit, in which you can exchange the cable for one with Bluetooth module, nice!

KZ ZSR: Comfort

The KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones in our test are slightly larger earphones where the manufacturer relies on an “over the ear” cable design  in 2018. So when you wear the in-ears, the cable goes down over your ear.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The cable has also been reinforced with a wire core that holds the cable in shape.

Due to this type and the size of the earphones, wearing is just a bit strange at the beginning. However, after a few hours, you will recognize the benefits of this style of carrying.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The ZSR earphones sit quite firmly in the ears and do not even slip out of the ears even when moving. However, these are not so relaxed that you forget that you wear earphones.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The KZ ZSR are the most comfortable earphones I’ve ever had, but uncomfortable either.

KZ ZSR: Sound

The most interesting thing about KZ earphones, of course, is the sound. What do the KZ ZSR in our review have to offer here?

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Much is the answer! But first let’s talk about the structure of the earphones, which certainly explains some of the sound specs.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The KZ ZSR has one 10mm low-frequency driver earphone, so the new electronic frequency division tech incisively and vividly expresses the medium and high frequency.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The armature is very exotic and was until a few years ago only in a handful of earphones in the $200+ price range to find.

Armature drivers have a completely different design than the classic dynamic drivers and rely on a metal “armature” for the sound generation that vibrates.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

As a result, Armature drivers sound roughly more precise and clearer. However, these drivers in return have some problems with bass.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The Armature driver takes care of the treble and the classic driver for bass and mids.

This is also the case with the KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones, and yes, this is also what you hear on the earphones!

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Let’s get to the sound. The KZ ZSR in our analisis has a very clear and extremely brilliant sound, which I thought was a bit sharp right at the beginning. Over time, this impression has given something.

I’m not sure if this is because the earphones have gotten used to it or because my ears have gotten used to the slightly sharper sound, probably a mixture of both.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The height is quite sharp, but nevertheless precise! I could not see any major feathering or unnatural sibilance.

The centers of the KZ ZSR, I would classify as inconspicuous to slightly lowered. Voices and vocals are still well represented. As if you had a subwoofer and a tweeter.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Although this is not so extreme in the KZ ZSR, the earphones are already a bit in the bathtubs direction.

Accordingly, the bass is pretty neat, of course. However, I would not say here that the KZ ZSR Bass are monsters. The bass is definitely fun and can quite well clean, but he is not over the top.

I would say the bass is well done! Fun but not overshadowing. Even if I would like to have a bit more depth. The draft is good, but not absolutely outstanding. In return, the KZ ZSR cost under $10, so I certainly can not complain about the fact that the KZ ZSR have a worse draft than a few Sennheiser IE80.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The greatest strength of the KZ ZSR is the bottom line probably the joy of playing. Due to this quite high contrast between very clear highs and rich bass, the earphones have a very strong dynamic.

This dynamic often results in a very lively and propelling sound. Especially if you have the right music for it. If I had something to complain about, it would probably be the resolution in the middle. This is not bad, but nothing special.

KZ ZSR: Conclusions and Reviews

A few more successful earphones from KZ. The KZ ZSR can, thanks to electronic frequency drivers with a superbly dynamic and lively sound points. The heights are very clear and clean, and the basses are fun and full. The centers were a bit neglected, but still, go through okay.

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

The decisive factor is ultimately the price. The ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones cost about $17 and this is the offered sound performance simply the blast!

The KZ ZSR play by normal standards rather in the $30-60 price range. Therefore, if you are a bit experimental and have a few dollars left, order the KZ ZSR from Asia! You will be surprised!

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Incidentally, KZ also offers a Bluetooth upgrade kit for the ZSR, with which the earphones can be operated wirelessly. This upgrade kit might be interesting for about $8.

KZ ZSR: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018

Now you can buy earphones KZ ZSR at a good discount and low price for just $9.99 from 15 to 21 January, and this is the first 20 pieces per day.

KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones

Price: $16.99 $9.99 / 15-21 JAN / 1st 20 units DAILY /

Cable length: 1.23m, Frequency response: 10-40KHz, Impedance: 22ohms, Sensitivity: 107dB, Plug Type: 3.5mm

KZ ZSR Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones

Price: $16.99 $9.99 / 15-21 JAN / 1st 20 units DAILY /

Cable length: 1.23m, Frequency response: 10-40KHz, Impedance: 22ohms, Sensitivity: 107dB, Plug Type: 3.5mm

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KZ ZSR Review: New Hybrid Hi-Fi Earphones with Armature drivers 2018 was last modified: January 15th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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