BUDGET
IN-EAR

AS06

KNOWLEDGE ZENITH

Rating

Price

7.9

35 €

Review published:

01/2019

Driver

3

per Side

0

Dynamic

3

Balanced

Impedance

15 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

8

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

7.8

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

It seems that KZ can't produce really bad in-ears, but it's getting harder and harder to really find features that give an in-ear of the company an independent right to exist, because KZ feels like it brings out at least one in-ear every month and simply reassembles drivers. These sound quite similar from the point of view of tuning and it is not always possible to recognize progress. In this case 2 BA drivers of the AS10 were simply omitted (30095) which were exclusively responsible for the heights with the AS10. The result is a 3*BA-In-Ear, which meets its big brother at eye level, even if they have slightly different sound characteristics.

Handling

The case corresponds to that of the AS10, instead of the visible printed circuit board a metal plate has now made it into the housing, which in my opinion looks a bit more appealing.
Since the nozzle openings are also quite large here, there may be some pain when wearing it. But in itself the fit is quite ergonomic.

KZ finally managed to integrate their new cables completely, which is an added value compared to the AS10 (old cable). The new cables have a shrink tube reinforcement and the annoying metal reinforcement is omitted.

The isolation is also given at moderate volume, which is the case with most KZ models.

Sound

As with the AS10, the bass is very well balanced, has a solid sub-bass presence, but is more at home in the mid-bass. It's also fast and knows how to transport the sound very realistically. As well as the bass of the BA driver has succeeded, when it comes to bass, dynamic drivers are still ahead for me when it comes to the budget market, because they can develop more pressure and dynamics.

The bass of the AS06 slips a bit into the midrange, giving them more body and warmth. That was also a point with the brother, but like that it doesn't carry much weight.
However, the mids are more receded and feel a bit lighter and not so thick anymore. In general, the AS10 is darker in sound, but also more balanced. The voices of the AS06 have a good presence as well, even if the ladies of creation have the upper hand. Rich detail, clear sound and a good separation complete the mids.

The treble is raised like the bass and radiates a lot of joy. They are quite bright and also tend here and there to emphasize the sibilants. Likewise it can become unpleasant in rare cases also sometimes. The AS10 are smoother and not tiring too fast. The AS06 goes there more energetically to work, but is for it also more alive. As always one knows with KZ what one gets with the heights. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for my taste KZ performs very well in this area, if you can get something out of bright, clear and wide-playing highs and also sometimes accept small to larger (ZS6) slips.

The stage is big and feels wider and airier than the AS10. On the other hand, the AS10 is slightly ahead when it comes to separation and overall sound, even though it is more intimate.
Those who like it a bit more relaxed and stand on midrange with more weight and presence should rather make themselves comfortable with the AS10. The AS06, on the other hand, offers crisper heights with more extension, as well as the airier stage. The A/B comparison also shows that the AS06 are a bit louder. If I had to decide, I would go with the AS06, because the space and the three-dimensionality pick me up more, but there is no clear winner here.

Outro

The AS06 is technically worth its money. If you add the sound, there's not much you can do wrong, especially if you're new to the business and want to try out a pure budget BA configuration that works in all frequency ranges.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

AS06

AS06

ATE

ATE

ED16

ED16

S2

S2

ZS10 Pro

ZS10 Pro

ZS7

ZS7

ZSN PRO X

ZSN PRO X

ZSX

ZSX

AS10

AS10

BA10

BA10

EDX

EDX

Z1

Z1

ZS4

ZS4

ZSA

ZSA

ZSR

ZSR

ASF

ASF

ED12

ED12

ES3

ES3

ZAX

ZAX

ZS5

ZS5

ZSN

ZSN

ZST

ZST

ASX

ASX

ED15

ED15

ES4

ES4

ZS10

ZS10

ZS6

ZS6

ZSN PRO

ZSN PRO

ZST X

ZST X

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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