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DQ6

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Rating

Price

7.5

23 €

Review published:

02/2021

Driver

3

per Side

3

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

24 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

112 dB

7.3

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

After the two ("expensive") full-BA models (ASF & ASX) that were clearly behind expectations, KZ is getting back to the price segment and market they have always been able to dominate and hold their own in in an impressive way. Even if their model policy and especially its variance is questionable, they always manage to bring good budget IEMs to the market and satisfy the average music consumer with a strong price-performance ratio.

The DQ6 is now supposed to strike in the same notch as well. What is certainly special here is the return to the company's origins through the exclusive use of dynamic drivers (3). This lets us hope for good tonality and, in the best case, better technical characteristics than with the EDX. Let's see.

Handling

The KZ DQ6 has quite good ergonomics and seems very robust. However, I don't like the modular cabinet design, which consists of at least 3 parts including the sound outlet, as this results in more gaps than with 2-piece units (body and faceplate). This system was already used in the ASX du ASF, which are much wider and clunkier than the DQ6. This one is comfortable to wear and the isolation is also very good. I also like to use the supplied transparent silicone tips for other IEMs, since they fit me (at least the medium size) excellent and seal properly.

About the accessories is KZ-typically few words to lose. Except for the silicone tips which I see as an enrichment of my collection, we still get an average cable that serves its purpose.

Sound

You can hear immediately that the DQ6 does not have a BA driver under the hood, because it does not have the metallic basic timbre of many KZ/CCA models, which I find on the one hand as a positive, but I still lose something technically. Not quite as drastically as the EDX, which admittedly belongs together with the DQ6 to the tonally better KZ-IEMs, but technically just does not act on a particularly good level. This destroys a lot, because a good tonality alone is not enough, even if it already makes a lot of difference. The DQ6 sounds a bit like a good UE boombox, where it's more about punchy bass, with recessed mids and from time to time a bit unpleasant in the highs, especially when you turn it up.

The bass is of the punchy variety but unfortunately not the fastest, which then becomes quite noticeable. That makes it not particularly precise and somewhat opaque, since I can't follow bass notes exactly, but rather get a bass ground mass in front of me. Still, I find it a fun alternation for bass-hungry tracks. I also like the physicality, which I appreciate in a good V-signature. Lots of steam behind it, but sometimes a bit out of control, unfortunately.

The mids are a bit more of a problem for me, they are not bad tonally at all, but lack transparency and detail. They are set back a good amount, which makes voices slightly fade into the background. In addition, they sound a bit dull and warmed up by the bass. As with the EDX, I have a bit of a feeling of consuming a jumble of music rather than making out a clear delineation of instruments.

The treble doesn't have the basic metallic timbre of many KZ models and sounds much more natural and not artificially boosted, but sibilants still annoy me from time to time and I would wish for more brilliance. The trebles did a solid job, but didn't stand out in a positive or negative way. Although, it does stick out to a moderate extent, which can diminish the audibility.

Technically, the DQ6 is not a total failure, but here it falls a bit short and one longs for the KZ-BAs, which do not always sound completely accurate, but can contribute openness and transparency. As well as more detail, a wider stage or a more differentiated imaging (of course there are negative exceptions - ASF/ASX) . You shouldn't expect more than good average from the DQ6.

Outro

The DQ6 does what it is supposed to do: Deliver music to our ears. It does this with solid tonality, but completely lacks technical features that make the music interesting and lively. The comparison of a good Bluetooth speaker with emphasized bass reproduction is not that wrong. The bottom line is that the DQ6 is an average IEM with a good level of comfort, but it does not play above its price range and is certainly not made for detail fanatics and music virtuosos. Therefore, it clearly lacks speed and precision. In the gym, or as background sound, but quite suitable.

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

ED15

ED15

ES4

ES4

ZS10

ZS10

ZS6

ZS6

ZSN PRO

ZSN PRO

ZST X

ZST X

AS10

AS10

BA10

BA10

ED16

ED16

S2

S2

ZS10 Pro

ZS10 Pro

ZS7

ZS7

ZSN PRO X

ZSN PRO X

ZSX

ZSX

ASF

ASF

DQ6

DQ6

EDX

EDX

Z1

Z1

ZS4

ZS4

ZSA

ZSA

ZSR

ZSR

ASX

ASX

ED12

ED12

ES3

ES3

ZAX

ZAX

ZS5

ZS5

ZSN

ZSN

ZST

ZST

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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