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ED16

KNOWLEDGE ZENITH

Rating

Price

7.5

20 €

Review published:

06/2018

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

8 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

8

Mids

6.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

98 dB

7.5

Handling

8

Haptic

B

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The ED16 | ZS7 is another upstart of the new KZ generation. Surprisingly, it is marketed as ED16, but ZS7 is written on the earphones themselves, which also reflects the sense of hearing, a further development of the ZS6!
The driver configuration is the same as for the ZSR, probably even the same drivers, but with more fine tuning. The result is an IEM that is among the top budget IEMs due to its balance, excellent resolution and depth.

Handling

With the ED16 | ZS7, KZ takes a new approach to design. Despite the same ZSR configuration, the in-ears are much smaller and not so bulky. Above all, the oversized sound tube and the pain associated with longer wearing times are history. They are more than comfortable to wear!
Removable cables have become standard at KZ and should not be missing here either. The same as with all new models of the 18 generation are used and are therefore quite usable.
I'm a little conflicted when it comes to the finish. They are well made and there are no production errors or rough processing carvings to be recognized, but they don't look very valuable somehow. This may also be because KZ has recently spoiled us a lot with full metal IEMs.

Sound

Let's get to the heart of the ED16 | ZS7, where KZ does everything right to satisfy even the most demanding listeners. You get a level of detail and a stage that competes with the ZS6 and is therefore more than remarkable, but also a great balance in frequency response. In short: Very balanced, detail-loving in-ears with bang.

The bang comes from a dynamic driver that can fully concentrate on giving the bass back uncompromisingly but very cleanly, as well as taking it back when not needed. It never seems exaggerated but always delivers the right amount of bass, depending on genre and piece of music.

The mids are slightly reduced (light V-signature), but impress with a clarity and separation that not many IEMs can offer. Whether vocals or instruments, everything is reproduced in detail and presented in a wonderful three-dimensional way.

I was afraid to get a ZS6 again at the heights, but it was more ZSR oriented with more micro details without straining my hearing. Very well done!

Outro

A worthy follow-up to the ZS6, which still has very small deficits in the midrange, but delivers equal highs without earaches and equally clean bass. The wearing comfort is superb and the sound isolation very good! This is a clear recommendation to buy!

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

ED12

ED12

ES4

ES4

ZS10 Pro

ZS10 Pro

ZS7

ZS7

ZSN PRO X

ZSN PRO X

ZSX

ZSX

AS10

AS10

ED15

ED15

S2

S2

ZS4

ZS4

ZSA

ZSA

ZSR

ZSR

ATE

ATE

ED16

ED16

Z1

Z1

ZS5

ZS5

ZSN

ZSN

ZST

ZST

BA10

BA10

ES3

ES3

ZS10

ZS10

ZS6

ZS6

ZSN PRO

ZSN PRO

ZST X

ZST X

Second Opinion

Head-Fier Otto Motor

Der ED16 zeichnet sich durch seinen entspannten, warmen, offenen und ausgeglichenen Klang aus. Er ist der Meinung nach der beste in meiner Sammlung von Knowledge Zenith Ohrhörern (EDR1, EDR2, HDS1, HDS3, ie80 ATE, ATR, GR, EDR1, EDR2, ED3, ED4, ED7, ES3, ES4, ZS3, ZS5, ZS6, ZS10, ZSR, ZST, and ZSA). Beim ED16 sind Bass, Mitten und Höhen zu einer Einheit verschmolzen, die ihn für das Ohr unwiderstehlich macht.

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

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