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ZS10 Pro

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Rating

Price

8

30 €

Review published:

05/2019

Driver

5

per Side

1

Dynamic

4

Balanced

Impedance

30 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

111 dB

7.8

Handling

8

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

I remember very well how excited I was when KZ released their flagship model ZS10. 1*DD & 4*BAs were very special for a price below 60 €! Meanwhile this seems to have become standard, as the subsidiary CCA or the newcomer KB EAR prove. I was also quite impressed with the sound of the ZS10, even though I saw even more potential in the mid-range, since it was very subdued, sounded rather flat and emotionless and voices were too distant.
For me, "Pro" means progress, and the ZS10 Pro fully met my expectations.

Handling

The shape of the case has become a long runner at KZ and only the front panel and number of drivers are varied for the individual models. But why not, because the ZS10 Pro, like the ZSN (Pro), is also very comfortable to wear, even though it's a lot heavier. This is mainly due to the front panel made of polished, stainless steel. Here the Pro also differs clearly from its predecessor, which appeared somewhat oversized in its size and consisted completely of plastic. Thus, the ZS10 Pro looks much more valuable and robust.

As with all KZ models, the included accessories are somewhat sobering. The meanwhile established 4-core copper cable is used, which is no longer compatible with models such as the ZS6, ZS7, AS10 and older models due to the "new" 2-pin connector, but minimizes the risk of breakage of the two pins. There are 3 different sizes of silicone tips available. No more, but no less. If you choose the cable with microphone, you get good speech intelligibility and full compatibility with Android or iOS.

The isolation is above average, but a little more music is coming out than usual, or intentionally, if you make the ZS10 Pro with the volume a little fire under his butt.

Sound

The comparison of the ZS10 Pro with its predecessor makes less sense for me here, although they have similarities in the bass range, for example, but rather with the CCA C10.

The bassimpact is very similar to the C10, although it is more powerful and has more depth. It has a hefty punch, especially on hip-hop or electro, which can make the ear shake. A bass that you not only hear, but also feel! Surprisingly, it is still controlled and can reveal some details. But his main focus is to give the music a good portion of fun on its way. In rare cases it can get a bit too intrusive, but you notice that the diaphragm acts quite fast with the help of the built-in magnet and can produce a tight, crisp bass. It sounds natural and gives the signature some warmth without overshadowing it.

It's hard to deny that the ZS10 Pro has a V-signature, but, like the C10, it's well balanced, which doesn't neglect the mids either. These are very lively, easily create emotions and give voices a natural intimacy.
But they don't tend to unpleasant peaks, as you could say from the ZS7's similarly tuned mids, and can also score with better resolution. Sibilants are hardly ever a topic and clarity, separation and details are in a higher range. The mid-range of the ZS10 Pro, like the bass, is just enjoyable and you don't have the feeling to miss anything. Especially male voices have a nice full body and female voices have a pleasant crisp in their voice, without being exhausting.

The treble creates the balancing act between a relaxed listening experience without annoying peaks or too dark timbre. They have a fine resolution, can reveal even small details and present themselves quite airy. Despite their early decay, the energy and level of detail is remarkable. If you love the ZS10 with its subtle and relaxed style, you might not feel as comfortable with the ZS10 Pro's treble. However, this was also a small point of criticism for me with the ZS10, as the highs were simply too relaxed, similar to the mid-range and so emotions were lost. The ZS10 Pro's treble looks more transparent and much clearer in its response. Here, too, the similarity to the CCA C10 is strong.
The sound stage is not too big, but also not too small and looks quite real and natural.

Outro

The ZS10 Pro is once again such an "Everybodys Darling" by Knowledge Zenith, as it will please many with its lively, fun way. He doesn't forget the clean and natural reproduction of the voices and instruments, even though he may give them a bit more warmth than one is used to with more neutral signatures. For me it's slightly above the CCA C10, which seems a bit more balanced, but not as lively in comparison, but doesn't exaggerate it as much as the ZS7, where the mids almost jump into your face. Surely this is a matter of taste. The ZS10 Pro is perfectly suited for daily use, but if you like it a bit more analytical, you might want to take a look at the CCA C16.

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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