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ZSA

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Rating

Price

7.5

15 €

Review published:

05/2018

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

18 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

101 dB

7.3

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The ED16 | ZS7 is another upstart of the new KZ generation. Surprisingly, it is marketed as ED16, but on the listeners themselves it says ZS7. The latter also does justice to the hearing sensation, a further development of the ZS6!
The driver configuration is the same as the ZSR, probably even exactly the same drivers, but with more fine tuning. The result is an IEM that is at the top of the budget IEMs due to its balance, ingenious resolution and depth.

Handling

From the design point of view, KZ has taken a new path with the ED16 | ZS7. Despite the same ZSR configuration, the in-ears are much smaller and not so bulky. Above all, the oversized sound tube and the associated pain when worn for a long time are history. You wear yourself more than comfortable!
Removable cables are now standard at KZ and should not be missing here. The same ones are used as in all new models of the 18th generation and are therefore quite useful.
With the processing I am a little ambivalent. They are well manufactured and there are no production errors or rough processing carvings, but somehow they do not look very valuable. This may be due to the fact that KZ has spoiled us a lot lately with full metal IEMs.

Sound

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

The bump comes from a dynamic driver that can concentrate fully on reproducing the bass without compromise, but very cleanly, as well as taking it back when not needed. At no time does it seem exaggerated but always delivers the right amount of bass, depending on the genre and the piece of music.

The mids are taken back very slightly (slight V-signature), but impress with a clarity and separation that not many IEMs can offer. No matter if vocals or instruments, everything is reproduced in detail and wonderfully spatial.

I was afraid to get a bred ZS6 tweeter again, but it was more oriented to the ZSR with more micro details, but not without straining the hearing.

Outro

A worthy successor of the ZS6, which still has very small deficits in the midrange in comparison, but delivers equivalent treble with less earache and equally clean bass. The wearing comfort is superb and the sound isolation very good!

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 ZSA is allein wegen seiner Haptik mehr als sein Geld wert. Die winzig kleinen, metallischen, wunderbar verarbeiteten und daher sehr wertigen Ohrhörer sind ein Stück Kunst. Vom Klang her ist er dem ZS6 ähnlich: neutrale Reproduktion von Stimmen in einem sauberen Klangbild, aber ohne die stechenden Höhen. Die Mitten sind vielleicht in bisschen weit zurückgesetzt, aber das ist bei diesem Preis lediglich Semantik. Ein sehr attraktives Schnäppchen.

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

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