The KZ AS16 is the latest flagship from the brand. It got 8 Drivers and cost a mere 125$. Learn more with our review.
Disclaimer : the KZ AS16 were provided to us, free of charge, by Linsoul in exchange of our honest opinion. Check their website as they also carry Fearless, BGVP and of course KZ.
About Knowledge Zenith
Last year, I said KZ or Knowledge Zenith was a very discrete brand. As time flies and review pile up, this isn’t quite true anymore : now KZ is one of the Chi-Fi pilars and they even have a website !
The last time I had the chance to listen to one of their IEMs, the asking price topped at… 25$. Now, it’s time to try their latest flagship, an 8 driver IEM
KZ or Knowledge Zenith is a very discrete brand, so discrete they don’t even have an official website ! Nonetheless, you can find them in various webstore, be it Aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon or Linsoul, where we got it. The only way to contact them directly is their Facebook Page or the official store on Aliexpress, such a niche!
KZ now offers a full range of IEMs, from the mono driver such as the ED9 to the KZ-ZS10 using ten drivers. The magic happens in the cart, even their flagship doesn’t cost more than… 125$ !
The KZ Series
The AS series from KZ includes balanced armature earphones only. Last time, there was only one IEM available – the AS10, available around ~65$ – which Berkhan review already. He said :
“I recommend the AS10 to anyone who’s looking for an IEM that costs less than $100 and has a warm, organic tuning with good midbass body.”
But… here comes a new challenger: the AS16. The new cheap-ass TOTL IEM from KZ.
It is available in two colors, each one displaying the internal plate used for frequency crossover and it embeds 2x Low / 2x Mid/ 4X High. Yes 8 drivers, no less.
The AT series is made of dynamic earphones, two models precisely: the KZ ATR (review available herereview available here) and the KZ ATE. Visually, you can distinguish the ATR by its solid black shell and the ATE by its translucent black shell. Their non-detachable cable can be a problem for some users, but considering their price for me it’s not a real issue.
KZ made them sonically different with a bass-oriented ATR, whereas the ATE is supposed to be Hifi-minded thanks to a better coating and a pure copper driver. The ATE is available in a sport version: the ATES, and the ATR is available in an even more entry-level version: the HD9 with a cheaper construction but a beautiful white one.
The ED series is the entry-level range of the brand, a 5-10$ IEM. Basically, it’s the same type of IEM you get when you order a smartphone, so I don’t expect much of it. Maybe there are some hidden gems inside, who knows !
The ZS series is the one getting all the heat : hybrid balanced/dynamic ears offering high-end performances for a fraction of the price. We reviewed the KZ ZS5 and it became our new budget reference. You can find more information just here.
The whole range gets detachable cables, hybrid design, 3D printed shells and various colors. KZ is even offering some quality cables or a Bluetooth/USB-C option for the new smartphones. Again, for the price, it’s really amazing to get this kind of package.
The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.