For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the KZ AS16 performs.
Balanced Armature drivers
The KZ AS16 is a multi-drivers IEM, an eight (!) driver IEM more specifically. For a 125$ IEM, this is more than impressive, this is madness!
The IEM gets a 3 Way Crossover / 3-bores system. Each channel carries a part of the frequency range to give a smoother curve: low, medium, high. So why eight drivers per ear you say ? “Because why not” answered KZ.
The drivers are arranged as :
- x4 upper-range KZ-31736 – Knowles
- x2 mid-range KZ-29689 – Knowles
- x2 low-range KZ-22955 – Knowles
It’s not often that you can see four balanced drivers for the highs. Usually, IEM manufacturers prefer to separate the highs and ultra-highs, such as Unique Melody or even BGVP. Yet, this kind of configuration may give us a proper result, if the filter fits the job.
3D Printed acoustic duct
This is one of the most surprising features of the KZ AS16. The brand has developed its own acoustic duct which fits all the drivers and guides the sound right to your ear. As far as I know, this is the first IEM I tried which offers this kind of setup.
From a side view, the bigger and wider bass-focused drivers take place at the rear side, the mid-range in the middle, and we end up with the four high-range drivers just near the nozzle. Frankly, I’m very impressed by this setup and apart from the sound, it gives me quite a nice view. Like a well-arranged apartment that you booked on AirBnB.
Other cool quirks? Just take a look at the faceplate. It’s got a small riddle and a very cool “professional hifi balanced armature” title printed on them.
- Type : IEM
- Style : Balanced drivers x8
- Crossover : 3 way (3D printed duct)
- Drivers : Knowles drivers
- Socket : 2-pins (detachable cables)
- Cable : 6N 8 core OCC
- Shell : 3D printed acrylic + aluminum faceplate
- Frequency response Range : 20Hz – 40kHz
- Sensitivity : 105dB SPL/mW
- Impedance : 15 ohms
- Price : 125$
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