KZ AS16 + FiiO M6 : it’s surprisingly powerful, I’d not expect so much sound from a sub 300$ bundle. From 30 to 40 you get that cool boost you need to pass the day.
KS AS16 + A&K SR15 : this is a bit overkill but if you can afford it, you won’t regret your choice. The definition is astounding and it really sounds as if the AS16 were tune to fit the A&K SR15.
KZ AS16 + Cowon Plenue D2 : I’ve already said it in my Cowon Plenue D2 review : the Jet-Effect is the only DSP I would praise, hands down. Mach3bass + AS16 will make you realize how low those shiny drivers can go.
Last time, some of you complained about not having a comparison section. Here it is now :
KZ ZS5 : Yes the AS16 are better than the ZS5. Yes they are REALLY better, fuller sound, wider soundstage and extended dynamic. Yet, if you’re into really, really low budget, the ZS5 will still impress you, period.
BGVP DM7 : this is my actual top choice in the sub-300$ category. It offers more dynamic and depth but in terms of the soundstage, the AS16 can give the DM7 a run for its money.
Fearless S6 Rui : where the KZ AS16 favors the highs, almost too much, the S6 Rui focuses on sub mids and low. This is a full-bodied IEM, for those who want fun without compromising too much on details
Final Audio E5000 : I don’t talk much of the Final Audio, but I wanted to compare them to the AS16 for two reasons. First, this is a mono-driver. Second, it’s almost 80% smaller. If the sound battle is easily won by the AS16, comfort wise the E5000 takes the upper hand.
The KZ AS16 are exactly what you expect them to be: the finest offer from KZ and a great performer sold at a very low price. For 125$, this IEM is definitely one of the best options you could get. No, this is one of the best sub-300$ options, just under the BGVP DM7.
The build quality is very good, but comfort could be better. The sheer size of the shell remains too big in my opinion, which makes the comfort sub-optimal. But apart from that, there isn’t much I could complain about. If you want to try a TOTL IEM, but can’t afford the 1k+ model we usually review, maybe you should check out the KZ AS16.
Yes, it’s that good.