KZ ZS10 IEM
KZ ZS10 IEM
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A favorite among budget-conscious audiophiles, KZ offers multiple-driver IEMs at shockingly low prices. The ZS10 model continues the tradition, featuring a hybrid configuration of five drivers per ear: four balanced armature and one dynamic Read More

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fallenmig
249
May 11, 2018
I prefer the sound signature of the ZS6, the ZS10 is more focus on the lower end, bass and sub bass is fantastic but lacks in the upper range. Also the build is much better with ZS6. If you are looking to get your first KZ then either one is fine, but if you own the ZS6 already then I would not recommend unless you are KZ collector.
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MannyAkim
130
May 12, 2018
Easy enough, thanks.
Maxxevv
30
Jun 27, 2018
The ZS6 are sibilant. I have them too.
ckrtfan
0
Aug 30, 2018
$20 on amazon...
ckrtfan
0
Aug 30, 2018
Oops you guys are right, I saw the cheaper model that looks the same.
DryRunGoods
19
Sep 22, 2018
I’ve read that the ZSTs are best for drummers. Are these comparable?
Also reviewed these if you want a second opinion;
https://thecontraptionist.blog/2018/05/08/kz-zs10-chaos/
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Varholiaglimp
937
May 11, 2018
Your description of the low end was very helpful, TC. Since I listen to classical and jazz as well as electronic music, I'll reluctantly forgo buying the ZS10. Interesting that you prefer the bass of the ED15.
Glad you found it helpful. Yeah, the ED15's bass is pretty fantastic for a budget iem. The rest I'm still deciding on.
For $1.60 more I can get these a from Amazon with two day prime delivery. Whoever negotiated this deal got played like a garage sale violin. When proposing a discount to a manufacturer because of the "mass" sales that will result, I would expect a price that not even Amazon can touch. The HD6XX kind of deal is what I'm talking about....this one is just a joke in comparison.
When did The Phonograph become a respected industry reference website? Every time that I've perused the website I'm always left with the impression that it's run by a kid in high school who saves up his weekly allowance to splurge on cheap Chi Fi earphones and the corporate offices are located in his bedroom (in his parents house). Apologies to the website operator if he's actually a 40 year old dude (who still lives wth his parents, of course)... but I just have great difficulty taking the website seriously.
ssnjrthegr8
17
Aug 2, 2018
Yeah you're right about the phonograph reference
G3n3r1c
148
Aug 30, 2018
Exactly, I have no idea why these are on Massdrop at this price...
bhazard451
101
May 10, 2018
This is not Active Noise Cancelling, but it is a 5 driver IEM for $40, which is a milestone.
I have them. They have recessed mids and have an uncomfortable fit, but the soundstage/imaging is great and these have huge sound for movies/videogames with strong, clear bass.
SciHobo
164
May 10, 2018
I second this opinion. Best budget soundstage option I can think of. Definitely has recessed mids and bass overpowers the mids, but you can EQ most of that away.
They're rather large but the fit is fine for my ears. The only difficulty I have with these is that I think the kz zsr is generally a little better for most applications for less money.
bhazard451
101
May 10, 2018
Agreed, I like the ZSR slightly better myself, with EQ.
EwenFR
241
May 10, 2018
4 BAs + 1 DD for $40! The last KZ I tried was the ZS6 and was impressed with the whole package for $30-$35 and now this ( and what looks like a real crossover on top of that ). I don't need another iem but I'm really tempted to join just to hear the final result.
EwenFR
241
May 11, 2018
ZS6 has a flatter FR and for most people its main problem seems to be the HF peak.
rayliam80
24
May 11, 2018
ZS10 is missing the peak but I also feel like it lacks some micro detail. ZS10 does have a more "natural" soundstage...it doesn't seem as wide. Vocals are more revealing and upfront with the ZS10 compared to the ZS6.
Schorschi
98
May 11, 2018
More reviews: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/kz-zs10.23034/
I would not take the phonograph seriously. It is KZ praising between ads and photos. The phonograph does not describe soundstage, layering , separation...or the overall image and signature of an earphone. They report fragmental info such as bass, mids, treble...but not how it all works together. When you look at consumers' comments, they are rather lukewarm about the ZS10.
Anorak52
21
May 23, 2018
"It does not matter what someone else's subjective opinion is. I can make myself believe anything I like, with very little effort."
Ordio P. Hile: "The Art of Audio Reviewing".
Slater91
205
Aug 27, 2018
While I had high expectations from the ZS10, I found out that they are not nearly as good as I wished them to be. They're technically capable, but their tuning results in a mess - they sound just wrong. You can read my full review here: https://www.soundphilereview.com/reviews/kz-zs10-review-2203/
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sucram65
51
Sep 23, 2018
Disagree.
ChaoticKinesis
70
Jul 31, 2018
These are one of the worst earphones I've ever heard and, despite being the most expensive KZ to date, it's the only one I find unlistenable. If you look at any frequency response graph, you'll see a huge spike in the 2-4 kHz range of 10-15 dB. Many KZ hybrids have a similar spike but this one is the worst by far. It translates into painfully harsh upper mids for many people. I literally can't listen to instruments like violin and trumpet on these without turning the volume way down because it hurts. For what it's worth, their bass is nice but not really better than the bass on other recent KZ hybrids.
Honestly, for a fraction of the price the KZ ED-16, ES-4, ZSA, and ZSR are all superior options. I've never personally known someone who thought the ZS-10 sounds better than any of the above but I know many who think the reverse. The ED-16 in particular sounds quite neutral and can compete with much more expensive IEMs, while the ES-4 is the better choice if you like a V-shaped response.
If you don't mention swapping tips how am I supposed to know that? I have no way of knowing what you do or do not have at your disposal. Something I can know is that based on even cursory glances at forums/reviews the main issues MOST people have with these IEMS can be resolved by switching to a pair of tips that actually compliment the sound as opposed to aggravating it. As far as my comment on the tips being garbage perhaps that was too general of a statement & I was a bit harsh. They are garbage for THESE particular iems & for people who don't have the ability to engage in intercourse via the ear canal. 😁 Jokes aside I'm certain that you can get better offerings at this price point & even lower, but it's probably not coming from within KZ's own line up. Then again sound is fairly subjective so no point in arguing over it, if you felt that the other KZ models are superior that's cool.
ChaoticKinesis
70
Aug 2, 2018
I don't think it's necessary to mention tip swapping when discussing the fact that these IEMs have an unusually nasty spike in the upper-mids. My point was that basically everything in the KZ lineup is superior to these, while also being at a significantly lower price point.
At a price point similar to these, one can also buy the TinAudio T2, which many regard as the best Chi-Fi IEM on the market and can absolutely compete with major brand IEMs at several times the price.
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