KZ BA10 – Review

KZ BA10


KZ BA10

| 5x Balanced Armatures |





🎧 We are reviewing the KZ BA10, the latest flagship earphone from KZ with 5 drivers per side.

The KZ BA10 features an all balanced armature configuration with 5 units per earpiece. The balanced armatures inside the KZ BA10 are: 2x 30095, 1x 31005, 1x 29689, 1x 22955.

The KZ BA10 and the KZ AS10 might not look alike but both have the same 5-driver configuration and make use of identical balanced armatures. Nonetheless, the brand has opted for a totally new positioning and placement of the units inside the housings- through out our KZ BA10 review we will find out if the KZ BA10 vs KZ AS10 offer the same sound or not.

The KZ BA10 durability feels excellent thanks to the all metal construction. This time KZ decided to go back to the materials of the superb KZ ZS6 and KZ ZSA, instead of the all plastic construction on most of their models, such as the: KZ ZS5, KZ ES4, KZ ED16, KZ BTE, KZ ZS10, KZ ZS4, KZ ZSR (among others)

The housings have a bi-colored design and a back plate with 3 air vents with a metal grid beneath. The vents have the same aesthetics of those seen on the KZ ZS6 and the KZ ZSA.

The cable of the KZ BA10 has the helix design of most latest models but with an all-new color pattern that is now lighter-colored – to give you a comparative reference, the color of the new cable is more inline with the Yinyoo 6-core copper-plated cable that we have reviewed some time ago, than to any of the cables seen on other KZ earphones.

The KZ BA10 can be bought with or without an inline remote/microphone. This mic/remote is the same classic of most KZ models, with a single-button and fairly small size.

The KZ BA10 price will be lower for the KZ BA10 mic-less version but the difference is nearly insignificant and most users will benefit from the mic/remote.

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KZ BA10 Review

Tests & Scores


W

Weight

KZ BA10 weight in Ounces and KZ BA10 weight in grams.

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A

Accessories & Packaging

The KZ BA10 unboxing results in 3 pair of eartips (+1 pair already on the unit), the detachable cable and a metal engraved plate.

The accessories and the packaging of the KZ BA10 vs KZ AS10 is exactly the same, which are the only 2 KZ models that have this packaging (to date).

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B

Bass & Sub Bass

The KZ BA10 bass is powerful with a punchy and very deep personality that can cover absolutely any music genre.

Despite their rich and strong bass response, neither their mid-bass nor sub-bass get overly cooked nor boomy. You can expect a lower frequencies style similar to the KZ AS10 (on which we discovered a less bouncy bass style) but with a deeper response.

Applying an EQ, there is an insane empowering of punch and depth with a much more aggressive and bass-centered response.

The KZ BA10 was able to handle up to 50% of the maximum power of a FiiO E12 Mont Blanc (replaced by the newer model, FiiO A5) through out our extreme basshead test. The results showed a monumental increment of depth and punch but they did not reach a basshead impact and rumble like the Pioneer SE-CX8, Sony MDR-EX800ST, Pioneer SE-CX9, Sony MDR-EX650.

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M

Mids & Vocals

The KZ BA10 mids have a warm and full-bodied sound with alive vocals and slightly congested lower midrange. Male vocals do not sound distant but get some mid-bass bleeding into them.

The upper midrange is crisp and clear and, usually, does not get too harsh.

Expect a clear midrange personality without being too aggressive nor recessed.

With an EQ, their male vocals can be given a much more clear and present sound with a strong reduction of mid-bass bleed and conserving their crisp but non-harsh upper midrange.

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H

Highs & Treble

The KZ BA10 highs are bright and detailed. They are not as bright as the Senfer EN900, Senfer DT8, Senfer 4in1 but they are still a bright sounding earphone.

Piercing peaks can show up on very fatiguing-prone tracks but sibilance is less frequent.

Overall, their highs are fairly-balanced between a bright but not overly fatiguing sound, yet neither dark sounding.

An EQ makes their highs more open and clear with a bump over their treble region and a brighter and better detailed personality.

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SL

Sound Leak

The rear vents of the KZ BA10 are not the best companion for sound leaking assignments. The sound leaking out of the KZ BA10 is not obscene but it is somewhat inline with most average earphones.

This means that users listening to music at very high volume settings will make their sound hearable by nearby people – still, during noisy city situations their leakage will not be an issue but will not be the best option where silence is required.

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SI

Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the KZ BA10 is very noticeable and much stronger than most normal earphones.

The large housings and the very deep insertion of the nozzles allow them to offer this strong isolation that can be easily pushed for a nearly-absolute level (when cranking up the volume)

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C

Comfort

With the KZ BA10, the brand has decided to get away from the design being used on many of the latest models (such as the KZ AS10, KZ ES4, KZ ZS10) and has decided to use a more squared form factor.

This new design will probably not be the best for people with smaller ears as the square shapes and rougher edges might translate into pointier edges touching the ears and possibly earlier-inducing discomfort.

Most of our editor’s did not find them to be particularly uncomfortable but this might be something to consider according to each user’s ears.

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EQ

Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the KZ BA10 was highly efficient, allowing them to obtain a remarkably clearer lower and mid midrange with less congested mids and vocals.

Highs were also enhanced by an EQ, introducing much more brightness, detail and, most of all, a more open sound.

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Frequency Response (raw)

KZ BA10 Frequency Response Curve

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KZ BA10 – frequency response curve

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KZ BA10 Technical Specifications

Specifications

Type BA
Driver Unit 5x BA
Sensitivity 105dB/mW
Power Capacity Unknown
Impedance 14 ohms
Frequency Response 20-40,000Hz
Diaphragm N/A
Magnet N/A
Cord Y-type
Cord Length 1.2m
Plug Stereo mini plug
Weight Approx. 27g
Supplied Accessories 3x Earphone tips, detachable cable

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FAQ

KZ BA10 FAQ

How many drivers does the KZ BA10 have?

The KZ BA10 is a pent driver (quint driver) headphone. Which means that the KZ BA10 has 5 drivers per side.

What type of headphone is the KZ BA10?

The KZ BA10 is an in-ear headphone.

The KZ BA10 is an open, semi-open or closed back headphone?

The KZ BA10 is an open back headphone.

 Does the KZ BA10 have a microphone?

The KZ BA10 have a microphone and a remote.

What is the price of the KZ BA10?

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Where can I buy the KZ BA10?

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Which KZ BA10 colors are available?

The colors available for the KZ BA10 are: black & red, golden & red

What cable do the KZ BA10 have?

The KZ BA10 have a detachable, Y-type cable.

What cable connection does the KZ BA10 have?

The KZ BA10 cable connection has a 0.75mm Bi-Pin interface.

Are there replacement cables for the KZ BA10 ?

The KZ BA10 cables can be replaced with compatible 0.75mm bi-pin replacement cables.

Are there upgrade cables for the KZ BA10 ?

The KZ BA10 uses 0.75mm bi-pin cables which are very popular standard cables. You can buy any cable with a 0.75mm bi-pin connector to upgrade the cable.

Does the KZ BA10 have Bluetooth / The KZ BA10 is a wireless headphone?

The KZ BA10 does not have Bluetooth but you can buy Bluetooth cables (KZ Bluetooth Cables v1KZ Bluetooth cables v2 or TRN BT cables) to make the KZ BA10 Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Is the KZ BA10 compatible with Apple devices?

The KZ BA10 is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the KZ BA10 compatible with Android devices?

The KZ BA10 is fully compatible with Android devices.

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DISCLAIMER
We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

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SCORE

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