KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 – Review

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 KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7

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🎧 We are reviewing the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 , the latest triple driver from KZ.

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 features an hybrid configuration with 3 drivers per side, detachable cables and plastic housings.

Some KZ fans swear for the KZ ZSR, being the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 the only triple driver successor to date, they might have inherited some of their pros, we will find it out later on during the soundtests.

You might wonder why we are calling them KZ ED16 and KZ ZS7. This model has been released under the KZ ED16 name and even the packaging lists them with that name but there is a particular detail, the outer plate of the KZ ED16 has a printed writing that says “ZS7” (see photos in this review).

As a further insight about this peculiar model, KZ has informed that the KZ ED16 are already a discontinued model. Being a discontinued model we estimate that stock will be limited, therefore we recommend being quick getting yours if they fit your sound needs – you can still find the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 available HERE.

The “ZS7” writings could be a design error and the reason behind the, practically immediate, discontinuation of the KZ ED16. This could mean that in the near future you might find that KZ releases an officially named KZ ZS7 replacing the KZ ZS6 and/or another KZ ED16 being more inline with the ED product line and less with the ZS line. Take this last paragraph with a grain of salt, this are simply our unsubstantiated theories.

The housings of the KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 are translucent and made of plastic like the KZ ZSR and many other models from the brand. The shape and size is more inline with the KZ ES3 than the KZ ZSR and KZ ZS3.

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have detachable cables that have the classic KZ design and not the new double helix, braided design. The connector is a 2-pin compatible with KZ Bluetooth cables, KZ Silver cables, KZ gold cables and KZ compatible cables – important to note that the KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 make use of the KZ straight connector like the KZ ZS3, KZ ZS6, KZ ZS5 and not the angled one found in the KZ ES4, KZ ZS10, KZ ZSA and KZ ZST Pro.

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KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 Review

Tests & Scores

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Weight

KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 weight in Ounces and KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 weight in grams.

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A

Accessories & Packaging

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 unboxing results in 3 pair of earips and the detachable cable. Everything comes inside the classic newest packaging from every other KZ earphone.

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B

Bass & Sub Bass

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 bass is energetic with strong punch and very deep sub-bass. They are fun tuned earphones, still they are not excessively boosted nor have a bass-only sound. Their lower frequencies have strength to cover absolutely every bass-intensive genre.

Applying an EQ, sub-bass becomes incredibly profound and mid-bass gets robustly punchier.

During our extreme bass tests the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 were able to handle 50% of the maximum power of a Fiio E12 amplifier while being set to high gain and with bass boost turned on; a custom basshead EQ was used.

This extreme amplification and equalization made the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 achieve such a massive increment of mid-bass punch and sub-bass depth that they were able to surpass the basshead level of impact and rumble of the KZ ATE, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD and even of the older sibling the KZ ZSR but still remaining below the Sony MDR-EX650, Sony MDR-EX800ST and Pioneer SE-CX8 / SE-CX7.

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M

Mids & Vocals

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 mids are warm, some mid-bass bleed is present but their lower mids and male vocals sound very alive and clear without getting congested nor laid back at all. Higher mids have a nice balance that does not make them fall into harshness nor forward sound but still offer clear and crisp sound.

With an EQ their mid-bass bleed gets highly reduced, male vocals get importantly clearer and higher mids very crisp. If you do not want to risk to introduce harsh peaks you can EQ all their mids except the upper range.

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H

Highs & Treble

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 highs are bright and very detailed but not forward. Their highs tuning results in a nice sounding upper frequencies that does not become fatiguing but neither sound dark. Sibilant and piercing peaks are rarely present and when they appear are sufficiently mild as not to generate discomfort.

An EQ reveals an insane amount of detail and makes their highs hugely brighter. Sibilance will get stronger but piercing peaks remain fairly under control.

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SL

Sound Leak

The sound that leaks out of the KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 is fairly lower than many common earphones. They are not as silent as the highest-scoring in our Headphones Scores Comparison Page (in “Sound Leak”) but they will totally blend in while being used normally noisy situations.

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SI

Sound Isolation

Noise isolation of KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 is much more efficient than most average earphones. They can reach an absolute isolation without having to utilize high volume settings.

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C

Comfort

With shorter and narrower nozzles than the KZ ZSR, the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 provide a much more comfortable fit that does not get as intrusive in the ears. In fact, now the KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 sit nearly flush with the ears.

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EQ

Response to Equalization

The KZ ZS7 / KZ ED16 had a clear response to EQ with very noticeable improvement of vocals, reduction of mid-bass bleed, empowering of mid-bass punch, deepening of sub-bass, brightening of highs and addition of detail.

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  5. Select “Other Payoments” or “Use another payment method”
  6. Write the exclusive Coupon Code at: “Optional message here:”
  7. Press the “PLACE ORDER” button
  8. DO NOT PAY FOR THE ORDER YET. Press the back arrow and cancel the payment.
  9. Press “Yes” on “Cancel the payment?” pop up message
  10. On the mobile app press back or “cancel payment”
  11. Seller will manually set the discounted price of the coupon for you within some hours or a couple days at most.

 

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Frequency Response (raw)

KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 Frequency Response Curve

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Specifications

KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 Technical Specifications

Type Dynamic / Hybrid
Driver Unit 10mm / 2x BA
Sensitivity 98dB/mW
Power Capacity N/A
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Response 20-40,000Hz
Diaphragm Unknown
Magnet Unknown
Cord Y-type, round cord
Cord Length 1.2m
Plug Stereo mini plug
Weight Approx. 20g
Supplied Accessories 3x Earphone tips; case

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FAQ

KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 FAQ

How many drivers does the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 is a triple driver headphone. Which means that the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 has 3 drivers per side.

What type of headphone is the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 ?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 is an in-ear headphone.

Does the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have a microphone?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have a microphone and a remote.

Which KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 colors are available?

The colors available for the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 are: Black, Blue.

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How many eartips does the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 include?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 includes 3 pair of eartips.

What cable do the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have a detachable, Y-type, rounded cable.

What cable connection does the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 have?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 cable connection has a 0.75mm Bi-Pin interface with a 3.5mm mini stereo plug.

Are there replacement cables for the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 ?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 cables can be replaced with compatible 0.75mm bi-pin replacement cables.

Are there upgrade cables for the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 ?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 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 ED16 / KZ ZS7 have Bluetooth / The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 is a wireless headphone?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 does not have Bluetooth but you can buy Bluetooth cables to make the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Is the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 compatible with Apple devices?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 compatible with Android devices?

The KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7 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.

KZ ED16 / KZ ZS7

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