| Balanced Armature | 10 mm Dynamic Driver |
🎧 We are reviewing the KZ ES4 the latest release from KZ with a dual hybrid configuration, detachable cables and plastic housings.
The KZ ES4 is the newer updated version of the KZ ES3, inheriting some of their main technical specifications like: dual driver, plastic housings, detachable cables.
The KZ ES4 features 4 drivers in total, distributed in 2 per earpiece. The dual driver setup includes 1 balanced armature and one 10 mm dynamic driver, each driver will independently be responsible of reproducing different audio frequencies – the dynamic driver will take care of the lower end while the balanced armature will resolve mid and upper frequencies.
The KZ ES4 belongs to the newest generation of KZ in-ear monitors and shares some design similarities with the KZ ZS10, like the transparent housings and the characteristic divider board with the KZ logo which can be found inside the rear section of the housings.
The form factor of the earpieces share some of the curvy shapes of the KZ ZST and KZ ZS10 but have a rear housing’s design that (if seen flat) looks nearly identical to a guitar pick.
The KZ ES4 durability is inline with all KZ earphones from the last 2 years – that are built with the same materials. Expect the same rugged and well-built construction of the KZ ZS10, KZ ZST PRO and KZ ED12.
The cables are the same one that comes with the KZ ED15 and KZ ZS10 with a dual double helix braided design and very rubberized finish. The connector of the cable is the same bi-pin 0.75mm of all KZ earphones with detachable cables; specifically they use the angled connector (like the KZ ZSR, KZ ZST and KZ ZS10) and not the straight connector that came with the KZ ZS6, KZ ZS5 and KZ ZS3.
The KZ ES4 price is lower for the KZ ES4 mic-less version, but only marginally cheaper.
The KZ ES4 is compatible with Android and Apple devices.
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Accessories & Packaging
The KZ ES4 unboxing results in 3 pair of eartips and the detachable bi-pin cable. Everything comes inside a small rectangular packaging with a sliding cover, the standard packaging of KZ’s latest earphones like the KZ ZS10, KZ ED15 and also very similar to the RevoNext QT2 and some Xiaomi In-Ear Headphones.
Bass & Sub Bass
The KZ ES4 bass is super strong with extra punchy mid-bass and sub-bass that reaches extremely deep levels. You can listen to the most bass-intensive and demanding tracks that you can imagine and the KZ ES4 will easily deliver all the bass needed. If you own other KZ earphones like the KZ ZSR, KZ ES3, KZ ZST you can get an estimated idea of what the KZ ES4 will provide.
Applying an EQ, their mid-bass gets insanely punchy and depth becomes out of this world.
During our extreme bass tests the KZ ES4 were able to handle 40% 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. The extreme amplification and equalization, made lower frequencies of the KZ ES4 achieve a massive increment of mid-bass punch and sub-bass depth that even provided a crazy basshead level of impact and rumble way above the Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, Monoprice 8320 and even stronger than the Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro but not as impacting as the Sony MDR-EX650, Sony MDR-EX800ST and Pioneer SE-CX8.
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Mids & Vocals
The KZ ES4 mids have full bodied sound with a warm personality and very crisp higher mids. Lower vocals sound energetic and alive despite a mild presence of mid-bass bleed. If you were not into KZ’s new approach with the tuning of the KZ ZS10, you will be happy to know that the KZ ES4 has KZ’s sound signature that everybody loves. The KZ ES4 has a very strong output and if you crank the volume you will feed their crisp higher mids into some harshness.
With an EQ you will be able to customize their lower mids and male vocals into absolutely clear and free of mid-bass bleed. Higher mids can be EQ’ed to calm down some of their harshy peaks without getting recessed.
Highs & Treble
The KZ ES4 highs are very bright and resolve a strong amount of detail right out-of-the box. Much like their bass and mids, their highs are tuned with KZ’s classic style, relatively inline with the style of the KZ ZS6, KZ ZST PRO, KZ ZSR and KZ ZS5. As with most earphones tuned for very bright highs, some piercing highs might show up depending of the peaks of each track; sibilance is fairly smooth.
An EQ adds a jaw dropping amount of brightness and become noticeably more detailed. Piercing highs can also be efficiently eq’ed to reduce their strength. to As a general sound
The sound that leaks out of the KZ ES4 is very low. While listening to music at a moderate volume their sound leaking levels will be imperceptible by nearby people. If you set the volume to the very maximum people next to you will hear a very subdued leakage (if first you do not become deaf by their super strong volume output)
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Noise isolation of the KZ ES4 is highly efficient, with a level of reduction of surrounding noises far stronger than most average earphones. You can set your volume within moderate and they will still provide a near absolute isolation, by cranking the volume just a bit higher the will isolate you completely from noises.
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With a form factor very similar to the KZ ZST, the KZ ES4 offer the same outstanding level of comfortable and secure fit. Regarding size, the KZ ES4 are not as large as the KZ ZS10; instead, they have a footprint more inline with the KZ ES3, KZ ED12 and smaller than the KZ ZS6.
Much like most of the latest generation of KZ earphones, the KZ ES4 is a very comfortable earphone to wear and does not generate in-ear pain.
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Response to Equalization
The response to custom equalization of the KZ ES4 was outstanding, bass could be empowered into insane levels of punch and depth; lower vocals got very clear and mid-bass bleed was nearly extinguished; highs became extra bright and open-sounding.
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KZ ES4 Technical Specifications
|Driver Unit||10mm DD + BA|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips; detachable cable|
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