KZ announces a 16 Driver Headphone – NEWS

KZ 16 drivers

ℹ KZ has just announced a new headphone with 16 drivers, precisely 1 week after the announcement of the KZ ZSA.

This new model has been teased by the brand with the release of an image that does not reveal in-depth details.

During the March announcement there were many models revealed but none said to carry 16 drivers so this new in-ear monitor should be a totally new addition to the vast options available for this 2018.

Knowledge Zenith is extending their catalog into a monumentally varied one, with options that range from super budget single drivers like the KZ ATE, KZ ZS3 and KZ ED9; double DD like the KZ ZSE and KZ ZS2; dual hybrid like the KZ ES4, KZ ZST and KZ ED15; triple driver with the KZ ZSR; quad driver with the KZ ZS6 and KZ ZS5; 5-driver with the newest KZ ZS10.

KZ Acoustics (seems that they are starting to promote their brand as KZ Acoustics instead of the classic Knowledge Zenith branding) is teasing that this new model will distribute the 16 drivers in, exclusively, balanced armatures and no dynamic drivers will be held inside the housings.

It is still unknown if the housings of this new model will be aluminum as the KZ ZS6 or plastic like the KZ ZS10, KZ ZSR, KZ ES3. Also it is still not clear which type of cable will be used nor the connector, it could hold detachable bi-pin cables with an angled connector like the KZ ZS10 and KZ ZST (to name a few) or a straight angle connector like the KZ ZS5 and KZ ZS3 (among others).

If the new KZ 16-driver headphone uses these type of bi-pin cables, then it should also be compatible with KZ Bluetooth Cables and KZ upgraded cables like the: KZ Gold-Plated Cable and KZ Silver Plated Cable. The name of the new model is still unknown.

On the other hand, KZ is openly letting their fans know that this 16-driver headphone could be available in July and will have an estimated retail price in the +/- $90 range.

The 2018 models that are already available and can be purchased are:


UPDATE:
The KZ 16 driver model that has been teased for nearly 1 year already, has been officially announced as KZ AS16 – following the latest releases like the KZ ZS10 PRO, KZ ZSN PRO, KZ ZSN.

Moreover, an official image has been revealed – yet, no official release date and availability has been released.

Technical specifications are still unknown, besides the 16 driver configuration with 8 balanced armature per side.

UPDATE #2:
The KZ AS16 is now available to buy HERE

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UPDATE #4:  We have published the KZ AS16 review

 


KZ AS16
KZ AS16


KZ 16 drivers
KZ 16 drivers

The technical specifications of the new unknowingly named KZ earphone have not been disclosed but according to the teasing information it should be:

KZ 16-Driver – KZ AS16 Technical Specifications:

  • Type: In-Ear Hybrid
  • Drivers: 16
  • Balanced Armatures: 16
  • Dynamic Drivers: 0
  • Impedance: 15 ohm
  • Freqeuncye response: 20-40000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • Connector type: not disclosed yet – update: 2-pin angled
  • Housings: not disclosed yet – update: plastic with metal rear plate (like the: KZ ZS10 PRO, KZ ZSN PRO, KZ ZSN, CCA C16, CCA C10, CCA CA4)

You can read about the announcements of KZ’s 2018 earphones at: 


The KZ 16-Driver will join KZ 2108 models with the:


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