Brand: KZ
Category: Audio
  • 1: 8BA hybrid driver unit
  • 2: total 16 units
  • 3: Professional industrial design
  • 4: Professional Excellent Electronic Frequency Division Tuning Technology
  • 5: Light luxury - High-level process details

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KZ AS16 HiFi 16BA Balanced Armature Units Heavy Bass Earphone

Friends, it seems to me that either the low-cost Chinese manufacturers have really gone mad? You may have already seen it, but if you haven’t, get ready – Knowledge Zenith has started selling its new headphones, which are called KZ AS16. Buy this eight-driver rebar model for as much as $125. How about this?  Of course, I respect the manufacturer, but it seems to me that there is a clear overkill here.

I’m sure that the headphones look great, that the quality of manufacturing and materials will not make anybody blush. But $125. For that kind of money and sound, it should be just great, but KZ has always had problems with that. Not global, but they never went to market leaders. Even in the budget segment.

And also planting. Well, I don’t believe that such a serious number of emitters in the body of each earpiece allowed to withstand the moderation of size and convenience of shapes. Even with fewer drivers, the manufacturer managed to make mistakes.

In general, everything looks interesting enough. The radiators are divided into three groups, each of which covers its own region of the range – low, medium and high frequencies. For better coordination in KZ AS16 there is an impressive kind of crossover, which promises us the absence of intersection of frequencies of individual groups of drivers, which should give a clear and transparent sound at the output.

But am I ready to take a risk and buy a product from a state-financed producer for such a large sum of money? Now definitely not. Of course, I’ll think about it, but at the moment I’m just shocked. There is a choice of versions with and without a microphone, as well as two colors of translucent parts of plastic cases.


Product Details

Features 1. 8BA hybrid driver unit for each side ,total 16 units. Reference-level high-order HIFI, 16 units balanced armature earphones bring you near-real auditory experience on the spot.
2. Professional industrial design three-channel acoustic duct structure. Optimize the three-frequency performance to make the sound more transparent and balanced
3. Professional Excellent Electronic Frequency Division Tuning Technology. Under the action of PCB electronic frequency divider, the connection between high-Mid and low tones is smooth and the distortion is less. No matter what music you listen to, every detail will be carefully restored.
4. Light luxury - High-level process details of the ear shell of zinc alloy combined with resin material.
5. Ergonomic cavity design. Correct wearing can effectively isolate noise around 26dB
Specification Brand KZ
Model AS16
Color Black, Blue
Wearing Type In-ear
Cable Length (m) 1.25m

Microphone Yes/No
Plug Type 3.5mm
Receive Sensitivity 105dB
Impedance 15Ω
Frequency Response 20-40kHz


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  1. Sarp Sanin

    This is a great headphone for musicians on the stage

    After using Shure se215 for years, i decided to have a better definition on stage. Although i loved the sound when just listening music, it was hard to hear all the instruments when i used live on stage because of one dynamic driver for all the frequencies. After a long research i decided to give a try for KZ AS16 and it blew my mind. I can hear every detail thanks to 8 Balanced Armature drivers per ear. 2 for lows, 2 for mids, 2 for high mids and 2 for highs. Every frequency can be heard and not squashed like the one driver Shure se215. It's not for bassheads i can say. You have plenty of tight bass like a good referance monitor, it's always balanced and that's what i like. I strongly recommend for professional musicians.

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