KZ ATE

ø8mm Dynamic Driver

$10~$15
4.0/5.0

Another of KZ's legendary classics - KZ ATE. These earphones are special both in design and sound. They offer a very balanced sound quality, and a slight darkish tonality in the vocals, yet they are one of the best vocal-oriented earphones by KZ. Their design is quite unique and professional and I had no problems with comfort.

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Pros

  • Superb sound quality. Suitable for vocal-oriented music, and even sounds fun enough with electronic music.
  • The design looks very attractive and professional.
  • I find them comfortable to wear, but your mileage may vary.

Cons

  • The mids are a quite dark sounding.
  • The treble is not that detailed, a bit recessed with a harsh tonality.
  • Very boomy abd muddy bass response.
  • The build quality isn't the best I've seen among KZ products, but it might be to minimize materials' cost and weight.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Plastic

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+L, black (translucent), ø4mm bores

Ear Tips - Foam:

Faux foam, black, ø3mm bores

Build & Materials

Housings:

Plastic (glossy), ø6mm nozzles (ø4mm openings), no strain reliefs

Remote:

Plastic (matte), single-button

Y-Split:

TPE, soft strain reliefs

Cable:

Silicone (grippy), 128cm, soft, straight

Plug:

TPE, 90° angled, short, soft strain relief

Comfort & Fit

Although the included "memory foam" tips are awful, I used the large silicone tips instead and got a wonderful seal. The earphones sit comfortably and don't fall out. Pretty impressive for over-the-ear earphones.

Lows / Bass

Depends on the source, but in general, the bass is very boomy and deep. Warmer than what I would like and some muddiness leaks into the mids.

Mids / Vocals

The mids and vocals are clear, very warm, full and fun. Yet, I hear some darkish tonality in the vocals when I compare them to KZ ED3 Youth Version or KZ S3.

Highs / Treble

The highs are sharp, even if slightly harsh-sounding. Unlike KZ ED9, the highs hold a darker tone, but are generally more suitable for long listening sessions.

Frequency Response

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C56R DT5 ED2/EDR1 ED3 Youth Version ED4 ED9 ED10 ED11 ED16 EDR2 ES3 GR HDS1 HDS2 HDS3 IE80 RX S3 ZS1 ZS5 (V1) ZS6 ZS7 ZS10 ZSA ZSE ZSN ZSR ZST