KZ ATE

ø8mm Dynamic Driver

4.5/5.0
$10~$15

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. Very suitable for vocal-oriented music, and even sounds fun enough with electronic music, just as long as you have a perfect seal.
  • The design looks very attractive and professional.
  • I find them comfortable to wear, but your mileage may vary.

Cons

  • The minimal sub-bass presence might not be sufficient to some.
  • 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

Although the sub-bass is pretty minimal and struggling, it's pretty quick and presice. I'd really love to see some more bass oomph, that would sound perfect with these earphones.

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 crystal-clear, even if slightly harsh, but not as harsh as in KZ ED9. They sound bright and highly detailed, yet they stay quite comfortable.

Frequency Response

ATE
C56R DT5 ED2 ED3 Youth Version ED4 ED9 ED10 ED11 EDR2 ES3 GR HDS1 HDS2 HDS3 IE80 RX S3 ZS1 ZS5 ZS6 ZSE ZST