KZ ATE
ø8mm Dynamic Driver

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
Cons
  • 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.
  • 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
Housing:

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