KZ ED3 Youth Version

ø6.8mm Dynamic Driver

$10~$15
4.0/5.0

By the looks of it, it's supposed to be the big brother of the great KZ HDS1. How do they compare? KZ ED3 Youth Version wins in all accounts - sound clarity, bass quality, loudness, and even reacts better to amplified sources.

NOTE: This model was most likely discontinued. It is very difficult to find for purchase.

Pros

  • The sound is amazing. Bass is punchy just enough, mids are detailed and the highs are clear and sharp.
  • A robust and nice looking housing.

Cons

  • The vocals tend to be slightly shrieky, similar to KZ ED10.
  • The paint on the housings can be scratched and peeled off pretty easily.
  • The same gut-like cable KZ uses for their products.
  • The splitter is way lower than chest-level and makes the cable wiggly and hard to control.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Corrugated fiberboard

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, black (translucent), ø4mm bores

Build & Materials

Housings:

Metal (painted), ø5mm nozzles, soft strain reliefs

Remote:

Metal (painted), single-button

Y-Split:

TPE, soft strain reliefs

Cable:

Silicone (grippy), 113cm, soft, straight

Plug:

TPE, 90° angled, short, soft strain relief

Comfort & Fit

I got a good seal with the pre-applied M-size tips. No problems at all. Still, the generic tips aren't the best at keeping the earphones inside.

Lows / Bass

A great bass quality and depth, just in the right amount, not too much sub-bass. Doesn't overwhelm higher frequencies, but also lacks significant impact.

Mids / Vocals

The vocals are very clear and precise. The great clarity and warm sound signature result in an enjoyable and exciting experience.

Highs / Treble

The highs are bright and crisp, but slightly cold and overemphasized, almost as bright as KZ ED9.

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 ZS10 ZSE ZSR ZST