KZ ZSA

ø8mm Dynamic Driver + Balanced Armature

$20~$25
4.5/5.0

The ZSA is another model released in a flood of high-quality models by KZ. The ZSA are a compact and cheap alternative to their bigger brother, the ZS6. Just like the ZS6, the ZSA suffer from a sharp treble, although it's nowhere near as piercing as the ZS6. The good news is that the ZSA are excellent for those who are looking for cheap earphones with an excellent build quality, deep bass, clear and upfront mids and a crisp and detailed treble.

Although I had some fitting difficulties, other have not experienced it as badly as I did, so it's completely individual. KZ have reached a peak where about every model they release sounds above what you would expect for their price. You can't go wrong with these either.

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Pros

  • Unbelievably detailed sound quality for this price point.
  • Extremely deep sub-bass response. Driving these is an easy task.
  • Extremely loud, even on weak sources.
  • Detachable cable, which extends the lifespan of these earphones.

Cons

  • Instances of pierce are not uncommon, especially in tracks with sharp high-pitched sounds.
  • I had a bit of a difficulty making them seal properly given their small size.

Package & Accessories

Package:

Hard paperboard + soft paperboard

Ear Tips - Single-Flange:

S+M+L, unique, black, ø4.5mm bores

Build & Materials

Housings:

Metal, ø5.5mm nozzles (ø5mm openings), cable connectors

Connectors:

2-pin (custom 0.75mm)

Remote:

Plastic (matte), single-button

Y-Split:

TPE, soft strain relief

Cable:

Silicone (braided), 132cm, extra-soft, straight, built-in memory wires

Plug:

TPE, 90° angled, wide, soft strain relief

Comfort & Fit

Despite the similar design to ZS6 and RevoNext RN-QT2, the ZSA have a substantially smaller housings, which makes them suitable for small ears, but they'll have a worse grip for larger ears. Keeping them in depends on how good of a seal you're getting with them.

Lows / Bass

The bass reminds me of the ZSR a lot. The bass is very deep and I can even feel the sub-bass rumble. It's also not that different from the ZST's or ES3's bass response and I would bet that we're dealing with the same dynamic driver, maybe tuned slightly differently. Nevertheless, I have no complains over the bass of KZ earphones in general. It's stable, punchy and just fun-sounding.

Mids / Vocals

The mids are very clear, but seem to have slightly odd positioning. The upper-mids are upfront, while the lower-mids are a bit subdued, and it's more noticeable on male vocals. The upper-mids and treble dominate over the midrange, and it's safe to call this sound signature blatantly V-shaped.

Highs / Treble

Very sharp and crisp with substantial amount of detail, coldish tone and a spiky texture. I wouldn't say that this treble is my prefered kind of treble, but many would appreciate the clarity and delicacy of it.

Frequency Response

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