KZ ZSN Pro X

KZ ZSN Pro X

KZ ZSN Pro X

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.3
MUSIC: Good7.0/10
CALLS: Poor3.1/10
GAMING: Poor5.9/10
TV: Good7.3/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor4.7/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Good7.0/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10

The KZ ZSN Pro X earbuds are a budget-friendly wired option with a comfortable, secure fit thanks to cable ear hooks, and are known for balanced audio which can be further enhanced with specialized cables sold separately. They come with a detachable 1.25 meters long cable, house both balanced armature and dynamic drivers, and are quite durable, but they lack wireless capabilities, active noise cancelling, and any dedicated app support for equalization or customization. While they may not excel in noise isolation, their sound quality is quite respectable in their price range, and they're suitable for listeners who favor a wired connection and are looking for cost-effective earbuds for general use. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Detachable cable with hooks
  • Balanced audio with specific cables
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • No wireless connectivity
  • Requires additional purchase for balance

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.3
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
TV & Video:
4.1
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Music:
4.0
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Air Travel:
4.0
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Gaming:
3.0
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$22
Brand
KZ
Release Date
June 1, 2020
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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7/10
Phone Calls Score
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3.1/10
Gaming Score
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6/10
TV and Video Score
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7.3/10
Exercise Score
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4.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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6/10
Virtual Surround
No
Mic Quality
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2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
27 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0

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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | April 2023
"The KZ ZSN PRO X offers superb sound for very little money, like under $30 USD. It has some rough edges with a plastic seam on the cable that can rub on your ear, and the bud is a bit large. The tech isn't cutting edge, but new doesn't always equal better. You should try it."

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