Looking for the perfect in-ear monitors that can deliver massive bass, emotional midrange, and sparkly treble without breaking the bank? The KZ ZAR IEM may just be what you need. In this review by The Audio Store, we'll take a closer look at its design, comfort, sound quality, microphone quality, value, and competition.
Design and Build Quality
The KZ ZAR IEM features a transparent black plastic shell that's soft and smooth to the touch. The faceplate is solid glossy jet black with a two-blade line design and L & R identification sign. The cable is thick and feels decent in the hand.
Comfort and Fit
Thanks to the curves on the shell, the KZ ZAR IEM fits well in the ears and provides excellent passive noise isolation. It's comfortable to wear even for long music listening sessions.
KZ ZAR earphones offer a massive, rich, effortless, detailed, and emotional sound quality that surpasses expectations. In fact, they are one of the top best in-ear monitor contenders under the price range of Rs. 10,000/-. However, they require around 5-7 hours of burning to achieve their full potential.
KZ ZAR delivers massive, deep sub-bass and mid-bass that hits hard but doesn't bleed. The bass has a lot of air, providing a vibration that touches the ear drums. If you're a fan of EDM or Bass house and want to turn your bedroom into a dance club, simply put on the KZ ZAR and turn up the volume, and you'll start dancing. Tracks like "Gasoline" by The Weeknd showcase the same level of energy.
Despite its massive bass, KZ ZAR doesn't take away from the magic of its midrange, which is as good as its bass performance. For instance, tracks like "Ghodey Pe Sawaar" by Amit Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya & Sireesha Bhagavatula feature emotional and textured male and female vocals that sound amazing. Thanks to the earphones' U-shaped sound signature, the midrange is perfectly placed.
KZ ZAR has a detailed, sparkly, and holographic treble presentation. When you close your eyes and listen to tracks like "Shauq" by Amit Trivedi, Varun Grover, Shahid Mallya, Sireesha Bhagavatula & Swanand Kirkire, you can visualize the instrument arrangement and artists in your mind. Each instrument sounds clear with a full body, making for a superb listening experience.
KZ ZAR headphones provide an intimate soundstage that, while not very wide, is better than that of many in-ear monitors under the Rs. 10,000/- price range.
KZ ZAR earbuds offer decent imaging, with all the music instruments and vocals playing separately in layers. This is thanks to the 1DD & 7BA arrangements and KZ R&D.
The KZ ZAR IEM comes with a decent microphone cable and a 1-button for taking calls, playing and pausing music. It's suitable for accessing calls and indoor recording.
Value and Competition
The KZ ZAR IEM stands out among the competition, such as Moodrop Aria, TinHiFi T3 Plus, and Dunu Titan S, and many other IEMs around Rs. 10,000/-. If you don't want to compromise on bass but want the best midrange and treble, then the KZ ZAR IEM is a great choice.
Pros and Cons
Massive and deep bass
IEM shell material and faceplate design could be better
No carry case or pouch
Detailed and sparkly treble
Less eartips option
Great fit and noise isolation
Treble may sound sharp at max volume on some tracks
Decent microphone cable
Cable color can't match IEM color
KZ ZAR is an excellent choice for audiophiles who are looking for high-quality earbuds without breaking the bank. Its U-shaped sound signature with massive, rich, effortless, detailed, and emotional sound quality is impressive. The burning process is necessary to bring out the full potential of these earphones, but once completed, the musical output is exceptional. The bass is massive yet doesn't bleed, the midrange is well-balanced, and the treble is detailed and sparkly. The intimate soundstage and decent imaging make the listening experience more enjoyable. Overall, the KZ ZAR is one of the top contenders for the best in-ear monitors under the price range of Rs.10,000/-, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for high-quality sound on a budget.
It's easy to drive with a decent portable DAC & AMP, and it can scale a lot. The Audio Store offers the KZ ZAR IEM at Rs. 7,790/- with free express shipping and a 1-year manufacturing warranty in India. We highly recommend getting the SpinFit CP100 Plus along with the KZ ZAR for the best comfort and sound.