V-MODA Zn: New IEM

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by kapanak, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. kapanak

    kapanak Canucklehead - Friend

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  2. Lingering Sentiment

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    Looks interesting, I wonder if it sounds good. I had the M80 once upon a time and I liked it. It was practically bulletproof and it sounded pretty good.
     
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    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    You had me excited for a moment because V-Moda caters to bassheads, but an 8mm driver ain't gonna cut it for me.
     
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    I'm actually really enjoying these at the moment. I'm typically not an in-ear earphone person because I find tips of various sizes and materials to be uncomfortable, but the V-MODA BLISS eartips consistently feel good in my ear canal for some reason. The only other tips I've enjoyed are Comply foam tips, but those take a long time to insert for me.

    When I visited Ultimate Ears' Irvine, California headquarters, I got a free 3D scanning of my ear and apparently I have a pretty sharp upwards bend right when my ear canal starts.

    Anyway, I would describe the Zn's sound signature as bassy and warm with a polite treble. As much as I liked their M-100, I eventually found the 9-10 kHz spike in the frequency response too much for my ears and it made everything sound tinny/artificial. The Zn doesn't have this problem and I would say its frequency response is more akin to that of the XS based on Innerfidelity's measurements, with more mid- and upper-bass.


    I didn't pay full price for this since I made use of their generous Immortal Life Program (so I paid around 90 USD). From my experience, most in-ears have 1) too much bass, 2) not enough bass extension, 3) upper-midrange emphasis that sounds harsh, 4) too much treble which may have a giant spike somewhere in the frequency response that makes things sound splashy or harsh to me, or 5) not enough treble. The Zn manages to go in-between all of those somehow. I would say it's more of a fun sound than a serious/high-fidelity one, but that is exactly the kind of sound I want from an in-ear earphone. If I wanted a more serious sound, my preference would go towards the UERM [which is now replaced by the UERR], or just go for full-sized headphones.
     
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    The Alchemist MOT: Schiit - Here to help!

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    they look pretty cool!
     
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    @miceblue thanks for the minireview!
    How much noise isolation do you think you get with he Zn?
     

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