The astonishingly good KZ-ATE in ear headphones

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by beesonthewhatnow, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I'd heard and read a few things about these online, enough to make me buy a pair.

    They're a Chinese make, available form various places online, I got mine from Amazon. You should buy some too.

    Firstly, what they're not. If you already have a set of in ear headphones that cost upwards of 100 quid they're not for you. If you don't get on with true "in ear" designs (i.e. you have to shove them right down your ear canal) then they're not for you either.

    Fit, like all in ear designs, may take a bit of tweaking. The tips that come with them aren't amazing for me, I'll end up nicking a set of triple flange types from work. That said, your ears may be perfect with them. Also, again like all true in ear types you need to make sure they're the right way round and sealed in correctly. A slight downside is that they have no solid guide to hook the cable over your ear, just a weight on the cables to help pull them downwards. (see attached pic)

    Other than that, they're amazing. Superb sound quality, good low end without being overhyped, with mids and highs that aren't particularly harsh. They're only a single driver but have a clarity to the sound that is better than some multi driver IEM's I've tried.

    The best bit? They cost 10 quid.

    10. Pounds. That is ridiculous.

    If you have an iPod/phone/whatever, go throw away they junk they came with and buy some of these. Hell, buy two sets, then if they break of you lose them it won't matter.

    Are these the best headphones on the market? No.

    Are they the best value bit of kit I've ever bought? Quite possibly...

  2. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Unless they're Sennheiser IE7s and you don't happen to have the unbelievably-shallow-yet-capable-of-supporting-a-hundredweight-of-driver-outside-your-ear-canal lugholes those particular fuckers were exclusively designed for, in which case throw the expensive fuckers away now and save yourself two years of misery, thinking "maybe good music is meant to sound this quiet and tinny."

    Fuck you, IE7. Fuck you.
  3. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Daft question- are you are you had them in right? The weight shouldn't really be on your ear canal, they should sit in the curve of your ear with the cable going over the top taking some of the strain...
  4. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    They just didn't fit. Horrendous fuckers. Tried them every imaginable way over the course of 2yrs before getting some klipsches that made me realise that the ie7s had, indeed, been an utter waste of money for my ears, thumbs.

    Edit: I should add, this is an entirely personal rant, largely intended to say that some folks with inordinately expensive earphones might still benefit from £10 ones. Thumbs.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
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  5. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    Link please? There seem to be a lot of clones.
  6. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

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  7. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The other bonus with them is the rather wonderful Chinese to English translations on the box:

    "Perseverance origin from love. As audiophile we commitment to reappear the touching melody to everyone"

  8. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check these out. :thumbs:
  9. Jackobi

    Jackobi swallows anything

    Oh well, I recently bought a pair of Soundmagic E10 for £15, they're good but not quite as good as I'd hoped after reading reviews. I think I just got used to a much more expensive set of full Sennheisser headphones which blew me away when I first bought them. I didn't quite get the blown away experience with the E10s, more of wow these are very impressive for such small, in-ear headphones.
  10. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    Have ordered. Ta for heads up.
  11. electroplated

    electroplated off minehead

    Ordered some yesterday because of this thread - just turned up and first impression is they sound good. Not sure if they are better than my other ones yet but definitely worth it for given the low price.
  12. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'll definitely give these a shot. Need a new pair for running. Did you get yours from Amazon? Problem with good Chinese stuff is it often get copied or parts changed without you knowing.
  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The may not be ideal for running, unless you can bodge some sort of wire loop to take the cable over your ears. As they come the weights will likely swing around and be quite annoying.
  14. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Ah. I shouldnt have been so impulsive before ordering. :D

    Anyway arrived today. I'm not a big headphone user. It took me a little while to figure out how they should fit. Can't believe how much background noise they block out. Sound quality certainly seems decent. Enough to have me searching out some 320kbs mp3 rather then just using Spotify.
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  15. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Yeah, I guess it's not obvious if you've not used IEM type buds before. Hopefully the pic in my original post shows how they should sit in your ear. It usually helps to kinda twist them in rather than just push, if that makes any sense. The tip size is crucial as well. They only work when you have a good seal in your ear canal.
  16. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel it's a very pretty colour this ambulance, isn't it

    broke my Skullcandy buds in my sleep :rolleyes:

    are these still the go to replacement beesonthewhatnow ?
  17. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    I'm finding these excellent. Got them for the gym.
  18. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'm after some Bluetooth ones, although probably don't want to spend 40 quid...think they were cheaper?
  19. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    I'm pretty sure these were cheaper then this last Christmas when I got them. That was the first link I found, so maybe they are cheaper elsewhere.
  20. Cheers for this recommendation. Was looking for a new pair after yet another pair fucked up.
    I come from the £150 part of the scale and although those sound better, it’s not massively so.
  21. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    Yeah, I've got those for audio-books while cycling. They cut out a bit with my phone in my left pocket if I turn my head to the right, but are fine with my phone in the right pocket (Bluetooth transceiver seems to be in the in line control on the right side). Just feels really wrong to have my phone in the wrong pocket. Sound seems good though!
  22. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    Dunno what your pockets are made of, but I can walk half way across my pretty large gym away from the phone without it cutting out.
  23. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel it's a very pretty colour this ambulance, isn't it

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