KZ EDA is a single dynamic driver IEM that comes as a package of three sets. Yes, you read it right, you get three pairs of in-ear monitors in a single package each having its own tuning.
KZ Technical team has designed a set of KZ EDA dynamic driver IEMs with different tuning profiles in a single package. Each package of EDA consists of three pairs of KZ EDA with Black, Clear, and Cyan coloured shells. The black EDA has a bass-heavy tuning profile. Clear/Transparent ones here have a balanced tuning, tries not to emphasize anything just presenting you with a nicely balanced sound profile. And the last one, the Cyan EDA is being called the high-resolution tuning.KZ has treated its latest EDA set of in-ear monitors with a rigid metallic frame that is wear-resistant, scratch-resistant, and gives the pair rather a good looking.KZ EDA package includes a high-purity silver-plated cable that has gold-plated 2-pin connectors and a 3.5mm termination plug. Do note that the package will include one cable.
Black pair has heavy bass tuning.
Transparent/Clear has a balanced tuning profile.
Cyan has a high-resolution, clean sound presentation.
Single Dynamic Driver configuration.
Ultra-thin (4.8microns) diaphragm.
2-pin gold-plated connectors.
High-purity silver-plated cable.
frequency Response Range: 20Hz-40kHz.
Termination plug: 3.5mm.
What’s in the box
I would like to thank Hifigo for providing me with the review sample of KZ EDA (no affiliate link).
My imprisons are based on the balanced version of EDA.
Lows on the KZ EDA are on the elevated side of neutral with good texture and rumble. Separation in lows is there and that’s welcome in this price range. Plus the tonality and quantity are very good, better than I expected. The note definition is also good to figure bass lines out especially if they go down deep. Kicks also have good slam but are not the fastest which is very expected.
The mids have a good amount of resolution and clarity. They sound natural, the timbre presentation is good and the tonality of the instruments is on point. Vocals sound natural, upfront and well defined in the songs. No harshness in high-pitch vocals either and this is very important in any headphones and can be a real deal-breaker in some situations. Acoustic guitar, piano, and brass instruments all sound lively.The treble performance of KZ EDA has good clarity, is sparkling and airy enough, with a very good sense of space. The details are clearly exposed and easy to hear. Vocals and cymbals never get sibilant or harsh. The balance between safe and too bright is well done. Treble area continues at the same level of lows and mids, very well controlled. Sound rich, defined and well extended for an IEM at this price range. This gives you a good level of clarity and detail retrieval.
KZ EDA does a great job when it comes to separation both in layers and instruments. The soundstage is also much better than I expected. Is wide and deep enough to enjoy your acoustic and instrumental tracks. KZ EDA scales and extends very well with power and a good source, even though it’s easy to drive, you surely will have more fun if you use a USB DAC-AMP at least.
The balanced version of the 3 has a very good tuning in my opinion and I think it’s suitable for most genres you throw at it. But I can’t say the same thing for the other versions. The heavy-bass version breaks the good tuning by adding too much elevation in the low frequencies, overpowering the mids and sounding boomy. The high-resolution version also sounds off with the loss of the good timbre and tonal performance of the balanced version. Although the bass levels are the same on balanced and high-resolution versions the rest of the tuning is twisted in a bad way, for my taste of course.
KZ lately announced that they will start selling the balanced version separately. In that case, you can’t go wrong buying it because for this price point I think the tuning and sound performance can compete with the Moondrop Chu (if you can ignore the box content). But for this 36$ package with 3 IEMs inside, I don’t know. You can buy one Moondrop Chu and one Whizzer BS1 for 10$ more and have two amazing IEMs with lots of quality ear tips in your hands.