KZ ATE Review: Ridiculous Monster Bass for Under $10!

9.1 Total Score

Amazing pair of earphones that produces an amazing bass. The KZ ATE produces the best bass you can get within the $10 price range. Comfortable and secure fit also makes them fit good in your ears.

  • Monster Bass
  • Forward and Clear Mid's
  • Subtle High's
  • Comfortable
  • Secure fit
  • Loud volume required for best sound quality
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

KZ is one of the most popular Chinese brands producing earphones at the moment. One of the main reasons why KZ became such a popular brand, was because of their release of the KZ ATE. They released a $10 dollar pair of earphones producing amazing sound quality. The most outstanding feature of the KZ ATE is the ridiculous amount of bass it produces, which I will elaborate more on in this review.



With the release of the KZ ATE, KZ claimed its place in the earphone market, which was the start of becoming one of the most popular Chinese earphone brands. The KZ ATE is known for its ridiculous bass it produces, which is like a sub-woofer in your ear. This pair of earphones is a wet dream for bass-heads. The bass is very deep, punchy and comes with an incredible sub-bass. When I started listening to the KZ ATE, I liked the sound quality on medium volume, but not blown away. The trick of the KZ ATE is in opposite to other earphones, that the sound quality of the KZ ATE increases if you increase the volume. At the moment you pump up the volume, you get this amazing sound experience where all frequencies sound better, as well as it’s providing you an amazing soundstage. As well the mid tones are getting really forward on this higher volume, which provides clarity in the voices of artists. The highs are clear and detailed and of good quality. They maybe could a little bit higher, which could the extra provide you the sparkling effect. However, this is not something that I miss in the sound. All in all, the KZ ATE provides an amazing sound experience for an incredible low price, especially for music that contains a lot of bass.

Design & Build Quality

The design of the KZ ATE look really fancy, to me they look like expensive earphones, which is cool if you keep in mind they cost less than $10. I also like the over-ear design, which makes the KZ ATE fit really secure. The L-shaped earphone jack prevents the cable from damaging in the end. The outside of the cable is stiff, which I dislike because in general they may pull the earphones out of my ears (which probably won’t happen with the KZ ATE). The build quality of the earphones seems solid overall, the earbuds seems build by good materials as well as other components. The components are also in general well finished off.


The KZ ATE are sitting very comfortable, which I didn’t expect with the over-ear design. Because of the over-ear design the cables are around your ears, which provides a great secure fit of the earphones. This makes the earphones perfect for working out or running, without having to use any special clips to prevent the earphones from falling out. The sound quality is also pleasant for longer listening sessions, since they highs are also not that edgy high.


The KZ ATE has become very popular for a good reason. These are absolutely the best bass earphones you can you get for your money in this price range. But not only bass-heads will love them, since the other frequencies like the mid’s and high’s are also of excellent quality. The KZ ATE is a valuable addition to everyone’s collection, and therefore absolutely highly recommended. You’ll get drown away in the amazing bass, together with the forward mid’s and their subtle high’s. The fit of the KZ ATE are great, since they are very secure.


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