A ramble and a half :)Hi iPondy
, sorry to keep you waiting. I'm here and I'm 'deigning' Hi james
- sorry, I didn't explain myself very well. I guess I do
tend to equate treble sparkle with clarity, but only as far as the overall sound signature is concerned. The CK10 puts out so much sparkle that the whole signature comes across as sharper and more twinkly than the q7, which to my ears makes it appear clearer, even if there's no more actual detail than the q7.
I haven't done nearly as much extensive testing as you (thanks to the crappy q7 fit!) but I don't especially hear either phone as being more detailed than the other, unless bass resonance counts as detail. When I had the IE8, I always maintained that the detail was all there, but the warmth tended to mask any sparkle. It's the same with the q7. They're very detailed, but with a softer and smoother tone than the CK10. I do hear more accuracy from the q7, because bass is portrayed more realistically to my ears. Does that mean the q7's are more detailed as well as more accurate? I don't know. I get lost with the whole sound glossary thing sometimes
As for the mids, I definitely prefer the q7 for those. The vocals are more forward and have more body to them, which really lends itself well to 'thin' voices such as David Bowie, Robert Plant and Neil Dung (!) for example. They're a little sharper to listen to with the CK10.
And treble - I like the pronounced sparkle of the CK10 better. I find the q7 treble to be extremely smooth and listenable, but I prefer the exaggerated sparkle I hear with the CK10. It gives them an almost bell-like quality which I really enjoy. While I was listening to Joe Satriani's 'Circles', there are some tinkly things like a chime tree or something at about 2.24 - 2.26. You can hear them start on the right and sweep across to the left very fast. With the CK10, the chimes are pronounced and you can almost 'feel' them move. By comparison, the distinction isn't quite as noticeable on the q7. The chimes still sparkle but the movement from right to left is less obvious and the sound is just softer - but the bass line on that is great with the q7, and really faint with the CK10.
Choosing a favourite between the two is fairly easy because the q7's are too big for my ears which gets them a huge minus point to begin with. I hadn't realised before just how much discomfort could cloud my enjoyment of the music, but it does, because there comes a point when I can't 'hear' the music anymore as I just want to yank the things out of my ears! Mind you, although the CK10 are really small and easy to wear, they're actually so small that it's sometimes hard to find the right spot since there's still room for manoeuvre even after they're in.
So, in conclusion, I prefer the CK10 treble and fit - and the q7 bass and mids. I'll be holding on to the CK10's for now since I actually can't wear the q7 for any longer than an hour. But... I don't honestly hear the CK10 as the be all and end all of all phones like some people do. They are very very nice, but not without their flaws. And the flaws sound quite obvious to me. But I still find them enjoyable to listen to once I'm not listening critically (which I only really do for reviewing purposes anyway). The CK10 treble is quite enchanting, really midoo
- I was tolerant to the FX1000/500 highs, but the CK10 treble is certainly more musical and easier to listen to. I think you'd prefer the CK10 highs, provided (as KLS stated) you get a good fit.