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post #16 of 176
My cks70 is coming in a few days... That will be an upgrade from ep-630. I wish that i am going to be happy with the cks70.

Btw, will i be in need of a different tip with cks70?

ep-630's medium sizes was perfectly fitting...
post #17 of 176
Very nice write-up dweaver. Will also echo your shout-out to DTKZ for that great comparisan which also led me to take an untested flier on them. Best \5,000 I`ve spent on anything in quite a while. Just passed about 80 hours on them and all of sudden the highs and mid-highs have both opened up a bit.


Amazing synergy with my A845...had `em on for about 6 straight hours yesterday with zero fatique.


I think you may be very right when you say they might just represent the best IEM bang for the buck there is. If I had paid twice as much I would still be a very happy camper...I really cant imagine better sounding plugs in this price range.
post #18 of 176
Wow, glad I ordered a pair today. Looking forward to these phones.
post #19 of 176
Thread Starter 
The stock tips are fine but I like the Sony hybrids a bit more and the hybrids open up very wide when you put them to the second position on the housing making them have even more open sound. I am at about the 80-100 hr mark (I should take time to write down when I let them burnin but keep forgetting, I know they have had at least 7 days where they have been left all night (8-12hr) plus my daily use (another 10-20 hours or so) and the treble and upper mids are really start to get nice, if they improve a smidge more I will be very happy with these phones.

All I know is I will be putting up my MTB's and Klipsch S4i for sale very soon as I just can't imagine going back to them after using these.
post #20 of 176
Okay, I'm convinced. Are you using these with a Touch? And will you miss the inline control of the S4i?
post #21 of 176
Thread Starter 
I am using an Ipod Touch 2G and yes I will miss the conrols but the sound difference is worth it for me. But I would wait before selling your S4i as your ears may not be as appreciative as mine or you might prefer the S4i for certain genre's. But for me I like the sound stage and fuller signature enough I know I won't be going back to the S4i regardless if these ever achieve the same treble detail, the small amount of loss will be worth it.
post #22 of 176
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In fact I will be throwing up my ES7 for sale as well. BUt not my two AD full size can's as I am giving one to my Mom for Christmas and I may use the AD900 for trade bait if I decide to give a pair of HD600 a try, or see if Audio Technica has anything full size that has this type of sound signature.
post #23 of 176
I too prefer the Sony hybrids with the CKS70 as well, slightly better fit, comfort and isolation.

Straight out of the box I wasn't overly impressed with the CKS70 finding them somewhat flat and lifeless compared to my usual fare of BA IEM's but the first 100 hours or so use made a huge difference to them as they settled and me as I became more accustomed to their sonic qualities.

After using them daily for about 6 weeks they are a very different beast beautifully warm, wide and smooth with an amazingly BIG full sound and feel I would not have thought possible from an IEM.

As previously mentioned I would still find them a bargain at twice the price the only downside for me is sadly I can't listen to my old die-hard favorite SA6, q-jays etc. anymore, they all sound restricted, thin almost shrill to me now.
post #24 of 176
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
I am using an Ipod Touch 2G and yes I will miss the conrols but the sound difference is worth it for me. But I would wait before selling your S4i as your ears may not be as appreciative as mine or you might prefer the S4i for certain genre's. But for me I like the sound stage and fuller signature enough I know I won't be going back to the S4i regardless if these ever achieve the same treble detail, the small amount of loss will be worth it.
Not selling the S4s (not S4i), or any other phones for awhile. I also have a pair of AL im616s, a new pair of Sleek SA1s, Cyclone PR1s on the way and I also own a pair of UM3X, which are at Westone for repair/replacement (developed the dreaded vibration in the right driver on bass passages). So a lot of comparing/listening ahead. The main reason I will keep the S4s is they really match up well with my Amp3s, and no other IEMs do (too much hiss).

Oh, and I have a review pair of RE252s coming one of these days (out of stock right now).

I just wanted to hear these phones, and decided to make the move. I will no doubt end up selling some of the above phones, but not sure which ones yet (not the Westones).

But one thing is for sure, I may just attach the CKS70s to my PC for 4-5 days before even listening to them much. I like to get the burn-in period over as quickly as possible.
post #25 of 176
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Originally Posted by tadad1 View Post
I too prefer the Sony hybrids with the CKS70 as well, slightly better fit, comfort and isolation.

Straight out of the box I wasn't overly impressed with the CKS70 finding them somewhat flat and lifeless compared to my usual fare of BA IEM's but the first 100 hours or so use made a huge difference to them as they settled and me as I became more accustomed to their sonic qualities.

After using them daily for about 6 weeks they are a very different beast beautifully warm, wide and smooth with an amazingly BIG full sound and feel I would not have thought possible from an IEM.

As previously mentioned I would still find them a bargain at twice the price the only downside for me is sadly I can't listen to my old die-hard favorite SA6, q-jays etc. anymore, they all sound restricted, thin almost shrill to me now.
Thats how I feel about my other IEM's. In fact I had pretty much given up on IEM's after I started going to fullsize open headphones. I thought I was back when I bought the S4i but it was just not big enough sound for me and I went back to my open phones again and only used the S4i occasionally at work (I actually even prefered my ES7 as they had a bit of soundstage). I even started a thread in the fullsize forum asking if anyone knew of a good closed HP because I was needing isolation occasionally at home. It was there that I had a few people suggest I try IEM's versus closed HP's not realizing I started my hi-fi journey with IEM's. It was at that point I reread DTKZ's review and on impulse orded these. MAN o man am I happy I did! These actually are filling almost all of my headphone needs (not quite all as I need an open phone with the same type of sound as these so I can hear my family) but most of my needs.

BTW if anyone who has these can tell me, do these sound like the HD600 or HD650 more (or a different fullsize open headphone) I would appreciate your input as I am starting to simply fall in love with this sound signature, thanks.
post #26 of 176
Thread Starter 
Well, when I say I'm moving on, I'M MOVING ON LOL, MTB's and ES7 now sold with S4i the only one left .
post #27 of 176
I just bought some CKS-70's today (they are hard at a retailer in Australia without online ordering, but I had the ordered in to have a look at them.)

I have a pair of Re0's and on first impressions I find the comparison between the two very interesting.

The Audio Technica's do for bass what the RE0's do for treble: that is, the extension and detail of the bass on the AT's reveals new melody lines and details, in the same way the RE0's open up a whole new world of sound in the upper range. It's not something you can get by simply EQing the RE0's (and of course the opposite applies, EQing the treble in the CKS-70 doesn't increase the detail - at least not about 3-4 hours into burn in haha.)

When the 70's are more burnt in I think I will try to write a comparison review between the two, as they seem like two sides of the same coin of dynamic IEM's.

For now though, I'm pretty impressed: warm, smooth, easy to listen to sound, and bass response that makes me actually laugh out loud - it seems ridiculous what they can do.
post #28 of 176
I jumped on the bandwagon...ordered today. I was always interested in these, but dweaver (and tstarn) made me jump. I will be interested to see how these compare to the IE8 with the decay mod (or a variant that makes the IE8 sooooo much better IMO) and the WM2.
post #29 of 176
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post
I just bought some CKS-70's today (they are hard at a retailer in Australia without online ordering, but I had the ordered in to have a look at them.)

I have a pair of Re0's and on first impressions I find the comparison between the two very interesting.

The Audio Technica's do for bass what the RE0's do for treble: that is, the extension and detail of the bass on the AT's reveals new melody lines and details, in the same way the RE0's open up a whole new world of sound in the upper range. It's not something you can get by simply EQing the RE0's (and of course the opposite applies, EQing the treble in the CKS-70 doesn't increase the detail - at least not about 3-4 hours into burn in haha.)

When the 70's are more burnt in I think I will try to write a comparison review between the two, as they seem like two sides of the same coin of dynamic IEM's.

For now though, I'm pretty impressed: warm, smooth, easy to listen to sound, and bass response that makes me actually laugh out loud - it seems ridiculous what they can do.
All that and they are just babies right now, wait for when they get to about 80 hours of use or burnin. BTW thats exactly how I felt about the bass except my reference headphone would be the AD900 in regards to mids and treble.
post #30 of 176
maybe i shall have to do a third review on these cks70, but their recessed highs ruined the signature, i still have them but i ordered the fx 500 and im sure those highs will be too forward, it is ironic however considering audio technica is known for having forward highs arent they and not very bass heavy? yet these iem seem to be the opposite, just for this thread i will do a third comparison ahh!! im really startin to hate these comparisons becase my ears always end up hurting. i will wait till i get the fx 500...

let me know how many hours youve got on em and how they have matured.

Tally Ho!
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