They open up quite a bit leave them burning for a couple days straight or in the evening until they have around 80 hours then give them another listen. They change quite a bit.
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12/16/09 at 5:06pm
Well, the Audio Technicas don't even have 40 hours on them yet, but I'm already convinced: the Monsters are outta here.
It's not that the Turbines are bad IEMs at all--if I hadn't heard the CKS70s I'd still be pretty happy with them. I dare say that some people still might prefer the Turbines' sound signature over the ATs. For me, though, the CKS70s hit the sweet spot of sound, comfort and price a little better.
The next challenge will be when my Triple.Fi 10s get here next week. My suspicion is that their sound signature is going to be so different from the CKS70s that there really won't be a need for comparison. I may end up keeping both, so that depending on my mood I can have either refined, elegantly balanced sound or thumpy-thump.
I glad others are enjoying these as much as I have. It's good to know my feelings are not far off from others.
For those of you who have these and the TF10 I would love to know what your hear different and how it's different. I may trade my AD900 (or HD600 if dislike them) on a pair of TF10's plus some cash coming back my way which I will then use to pay for custom shells from Fisher Hearing. Thgis is quite an expensive undertaking all around so I want to make sure I wil be happy with the result.
I am OK with the TF10 being brighter and more detailed (in fact I would be very disappointed if it wasn't) but I want a good sound stage (close to the CKS70) and I want decent bass (it doesn't have to be like the CKS70 but I do want to feel it at least a bit. So I know this thread is about the CKS70 but I have started up a poll asking about the TF10 compared to my HD600 and AD700/900 and "others". Would some of you mind posting your experience sound wise in that thread. It doesn't have to be about the 3 phones I listed you can compare it to the CKS70, Monster Turbines, Klispch S4 etc.
OK so my HD600 just came in and I thought I would give my quick initial impression of the HD600 in comparison to the CKS70 since I thought the CKS70 reminded me of them.
|Here is the interesting thing. I think the sound stage of the CKS70 comes across as as big or bigger than the HD600! This is an amazing feat considering this is the area all open phones are deisgned to excel at.|
|The arrival of the HD600 has helped me feel even better about the CKS70 though as they helped me realize just how much bang for the buck I have in them. If you have the Senn HD580/600/650 and are looking for a cost effective IEM or just can't afford the IE8 these are a great compliment to those headphones.|
So I started to notice that sometimes the CKS70 were just rich and full and sometimes they seemed muffled. So I started to play around with the seal and found if I hada "proper seal" they were more muffled than when I had a loose seal. This lead me to try an experiment where I changed the sony hybrid medium tip with a sony hybrid large tip. Using the large tip I seal the ear a but further out of my ear and the result is slightly less bass (I actually like this reduction) and the mids and treble have definitely improved. So for those struggling with the mids and highs, if you have any hybrid tips try using a larger tip and see if that helps.
BTW I think the hybrids make the sound of these IEM's, the stock tips just choke to much sound out.