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post #91 of 176
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LOL well they do have that in great and detailed quantities. If the TF10 is slightly less bassy but has good treble and a decent soundstage I will be getting them customed. If not I will resell them and look for the next great IEM LOL. I just wanted to try a BA based IEM to see what all the fuss is about.
post #92 of 176
I'm finding the Sennheiser IE series double flange tips to work quite well with the CKS70.
post #93 of 176
I really wish they had a chin slider.
post #94 of 176
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yes a chin slider would make these much better.
post #95 of 176
So after some comparing with my still King of the Hill IE8's, I think these CKS70's get you very close to their level of sound for quite the bargain. They're really similar actually. They have slightly deeper bass extension, and very similar width of soundstaging. They fall ever so slightly short in treble extension and detail, as well as air and space within the soundstage, but overall they're a very similar listening experience. One thing that is better about them is that their reverberation is more natural sounding because of the metal housing. The IE8's have some sort of plastic sound from the mid-bass up through the midrange which is hard to describe... it's one of the shortcomings I can't get over with them, and a detriment considering their lofty price. The CKS70's don't have any resemblance of that sound, and instead have a very natural, deep air around those same frequencies.

The things I like about the CKS70 (besides the price) are the build quality and quickness in getting them seated in your ear. I'm thinking that with the solid build and quick placement they may be a great earphone to use on my indoor cycling trainer sessions, where I wouldn't care if they get a few drops of sweat on them, or get dropped and bumped around a bit.... where I'd be ultra paranoid of the same things happening to my favorite IE8's.
post #96 of 176
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Glad to have another IE8 owner confirm these are a good deal for their price and that they perform almost as well as the IE8. I'm not sure if I will ever get a pair of IE8 myslef, but if my TF10's are not my cup of tea I may sell them and save my pennies up for a pair. But from sounds of it I won't be missing a whole lot using these.

Personally if AT comes out with say a CKS90 that addressed the treble of these, they may have created an almost perfect IEM.
post #97 of 176
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
Glad to have another IE8 owner confirm these are a good deal for their price and that they perform almost as well as the IE8. I'm not sure if I will ever get a pair of IE8 myslef, but if my TF10's are not my cup of tea I may sell them and save my pennies up for a pair. But from sounds of it I won't be missing a whole lot using these.

Personally if AT comes out with say a CKS90 that addressed the treble of these, they may have created an almost perfect IEM.
For sure, if they do make a CKS90 which does improve on treble detail and resolution, they could have a darn near perfect IEM. Oh, and add that chin slider AT!! Detachable cables would be awesome too. I'd pay north of $200 for something like that.

If you're thinking of the IE8's, I'd recommend picking up a second hand pair here in the FS section. Just be sure to double and triple confirm that they were picked up from an authorized dealer and not fakes. They are a bit more refined than the CKS70's, and more comfortable to boot (at least for me). But the AT's are good enough that they now have me thinking of selling off my Klipsch Image S4's as my 'budget' IEM. I think I could be content with the IE8's and CKS70's.
post #98 of 176
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I sold my Klipsch within a week of getting the CKS70, I just prefered the bassy sound and non fatiguing sound so much more I didn't want to use the Klipsch or my Monster Turbines anymore. For that matter I also sold my ES7 and used the money from those sales to buy my HD600.

Right now the HD600 is as close to perfect sound for me as anything I have owned in a fullsize can and the CKS70 is almost perfect (I will be looking for the perfect match though). I don't know if it's possible to put a bug in AT's ear saying the CKS70 is close to perfect, just increase the treble that smidge more and up the detail a hair and look out! But if there is anyone on this board that can forward that message on to them I think they would have a sure fire hit on their hands.
post #99 of 176
thanks dweaver for the write-up on this pair of phones.

Just got them yesterday. My first uber pair of phones to compliment my iPhone. Previously using lowly earbuds for all my listening needs untill i stumble on this forum.

Ears in heaven lol.
post #100 of 176
Slightly frustrated SE530 owner here who was looking in the direction of the IE8 to satisfy my need for more bass that the SE530 just doesn't provide, no matter how much I want to be happy with them. However, thanks to this thread and others on the CKS70 I have decided to go that route. Ordered them from AJ, guess I'll be waiting a week or two for them to get here.
post #101 of 176
Congrats on the purchase. I hope you find them to be just what you're looking for. As an IE8 owner myself, I can tell you they are quite similar, and get you most of the way there to the Senn's sound for quite a bit less cash. Be sure to post some impressions once you've received them.
post #102 of 176
Will do. Thanks.
post #103 of 176
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Well I let both my brothers try these and they are both now wanting a pair. I am really interested to see how the TF10's stack up. I am semi convinced I will be selling the TF10's in fairly short order as I still find these phones to be engrossing.
post #104 of 176
^ I thought the same thing before my TF10s showed up, but now that I've had both headphones side-by-side for a few days, I've thought better of it.

The bottom line is that I'm going to keep both pairs. For me, they perfectly complement each other, with the ATs covering the bassy and "guilty fun" end of the spectrum and the UEs covering the clear and clean top side. I love having my bases covered like this, and it would be really tough to give either of them up now.

If I was absolutely forced to choose one to keep, I would have to go with the TF10s (probably reshelled for fit) for their better overall presentation and SQ. That being said, they only cost me about $15 more than the CKS70s. If we're talking about straight-up, bang-for-the-buck at retail there's no contest.
post #105 of 176
I got in on that deal with the Triples too.... I owned them once before, and remember them in a significantly better light than I hear this set. I agree the top end is great on the Triples, but I feel that's the only area they better the AT's. I think the AT's midrange presentation is also much better than the Triples, being more open and relaxed sounding. The TF10's sound sort of thin, nasally, and compressed to me by comparison. It's weird, because I don't remember the first pair this way. I also remember being much more satisfied by the bass, especially for a BA driver IEM. Of course that was before I'd owned the IE8, FX500, Denon C710, and now the CKS70. I'm beginning to think there are certain things a good dynamic driver IEM can do which the current crop of universal BA IEM's can't accomplish. Neither the IE8's nor the CKS70's have the same choked in feeling from the bass up through the mids, to my ears.
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