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post #91 of 1506
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Originally Posted by Thrashingshrimp View Post
For anyone who is interested, I'm getting the CK10 remolded with an extra LF driver. Will be ready in a month I suspect.

Quite exciting!
Ooh. Wonder how that will turn out. I've thought of getting the CK10s remolded but figured that there is a chance that comfort and durability will actually decrease . Still on the fence about that.
post #92 of 1506
Having done it with the TF10s, it does seem a bit risky. I like the TF10 customs, but I think they need to be a tad longer on the sound tube. But I am really interested in this outcome, for sure. I may even get the TF10s redone, but not sure it's worth the money. I used an old pair of custom sleeves that were scanned, and I should have gotten new impressions. But that is exciting.
post #93 of 1506
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Originally Posted by Thrashingshrimp View Post
Glad you like them tstarn.

One think I love about the CK10, besides its sound, is its fantastic cable. That thing is really thick and durable, nothing like the one I had on the PFE. The jack is also great. The IEMs themselves are also pretty
x2

I was surprised that my ESW9 and CK10 uses the same wire. In fact, many of Audio Technica's phones uses the same wire.

CK10 on left and top. ESW9 on right.






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Originally Posted by Thrashingshrimp View Post
For anyone who is interested, I'm getting the CK10 remolded with an extra LF driver. Will be ready in a month I suspect.

Quite exciting!
Wow, I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!
post #94 of 1506
Hmm, I wonder how the CK10's would sound unamped out of a 2nd Gen ipod touch. Not that I'm a bass head but would they be bass-light?
post #95 of 1506
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Originally Posted by iponderous View Post
Hmm, I wonder how the CK10's would sound unamped out of a 2nd Gen ipod touch. Not that I'm a bass head but would they be bass-light?
I don't have a Touch, but I do have an iPhone 3G. I don't have an amp at the moment, so I can't tell you how they sound amped. All I can say is that they sound spectacular unamped. For me, the bass is perfect. They have slightly more than the RE0 for bass quantity.
post #96 of 1506
^ Thanks. Well it's all looking very promising...
post #97 of 1506
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Originally Posted by AwakenedBeing View Post
I don't have a Touch, but I do have an iPhone 3G. I don't have an amp at the moment, so I can't tell you how they sound amped. All I can say is that they sound spectacular unamped. For me, the bass is perfect. They have slightly more than the RE0 for bass quantity.
So it's clear you prefer the CK10s over the RE0? Head to head, all things considered.
post #98 of 1506
Their 55Ω make them pretty easy to drive, but depending on your source, an amp may make a big difference. Balanced armature earphones can get volume and clarity from any source, but hearing them in their element isn't really achievable without a good amp which has no problem driving balanced armature earphones.
post #99 of 1506
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
So it's clear you prefer the CK10s over the RE0? Head to head, all things considered.
Even though I haven't had a long listening with both at the same time, I do prefer the CK10 over the RE0. Not that you asked, but I also prefer them over the ER4P. In my opinion, the price difference is worth it between the RE0 and CK10. All I can say is, my journey for IEMs may have taken a long stop here with the CK10...
post #100 of 1506
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Originally Posted by AwakenedBeing View Post
Even though I haven't had a long listening with both at the same time, I do prefer the CK10 over the RE0. Not that you asked, but I also prefer them over the ER4P. In my opinion, the price difference is worth it between the RE0 and CK10. All I can say is, my journey for IEMs may have taken a long stop here with the CK10...

dont we all.... last time i remember i said the same to myself... but now itching to get something else...
post #101 of 1506
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
Okay, spent the better part of the day listening to the CK10s, W2s and Custom TF10s. Without going into a lot of depth, I found myself favoring the CK10s across all genres of my collection. I listened only with the Sony X, and with the Clear Bass on +1 for all three IEMs.

No matter whether I threw Bob Marley or Bonnie Raitt at them, Bela Fleck or Beastie Boys (sorry no trance or other electronic music in my collection), the CK10s sounded best.

That determination was made based on clarity, soundstage and detail, and the CK10s never had any hint of sibilance, thinness or bass deprivation.

There are other mitigating issues, of course. For example, both the W2s with custom sleeves and the Custom TF10s were more comfortable, but with the Shure tri-flanges, the CK10s were not uncomfortable. All three have excellent cables (Westone on the W2 and TF10). I only wish I could have the CK10s as customs. I am not going to send them away for reshelling, but I will say it's tempting.

If I were to list them in order best first based on SQ

1. CK10
2. TF10
3. W2

Doesn't mean I am going to sell the W2s, because I do like their sound and comfort combo, but the W2 sound the most congested, if that's even the right word, than the other two phones. I also don't hear recessed mids with the Trips, but that could be a function of the new tips and ES cable, not sure.

Anyway, I am happy to have all three. I understand the RE0 is an excellent IEM, but I have a very hard time believing that it can outperform the CK10s unamped, and the price difference is worth it. I have no external amps save the Amp3, and I didn't even try it with these phones.

Certainly, the RE0 can't compete with the CK10 on build quality, cable, isolation, etc. But even so, the CK10 delivers a powerful, addictive detailed performance. I am very glad I put out the $199 for it. I do know that a few HFers had both the RE0 and the CK10, and sold their RE0. That says something to me, and I doubt they paid the $199 price for the CK10.

Again, fit can be an issue. But the Shure flanges solved that issue for me, and I am sure there are many ways to skin that cat.

I am in accordance with AudioDwebe and Shigzeo, the CK10 is the best universal I have ever heard/owned, and my list is extensive (IE7/8, ER4P/S, W3, UM3X and a ton of other lesser models).
Haha, pushing me to save money with the CK10 rather than the W2, I appreciate that!
post #102 of 1506
After reading tstarn06 impressions on CK10 I am leaning towards to CK10 too (was considering W2 and CK10).

Before I put my hands on a pair of CK10, I would like to know are there any others IEMs that do well in mid/treble like CK10 but with a punchier bass? I am worry that CK10's bass won't satisfy me...
post #103 of 1506
^ Read up on the Panasonic HJE900 and Ortofon e-Q7.
post #104 of 1506
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Originally Posted by KLS View Post
After reading tstarn06 impressions on CK10 I am leaning towards to CK10 too (was considering W2 and CK10).

Before I put my hands on a pair of CK10, I would like to know are there any others IEMs that do well in mid/treble like CK10 but with a punchier bass? I am worry that CK10's bass won't satisfy me...
I hope the CK10 bass doesn't disappoint. It's pretty much on par with the W2, in terms of quantity, but maybe a little more punchy. I only use the EQ because the Sony Clear Bass is a viable option. I also listened to the CK10s through my Zune, no EQ, and Amp3, no EQ, and the bass is fine, part of the overall CK10 balanced sound.

Don't just take my word for it, there is Shigzeo, Joker, AudioDwebe, AwakenedBeing, mp3, vorlon1, dwizard, and others. I just favor them over my other two IEMs, plain and simple. Seems that 95 percent of those who have reviewed/heard the CK10s are on the same page. There's good reason for it.
post #105 of 1506
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Originally Posted by G3n0c|d3 View Post

dont we all.... last time i remember i said the same to myself... but now itching to get something else...
The only something else I'll be considering ahead will be top-end customs. The CK10, along with the TF10s and W2 in the bullpen (and the PR1 Pros too), has ended my universal IEM search in terms of SQ to price ratio. Don't think I can do any better now that I have found the right tip.

You have to understand, I have been through more than three dozen IEMs since 2006. None struck me like the CK10s.
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