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post #3481 of 16803

Hey joker, what do you think of the Audio Technica CKM99 compared to other IEMs in the $150-200 range? I'm looking to buy new IEMS and I'm wondering how well they hold up.

post #3482 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ljokerl
I would double-check with head-direct regarding the adapter. They seem to be changing things around lately. The Xcape v1 is no longer available as far as I know, but the new Xcape IE model is quite good, if different in signature. I reviewed it here. It requires more power than the old Xcape and the RE-ZERO but should be driven sufficiently by most portable players. Other good, reasonably well-balanced all-rounders in the price range include the Brainwavz M3, MEElec CC51, and Fischer Silver Bullet.


The more I read about the RE-ZERO the more I think they're the perfect IEM for me. Where are you getting this information that they have been changing things around lately? Everything I've read gives me the impression that nothing is changing. If things do not change then I would be interested to know which IEM has the most similar sound signature. I was thinking of going with the RE0, Xcape-IE, or MEElec CC51. Again thanks for the help.

 


Edited by Stuie299 - 7/7/11 at 11:25pm
post #3483 of 16803

I think Joker is referring to the fact that some RE-Zeros don't need an adapter at all. HeadDirect doesn't seem to acknowledge it though, so it's the luck of the draw. The adapter really isn't bothersome at all, don't see it as a deal-breaker. 

post #3484 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Inks View Post

I think Joker is referring to the fact that some RE-Zeros don't need an adapter at all. HeadDirect doesn't seem to acknowledge it though, so it's the luck of the draw. The adapter really isn't bothersome at all, don't see it as a deal-breaker. 



Oh, thanks for the info. I was just concerned because I know some people have had some complaints with the adapter. If you don't mind me asking what causes some to work without the adapter?

post #3485 of 16803

Because they have standard plugs, the regular Zeros come with a TRRS plug which is longer and has an extra pin and thus needs an adapter. Unless you have a Cowon S9 you need the adapter, but like I said it generally shouldn't be bothersome. 

post #3486 of 16803

 

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I am not a huge fan of the fit of the MEElec bi-flange. It's thicker and less flexible than the hybrid. Small isolation sacrifice with the Sonys for more comfort.

 

i agree the hybrids are really comfortable, but it's hard to get a decent isolation with them on the  pl50 for noisy streets. and the tri-flanges i got just dont get in my ears. so i thought  i'd try something else, and the only ones that fit the pl50 are the meelec

post #3487 of 16803
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Originally Posted by mugen3 View Post

Hey joker, what do you think of the Audio Technica CKM99 compared to other IEMs in the $150-200 range? I'm looking to buy new IEMS and I'm wondering how well they hold up.


The CKM99 is a decent performer but if I were looking for a neutral-to-bright dynamic in that price range it would be the GR07 or EX600. The CKM99 is slightly v-shaped in signature and doesn't control its bass or treble as well as the GR07 does. Can't fault the CKM99 on build quality or comfort, though.

 

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Originally Posted by Stuie299 View Post

The more I read about the RE-ZERO the more I think they're the perfect IEM for me. Where are you getting this information that they have been changing things around lately? Everything I've read gives me the impression that nothing is changing. If things do not change then I would be interested to know which IEM has the most similar sound signature. I was thinking of going with the RE0, Xcape-IE, or MEElec CC51. Again thanks for the help.


RE0 would be most similar but I agree with Inks - the soft ZERO adapter really isn't much of a problem.

 



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Originally Posted by kanuka View Post

i agree the hybrids are really comfortable, but it's hard to get a decent isolation with them on the  pl50 for noisy streets. and the tri-flanges i got just dont get in my ears. so i thought  i'd try something else, and the only ones that fit the pl50 are the meelec

 


In that case it might be worth a try. I think the M6 fit kit might come with two sizes of tri-flanges nowadays so maybe that's worth getting over the A151 kit if you don't need the singles.


Edited by ljokerl - 7/8/11 at 7:49am
post #3488 of 16803

nop, no need for singles, as i have 9 pairs of hybrids (s/m/l)

but i thought  of just gettiing the 3 pairs of bi-flanges for the a151/m6. because none of the 2 sizes of tri-flanges i got from a ebay store work.

i dont know why but they just dont get into my ears, i guess i dont have deep ears blink.gif . and even i trimmed them they just dont isolate as well as the hybrids

post #3489 of 16803

HF5's are spectacular.

post #3490 of 16803

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Originally Posted by Stuie299 View Post




The more I read about the RE-ZERO the more I think they're the perfect IEM for me. Where are you getting this information that they have been changing things around lately? Everything I've read gives me the impression that nothing is changing. If things do not change then I would be interested to know which IEM has the most similar sound signature. I was thinking of going with the RE0, Xcape-IE, or MEElec CC51. Again thanks for the help.

 


      If I were you, I'd go for the Xcape-IE or the CC51 for promising build quality and sound quality. The RE0 excels on both for treble, but the build. I wish it were better. I heard too many complaints. I hope they got that problem solve since the last time I heard those problems.

 

post #3491 of 16803

The Xcape V1 is very similar ot the RE0, but the CC51 is quite different. I prefer both to the CC51 by a good margin, although if you love bass the CC51 might be higher in your personal hierarchy.

post #3492 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Aflac View Post

The Xcape V1 is very similar ot the RE0, but the CC51 is quite different. I prefer both to the CC51 by a good margin, although if you love bass the CC51 might be higher in your personal hierarchy.


     The problem is that the V1 of Xcape isn't being sold anymore. Discontinued or near it. How's V2?

post #3493 of 16803

How's the CC51+Fiio E5+Sansa Fuze Combo? 

post #3494 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Niyologist View Post

How's the CC51+Fiio E5+Sansa Fuze Combo? 



The FIIO is probably unnecessary but otherwise fine. CC51 doesn't respond to amping nearly as much as an Xcape IE or RE0.

post #3495 of 16803

mmm ... now that my XCape-IE is on its way, i'm nervous to see where my old ex300 stands just as a reference to compare ~ and much more nervous to find out just how good the ex1000 is as well as where Sony still has room to improve.  I got my 300's on sale at $60 and still feel like a relative with the MeElec M9 got a much better deal, hehe...

[Wish List - Spiral Ear 5-Way Custom, lol]

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