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Audio Technica ATH-CKS90?

post #1 of 14
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I used to have Denon AH-C551, but it broke on me recently.

SO, I'm using my Ultimate Ears Super fi. 3 that I never really liked right now. (I hate it because it sounds so flat.)

 

I'm thinking about buying a replacement for my Denon AH-C551.

 

I would like an upgrade from my current earphones, but I could probably spend no more than $200 on the earphone.

 

I listen to mostly Hip-Hop/Rap and Electronic music. (Therefore, I like a nice amount of bass.)

I would also like good isolation. (The tips on the Ultimate Ears (too big and rough) and the Denon's (The smallest size was too small, but the medium was too big.) didn't fit me)

 

I'm thinking about getting the Audio Technica ATH-CKS90, but I don't really know how it's like.

I'm also thinking about some SONY IEM's too.

 

Any comments on what IEM's I should get would be appreciated.

post #2 of 14

i used to have the denon c551 as well, from what i remember they were pretty bass heavy and nice upfront mids, very musical and fun sound sig. I have the westone um2 now, which matches up mids wise but cannot compare to the amount of bass. I'm not sure if the cks90 can either, or any BA iem for that matter, I have read on the forums that cks90 bass decays really fast, its nice and tight and impactful, but disappears quickly, i dunno, that's what i read. since u mostly listen to hip hop and electronic, i recommend the atrio m8, i had the version 2 before and their bass was a whole nother level compared to c551, same amount but a lot more quality, u can really feel every bass note, its mids were not as upfront tho, but i find them a definite upgrade over the denons, and they came out with version 3 so u may wanna check it out.

another one to check out which i haven't heard but read they are good bang for buck are the Hippo VB for basshead. atrio will isolate more tho, it looks like hippo has an air vent.

 

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Originally Posted by gduck View Post

I'm not sure if the cks90 can either, or any BA iem for that matter, I have read on the forums that cks90 bass decays really fast, its nice and tight and impactful, but disappears quickly


 

er... i thought the cks90 were dynamic and had slow moving bass (b/c of its bass reflex system)... maybe you're thinking of another pair? the cks series are A-T's basshead IEMs.

 

i've listened to the cks70 quite a bit. it's got a fun, enjoyable sound, and copious amounts of bass, but had a hollow sounding midrange and rolled off highs that didn't sing well. i'm not a basshead (although i like well crafted bass) and i thought the bass was enjoyable if a bit undetailed and bloated. i haven't listened to it, but i expect the cks90 to be similar sounding, just with better transparency and resolution

post #4 of 14

eek sorry, thinking of ck90pro, audio technica models can get confusing !!

post #5 of 14
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Any other earphone recommendations would be appreciated.

 

Are there any sites that sell the Atrio M8's cheap?

post #6 of 14
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Seems like I don't have much money. What's a good IEM around $100 with good isolation and bass?

post #7 of 14

I was about to recommend you Radius DDM, which have a fantastic bass and mids but your budget is under 100USD right?

I think HJE900 is a good option.

as well as IE7

post #8 of 14

The Thinksound TS02 could be an option and so could the HJE900

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Originally Posted by yello131 View Post

I was about to recommend you Radius DDM, which have a fantastic bass and mids but your budget is under 100USD right?

I think HJE900 is a good option.

as well as IE7


 

It could be a little over $100, but not that much.

 

How come the HJE900 is so popular on this site? May be I should take listen in Bic Camera today.


Edited by Yoloni - 11/23/10 at 10:49pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yello131 View Post

I was about to recommend you Radius DDM, which have a fantastic bass and mids but your budget is under 100USD right?

I think HJE900 is a good option.

as well as IE7



It could be a little over $100, but not that much.


Contact Dimitri from Musica Acoustics and ask if he has deals available on Radius now. 

His site www,musicaacoustics.com

post #11 of 14
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The Thinksound TS02 could be an option and so could the HJE900



Is the Thinksound TS01 same as the TS02, but without the mic. They don't sell the ts02 in Japan.

post #12 of 14
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Is the Thinksound TS01 same as the TS02, but without the mic. They don't sell the ts02 in Japan.



No. The TS01 is an older model with a different sound signature.

post #13 of 14

I had an opportunity to listen to the CKS90 today. It doesn't sound significantly better than the CKS70. Your money is probably better spent on the HJE900.

post #14 of 14

I own the cks90 and while it's a very capable IEM I do find the bass a tad bit loose, excessive, and muddy. The high's can get a bit harsh depending on your source. I don't consider myself a basshead though but overall I feel the cks90 is good for the price. However, I'm currently rockin the RE-262 which imo is a much better IEM. The soundstage is super huge for an IEM, amazing tonality, tight, deep, & well-controlled bass, treble is smooth w/ no sibilance after burn-in, sounds awesome in almost every music genre I tried it with so far including hiphop and dubstep. The biggest stand-out are female vocals, clear, lush, and smooth. If it just fit my ears better I'd totally keep it but something about the angle of the earplug that doesn't agree with my ear shape, I keep hearing some air escape from my right ear, regardless of how deep I insert it from which direction and so forth, which completely ruins the overall presentation not to mention the comfort factor. So I guess I'll be sticking with my cks90 which I'm totally fine with as it has everything I want in terms of portable use - great noise isolation, easy to drive w/o amp, and most importantly fits my ears perfectly. If the re-262 @ $150 is too much for you, consider the re-0. I haven't heard it but if it's anything close to the 262 you'll be quite pleased I'm sure. 

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