I haven't contacted audio technica yet but from what I understand they stopped making CK10s. I bought them last year, but I'm not sure if they were an authorized dealer (I don't think anyone is really since they're imported from Japan I believe). Out of nowhere the left channel goes completely silent so I'm thinking it isn't a clogged problem, and more of a loose connection. I could try my hand at repairing it, but I've never soldered before and I think I'd just bungle the job.
Assuming I can return it to audio technica and they "give me a replacement of equal value" does anyone know what that would be? I don't think they make anything that is comparable to the CK10 now...If anyone's dealt with audio technica's warranty service, how long is the turn around? Are they very strict about authorized dealers only?
If I do have to buy new buds (which I don't really want to do since I love my ck10s) I'm looking at UE TF10 and the SM3. Both unfortunately come with a meager 1 year warranty, a concern considering the plastic construction of both of these earphones. I really want my next pair of earphones to have replaceable cables if possible, but for some reason that isn't in style. I have small ear canals, I use the smallest or 2nd smallest sony hybrid tips and the ck10 are small, so the fit of the TF10 is a concern.
My musical tastes are broad, but I'd say I prefer mids and highs at the cost of bass if I have to choose, the CK10 has been able to provide enough bass for me. I'm going to be wearing these while moving around so an amp is out of the question ( and they'll be driven by a computer/smartphone).
The SM3 would have to blow me away to warrant 350, I'd prefer to spend 150-250 if possible.
Short version, any response is better than no response:
CK10 broke, not sure if they'll be replaced
Fit for small ear canal
Comparable SQ to CK10