Great! I am looking forward to hearing another opinion! And especially compared to the GR07!
Just wanted to let you know that I ordered a pair from Headphones.com with that 10% head-fi discount. Best price I found online so far. $172 total. Anyways, I will be comparing to my Monster Turbine Pro Golds.
At this point, the 99s have some sibilance issues, but otherwise are strong. My hope is, as has been reported, that with burn in, those issues will disappear over time. But to be certain, I am burning in the 99s for a few days. I compared the 99s to the UE500vi, which I got for $59 on sale, and the UEs are preferable right now. In fact, those phones still amaze me for the price (they are $79 usually). The 99s fit great, sound very good in general, but when the highs start to get going, the ssssss sound bugs me. I guess it's gonna take time. Could be a tip issue too, so tomorrow I will try some bi-flanges. But I hope the sibilance goes away.
Dang. Bad news to hear. The MTPGs have very smooth highs and very full mids. Hopefully, they'll work out for me.
I heard the CKS90 before... it's not much of an upgrade over the CKS70... I feel that even the CKM77 is a better IEM than the CKS90; the CKM99 seems like a nice upgrade over all of these IEMs.
I can see where you are coming from, I get the same feeling comparing the HJE900s to the GR07s. Those CKM99s are getting really tempting...I have a reversing channel adapter on my way and that could make this comfortable for over-the-ear use.
I love "balanced" v-shaped in-ear with good timbre (HJE900s/FX700s) for solo piano and these fit that description but I also can't justify getting it considering I already have the two mentioned. These could possibly dethrone the Panas though..
I am really loving my CKM99s too, and I agree they have the right amount of "fun" to their character, though I haven't heard them in comparison to the GR07s.
They have great bass, without being over-the-top, and just a wonderful smoothness.
I agree that a shirt clip could be helpful, and I wish they had a cord cinch. Although this is less of a problem, since I wear them in my jacket pocket, and don't use the extension.