I'm a closet audiophile who's been lurking for quite a while and am now suffering from a dire case of gear lust over the ATH-CK10.
My current IEM is the Klipsch S4i, whose sound is a little muddy for my taste and, after only a year of owning them, whose cables are showing noticeable wear and tear. The stress relievers where the cable connects to the housing are split, the cable moves around within the housing, and the wires are constantly getting tangled up.
The ATH-CK10 have everything I want: neutral and analytical sound signature; discrete aesthetics; good isolation; and, most of all, class-leading build quality. That said, I do have a few questions:
- The vast majority of my music has been purchased via Amazon or iTunes, so it's mostly 192k or 256k encoded MP3 or AAC files. According to @ljokerl's stellar reviews, the ATH-CK10 is "more forgiving of poor quality source material than most other high-end IEMs," but how forgiving is that? Am I going to be distracted by compression artifacts?
- How can I tell if I get the genuine article? The ATH-CK10 has been discontinued but AccessoryJack.com still has it in stock. They seem like a solid company, but I do find it a little alarming that they're the only ones still selling this unit.
- Tips. @ljokerl prefers the Sony Hybrid tips for these. Do others dislike the stock tips too?
Thanks for the help!
Edited by itldob - 9/25/11 at 10:41am