my experience with focalprice is +4 weeks
Nice job ludoo !!!
I've had mines for a couple of weeks, and found them ok for movies but nothing special for listening to music: my modded Yamaha rh5ma are better for portable use, and of course my fixed setup (good orthodynamic phones through a hybrid amp) is in a totally different league.
But since mines opened yesterday while unplugging them I thought of doing a little experiment: I removed the original crappy wire and made a new one with two twisted pairs from a of cat-5 (ethernet) stranded cable, sleeved in cotton tubing from thin shoelaces. Results are surprising: the sound is much tighter (higher impedance due to the new cable, probably), the bass goes deep and is very clear, treble is fast, hyper-detailed and sounds natural. They also gained some soundstage.
They are now pretty good phones, especially for what they cost. I realy don't understand why IEM makers put awful cables on them, the difference with a new, thicker, better cable is huge. Here they are, post-mod.
I have about 40hours by now and I got the black ones. I use PC->grubDAC->E6.
Sound quality-wise I think Monoprice>MEE M6=CK700. My main gripe with the CK700 is that they sound rather distant and also lacks detail.
There's something really odd going on in the upper end. Female vocals sounds quite distant and there's a definite spike in the highs that make certain sybals/claps sound harsh. I do like the lows though, good impact without sounding too muddy.
It's not bad for its price, it's probably better than most iems you can find for $6 but it's just not worth keeping for me.
No. I think your ears are more tuned to vocals that are very forward which is why you place the Monoprice above the CK700. The Monoprices are in NO way above the CK700. I'm not saying the CK-700 is better either. Everyone should go with what the reviews are saying - these sound just like your CX-300s and EP-630s, just with a disco EQ placed over its sound sig (by disco EQ I mean a smiley face / V-shaped EQ).
Whatever the Monoprice beats the CK-700 at would be whatever aspect you would think the CK-700 fails at.
Recessed mids? Depends on what you like.
Peaking in 5khz area? Depends if you like the sound that way.
Tiny but intimate soundstage? Again, depends on your preference.
Sparkly treble? Might sound like nails on a chalkboard to some.
Anyways, I've only just received my black CK-700s though so I'll probably come back much later to give a brief review :)
As for first impressions, I would think my JVC HA-FX1X did better overall compared to these. The funny thing is that they both have something similar - a peak in the 5khz region, which makes certain songs unlistenable if you don't EQ it down (like what Ranked says in the review on the first page).
For one thing, fresh out of the box, the CK-700s had a small-ish soundstage (but still wider than the EP-630). As for the bass, the JVC's seem fuller. Perhaps that's because I'm used to mid-bass humps that the EP-630/CX-300 has.
Yes you can, but think about , is it worth? These S-400s comes with another IEM-s.
And these are the cheapest...
guys, should i be worried if i ordered 5 with registered China Post airmail sent on the 2nd of Feb (24 days ago) and the tracking number that was given to me doesn't work and the item isn't here yet??
im in currently in Adelaide Australia btw.
Yeah my right ear piece has a crackle sound. It sucks big time. The sound is great but i can't get over that crackle.