Official TVCM (song featured is BoA's Milestone single)
Official TVCM Making of/Behind the Scenes
Japanese TVCM Flash site: View here
Special Feature: View here
Product Specs: View here
- Driver Technology: 3-way, 3-driver Balanced-armature Design
- SPL sensitivity: 109dB/mW
- Frequency range: 20Hz ~ 18kHz
- Impedance rating: 39ohm
- Weight: around 9 grams
- Cable Length: 1.2 metre (Y-split cord design, detachable option)
Hello everyone! as promised earlier in one of the discussion threads started by fellow Head-fi member Randius (who's also a fellow countrymate from Singapore), I will be doing an unboxing + impressions review of the CK100PRO. My pair has arrived since late last week, but because I have been busy with couple of stuffs plus spending some late nights with TES 5 Skyrim (an excellent RPG made by Bethesda Softworks as I have always been a longtime fan of their TES series) thus this review was kinda delayed on my part.
Before I start off, please kindly take note as I'm not a professional reviewer nor do I have a good flair for writing these sort of technical IEM reviews like how |Joker| or james444 usually does around here, they may not be as descriptive as you may like or expect. My listening impressions will also probably vary abit with other people around here who may also own the same IEM models as me, and they are of course subjective due to my personal inclinations/preferences/experiences mostly with IEMs that are usually mid-centric or treble-heavy in nature, as I usually avoid purchasing warm/bass-centric phones in real life.
But because I want my review to be balanced as well, I will be trying my best to be as unbiased & professional as I can, in describing the pros/cons of both the CK100PRO and CK100 models respectively. As usual with all other online reviews found on the net, please take my subjective opinions with a pinch of salt as what they always say, your ears will always be the best candidate for making a more informed/better judgement when it comes to selecting IEMs or headphones for yourself. I also welcome all other CK100PRO owners on this thread to discuss and share your own personal findings or opinions, or any potential to-be buyers of this latest IEM product produced by Audio-technica.
In terms of the box size compared to the CK100's, it's comparatively much larger/bigger in size. According to my japanese friend who has already listened to these and the CKM1000, it seems that only the CK100PRO/CK90PRO MKII models are made in Japan, while the CKM1000s were made in China. Don't have any idea regarding where the CKW1000ANV were made though, may have to wait for local distributor sets to turn up to find out for yourselves.
The english description on the actual product box reads "Detailed high frequencies, balanced midrange and powerful bass." Is Audio-technica lying to us for pure marketing purposes or there's indeed some truth to these claims? Well you will find out more in my review later.
Frankly, just like most previously released Audio-technica IEM products (or to a certain extent as with most japanese manufactuer produced IEMs like Final Audio Design/Ortofon), you don't get very much optional accessories other than the basics. (probably a huge disappointment to some people especially coming from UE/Shure/Westone products)
Below is a clear summary of what comes originally bundled with the CK100PRO for its given accessories.
- Supplied original detachable cables
- ER-CKM55 original silicone eartips (in size S, M, L)
- Comply™ original foam eartips (size M, T-200 model)
- Leather carrying pouch w/square-shaped plastic earphone holster (unfortunately, the material is made up of vinyl faux leather instead of real leather as found on the former CK100, probably for cost cutting reasons especially after their 3/11 fiasco for Tohoku Japan)
Here are some pictures to show you guys the difference in the housing shell shape/size against the CK100. You can see that the titanium shell is now considerably abit larger than CK100, so people with very small ear canal shapes may have some problems here though as usual, your mileage may vary.
Cabling material is exactly the same as with my CK9/CK100, very soft and supple with no memory wire effect. It has a L-shape angled minijack similarly like the one on CK100, the third picture is sorted in chronological order from latest purchase to oldest purchase. (CK100PRO, CK100 and CK9, by left to right sequence)