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post #13756 of 32875

So sad, I was all ready to be blown away by the sound of the zu cable.......... but it doesn't fit into the headphone jack of my m_audio q40.  FML    lol

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Originally Posted by quisxx View Post

So sad, I was all ready to be blown away by the sound of the zu cable.......... but it doesn't fit into the headphone jack of my m_audio q40.  FML    lol

I'd be happy to take it off your hands. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Exesteils View Post


I'd be happy to take it off your hands. wink.gif

As would I! ;) x 2

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Originally Posted by fnkcow View Post
 

Wow that's certainly a powerful endorsement especially coming from a hardcore Audio-Technica fan

 

Well it definitely has earned the endorsement, really couldn't believe how natural and detailed it sounded, how precise its imaging was, and how deep and wide its soundstage was. Most importantly, it has the ability to make me forget about all the technical nuances that normally enter my mind when I listen to headphones and just immerse me in the music, rivaling my AD2000X in this regard. Even when I'm at home, I sometimes still switch from the AD2000X to the Heaven V because of this. I still think the CKS1000 is amazing and has a really fun, engaging sound that I enjoy, but it definitely can't compare to the Heaven V on most levels. Although I know that FAD and their products aren't very popular around here, it still surprises me how little recognition they get if they have products that sound (and also look) this good. For the $260 I spent, I definitely consider the listening experience I get from these a bargain.

 

Doesn't mean I'm abandoning AT though, got my eye on the ATH-CK100PRO as my next purchase :biggrin:

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Ok I might be going crazy here and everyone ignored my previous post lel but...these etymotic ek5 are actually extraordinary. I'm not kidding, they are like a little hd650. The sound is nowhere near as engulfing and the soundstage is obviously not up to par, but the sheer accuracy and the smoothness of the music is there.

I was originally(still am sorta) a fan of the ckm55 and now they just sound muddy, thick and uninspiring by comparison.
The lack of bass takes a little time to get used to(mostly the seal) but I kid you not(pun not intended), the bass response curve is on par with the hd650.

the reviewer at golden ears actually scored them *better* than the hf5. They were compared to the er-4p and were almost identical except for a slight bump at 5khz. I doubt Dsnuts will recognize this but hopefully some of you guys will try them because for 20$ I don't think much comes close to the isolation and studio flat sound these reproduce.

my 2 cents

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Originally Posted by wafflezz View Post
 

Ok I might be going crazy here and everyone ignored my previous post lel but...these etymotic ek5 are actually extraordinary. I'm not kidding, they are like a little hd650. The sound is nowhere near as engulfing and the soundstage is obviously not up to par, but the sheer accuracy and the smoothness of the music is there.

I was originally(still am sorta) a fan of the ckm55 and now they just sound muddy, thick and uninspiring by comparison.
The lack of bass takes a little time to get used to(mostly the seal) but I kid you not(pun not intended), the bass response curve is on par with the hd650.

the reviewer at golden ears actually scored them *better* than the hf5. They were compared to the er-4p and were almost identical except for a slight bump at 5khz. I doubt Dsnuts will recognize this but hopefully some of you guys will try them because for 20$ I don't think much comes close to the isolation and studio flat sound these reproduce.

my 2 cents

^ am interested but that deep deep insertion..... nuff said.

post #13762 of 32875
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post
 

^ am interested but that deep deep insertion..... nuff said.

haha ya it's a pain at first but the tiny tips actually helped. I still use them the comfort is definitely better with those (at the price of isolation)

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Originally Posted by wafflezz View Post
 

Ok I might be going crazy here and everyone ignored my previous post lel but...these etymotic ek5 are actually extraordinary. I'm not kidding, they are like a little hd650. The sound is nowhere near as engulfing and the soundstage is obviously not up to par, but the sheer accuracy and the smoothness of the music is there.

I was originally(still am sorta) a fan of the ckm55 and now they just sound muddy, thick and uninspiring by comparison.
The lack of bass takes a little time to get used to(mostly the seal) but I kid you not(pun not intended), the bass response curve is on par with the hd650.

the reviewer at golden ears actually scored them *better* than the hf5. They were compared to the er-4p and were almost identical except for a slight bump at 5khz. I doubt Dsnuts will recognize this but hopefully some of you guys will try them because for 20$ I don't think much comes close to the isolation and studio flat sound these reproduce.

my 2 cents

 

I might give them a whirl when I get a chance. I got a lot on the plate at the moment but when I see them on sale I will snap em up and try em out.. Sorry bout not replying to you sooner. I am in school full time and usually am either studying for the next exam or doing family stuff in between..


Edited by Dsnuts - 9/3/13 at 10:30pm
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Originally Posted by doctorjazz View Post

Quick early impression on Gratitudes...prominent mids, good for lyrics/vocals, bass good amount and detail, not flabby, but aggressive highs. Sibilance. Aimee Mann and Wilco are not aggressive sounding. May be burn in needed, like them otherwise but if the highs aren't tamed wouldn't recommend them. Gotta hook them up somewhere and beat the crap out of those drivers.

I also ordered these, couldn't resist at that price. It will probably take a couple of weeks for them to arrive over here though. I also own the s2 and love them so I'm looking forward to your comparison between them.
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So


Just how do these stack up.. The one word that comes to mind is potential.. There is some rawness to the sounds for certain. I have heard too many phones out of the box not to recognize rawness when I hear it.. The cable for one definitely needs burn in for them to fully develop the sound they were intended for. For one. And the big dish type drivers is another. The only other drivers I can remember that are actually bigger is on the EX600 and XB90EX. So the sound is tuned big. The mids are forward but not the best balanced mids I have heard. It is surprising to hear mids being this forward with a bigger bass punch, which I think will actually get much better over time. The one problem I am hearing now is the lack of timbre detail and a roll off in the highs and add to that the mids being pushed forward with the bass that is not as tight as I would have imagined and people might be wondering what is going on with these phones.

 

Danny mentioned guys that love their vocals will like these alot and I think that holds true but in this raw form there is some shoutiness happening with some female vocals that have range..The give n take of a forward signature is the forwardness of the sound can mask some detail and that is also what is happening to the sound on these.. So was I blown away by their sq out of box? No not really but what I did hear was good potential and maybe even great if they ship up in the areas I feel needed for them to have the type of sound these are trying to go for. I know I am sounding a bit critical but compared to how refined the M200 sounded on open box these need work for them to become something real competitive.. I know I can only wish this and that tightens up with burn in on these but I am not gonna judge these at all until I got these nice n loose. I will definitely have more observations of these as they go along in the process.

 

As they are I can see many a guys liking this sound as this mid forward signature is actually somewhat unique among earphones..Would I recommend guys give these a go? If your a mids kinda guy absolutely. These also sound excellent with EDM and hiphop., Pop and vocals..I fully expect these to become much better after several weeks of non stop treatment.  I will report as they go along. Like I said these do have some nice potential.

 

I briefly listened to the headphones. I also think Danny is right on that as well the headphone have a real nice sound to them and right off the bat has the better detail in the sounds. I believe it has something to do with their 40mm Titanium drivers they are using.. At this point I kinda wish they used that on the earphones too...

 

If I remember how my CKS1000 sounded on open box. They were actually worse so we will see where these go from here.

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post
 

Sounds like your liking your S2s more and more. See this is how I felt about them the first time I heard them with the correct seal. Love my S2s.

 

To answer your question Cameron I was blasting on my X3 via S2.

File source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PanteraVulgarDisplayofPower.jpg


3 of my fave albums of all time.

I absolutely love all three of those albums. ...And Justice For All doesn't get enough love, but it's one of my favorites from Metallica. My favorite album of all time:

 

 

I've been listening to these albums lately:

 

                             

 

 

 

 

Both Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septic Flesh have some amazing symphonic elements to go with their brutality. The Born of Osiris album is my favorite this year, besides Hail to the King of course. ;)

 

 

 

If you are a fan of Pantera and Metallica then I would definitely check Avenged Sevenfold out. Guns N Roses is probably their primary influence, but they are in a league of their own. Their self-titled album is one of their best and their new album, "Hail to the King" sounds like classic heavy metal.


Edited by 7S Cameron - 9/3/13 at 11:25pm
post #13767 of 32875
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post
 

So


Just how do these stack up.. The one word that comes to mind is potential.. There is some rawness to the sounds for certain. I have heard too many phones out of the box not to recognize rawness when I hear it.. The cable for one definitely needs burn in for them to fully develop the sound they were intended for. For one. And the big dish type drivers is another. The only other drivers I can remember that are actually bigger is on the EX600 and XB90EX. So the sound is tuned big. The mids are forward but not the best balanced mids I have heard. It is surprising to hear mids being this forward with a bigger bass punch, which I think will actually get much better over time. The one problem I am hearing now is the lack of timbre detail and a roll off in the highs and add to that the mids being pushed forward with the bass that is not as tight as I would have imagined and people might be wondering what is going on with these phones.

 

Danny mentioned guys that love their vocals will like these alot and I think that holds true but in this raw form there is some shoutiness happening with some female vocals that have range..The give n take of a forward signature is the forwardness of the sound can mask some detail and that is also what is happening to the sound on these.. So was I blown away by their sq out of box? No not really but what I did hear was good potential and maybe even great if they ship up in the areas I feel needed for them to have the type of sound these are trying to go for. I know I am sounding a bit critical but compared to how refined the M200 sounded on open box these need work for them to become something real competitive.. I know I can only wish this and that tightens up with burn in on these but I am not gonna judge these at all until I got these nice n loose. I will definitely have more observations of these as they go along in the process.

 

As they are I can see many a guys liking this sound as this mid forward signature is actually somewhat unique among earphones..Would I recommend guys give these a go? If your a mids kinda guy absolutely. These also sound excellent with EDM and hiphop., Pop and vocals..I fully expect these to become much better after several weeks of non stop treatment.  I will report as they go along. Like I said these do have some nice potential.

 

I briefly listened to the headphones. I also think Danny is right on that as well the headphone have a real nice sound to them and right off the bat has the better detail in the sounds. I believe it has something to do with their 40mm Titanium drivers they are using.. At this point I kinda wish they used that on the earphones too...

 

If I remember how my CKS1000 sounded on open box. They were actually worse so we will see where these go from here.

 

^ Great initial impressions Ds, interesting to say the least. Hope these get AMAZING like the ATH CKS1Ks after some heavy beat down. HYPED!!! :popcorn:

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^ Great initial impressions Ds, interesting to say the least. Hope these get AMAZING like the ATH CKS1Ks after some heavy beat down. HYPED!!! :popcorn:

I can't wait to see how these turn out myself. I'm kind of stuck between the CKS1000s, these Onkyos, the S2s and the KEFs.

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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post
 

I can't wait to see how these turn out myself. I'm kind of stuck between the CKS1000s, these Onkyos, the S2s and the KEFs.

^ Why not just get ALL of em'. Would make life much easier. :veryevil:

 

Welp i have passed on all the 1st three and have settled on the KEFs, so will see how they fit and sound. Hope these will fit like a glove for me. Fingers crossed!!!

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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

^ Why not just get ALL of em'. Would make life much easier. very_evil_smiley.gif

Welp i have passed on all the 1st three and have settled on the KEFs, so will see how they fit and sound. Hope these will fit like a glove for me. Fingers crossed!!!

Hope you like them!

Guess my S2s will have to go on sale then.... And maybe my H-200 too, those RHA MA750 look mighty tempting. tongue.gif
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