So. It has been a while since I have been deeply disappointed with an AT product..The last AT earphone I hated was the CKM55. These CKR5s are supposed to be the new upgraded CKM500s. They look similar in design, actually look a bit roomier due to the roomier back chamber design. I had to try it out as I was so impressed with my CKR10s, CKR9s. But these..
I can understand the reasoning for ATs low level tuning on these as they seem to be purposefully detuning the lower end earphones so they separate the SQ from the higher end offerings. These earphones are build standard AT fare but the real disappointment comes with their sound signature..
Calling these weird sounding is an understatement. These are closed in earphones and sound nothing like the wide and deep CKM500..These actually have more in common with the CKS line of phones in sound.. It is yet another bass first signature with a bit of mids recession and now that I got some ample time on the burner the treble is also recessed making them sound overly warm and dank as a result.. Add a closed in sound and you get one of the worst sounding AT phones I have heard in a long time. There are some glimmers of AT magic in there but a glimmer is not going to make these a headliner on the discovery thread.
Sometimes AT throws a wrench in the mix and this phone is definitely a wrench..As a bass first sound signature these are average sounding at best. I did have some high expectations of these earphones as these are supposed to be an upgrade on the CKM500 but unfortunately these are far from it..
Singolos and the CKR9s were the real find out of the latest batch of phones I received. The CKR5s.. STAY AWAY..