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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I predicted these CKN70s are gonna sound much higher end than the $70 price tag on Amazon Japan. Like you guys wouldn't believe. One of the best sounding earphones I have ever heard.

 

I believe without a doubt, because the CKN50 punches waaaaaay above it's $40 dollar price tag. But that cable just irritates the hell out of me. I'm sure I'll breakdown and buy the 70 sooner or later, but I'm in no rush with the CKN50 and the CKS1000 (which is really giving me some eargasms).

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Because I am fortunate to have some of ATs newest I am seeing the correlation in sound tuning for their various phones and headphones it goes kinda like this.

 

The CKS1000 is the earphone equivalent to the WS99 full sized cans in tuning and performance.

 

The CKN70 is the earphone equivalent to the ES700 portables in tuning and performance.. Both the ES700 and the CKN70 use metals for housing so this may have something to do with the sweetness in tone and their level of detail.. In any case. I think JVC might have lit a fire in the company that is Audio Technica. All their stuff this year is nothing short of greatness. I look forward to hear how overnight burn in does with the CKN70..

 

If you guys were ever curious about ATs newer phones this year.  Do not hesitate. Give them a go.


Edited by Dsnuts - 2/25/13 at 8:25pm
post #7428 of 32897

XBA-40 and CKN70 on their way!

 

Now time to look for a DIY amp.

post #7429 of 32897
Hmm... JVC FXZ200 or ATH CKN70's? These CKN70's sound incredible going by your early impressions Dsnuts. I think my sound preference is slightly bass orientated but that still does everything else well.
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I think the highs were a bit pronounced on open box as I briefly heard them but when I had them in my ears as I was typing my impression on them. 4 hours is not much of a burn in but man did they sound great. I was using my Z1060 too and not even on my best source. 

 

I am very confident in the sound level of these earphones. AT knocked one out of the park with this one. It has a very high quality sound to them and what is not to like about that. These will easily hold there own against earphones like a XBA-3 or a FXZ100 maybe even the FXZ200 which is almost 3 times the cost. There will be many that will actually prefer this sound over them I am certain of it.


Edited by Dsnuts - 2/25/13 at 8:31pm
post #7431 of 32897
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I think the highs were a bit pronounced on open box as I briefly heard them but when I had them in my ears as I was typing my impression on them. 4 hours is not much of a burn in but man did they sound great. I was using my Z1060 too and not even on my best source. 

 

I am very confident in the sound level of these earphones. AT knocked one out of the park with this one. It has a very high quality sound to them and what is not to like about that. These will easily hold there own against earphones like a XBA-3 or a FXZ100 maybe even the FXZ200 which is almost 3 times the cost. There will be many that will actually prefer this sound over them I am certain of it.

haha that's reassuring to hear that you still got so much love for these FXZ200s. I've got your routine dead memorized.  wink_face.gif

 

.........LMAO!!!

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Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post

 

I believe without a doubt, because the CKN50 punches waaaaaay above it's $40 dollar price tag. But that cable just irritates the hell out of me. I'm sure I'll breakdown and buy the 70 sooner or later, but I'm in no rush with the CKN50 and the CKS1000 (which is really giving me some eargasms).


You know the surprising thing about the CKN70 ericp? The CKN70s don't have that deep lushness but is replaced by smooth sweetness.. The CKN70 I think at the end of the burn will hold their own even against the CKS1000. These are the higher end version of the CKN50 tuning but how it actually came out..

 

I was seriously trying to listen for flaws. lol.

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I predicted these CKN70s are gonna sound much higher end than the $70 price tag on Amazon Japan. Like you guys wouldn't believe. One of the best sounding earphones I have ever heard.

 

I believe without a doubt, because the CKN50 punches waaaaaay above it's $40 dollar price tag. But that cable just irritates the hell out of me. I'm sure I'll breakdown and buy the 70 sooner or later, but I'm in no rush with the CKN50 and the CKS1000 (which is really giving me some eargasms).

 

+100. AT has been a roll lately. I bought the CKN50 right when they were released with no hesitation. The only reason I sold them was because AT announced the 70s so suddenly (and that damn cable).

 

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Because I am fortunate to have some of ATs newest I am seeing the correlation in sound tuning for their various phones and headphones it goes kinda like this.

 

The CKS1000 is the earphone equivalent to the WS99 full sized cans in tuning and performance.

 

The CKN70 is the earphone equivalent to the ES700 portables in tuning and performance.. Both the ES700 and the CKN70 use metals for housing so this may have something to do with the sweetness in tone and their level of detail.. In any case. I think JVC might have lit a fire in the company that is Audio Technica. All their stuff this year is nothing short of greatness. I look forward to hear how overnight burn in does with the CKN70..

 

If you guys were ever curious about ATs newer phones this year.  Do not hesitate. Give them a go.

 

Oh that is great to hear about the CKN70s. I read your impressions of the ES700 and they seem marvelous. Too bad there's no AD900X equivalent. A pair of AD900X would definitely be the next and last thing I ever buy.

 

I agree, I sense that AT is coming out with a big response to JVC. JVC took a huge initiative last year with all their groundbreaking carbon nanotube IEMs. And while the Sony XBA didn't really take off over here, I bet they were a sleeper hit in Japan. The competition in Japan is fierce since there are so many audio companies there. In fact, lately I've been swearing by Japanese headphones because I sense the biggest changes and improvements with their models. Just seems to me like the Japanese companies put in more effort in improving because of the competition.

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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post

haha that's reassuring to hear that you still got so much love for these FXZ200s. I've got your routine dead memorized.  wink_face.gif

 

.........LMAO!!!


"Oh these? Their my subs."     When you getting your FXZ200s?


Edited by Dsnuts - 2/25/13 at 9:05pm
post #7435 of 32897
Nice impressions Ds! The cnk70's sound like winners!
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"Oh these? Their my subs."     When you getting your FXZ200s?


LoL. It just got shipped from Hawaii. Got it from a fellow head-fier. Man i wish i can trade places with those iems if you knowhatimean. biggrin.gif

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Nice impressions Ds! The cnk70's sound like winners!


WAYNE send your GR07BE back and get on the ATH gravy train instead. LoL

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+100. AT has been a roll lately. I bought the CKN50 right when they were released with no hesitation. The only reason I sold them was because AT announced the 70s so suddenly (and that damn cable).

 

 

Oh that is great to hear about the CKN70s. I read your impressions of the ES700 and they seem marvelous. Too bad there's no AD900X equivalent. A pair of AD900X would definitely be the next and last thing I ever buy.

 

I agree, I sense that AT is coming out with a big response to JVC. JVC took a huge initiative last year with all their groundbreaking carbon nanotube IEMs. And while the Sony XBA didn't really take off over here, I bet they were a sleeper hit in Japan. The competition in Japan is fierce since there are so many audio companies there. In fact, lately I've been swearing by Japanese headphones because I sense the biggest changes and improvements with their models. Just seems to me like the Japanese companies put in more effort in improving because of the competition.

 

I don't think it will be possible for an earphone to sound like the AD900X. That would be a feat in deed. The widest stage earphones don't come close to the AD900X in stage or the air they have in the sound. It is one of a kind. I suppose the CKN70 is somewhat of a more condensed version as all AT cans and earphones have superior balance in their tuning this year and all of them put focus on the human voice...This CKN70s are just the cherry on the top of the cake. lol.

 

The funny thing is. Minus one new MP9927 I just had to get.. Everything I have bought this year has been all AT stuff..And each one has been one Wow after another.

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Ya never know sf. Ds-hype can make a man do crazy things lol!
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Thank you mugen3, Gee, dflock I appreciate all you guys.

 

I burned in my new CKN70 in for the past 4 hours or so. They are no where near done. But this is what I am hearing from them. right now.

 

AT has once again shown the mastery of tuning.. I have not been disappointed with a single item from AT this year.. I didn't even have to think twice about the CKN70 for me to bite on them.. This sound is decidedly high end..

 

It is unfortunate that AT has decided to use the same exact cord they used on the cheaper CKN50. Comfort and fit is exactly like the CKN50 it is a non issue. There is not an ear that will have an issue with the comfort of these in ears. But how does these sound?

 

The balancing on these earphones are a work of art. There is not a range these don't hit with precision. This sound is not just about the nicely done high level of detail but the smoothness of that detail on here is effortless. These remind me a bit of the tuning that is on the ES700. The level of detail is very similar to armatures in detail. These do remind me much of how my XBA-3s sound. Yet the mids on these.. I will get back to that here in a few. The all aluminum housing has something to do with the sweetness of sound these are emitting..

 

The highs..At another level of refinement. The highs are the new AT version..The highs are a bit forward in the mix but no where near the unrefined ear splitting sharpness that used to be on many of their older earphones. These have absolute control in this region and high end sparkle abound very natural and transients are spot on. Timbre detail is yet another very fine aspect of this sound..I mention that this sound is effortless and I think it has everything to do with ATs version of the carbon nanotube they are using on these earphones. Now let me get to what is without a doubt the best part of these earphone.

 

The mids..The balancing and depth in the mids are superb.. Vocals are not only portrayed with the power and intention of the artist but also a smoothness and a touch of sweetness that is only on a higher end sound.. AT this year has done the one thing that other companies only wish they can do. Vocals on these do remind me of the vocal performance of the ES700s.Imagery and instrument separation is very distinct yet so cohesive in what I am hearing..It is astounding I am getting all this from one single 5.7mm Micro HD driver. The added aluminum housing on these earphones add to this sound a command and control that is unheard of for this cost. I can sense the mids will become more fuller and I bet even smoother than how they sound now with a full burn in cycle and if that happens. Game over my friends.

 

The bass.

Magic. Just magic..These actually adjust to the bass level of the tune more than have a set level of bass. See cheaper phones have a certain amount of bass boost and that is it. You get to enjoy that bass even if you don't want to. Not with these..If your tune has sub bass that comes in like your friends Honda trunk o funk 12 inch. Guess what these will bring it.. Be it natural or synthetic bass is not only controlled but is very satisfactory..Tonality is spot on and is very textured and layered to perfection. Simply put these have a very high quality bass on these earphones. It is not a question if these will hit them bass notes but more of a question of if your tune has it in it.

 

It is surprising to me that this earphone is not only sounds like they have 3 drivers in the ears that represent the highs mids and lows but then they have all the goodies that make up a high end performing earphone. If these actually get better with burn in. Oh man.

Since you mentioned that the ckn70s can hold against the xba-3s and fxz100s, how is the tonality of the mids and highs? How is the soundstage and the speed of the ath-ckn70s? Does it have depth to its sound, and did the sound get any thicker when slightly burned in? Is the bass as tight or tighter than the fxz100/200? And last question, how is the instrument seperation?

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