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post #9271 of 32904
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Well to say I am pleasantly surprised is an understatement..These things have a sound that is no where near what the cost of these things are..It is evident to me that these Audio Zero guys are very serious about audio..It is like they took the best of what AT, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC has done and are trying to outdo them..

 

Listening to them now. Now I understand why these are getting absolute rave on Amazon Japan..Because they deserve it. Gents. We have an earphone here that has some serious sound..These don't only compete with the likes of the CKN70 but I will go as far as to say these actually sound at similar level of the CKS1000.. For $45? Lol!

 

Oh man. It is musical but technical at the same time. It has lushness and transparency at the same time. It has a very nice sound stage, depth and utilizes all that space all at the same time!..Similar tuning to the newer AT sound but wow this was unexpected. These simply sound sublime. Tuned extremely well these things hit every note with depth and authority that is completely surprising. And this is out of the box.. I somehow had a feeling these was gonna be good but I had no idea..This one is definitely a discovery.  More to come. These seem to need Zero burn in. Lol.

 

I have them hooked up to my Audinst MX2 and the sound I am hearing is simply unreal. They sound so damn good!!!

 

 

What do they sound like with Trance music mate??

 

I'm still thinking its best for me to go for the Carbo Tenore instead, could I be wrong or shall I just wing it?

 

 

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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

Well, somebody's got to take one for the team.

 

Haha, I guess that will be me then as no one else is stepping up to the plate lol

 

Zero Audio DX-200CT here I come. biggrin.gif

post #9272 of 32904
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post

 

 

What do they sound like with Trance music mate??

 

I'm still thinking its best for me to go for the Carbo Tenore instead, could I be wrong or shall I just wing it?

 

 

 

Haha, I guess that will be me then as no one else is stepping up to the plate lol

 

Zero Audio DX-200CT here I come. biggrin.gif

I don't need any more IEMs at the moment. These CKN70s are still blowing my mind and they're getting better every day. When they are completely burned in I can't even imagine how good it will sound.

post #9273 of 32904

I got my new purchase a couple of hours ago...

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/a0a8895f03d70c11/index.html

 

PRICE: Varies; $12.07 currently from nothingbutsoftware.com. MSRP is $14.95

 

GOAL: AT claiming to redefine value for the budget sets. CLR  for the natural sound crowd and COR for those who want more bass and thump. Both come with tips, a cord wrap case, a wide choice of colors and a 2 year warranty for minimal price.

 

BUILD: Budget build but still good. The CLR have thinner color matched tips. The housings are strong plastic with nice reliefs coming out. The Y-joint is similar to that found on the CKS77(triangular) but thinner and more flexible. Y - cord with no cord slider. The cable is similar to the SHE3580 but more supple and should behave better. The small right angle plug is nearly the same as the one on the CKN series. The sound tube has the white filter mesh with the two dots again like the CKN  50 model.

 

ACCESSORIES: Manual/warranty paper insert, ~2.25 inch circular Yo-Yo style cord wrap/case combo , S/M/L translucent tips in matching colors for the CLR. For the COR it would seem the more standard thicker black tips come those to befit their bassier nature. The case as mentioned being essentially a Yo-Yo opens wider(3/4") to swallow the cord and phones up then you squeeze it closed to about 1/4" space. It doesn't fully close.

 

FIT: The CLR-100 have a more angled sound tube than the likes of the CKN70 and being plastic are lighter. The tips are softer and more pliable making them more comfy. For me the loop support isn't really doing much and this design is lighter, easier to fit, and more comfy than their big brother. The stocks tips sound fine also. I haven't tried any others but it was quick to see the CKN needed to ditch the stock tips. No such need here AFAIC.

 

SOUND: AT's new house sound and not far off the CKN series sound. As it should be, the COR is more the CKS sound and the CLR standing for clear would translate to the CKN/CKM more balanced sound yet still having a punchy bass that is not lacking in amount.

 

Basically comparing it to the CKN 70, it would seem the CLR100 with it's two dots and 25,000Hz treble rating is something like the CKN50 in sound signature. The CKN70 is a bit more open and has more/brighter treble but not by much. Good punch, good balance, the treble comes off smoother than the CKN70 with a tiny bit more roll off(25,000 vs. 26,000). More forward/up front sounding than the CKN70 but still good depth and immersion factor. Bass is tight like the CKN and even out of the blister pack they handle fast paced music well with little bass bloat. The new better AT mids are still here though not quite as clear as the CKN. A general impression for now as they are 30 minutes old. We'll see how they end up with hours and maybe some tip changes.

 

VALUE: For my $12+ I got the CLR shipped to my house in a couple of days, I got a wide color choice, a useful set of tips(that balance sound), and a clever little case, and the 2 year warranty. For their intended use, straight out of a player/phone(in my case a Sony S639), the CLR100 make the CKN sound like it is overpriced. Of course the CKN is better built and fancier and they do sound better but not that much better. Though I have not heard them, it does sound like they would stack up well sound-wise with the CKN50.

 

A really good value. A good job by AT. Also an inexpensive way to sample the current AT sound!


Edited by jant71 - 5/3/13 at 10:07am
post #9274 of 32904
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

 

These things sound fantastic! There is no way this sound comes from a sub $50 earphone. Lol! 

 

where did you buy them from plz?

post #9275 of 32904
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post

I don't need any more IEMs at the moment. These CKN70s are still blowing my mind and they're getting better every day. When they are completely burned in I can't even imagine how good it will sound.

That's fair enough mate.

CKN70 were on my purchase list but unfortunately the Zero Audio DX200 have superseded them. As they're cheaper and more difficult to get hold off.

Plus I think they are gonna be a good alternative to the CKN70s
post #9276 of 32904
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Originally Posted by majnu View Post

 

where did you buy them from plz?

 

amazon.jp combined with tenso.

post #9277 of 32904
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post


That's fair enough mate.

CKN70 were on my purchase list but unfortunately the Zero Audio DX200 have superseded them. As they're cheaper and more difficult to get hold off.

Plus I think they are gonna be a good alternative to the CKN70s

 

Well, if they are anything like the DX210's, and if as dsnuts says, the DX210's sound similar to the cks1000's, then hell ya!

post #9278 of 32904
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post


That's fair enough mate.

CKN70 were on my purchase list but unfortunately the Zero Audio DX200 have superseded them. As they're cheaper and more difficult to get hold off.

Plus I think they are gonna be a good alternative to the CKN70s

I dunno. Because of the sparkly highs I feel like you might like them better. i know you love trance and these sound so good for trance. The bass is fast and super punchy, the highs are sparkly so the synthesizers sound orgasmic. The mids are lush and sweet so you can hear everything. I wanna try the ones Dsnuts got, but I just don't see how they can compete with these.

post #9279 of 32904
CKS1000? MIND BLOWN X 2. Seriously guys, how many times can my mind take before there's nothing left to blow off? But having so many pairs of earphones lying around not used is quite an eye-sore.
post #9280 of 32904
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jant71 View Post

I got my new purchase a couple of hours ago...

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/a0a8895f03d70c11/index.html

 

PRICE: Varies; $12.07 currently from nothingbutsoftware.com. MSRP is $14.95

 

GOAL: AT claiming to redefine value for the budget sets. CLR  for the natural sound crowd and COR for those who want more bass and thump. Both come with tips, a cord wrap case, a wide choice of colors and a 2 year warranty for minimal price.

 

BUILD: Budget build but still good. The CLR have thinner color matched tips. The housings are strong plastic with nice reliefs coming out. The Y-joint is similar to that found on the CKS77(triangular) but thinner and more flexible. Y - cord with no cord slider. The cable is similar to the SHE3580 but more supple and should behave better. The small right angle plug is nearly the same as the one on the CKN series. The sound tube has the white filter mesh with the two dots again like the CKN  50 model.

 

ACCESSORIES: Manual/warranty paper insert, ~2.25 inch circular Yo-Yo style cord wrap/case combo , S/M/L translucent tips in matching colors for the CLR. For the COR it would seem the more standard thicker black tips come those to befit their bassier nature. The case as mentioned being essentially a Yo-Yo opens wider(3/4") to swallow the cord and phones up then you squeeze it closed to about 1/4" space. It doesn't fully close.

 

FIT: The CLR-100 have a more angled sound tube than the likes of the CKN70 and being plastic are lighter. The tips are softer and more pliable making them more comfy. For me the loop support isn't really doing much and this design is lighter, easier to fit, and more comfy than their big brother. The stocks tips sound fine also. I haven't tried any others but it was quick to see the CKN needed to ditch the stock tips. No such need here AFAIC.

 

SOUND: AT's new house sound and not far off the CKN series sound. As it should be, the COR is more the CKS sound and the CLR standing for clear would translate to the CKN/CKM more balanced sound yet still having a punchy bass that is not lacking in amount.

 

Basically comparing it to the CKN 70, it would seem the CLR100 with it's two dots and 25,000Hz treble rating is something like the CKN50 in sound signature. The CKN70 is a bit more open and has more/brighter treble but not by much. Good punch, good balance, the treble comes off smoother than the CKN70 with a tiny bit more roll off(25,000 vs. 26,000). More forward/up front sounding than the CKN70 but still good depth and immersion factor. Bass is tight like the CKN and even out of the blister pack they handle fast paced music well with little bass bloat. The new better AT mids are still here though not quite as clear the the CKN. A general impression for now as they are 30 minutes old. We'll see how they end up with hours and maybe some tip changes.

 

VALUE: For my $12+ I got the CLR shipped to my house in a couple of days, I got a wide color choice, a useful set of tips(that balance sound), and a clever little case, and the 2 year warranty. For their intended use, straight out of my Sony S639, the CLR100 make the CKN sound like it is overpriced. Of course the CKN is better built and fancier and they do sound better but not that much better. Though I have not heard them, it does sound like they would stack up well sound-wise with the CKN50.

 

A really good value. A good job by AT. Also an inexpensive way to sample the current AT sound!


This is good stuff. Like me some budget ATH on the cheap. Might have to grab me a pair to try out. Will check them out soon.  Thanks for your take on them Jant.

post #9281 of 32904
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post

 

Hi D's.. another interesting discovery! I was really impressed with the CKN70; especially for the price. Although, I still find the Sony XBA 3 a better sounding IEM over the CKN70. How do you think the DX-210 rank against them in terms of bass quality and overall sound refinement?


The refinements of a 3 driver armature tuned right over a single dynamic is gonna have obvious benefits. The XBA-3s are technically and sonically more advanced earphone but enjoyment factor of the DX210 is great simply because it is an easy sound to just listen to without any type of obligations in the sound.

 

Aspects such as instrument separation, detail and speed will take a back seat to the XBA-3s. Once you get used to having a tweeter and a woofer with your mid armature going to any single dynamic DX210 will have something lacking.  Where the DX210 lack in these aspects. It makes up for it with a smooth coherent sound that while may not be the tight presentation your used to is just as enjoyable..For some maybe more so.

 

Bass and overall sound is more forward over the XBA-3s. For a single driver the DX210 does an admirable job of getting you into your music and for bassy type music be it EDM or hiphop. These have the it factor.. Stage, definition. and bass.  The strengths of the DX210 is it is a casual sound but has the bass end for being outdoors. While the XBA-3 has great bass sometimes I wish it had a bit more.. Especially when I am out doors.. Here is where the DX210 comes into play.. The DX210 has a different sound vs the XBA-3 all together.. It has more of a musical presentation vs having that projected 3D image of the XBA-3s..Smooth vs a chiseled sound. For $45 smooth is a good thing.

 

I forgot to mention one very important advantage of the DX210.. As you know the XBA series are not the best when amped. Actually they are down right disappointing. Hearing my DX210 on my newly revised Meridian Explorer actually makes them sound just about the best I have ever heard anything. This is one aspect my XBA-3 just can't hang with. The DX210 scales extremely well to higher end equipment and more power.


Edited by Dsnuts - 5/2/13 at 7:35pm
post #9282 of 32904
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

The DX210 has a different sound vs the XBA-3 all together.. It has more of a musical presentation vs having that projected 3D image of the XBA-3s..Smooth vs a chiseled sound. For $45 smooth is a good thing.

 

I wonder how the single dynamic driver cks1000 seems to manage to have the best of both worlds??

post #9283 of 32904
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post

 

I wonder how the single dynamic driver cks1000 seems to manage to have the best of both worlds??


Well for one AT is using a top end high resolution driver for the detail and then the tuning has to jive with them air chambers. Love them air chambers. There is also some dual dampening happening so a total of 4 chambers out back. All that tech does the deed..For not having all the tech behind the CKS1000 the DX210 does so many things right. Plus when amped the sound level becomes even more closer to the CKS1000 it is crazy.

post #9284 of 32904
Quote: Originally Posted by waynes world "I wonder how the single dynamic driver cks1000 seems to manage to have the best of both worlds??" Maybe HYPE gelled the two worlds together? *cynical snigger*
post #9285 of 32904
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post


That's fair enough mate.

CKN70 were on my purchase list but unfortunately the Zero Audio DX200 have superseded them. As they're cheaper and more difficult to get hold off.

Plus I think they are gonna be a good alternative to the CKN70s


You need to save up and just get a pair of WS99s. Forget these small fry iems. You need the big boy.. I would wait a bit to see how them new JVCs are gonna be like. I plan on getting a pair.. Will see if it dethrones my WS99 for trance.

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