Been listening to the XBA-3, CKN70 and the CKS1000.
Comparing the same tracks going from one to the others. It goes like this. The XBA-3 is like hearing your tunes in a concert hall from the center of the concert theater the CKN70 about 20 rows back and the CKS1000 is front row.
What I mean by this the XBA-3. Gives and overall picture of the tune that is not as close up as the others and I think because of how music is portrayed imagery is tops on these but the highs on them come out like tweeters for speakers more so than the other 2..Tissle but not much fizzle. I suppose it is the armature nature of the single firing tweeter that is on the XBA-3. While some may see this as a negative and not as accurate sounding. I actually see it as one of the defining traits of the XBA-3.. Tweeters they are.. And tweeters they sound like. These are more geared for guys that like instruments and vocals and want that out of your head imagery and detail... Not so much for EDM and HIPHOP.
The CKN70 is simply amazing for being a single micro hd..Great stage depth and presence of your favorite tracks. I am convinced these have the stiffest carbon nanotube drivers out of all of the JVC earphones and headphones that use the material. I have simply punished these things and they seem to like it. The overall sound is balanced very well but they do show a tendency for peaks in the upper ranges..Timbre detail is very nice which is one of the positive traits of the peaks in the region but the negative is they do still have some minor sibilance. So while not perfect.. It does gives all of us something to look forward to in their next iteration. Tip rolling help these get the best sound. I use Sony Hybrids which actually adds a bit more bass and mids to the highs
Fans of the tight closely knit defined music will find lots to like from the previous 2. The CKS1000 is simply a different earphone in a different realm. It uses some technology that is relatively new, cutting edge.. ( Dual air chambers)
I am sold on this technology ever since I bought my CKS77 but I don't feel the resolution in the drivers or the tuning on them was the best AT could do.. The CKS1000 on the other hand. It is a masterwork of many different engineering aspects that make them one of a kind type of earphone.. The XB90EX has some crazy deep mids but definition wise it could use some tightening. The CKS1000 addresses these issue with previous bass earphones.. These are bass earphones for the audiophile and for guys that like the bigger picture in their music.
What I mean by this. These CKS earphones actually project a bigger sound than the drivers emit using their filter filaments but the problem in doing this actually blots out definition of the sound. But not so on the CKS1000. Definition is not only there but also gives an amount of depth on your tracks you can actually see with your hearing eye. It is the difference of enjoying a delux cheeseburger with 3 patties vs having just one with cheese. Coloration? Sure but it is the type people enjoy and not the type that people don't. .What is it about your music do you enjoy so much? Is it the bass? Is it the emotion of the vocal track that reaches your soul? Is it the string instruments that stirs your memories of an important moment of your life? The CKS1000 throws that emotion stirs that memory and then add to that the depth and resolution of the tune in their full glory..
The truth is I like all 3 quite a bit. Sure I listen to my CKS1000 more so than the others but everytime I have my CKN70 or my XBA-3 I enjoy them. It is cool to listen to how my tracks sound with one earphone and then switch it up for a different take.. That my friends is just 3X the love.