First. I would like to thank all the guys that have followed me to through my various threads. It is always exciting to find something new when doing such a thread and while many a guys have seen me recommend these earphones. I think it is about time to start a new thread for an earphone that definitely deserves it.
I am sure everyone has visited at one time or another the CKM50 thread and I have grown to appreciate Audio Technica in a new light. I didn't plan on getting every CKM earphone but that is in fact what I ended up doing as well as taking a chance on a CKS77. Audio Technica is about making products that perform without big hoopla or marketing of other companies. They just make very nice sounding stuff and why should you care?
It is funny to me that guys will spend so much money on what is the norm around here ie the Monsters and the UEs and the like for good reason yet the AT family of earphones are somewhat overlooked. Which imo is a big mistake. So lets cut to the chase and I will try to explain why these have a special sound.. Very first impressions of them
Happy birthday to me. I decided to get these for my own bday gift cus the wife won't buy it for me. She thinks I am crazy for owning so many headphones already. Lol! So I just got these I am gonna burn these in all day before take a good listen but I will tell you guys right off the bat. THESE ARE FREAKING GREAT!!
So far they are exactly how I imagined they would sound. A super high end bassy earphone!! Now these have even more of a sub woofer sound than the CKM50s.. Yes these sound like a more refined CKM50 with even a bigger bass presence but only when called upon. These have much better balance than the CKM50s as well the mids are very present. Lovely full sound YES!! A proper audiophile basshead earphones..So far I am impressed with how AT achieved this sound.
Everything is separated the highs the mids the bass. That is what is astonishing. No bass bleed. Yet they have copious amounts of bass when called for. And we are talking HAFX1X Xeport 5010 levels. But with a much more cleaner, controlled, fuller yet very refined sound. My basshead side and my analytical side are both smiling from ear to ear!. More to come after some burn.
Wholy cow guys. The sub bass on these. Lol! These truly sound like subs but what is smile inducing is everything else is proper.. What I am also detecting the tuning on the sound is immaculate. The highs have clear detail and extension, the mids come full and has much depth. The biggest question I had was what will this 2nd chamber do for the mids and highs more than the bass. I read plenty how the bass is on another level on these earphones and they are.
The quality is on an entire different level on these earphones. I loved the sub bass of the CKM50 and even the SHE3580. These CKS77s put the sub bass on those to shame.. But again the integrity of the tune come full and clean. No loss in detail in anything I am hearing because of big bass. If anything these take the sound of the CKM50s and super tweek it to a nice high level..Music all my music bassy or not comes full detailed and clean only when the need for big brawny bass is when the bass shows its prowess..I never thought that a bassy earphone would have this level of sound.
The detail level is not quite the CKM77s but these are damn close which is shocking to me, yet these have the bass end to match the details on the highs with complete detailed mids to boot. I never thought there was such an earphone.
Updated. So I went out and bought myself a used pair of Monster Miles Davis Tributes thinking those would be an upgrade to the sounds of these CKS77s. hmmm I think not. A/Bing both. Lets just say the Monsters failed to do one up on the CKS77.
I know guys here are used to my budget cheap stuff and believe it or not at $108 being sold on buy.com.. I feel I am continuing this. For the money spent these are sheer enjoyment.. Music has so much depth it leaves my other earphones sounding flat in comparison.
So why am I bringing this thread up now? Do not overlook these earphones. I feel it is my duty as a fellow member of this community to bring out some truth about an earphone that has been met with some questions and somewhat of a cloud. These are not just for bass heavy genres my friends..There are some earphones that sound great for some genres and not so much others. You guys should know what I am talking about.. These.. Sound amazing for everything.. It has everything to do with this double chamber.
These have nothing to do with the experiments that was the CKS50,70,90s..Upon reading older reviews of the CKS70 it seemed those has copious amounts of bass and that big sound the double chamber helps to create but was lacking in the highs and mids. I can certainly say the CKS77 is not lacking in any part of the sound in fact not only very complete, detailed and balanced extremely well but there is a PLUS factor that made me realize. Guys.. These are special in every sense of the word. No other earphone I have sound quite like these.
When you guys hear your music and you close your eyes. Can you make out the depth of the note? That natural reverb from the recording on some pianos or some strings. Or the high hats that dance on top of you tunes in Jazz. Can you almost see in what you hear how thick the reverb is? Does your sound come complete circle in depth as much as the width?? These DO!. It is quite astonishing. You can make out not just the clean separation of the instruments but the effects of the strings the impacts of the drums. The emotion in the voice..Every piece of authority in the tune the way the artist intended.. I am now 100% certain after using these for a good part of 2 months straight. These leave other earphones sounding flat and quite boring in comparison. Don't believe me?. Try one out as see for yourself. With this I begin yet another thread for a very worthy earphone.. No these are not just for bass heavy tunes.. Wait till you guys hear these with your bass light tunes.
Coming soon. Yes I just bought a MG7 to compare to these. Keep and eye out..But in honesty I am sure the MG7s are very comparable to these. I will just say it again. DO NOT OVERLOOK THESE!.. These will completely surprise. Especially for Monster earphone owners.
So this test tune you guys must try with the CKS77..A/B this with your other IEMs. You can hear the fullness of the CKS77 on this tune.
How much depth of sound does your earphone have. Test it with this..
Totally Dubbed Unboxing video.. Thanks my friend.
Tips- seem to have an affect in the sound.. Wider holed tips will up the mids and just a bit lows using the lowest closest slot on the nozzle. Position 2..
Tip adjustment-. Thanks for Pfloyd to point out tips adjusted to the lowest position vs outer does effect sound. Mids do come more upfront and sound more intimate. With outer setting the stage is a shy wider and lessening the mids..
Mods- No filter mid or version CKS77-B made by FlySweep. Page 30..Taking filter out cleans up some of the coloration which many may like more so than the filtered stock sound.. Taking filter out is irreversible there for a one time deal. But guys that want a cleaner sound with even better clarity balanced version. This will lessen the coloration which was intended. Taking filter out tunes the sound a bit more balanced.
FlySweep Page 26
Danny93 w Zo2 Page 28
Oneoseven vs MG7 Page 41
Sicilian0 vs FX700 Page 49
Jant71 Page 58
FlySweep CKs77 vs the FXT90 comparo http://www.head-fi.org/t/604094/the-ath-cks77-big-roomy-detailed-balanced-n-i-am-not-just-talking-about-the-bass/855#post_8356722