Originally Posted by FlySweep
Dsnuts.. how would you characterize the midrange & treble tonality, accuracy, etc.? Is the treble sparkly, crisp, smooth, etc? What kind of clarity can we expect from the midrange. I've never heard an AT phone so I'm not familiar with their 'house sound.'
Oh yes. AT house sound. It is generally the very detailed sparkly extended highs and smooth detailed mids that AT is known for. Their higher end BAs CK10s, Joker reviewed are just that. As well as there dynamics CKM33, CKM77, CKM99s. But they also do consumer sound which means big bass and usually has their trademark extended highs. The CKM50. Many of you guys have should know what I am talking about and the full sized M50s. So the most common house sound trait at least for consumer level AT stuff is indeed their sparkly extended highs. For the bass lovers the Pro700Mk2s. Being a manufacturer of high end audio gear, headphones and earphones for over 50 years. These guys are generally very focused on a type of sound they are going for an achieves it through their various offerings.
Now so where does the CKS77 stand in the scheme of things?. Well these take the better parts of what AT does and then adds to that the 5% depth. I have bought plenty of earphones that try to be what these are but never quite achieving what these do..Everything in the sound of these earphones are finely crafted. I can tell the work these guys did to achieve this sound. Everything to the materials used, aluminum dampening for greater accuracy and detail. The second air chamber that adds depth so many earphones just don't have.The highs while not as extended as lets say a TF10 but is very satisfactory for me. Many of you guys know how important bass is to my ears but many of you guys don't know how important highs are to me. This is where if it lacks or sound weird it gets the boot from me without a second thought. The highs are very capable, full and natural sounding. No coloration or weird tonality at all..I would say more detailed crisp than sparkly but on certain tracks the sparkle is there if it has it in the recording so very capable in the upper registers.
No harsh treble or sibilance of any kind. Even with recordings that have very pronounced sibilance. Through these earphones it will not hurt to hear it. There is a slight roll off in the very highest of notes but that just makes these sound very smooth in the upper regions without fatigue. I have heard many earphones that either have too much lively highs or too little. These to me are not only dynamic in the depth of the highs but are just right to my ears and certainly not lacking in any detail that one would normally miss in a bassy earphone. I think this impressed me more than the big bass when I first heard them. This is one area that was improved from the former CKS70s. It was the one area that I read where these needed improvement. Again here is where the aluminum interior comes into play.. AT are masters of the highs and their magic is done on these earphone..The highs on the CKS77 are very capable and natural. Plus add %5 depth. You guys will love how the highs will sound on these earphones. Easy on the ears but very accurate and not missing on any high dynamic.
This is the reason why these sound great for everything.. Jazz with percussion where high hats maintain the rhythm of the tune. High hats are clearly defined and resonates so well..Many will hear high hats on a new level with these as every time the high hat is struck you can make out just how thick the sound resonates in the tune. You can make out how hard the high hats are struck. For guys that drum you can almost imagine what part of the high hat was struck and how hard. That is depth for you. The mids are equally very natural and non fatiguing. Not colored or too forward or recessed. The clarity while not at a BA level of sound. It quite surprising here as these strike a very fine balance of clarity and while just a tad warm over neutral it is engaging and smooth. Yes the low end does have a bit more prominence over the mids but in a musical manor and not where it will sound unnatural with overly warm tones or any type of big mid bass hump where normal big bass earphones have a problem with drowning out the mids or even the highs. None of that nonsense is on these..There is a difference in having a big mid bass hump vs having authoritative low end that is thick yet blends into the sound so naturally which these do.
If you guys hear tunes with 2 speakers and no sub. Many like this sound as that is your typical stereo sound. But add to that a high end sub woofer and you get a much more fuller more musical sound. That is what you get with these earphones..Vocals come in as clear as any headphone I have and here as well AT does their magic and whatever the vocals have as a dynamic from screams from James Hetfield in Metallica tracks to the smooth heavenly voice of Diana Krall. If the sound engineer threw on a dry raw sound. That is what you get. But if copious amounts of reverb was thrown in. You can hear that as well..Some like their mid range liquidy smooth and I suppose the mids would fall into the lush category in these but at the same time very accurate. Again no weird tonality or recessed nothing.Then add to that the %5Depth. These earphones are for enjoying the heck out of your tunes and not so much analyzing them. And enjoy them I have.
Edited by Dsnuts - 4/9/12 at 4:39pm