UPDATE: I am glad you enjoy your 77X's.. I have the basic 77's and they need much more burn in.. The JVC HA-FXZ200's have cooked for four days at 24 hours per day.. I read one review where the author claimed it was peaky in the high frequencys.. He was right for the amount of burn in he gave them.. That I also heard on the third day but is now smoothed out.. I really like the 200's a lot.
This is the first IEM I own without a V shaped mid.. I really like the mid presence.. The treble still has just a tinny bit of harshness in the most upper registers.. I am hoping that more burn in will smooth that out. I can EQ it out but then there goes the detail.. BTW the JVC HA-FXZ200's respond really well to a good EQ making the IEM's adaptable to most any genera of music.. I feel the bass is is very well controlled and plentiful. but probably not enough for bass heads.
A bit of my backround if some of you wonder how I qualify.. I was University tested for sound hearing as part of a study among musicians in the state.. They placed me in the top 3% of the best hearing possible.. I also recorded a live 33rpm album with Doc Severencen many many moons ago.. I also helped voice the Zana Duex along with Craig of Eddie Current.. Been in many 3,4,& 5 piece bands.. So I often compare an IEM as to what I was use to hearing in a band or orchestra. But of course I know most all IEM's put you in front of the stage.. Thats OK.
I digress! Sorry, back to IEM's. Right now my thinking is the JVC HA-FXZ200 will reign as one of the best IEM's out there. I concur with the findings of most reviewers on this and find no need to reiterate what has already been said.. This is not a thread for the 200's anyway.. But the ATH-CKS1000 has also cooked for about four days.. I still think they could use a bit more burn in though.. At first I really liked them as they come across as silky smooth and very pleasant.. Still is... However after listening to the JVC HA-FXZ200's, the CKS1000's pail in comparison and a bummer to review after the 200's.. The CKS1000's hold there own against the 200;s until you consider the recessed mids are lacking.. The mids are so forward and warm N pleasent on the 200's that they have spoiled my ears. I fact I like them more than my Westone 3's. But the 3's need much more burn in and diden't get it as I was distracted by the JVC HA-FXZ200's arrival so they both could equal out after more burn in. BTY the Westone 3's are down to around $159 now.
Don;t get me wrong here.. The ATH CKS1000's are a real delight to have and hear.. They are an upper tier IEM also. Just to bad that I am reviewing them with the JVC HA-FXZ200's.. The CKS1000's are simply outclassed a bit by the excellent FXZ200's.. But the CKS1000's are totally worth the purchase, but honestly the JVC HA-FXZ200 is a must have first buy along with the Westone 3's @ Sonic/$159. And the 200's @ $179 its a no brainer.. Oh, about thoes CKS77's!
Edited by Mikey01 - 12/20/13 at 9:08am