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post #1426 of 1916
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

 

Uh, what?

 

Based on research. Are my impressions incorrect?

post #1427 of 1916

I don't know as I don't have both and I'm not here to spread misinformation based on other posters. Keep comments on sound to what you know please, we don't need more he-said she-said stuff.

post #1428 of 1916

Picked these up of a local forum member - and then passed them onto my older brother who had broken his Jays that I got him for Christmas.

 

I expect that I will get them back unused as he turned around and bought the Bose Noise Cancel ling folding Over Ear number. So I am looking forward to compering them with my Audiofly AF56 - which are very nice (except the microphonics .... pretty fabric wrap but what were they thinking!)

 

 

Wormwood

post #1429 of 1916
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Originally Posted by LordWormwood View Post

Picked these up of a local forum member - and then passed them onto my older brother who had broken his Jays that I got him for Christmas.

 

I expect that I will get them back unused as he turned around and bought the Bose Noise Cancel ling folding Over Ear number. So I am looking forward to compering them with my Audiofly AF56 - which are very nice (except the microphonics .... pretty fabric wrap but what were they thinking!)

 

 

Wormwood

I don't know about your Audioflys so I can't compare, but the microphonics on the ckm500s are not that great either. But the amazing sound they produce kind of just make up for such a little problem rolleyes.gif
If the 500s fit you well then I'm sure you'll have a good time hehe. Enjoy!

post #1430 of 1916

It's times like these I wish I had a Sansa Clip or a Rockbox-able iPod. The mid-bass is just too pushy for rock music, it pushes out the details that are hiding behind it. If the next iteration of this series is as huge of a jump as the Ad700 to the Ad900 then these will be astonishing. 

post #1431 of 1916

Ill probably keep them around for electronic music, but i ordered a pair of Vsonic GR01's for rock and metal music. I sometimes feel the same about the bottem end on the CKM-500. Hopefully the GR01 has the same midrange and top end qualities as the CKM-500. Hopefull ill have the GR01's early this coming week.

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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

It's times like these I wish I had a Sansa Clip or a Rockbox-able iPod. The mid-bass is just too pushy for rock music, it pushes out the details that are hiding behind it. If the next iteration of this series is as huge of a jump as the Ad700 to the Ad900 then these will be astonishing. 

post #1432 of 1916

just wondering, can the ckm500 be improved even more with some amping? the sound is already freakingly crazy, but that's why i'm even more intrigued how much better it can get 

post #1433 of 1916

Yes.

post #1434 of 1916

These are very sensitive. The only way an amp will improve them is if the amp you use colors the sound in a way you prefer. 

 

With them plugged into the headphone jack on my iPhone 4 i never need to exceed the halfway mark, so they are plenty easy to drive. 

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just wondering, can the ckm500 be improved even more with some amping? the sound is already freakingly crazy, but that's why i'm even more intrigued how much better it can get 

post #1435 of 1916

How do these compare to the brainwavz m3? 

post #1436 of 1916

IMHO, they're an upgrade to the M3's. Bass, mid range and especially treble have more clarity with the CKM-500's. 

post #1437 of 1916

Alright that's good to hear, i currently have the m3's but i'm looking for the next step up without spending 150-180 on a GR07 which was what i was llooking at before. Would you say that it's slightly more musical and has more midrange than the m3? is it also faster? those were my only real complaints with the m3

post #1438 of 1916

never heard the M3's but i did have the M2's for a while. the CKM-500 are way better than the M2. The CKM are much more neutral and clear, but at the same time are still fun. 

 

lately i feel the CKM-500 are to bassy for most of the music i listen to. either they got bassier as they broke in or my taste in bass is still continuing to decrease. in this case i think it's a combination of both. i listen to mostly progressive rock and metal and for most of the recordings i listen to these now seem to have to much bass. it's not always to the point of messing up the mid-range, but just enough to very often get in the way. i really hope my GR01's come tomorrow and i really hope they are everything i want them to be for rock/metal. i can see myself still using the CKM-500's for electronic music though as they really do work well for those genres. 

post #1439 of 1916

Yeah the bass on these makes them suitable for bass oriented music if you ask me, unless you can EQ down the 250-500 range just a tad.

post #1440 of 1916

just got my black one after 3 weeks shipping from Ebay... @@. right out of the box they're so amazing. compare with my AD900 the CKM500 get about 8/10 in mid + treble, but the bass is more amazing, and it's also more fun than AD900. i'm using it with the M-size of sony hybrid, this is the 1st time I use an inear headphone, it is not so comfortable compare with earbud :(

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