The CKM500 have been in my possession for almost two weeks now. Being my first quality IEM, I am impressed with these little things. I had to wince at the piercing highs at first. But leaving them overnight helped out, and they sound much more pleasing now.
They are very well built as well, with a thought out design. The part that attaches to the cable is made completely out of a rubbery material. And their shape, is very much like the Skullcandy Fix, in that they hang on the ear, despite being on the larger side.
Overall, I am very happy with these, and would like to thank dsnuts for his recommendation.
The only thing that didn't quite work out for me, luckily might be fixable. They are the tips. I use the smallest tips and they still cause more fatigue than my current Klipsch IEM. I also think that I feel the manufacturing ridge from the molding, like many other tips have. Maybe I'll try a very sharp razor at it.
The best tips I've ever used are on Klipsch s4a. They are more angular in their point, more of an oval shape, and a little smaller. They also can afford to be, as they fit over a much smaller hole.
Can someone recommend tips that will work better for me? I'm hoping a better fit will make a better seal too. I also want to try foam, but only for flights.
Wide bore tips helps with the sound and if you have a radio shack close by look into Auveo tips. They sell packages of them. Try other tips you have and see how they fair and I would go from there. But the Auveo tips I highly recommend. Think better Sony Hybrids. Very soft excellent quality.
Been reading over this thread for days and have already ordered the ckm500, in blue.
Wondering if anyone could give some direct comparisons to the UE tf10 (of whose sound sig i am very familiar)?
I also have the ckm50 and love the bass but think the mids are lacking, treble a bit unsmooth, BUT that particular iem is the most comfortable (best fit for my ears) i have ever used, unlike the tf10.
Can someone compare the size, shape, fit of the ckm50 to 500-- is the form factor similar? If so, think i may be very happy indeed!
Thanks Dsnuts and all for all the great insights, these ATs lately are truly amazing for price/performance!
For factor is not only similar but an improvement over the CKM50s. Give them a solid burn in to get the best sound from the CKM500s. I would also look into them Auveo tips sold at radio shack.
Joker did a nice review on these. I have never owned the e10 but I bet you can get your answer on that thread. http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-279-iems-compared-audio-technica-ckm500-added-05-01-13-p-678/10170#post_9402580 . I am gonna guess these will be a nice upgrade for you.