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post #1891 of 1897
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Originally Posted by DieselTech View Post

After reading this forum, I just had to get my hands on the CKM500.  I haven't burned it in yet, but I am pretty disappointed with this ear phone.  The high notes sound very harsh and artificial.  It's like they forcibly increase the volume on the high notes.  I really prefer my CKM55 over the CKM500, but I will give it a couple of weeks and see if they improve with burn in.

They sound better with some amount of burn in
post #1892 of 1897

I do think they have a somewhat "metallic" signature even after burn-in. It does settle down but the highs are still rather "thick". The mids and bass is where it's at.

 

I have one of AT's lower end IEM's, the CK323M, and I think its highs are more detailed and less sibilant, but its mids and mid-bass are deeply recessed. Soundstage is more congested than the CKM500 but I am still burning them in. Its cable still has microphonics but it's the springy, tangle-free type. More of a headphone for the looks =/

 

Unfortunately I've lost my CKM500iS but I do still have a CKM500, but I am not sure what is a good upgrade for a reasonable price. A lot of people recommend CKN70 because it sounds better but I would like something with a better cable and better noise isolation.


Edited by FYLegend - 1/14/14 at 1:18am
post #1893 of 1897
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Originally Posted by FYLegend View Post

I do think they have a somewhat "metallic" signature even after burn-in. It does settle down but the highs are still rather "thick". The mids and bass is where it's at.

I have one of AT's lower end IEM's, the CK323M, and I think its highs are more detailed and less sibilant, but its mids and mid-bass are deeply recessed. Soundstage is more congested than the CKM500 but I am still burning them in. Its cable still has microphonics but it's the springy, tangle-free type. More of a headphone for the looks =/

Unfortunately I've lost my CKM500iS but I do still have a CKM500, but I am not sure what is a good upgrade for a reasonable price. A lot of people recommend CKN70 because it sounds better but I would like something with a better cable and better noise isolation.
I consider the new IM50 an awesome upgrade to the ckm500. Better mids and highs, with a much better cable.
post #1894 of 1897

The IM50 have dual drivers.  Does multi-driver IEM really make music sound better?  Shure produce IEMs with three drivers.

post #1895 of 1897

I was about to skip trying out ATH-CKM300. Glad that I considered trying it out first. I personally prefer how it sounds. I think it has the same clean sounding mids and engaging highs but I find its bass to be a bit tighter though it doesn't extend that much deep.

post #1896 of 1897
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Originally Posted by sacrifice13 View Post


I consider the new IM50 an awesome upgrade to the ckm500. Better mids and highs, with a much better cable.

How does IM50's soundstage compare? I would like something with a bit more soundstage. I haven't listened to my Phillips SHE3580 in a long time, but now I found its soundstage a lot larger than CKM500 (though it has a more V-shaped sound and not as refined).

 

Also what happened to the CKM700 that Dsnuts previously described? Was it just a rumor? Will it still be released or has it been replaced by the IM series?

post #1897 of 1897
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Also what happened to the CKM700 that Dsnuts previously described? Was it just a rumor? Will it still be released or has it been replaced by the IM series?

There were never any plans about them after the new im series were announced.

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