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post #1906 of 1918
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CKS99 will isolate better but both should perform well for your music preference. The CKM500s will have more treble energy so if you like more bite to your guitars I would get the CKM500s but these being semi open they don't isolate all that well. The CKM500 will have a cleaner sound over the CKS99s. The CKS99s will be more bass heavy so if that is your main preference I would do that. The CKM500s will have more of a versatile sound over the CKS99.

post #1907 of 1918
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

CKS99 will isolate better but both should perform well for your music preference. The CKM500s will have more treble energy so if you like more bite to your guitars I would get the CKM500s but these being semi open they don't isolate all that well. The CKM500 will have a cleaner sound over the CKS99s. The CKS99s will be more bass heavy so if that is your main preference I would do that. The CKM500s will have more of a versatile sound over the CKS99.
Hi Dsnuts,

Awesome feedback, actually I am reading the entire thread and I can't find any good comparison between the two.

I guess I will get CKM500 first but I am loving the CKS99 so most likely I'll get one too...smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks!

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post #1908 of 1918

Apparently the CKR5 replaces the CKM500. It's also a bit cheaper. I took a listen at the shop today. I havent listened to the CKM500 in a while since mine broke, but they seem similar in sound signature but I did think the bass was a tad bit too much. (well, I guess I've been used to the SHE3590 and CK323M sound signatures recently). I tested out too many headphones and was kind of lost. The IM70 sounded great but I considered it a tad expensive and I'm not used to the over-ear fit. (a few days ago at another store, I was able to compare them with the IM50, the IM70 was definitely clearer). The person working there suggested the Denon AH-C560 for me. The demo unit I heard was a bit congested but the mids sounded nice. It was a bit different after I bought them as I find the soundstage rather large. They do, however, retail for about 90$...

post #1909 of 1918
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CKR5 is a clear downgrade from the CKM500. If you guys want THE upgrade and I know it costs a lot more but the CKR-9 is the phone to look into. It is an outstanding earphone at any price. 

post #1910 of 1918

well that makes sense as it's also cheaper than the CKM500 was, and I found them way too bassy. How is the CKR7? Such a shame they took down the CKM500 in many stores in Taiwan. Got the Denon AH-C560 instead and Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

post #1911 of 1918
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My friend Dannybai owns the CKR-7 and he is ok with the sound but was not blown away by it. i am sure it is better than the gimpy CKR-5 ( Total disappointment)  The CKR-9 however I am most certainly willing to bet people will be blown away by the sonics. 

post #1912 of 1918

My CKM500 arrived today. I purchased them due to this thread. They're my 1st pair of decent IE headphones as I usually listen to my full-size headphones (AKG-K240S and ATH-PRO700SV). I LIKE THEM. :ksc75smile:

 

 I'm listening with an old iPhone thru a Fiio E11 amp and it sounds very good. I wish the cord was longer as I taped the extension cable to the main cable. I'm 6'2" and a 1/2 meter cord just don't cut it. I hope this connection doesn't cause a problem in the future. 

post #1913 of 1918
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Originally Posted by AudioArby View Post
 

My CKM500 arrived today. I purchased them due to this thread. They're my 1st pair of decent IE headphones as I usually listen to my full-size headphones (AKG-K240S and ATH-PRO700SV). I LIKE THEM. :ksc75smile:

 

 I'm listening with an old iPhone thru a Fiio E11 amp and it sounds very good. I wish the cord was longer as I taped the extension cable to the main cable. I'm 6'2" and a 1/2 meter cord just don't cut it. I hope this connection doesn't cause a problem in the future. 

Happy listening my friend. Give them a good workout and they will improve in sound quality. 

post #1914 of 1918
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Originally Posted by FYLegend View Post
 

How does IM50's soundstage compare? I would like something with a bit more soundstage.

i don't know about IM50 but brainwavz R1 has a hell of a soundstage

 

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Originally Posted by audiohurric4ne View Post
 

guys check out the ostry kc06. i have both kc06 and ckm500, the kc06 is just on another league. wayy better

there is a lot of models which is better than ckm500. only positive side of this earphone is the soundstage-mids which is wide enough. there is nothing spectacular about treble and bass quality. i have no idea what people talking about here. they should get something from koss, even the cheapest ruk30 is better than this. buying ckm500 was one of the very bad mistakes of mine. people spent $70-80 for this ? this has to be a joke...

post #1915 of 1918
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Originally Posted by vaziyetu View Post
 

i don't know about IM50 but brainwavz R1 has a hell of a soundstage

 

My CKM500 broke a few months ago and at a headphone shop in Taiwan I got the Denon AH-C560 instead. They aren't very well-known as they were released in 2010 but still sold in Taiwan. The bass isn't quite as tight and the lower mids are quite warm as a result while the treble more laid-back but perhaps a bit more detailed. Soundstage is very wide (like the CKM500, these have small air vents) though depth is average. Overall the listening experience can be described as warm and immersive.

post #1916 of 1918

Hi, I just have a few questions related to CKM500. I personally have CKM50 right now, and I really really like how it sounds with Sony Hybrid Tips, but I've been meaning to find something with a similar sound signature, or an upgrade. So I'm just wondering:

 

1) As an upgrade to CKM50, what's a better choice--CKM500, one of the CKR's or one of the CKN's? For the CKR's, Dsnuts suggested CKR9, but what's the top performer for the buck in the CKN series that I can also consider? The new model codes are confusing me a bit, but with the older models I tend to like CKM's more than CKS's, as they're too hollow and bass-y to me. I'm also considering Ostry's KC06 / KC06A since it was also mentioned, and seems to be in a similar price point.

 

2) Has anyone tried using JVC's spiral tips on the CKM50 and CKM500 before? Was it mindblowing? :D Maybe someone can compare them to the Sony hybrid tips?

 

3) In lieu with #2, how big are the JVC spiral tip sizes compared to the different sizes of the Audio Technica stock tips or the Sony hybrid tips? Maybe someone can show a picture for better comparison? I'm really worried that I might buy the wrong JVC spiral tips size, as they sell the tips per size in bulk rather than package different sizes together.

 

I plan to visit Japan soon, and would love to hear your opinions. Thanks in advance!

post #1917 of 1918
I got my ckm 500 for almost 2 years, I still enjoy its quality so far, only one thing pissed me off is its isolation.
With small ears, I use s or m (slightly discomfort) normally. I tried tipsComply t500 to help isolation, just far too large for me and not really improving.
Any suggestions for me to improve its isolation?

Beside, have been considered getting one same level pairs with a bit lower budget. Is there any better choice? isolation is important to me.
post #1918 of 1918
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Originally Posted by trelag View Post
 

I'm also considering Ostry's KC06 / KC06A since it was also mentioned, and seems to be in a similar price point.

kc06a's bass production a lot like to ckm500, which means low on deep frequencies. soundstage is also similar, vertical and long in height. not much of a depth. it is like the treble improved and overall fine tuned version of ckm500.

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