The way I see it. I think we all agree these are fantastic value. Am I wrong? To me it matters less what is better than what. It should be more about enjoying our new earphones. I concur with eric. I was that impressed myself.. I enjoy all my earphones even the ones I don't listen to much. I make it a point to listen to them all just to get a good perspective on different sound signatures and what sounds right and not so right about all of them. In the end we will all have an idea of what type of sound we all like in an earphones.
To me while these CKM500 aren't tops in sound. They certainly act like it and has so many aspects and positives in the sound that many here at headfi will like..I think finding that perfect earphone will always be illusive because I don't think such an earphone exist. Be it a 8 driver custom or a cheapo. But these sit somewhere in the middle of that journey for me and I simply enjoy them as much as time will allow..Enjoy them earphones fellas as these are yours now. Who cares if these sound or don't sound like this or that. When your listening to your music and it puts a smile on your face. That was money well spent.
Well stated, Dsnuts (aka: the devil)...lol