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post #391 of 1918
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Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post

jarrett I'm about to do an extensive A/B of the CKM500 and GR07 right now. May the best IEM win. I'll put some brief results here a little later.


Looking forward to it. My ears arent hearing what jarrett says he is hearing either. I hear smoothness and i hear good sub bass as well.


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post #392 of 1918
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post #393 of 1918

Okay jarrett, in honor of Robin Gibb (R.I.P) I just finished A/Bing the GR07 and CKM500. As a result, I can only reach one of three conclusions based on your earlier statements:

 

1. You''re not getting a good seal on the CKM500...

 

2. You're not listening to the CKM500. Maybe you're listening to the CKM50 or the CK500M (I believe thre is one of those).

 

3. You're trolling this thread and was trying to start a ruckus.

 

To the point, the CKM500 is quite a bit more refined than the GR07 - even more so than I initially thought. The notes are thicker, richer and more lush in the the AT than the Vsonic. There is way more micro details in the CKM500 than the GR07. The vocals are fuller and more detailed in the CKM500. And the bass is deeper, fuller with more sub-bass in the CKM500.

 

The GR07 sound quite thin compared to the sound of the CKM500. Where does the GR07 win? Well, the drums (although less detailed and thinner) sound more natural with great timbre in the GR07. The GR07 has a wider soundstage (not by that much though), but the instrumentation in the mids sounds closer and more jumbled together in the Vosonic than in the AT. But don't get me wrong, the GR07 is still a wonderful sounding and intoxicating IEM, but to my ears the CKM500 does just about everything better, and on a significantly better level (before any substantive burn-in). Oh, the bass of the CKM500 is really so much richer and deeper than the GR07, but very clean and detailed.

 

GR07 = Ben & Jerry Premium Ice Cream

 

CKM500 = The finest Italian Pistachio Gelato 

 

Micro details are sick in the At. That's it.

post #394 of 1918

Mmm, I do like me some fine Italian pistachio gelato.

 

Mine's in transit from Japan - that was really fast!

Am now hoping I'll have them before the weekend.

post #395 of 1918
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the comparo Eric. As always you are on point. Now the thing is. I think the CKM500 actually has the edge on stage too and here is why.. You and I both agree with our A/Bs but the one thing I noticed. The stage of the sound seems more closer on the CKM500 because the sound is thicker.  If you think about it the GR07 flat monitor type sound makes them seem like they have the wider stage but in reality if you listen some tracks with left and right separation of vocals on the right with lets say percussion on the left. A good track to test this with is. Ray Charles. What I say. Believe it or not the CKM500 I think has them beat on stage too.. You have to listen to them really close but the CKM500 sound like they have a bit smaller stage I think is due to how much thicker the sound is vs the GR07. I don't know. I thought they did anyway. I am gonna have to re A/B to see if that is the case..

 

I think Eke needs to see your A/B. Lol.


Edited by Dsnuts - 5/23/12 at 9:09pm
post #396 of 1918
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Thanks for the comparo Eric. As always you are on point. Now the thing is. I think the CKM500 actually has the edge on stage too and here is why.. You and I both agree with our A/Bs but the one thing I noticed. The stage of the sound seems more closer on the CKM500 because the sound is thicker.  If you think about it the GR07 flat monitor type sound makes them seem like they have the wider stage but in reality if you listen some tracks with left and right separation of vocals on the right with lets say percussion on the left. A good track to test this with is. Ray Charles. What I say. Believe it or not the CKM500 I think has them beat on stage too.. You have to listen to them really close but the CKM500 sound like they have a bit smaller stage I think is due to how much thicker the sound is vs the GR07. I don't know. I thought they did anyway. I am gonna have to re A/B to see if that is the case..

 

I think Eke needs to see your A/B. Lol.

 

 

You may be right Dsnuts, but I need more burn-in and more listening time. But I can't say that you're wrong. Thanks for your extra input!! 

post #397 of 1918
Thread Starter 

Not bad for under $100 no? lol..Dsnuts supported Ericp10 approved.. You guys that just got them are in for a nice break from the me too expensive earphones that some times deliver and sometimes don't ..Get em while their hot fellas.. Sound just don't get any better at this price.

post #398 of 1918

mr. jarret either got the wrong tips, bad seal, or is suffering tinnitus

post #399 of 1918

What other tips work? I'm using the smallest they came with. I hope joker or clieos get to them one day as most of my collection started there. I'm not trolling, I've owned them since Page 9


Edited by jarrett - 5/23/12 at 11:18pm
post #400 of 1918
I use foams from lostearbuds. eBay item 150763930110. $5.99 for 4 pairs. Same as medium foams from SoundMagic PL50, but de-cored.
I have them on my CKM99, CKM500, Brainwavz Beta, and TripleFi 10. They also fit on the GR07, but the fit isn't super tight or anything.
They fit on the CKS77, but only around the second/lower notch.
 
Very comfortable foams. Fit may differ from person to person though.
I bought them at first for my PL50, but they didn't fit. I didn't know what to do with them, but later tried them on some thick-nozzled earphones.
I'm not good with describing sound, but they sound fine to me...
 
Medium Sony fake hybrids also work well for me; also from lostearbuds.
9 pairs of whatever size for $5.99, eBay item 150683851137

Edited by earplug - 5/24/12 at 12:07am
post #401 of 1918

How do these fare against something like Yamaha EPH-100?

post #402 of 1918

Does the ATH-CKM500 have the same short cable length as the CKM50?

post #403 of 1918
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Originally Posted by schneller View Post

Does the ATH-CKM500 have the same short cable length as the CKM50?

 

Yes. 0.6 meters.

post #404 of 1918
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I think Eke needs to see your A/B. Lol.

 

Oh, I saw it. I already ordered a pair based on his and your impressions. I'm just waiting now.

post #405 of 1918
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Originally Posted by earplug View Post

I use foams from lostearbuds. eBay item 150763930110. $5.99 for 4 pairs. Same as medium foams from SoundMagic PL50, but de-cored.
I have them on my CKM99, CKM500, Brainwavz Beta, and TripleFi 10. They also fit on the GR07, but the fit isn't super tight or anything.
They fit on the CKS77, but only around the second/lower notch.
 
Very comfortable foams. Fit may differ from person to person though.
I bought them at first for my PL50, but they didn't fit. I didn't know what to do with them, but later tried them on some thick-nozzled earphones.
I'm not good with describing sound, but they sound fine to me...
 
Medium Sony fake hybrids also work well for me; also from lostearbuds.
9 pairs of whatever size for $5.99, eBay item 150683851137

 

Thanks I'll look into getting more. The ones ATH give are hard and not very comfortable feeling. I did receive some Sony fakes with my ECCI, but I'll need to order more of that size, thanks :)


Edited by jarrett - 5/24/12 at 8:44am
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