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post #406 of 1907
I dont find the tips to be hard, They seem average to me. Ive been wearing them for like 4-5 hours at a time and the comfort is great.


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post #407 of 1907

Well not hard, but fairly average and you get a sense that something is in your ear. The first time I tried anything besides stock tips were the small Sony hybrids on the GR07. What a comfort difference!

post #408 of 1907
Ill have to try some sony hybrids.


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post #411 of 1907
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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 :)

No problem. That 9 for $6 deal is way better than their 3 for $5 deal. I was surprised when I saw that listing.

 

I never tried the stock tips. I just assumed that they weren't good. I just tossed them aside and grabbed some other tips.

post #412 of 1907
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Anyone who want to take the sound even further with the CKM500 I suggest using J Rivers: Crossfeed - Pronounced, Environment; Concert Hall +1, Surround Field; Subtle or medium enhancement. Now it sound more natural, lively and coherent with better layering.

I thought I was the only one using jRiver Crossfeed, I use standard pronounced, fantastic enhanced sound with most of my music, haven't used any DSP environment settings though!


Edited by cute - 5/24/12 at 4:56pm
post #413 of 1907
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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.

 

OHHH you and dsnuts are making me want to buy it! DONT DO THAT, I NEED TO HATE IT. :(, anyways very nice A/B'ing, I hope to buy it sooner or later, along with those jvc-hxft90. (P.s. sorry for posting seemingly rude posts towards you in another thread, wasn't meant that way) and now to wonder if this site is even noticably trustworthy. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=NEOACS-12793 72 dollars with the shipping calculated in US. It is going to be my favorite black and red earphones if it is a true deal, I can't do paypal unless ebay can let me do credit card.

 

@dsnuts, I just recommended the cheapo jvc to my aunt and uncle, they'll love it. Also, the sony DAP has been bought, now I can enjoy music to the fullest, and have motivation to finally review the burned-in IEMS. One thing for certain, ck10s vs ckm77s , they are not the same SQ, Ck10s are WAY smoother  while the ckm77s are smooth but sharp in detail. Ck77s are just awesome with a full voice that is still hard to get used to.


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post #414 of 1907
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These CKM500s are a much more refined version of the CKM77s. Think less highs, deeper depth in sound, more fuller lush mids and even tighter bass and you get a CKM500. These are the upgrades for sure.

post #415 of 1907

awesome, getting them sooner than I think, though the highs won't be as strong, there is enough as you say, the lush part of the mids is what intrigues me, this may be the closest a900x version of an earphone yet. Thanks again Dsnuts!

post #416 of 1907

@Dsnuts, What does the "M" in CKM and "S" in CKS signify?

post #417 of 1907
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@Dsnuts, What does the "M" in CKM and "S" in CKS signify?


That's a good question. I always wondered myself. The CKS. WS  S for Solid bass. The M. Hmm. Considering the CKM is ATs main line of earphones. M for Mainstream?

post #418 of 1907
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On my way home tonight I have my Sony Z1060 on shuffle and right after Metallica Master of puppets. I land on this.   . On the CKM500. This live performance is utterly the most perfect I have heard on any of my earphones..It was kinda funny that this came right after Metallica but this tune put a huge smile on my face. The details on this recording is displayed in full on depth, and just the most fully detailed sound that these earphones just does exceedingly well.. I hope you guys get to hear this album with these earphones. It is as close to being in front row as your gonna get.

post #419 of 1907
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I thought I was the only one using jRiver Crossfeed, I use standard pronounced, fantastic enhanced sound with most of my music, haven't used any DSP environment settings though!


With the environment settings on you have to lower the over all gain with about 5-6 db to avoid distortion. I love the effects you get with this in-ear. GR06 not so much. Try using only the lowest form of crossfeed as well.

post #420 of 1907

So I just completed a quick A/B session with the CKM500 and the JVC FXT90.

 

- Clearly deeper and fuller bass in the CKM500.

- Notes are thicker in the CKM500 with more micro-details. Beautiful thickness on the guitar notes.

- Bass seems to be more separated with more air around it in the FXT90. This may be because of the the separate driver for the bass.

- More sparkle and air around the cymbals in the FXT90, but both have great extension.

- Mids are fuller and more lush in the CKM500.

- Vocals are more forward and detailed in the CKM500.

- FXT90 seems to have a bit of a wider soundstage, and the drums have a nice natural timbre leaning more toward the GR07.

- More refined sound in the CKM500.

 

So, I think the CKM500 wins over the FXT90, but the JVC is much closer to the AT in enjoyment than the GR07. Again, I still think the GR07 (and FXT90 are great earphones), i haven't heard a better IEM under $100 than the CKM500. Each earphone, however, has a little bit of something that it does better than the rest. Another great IEM coming out soon (June?) with great bass, mids and treble with be Audiofly's AF45. It will cost about $60. Good times for those of us in this hobby.

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