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post #76 of 1913
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Lol sorry I was trying to film it with my laptop webcam so it was kinda hard to keep my hand in one place without showing myself. I'm a noob at that sorta stuff. :P

 

So any tips on the bi-flanges.

 

Been burning these overnight and they do sound quite a bit better now. Out of a 100% scale I'd say it's 40% bass, 30% highs, 30% bass. I'm really loving these with bi-flange tips, superb isolation and the IEMs themselves don't make as much contact with my ear like with single-flange tips (it kinda hurts my ears when worn for long periods with single-flanges, but it doesn't bother me at all with bi-flanges). These sound so good, damn. I won't say I like them better than my M50s as it's a different sound, but these are definitely awesome. The $87 I paid for it is a steal!

 


These are only growing on you and that was expected..Glad you like them. Ya I agree these are a steal at this price and the reason why I made this thread.  Keep them burning I am still hearing slight changes. The mids are these are something else. These come really close to the precision that is BAs. It is quite astonishing.. So I was listening to these again last night and I came upon this tune.. U2s. ONE. 

 

The thing is I have heard this tune maybe over a 100 times if not more. So this is an example of how fantastically detailed these earphones are. About the middle of the tune the good old tambourine is used.images.jpg Usually when you hear a tambourine your gonna hear one tone, one note. Not with these CKM500s. The micro detail from this tambourine hit? You can hear those mini hats hit each other 5 times distinctively. Try that with your normal earphones..Needless to say to hear this in such clear detail was a surprise.. These for Jazz is so awesome.. The bass I think is perfect for this sound and here is why.. The bass end does tighten up considerably from open box I think AT purposefully had the bass end a bit more emphasized on these as they probably knew the bass was gonna settle down to be perfect with the mids and highs..

 

The sound I have now is starting to settle to what they were intended. A very nice clean balanced coherent sound and now they are smoothing out more so.. To get this type of refinement for less than a $100 is surprising but not surprising that it comes from AT.  Happy listening fellas. I look forward to everyone take on these. I think these will win over many a fans.

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i arranged with AJ to not pay any customs smily_headphones1.gif

Who's AJ?
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Who's AJ?

 

Accessory Jack, an online store which sells some Japanese products.

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Accessory Jack, an online store which sells some Japanese products.

Do they sell the ckm500?
post #80 of 1913
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Do they sell the ckm500?

 

Not yet. I would imagine they will. Even though AccessoryJack is not an authorized AT dealer they have most of their headphones and earphones. I think the only place to get them so far is gonna be ebay. These seem to be an Asia only release meaning Japan Hong Kong maybe Korea. So far. These should see an official release for Europe and the US but who knows when.

post #81 of 1913
I asked AT if they have a plan
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These are only growing on you and that was expected..Glad you like them. Ya I agree these are a steal at this price and the reason why I made this thread.  Keep them burning I am still hearing slight changes. The mids are these are something else. These come really close to the precision that is BAs. It is quite astonishing.. So I was listening to these again last night and I came upon this tune.. U2s. ONE. 

 

The thing is I have heard this tune maybe over a 100 times if not more. So this is an example of how fantastically detailed these earphones are. About the middle of the tune the good old tambourine is used.<snip> Usually when you hear a tambourine your gonna hear one tone, one note. Not with these CKM500s. The micro detail from this tambourine hit? You can hear those mini hats hit each other 5 times distinctively. Try that with your normal earphones..Needless to say to hear this in such clear detail was a surprise.. These for Jazz is so awesome.. The bass I think is perfect for this sound and here is why.. The bass end does tighten up considerably from open box I think AT purposefully had the bass end a bit more emphasized on these as they probably knew the bass was gonna settle down to be perfect with the mids and highs..

 

The sound I have now is starting to settle to what they were intended. A very nice clean balanced coherent sound and now they are smoothing out more so.. To get this type of refinement for less than a $100 is surprising but not surprising that it comes from AT.  Happy listening fellas. I look forward to everyone take on these. I think these will win over many a fans.

 

I was actually just listening to Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie by Red Hot Chili Peppers and noticed at the chorus there are actually some back-up vocals by Josh. I've never noticed that before on my HA-FX1X considering I've listened to the song at least 100 times. I haven't tried the song on my M50s yet.

post #83 of 1913
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Ya it is quite extraordinary. This happened with my CKM77s. Now that I am completely adjusted to the sounds that is on the CKM500. These have much more in common with the CKM77 than the CKM99..  These are the revised and better versions of the CKM77s..It is what happens when you add the fuller mids on a CKM77..The most detailed dynamics I had was the CKM77 and these new CKM500 have almost the exact identical highs that are on the CKM77 and bass but now with the mids to match but also adds more depth to the sounds too. I think the result of the bigger chamber on the back end.. These don't skimp in detail but somehow these are not fatiguing or too bright..

 

I know I haven't spoken much about any down sides of the sound but to be honest I don't hear any. Some earphones are too bright or too sharp. These don't go there yet I have nothing in the highs that is cleaner or clearer, the mids on these are truly the best to date I have heard from AT. The bass is tight accurate and does have solid impact for bass tunes. I think perhaps the one complaint would be for bass lovers. Thats is why there is a CKS77 thread. lol!  These have closer to a neutral bass end than anything bloated or boomy but again a solid notch above neutral in the bass. So it matches the over all sound completely.

 

Lol! Your going from a HAFX1X to these? Of course your gonna hear more detail. These will sound so much more natural and cleaner too. These are at a completely different level over something like a FX1X..


Edited by Dsnuts - 4/29/12 at 11:39am
post #84 of 1913
What about the other brands? Do you think they're better/equal/worse than X?
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Lol! Your going from a HAFX1X to these? Of course your gonna hear more detail. These will sound so much more natural and cleaner too. These are at a completely different level over something like a FX1X..

Lol well my earphones history goes like this: Crapple > CKM50 > HA-FX1X > CKM500

 

:P

 

post #86 of 1913
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Headfi is filled with different earphones. It is more a matter of preference in sound more than anything but something like a FX1X is more of a budget fi bass head earphones which is ok for listening to hip hop and EDM and such but they weren't made to be anything more than that. Earphones such as the MP8320 which don't even cost 1/2 the price of a FX1X has much better clarity and balance but those are also at the budget fi level where refinement is lacking.

 

Something equal to the FX1X would be the Xeport 5010s. Those have just a big a bass as the FX1X and even have tuning ports to lessen the bass or increase it.. Spending more money gets you a much better bassy earphone such as the Vpulse then you get to the best CKS77. With each different level you get better mids and highs to go with your big bass so much more refinement. Same can be said about the CKM500s. For this type of sound these have awesome value.

 

These CKM500 are clearly at a higher end of what you get for sound for your money. These are as good if not better than many of the upper mid tier earphones I have but cost much less. I expect this level of sound for $150-$200 earphones but not less than a $100. 

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@kiteki..I know your sound preference and I think these will be a tad musical than what your preference is but I think you will enjoy these. These are essentially the upgrade to what was on the CKM77s and better balanced than the CKM99.

 

Thanks Dsnuts.

 

I like ―, ^ or r type sound, enhancement under 100Hz is okay too.  I like detail, precision, open-sky highs and naturalism.  Not very easy to find in one package, but I'll be picking up an Audio Technica (perhaps this one), Hifiman RE262, or NOCS NS400 (titanium driver / titanium housing) soon.

 

Edit:  I like ノ sound too.

 


Edited by kiteki - 4/29/12 at 7:23pm
post #88 of 1913
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I look forward to your take on these if you get them. In the mean while keep tabs on what these guys have to say about them. I am certain these are going to win a lot of fans as these are just too great not to try out..I just hope these will be released world wide sooner than later..With as many colors as there are for these I have a feeling AT somehow knew these would be popular.

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With as many colors as there are for these I have a feeling AT somehow knew these would be popular.

 

Hahaha, you're a great salesman.

 

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Damn ...

 

 

post #90 of 1913
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Ya I was debating what color to get but ended up with the whites. Black is so common..It is refreshing that they are so many different colors for once.

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