I have some experience with Cresyn. I have owned a total of five Cresyn products that I know of. The Denon P372, the the Audio-technica ATH-CM5 and I currently own the Cresyn EP300 earbuds, HP600 portable headphones, and now the C510E. I have liked what I heard previously so when I saw these became available at the beginning of May, I decided to grab a pair.
To quote some of the company info:
"The Cresyn headphone brand was established in 2002; it is the top-selling headphone brand in South Korea. Originally founded in 1959 as Daehan Phonographic Needle Factory, Cresyn began making headphones in 1985 and is now one of the largest headphone manufacturers in the world. The company designs and manufactures headphones for a range of well-known brands, including Apple, Audio Technica, Blackberry, Denon, Hewlett-Packard, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. It also markets headphones under its own Cresyn brand and owns upmarket headphone specialist Phiaton."
I purchased mine from iheadphones UK: http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/cresyn-c510e.html They also have them an ebay for them as well. They cost US $38 and almost another $10 for shipping to the US. Fairly inexpensive upon release but good to note that they should be cheaper as they age and become more available. If you wait long enough great deals become available like the EP300 which was $2.99 shipped from Newegg and the HP600 which dropped to $14.99 shipped also from Newegg. Getting all three phones and spending around $67 shipped wasn't too hard on the wallet.
There is one unboxing video on Youtube...
Specifications for the Cresyn C510E
Type - Half in-ear headphones
Construction - Dual-chamber, semi-open back
Driver Size - 14.3mm
Impedance - 32 Ohms
Sensitivity - 101dB
Frequency Range - 15Hz-20kHz
Max Input Power - 40mW
Cord Length - 1.2m
Jack - 3.5mm
Weight - 6.8g (without cord)
Supplied Accessories - Four sets of silicon ear tips; one set of Comply
T-400 memory foam ear tips; carrying pouch
Pictures(mix of stock and mine)
For the price the build quality slightly above average. Nicely presented in an attractive box that splits in half to reveal windows showing the contents. The box is held together with magnets similar to other products using the little magnets on the flaps of the lids.
The phones themselves are well made. A nice glossy front housing and sound tube made of thick plastic and the rear chamber is something Grado would be proud of. Nicely polished Aluminum second chamber with metal mesh in the rear. The plug is also plastic with a rubber shrink tubing style relief coming out the rear of it. As in the pic above it is small an tries to be unobtrusive. The Y is heavy rubber with a small useful cord slider. The cable itself is neither thick nor thin. Right in between thick/thin and rubbery/plasticky. It seems fairly sturdy and fairly light so it is also fairly unobtrusive. The cables downfall is that is holding the bends from packaging so far and it does want to tangle a bit. Also right in between. Not bad like the SHE3580 cable nor as good as a CK10 cable.
The accessories are decent as well. 4 pair of nice quality silicone tips. A bit longer and more bullet shaped than standard tips. A pair of Comply's are included. The case is a pouch but is thicker and not cheap. Nothing special but a nicer thicker pouch than other cheap phones supply.
Overall, given the $38 cost, I am satisfied with the build, packaging, and accs. Better than most but not the best.
The design is half in-ear with a dual chamber much in the way a more familiar phone(The CKS77) is. A rear Aluminum chamber looks to enhance the sound in some respect. The Cresyn housing is just nicer. Better plastic in the front, nicer aluminum in the rear, metal mesh screens, better strain reliefs. The CKS77 is cheaper in comparison.
Where the design differs is that the Cresyn is semi-open. So the rear is very reminiscent of Grado in both looks and behavior. You can flip Grado cans and listen backwards cause they leak. You can flip the Cresyn and listen out the rear as well. So, if you want isolation these are not for you. These fail the finger snap test with music playing vs. really good isolators w/o music playing. These are more like earbuds that stay in you ear. Comfort is very good due to the less invasive half in-ear design we have seen before in the Sony EX80's/90, Radius DDM2/Brookstone, CKS77 and on and on.
The result is one of the bigger more open sounding earphones. A phone that really does great with live recordings. They are also Grado like in that they are good for rock music and are more in your face. A big stage but not distant in the way an IE8 is.
So, like the title says, these are unique and a bit niche. You can read on to the next post for upcoming sound impressions if a semi-open in-ear with a unique musical presentation interests you!
Edited by jant71 - 6/2/12 at 9:47am