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There seems to be little to no information about these Audio Technica buds anywhere. They got a little rhinestone in each bud, and the chord cinch has a rhinestone, as well as a key shaped cable wrap (usefuleness is questionable)

 

 

 

 

They're fashion oriented IEMs aimed at those who care about how ugly IEMs can get.. I plan on getting a set for my girlfriend for christmas, since she's using crappy Sony MDREX40 she got for $15, and I guess I'd just rather have her appreciate the music she loves more than she currently does with these.

So I'm curious if anyone has these that they might be able to compare to say, those Sony's, or even the CKM500s, or if there's anything to be said about them at all? They go for around $35 USD, and considering AT has a decent track record for value, I'm expecting these to sound better than most other $35 IEMs.

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Anybody!?

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Whether AT has a track record for value is questionable, since they don't appeal to many. I don't know sound-wise, but from my experience, a $35 IEM are barely better than a $15 IEM, regardless of brand.

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Originally Posted by khoi14021993 View Post

Whether AT has a track record for value is questionable, since they don't appeal to many. I don't know sound-wise, but from my experience, a $35 IEM are barely better than a $15 IEM, regardless of brand.

The track record for value I refer to is regarding the popular M50, and the CKM500 IEMs, which for a $60 IEM, should sound much worse than they do, And there's even the $15 Philips SHE3580 that out performs every other earbud in their price range, and are comparable to the CKM500's, 4x their price. So I don't care about what people THINK about price-value, because there's obvious gems.

 

SO again. I'm looking for someone with experience with this IEM to contribute, not someone nit picking my wording, or any bias towards higher priced gear.

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The track record for value I refer to is regarding the popular M50, and the CKM500 IEMs, which for a $60 IEM, should sound much worse than they do, And there's even the $15 Philips SHE3580 that out performs every other earbud in their price range, and are comparable to the CKM500's, 4x their price. So I don't care about what people THINK about price-value, because there's obvious gems.

 

SO again. I'm looking for someone with experience with this IEM to contribute, not someone nit picking my wording, or any bias towards higher priced gear.

Well I did give you something in my second sentence didn't I? I heard the Philips myself and think it was fantastic too, with its $15 price tag.  Then again, it's best just experimenting things out yourself in the lower price range. $35 is not THAT expensive, no?

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No not at all, I'm just curious if anyone has any experience with them at all to comment on.

I'm likely going to get them for her anyways, just very little word about them on the internet, here or otherwise.

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They look like a nice gift regardless of sound quality and SQ is mostly subjective anyway...
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I haven't heard that particular model, but I have a few similar models that sound nice to me.  AT makes a lot of fashion oriented iems, but I don't know how much the various models differ sound wise.  The ones I have are pretty well balanced and pleasant sounding.  I do have one pair that suffers badly from driver flex and doesn't sound as good, but it's an older model and a different design.  

 

If you think your girlfriend would like these they're probably a pretty safe bet, but you could also look for the Bijou series, CKF-303 or Sony has several models and styles in its Jienne series, which are quite nice in terms of appearance.  I don't know anything about how the Sonys sound though.

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