Originally Posted by audiobot
Hey man thanks for the reply. I looked at the CKM99 but the lack of cable cinch really concerns me. Also I like the build of the CKM1000, especially the titanium plug in being that my CK10 died on me twice with problems on that end.
I read before that you prefer the CKW1000 to the CKM1000 (I think it was u). Are these two models as close in competitive sound quality to that of the CK10 and CK100?
And by the way, I listen to Hip Hop and I am crazy about my Rock music when it comes to iem's, so am I on the right path in terms of what is right for my listening tastes?
The CKM99 doesn't have a cinch? Really? That's news to me...
The CKM1000 is indeed beautiful. Yes, it was me that preferred the CKW to the CKM. The 'woody' sound was a very nice alternative to the cold, steely nature of the CKM1000. It seemed to bring better layering into the mix, compared to the CKM1000, which had slightly more clarity. The CKM series is very different from the CK series, and the CK100 is also the odd one out of the group as well. Dynamic is always going to sound very different from BA --- if you're coming from the CK10, though, then the CKM1000 might be a good match; it's the closest I've come to hear an ATH dynamic come close to their BA sound signature.
At the same time, if you're considering the CKM1000, you can consider the CK100 PRO in the same bracket; I think it's the rightful successor to the CK10 and, in my opinion, the most technically proficient universal three-driver, three-way to come out of the "big brands". It is easily on par with (mostly better than) the four driver models --- gorgeous clean sound, black background, great imaging. Unfortunately, it has that characteristic ATH hot treble as well, which may possibly be the worst offender of all. Sibilance is sometimes unbearable, even to sibilance-tolerant me (getting less and less tolerant as the years go on). The housing is also very heavy (the housing of the CKM1000 is very heavy as well) and the removable cables, while excellent, kind of have a strange fit (though it should fit everyone fine).
Hip-Hop and Rock usually have pretty compressed and sloppily-mastered tracks. I'm surprised you survived that long with a CK10. If you like the way this music sounds on a CK10, then you should have no issues with the other ATH earphones. In fact, you might have a problem with other ones, since they might sound too warm and fuzzy for your tastes.