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About the CKN70.. Does it sounds good with today's pop/rock? Is there a better iem in the same price range for those genres? Thanks!
post #122 of 264
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Originally Posted by mugen3 View Post

Yeah the tips are quite pricey but they are worth it. I remember Dsnuts saying you should look for wide bore tips to open up the sound and that reminded me of my TripleFi tips. These have a huge bore wider than the CKN70s nozzle and fit perfectly. And boy do they open up the sound. I just noticed that the bass has actually gotten stronger. These rumble like they never did before. I'm also really loving the tamed highs. They are still forward but slightly less to remove the peaks they once had.

just ordered them - thanks.  at least you get five pairs for the price!

post #123 of 264

So I think I am about to push the buy button on a pair of ATH-CKN70s. Speak now or forever hold your peace!

 

Budget is < $100ish

Primary music genre is vocal trance (streaming from www.di.fm)

 

Any alternatives I should seriously consider, even as a AT loyalist?

post #124 of 264

For the price, you won't be disappointed with the CKN70's. Push the buy button and enjoy the music.

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So I think I am about to push the buy button on a pair of ATH-CKN70s. Speak now or forever hold your peace!

 

Budget is < $100ish

Primary music genre is vocal trance (streaming from www.di.fm)

 

Any alternatives I should seriously consider, even as a AT loyalist?

 

Consider the HiFiMan RE-400, JVC-FXD80, or around that price from tenso the XBA-30. I personally don't think the CKN70 is all that great and I like AT gear.


Edited by a_recording - 4/21/13 at 7:34pm
post #126 of 264
a_recording, have you tried the cks1000?
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post

a_recording, have you tried the cks1000?

 

I haven't had the chance, though I've read about it.

post #128 of 264
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post

a_recording, have you tried the cks1000?

Though I'm not as cool as a_recording....

 

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Originally Posted by schneller View Post

So I think I am about to push the buy button on a pair of ATH-CKN70s. Speak now or forever hold your peace!

 

Budget is < $100ish

Primary music genre is vocal trance (streaming from www.di.fm)

 

Any alternatives I should seriously consider, even as a AT loyalist?

Not sure of your sound preferences, as helpful as stating genre preference would be at first. 

 

They are smoother than most AT entry levels to me. But still a bit over-sparkly. Massive detailing, can't state that enough. Just great and forward for the price. Ergonomics are a bit meh, considering how "normal" old ATs were in comparison.

 

As mentioned, the RE-400s would be the anti-thesis with it's smoothness throughout. Better timbre, better natural clarity. But since you like AT stuff not sure if that's your preferred sig or not.

post #129 of 264
Hi a-recording, may I know why you feels that the CKN70 isn't that great as compared to the FXD80. Could you kindly share your opinions in regards to the differences between the 2.

I've actually placed an order for the CKN70 and holding out on the FRD80 as I would like to have an iem with a mic control while I'm at work. If they do sound different enough, I will want to pick up the FRD80. Anyway, I wonder if you have an idea if the mic control have an impact on SQ btw the FRD and FXD

Many thanks.
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Hi a-recording, may I know why you feels that the CKN70 isn't that great as compared to the FXD80. Could you kindly share your opinions in regards to the differences between the 2.

I've actually placed an order for the CKN70 and holding out on the FRD80 as I would like to have an iem with a mic control while I'm at work. If they do sound different enough, I will want to pick up the FRD80. Anyway, I wonder if you have an idea if the mic control have an impact on SQ btw the FRD and FXD

Many thanks.

 

I just feel like the CKN70 has a treble note that sounds unnatural or tizzy for a lot of music, particularly at higher volumes. It sounds both sibilant and also strangely metallic. The mid-bass seems a bit overdone to me to the point of being murky / swampy at times, and it doesn't sound as clean as the FXD80. The cable is really the biggest letdown especially for the price. The FXD80 seems more natural and smoother to me at a lower price.

 

I doubt the mic control does much. 

post #131 of 264
Thanks a-recording for your thoughts, appreciate it.

If that's the case, I might just also grab the FRD to add some flavor to my list of iems and headphones.

Thanks again.
Edited by Leo888 - 4/22/13 at 12:44am
post #132 of 264
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About the CKN70.. Does it sounds good with today's pop/rock? Is there a better iem in the same price range for those genres? Thanks!

that'd depend on how do you like your rock/pop music. but if you liked the CKM500 you may like the CKN70 even more

post #133 of 264
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that'd depend on how do you like your rock/pop music. but if you liked the CKM500 you may like the CKN70 even more

Great then :)

post #134 of 264

I'm gonna get these as an upgrade to my Yamaha EPH100 at some point. 

 

Just need to find a spare £50 quid lol biggrin.gif

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I'm gonna get these as an upgrade to my Yamaha EPH100 at some point. 

 

Just need to find a spare £50 quid lol biggrin.gif


Be prepared to be hit with customs. I got hit with a £24 bill on top of the price so they came to around £84 all in.

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