Originally Posted by music_4321
As far as I can remember, not in public, but I know you love(d) the CK10 and I just didn't for some reason (sold my pair literally within hours after I got it); apart from the ATHs, though, I can't really think of any other phone we've disagreed on (SQ-wise).
And I respect your opinion / "angle", too, re: customs. (or anyone else's, for that matter, as long as people don't claim customs are the only way to go to get top SQ AND comfort).
I think on the whole we pretty much do (... unless you also enjoyed the much hyped SM3s [can't remember if you did], an IEM I felt was dreadful).
:) Nice! But, please, no capital "M", a small one sems to have a better 'ring' to it --> music_4321
The best is MacBook Pro > V200 > KAEDEs, but I also love them with my ($1,001.00 USD) Limited Edition 4G iPod Touch.
We have one rift to settle: I enjoyed the SM3, but not in comparison to the CK10! Haha, you sold those earphones early. I have had mine since 2008, having sold, purchased, sold, and received (Peter) again. Amazing. But that is my solid preference for sound. For fit... not so much. SM3 is not my favourite sounding earphone, but as it performs, it is exemplary.
As for Kuro/Kaede, I think we've pretty much established that we agree.
Customs: I'm on the fence. A good custom in the right shell reveals benefits that unless very lucky, a universal MAY not.
Overall, however, I'm with the old, grumpy, sparrow.
I'm a universal fellow, though from 2009-2011 I was mostly a custom fellow.
CK10 (like it or hate it) showed me that construction, price (it was cheap 160$ USD when I bought it), and sound CAN come together. However, KAEDE is its superior on ALL sound fronts, though perhaps not quite as neutral. Whatever. I'm more a fan than I am a team player.