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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by applehead View Post
 

Got the ATH-CHX7iS at Yodobashi Osaka about a week ago since I was looking for something to use while running.

I was a little surprised at their size. Here's me wearing them: http://imgur.com/94oRMIx

 

In terms of the sound signature, it's on the warm side but not overly so. There's roll off on both ends, making the sound sort of mid-centric but it doesn't give the impression that it lacks bass. The KSC75 and Sportapro have deeper bass, but that's to be expected given the driver size. As least it's well-controlled. The soundstage isn't overly wide, but there's a decent impression of depth although frequencies apart from the midrange do get a little fuzzy. No painful treble spikes either like the SJ55.

 

I love the tips though! They do a great job sticking in my ears while running, and there's little to no cable noise. They also keep sweat from getting in the drivers. The cable is nice too, being flat and with little ridges similar to the Sony C10ip. I'd rather have a full 3-button volume control though instead of a volume slider and one-button mic control.

 

Compared to the ATH-CKM500, the CKM500 has significantly more bass, and the CHX7iS sounds more open. The treble quality is more of less the same. Sound isolation on the CHX7 is non-existent, which in my case is good because I don't want to be deaf while running out in the open.

 

Again, despite my criticisms, they don't suck and are decent for the prize. They're good at what they do and the build quality is pretty good. In terms of their stock sound, I like these better than ibuds which tend to be overly warm in stock form.

Thanks for the impressions!

 

how the vocals sound?

post #17 of 23
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Thanks for the impressions!

 

how the vocals sound?

 

A bit hollow and a little fuzzy, but nothing too bad; still very listenable. Not recessed. I'm guessing it's because of the empty space between the grills and the sound bore of the silicone tips (they can't be worn without the tips). If I had to guess why AT tuned them that way, it was probably to give the impression of a more coherent soundstage, which was achieved. The sound is pretty obviously coloured, but not in an offensive way.

post #18 of 23

Can't be worn without the tips? It looks like you should be able to(maybe with some foams)...

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post #19 of 23
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Thanks applehead for the impressions. Sounds like AT took an off-the-shelf earbud design (from Cresyn?) and just slapped the eartip on there without retuning. Reminds me of the Sony MDR-ED238 I had which sounded much better without the horrible "bass excite tips." Your impressions also seem to be in line with what I heard with the FAD Piano Forte, an sort-of-earbud with a "tip" molded into the housing. I didn't really care for them.

jant71: I guarantee they'd sound pretty decent without the tips. Waiting for the inevitable price collapse.
Edited by kjk1281 - 12/14/13 at 7:33pm
post #20 of 23

The price drop will come and include a two year warranty here as they are already on the U.S. site. All four including i-versions. $64.95 for the 7 and $34.95 for the 5. Seeing how the CKX came out at $95 and can be found for $75 now, we should have $50 CHX7's and $25 CHX5's before too long.

post #21 of 23

Wow! I get a real 90's Aiwa feel from the black CHX7!

(the following picture's have been "borrowed" from different sites on the internet)

 

Warning! Spam containing earbud nostalgia! (Click to show)

 

Aiwa HP J9:


Aiwa HP V99:

 

 

Aiwa HP D9:

 

Aiwa HP D6:

 

 

Or perhaps old Technics earbuds from the late 80's/early 90's?
RP-HV100:


RP-HV70:



RP-HV50:



The best candidate is RP-HV80, sold between 1989 and 1993/1994:

 

 

post #22 of 23
i got the 7s for $45 in shibuya, and im not all that Impressed, the poor isolation really detracts from The rest of th listening Experience
post #23 of 23

I ordered these and a pair of slightly more expensive AT's recently.  The cheaper ones are POSes.  They distort the music on d/l'd music videos from YouTube.  The sound is harsh and tinny, and the ear pieces hurt after 5 minutes.

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