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[NEW] Audio Technica CKR series (CKR10, CKR9, CKR7)

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[note: I'm not sure if anyone has posted about this before me]

 

Hey guys, Audio Technica just announced a new IEM line today and they claim that they're using a "world's first" technology known as the "Dual-Phase Push Pull Drivers". Since I can't find a thread about them here on head-fi I decided to start this !

 

 

This new line is composed of 3 IEMs, CKR10, CKR9 and CKR7 targetted for the higher end consumer as well as 2 lower end models, CKR5 and CKR3

 

The prices for the IEM are as follows

CKR 10 - ~34,000 JPY

CKR 9- ~25,000 JPY

CKR 7 - ~13,000 JPY

 

CKR5- ~5,000 JPY

CKR3- ~3,000 JPY

 

 

[Pictures courtesy of Audio Technica] 

 

CKR3

 

CKR5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right CKR10, CKR9, CKR7

 

CKR10 - Shows off their new 13mmx2 dual phase push-pull drivers

I'm not sure what the other things say other than it has a titanium housing

Unlike the CKR10, the CKR9 being lower in line uses aluminium instead of titanium housing. Other than that I can't read to tell the difference

Both the CKR10 and 9 appears to have removable cable from the appearance, however I'm not certain.

[EDIT]: nope, they're not removable

 

For some reason the CKR7 doesn't show the image of the 13x2mm Dual phase push-pull drivers.

[EDIT]: according to audio technica's website, instead of the dual push pull drivers, the CKR7 uses single 14mm drvier.

 

more info available here http://ameblo.jp/e-earphone/entry-11808820471.html   if you can read Japanese. 

 

 

 

 

 

From this review http://www.phileweb.com/review/article/201403/31/1138.html

 

"この「デュアルフェーズ・プッシュプルドライバー」は同相と逆相を組み合わせ、2つのユニットでプッシュプル動作を行う構造であり、13mmドライバーユニットの振動板を向かい合わせて設置する手法である。「ATH-IM70」「ATH-IM50」が同位相で音波の均一性を保つのに対し、「デュアルフェーズ・プッシュプルドライバー」は一つのドライバーが逆位相動作となり、相互変調を抑えるのだ"

 

I'm not sure if I have translated this correctly but the sentence says something along the line of "Unlike the IM70/IM50 where the dual drivers maintain waves in the same phase, the CKR line uses a dual push pull drivers where the drivers are installed face to face in order for one of them to be a reverse phase driver."

 

To tell you the truth, I don't know exactly what this means.

If someone who could understand Japanese more than me would like to translate this, it would be appreciated :P

 

 

I think the higher CKR line is audio technica's dynamic driver equivalent of the new balanced armature IM series, targeted for more higher end consumers.

I'm very intrigued by the new driver and would love to hear them, unfortunately I won't be getting them anytime soon, unless Audio Technica will lend me a couple or if I sell all my headphones for sale :P

 

 

Anyone else interested? What do you guys think?

 

product promotion video

 

 

 

 

Impressions

 

CKR5

cylpol1's impression : page 26

 

CKR7

DannyBai's impression : page 25

 

CKR9

Vlenbo's impression : page 9

CKR9 vs XBA-H3 by Vlenbo : page 13

 

CKR10

DSnuts impression : page 22


Edited by kamcok - 5/24/14 at 9:32pm
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more pictures

CKR9

 

 

 

CKR10

 

 

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Audio-Technica is on a headphone releasing spree. I wonder who they target this ATH-CKR line for as opposed to their ATH-IM series.

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hmm yeah, I know some people who prefer dynamic drivers over balanced armatures so there's that... 

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Thanks for Sharing !


Edited by 2jono - 3/30/14 at 11:48pm
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The CKR7 definitely looks like an update to the CKM77. The CKR9 looks like AT's answer to the XBA-H3
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The CKR7 definitely looks like an update to the CKM77. The CKR9 looks like AT's answer to the XBA-H3

Yeah now that you mentioned it, I see the resemblance of the lower CKR line with the CKM series.

In fact they look nearly identical except for the strain relief on the housing :O

 

 That's an interesting view, but isn't the XBA-H3 a hybrid? it seems that the CKR9/10 are just dual dynamics without balanced armature drivers.

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Ok! CKM-series are finally updated. All of them are extremely beautiful visually.

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Exciting times for dynamic driver enthusiasts. Color me sold, must try their ATH-CKR10.
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

Exciting times for dynamic driver enthusiasts. Color me sold, must try their ATH-CKR10.

I look forward to your impressions :)

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I look forward to your impressions smily_headphones1.gif
i wish i has the kuro so i could compare it against the r10, they both seem to be using the same technology.
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Exciting times for dynamic driver enthusiasts. Color me sold, must try their ATH-CKR10.

 

Exciting times for our wallets :tongue_smile: They are marketing the 3 R's, resolution, sound reality and high response. I hope it is incredibly detailed and accurate  :smile_phones:

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Originally Posted by kamcok View Post

Yeah now that you mentioned it, I see the resemblance of the lower CKR line with the CKM series.
In fact they look nearly identical except for the strain relief on the housing :O

 That's an interesting view, but isn't the XBA-H3 a hybrid? it seems that the CKR9/10 are just dual dynamics without balanced armature drivers.
Yes that's true, I just thought their designs looked similar. No doubt they will all sound amazing. The 9 and 10 are gorgeous!
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not that expensive i guess.
bit scary how they might fit (2x13mm drivers? - wonder what body height) and that vent looking mesh size for wind noise

lower 2 models remind me of the old sony in ears 30 and 90 series
Edited by svyr - 3/31/14 at 5:40am
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not that expensive i guess.
bit scary how they might fit and that vent looking mesh size for wind noise

Whether it's expensive or not is relative (to your wallet) :P, I just bought a HTC one mini for the same price as the CKR10 hahaha

I can't comment on the wind noise regarding the mesh vent but regarding the fit, comparing it with my IM70, it looks like it's going to be the same shallow fit.

Which.... I'm not a big fan of but it's not something I would complain for
 

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i wish i has the kuro so i could compare it against the r10, they both seem to be using the same technology.
Don't we all wish we have the kuro ? :P
Yeah when i first read it and saw the picture I thought that it was like the Ocharaku's system but reversed haha.

Edited by kamcok - 3/31/14 at 5:44am
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