[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]
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
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
cylpol1's impression : page 26
DannyBai's impression : page 25
Vlenbo's impression : page 9
CKR9 vs XBA-H3 by Vlenbo : page 13
DSnuts impression : page 22
Edited by kamcok - 5/24/14 at 9:32pm